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  • The First 100 Years Are the Hardest!

    St. George Village recently hosted a Neighborhood Celebration, at which guests were treated to a very special presentation by SGV resident Mary Shern. Mary is the author of several books, including a novel, an autobiography and some real estate guides gleaned from her years of experience as a real estate broker. Not one to rest on her laurels, Mary realized she still had plenty to say and has penned a new book titled, And in Conclusion…Life After Ninety-Plus Years.

    Mary spoke about her new book and entertained the crowd with her insights about life in the 90s — no, not the 1990s, but rather life as a nonagenarian! Her message: “The first 100 years are the hardest.”

    Mary gives a whole new meaning to the term, “active aging!”

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  • Brain Health: How You Can Make A Difference

    If you put your mind to it, you can make smart choices that will support brain health as you age.

    If you’re like most people, you’ve noticed differences in the way your mind works over time. The good news is that understanding the potential threats to brain health can help you make smart choices to strengthen mental alertness.

    Some health conditions can negatively affect your brain. Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes can alter or damage blood vessels throughout your body, including the brain.

    Some medications and combinations of drugs, as well as alcohol use, may affect thinking.
    Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia harm the brain, too. While no one knows how to prevent dementia, many approaches that are good for your health in other ways, like exercise and a healthy diet, are being tested.

    Actions That Help Your Brain:

    • Get regular health screenings.

    • Manage diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the medications you take and any possible side effects.

    • Try to maintain a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats (including fish and poultry), and low-fat or nonfat dairy products. Monitor your intake of solid fat, sugar and salt and eat proper portion sizes.

    • Drink moderately, if at all, because avoiding alcohol can reverse some negative changes related to brain health.

    • Be physically active be cause doing so may improve connections among your brain cells. Older adults should get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.

    • Don’t smoke. Quitting at any age will be beneficial to your mind and body. Nonsmokers have a lower risk of heart attacks, stroke and lung diseases, as well as increased blood circulation.

    • Be safe. Older adults are at higher risk of falling and other accidents that can cause brain injury. To reduce your risk, exercise to improve balance and coordination, take a falls prevention class and make your home safer.

    • Keep your mind active by doing mentally stimulating activities including reading, playing games, teaching or taking a class, and being social. Volunteer.

    • Visit an Area Agency on Aging (AAA). These community-based agencies provide a welcoming environment for older adults and caregivers interested in learning about services from meals, transportation and in-home care to volunteer opportunities and classes to keep them healthy and engaged.

    For more information and a free brochure containing strategies to promote brain health, call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

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  • The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

    St. George Village residents, pictured here with the cast of Annie, enjoyed this fun production by the Off Broadway Children's Theatre.

    When America’s favorite orphan came to the stage this holiday season, a group of residents and staff from St. George Village were on hand to the Off Broadway Children’s Theatre’s production of Annie. Guests gave the cast and theatre glowing reviews!

    The Off Broadway Children’s Theatre, located in Alpharetta, is a full-service performing arts center offering classes in dance, music and theatre as well as live theatrical performances for children by children.

    Afterward the “Villagers” enjoyed a delicious lunch at Alpine Bakery. (Unfortunately, Daddy Warbucks wasn’t on hand to pick up the check!)

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  • O Christmas Tree

    Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
    —The History Channel

    Pictured here is our own stately Christmas tree, surrounded by “carolers,” which is the centerpiece of our lobby every December. From all of us at St. George Village, we wish you and yours all the peace, joy and love of this Christmas season!

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  • ’Tis the Season…to Stay in Shape!

    Santa’s Little Helpers know how important it is to stay active and eat well in order to stay healthy during the holiday season! Pictured here are some of the elves who live at St. George Village, getting in their workout (and having a good time doing it) at our indoor pool. Water aerobics, lap swimming or simple water-walking are all great ways to get in shape (or stay that way) at any age.

    Kris Kringle himself would do well to follow the St. George Village Elves’ example!

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  • Aging “SMART”

    Staying sharp mentally can help you maintain your independence.

    In a recent survey by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Philips, 96 percent of senior respondents said it’s important to be as independent as possible as they get older. For seniors to maintain that independence, it pays to age “SMART.” By combining basic physical and mental wellness techniques with technology, seniors can continue living the full, active lives they want and deserve. Consider these ideas:

    S—Stay active, eat healthy: Activities such as walking and light weight lifting can help with balance and agility, preserving mobility and making you less likely to fall. Group classes de­signed for seniors can be a great way to stay fit and socialize.

