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  • Get in the Game — Have Fun in Retirement!

    Who needs an actual football game to enjoy a tailgate party? It was all rah-rah-rah, sis-boom-bah at St. George Village when residents and visitors wearing their game-day best arrived at our October Tailgate & Celebrate event!

    Tailgate & Celebrate was an afternoon to be remembered, with all of the ambience and fanfare of a college football game day experience. The event kicked off with a welcome by the Blessed Trinity High School Marching Band drum line at our front entrance, and classic cars lining the driveway, beckoning to be explored.

    Throughout our grounds, guests joined in games of corn hole and football toss, grooved to the sounds of the 1950s and 60s spun by a DJ, and crammed into a photo booth for fun group snapshots. Our fabulous dining services staff prepared and served up a variety of delicious tailgate-style foods under college-themed tents, where fans of a feather gathered for more photo opportunities. And throughout the community, residents proudly displayed their college memorabilia, adding to the festive fall atmosphere.

    At St. George Village, we understand the importance of having fun and why it is an integral part of a happy, healthy and successful retirement. According to the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the oldest and most respected studies on aging in the country, exercising, making new friends, continuing to learn and having fun are the closest things to finding the fountain of youth. In fact, planning for how you’re going to incorporate these elements into your retirement lifestyle is crucial to how successful you will be.

    Fun events like Tailgate & Celebrate are a regular part of our full slate of activities that include planned excursions to places local and farther away, intellectually challenging discussions and technology workshops, fitness opportunities, gaming, concerts and more! Every day, we offer opportunities for our residents to learn new things, make new friends and live life to the fullest.

    Come see all of the ways you can experience a fun-filled retirement lifestyle at St. George Village. Take a tour, stay for lunch. Call Stacy at 678-987-0402 for a confidential appointment.

    Find more details about our community, lifestyle and residents at www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, too!

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  • Boo, Y’all!

    At St. George Village, we believe there’s no age limit on fun, so it’s no surprise that everyone here got into the spooky spirit of things on Halloween! Members and staff decked themselves out in creative costuming for our annual Halloween Costume Party and Happy Hour on October 29.

    Part of the celebration was dedicated to the memory of Irene Kalliavas, who, along with fellow residents Harold Tinley and Bob Worden, always appeared on Halloween as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. This year, SGV Care Partner Jean Pastore honored Irene by taking on the role of Dorothy, and you can see her pictured with Harold and Bob in their annual costumes. Honoring her mother’s Greek heritage, Irene’s daughter brought baklava and spanakopita for residents and staff to enjoy at the party.

    Lots of treats (and not too many tricks) were the highlight of Halloween at SGV!

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  • The Healthy Benefits of Pet Ownership

    SGV resident Pat Smith says it just wouldn’t feel like home without her faithful companion, Mia.

    Evidence suggests that four-legged friends provide a number of health benefits for older adults, according to Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization that promotes positive human-animal interactions to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of both. A number of studies have shown that seniors who own pets actually go to the doctor less with minor health issues.

    Additionally, research has shown that interacting with animals can help people decrease their cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. And, the companionship that pets provide motivates older adults to be more involved in daily activities and encourages socializing.

    At St. George Village, we understand the importance of the bond between people and their four-legged family members and, as a pet-friendly lifecare community, are pleased to welcome them!

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  • A Life Care Community Offers Many Benefits

    It began with the sound advice of family members, says Jean Moll of her and her husband Don’s decision to move into a life care community.

    “Two of my cousins were living in continuous care retirement communities and both loved their lifestyle. We talked about it at length and they gave me their honest viewpoint,” she recalls. “They told us it was a very good deal, financially, too.”

    The Molls next sought the advice of their investment advisor. “We wanted to be sure we could afford to make the move into a life care community,” Jean says. “Our advisor helped us sort out our financial picture and see that it was a sound investment.”

    The Molls decided that living at St. George Village would be a wise decision, both for the present and the future, and they moved into the community in December 2005. Soon, the benefits of residing in a life care community became apparent, when Don moved into the memory care neighborhood and later skilled nursing.

    Although Don recently passed away, Jean still resides independently at SGV. She takes advantage of the many benefits that a vibrant life care community has to offer, including attending church services, exercise classes and educational and cultural events, as well as the excellent meals provided by dining services. “I love not having to cook!” she laughs.

    Jean says she is grateful not only for the care that Don received as his health needs changed, but also for the assurance that the same level of care will be available to her if and when she needs it.

    “Our investment has assured I’ll be taken care of, no matter what my needs are in the future,” she says.

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  • Heeding the Signs

    SGV members Alice and Jim Sterling had the foresight to plan for their future health and lifestyle needs.

    When Jim Sterling was present for the groundbreaking of St. George Village back in 2003, he and his wife, Alice, were interested in the community… but not yet ready to leave their home in a nearby subdivision. They visited again in 2005 when the life care community opened for residency… and Jim still wasn’t ready to leave home. But two years later, the Sterlings knew it was finally the right time to make St. George Village their permanent home.

    “Even though we were both still active and able to drive at the time, the signs were there. Little things started happening,” recalls Alice. “We were eventually going to need some help.”

    The Sterlings first moved into a two-bedroom apartment, and later downsized to a one-bedroom apartment when they realized they needed even less space. Then, when they both needed the help that Alice had foreseen, the couple moved into The Springs, the assisted living community within St. George Village.

