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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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Love is in the Air!

It was all about love as St. George Village celebrated Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of music, food and fun. Guests enjoyed delicious refreshments and then were treated to a performance of some of the most popular love songs of all time when two talented entertainers brought the glitz and glamour of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers to life on the stage.

Then it was “photo op” time, when everyone enjoyed posing with Dolly and Kenny in our special Valentine’s Day photo booth.

SGV resident Bill Hagan (center) enjoys his "photo op" with Kenny and Dolly.

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Visiting Georgia’s New Woodland Garden

We’re always on the go at St. George Village, exploring destinations near and far! Some of us recently visited Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new location in Gainesville, Ga., featuring a sophisticated horticultural operation and the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast. Located on land donated by Charles and Lessie Smithgall, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville is destined to be one of the largest and most diverse woodland gardens in the country.

Pictured above are (l-r) Kay Briggs, Christine Potter, Dottie Belser, Janet Marsden, Louis and Marianne Vogel, part of our group who enjoyed seeing the Garden’s welcome center, outdoor gardens, a model train garden and an amphitheater during their visit.

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We Love Savannah!

At St. George Village, we enjoy exploring places, near and far. Recently, some of our members put on their traveling shoes and headed for Savannah, Ga., one of the the beautiful and historic cities in America. There, they visited many popular attractions of this coastal city, including Forsyth Park.

Forsyth Park, which covers 30 acres of land, was named for John Forsyth, the 33rd Governor of Georgia and one of the land donors. Perhaps the most well-known feature of the park is the large fountain that sits at its north end. Built in 1858, the fountain resembles a few other fountains found around the world, including some in Paris and Peru. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, the City of Savannah dyes the water in the fountain green during a ceremony that is part of the annual Parade festivities.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

It was “let the good times roll” at St. George Village on Fat Tuesday, when residents and staff gathered for a Mardi Gras celebration.

The group, decked out in festive beads and masks, did a Mardi Gras march to the tune of “When the Saints Come Marching In.” They were led by resident Grace Samson, who will turn 100 in July! Entertainment was provided by The Class Act Band, and everyone feasted on shrimp and a variety of Mardi Gras hors d’oeuvres.

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O Christmas Tree

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
—The History Channel

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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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Visiting the Rich History of Martha Berry

SGV tourists enter Oak Hill, the historic home of Berry College founder Martha Berry.

Twenty St. Georgia Villagers recently hopped on the bus for a drive up to Rome, Ga. and a visit to  Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum at Berry College. Oak Hill is the historic Greek Revival home and estate of Berry College founder Martha Berry. The Martha Berry Museum houses a permanent exhibition that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College.

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A Life Care Community Offers Many Benefits

It began with the sound advice of family members, says Jean Moll of her and her husband Don’s decision to move into a life care community.

“Two of my cousins were living in continuous care retirement communities and both loved their lifestyle. We talked about it at length and they gave me their honest viewpoint,” she recalls. “They told us it was a very good deal, financially, too.”

The Molls next sought the advice of their investment advisor. “We wanted to be sure we could afford to make the move into a life care community,” Jean says. “Our advisor helped us sort out our financial picture and see that it was a sound investment.”

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Cheers for Chocolate!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”                                   — Charles M. Schultz

A crew of chocolate-lovin’ St. George Village residents visited Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Roswell to learn about the art of making this delicious confection.

Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) — a combination of “Schaked” and “Chocolate” — is a name associated with three generations of chocolate making. Baruch Schaked, co-founder of Schakolad, has been a chocolate maker since 1969 and opened his first custom retail chocolate boutique in Winter Park, Fla. in 1995. From there, Schakolad began franchising and now has locations in several states, including the Roswell store here in Georgia.

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