November Wellness Star Awarded to Tom Brown

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the November Wellness Star award winner — resident Tom Brown. This month’s wellness star focused on the social dimension of wellness. This dimension refers to an ability to interact successfully with others. It involves developing relationships with others, showing respect for yourself and others, and sharing your God-given skills and talents with others.

Tom was given the November star because he excels in the social dimension of wellness. He was a pastor for 21 years at two churches in Colorado. Tom also spent time as an Associate Executive for church development with the Presbytery and 14 years at FPH as an Associate Director and Executive Director. It was in those days when the motto “home with the heart” was developed.

Tom was happy to be awarded the November Wellness star and said, “I love FPH and want to honor it.” He went on to say that his work in a variety of settings has provided an opportunity to hone his good listening skills. “I listen more than I talk,” said Tom. “You hear a lot more that way.”

Through the years, Tom has become skilled at building relationships with people at all levels and is intuitive about people’s needs, offering a kind word or helping hand when needed. He doesn’t like the spotlight and prefers random acts of kindness without anyone knowing. These acts may include throwing a newspaper closer to someone’s front door, walking a neighbor’s dog or offering words of encouragement at just the right time.

According to FPH’s Pastor Barbara, Tom is the type of person who, whenever there is a strong need, he will be the one to show up and do what has to be done. “Tom sees with his heart and soul,” said Pastor Barbara. “He hears the call to meet a need and then does it.”

When we asked Tom what wellness meant to him, he replied, “Having mental and physical well-being. It is exercise, reading, being social and having discussions with others.”

Congratulations, Tom, for being the November Wellness Star award recipient. We applaud your efforts.

 

 

Maintaining Balance Should be a Top Priority

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By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director

Is it getting harder to balance your body weight while standing on one foot? Do you find yourself off balance more often than not? Then now may be a good time to work to improve your balance, which will also help decrease your risk of falling.

Balance is the process of controlling the body’s center of mass with respect to its base of support. It can also be described as the inner ear working with the eyes, muscles, and joints. Poor balance can lead to falling. And falls among older adults are a big concern and a leading cause of injuries.

There are multiple factors that cause falls. These factors include taking multiple medications, lack of exercise, chronic illnesses, and a decline in physical and cognitive capacities. Conversely, good posture, strength and flexibility exercises, and an active lifestyle are just a few core ingredients that can help improve balance.

Unfortunately, many seniors believe that loss of balance, strength, endurance and flexibility are inevitable. Not true, says the National Institute on Aging. “When older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they have aged. More likely it is because they have become inactive.” (Source: Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging.)

Research utilizing exercise as well as other strategies has been used on healthy older adults with balance problems and has indicated moderate to large improvements in balance and mobility as well as a reduction in falls. And that’s good news for those of us who want to reverse or slow down the rate of decline in the systems that affect balance.

Consider signing up for a group exercise class that focuses on balance, such as tai chi or yoga for seniors. Look to exercises on the internet, such as those from the National Institute on Aging (https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercise-type/balance/), or consider DVDs or videos that you can do at home and that are specifically geared for seniors and balance.

October Wellness Star Awarded to Velma Purucker for Environmental Efforts

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Florida Presbyterian Homes proudly named resident Velma Purucker as the Wellness Star for October 2018. Velma was recognized for her efforts in the environmental dimension of wellness. “It’s important to consider the environment when considering our overall health and well-being,” said Alison Kennedy, Florida Presbyterian’s Wellness Director. “The environmental dimension of wellness is significant because it promotes green spaces, such as walking paths and gardens, encourages recycling and shows consideration of the environment and our important natural resources.”

Velma Purucker

Kennedy was pleased to acknowledge Velma as the October Star since she is a shining example of Environmental Wellness. Over the past several years, Velma has transformed the front and back of her living area into a beautiful garden with potted plants and flowers. “I grew up tending to gardens and plants,” said Velma, “and I’ve always had a green thumb – even as a youngster!”

Velma said she enjoys growing roses and tries to acquire plants that flower year-round. Velma’s friend, Carol Kahlenberg, helps her with the upkeep. People continually compliment the beauty of the garden area. “Carol and I put a lot of work into it,” said Velma, “and it makes me feel good when others enjoy the garden too.”

When asked what wellness means to her, Velma replied, “It is happiness, joy, being able to do the things I want to do, and being able to take care of myself.”

Kennedy added that regardless of our age, we all benefit from the beauty of flowering plants and an attractive outdoor landscape. “Velma’s garden is a wonderful example of bringing people into the natural environment,” said Kennedy, “and for this, we are pleased to recognize Velma with this month’s star.”

