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  • Meet the SGV Staff: Dave Fagerstrom

    One of the first things you notice about Dave Fagerstrom is his welcoming smile. Dave, who has been a driver for St. George Village since August 2011, says that being behind the wheel gives him a reason to smile.

    “I love driving!” he says. “And I enjoy spending time with our residents. It’s great to feel I’m being helpful to them by getting them where they want to go.”

    Originally from Jamestown, N.Y., Dave served in Vietnam as an Air Force helicopter pilot. After serving his country, he began a career in banking as a branch manager and eventually moved to Atlanta in 1979. He discovered his true love of driving in retirement, when he did a stint as a tractor-trailer driver.

    Today, Dave ferries SGV residents to doctors’ appointments and routine errands like grocery shopping and stops at various banks and dry cleaners. But he especially enjoys SGV Trip Days.

    “On Thursdays, we take day trips to places like Calloway Gardens, Amicalola State Park or the outlet mall,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun!”

    The St. George Village staff invites you to get to know us better! We’ll highlight a different staff member occasionally in our blog as an ongoing feature.

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  • Physical Therapy for a Better Quality Of Life

    Physical therapy can play a key role in any wellness program, helping people avoid future health problems.

    The next time you have a pain in the neck or back, your arthritis is acting up, you are recovering from surgery or any of the countless other conditions affecting your ability to move freely within your daily life, a physical therapist can probably help. Physical therapists can even help fight complications from diabetes, such as loss of movement.

    And, physical therapy is a covered benefit under Medicare and most commercial insurance plans.

    Physical therapists are highly trained clinicians and more than 75 percent have a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The discipline can trace its roots back to Hippocrates, father of Western medicine, who advocated “hands on” treatment, including massage, manual therapy and hydrotherapy for the ancient Greeks.

    “Most people only think about physical therapy for help with orthopedic issues, such as a bad knee or shoulder, or in relation to sports injuries, but physical therapy is much more than that—it is a key component in the treatment of the full range of neuromusculoskeletal diseases and conditions,” said Matthew R. Hyland, PT, Ph.D. and president of the New York Physical Therapy Association. “Physical therapy can help people walk after suffering a stroke, help people with rheumatoid arthritis complete everyday tasks such as cooking or writing, and help people regain their stamina after a heart attack.”

    Physical therapy is a cornerstone in the treatment of many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, from arthritis to vertigo and from sprains, strains and fractures to stroke. It uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including manual therapy, exercise, balance training and patient education to relax, strengthen and heal muscles.
    Its primary goal is to help maintain, restore or improve motion and mobility that has been impaired by disability, injury or disease. It can also help eliminate pain in tendinitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, offering an alternative to costly medications and injections. Plus, by eliminating pain and restoring mobility, it can often help avoid the need for surgery.

    To find out more about physical therapy and how it can help you, go to www.moveforwardny.com.

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  • Help is There…When You Need It

    Martha Mobley says she never worried about losing her independence when she made the transition from independent to assisted living.

    SGV resident Martha Mobley is well acquainted with transition — and says there is nothing to fear from it. When Mrs. Mobley left her home of 34 years to move into an Independent Living apartment at SGV, she maintained her active life, making friends in her new community while still visiting her old neighborhood and friends. Then, she experienced an illness that moved her from the hospital to skilled nursing and then to Assisted Living at SGV’s Wellington Court.

    “I realized that I could not go back to Independent Living without having some help first, so I chose to move into Assisted Living,” she says, adding that there was no need to worry about giving up her independence. “I had the privileges in Assisted Living that I had living independently, but also had help when I needed it.”

    Life Care Communities like St. George Village are wise choices because they provide an independent living lifestyle with a comprehensive plan for the future — residents experience the security of being cared for as needed throughout the aging process. Simply stated, one of the most reassuring benefits of living in a Life Care Community like St. George Village is having a residence for life!

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  • Alzheimer’s Disease, are you at risk?

    The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is advancing age. Most individuals with the disease are age 65 or older. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65 and after age 85, the risk reaches nearly 50 percent. According to an article in Parade magazine, there are at least three ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

    1.Exercise Your Mind and Body

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “Use it or lose it!” St. George Village boasts many opportunities to exercise including Tai Chi, Chair aerobics, line dancing, gardening, balloon volleyball, fishing, water aerobics, and weight training. Exercising one’s mind, however, sometimes takes more creativity. Board games, card games, word puzzles, sudoku, and “brainteasers” are great ideas! In fact, check out this website for fun options: http://www.parade.com/games/lumosity/index.html

    2.Eat Foods Rich in Folate

    These include fruits and leafy-green vegetables. Peanuts, okra, green peas, collard greens, spinach and black-eyed peas are all folate-rich foods which are “big hits” in the South.

    3. Stay Socially Connected

    Call, write, or email your family and friends often. Participate in day trips, group activities, and religious events. Share meals with others. Seek out others with common interests and help each other stay involved! If you need ideas of how to maintain an active lifestyle, just check out the activity calendars from any of our St. George Village neighborhoods!

    Submitted by Meredith Swinford, LMSW

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  • How do you know when it’s time to move to a retirement community?

    Atlanta Retirement Community I’m never really asked this question by clients yet it’s always implied when they say something like…St. George Village is really very nice, but I’m not ready to move just yet. When you’re independent and able to live without assistance it’s really hard to know when to make the move to a retirement community. You must admit that the thought of a retirement community leads one to think about aging people and a life that revolves around doctor’s appointments, wheel of fortune, eating diner at 5:00 and heading to bed around 7:00.

    This idea is simply not true because retirement communities like St. George Village are occupied by vibrant people full of life enjoying the benefits offered through our wellness and activity programs. Some of the activities this week included the Brain Boot Camp, Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage slide show and the Rich and Famous guided Tour of Buckhead with Jim Howe. In addition to these activities residents had many opportunities to enjoy a game of bridge, poker, canasta or mah jongg. Our fitness program included water aerobics, yoga, strength training, line dancing and more.

    So, if you are wondering when is the best time to make the move? The time is now… when you are able to enjoy all the community has to offer! In fact, physical health and the ability to live independently is one of the requirements for membership at St. George Village. For more information about membership requirements contact Stacy Gass at 678-987-0402 and check out the full activity and wellness calendar along with the newsletter located on our website.

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  • Oh the aromatic smells and tastes of spring… that’s right, I said tastes!

    St. George Village is pleased to announce the beginning of our new spring menus! The seasonal menus feature lighter cuisine with robust seasonings and marks the beginning of our “back yard BBQ” season that lasts right on through the summer months!

    Some of the new items you can look forward to include Lobster Thermindor served at The George, our Main Dining Room in the village. This venue offers a four course meal served in the evenings, Monday through Saturday and a fabulous brunch on Sunday; a great time to invite the children and grandchildren!

    Smokey BBQ ribs cooked outdoors on the terrace by our own culinary artists is a big hit in the village and always draws a big crowd! Eggs Benedict is back and a popular item served in the Bistro, a great place for a causal meal with friends and family!

    In Wellington Court, you can expect more of the same with steak and shrimp prepared outside on an open grill and cookouts including hamburgers and hot dogs cooked to order for residents out on our Veranda in the courtyard overlooking a beautiful waterfall.

    It is our pleasure to offer our residents these new robust menus and look forward to serving you soon!

    For a taste of St. George Village, contact Stacy Gass at 678-987-0402 to arrange for a tour and lunch or dinner, your choice!

    Written by: Daniel Shaffer | Director of Culinary Services

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