Don’t Let Isolation Get the Best of You

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 – By Marilyn R., Wellness Committee Co-Chair

According to a recent article I read written by a therapist, isolation not only zaps our energy but can also lead to depression.  The recent pandemic and quarantine has certainly taught us that.

Don't-let-self-isolation-get-you-downLet’s be mindful of ways to help ourselves when the impact of isolation sets in:

  1. Keep a good schedule every day, waking up at the same time, eating healthy meals, and getting plenty of exercise. Prayer or meditation can help as well.
  2. Contact friends and family by social media or phone.  It’s a good chance to catch up and the interaction will lessen your feelings of separation.

This is all easier said than done. But, by helping yourself, you can help others too.

Recognizing Falls Prevention Week

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– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This holds a lot of truth for Falls Prevention, as well.

Falls are a leading cause of death due to injury for people over the age of 65. But, there are several things older adults can do to stay fall free.

Considering Falls Prevention Week is Sept. 21-25, 2020, now is a great time to take these 6 simple steps to prevent a fall in the future:

  • Keep moving – find a good balance/exercise program. And wear sensible shoes too!
  • Talk to a Doc – make an appointment with your health care provider and be prepared to answer questions.
  • Be aware – review your medications with your doctor for any potential side effects or interactions that may impact your balance or risk of falling.
  • Hear it – schedule an annual hearing test.
  • See it – get a vision test each year
  • Remove home hazards – keep your home free of clutter and tripping hazards. Also, keep it well lit, consider nonslip mats, and install hand rails and grab bars where appropriate.

For more information visit www.ncoa.org.Fall-free-checkup-falls-prevention

September Wellness Star Awarded to Faithful Exerciser

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Gerry H. as the Wellness Star award winner for September 2020. This month’s wellness star focuses on the physical dimension of wellness, which can be defined as lifestyle choices designed to maintain or improve health and functional ability.

Wellness-Star-Award-Winner-for-SeptemberWhen you think about Gerry, you think about her being faithful in two ways —

  1. committed to her faith, and
  2. faithful to exercise as a means to improve her quality of life.

Gerry has been very faithful about exercise since graduating from her rehabilitation program with Lisa, her FPH physical therapist. “It was a smooth transition from rehab to the wellness program because I was already familiar with the machines,” said Gerry. “I go to the McArthur [Exercise] Center every day except Sunday to do the strength machines or to ride the NuStep.”

After finishing rehab, Gerry said she needed to be persistent and keep doing the exercises even when she didn’t feel like it. “A person doesn’t have to get weaker just because they’re getting older,” said Gerry. “The machines help to develop muscles and make you stronger, even with your daily activities. I’m able to put on a fitted bed sheet, to move more confidently around the house, and I can get up and out of a chair without help.”

Gerry says that she has had some tough times in her life, but her friend told her: God will give you whatever you need to get through each day. This faith-filled quote keeps her going and helps her stay faithful to her exercise program.

When asked what wellness mean to her, Gerry said, “Growth in spirituality and a dependence on God, thinking, eating, exercising, and living your best life.”

Well said, Gerry, well said.

Healthful Tips – from the FPH wellness committee

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 – By Marilyn R., Wellness Committee Co-Chair

Summer is here and the pandemic along with it. Combining the need to stay home with all this summertime heat can be challenging. Your wellness committee members would like to share some good food for thought:

Staying-busy-during-the-pandemic-by-doing-a-puzzle

  • Keep Moving. Even though you may be home, try to stay active.
  • Take a Breathe. Get some fresh air and sunshine.
  • Be Safe. Remember to stay 6-feet apart, wash your hands, wear your masks and use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay Hydrated. In other words – drink your water!
  • Keep Busy. Find something to do — read a book, do a puzzle, take a walk, make a craft.
  • Reach Out. Stay in touch with friends and family, virtually if you can.
  • Stay Connected. We’re all in this together.

These are helpful tips that might not seem easy, but with a little effort, they can be.

Matter of Balance Class Set to Begin in September

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Balance-class-set-to-begin-in-September-at-Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-in-Lakeland-FLThe Wellness Department at Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the next program dedicated to reducing the fear of falling and increasing activity levels among older adults. Entitled “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” this evidence-based class will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and run one afternoon each week for 8 weeks.

This class is only open to residents of FPH and will be offered on both the North and South sides of campus. The program 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 call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or email akennedy@fphi.org to reserve a spot by Tuesday, Sept. 1. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Avid Runner Wins August Wellness Star Award

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to recognize resident Joan B. as the Wellness Star Award winner for August 2020.

This month’s wellness star focused on the physical dimension of wellness, which can be defined as lifestyle choices that maintain or improve health and functional ability. And this month’s winner does just that — she embraces physical activity for a healthier lifestyle.

florida-presbyterian-homes-wellness-star-award-winner-august-2020Joan has been physically active throughout most of her life. She was a cheerleader and tennis player in high school and continued to be very active into adulthood. She enjoyed many activities with her husband such as sail boating, showing Quarter horses, running and cycling. Since she and her husband were able to retire early, it allowed them time to make several annual trips to Europe during the months of May and June, where they enjoyed cycling through different countries. “Those are good months in Europe because of the weather and not being crowded with too many tourists,” said Joan. All in all, they traveled through thirteen countries over the course of their cycling trips!

