Resident Boxes His Way to November Wellness Award

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has awarded resident Paul D. with the Wellness Star for November 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the physical dimension of wellness, which can be defined as making lifestyle choices that maintain or improve health and functional ability.

November-Wellness-Star-Award-WinnerPaul has been active throughout his entire adult life enjoying tennis and basketball. However, five years ago, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. But that didn’t stop Paul from staying active. He still exercises seven days a week engaging in different forms of exercise. Paul continues to play tennis and has even added a variety of Parkinson’s related exercises to his weekly regimen, such as Rock Steady Boxing.

“Exercise keeps me moving and helps sustain my quality of life,” said Paul. Rock Steady Boxing, in particular, has helped Paul with cognitive improvements, such as added alertness and a heightened ability to follow instructions. “Rock Steady Boxing has given me a wonderful support group where we share ideas and help one another.” Paul’s wife, Sarah, recommends getting started on Parkinson’s exercises as soon as possible after diagnosis.

Paul says some days are better than others, but the key is to keep moving. “It’s important to stick to your exercise program, don’t skip class and don’t give up.”

When asked what wellness means to Paul, he said, “Being active and doing the things I enjoy — working out, reading my Bible, talking to my wife and being sensitive to those around me.” We applaud Paul’s wellness journey and his faithfulness to his exercise routine despite his illness.

Congratulations, Paul, for being our November Wellness Star award winner. You rock!

Wellness Tells the Real Story for FPH’s October Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Barbara H. as the Wellness Star for October 2019. And it’s her love of storytelling that helped her to win this award.

Storyteller-Wins-October-Wellness-Star-at-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesWhen you first meet Barbara, her captivating stories keep you engaged. It’s a skill she’s had since her youth. In fact, Barbara’s entire family, both mother and father, would sing and tell stories. She has fond memories of sitting on her father’s lap while he sang and told stories about living in the mountains of North Carolina. Even in the car, when the radio wouldn’t pick up a signal, members of Barbara’s family would tell stories and sing together for hours. As a young adult, Barbara spent time singing in church and school choirs, eventually singing lullabies to her own children when they were small.

According to Barbara, storytelling can be sung or spoken. Different stories appeal to people in various ways and the storyteller uses their own finesse to deliver the story whether speaking or singing. Barbara has performed storytelling at churches and schools. She writes many of her own stories, but never tells stories about her personal life. Barbara also uses folk songs and folktales in her storytelling. “I can make people laugh and cry with the same story,” said Barbara. “Storytelling can make a person recall the past and also think about the future. It’s an emotional and spiritual experience.”

In the 1990s, a professional storytelling organization was started in Bartow and later moved to Lakeland. Barbara was named as president of the Polk County organization. While the local storytelling group is no longer in Lakeland, Barbara reports that the state of Florida Storytelling Association is still around today.

Storytelling is a part of wellness that focuses on the emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of wellness, which are all very important to a person’s well-being. When asked what wellness means to Barbara, she says, “good health means body, mind and spirit combined.” Barbara’s unique gift of storytelling blesses all those who come in contact with her. May she continue to share her gift of storytelling for many years to come.

Congratulations, Barbara, for being awarded with the October 2019 Wellness Star!

 

Active Aging Week Set for October

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 – By Alison Kennedy Hand

Active Aging week is a nationally recognized week from October 1 – 7 sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). This year’s theme, “Redefining Active,” is about engaging in all areas of wellness — physical, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational and environmental.

Active-Aging-WeekICAA states that active aging is about engaging with family, friends and your community to learn and try new things, such as volunteering, mentoring and pursuing professional development or an entrepreneurial endeavor. Other ways to be engaged include traveling, maintaining an active spiritual/religious life, having a healthy lifestyle, and being more mindful. Ultimately ICAA states it is about positively engaging in all aspects of life benefitting both the individual and the community as a whole.

Florida Presbyterian Homes will be recognizing Active Aging Week with the following events:

  • Tuesday, October 1 – A Fall Tea – Celebrating the Season at 2:00pm in the Main Dining Room. Pam Herbert and ALF staff to host.
  • Thursday, October 3 – Brain Games – Cognitively Engaged at 10:00am in the Chapel presented by Etta Owens.
  • Friday, October 4 – Fall Prevention and What Healthcare Should Be at 2:00pm in the Chapel presented by Dr. Romero.

