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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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The First 100 Years Are the Hardest!

St. George Village recently hosted a Neighborhood Celebration, at which guests were treated to a very special presentation by SGV resident Mary Shern. Mary is the author of several books, including a novel, an autobiography and some real estate guides gleaned from her years of experience as a real estate broker. Not one to rest on her laurels, Mary realized she still had plenty to say and has penned a new book titled, And in Conclusion…Life After Ninety-Plus Years.

Mary spoke about her new book and entertained the crowd with her insights about life in the 90s — no, not the 1990s, but rather life as a nonagenarian! Her message: “The first 100 years are the hardest.” 

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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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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

St. George Village residents, pictured here with the cast of Annie, enjoyed this fun production by the Off Broadway Children's Theatre.

When America’s favorite orphan came to the stage this holiday season, a group of residents and staff from St. George Village were on hand to the Off Broadway Children’s Theatre’s production of Annie. Guests gave the cast and theatre glowing reviews!

The Off Broadway Children’s Theatre, located in Alpharetta, is a full-service performing arts center offering classes in dance, music and theatre as well as live theatrical performances for children by children.

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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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’Tis the Season…to Stay in Shape!

Santa’s Little Helpers know how important it is to stay active and eat well in order to stay healthy during the holiday season! Pictured here are some of the elves who live at St. George Village, getting in their workout (and having a good time doing it) at our indoor pool. Water aerobics, lap swimming or simple water-walking are all great ways to get in shape (or stay that way) at any age.

Kris Kringle himself would do well to follow the St. George Village Elves’ example!

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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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Honoring Our Veterans

St. George Village members and staff gathered for a special Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. Rev. Larry Robert of Vitas Hospice led the service, and SGV’s Villagers choral group sang all of the songs representing each branch of the U.S. Military.

 

Flags were raised by the Roswell High School Color Guard, and Adam Christian honored the custom of playing “Taps” on the trumpet to end the service.

Afterward, each veteran present at the ceremony was recognized with a flag pin and everyone enjoyed a piece of the sheet cake decorated as a U.S. flag.

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Boo, Y’all!

At St. George Village, we believe there’s no age limit on fun, so it’s no surprise that  everyone here got into the spooky spirit of things on Halloween! Members and staff decked themselves out in creative costuming for our annual Halloween Costume Party and Happy Hour on October 29.

Part of the celebration was dedicated to the memory of Irene Kalliavas, who, along with fellow residents Harold Tinley and Bob Worden, always appeared on Halloween as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. This year, SGV Care Partner Jean Pastore honored Irene by taking on the role of Dorothy, and you can see her pictured with Harold and Bob in their annual costumes. Honoring her mother’s Greek heritage, Irene’s daughter brought baklava and spanakopita for residents and staff to enjoy at the party.

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Meet the Staff: Memo Gonzalez, Service Technician

Memo was recently named St. George Village's Care Partner of the Quarter.

One of the most recognized faces at St. George Village is that of Guillermo Acevedo Gonzalez, better known by his nickname, “Memo.”

Memo grew up in Mexico and emigrated to the United States 20 years ago. He joined SGV’s maintenance staff in 2005.

“We do everything from plumbing and air conditioning and heating repairs to replacing light bulbs and hanging pictures and mirrors for residents,” he explains. “Basically, we take care of anything that needs repair or upkeep around the property. Every day on the job is different.”

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