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Good Joints Are a Key Link to Healthy Aging

Exercise has been identified as a key component of aging gracefully, and has been linked with not only improved physical health but also better cognitive performance. The maintenance of fully functioning joints is an important part of enabling active seniors to participate in health-promoting athletic activity, experts agree.

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4 Ways to Fight Tax Scam Phone Fraud

The IRS does not use unsolicited e-mail, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. Don’t be fooled by scam artists.

The Internal Revenue Service has a warning for many Americans (and it’s not about paying your taxes). Instead, the agency has tips on how to protect yourself from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

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God Bless Our Veterans!

Residents and staff gathered today to honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Military at a special Veterans Day Ceremony. Each veteran present at the ceremony was recognized with a flag pin, presented by members of the Roswell High School JROTC. Flags were raised by the Roswell High School Color Guard and Rev. Larry Robert of Vitas Hospice led the service. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a slice of cake and enjoyed sharing stories and visiting with one another.

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We’re All A-buzz!

We recently noticed that a colony of honeybees had made their home in one of the stately oak trees near our front entry. We know how important bees are to our environment as pollinators (and makers of delicious honey!), so we called on the services of a local beekeeper to come and help with relocating the bees. Luckily, our UPS delivery driver, Robert Rodden, just happens to be a beekeeper in his spare time and offered to remove the bees from our property and take them home to his own apiary.

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What in the Helicopter?!

On a recent visit to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Ga., several St. George Village residents and staff enjoyed exploring the various special exhibits and permanent galleries that are housed in the 120,000 square foot world-class museum.

Pictured here, SGV driver Dave Fagerstrom and resident Jack Dudley admire a Bell Helicopter. The Bell is the first helicopter that Dave flew during his service in Vietnam as an Air Force helicopter pilot.

The Bell Helicopter is part of Tellus Museum’s Science in Motion Gallery, which explores the relationship mankind has with powered vehicles designed to increase the speed of travel.

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Not for Squares!

This week, St. George Village members were entertained by a group of square dancing students from Queen of Angels Catholic School. The students curtseyed and bowed, allemanded, circled, do si doed, passed through, and swung their partners, showing how much fun square dancing can be!

Besides fun, did you know that square dancing offers other physical, mental and social benefits? Square dancing can help keep you fit by burning calories, lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, strengthening weight-bearing bones and slowing bone loss, and more. This form of dance also keeps you on your mental toes by requiring you to react to the “calls” for changing movements and steps. Plus, square dancing requires teamwork, with each team of eight dancers depending on each other to keep the dance moving.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Spend The Longest Day Honoring Those Facing Alzheimer’s

On June 21, 2014, participants in The Longest Day will raise funds to fuel the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association

Across the U.S., more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease every day and more than 15 million Americans are their caregivers. On June 21st, the longest day of the year, everyone can show those facing Alzheimer’s that they are not alone.

The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset challenge to raise funds and awareness to fuel the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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