    The Sterlings are still able to enjoy all of the amenities that were available to them in independent living, but they now receive welcome assistance with day-to-day tasks.

    “We enjoy three meals a day in the dining room, and all of the cleaning and any shopping we need is done for us now,” says Alice, who has experienced issues with her shoulder. “Our laundry is also done for us — three times a week! I have assistance with showering and we have help for any other health needs we might experience.”

    Although Alice and Jim no longer drive, they don’t worry about transportation. They simply take advantage of SGV’s bus service, which ferries them to doctors’ appointments, the bank, grocery store, pharmacy and local department stores. Alice plays bridge a couple of times a week and reads voraciously. And Jim, although he doesn’t get out on the golf course as he did in the past, is still a sport — he loves watching baseball and football. They both enjoy the beautiful grounds outdoors at SGV.

    “We originally came to St. George Village for all the amenities you can enjoy while still living independently. But we knew when we needed help, the facilities and staff would be there for us,” says Alice. “We really don’t lack for anything, now that we’ve moved into assisted living. I’m glad we’re here!

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  • It’s Never Too Late to Learn New Things!

    In technology seminars offered regularly at St. George Village, participants learn how to make the most of their iPads and smartphones by using applications for emailing, making photos and videos, listening to music, using social media sites such as Facebook, and more. These classes take away the fear and put the fun into using current technology devices!

    Recent iPad workshop graduates, pictured here with Jane Ratliff and a volunteer from BlueHair Technology Group (back row), proudly display their Certificates of Completion.

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  • How Strong Is Your Chi? Learning Tai Chi And Qigong to Prevent Slips, Trips And Falls

    Tai chi is just one of many health and wellness activities offered to St. George Village members.

    Many older adults have found benefit from the centuries-old Chinese martial arts tai chi and qigong. “Chi” or “qi” (chee) means “life energy.” “Qigong” (chee-goong) literally means “life energy cultivation.” Tai chi consists of a series of flowing movements while qigong focuses on the repetition of isolated movements and breathing.

    For example, Robert Johnson, M.D., Kaiser Permanente Chief of Palliative Care in Walnut Creek, Calif., has practiced tai chi and qigong since the 1970s. He believes these mind-body exercises promote good health, flexibility, strength and balance, which help reduce the risk of falling among seniors.

    Each year, one out of three adults, age 65 and older, falls due to lack of balance or other reasons. Consider that a record 11,000 baby boomers turn 65 and become Medicare eligible every day, and that can add up to a lot of falls and serious injuries.

    “We spend most of our day in sedentary jobs. Many of us sit in front of a computer or television for hours at a time,” Dr. Johnson said. “To age well, we need to move, stretch and keep our joints lubricated and flexible. Otherwise, our muscles, joints and tendons become stiff and brittle, and that can lead to falls and disabilities.”

    Dr. Johnson recommends moving the joints in a circular motion. For example, place the hands on the knees and rotate the knees together in a clockwise and then counterclockwise motion. Also, try sitting in a squat position and stand up slowly to strengthen the quadriceps.

    By clicking here, you can view a short video in which Dr. Johnson demonstrates a few basic exercises and explains why they’re helpful.

    Along with doing exercises that promote flexibility, seniors can also help prevent falls and serious injuries by taking a few simple precautions at home:

    • Reduce tripping hazards such as throw rugs, raised doorway thresholds, or loose carpet.

    • Keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter.

    • Add grab bars where necessary—in hallways, stairways and bathtubs.

    • Add a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub.

    • Improve lighting throughout the house and use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms.

    • Keep a phone and flashlight by the bed.

     

     

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  • Sharing Warmth and Smiles

    Pictured here are Rev. Edward O' Conner, a retired priest living at St. George Village, with a group of children from Queen of Angels Catholic School at the blessing of the Linus blankets.

    Recently, children from Queen of Angels Catholic School visited St. George Village to help make blankets for the Linus Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.

    The children, 56 in all, came in groups on November 5, 6, 12 and 13. A dozen SGV residents, along with several of the mothers of the children, made a total of 68 blankets. After making the blankets, the children took them to the chapel at SGV, where a priest blessed both children and blankets. Then, everyone enjoyed a reception with refreshments.

    The blankets will be distributed to various charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, North Fulton Community Charities, and several community shelters for women and children. This is the seventh year that St. George Village and Queen of Angels have participated together in the Linus Project.

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  • Technology Classes Keep Seniors Engaged and Connected

    BlueHair Technology Group is on a mission! Their goal is to educate seniors about current technology and how to connect and communicate with family and friends through email, games, video chat, Facebook, etc., on devices like iPads and smartphones.

    St. George Village is pleased to offer a variety of classes taught by BlueHair Technology founder Jane Ratliff and her staff as a service to its residents and members of the community.

    Meet Jane and learn more about BlueHair Technology in this video presentation.

     

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  • Charming Charleston!

    Several St. George Village residents put on their travelin’ shoes last month and enjoyed a two-day trip to historic Charleston, S.C.

    Their busy itinerary included a visit to Drayton Hall — an 18th century unrestored plantation house — as well as a tour of Charleston Harbor, a carriage ride around the city, shopping at famous Charleston Market and dining at some of the city’s well-known restaurants.

    As you can see, everyone had a LOT of fun!

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