Protecting Seniors from Money Scams

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It’s sad to hear stories about older Americans who fall prey to financial scams. Sometimes these scams are hard to detect; sometimes not — if you’re well informed.

Why not safeguard yourself?

Click HERE to read an informative article with 8 tips to protect yourself and your loved ones — brought to you by the National Council on Aging and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.

 

Protein is Power to Fuel Your Day

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When you eat healthy, you have more energy.

Healthy food rich in proteins

Think of food as fuel for the body. Important nutrients, like protein, help to build muscle and maintain strength.

In the spirit of Active Aging Week, held Sept. 23-29, 2018 to celebrate the positivity of aging and active living, check out the foods on this handout with at least 5 grams of protein.

Click HERE to view.

Preventing Falls: Tips for Older Adults & Caregivers

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Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults will fall this year?

Maybe you even think falling is inevitable as you age.

But the good news is, most falls are preventable.

Florida Presbyterian Homes celebrated Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22, 2018. This special day focused on keeping older adults safe and active.

You can learn 6 simple steps to prevent a fall by clicking HERE.

Tammie Miller Shines as Third Quarter Employee Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce Tammie Miller as the Employee Wellness Star for the 3rd Quarter of 2018. Her journey to a healthy lifestyle has been nothing short of miraculous.

Christmas 2016

Tammie’s story began when she saw a picture of herself from Christmas 2016. She realized her weight had gotten out of hand. Tammie was low on energy and she struggled to bend down and tie her shoes. She wore a knee brace to help cope with joint pain from being overweight. That’s when it hit her. Enough is enough.

On March 29, 2017, Tammie took control of her life. She started walking at night and making changes to her eating habits. She cut out sodas and candy, routinely opted for nutritional shakes, and she didn’t put anything in her mouth after 6 pm. Tammie went from walking one time around the block when she first started exercising to walking 5 miles a day – every day, without fail. She avoided the temptation to binge eat, but instead, allowed herself small treats along the way.

October 2018

Her commitment to health went beyond basic exercise and diet; Tammie made a complete lifestyle change. And this change led her to losing more than 150 pounds in about 18 months, while gaining a much healthier lifestyle in the process.

Congratulations, Tammie, on all of your hard work.

We applaud your efforts to put your own health and wellness first!

 

 

Another Benefit of Water Aerobics – RECOVERY!

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By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director

You may have heard or read about the many benefits of exercising in water. Improved cardio endurance, weight loss and stress relief — just to name a few. But in addition to these important benefits, working out in the water is a great place to allow recovery to happen, as well.

I’ve been involved with sports a good part of my life – particularly as a runner.  As with any sport, it’s important to have rest days in between rigorous cardio or strength training days because your muscles need time to recuperate and repair.  Water exercise allows you to recover, while still getting in a workout. The lack of impact on the joints and muscles gives your body time to mend. Plus, rest days give the muscles, bones and connective tissue a chance to rebuild.

According to recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, you should train each major muscle group two or three days per week and leave at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session. That means rest days are just as important as training days. So, don’t skip the rest days. Get in the water and MOVE! Your body will thank you.

You Can Do More Than Just Stay Cool in the Pool!

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By Alison Kennedy, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

The month of August brings summer heat, but working out in the water can cool you off. Plus, pool exercise can be therapeutic as well.

Water exercise helps build cardio, strength and flexibility. It’s also a great exercise environment for aging joints. The pool is an inviting place to exercise both physically and socially. 

 What are some of the benefits of water exercise?

  • It’s easy on the joints. There’s no gravity in water, so there’s no impact on the joints with exercise movements.  This is especially beneficial to those who have arthritis.
  • It builds muscle and strength. Water can provide much greater resistance than air based on the volume and the speed of movements within the water. This resistance helps to strengthen and tone muscles.
  • It creates a social atmosphere. Aquafit and other group exercise classes provide a socialization benefit that can help motivate people to maintain an exercise program.  Developing friendships, interacting within a group and having the ability to share common experiences helps to create a positive exercise environment.
  • And…there’s hydrostatic pressure. The hydrostatic pressure created by water helps to decrease the tendency of blood pooling in the lower portions of the body, which helps reduce swelling and can also help steady unstable joints.

Overall, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports your body and falling isn’t a concern. No special equipment is needed, although you can use a variety of fitness or flotation devices if desired. Pool exercise allows for a wider range of motion, helps alleviate fatigue, and also helps relieve stress and tension.

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