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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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Celebrating the “First 100” Years

Centenarian or 99+ year-old teen? Those who know Gertrude “Trudy” Melun are hard-pressed to believe that this young lady with such a zest for life just celebrated her 100th birthday!

Known for her signature, “Hey lady!” Trudy greets everyone with a smile and is beloved by family and friends. She is interesting and interested, staying informed about local, national and international news as well as what’s going on with her family, friends, and fellow residents and the staff at SGV. Trudy’s strong faith and love for her church guide her as she seeks to make the most of every day.

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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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Boys on the Town!

How about a little male bonding?

The Men’s Club of St. George Village offers an opportunity for fun and fellowship — just for the fellas.  The Club’s first outing to the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub for lunch (along with Guinness, ales and lagers!) was so popular that it has been established as a regular event.

Each month, the Men’s Club enjoys lunch at a nearby pub or restaurant. They are joined by SGV Executive Director Mark Lowell and additional staff members such as Physical Therapist Kevin Wildes from Genesis Rehab and Director of Plant Operations and Concierge Services Frank Wooten.

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Visiting Georgia’s Supreme Court

A group of St. George Village residents recently experienced a very interesting visit to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Therese (Tee) Barnes, Supreme Court Clerk and daughter of St. George Village resident Mildred Stiffler, arranged the tour, which included viewing a court video in the courtroom and a visit with Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines from Cobb County. Judge Hines gave an informative presentation and then answered questions. The group also was given a “behind-the-scenes” look at the robing room, and several SGV residents actually donned robes for a group photo in the courtroom with Judge Hines. At the end of the tour, each visitor received a gift bag, which included a pen set engraved with the words, “Supreme Court of Georgia.”

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