On behalf of FPH and the Wellness Team, we’re pleased to join with thousands of Active Aging Week supporters as we work to help change the way we age.

 

Resident Donna J. Awarded September Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award resident Donna J. with the Wellness Star for September 2019. Congratulations Donna!

Donna-Jones-September-Wellness-StarWhile it’s rare to find an activity that meets more than two dimensions of wellness, Donna has found it in gardening! Gardening covers several dimensions of wellness, including physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and emotional. She spends 30-45 minutes every day, except Sundays, tending to her garden. “It’s a great leg and arm workout, plus it’s relaxing and gives me something positive to anticipate,” said Donna.

Donna received her master gardener certificate 10 years ago. It’s a certificate that requires 50+ hours of training and annual continuing education to maintain it. Usually, continuing education involves providing volunteer hours. Donna acquired several volunteer hours working at Circle B Bar speaking to school aged children. “I enjoy it and it keeps me active,” said Donna.

Donna uses her alone time in the garden to pray. “It’s a peaceful place to think about God,” said Donna. She also feels gardening makes people happy. “I’m a giver and I love sharing plants with other people. A plant brings people together and can help you make a friend.” Donna credits gardening for keeping her brain active by determining which plants to place in her own garden while providing advice to others about plants for their gardens.

When asked what wellness means to her, Donna said, “It’s being able to enjoy life as much as possible and as long as possible. Staying physically fit to do the things I enjoy.”

Donna shared a segment of a poem that ties in with her love of gardening: “There is no unbelief; whoever plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see it push way the clod – he trusts in God.” – By Elizabeth York Case

Shuffleboard Enthusiast Edith Weigert Receives August Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Edith Weigert as the Wellness Star for August 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the physical and social dimensions of wellness. The physical dimension can be defined as lifestyle choices that can maintain or improve health by engaging in physical activity and the social dimension can be defined as social interactions with chosen peer groups or friends.

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Edith’s preferred sport of shuffleboard does both.

When Edith and her husband retired in 1990, they had a summer home here in Florida and that was the year she started playing shuffleboard. The community where they lived at the time had six shuffleboard courts to play on. It was only three short years later that she won her first gold medal at the Polk Senior Games in singles shuffleboard!

Edith went on to join the Lakeland Shuffleboard Club in 2008 and currently serves as treasurer for the club. The Lakeland Shuffleboard Club has 32 courts and is located on Lake Parker. Edith plays at least twice a week and says the club has about 100 members  — with an active tournament schedule that draws people from all over the state.

“Shuffleboard is a sport I truly enjoy and it’s a great way to make friends too,” said Edith. “People of all ability levels can enjoy the game.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Edith said, “It means exercising, eating healthy and being happy because happiness is a choice.”

Great advice from our August 2019 Wellness Star. Congratulations to Edith!

Tony Arce Recognized as FPH Employee Wellness Star for Q2

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to recognize Tony Arce as the Employee Wellness Star for the second quarter of 2019. Tony was chosen based on his efforts to quit smoking. While he has proudly been smoke free since February, his journey hasn’t been easy. 

Quit-Smoking-Smoke-Free-Employee-Wellness-StarOver the years, Tony has tried to quit smoking more than 10 times. He stopped two years ago, but stress caused him to pick it up again. Then recent events made him reconsider quitting, including a close family member who had quadruple by-pass surgery and a trip to the hospital when Tony thought he was having a heart attack. Thankfully it was only muscle spasms. 

 Six months ago, Tony decided to quit — for good. He now knows the importance of changing his daily routine in order to make it stick, so he replaces his early morning cigarette with a full glass of water. After lunch, he immediately occupies himself to get his mind off of his cravings. And when he’s around others or in a social setting, Tony says everyone is respectful and makes an effort to avoid smoking around him, which really helps. 

Tony says he’s getting a lot of support from his family. Plus, he’s enrolled in a smoking cessation class that gives him tools to be successful. For example, in difficult moments when he feels the urge, Tony turns to deep breathing techniques or finds humor in the moment to avoid lighting up. 

