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Fun in the Georgia Mountains

The mountain city of Blairsville was calling out to us, so we recently made a day trip with stops at Owltown Market and Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm.

SGV resident Nancy Allvine poses with the largest Amish Adirondack chair in the world.

We enjoyed visiting with the gentle fuzzy alpacas at Lasso the Moon farm and learning about products made from alpaca fiber. Owltown Market is home to Heirloom Amish Furniture, an outlet store for handmade heirloom furniture direct from the Amish and Mennonite Communities. It is also home to the largest Amish Adirondack chair in the world!

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4 Ways to Fight Tax Scam Phone Fraud

The IRS does not use unsolicited e-mail, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. Don’t be fooled by scam artists.

The Internal Revenue Service has a warning for many Americans (and it’s not about paying your taxes). Instead, the agency has tips on how to protect yourself from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

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Fun With the Fellas

The men of St. George Village always have a blast when they get together for their monthly lunch. The fellas can be seen all around town at places like Keegan’s Irish Pub and the Cheesecake Factory. What DO they talk about? They’re not telling. But they sure do look like they’re having a lot of fun!

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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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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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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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Protecting Yourself And Your Nest Egg

If you think you or a loved one has been the target of elder fraud, contact the Department of Consumer Protection to report the abuse.

While seniors are often targeted by scammers, there are ways you can protect yourself and those you care about.

New fraud schemes emerge constantly and the scammers are relentlessly creative. Seniors may get official-sounding e-mails seeking a fee for a bogus service or collecting an “inheritance.” Homeowners are targeted with phony service calls. In one brazen scam, a criminal posing as a grandchild asks the senior to wire money to get the grandchild out of a jam.

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Try Water Aerobics for Fitness and Fun!

St. George Village water aerobics classAccording to renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz, water exercise is for everyone. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she states. “Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”

Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the ability to relax at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. Pat Bollinger, an instructor of water aerobics at St. George Village, says this benefit is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints.

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Promoting Improved Quality of Life for Older Georgians

One of the highlights of the Summit was celebrating a declaration from Gov. Nathan Deal, designating September 26, 2013 as "Culture Change Day in Georgia."

Fifteen  St. George Village care partners and two of the community’s residents attended the 6th Annual Culture Change Summit on Sept. 26. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together interested parties for a discussion of how to effectively change the way people think about seniors and the aging process.

Keynote speaker and a “Regulator turned Educator” Carmen Bowman spoke to conference attendees about her experience as a nursing home surveyor and discussed how to make senior care communities feel less institutional and more like home for residents.

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