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  • Discussing the World, Staying Intellectually Engaged

    Members of the Great Decisions class at St. George Village listen to a guest speaker’s presentation at a recent meeting.

    Iran, Egypt, China, Africa, NATO, the future of the Euro and the threat assessment of certain countries to the United States and other countries — these are the topics St. George Village residents are learning about and discussing in the Great Decisions program.

    Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. This national civic education program, administered by the Foreign Policy Association, takes place in communities all across the U.S. Discussions highlight eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing American each year.

    Great Decisions members are provided with background material — a study guide and a short DVD presentation — to review before each lecture takes place. Then they are treated to presentations by foreign affairs experts including university professors and ambassadors, who speak on the designated topic.

    The Great Decisions program requires participants to commit to attending the eight presentations, which are scheduled throughout the year. About 30 SGV residents currently are members of the class, a number that has remained stable for the six years the program has been in existence.

    SGV’s Great Decisions members find the presentations intellectually stimulating and thought provoking. And they never allow their diverse political views to get in the way of their discussions.

    “We try to leave politics out of this particular situation,” says Pat Tritt, who organizes the program’s schedule and lines up the guest speakers. “Everyone is respectful of each other’s opinions.”

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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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  • 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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  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities, how secure are they?

    "Continuing Care Retirement Community"

    The security of a continuing care retirement community is actually a very broad topic. Some will focus on the financial security of the community while others will be inclined to think of their physical safety within their new living environment. When clients ask this important question I always respond with a clarifying question to determine just what they really mean by secure. This ensures that I’ll answer their specific question and also provides an opportunity to address the three ways living at St. George Village is a secure choice!

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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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  • Pizza! Pizza!

    St. George Village chefs were delighted to serve the “Meat Lovers” pizza to our members as a Bistro special! This marks the first trial of products and services in preparation for the opening of the “St. George Pizzeria” coming this summer to the Village. The pizzeria will offer a pizza and sandwich buffet along with large and small take out or eat in pizzas. Residents will be able to customize their large or small pizzas or order from a menu that offers four specialty pizzas including “Meat Lovers”, “Veggie Lovers”, “Italian Lovers” and “Caribbean Lovers”. The buffet will offer a variety of pizzas by the slice, soup, salad bar and a selection of meats, breads, relish tray and cheeses to create their own sandwich.

    Our residents had many great things to say about the pizza, letting us know that the products and new service will be greatly appreciated and that the pizza was delicious! The addition of the pizzeria expands the culinary venues at St. George Village which feature the main dining room, bistro, Sunday brunch and the Wednesday night theme dining buffet. This is just a one example of the many conveniences and quality services offered at Atlanta’s best retirement community. For more information about the St. George lifestyle call Stacy Gass at 770-645- 2340.

    

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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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