February Wellness Star Awarded to Carol Kahlenberg

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Carol Kahlenberg as the Wellness Star for February 2019. This month’s wellness star focused on the physical and intellectual dimension of wellness. The intellectual dimension can be defined as engaging in creative pursuits and intellectually stimulating activities to keep the mind alert.

Kahlenberg started taking Tai Chi class about two years ago. She was one of the first to take the Tai Chi for Arthritis class. She continues in Tai Chi and has added Qigong for Health to her routine. Each class meets once a week.

Kahlenberg says she benefits tremendously from going to the classes. By taking the Tai Chi class, she has learned to relax and calm herself by learning to focus on movements and stay in the moment. “If I’m going through a hard time,” says Kahlenberg, “it doesn’t bother me as much because I know how to put moments into perspective.”

Tai Chi has helped Kahlenberg to be more focused with activities such as reading and prayer. Plus, she has gained better balance and strength in her legs — relying minimally on her cane. “Stairs used to be difficult for me, but I’m now able to do them without fear,” said Kahlenberg.

When asked what wellness means to her, Kahlenberg replied, “Wellness means body, mind and spirit.”

And it is with great spirit that we congratulate Carol for winning this month’s star. We applaud her commitment to wellness and her willingness to share her experience with us!

Popular ‘Water in Motion’ Pool Exercise Program Set to Begin in February

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is proud to announce the WATERinMOTION pool exercise program will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. This fun workout takes place in the pool and combines cardio training with muscle toning, all set to energizing music and choreography. “It’s a class that will keep you moving and put a smile on your face the entire time,” said Alison Kennedy Hand, Director of the Wellness Program at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The class will be open to FPH residents and will be held in the Munn Pool on Wednesdays at 10 am. There will be no cost for residents. Anyone who has been given the go-ahead from their physician to begin a fitness program after an injury or to participate in a workout regimen may attend.

Participants can expect a vigorous workout without the pull of gravity on their body. Plus, there are many cross-training effects the water provides reducing the impact on the joints, specifically the knees and back.

“Our program will be the Platinum version of WATERinMOTION that includes choreography and music geared toward older adults,” said Hand. “Platinum offers a shallow-water, low-impact aqua exercise experience that is designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, agility, balance, strength and flexibility.”

Interested residents should sign up or contact Alison Kennedy Hand in the Wellness department by email at akennedy@fphi.org or by phone at (863) 577-6022.

Employee Wellness Award Goes to John Stanfield

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Congratulations to John Stanfield — Florida Presbyterian’s employee wellness star for the 4th quarter of 2018. 

This quarter’s wellness star is a good example of how best to focus on the social and emotional side of wellness. Social is defined as the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world while establishing and maintaining positive relationships.  The emotional dimension is defined as having the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring, such as stress or anger. 

Positive leisure activities are an important component of a person’s overall wellness. Stanfield was selected as a wellness star due to his active participation in softball and fishing, both of which have a direct impact on the social and emotional dimensions of wellness.

“People who make recreation a priority are more likely to feel satisfied with their overall lives,” said Lisa Croff in a recent article on the Metroparks website. “According to an American Recreation Coalition Study, 90 percent of respondents who reported satisfaction with their overall lives also participated in regular, outdoor recreation.” 

Florida Presbyterian Homes Employee Wellness StarLeisure activities help improve mental health by providing opportunities to nurture oneself and manage stress. Stanfield says recreational activities are important to him for two reasons: they provide an opportunity to socialize and an outlet for stress relief. 

Stanfield has played softball with the same teammates for three years. He says it’s a great sense of community being around the softball field and seeing the guys each week. “Playing on a team makes me feel like a kid again,” said Stanfield. 

When it comes to fishing, Stanfield likes to fish with friends and alone. “It’s a great escape from work and a good stress reliever,” said Stanfield. He goes on to say that he relaxes when watching a sunset and enjoys the peacefulness of being still on the water. “It helps me to mentally recharge.”  

When asked what wellness means to him, Stanfield said, “It’s about having a positive attitude, being happy, and feeling good about how you look and present yourself to others.” Wise words from our most recent employee wellness award winner.

 Source, Lisa Croff, https://www.metroparks.com/importance-leisure-recreation-health/

New Chief Executive Officer Joins FPH

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the hiring of Joe Xanthopoulos as the new Chief Executive Officer. Xanthopoulos brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the field of senior living, ranging from Director of Development to President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Xanthopoulos served as an interim leader/consultant with one of the top performing and largest faith-based, not-for-profit senior living systems in the country. He also led an acute care health system with housing and community-based programming for older adults, where he served as Executive Director of Life Plan Communities ranging in size between 150 to nearly 600 older adults.

