Former Nurse Awarded April Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Ellie K. as the Wellness Star award winner for April 2020. This month’s wellness star focused on the vocational dimension of wellness. That includes work that utilizes a person’s skills, while also providing personal satisfaction through volunteerism. Ellie’s love of the nursing profession and her interest in helping others made her a perfect choice for this month’s award.

Resident-recognized-as-April-Wellness-Star-Award-WinnerEllie had a 40+ year career in the nursing profession, which included degrees from the University of Rochester and Florida Southern College. She began working as a nurse in the University Hospital before moving to Florida, where she spent the remainder of her career at Winter Haven Hospital in surgical intensive care, IV therapy and as a nursing supervisor.

Ellie says she enjoyed nursing because it was challenging and she loved caring for people. Her talent from her professional life as a nurse has served her well with volunteer opportunities in the Porter McGrath Center here at FPH. She has been volunteering with a resident in the health center for the last two years. “It’s satisfying knowing I am helping other people — not only the resident, but also the caregiver who can get some time away,” said Ellie.

When asked what wellness means to her, Ellie said, “To feel the best I can and be able to do the things I like to do. Plus, I have to keep walking and doing my exercises.”

Well said, Ellie. Congratulations on your commitment to wellness!

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

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Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.

What the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is Doing

The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat or prevent the Coronavirus. The companies’ products include teas, essential oils, and colloidal silver.

The FTC says the companies have no evidence to back up their claims — as required by law. The FDA says there are no approved vaccines, drugs or investigational products currently available to treat or prevent the virus.

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

Link to ftc.gov/coronavirus for the FTC’s most up-to-date information about Coronavirus scams

Nature Lover Receives March Wellness Star Award

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Debbie G. as the Wellness Star for March 2020. And it’s her love of nature that helped her to be recognized for this award. Each month, we look at various types of wellness, including the environmental dimension of wellness. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and one’s personal environment.

Wellness-star-winner-florida-presbyterian-homesDebbie is a nature lover. In fact, it started when she was a child. Debbie’s dad and grandmother taught her about different birds and she enjoyed feeding birds in her grandmother’s garden. She and her grandmother would spend hours watching birds and chipmunks.

Today, Debbie’s love of birds helped her to create a habitat for them to live within our community — specifically the Wood Ducks and Purple Martins.  She made three new Wood Duck boxes and replaced two Purple Martin houses near the boat ramp. Debbie says the new houses are easier to clean and have bigger apartments for the birds. 

In July of last year, Debbie noticed several feral cats within the community. With the help of a friend, they began putting out traps. The goal was to capture the cats and take them to the SPCA for neutering, rabies shot, and de-flea medicine. Some of the cost came out of Debbie’s own pocket, but several residents helped to cover costs. Seven cats were taken to SPCA to be neutered. Out of the seven, two cats became house pets.

When asked what wellness means to her, Debbie replied, “Life in balance, focused on now and trying every day to do better.” Good advice from this month’s Wellness Star award winner. Congratulations Debbie!

February Wellness Star Awarded to Former Project Manager

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to recognize Doug M. as the Wellness Star for February 2020. Congratulations Doug!

Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-Wellness-Star-for-February-2020.For this month’s wellness star award, we focused on the vocational dimension of wellness. Work that utilizes a person’s skills while providing personal satisfaction is valuable for society as experienced professionals, caregiver, mentors and volunteers.

Doug enjoyed a long career as a project manager. His gifts and talents from his professional life have served him well with volunteer opportunities to both organize and manage. Doug enjoys getting to know people and connecting with those around him. Now that he is retired, volunteering has given him a wonderful way to network and connect with people here at FPH.

“I want to make a personal contribution to Florida Presbyterian Homes,” said Doug, “and I want to help people in the process.” Doug takes pride in helping people connect with a task they are interested in and enjoy.

When asked what wellness means to him, Doug said, “It’s physical and mental wellness combined. Being mentally well is just as important as the physical aspect of wellness. It’s your mental attitude that can affect your longevity.” 

Well said Doug. Here’s to many more years of wellness for all!