“I’ve found three added benefits to quitting,” said Tony. “I don’t smell like smoke, I save money and food tastes better.” When asked what advice he would give to help others to go smoke free, Tony said, “Keep trying to quit. One of those times will be the exact time that everything will align and you won’t pick up those cigarettes again.”

 Congratulations to the Q2 Employee Wellness Star. Tony, we’re proud of your commitment to be smoke free. 

 

Note: Tony agreed to publicly share his story with FPH in an effort to help others. 

Resident Dances Her Way to Better Health

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award resident Dolores Johnson with the Wellness Star for July 2019. 

This month’s award focuses on the emotional and social dimensions of wellness. The emotional dimension recognizes a healthy expression of one’s feelings, while the social dimension represents the ability to relate and connect with other people in the world. As we all age, it’s vital to stay connected to people and to participate in various social activities. And Dolores Johnson does just that.

Wellness-Star-Dances-Her-Way-to AwardDolores is a dancer, but she didn’t start participating in regular dance classes until age 55. Her daughter began a belly dancing class and Dolores was quick to join in. After participating in that class, Dolores realized the movement was helping her injured shoulder. So she kept on dancing and now enjoys two types of belly dancing classes, Tribal and Egyptian, and has added a weekly line dancing class to her line up.

Dolores says there are many benefits to dancing, such as helping to build confidence, to be more assertive, to show good sportsmanship and to encourage others at various skill levels. Plus, dance classes help you form a social support system. “Dancing is a great way to socialize and have a network of people you can turn to,” said Dolores. “But most important, dancing is fun! Our group can make mistakes and we can laugh with each other.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Dolores said: “It’s getting enough movement and staying mentally active. Movement is a way of life and FPH has given me many opportunities to be active.”

Congratulations to Dolores Johnson — our July Wellness star…and may you keep on dancing.

June Wellness Star Awarded to Resident Sam Houghtaling

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Sam Houghtaling as the Wellness Star for June 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the vocational dimension of wellness, which utilizes a person’s skills while they gain personal satisfaction, as well. Participating in the paid and unpaid workforce means maintaining or improving skills such as mentoring and volunteering.

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FPH resident Sam Houghtaling is a retired chemical engineer, with degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics. He says he took so many math electives in college that he ended up with two degrees!

Sam had an incredible career working in the phosphate industry for 40 years and traveling to 26 countries. Once he retired, Sam decided to use his passion for math to become a math tutor. He works with fifth grade students once a week and has tutored high school and college-level students.

Sam enjoys teaching the students to look at math in a different way. He teaches things differently, and encourages students to think and to solve. “I get enjoyment knowing I have helped someone to solve a math problem,” said Sam. “I also like seeing the students improve while being tutored.” Sam’s feels if you have a talent, then it’s your responsibility to use it to help others. And that’s just what he does.

When asked what overall wellness means to him, Sam said,  “I walk and keep active. If you sit around and do nothing, then you will go down-hill.”

Congratulations Sam — the June Wellness Star award winner!

May Wellness Star Awarded to Resident Gil Walton

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Resident Gil Walton was recognized as the May 2019 Wellness Star at Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland, FL.

Gil-Walton-Wellness-Star-Winner-Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-Lakeland-FLThis month’s wellness star focused on the physical dimension of wellness. Being physical is the act of making lifestyle choices that can maintain or improve health, while also increasing your functional ability through physical activity. Living independently is a goal shared by many people and physical wellness is necessary to achieve this.

Gil moved to FPH in 2017. At that time, he remembers how his feet shuffled as he walked and how he fell frequently. Gil recalls an invitation by fellow resident Pat Swails to attend “A Matter of Balance” class, which is offered quarterly at FPH. Pat also encouraged him to join in a few of the many group exercise classes available at FPH.

Fast forward to 2019, where Gil now attends group exercise classes at FPH five days a week — either Sittercise or Wellness exercise class. He is happy to report that the exercises are making his muscles stronger and keeping his knee joints from hurting. Gil also reports that the group exercise classes get him up and out of his apartment to enjoy fellowship with others.

“I like to talk and we can talk before and after exercise class,” said Gil.  “So, that’s a nice benefit.” When asked what wellness means to him, Gil said, “It’s staying independent and being active. I like having self-confidence and exercise keeps me moving.”

Well said Gil, and congratulations on being the FPH Wellness Star award winner for this month!

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!

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