“Florida Presbyterian Homes has a well-deserved reputation as a premier continuing care retirement community,” said Xanthopoulos. “That reputation has been earned through the years by a most competent and compassionate employee team, a mission and vision-oriented board, centered in good core values, and an engaging and warm resident population who love calling Florida Presbyterian Homes their home.”

Xanthopoulos felt an immediate connection while going through the interview process at FPH. “The people I talked with, the faith values-centered and inclusive mission, the beauty of the campus, a well-deserved stellar clinical care reputation, and the community of Lakeland collectively made this occasion to serve the right opportunity for me and my family,” said Xanthopoulos.

In the role of CEO, Xanthopoulos will be responsible for the overall management and supervision of the entire community, and will serve at the direction of the Board of Directors. He will use his extensive background and skill set to create and maintain positive, interactive and goal-centered management at FPH.

“These are truly exciting times in the field of senior living and for Florida Presbyterian Homes, said Xanthopoulos. “As the needs and ambitions of the generations of people we serve changes, our field, our programs and our people have opportunities to evolve like never before.”

Xanthopoulos is passionate about what he does, knowing that it has meaning and impact on the future of continuing care for older adults. “We are well positioned for a vibrant future and I look forward to working with the board, staff, residents, and our community to define and embrace a vision and plan that aligns with Florida Presbyterian’s mission of providing compassionate, personalized continuing care and service of the highest quality, consistent with our Christian heritage.”

In addition to his work experience, Xanthopoulos’ background includes involvement on numerous parish councils, not-for-profit organizations, state and national associations representing long term care providers, and on Departments on Aging and Health and Human Services task forces. He has long been a legislative advocate for older adults and providers at the local, state and national levels. Outside of work, Xanthopoulos enjoys time with his family, worship activities, sports, walking, cooking and entertaining, reading, and travel.

The Florida Presbyterian Homes community welcomes Joe Xanthopoulos to the team!

Diane Van Dusen Named as January Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award the January 2019 Wellness Star to resident Diane Van Dusen. This month’s wellness star focuses on the physical dimension of wellness, which promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. There are many aspects to physical wellness including physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being.

Diane Van Dusen is a great example of physical wellness and has been active her entire life. As a teenager in high school, she was a swimmer, cheerleader, tennis player and water skier. She says she enjoyed the water skiing most and performed at Cypress Gardens during high school and summer breaks from college. While attending Florida State University, she was in a synchronized swimming group, which according to Van Dusen, “was a lot of hard work!”

As an adult, Van Dusen continued to stay active as a member of a local health club and the YMCA. She enjoyed use of the jogging track at the health club and participated in group exercise classes. When Van Dusen moved to FPH three years ago, she found it most convenient to participate in the group exercise classes at the McArthur Center on the FPH campus.

Van Dusen believes it’s important for older adults to get out and join something. “Be active,” she says. “Because if you don’t use it, you will lose it!”

When asked what wellness means to her, Van Dusen said, “Wellness means taking care of yourself, which involves fitness. It’s a new year and we can all find ways to be more active.”

Flower Ministry Volunteer Polly Carland Named December Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce that Polly Carland has been awarded the Wellness Star for December 2018. 

This month’s award focuses on both the occupational and social dimensions of wellness. The occupational dimension can be defined as work that utilizes a person’s skills.  Whereas, the social dimension one’s ability to connect with other people. Carland is a great example of someone who uses both of these dimensions in her daily routine.

Since volunteering is such an important factor on the FPH campus, the flower ministry is just one example of residents serving residents. Carland has been participating in the flower ministry for seven years. “The FPH community has been good to me and it is important to find ways to serve others,” said Carland.  “By volunteering, it helps connect you with other residents, keeps you from being isolated, and provides simple acts of kindness.” 

Carland explained that Chapel flowers are taken apart and redistributed in vases as part of the flower ministry. It usually takes about 45 minutes to separate and prepare the flowers. The new arrangements are then taken by a team of flower ministry volunteers to the health center. Carland not only arranges the vases, but also helps to organize the team of volunteers who receive a flower delivery schedule. 

Carland says the FPH chapel is a sacred place and the flowers are part of the chapel. She is very happy the flowers continue to be enjoyed by people who need them. 

When asked what wellness means to her, Carland replied, “Wellness is the ability to live a long, happy, satisfying life.  FPH offers us that opportunity and how we respond to it is inside each of us.”

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.

 

 

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.

 

Balance Class to be Held in January

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an 8-week class set to begin on January 24, 2019. The class, which is open to the community, 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 in the game room 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!

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