Popular AquaFit Class Held Weekly at FPH

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is proud to offer AquaFit – a water exercise program held three times a week at Munn Pool. “It’s a class using therapy-related movements to improve range of motion, balance, strength and flexibility,” said Alison Kennedy-Hand, Director of the Wellness Program at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “In addition to the cardio benefits of AquaFit, exercising in the pool can really help with aging joints.”

Water-exercise-class-at-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesAccording to Kennedy-Hand, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports the participants’ body and falling isn’t a concern. Water exercise has also been found to help in alleviating fatigue, as well as relieving stress and tension. No special equipment is needed, although a variety of fitness or flotation devices are available.

AquaFit is open to FPH residents and takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 am. There is 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.

“Besides the physical benefits of AquaFit, participants really enjoy the social opportunities of gathering with others in the class,” said Kennedy-Hand. “It’s a fun program and the participants enjoy their time together.”

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.

Wellness Committee Recognized for Important Role at FPH

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has awarded the entire Wellness Committee with the Wellness Star for December 2019. Typically, one FPH resident is selected each month based on their commitment to a particular dimension of wellness. But this month’s wellness star focuses on the many, many aspects of wellness.

Wellness-Committee-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesAccording to Wellness Director Alison Kennedy-Hand, Florida Presbyterian Homes is lucky to have such a wonderful blend of residents to represent their resident Wellness Committee. They’re a committed group of individuals who set time aside to meet monthly, help with various wellness activities throughout the year, manage a wellness budget, and plan activities all for the benefit of the FPH residents.

“I’m only a department of one,” said Alison, “and I truly could not do what I do without their support and help.” Members of the Wellness Committee include: Marilyn R., Barbara K., Chris W., Don P., Roger C., Dolores J., Fran H., Sally F., Bud W. and Grace W.

The Wellness Committee works closely with Alison to keep residents active. Their purpose is defined by the following: The Wellness Committee aims to provide and promote wellness opportunities for FPH residents by coordinating with staff to encourage participation in a variety of activities — physical, mental, spiritual and social. The committee focuses on maximizing a healthy lifestyle for each resident for as long as possible.

“The members work very hard to keep residents active with their unwavering commitment to fulfill the purpose of this committee,” said Alison. “Their continued devotion to helping improve resident quality of life is to be commended.”

Congratulations to the Wellness Committee for this month’s Wellness Star award. You are recognized for volunteering your time on behalf of the residents and for your ongoing assistance with the Wellness Program at Florida Presbyterian Homes. Way to go!

Resident Boxes His Way to November Wellness Award

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has awarded resident Paul D. with the Wellness Star for November 2019. This month’s wellness star focuses on the physical dimension of wellness, which can be defined as making lifestyle choices that maintain or improve health and functional ability.

November-Wellness-Star-Award-WinnerPaul has been active throughout his entire adult life enjoying tennis and basketball. However, five years ago, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. But that didn’t stop Paul from staying active. He still exercises seven days a week engaging in different forms of exercise. Paul continues to play tennis and has even added a variety of Parkinson’s related exercises to his weekly regimen, such as Rock Steady Boxing.

“Exercise keeps me moving and helps sustain my quality of life,” said Paul. Rock Steady Boxing, in particular, has helped Paul with cognitive improvements, such as added alertness and a heightened ability to follow instructions. “Rock Steady Boxing has given me a wonderful support group where we share ideas and help one another.” Paul’s wife, Sarah, recommends getting started on Parkinson’s exercises as soon as possible after diagnosis.

Paul says some days are better than others, but the key is to keep moving. “It’s important to stick to your exercise program, don’t skip class and don’t give up.”

When asked what wellness means to Paul, he said, “Being active and doing the things I enjoy — working out, reading my Bible, talking to my wife and being sensitive to those around me.” We applaud Paul’s wellness journey and his faithfulness to his exercise routine despite his illness.

Congratulations, Paul, for being our November Wellness Star award winner. You rock!

Wellness Tells the Real Story for FPH’s October Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes has named resident Barbara H. as the Wellness Star for October 2019. And it’s her love of storytelling that helped her to win this award.

