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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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  • Visiting the Rich History of Martha Berry

    SGV tourists enter Oak Hill, the historic home of Berry College founder Martha Berry.

    Twenty St. Georgia Villagers recently hopped on the bus for a drive up to Rome, Ga. and a visit to Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum at Berry College. Oak Hill is the historic Greek Revival home and estate of Berry College founder Martha Berry. The Martha Berry Museum houses a permanent exhibition that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College.

    The group received a tour of the home (which has been featured in movies such as Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans), led by Berry College students, and visited the Museum, Aunt Martha’s Cottage (the former home of Martha Berry’s servant who became caretaker of the estate), and the estate’s gardens.

    No one went hungry on this trip! The first stop was lunch at the Harvest Moon Café and the adjacent HoneyMoon Bakery in downtown Rome.

     

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  • Boys on the Town!

    How about a little male bonding?

    The Men’s Club of St. George Village offers an opportunity for fun and fellowship — just for the fellas. The Club’s first outing to the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub for lunch (along with Guinness, ales and lagers!) was so popular that it has been established as a regular event.

    Each month, the Men’s Club enjoys lunch at a nearby pub or restaurant. They are joined by SGV Executive Director Mark Lowell and additional staff members such as Physical Therapist Kevin Wildes from Genesis Rehab and Director of Plant Operations and Concierge Services Frank Wooten.

    Most recently, 19 members of the Club lunched, laughed and swapped stories at Miller’s Ale House in Roswell.

     

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  • Visiting Georgia’s Supreme Court

    A group of St. George Village residents recently experienced a very interesting visit to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    Therese (Tee) Barnes, Supreme Court Clerk and daughter of St. George Village resident Mildred Stiffler, arranged the tour, which included viewing a court video in the courtroom and a visit with Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines from Cobb County. Judge Hines gave an informative presentation and then answered questions. The group also was given a “behind-the-scenes” look at the robing room, and several SGV residents actually donned robes for a group photo in the courtroom with Judge Hines. At the end of the tour, each visitor received a gift bag, which included a pen set engraved with the words, “Supreme Court of Georgia.”

    Our group was honored to receive such hospitality from the Court employees and to have the opportunity for this most memorable experience!

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  • Cheers for Chocolate!

    “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schultz

    A crew of chocolate-lovin’ St. George Village residents visited Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Roswell to learn about the art of making this delicious confection.

    Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) — a combination of “Schaked” and “Chocolate” — is a name associated with three generations of chocolate making. Baruch Schaked, co-founder of Schakolad, has been a chocolate maker since 1969 and opened his first custom retail chocolate boutique in Winter Park, Fla. in 1995. From there, Schakolad began franchising and now has locations in several states, including the Roswell store here in Georgia.

    On the tour, we learned about Schakolad’s “Made Fresh on Premises” concept, which means that all of the store’s chocolate items are prepared and dipped onsite for the highest quality and freshness.

    Of course, we enjoyed sampling our way through the tour, too!

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  • Felines Take the Stage at SGV

    Blessed Trinity High School "Cats"Students from neighboring Blessed Trinity High School recently performed excerpts from their stage production of Cats, the Musical for the St. George Village community. The talented performers wore their full costumes and treated the audience to an afternoon of fabulous song and dance.

    St. George Village and Blessed Trinity often partner together for community service and friendship! The school has provided passes to SGV residents to all Blessed Trinity events, including football games, concerts, plays and more.

    Thank you, Blessed Trinity!

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