Another activity Joan enjoys is running. She has long been an avid runner, racing in events from a 5K to different marathons. Joan ran her first marathon in Italy at the age of 70. She also ran several half marathons at Walt Disney World and in Miami. She even won her age group at the Army ten miler!

Joan continues to stay active at FPH with group exercise classes and swimming. “Being active helps keep me independent and I feel better when I exercise,” said Joan. “It’s important for people to make the effort and find something they like to keep them active and not isolate themselves.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Joan said: “It is feeling good about myself, being around other people and having  confidence in myself.” Good advice from this month’s Wellness Star.

Sun Safety for All

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– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

Florida is the sunshine state and we need to protect ourselves from getting too much sun. The summer months can be especially harmful due the longer days, stronger sun and more people spending time outdoors.

What can you do to protect yourself from too much sun exposure? Here are some helpful tips to reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer:

  1. Remember to seek shade under an umbrella, tree or shelter when spending time outdoors.
  2. Wear long sleeved shirt or pants. Some clothing has ultraviolet protection factor built into it.
  3. Wear a hat with a brim that will cover your face, ears, and back of your neck.
  4. Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. The best sunglasses are those that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  5. Use sunscreen. The best sunscreens are those that offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen that has at least a 30 SPF sun protection factor and water resistant. Check the expiration date before using your sunscreen. Most are good for 2-3 years.

By keeping these tips in mind, you should be all set to enjoy another beautiful, sunny day in paradise, otherwise known as Florida.

Source: CDC and the American Cancer Society

Staying Hydrated

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– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

Summer months spell heat and humidity. Staying hydrated is tricky during these hot months because people are sweating more.

Staying-Hydrated-Is-ImportantDehydration is a common cause of hospitalizations for adults over the age of 65. With the adult body being over 60% water, making sure you stay hydrated is very important.

Why? Staying hydrated helps:

  • to regulate body temperature
  • to improve sleep quality
  • to keep bowel movements regular
  • to keep organs functioning properly
  • to maintain lubrication in joints
  • to enhance circulation, and
  • to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep you hydrated:

Invest in a water bottle. They come in all shapes and sizes, so find one unique to you.

Keep track of your fluid intake. You can do this by adding up the ounces as you drink throughout the day and writing it down.

Drink better tasting water. Consider investing in a filter, such as a Brita pitcher filter, or one that can be installed at your sink or in your refrigerator.

Eat fruits and veggies with a high water content. Examples include watermelons, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Keep an eye on your urine. Urine should be a pale color — not dark, cloudy or foul-smelling.

Watch the coffee and alcohol. These fluids are diuretics, making you urinate more often and retain less water in your body.

 – Source: www.Health.com, by Alex Van Buren

July Wellness Star Shines Bright With Commitment to Her Faith

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Nancy T. as the Wellness Star award winner for July 2020. This month’s wellness star focuses on the spiritual dimension of wellness, which can be defined as living with meaning and purpose in life, either through group or individual faith-based activities.

July-Wellness-star-award-winner-at-florida-presbyterian-homesNancy’s life is a great example of the spiritual dimension of wellness. She volunteers at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, as well as here at FPH. Her spiritual journey as a Christian began when she was 11 years old, and strengthened as she matured and fully understood what it meant to have joy for the LORD. In fact, her favorite verse is Nehemiah 8:10, “the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nancy strongly believes a person must make a point to recognize joy even when things around them aren’t joyful.

While Nancy misses living up North near her family, she believes God has a plan for her to be here in Florida. At her church, she volunteers with the older adult ministry, many times serving lunch, presenting devotions or leading music. She’s not only busy at her own church but also as a member of the FPH Spiritual Life committee. Nancy says one of the main goals of the Spiritual Life committee is to support the chaplain and provide feedback on any issues that are presented. The committee also purchases the Daily Bread devotionals for FPH and writes the Advent and Christmas devotionals for the campus.

When asked what wellness means to her, Nancy said, “It’s a combination of body, mind and spirit. Doing the best I can for my body by eating well and exercising. Spiritually, it means spending time with the Lord and helping others.”

Congratulations, Nancy, for winning the July Wellness Star award. We’re happy God led you to Florida — especially here to Florida Presbyterian Homes, where you’re a kind and gentle servant for the Lord.

An Important Message from our CEO/Executive Director

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 – By Joe Xanthopoulos, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

The well-being of the residents living and staff working at Florida Presbyterian Homes are our greatest priority. COVID-19 is proving to be the most challenging immediate threat to our residents and staff. Face coverings/masks have been determined by the CDC, NIAID, Drs. Fauci, Redfield, Hahn and Admiral Dr. Giroir, and many other reputable and qualified health experts, to have a positive impact on mitigating risk and exposure for contracting COVID-19.

The attached letter which has been sent to the Lakeland Commissioners via the lakelandgov.net website and in hard copy print, was co-drafted by myself and Brian Robare at The Estates of Carpenters. We felt that this issue is of such importance to all people living in Lakeland and certainly especially for those we serve, we need to state our position strongly with the hope the Commission will reconsider the Executive Order presented by Mayor Mutz. We encourage everyone who receives the attached letter to contact our City Commissioners at lakelandgov.net.

(Click on each attachment to view Page 1 and Page 2 of the full letter.) 

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