Rise & Shine Award Ceremony Celebrates Resident, Pat Swails

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Pat Swails Finalist 2017

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!

Resident Association President’s Message – April 2016

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Roger Cripe

Roger Cripe

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

The History of the Homes – Porter-McGrath Health Center

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In the beginning, Florida Presbyterian Homes did not have full-time nursing care. One dedicated nurse, Frances Smith, after working day duty at Lakeland General Hospital, volunteered to keep vigil each night in the Howland-Delay House. Dr. George Earnest, a retired physician living at the Homes, offered his professional services and donated $10,000 toward extending the House, in order to have an infirmary on the second floor.

The Board of Directors presented to the Synod plans for an annex with health facilities. The Synod voted to request $80,000 from the statewide expansion campaign. The Johnsons wrote, “This Annex was a sort of hybrid between a hotel and an extended care facility…offering a splendid stopgap until further money became available.”

Resident Association President’s Message – October 2015

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Bob Bourquein

Bob Bourquein

With the arrival of October, the wandering residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes will have returned from their summer trips and cooler weather will prevail. As we enter the winter months, please think personal exercise and active social life.

According to Brigham Young University psychologist Julianne Holt-Lunstad, “highly social people have a 50% better chance of survival than loners over a period of several years”.

“While exercise is no panacea, it does confer plenty of benefits as we age. When Cardiff University epidemiologist Peter Elwood tracked the health outcomes of more than 1,600 people older than 45, he identified regular exercise as a key habit that reduced people’s risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease in old age.” (1)

Celebrating 60 Years of Spirituality at FPH

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When Rev. Monte Johnson, pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church on S. Florida Ave., was visiting his congregants at the hospital or in the hotels in which they lived, many of them expressed a need for a Christian retirement center in Lakeland.

The church formed a committee and they proceeded to explore the possibilities of providing a community for retired pastors, missionaries, and their wives. The Synod of Florida granted the church group permission to establish this community. Donations provided by Mr. Erwin Howland, a retired business man, and Miss Dora DeLay, a retired school teacher of modest means, allowed the committee to purchase a large house. The Synod of Florida accepted the gift of this home and then organized the administration of what is now known as Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The History of Our Homes – Dr. William Monte Johnson

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Dr and Mrs JohnsonSeptember marks the 60th anniversary of Florida Presbyterian Homes. This is a most appropriate time to remember the life of our founder, Monte Johnson.

William Monte Johnson was the son of Alex and Laura Johnson. He was one of ten children, born in the mountain town of Crossnore, North Carolina, on April Fool’s Day in 1903. Monte never had the privilege to see a doctor or a teacher until the age of nine, when two came to Crossnore and made an amazing impact on his life. As a young boy, he was crippled and had to crawl for a long time; he may have suffered from polio. One leg was shorter than the other. Years later, he could climb a mountain faster than anyone; it was impossible to keep up with Monte and his walking stick. This gave him the nickname “The Mountain Goat.”

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