Residents Proudly Participate in Annual Polk Senior Games

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 – By Alison Kennedy Hand

Staying active as we age is important for our overall health, wellbeing and longevity. It’s for this reason – and many more – that the Polk Senior Games has flourished.

For those who may not know, the Polk Senior Games is an event created in 1991 by Lakeland resident Nancye Thornberry, along with the support of Polk’s County Commission, Polk County Leisure Services and The Ledger. The mission of the games event was to promote “active, healthy lifestyles, an interest in sports and volunteerism.”

The first Polk Senior Games kicked off in 1992 with 777 participants and 53 events. Today, the games have 2,500 participants, more than 99 events and the dedicated assistance of over 750 volunteers to run the event.

The most recent Polk Senior Games was held for sixteen days throughout February and March 2019. Men and women 50 years and older competed in various games at locations throughout the county.

We would like to recognize the following FPH residents and board members who participated and medaled during the most recent Polk Senior Games:

  • Joan and Roger Cripe – gold medal in bridge
  • Marilyn Wiswedel and Maryon Bramley – silver medal in bridge
  • Janice Garda – bridge
  • Sally Friedmann – bridge
  • Jim Bramley – fishing & shuffleboard
  • Edith Weigert – gold medal in shuffleboard singles; silver medal in shuffleboard doubles
  • Grace Witmer – gold medal in senior smarts
  • Maryon Bramley – senior smarts
  • Paul Collyer – director of Bridge
  • Scott Langston – tennis singles & doubles
  • Meredith Rickheit – silver & gold medals in track; two silver medals in tennis; bronze medal in dancing; silver medal in the one mile race walk; silver medal in the 5K run.

Congratulations to all those involved in the Polk Senior Games for 2019. Job well done!

Balance Class Sign-Up Underway, Class Starts in September 2019

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an evidence based program set to begin on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The 8-week class, which is FREE and open to FPH residents and Lakeland community members, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Spring Wellness Promotion Set to Begin April 15

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Ready to travel north on scenic US Hwy 1?

Well that’s exactly where you’ll be headed during the Spring Wellness promotion running April 15 through May 25, 2019.

This wellness initiative is a 6-week promotion where teams of three can earn points for participating in various activities around campus. Some examples of these activities include participation in a group exercise class, Bible study, chapel, volunteering or even a round of sunroom trivia.

Teams will accrue points based on attendance at various wellness activities or events on campus. Team members will turn in activity points to Alison Kennedy Hand, Director of Wellness, each week. Each point earned will equal one mile. The goal is for the teams to “drive” their imaginary car —  starting from Key West, Florida, and move north along U.S. Highway 1 up the east coast to Fort Kent, Maine. That’s a total of 2,369 miles from end to end!

Teams can be made up of both employees and residents, and must be turned into Alison by Friday, April 12th. All teams will be recognized with a luncheon and the Top 3 teams will win a gift card.

For more information, contact Alison in the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or by email at akennedy@fphi.org.

“The journey — not the arrival — matters.”

–T.S. Eliot

Tobacco Free Campus Coming Soon

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Florida Presbyterian Homes will be a tobacco free campus with tobacco free shifts by November 15, 2019. Being tobacco free creates a healthier environment for the residents, employees and guests.

YOU + ME = TOBACCO FREE!

In anticipation of the move to being tobacco free, the following resources are available to help tobacco users to quit:

  • Tobacco Free Florida: www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com; 1-877-822-6669
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-866-640-2772
  • Ignite Your Life Coaching Program (Breathe Easy): www.CallToHealth.org; 1-800-773-7752
  • American Lung Association: www.Lung.org/stop-smoking/; 1-800-LUNGUSA
  • On Site Employee Smoking Cessation Program (FPH Wellness Dept.): 863-577-6022; akennedy@fphi.org

Florida Presbyterian Homes is committed to promoting good health for everyone. Join us in our efforts to be tobacco free!

Popular ‘Water in Motion’ Pool Exercise Program Set to Begin in February

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is proud to announce the WATERinMOTION pool exercise program will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. This fun workout takes place in the pool and combines cardio training with muscle toning, all set to energizing music and choreography. “It’s a class that will keep you moving and put a smile on your face the entire time,” said Alison Kennedy Hand, Director of the Wellness Program at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The class will be open to FPH residents and will be held in the Munn Pool on Wednesdays at 10 am. There will be no cost for residents. Anyone who has been given the go-ahead from their physician to begin a fitness program after an injury or to participate in a workout regimen may attend.

Participants can expect a vigorous workout without the pull of gravity on their body. Plus, there are many cross-training effects the water provides reducing the impact on the joints, specifically the knees and back.

“Our program will be the Platinum version of WATERinMOTION that includes choreography and music geared toward older adults,” said Hand. “Platinum offers a shallow-water, low-impact aqua exercise experience that is designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, agility, balance, strength and flexibility.”

Interested residents should sign up or contact Alison Kennedy Hand in the Wellness department by email at akennedy@fphi.org or by phone at (863) 577-6022.

Balance Class to be Held in January

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an 8-week class set to begin on January 24, 2019. The class, which is open to the community, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am in the game room at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Balance Class Announced for August, Open to Community

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls will start Thursday, August 23 at Florida Presbyterian Homes. This 8-week class will be held on Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am in the game room. There is no charge for the class, and both FPH residents and Lakeland community members are invited to attend.

The class is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so please call the wellness department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this class. All participants enrolled in the class will receive a workbook. Light  snacks will be made available at each class.  

Nursing Open House to be Held on May 24

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A Nursing Open House is set to take place on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 5-7 pm, here at Florida Presbyterian Homes, 909 Lakeside Avenue, Lakeland. All nurses, including FPH nurses, as well as RNs, LPNs and CNAs from the community, are encouraged to stop by and tour the new 68-bed Nursing & Rehab Unit. Plus, attendees will get a chance to meet and greet Florida Presbyterian Homes’ new Director of Nursing – Mary Ziomkowski, DNP, MEd, RN.

Open House

Guests will enjoy refreshments in the garden while they learn about FPH’s upgraded PRN pay rates, lower staffing ratios and flexible schedules with OnShift. Contact Kim Roberts for more information at 863-577-6060. See you there!

Weekly Cooking Demonstrations Offer Tasty Options for All

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Mark your calendar for Tuesdays at 2 pm for the “Dishes & Diets” cooking demonstration at Florida Presbyterian Homes. We’ve partnered with Elder Pointe Ministries to provide fresh produce on Mondays at an affordable cost. A cooking demonstration using select produce is then offered on Tuesdays in the Porter McGrath building.

Attendees at Dishes & Diets help prepare ingredients to be used in various quick and easy meals. All cooking demonstrations take place on an induction burner that is cool to the touch — making for a safer cooking environment. Recipes are made available following the demonstration for residents to take and try at home.

dishes and diets photo 2 2018

“Everyone truly enjoys the sights, smells and flavor of a home-cooked meal prepared right before their eyes,” says Chef Etta Owens, Dean of Residents at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “There are plenty of smiles and empty plates to indicate our residents’ enjoyment of these cooking activities.”

Chef Etta is shown making chicken and rice using a one-pot recipe with the following ingredients: virgin olive oil, green peppers, shredded carrots, roasted red peppers, strawberry onions, scallions, yellow rice, diced chicken and chicken broth.

For more information on Dishes & Diets or to confirm the exact location of these cooking events, contact Chef Etta at 863-577-6027 or by email at eowens@fphi.org.

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