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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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Whirligig Wizard

This fanciful whirligig was created by Harold Tinley, one of our residents. Harold, who is vision impaired, designed the spinning garden ornament and completed it in our woodworking shop with the assistance of our Director of Plant Operations Frank Wooten and his maintenance team.

The wind-powered whirligig, which is installed on the path near the lake and our gazebo, is a lot of fun for our residents, staff and visitors to watch!

Thank you for this whimsical decoration, Harold!

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What in the Helicopter?!

On a recent visit to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Ga., several St. George Village residents and staff enjoyed exploring the various special exhibits and permanent galleries that are housed in the 120,000 square foot world-class museum.

Pictured here, SGV driver Dave Fagerstrom and resident Jack Dudley admire a Bell Helicopter. The Bell is the first helicopter that Dave flew during his service in Vietnam as an Air Force helicopter pilot.

The Bell Helicopter is part of Tellus Museum’s Science in Motion Gallery, which explores the relationship mankind has with powered vehicles designed to increase the speed of travel.

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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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Skyline Viewing and Sippable Orange Creamsicles

SGV resident Jack Dudley waves as he waits to board the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

A group of intrepid St. George Villagers recently ventured south to Centennial Park in Atlanta to take a ride on the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

Towering nearly 20 stories above the Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people.

Marie Monteleone, seated in a gondola, awaits take-off.

Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area.

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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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New Website Makes Futures Markets Simple

A new online resource is available to help explain how movement in financial markets can impact everyday life.

Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.

Now there is a new online resource available to help explain what those markets mean to everyday life. With easy-to-understand content that everyone from high school students to financial professors will find ­useful, Futures Fundamentals (www.futuresfundamentals.com) makes understanding markets simple.

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Felines Take the Stage at SGV

Blessed Trinity High School "Cats"Students from neighboring Blessed Trinity High School recently performed excerpts from their stage production of Cats, the Musical for the St. George Village community. The talented performers wore their full costumes and treated the audience to an afternoon of fabulous song and dance.

St. George Village and Blessed Trinity often partner together for community service and friendship! The school has provided passes to SGV residents to all Blessed Trinity events, including football games, concerts, plays and more.

Thank you, Blessed Trinity!

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Heeding the Signs

SGV members Alice and Jim Sterling had the foresight to plan for their future health and lifestyle needs.

When Jim Sterling was present for the groundbreaking of St. George Village back in 2003, he and his wife, Alice, were interested in the community… but not yet ready to leave their home in a nearby  subdivision. They visited again in 2005 when the life care community opened for residency… and Jim still wasn’t ready to leave home. But two years later, the Sterlings knew it was finally the right time to make St. George Village their permanent home.

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How Strong Is Your Chi? Learning Tai Chi And Qigong to Prevent Slips, Trips And Falls

Tai chi is just one of many health and wellness activities offered to St. George Village members.

Many older adults have found benefit from the centuries-old Chinese martial arts tai chi and qigong. “Chi” or “qi” (chee) means “life energy.” “Qigong” (chee-goong) literally means “life energy cultivation.” Tai chi consists of a series of flowing movements while qigong focuses on the repetition of isolated movements and breathing.

For example, Robert Johnson, M.D., Kaiser Permanente Chief of Palliative Care in Walnut Creek, Calif., has practiced tai chi and qigong since the 1970s. He believes these mind-body exercises promote good health, flexibility, strength and balance, which help reduce the risk of falling among seniors.

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