Storyteller-Wins-October-Wellness-Star-at-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesWhen you first meet Barbara, her captivating stories keep you engaged. It’s a skill she’s had since her youth. In fact, Barbara’s entire family, both mother and father, would sing and tell stories. She has fond memories of sitting on her father’s lap while he sang and told stories about living in the mountains of North Carolina. Even in the car, when the radio wouldn’t pick up a signal, members of Barbara’s family would tell stories and sing together for hours. As a young adult, Barbara spent time singing in church and school choirs, eventually singing lullabies to her own children when they were small.

According to Barbara, storytelling can be sung or spoken. Different stories appeal to people in various ways and the storyteller uses their own finesse to deliver the story whether speaking or singing. Barbara has performed storytelling at churches and schools. She writes many of her own stories, but never tells stories about her personal life. Barbara also uses folk songs and folktales in her storytelling. “I can make people laugh and cry with the same story,” said Barbara. “Storytelling can make a person recall the past and also think about the future. It’s an emotional and spiritual experience.”

In the 1990s, a professional storytelling organization was started in Bartow and later moved to Lakeland. Barbara was named as president of the Polk County organization. While the local storytelling group is no longer in Lakeland, Barbara reports that the state of Florida Storytelling Association is still around today.

Storytelling is a part of wellness that focuses on the emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of wellness, which are all very important to a person’s well-being. When asked what wellness means to Barbara, she says, “good health means body, mind and spirit combined.” Barbara’s unique gift of storytelling blesses all those who come in contact with her. May she continue to share her gift of storytelling for many years to come.

Congratulations, Barbara, for being awarded with the October 2019 Wellness Star!

 

Resident Donna J. Awarded September Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to award resident Donna J. with the Wellness Star for September 2019. Congratulations Donna!

Donna-Jones-September-Wellness-StarWhile it’s rare to find an activity that meets more than two dimensions of wellness, Donna has found it in gardening! Gardening covers several dimensions of wellness, including physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and emotional. She spends 30-45 minutes every day, except Sundays, tending to her garden. “It’s a great leg and arm workout, plus it’s relaxing and gives me something positive to anticipate,” said Donna.

Donna received her master gardener certificate 10 years ago. It’s a certificate that requires 50+ hours of training and annual continuing education to maintain it. Usually, continuing education involves providing volunteer hours. Donna acquired several volunteer hours working at Circle B Bar speaking to school aged children. “I enjoy it and it keeps me active,” said Donna.

Donna uses her alone time in the garden to pray. “It’s a peaceful place to think about God,” said Donna. She also feels gardening makes people happy. “I’m a giver and I love sharing plants with other people. A plant brings people together and can help you make a friend.” Donna credits gardening for keeping her brain active by determining which plants to place in her own garden while providing advice to others about plants for their gardens.

When asked what wellness means to her, Donna said, “It’s being able to enjoy life as much as possible and as long as possible. Staying physically fit to do the things I enjoy.”

Donna shared a segment of a poem that ties in with her love of gardening: “There is no unbelief; whoever plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see it push way the clod – he trusts in God.” – By Elizabeth York Case

Florida Southern College Intern Joins Wellness Team

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The Wellness Department is pleased to welcome Katie Kruzlic, a fall intern who started on August 27 and will continue here through December. Katie is a senior at Florida Southern College, majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school after the completion of her undergraduate degree at FSC.

Wellness-Intern-At-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesKatie loves being active. In addition to her internship here, Katie is involved in several campus organizations, including FSC’s Catholic Campus Ministries and her work as a group exercise instructor at the Hollis Wellness Center. She has been a figure skater since she was three years old and also has a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo.

When Katie’s not at the gym or helping out in the Wellness Department here on the FPH campus, you can probably find her at an ice rink or biking around Lake Hollingsworth. She also enjoys long walks around Disney and exploring the many trails Lakeland has to offer.

In addition to her role in our wellness department, Katie loves animals and children. She was a volunteer for SPCA Florida and teaches Taekwondo to children in after-school and evening class programs. Katie is excited about her fall internship at FPH and looks forward to meeting everyone!

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