Here are some tips from the FDA to help you age fabulously: Click Here for FDA Article.
As a caregiver, it’s important to prepare for life’s big challenges before they happen.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) offers free resources to help you prepare. Read more here.
If you or your loved ones are 65 or older, then falling is a real safety concern. It’s important to consider ways to reduce the risk of falling right in your very own neighborhood.
Click here to read an article from the National Council on Aging that will help.
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.
“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 email@example.com.
When is a good time to start the conversation about moving your parents to a retirement community? Try the 40-70 rule. If you’re at least 40 years old or your parents are at least 70, it’s a good time to begin talking. Remember, you don’t need to make a decision overnight. The important thing is to get everyone thinking and talking about future plans.
Congratulations to resident, Pat Swails
2017 Health & Wellness Finalist
Salt & Pepper Outstanding Senior Awards
Sponsored by the Senior Connection Center
Pat was nominated by the Wellness Department for her dedication and hard work to the A Matter of Balance program! Please join us in congratulating Pat on her achievement!
The Salt & Pepper Awards is a recognition ceremony hosted by the Senior Connection Center as a way of recognizing the achievements and acts of service that are performed by older or disabled adults in the community. Every year, the Senior Connection Center states that they are amazed and inspired by the nominations received from across five counties and struggle to select only two finalists for the five categories: business & entrepreneurship, education & mentoring, health & wellness, arts & entertainment, and community service & philanthropy. This year’s finalists embody the theme of this years older Americans month – Age Out Loud!
A recent 50’s-themed mystery ride for the residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes led to a spontaneous day of peach picking!
Several Florida Presbyterian residents attended the annual P.E.A.C.E. Nehemiah Action Assembly at Lakeland Center on March 7th. P.E.A.C.E. is an acronym for Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment. Over 2000 Polk County residents representing 19 congregations attended the assembly. The purpose of the organization is to identify root causes of community problems and build a strong coalition capable of negotiating with public officials to resolve these problems.
PEACE sets the agenda, reviews it with each invited official and establishes a strict timeline for the 80 minute meeting. Usually 3 governmental units are invited to attend and each is asked to provide funding and/or implement new procedures, If the answer is “yes” to the proposal, a resounding cheer is provided the official; if “no” total silence is the response. With 2000 people in attendance, the silence is deafening. It’s a very effective way to ask for changes to local government procedures and funding priorities. We are encouraged to be part of the audience at next year’s Nehemiah Action Assembly.
On March 16, the Marketing Department’s “Browse and Brunch” event was attended by approximately 70 visitors. Close to the same number of staff and residents welcomed the visitors. Five of our independent housing units and two apartments were open for the visitors to see. We owe a big thanks to those who opened their residence. Also our 6-plex activity areas were open to the visitors as well as a musical combo performing in the Library. A Continental Breakfast was provided to the visitors upon arrival and lunch served in the new Bistro located in the McArthur Center.
Our Activity Fund drive is now underway and approximately $5,500 of the $7,000 needed to fund all our activities has been collected. As was mentioned before, our Financial committee recommended a $35. ($70/couple) donation. If you have not given, please make your check out to the Residents Association and give to Ann in the ALF reception area.
– Roger Cripe, President