Category Archives: Wellness

Meet Our Care Partner, Assistant Activity Coordinator Della Westerfield

Della Westerfield enjoys being creative… and it shows in her dedication to her role as Assistant Activity Coordinator for The Springs, Treasures of Lakeview and Friendship House communities at St. George Village.

Della calls on her background in community service and dance and exercise instruction when she plans activities for residents, such as storytelling, bowling, dancing, nature walks or special programs like the monthly “Love and Kisses” show.

“I bring in different individuals and groups to entertain — we’ve had everything from dance troupes and musicians to singers and comedians doing monologues,” she says. “The program started out in the lounge of The Springs, but it’s grown so much that we moved it to the auditorium. A lot of our independent living residents love the show, too!”

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Three Ways to Stay in Shape as You Get Older

Gary Player, the most successful international golfer of all time, is an avid supporter of physical fitness for all ages.

by Gary Player

As a professional golfer, it has always been important to me to stay in shape—and you can do so, too. As a matter of fact, my commitment to health and fitness has been a big part of my success in golf, winning tournaments over the course of five decades. However, as I get older, I realize that it takes a little bit more stretching, a little more training and a little more recovery time to keep in shape.

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Five Ways Older Adults Can Be More Active

As you get older, your risk for health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, increases. You also have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes if you have a family history of the disease. But it’s never too late to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest weight loss through healthy eating and being active can help to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in people over age 60.

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Is a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

Up to one in three patients' platelets may not respond adequately to the prescribed therapy. A test to measure the individual patient's response is widely available.

We’ve all heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Research shows an aspirin a day may do the same.

How often have you heard about chewing an aspirin if you feel the symptoms of a heart attack? If it’s that critical to get the medication to your system, isn’t it as important to know you are taking a safe dose?

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An Active Lifestyle Improves Physical and Mental Health

Former Miss America contestant and dancer Mary Ann Hearn enjoys the many fitness classes, such as stretching, strength training, Tai Chi and yoga.

An active lifestyle contributes to a healthy body and mind — staying active enhances the immune system and helps prevent illness, improves memory, reduces stress and increases your sense of well-being. St. George Village resident Mary Ann Hearn is the embodiment of an active lifestyle.

When Mary Ann moved to SGV, she was pleasantly surprised to find the extensive list activities offered by the community.

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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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Physical Therapy for a Better Quality Of Life

Physical therapy can play a key role in any wellness program, helping people avoid future health problems.

The next time you have a pain in the neck or back, your arthritis is acting up, you are recovering from surgery or any of the countless other conditions affecting your ability to move freely within your daily life, a physical therapist can probably help. Physical therapists can even help fight complications from diabetes, such as loss of movement.

And, physical therapy is a covered benefit under Medicare and most commercial insurance plans.

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Going Red to Support Healthy Hearts

SGV residents and staff are wearing red in recognition of National Heart Health month and the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign.

In recognition of February as National Heart Health month, North Fulton Hospital is sponsoring Go Red, North Fulton!, a campaign that encourages women to be proactive about their health by learning more about heart disease risks and making heart-healthy changes in their lives. St. George Village staff and residents recently dressed in red to show their support for the hospital and Go Red, North Fulton!

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Eat Safer…and Ward Off Tummy Troubles

Thoroughly rinsing fresh produce before eating it is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

It’s been making headlines across the country this week: the norovirus, first spotted in Australia, is now sweeping the U.S. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), contaminated food is one of the primary culprits in spreading the virus.

Did you know that 76 million people get sick from food borne illnesses in the United States every year? As we age, our bodies change – including our immune systems — making older people more susceptible to food borne illness and food poisoning.

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Vitamin D is Crucial to Your Overall Health and Well-Being

Supplementing your diet with vitamin D can improve physical and mental health.

Recent studies show that bone and teeth health, as well as breast, colon and immune system health, can be improved simply by making sure you get enough vitamin D.

Senior citizens, especially, can be affected by low levels of vitamin D.  According to a study published in the Archives of International Medicine, an estimated 40-100 percent of older adults in the United States are deficient in vitamin D. As a result, they can experience declines in thinking, learning and memory, and may have an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, this deficiency has been linked to bone fractures and various chronic diseases.

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