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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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Have More Get-Up-And-Go As Time Goes By

For optimal health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get a minimum of two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week. In addition, muscle-strengthening activities should be conducted two or more days a week.

Exercise can help prevent many physical problems and chronic conditions that come with aging, including weight gain, back pain and heart disease. Plus, it keeps the mind sharp and can help you feel happier, improving symptoms of depression and even dementia. To gain these benefits, however, you need to find a fitness program that provides the physical results desired and is enjoyable, too, so you’ll stick to it.

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The Season of Giving Thanks

Full Circle

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway
Thanksgiving comes again!
—Author unknown

We at St. George Village wish everyone the blessings of health and happiness this Thanksgiving!

 

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Understanding Medicare

People on Medicare can change plans or enroll in one for the first time by December 7 — or they’ll have to wait until next year.

During Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, which ends December 7, millions of Medicare beneficiaries must decide on their Medicare Advantage (MA) health plan for the coming year. While many factors go into deciding about a plan—cost, choice of doctors, benefits—there’s one important question Medicare beneficiaries should ask: What is the quality rating of the plans I’m considering?

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Promoting Improved Quality of Life for Older Georgians

One of the highlights of the Summit was celebrating a declaration from Gov. Nathan Deal, designating September 26, 2013 as "Culture Change Day in Georgia."

Fifteen  St. George Village care partners and two of the community’s residents attended the 6th Annual Culture Change Summit on Sept. 26. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together interested parties for a discussion of how to effectively change the way people think about seniors and the aging process.

Keynote speaker and a “Regulator turned Educator” Carmen Bowman spoke to conference attendees about her experience as a nursing home surveyor and discussed how to make senior care communities feel less institutional and more like home for residents.

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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Tax Return

New health care laws may affect your taxes but do-it-yourself tax programs can help.

In addition to significant health insurance changes, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 included tax law changes. Several of those changes will impact 2013 federal tax returns, due April 15, 2014.

“Online tax preparation solutions like TaxACT will cover all the tax implications of the Affordable Care Act plus hundreds of other tax law changes,” said TaxACT spokesperson Jessi Dolmage. “All you have to do is answer simple questions. The program does the math and completes the tax forms for you.”

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Know the Warning Signs of Sun Damage

Dermatologist Marcus Goodman, M.D., checks SGV resident Agnes Sercer's hand for signs of skin cancer.

Your skin. It’s your body’s largest organ and a powerful protector — and yet it often goes unappreciated until there’s a problem…like skin cancer.

Dr. Marcus B. Goodman, a dermatologist who regularly visits St. George Village to provide free skin care checks to residents, believes that prevention, early diagnosis and rapid treatment are the keys to maintaining healthy skin. Dr. Goodman shares the following information.

What are signs of possible skin cancer?

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Court Reporters Help Record Veterans’ Stories

More than 2,800 interviews in the Veterans History Project collection have been transcribed by court reporters to date.

Once again, court reporters are making sure that the stories of America’s veterans are recorded for future generations.

2013 marks the tenth consecutive year that the Veterans History Project (VHP) has worked with the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

The mission of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

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Al Fresco Dining is Coming to SGV

Day 2 of construction shows the new Pavilion is well on its way to completion this month.

We’re “under construction” at St. George Village! Work is well underway on a beautiful new Pavilion being built, lakeside, on the dining room patio.

With the shade it will provide, the Pavilion will make an idea place for residents to enjoy an al fresco dining experience on evenings when the weather is nice. When completed, there will be outdoor seating for up to 20 people each evening.

Construction of the Pavilion is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

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Making The Most Of Medicare

Many Medicare plans work with pharmacies to lower co-pays for prescription medications.

If you’re one of the 30 million Americans with a new Medicare card, you may take a healthy interest in how best to benefit from it.

One of the first and most important things to consider now that your new plan is in effect is prescription drug coverage. Perhaps the best way to save on medication costs is to utilize a pharmacy that’s within your Part D plan’s preferred network. Walgreens, for example, is a part of preferred networks with some of the nation’s largest plans, such as Coventry, Humana, SmartD Rx and UnitedHealthcare.

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