    Eat lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins and smart carbohydrates. High blood pressure can be of particular concern with age, so diets should be low in sodium.

    M—Mental fitness: Your brain needs a workout, too. Studies have associated activities such as reading, playing a musical instrument, learning a new language, playing memory games and other cognitively stimulating exercises with a slower rate of mental decline. Staying sharp mentally can help you maintain your independence by empowering you to manage everyday tasks.

    A—A good night’s sleep: Lack of sleep can impair your memory, slow reaction time and exacerbate other conditions. Keeping a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and sleeping in a dark, relaxing environment can help.

    R—Remembering medications: It can be tricky to keep track of your medications but getting doses and timing right are crucial to maintaining your independence. One in 10 senior hospitalizations is related to medication mismanagement. The good news is there are lots of tools out there to help, some as simple as plastic pill-organizing boxes. More advanced solutions include mobile apps that send you a reminder when it’s time for meds and automatic devices that dispense pre-sorted medications at preprogrammed times.

    T—Technology to keep connected: E-mail, Facebook and Skype can be great ways to stay connected with family and friends. You can watch your grandkid’s soccer game from halfway across the country or catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in decades. Isolation and loneliness can take a huge toll on mental health, so it’s important to maintain and create relationships.

    Technology also keeps seniors connected to help and lets them go about busy, active lives with less worry. Mobile response apps can connect seniors to a call center with the simple click of a button in the case of an emergency. Medical alert services provide seniors with direct access to a response associate both in their homes and on the go. Some even come equipped with fall detection technology that can signal for help if a fall is detected, when the senior is unable to do so.

    For more resources related to aging “SMART,” visit Philips Lifeline.

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  • Honoring Our Veterans

    St. George Village members and staff gathered for a special Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. Rev. Larry Robert of Vitas Hospice led the service, and SGV’s Villagers choral group sang all of the songs representing each branch of the U.S. Military.

     

    Flags were raised by the Roswell High School Color Guard, and Adam Christian honored the custom of playing “Taps” on the trumpet to end the service.

    Afterward, each veteran present at the ceremony was recognized with a flag pin and everyone enjoyed a piece of the sheet cake decorated as a U.S. flag.

    God bless our veterans and America!

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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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  • Meet the Staff: Memo Gonzalez, Service Technician

    Memo was recently named St. George Village's Care Partner of the Quarter.

    One of the most recognized faces at St. George Village is that of Guillermo Acevedo Gonzalez, better known by his nickname, “Memo.”

    Memo grew up in Mexico and emigrated to the United States 20 years ago. He joined SGV’s maintenance staff in 2005.

    “We do everything from plumbing and air conditioning and heating repairs to replacing light bulbs and hanging pictures and mirrors for residents,” he explains. “Basically, we take care of anything that needs repair or upkeep around the property. Every day on the job is different.”

    In his spare time, Memo enjoys traveling around the country with his wife. And, he admits, he occasionally helps out friends in need of his plumbing and other repair skills.

    Memo lives in Kennesaw, which is a 22-mile commute to work, one way. He says the drive is well worth it.

    “I like working at St. George Village because the residents are always smiling and happy,” he says. “Everyone calls me by my nickname. They make me feel welcome.”

     

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  • Celebrating the “First 100” Years

    Centenarian or 99+ year-old teen? Those who know Gertrude “Trudy” Melun are hard-pressed to believe that this young lady with such a zest for life just celebrated her 100th birthday!

    Known for her signature, “Hey lady!” Trudy greets everyone with a smile and is beloved by family and friends. She is interesting and interested, staying informed about local, national and international news as well as what’s going on with her family, friends, and fellow residents and the staff at SGV. Trudy’s strong faith and love for her church guide her as she seeks to make the most of every day.

    To honor Trudy on her 100th birthday, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood proclaimed September 11, 2014 “Trudy Melun Day.” Mayor Wood stopped by SGV to join in the fun at Trudy’s birthday celebration.

    We wish Trudy all the best as she embarks on the next 100 years of her remarkable life!

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