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Limited Vision Doesn’t Limit Life

St. George Village resident Harold Tinley, 96 years young, is a perfect example of aging successfully. Even though he is currently sight impaired due to age related macular degeneration, without any vision in his right eye, he continues to thrive with woodworking and clock repair hobbies he had initiated as a young child.
At the age of 90, when his sight began to fail, he began creating more whirligigs because he knew that they do not require exact precision and small changes in the dimensions would not matter. He currently makes whirligigs for friends and family members and recently crafted one for the garden at St. George Village!
Mr. Tinley stays involved in many activities at SGV, such as supplying difficult six-letter words that he jumbles for the weekly Brain Games class to decipher and participating in the annual Halloween costume party, for which he seeks out the most amazing costumes on the Internet. At 96, he is a kind and gentle man who amazes everyone with his talents, perseverance and energy level. Through his positive outlook on aging, continues to cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Mr. Tinley will be one of those recognized by Leading Age of Georgia at its annual Positive Aging Gala in November. Congratulations, Harold Tinley, on this well deserved honor!
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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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Meet the Staff: Quamaine Edwards

Quamaine Edwards

Service technician Quamaine Edwards has a ready smile and positive outlook that just won’t quit!

Quamaine Edwards, affectionately known as “Q,” is the oldest of several children… and that’s a position that helped to instill in him a strong work ethic and the importance of setting a good example.

“When you’re the oldest of five children and also the oldest grandchild, you’re put in a leadership position,” he says. “So, you have to set a good example.”

Quamaine sets a good example every day in his job as a service technician in SGV’s maintenance department. He truly looks forward to coming to work.

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn New Things!

In technology seminars offered regularly at St. George Village, participants learn how to make the most of their iPads and smartphones by using applications for emailing, making photos and videos, listening to music, using social media sites such as Facebook, and more. These classes take away the fear and put the fun into using current technology devices!

Recent iPad workshop graduates, pictured here with Jane Ratliff and a volunteer from BlueHair Technology Group (back row), proudly display their Certificates of Completion.

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Sharing Warmth and Smiles

Pictured here are Rev. Edward O' Conner, a retired priest living at St. George Village, with a group of children from Queen of Angels Catholic School at the blessing of the Linus blankets.

Recently, children from Queen of Angels Catholic School visited St. George Village to help make blankets for the Linus Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.

The children, 56 in all, came in groups on November 5, 6, 12 and 13. A dozen SGV residents, along with several of the mothers of the children, made a total of 68 blankets. After making the blankets, the children took them to the chapel at SGV, where a priest blessed both children and blankets. Then, everyone enjoyed a reception with refreshments.

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Regular Eye Exams are Important for Seniors

Many seniors will be glad to learn that there are steps they can take to protect against vision problems—starting with an eye exam. A regular exam is important because some eye conditions and diseases do not show warning signs.

While it is commonly known that eye troubles increase rapidly with age—particularly after age 65—a lesser-known fact is that vision loss is also associated with a higher incidence of falls, injuries, depression and social isolation.

As part of an overall health-maintenance strategy, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges seniors to have a comprehensive eye exam, especially if they have not had one in the past two years, whether or not there are symptoms.

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Technology Classes Keep Seniors Engaged and Connected

BlueHair Technology Group is on a mission! Their goal is to educate seniors about current technology and how to connect and communicate with family and friends through email, games, video chat, Facebook, etc., on devices like iPads and smartphones.

St. George Village is pleased to offer a variety of classes taught by BlueHair Technology founder Jane Ratliff and her staff as a service to its residents and members of the community.

Meet Jane and learn more about BlueHair Technology in this video presentation.

 

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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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People With Chronic Health Conditions Have Increased Flu Risks

People of all ages with chronic health conditions should get a flu shot every season, as soon as the vaccine is available in their community.

The CDC urges the millions of Americans with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, stroke, or heart or lung disease to get a flu vaccine. A chronic health condition, even if it’s well managed, increases a person’s risk of serious illness from the flu. This could result in a sudden and costly trip to the hospital—or even death.

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Fighting Alzheimer’s on Foot!

The St. George Village Crusaders participated in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Atlantic Station on September 28, 2013. Together, St. George Village residents, their families, and SGV care partners raised over $6,300 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

During the year, SGV holds two additional major fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association. Residents, their families and friends, and SGV staff can “Sponsor a Flag” in the annual Flag Display on Memorial Day weekend, in honor of or in memory of a loved one. And on Casual Fridays, care partners can make a $5 donation in exchange for the casual comfort of wearing jeans to work.

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