Category Archives: Knowledge Center

Breaking Up is Smart to Do: Why You Should Consider Splitting Your Checking and Savings Accounts

With all the talk about going over the “fiscal cliff” and stock market woes in recent weeks, here’s some food for thought about getting the best return on your own money as we head into 2013. Happy New Year to all from St. George Village!

Keeping cash at your local bank is probably costing you more than you think. And in today’s financial climate, finding safety and growth for your savings is more important than ever.

That’s why it’s surprising that many people still keep their checking and savings accounts at the same institution. Chances are, they’re not getting the interest they deserve.

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Exploring Your Family’s History Can Be Fun, Rewarding

Americans can get help digging for their roots now that the 1940 U.S. Census is available, free, online.

If you’re like most senior Americans, you like to feel connected: to the past, to a place and to others. No matter your age, discovering your family history can be a rewarding way to establish those connections and help uncover who you are and where you came from.

It can start simply by identifying who is in your extended family. You may be able to find the names of your ancestors—grandmothers, uncles, cousins—going back hundreds of years. Next, you can get to know them, learn where they were born, whom they married, how they made a living, where they lived and how they died.

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Don’t Fall for It!

St. George Village residents can take advantage of the onsite fitness center, indoor pool and multiple exercise classes to improve their strength and balance, qualities that studies show can reduce the risk of falling.

Every year, one in three adults over age 64 falls. But certain exercises and simple home modifications help reduce the risk.

“Half of falls occur in a person’s home. Falls are the main reason older people go to emergency departments,” says Steve Albert, Ph.D., co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center (PRC).

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A New Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

Activities Coordinator Renee Krosner (left), and St. George Village resident Anne Carroll work together on an art project, one example of the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's care.

Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with advanced age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

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The Healthy Aging Eye

As we age, so do our bodies, including our eyes. Many older people experience “low vision”  problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, degenerative retinitis pigmentosa and tunnel vision. But there are several things we can do to take care of our eyes and preserve our precious eyesight, as well as possibly prevent or delay some of these problems.

By following these simple tips, you can take the lead and be more proactive in the care of your vision.

1. Vitamin A is great for your eyes and will help you maintain healthy vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, yams and dark leafy greens.

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A Wise Choice Makes Living Well Affordable

Florence Hopper and Lou Janas catch up while enjoying a meal in the Bistro at SGV.

The current economy is a hot topic for everyone, but it’s a particular cause for concern among senior adults, who may wonder if their assets and income will sustain them throughout their lifetime. And what will happen if they eventually need assistance with daily life or full nursing care?

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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!

1. Financial

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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.

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