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!

Balance Class Sign-Up Underway, Class Starts in September 2019

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an evidence based program set to begin on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The 8-week class, which is FREE and open to FPH residents and Lakeland community members, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will 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 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Spring Wellness Promotion Set to Begin April 15

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Ready to travel north on scenic US Hwy 1?

Well that’s exactly where you’ll be headed during the Spring Wellness promotion running April 15 through May 25, 2019.

This wellness initiative is a 6-week promotion where teams of three can earn points for participating in various activities around campus. Some examples of these activities include participation in a group exercise class, Bible study, chapel, volunteering or even a round of sunroom trivia.

Teams will accrue points based on attendance at various wellness activities or events on campus. Team members will turn in activity points to Alison Kennedy Hand, Director of Wellness, each week. Each point earned will equal one mile. The goal is for the teams to “drive” their imaginary car —  starting from Key West, Florida, and move north along U.S. Highway 1 up the east coast to Fort Kent, Maine. That’s a total of 2,369 miles from end to end!

Teams can be made up of both employees and residents, and must be turned into Alison by Friday, April 12th. All teams will be recognized with a luncheon and the Top 3 teams will win a gift card.

For more information, contact Alison in the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or by email at akennedy@fphi.org.

“The journey — not the arrival — matters.”

–T.S. Eliot

Rev. Dick Huggins Receives April Award as Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award Rev. Dick Huggins with the Wellness Star for April 2019. 

This month’s award focuses on the vocational dimension of wellness, which is work that utilizes a person’s skills while providing personal satisfaction. Participating in paid and unpaid workforce means maintaining skills and helping others.

Rev. Dick Huggins is the perfect picture of the vocational dimension of wellness.

Rev. Huggins stays busy at FPH leading an occasional Sunday chapel, or services on Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday, and is an active member of a committee that evaluates campus needs. Plus, Rev. Huggins not only helps here on the FPH campus, but also fills in at local churches when there is a pastor vacancy.

His career as a minister has spanned many years — with over 21 years in development with the Presbyterian Foundation and 20 years as an active pastor for churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Florida.

It’s no surprise that Rev. Huggins stays very busy in his retirement. In fact, he said, “Every day is a new adventure, even in retirement. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of the ministry.”

When asked what wellness means to him, Rev. Huggins said, “Being aware and taking care of yourself begins with you.” That’s great advice from the April 2019 Wellness Star award winner.

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more!

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 – By Alison Kennedy Hand

From March 11-17, we’re celebrating Nutrition and Hydration Week for 2019. There’s no better time than now to emphasize the importance of drinking water.

An individual can use or lose more fluid than is taken in. Not replacing the lost fluids is called dehydration. Anyone can become dehydrated, but older adults are at greater risk for dehydration due to a variety of reasons.

Some causes of dehydration are chronic diseases, swallowing problems, medication usage, kidney deficiency with age, and decreased taste bud sensation. Thirst isn’t always a good indicator of the body’s need for water. Some people, particularly older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they are already dehydrated.

Here are some important signs or symptoms of dehydration: dry mouth, dry skin, extreme thirst, confusion, irritability, sunken eyes, difficulty walking, dizziness, headaches, inability to sweat, rapid heart rate, constipation, low blood pressure, dark urine or decreased urine output.

How does a person avoid dehydration?

  • Drink plenty of fluids!
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol as these types of drinks cause a person to urinate more.
  • Eat more fruit with a high-water content such as grapes, watermelon, peaches, and berries or water rich vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, and summer squash.
  • Drink more during the day and limit drinking before bed. Drinking small amounts of water routinely throughout the day can help.

And remember, older adults can become dehydrated during minor illnesses such as with a bladder infection or bronchitis. It’s important to recognize this and make an effort to drink extra fluids even when you’re not feeling well.

Resident John Moen Awarded Wellness Star for March

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce John Moen as the winner of the Wellness Star for March 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the intellectual and vocational dimensions of wellness. The intellectual dimension is defined as engaging in creative pursuits and intellectually stimulating activities, whereas, the vocational dimension is defined as work that utilizes a person’s skills while providing personal satisfaction.

Photography is a creative work of art for John Moen. It provides a high level of personal satisfaction for both John and his wife, Christina (Chris). John says his photography started when he developed a website called worldatlas.com. John and Chris would travel around the world visiting many countries together. John would take pictures and Chris would write articles about each country. The information was then shared through the world atlas website.

As the Moen’s journeyed around the world, John amassed a collection of photos totaling around 20,000! Once John sold the website, he wasn’t sure what to do with all the photos, but soon noticed there was a market for his photo collection. He began selling the photos online using various techniques to make the pictures more attractive.

“I work because I enjoy it, and I attribute a lot of my success to my wife,” said John. “I feel very lucky to have a wife like Chris who enjoys traveling.” In addition to their travel, the Moens have  lived in unique destinations around the world such as Rome, Amsterdam and Prague. John says photography is self-gratifying and very fulfilling to his life. “There is something special about creating work that people like and enjoy,” said John.

When asked what wellness means to him, John replied, “It’s getting a good night’s sleep, having good healthcare, and most importantly, having happy relationships with people — especially a good marriage.”

Congratulations to John for winning the March Wellness Star.

Tobacco Free Campus Coming Soon

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Florida Presbyterian Homes will be a tobacco free campus with tobacco free shifts by November 15, 2019. Being tobacco free creates a healthier environment for the residents, employees and guests.

YOU + ME = TOBACCO FREE!

In anticipation of the move to being tobacco free, the following resources are available to help tobacco users to quit:

  • Tobacco Free Florida: www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com; 1-877-822-6669
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-866-640-2772
  • Ignite Your Life Coaching Program (Breathe Easy): www.CallToHealth.org; 1-800-773-7752
  • American Lung Association: www.Lung.org/stop-smoking/; 1-800-LUNGUSA
  • On Site Employee Smoking Cessation Program (FPH Wellness Dept.): 863-577-6022; akennedy@fphi.org

Florida Presbyterian Homes is committed to promoting good health for everyone. Join us in our efforts to be tobacco free!

Study Shows Greater Risk in Being Sedentary

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By Alison Kennedy Hand, FPH Wellness Director

Recently, we learned about an important study found in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This study showed that a sedentary lifestyle was worse than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. A senior author of the study, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Wael Jaber, said, “being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test, has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, diabetic or being a current smoker.”

This is important to know as we age, especially when some seniors think physical activity isn’t as important as it was when they were young. Dr. Jaber said he has never seen research as pronounced and as objective as this. The study essentially proves that being sedentary, also known as unfit, should be considered as strong of a risk factor as hypertension, diabetes and smoking, if not stronger than all of them.

The study reported in JAMA looked at 122,007 patients who had an exercise treadmill test between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 2014 to measure all cause of mortality relating to the benefits of exercise. The study showed that fitness leads to longer life and that the benefits of exercise were seen with all ages in both men and women.

When looking at the risk of death, a sedentary lifestyle or being unfit, was worse than the other risk factors such as smoking or end stage disease. In fact, the researchers report compared the risk of sitting against high performers on a treadmill test and found that the mortality risk of a sedentary lifestyle is three times greater than smoking. THREE TIMES GREATER!

What does this study tell Americans? We need to get up and move more. Being sedentary is bad for your health!

 

Source: AMA Network Open, October 19, 2018.doi:10.1001/jamanet-workopen.2018.3605

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