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September 2013

September Devotional – Compassion

JAM_0830A Devotional from Dan Harless, Jr., Chaplain, Lakeshore Senior Communities

Because our world is often filled with grief, sadness, disappointment, personal tragedy, abuse, hurt feelings and a host of other negative impacts on our lives, there will always be a need for someone to show some compassion…but this is nothing new!  The Scriptures are filled with both instruction and examples of those who could recognize the need and be willing to offer a cup of kindness. Literally,   compassion is suffering with another; hence, it is to have sympathy or pity for another.  To be compassionate, we must attempt to put ourselves into the shoes of another.  This Godly virtue will often be demonstrated with varying shades of meaning and intensity.  Let’s note a few Biblical examples:

On one occasion, a leper came to Jesus and beseeched him for cleansing. In Mark 1:41 we read: “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be thou clean.”  The Lord was anxious to restore a man’s health.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son we are told that when the son fully recognized how he had been misbehaving, he determined to go home and try to make things right.  In Luke 15: 20 we read: “But when he was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”  The father was anxious to repair a relationship.

A retired business man was once asked the secret of his success.  He replied it could be summed up in three words…”And then some.”  I discovered at an early age, he declared, that most of the difference between average people and top people could be explained in three words — the top people did what was expected of them…and then some!  They were thoughtful of others, they were considerate and kind —and then some.  They met their obligations and responsibilities fairly and squarely —and then some.  They were good friends and helpful neighbors—and then some.  They could be counted on in an emergency—and then some.

I am thankful for people like that, for they make the world more livable. How important it is for all of us   to follow the examples set forth in Scripture to be alert to the needs of others.  When we see a person who’s hurting, let’s be sure to show compassion and couple it with appropriate action.  What a wonderful way to let the Lord know that we’re willing to go the extra mile. Compassion

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The Littles Celebrate BIG

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn August friends and family gathered to celebrate the 74th wedding anniversary of Margaret and Allan Little, residents of the Meadows.  Their anniversary is quite a feat since the U.S. Census Bureau says only 6% of married couples make it to their 50th anniversary.

The Littles are loved by all in our  Meadows senior community.  And cakes are definitely in their future!  Margaret and Allan are also celebrating their 98th birthdays this fall.

Their lives together have been marked by amazing love and commitment.  The couple has shared both their lives and their faith right here in Nashville for more than 85 years.  Both attended Charlotte Avenue Church for 80 years.  After the church merged with West Nashville Heights Church of Christ in 2007, they joined in at their new congregation.

Margaret and Allan became been sweethearts since they were juniors in high school.  During Christmas break, Margaret gave a party for a visiting cousin.  She asked Allan  if he would come as the date of his next door neighbor whose regular boy friend was out of town.  Allan went to the party, and the rest is history. On Margaret and Allan’s first date they rode the streetcar to town and saw a play in the old Orpheum Theater.  They married on August 5, 1939.

Their lives have been full with church, family and friends.  Their daughter, Jane Harris Little, was the love of their lives. Jane was born a special needs child in June 1955 and died February 2002.  As the parent of a special needs child, Allan served one term as President of the Davidson County Association for the Retarded Children.  This organization is now known as ARC of Davidson County.

Allan retired from the U. S. Post Office after 41 years of service.  Margaret was a wonderful mother and accomplished seamstress.

The friends at The Meadows celebrate with the Littles and can’t wait until the 75th Anniversary.

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Important Events and Info

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Caregivers Conference

Nationally recognized expert on Alzheimer’s Dr. Steven DeKosky is speaking at a special Caregiver Conference, Friday, September 27, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, at First Baptist Nashville.  Learn from the professionals.  The event is free, but space is limited.  Call 1.800.272.3900, or email tcloud-mann@alz.org.

 

Spaghetti Supper

Our famous Spaghetti Supper benefitting Alzheimer’s Association is back at The Meadows on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Cost is $10 per person, with take-out available.

Pancake Breakfast

Join us on Tuesday, October 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 am at The Meadows as we flip some flapjacks to raise money for Alzheimer’s.  Cost is $7 per person.  And if you can’t join us for breakfast, stop by the front desk and make a donation.  It will be added to a leaf on our Giving Tree.

Like us on Facebook

Keep up with the activities at The Meadows and Heartland by “liking us” on Facebook.  Each month, we will have a drawing for a free $25 gift card or donate $25 to the Alzheimer’s Association in your name.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join the Lakeshore Team on Saturday, October 19, at 9 am, as we join hundreds of others as we walk around the Nashville Public Square to draw attention to the need to end Alzheimer’s.  For more information, click here.

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans.  Click here to read the ten early warning signs from the Alzheimer’s Association.  Early diagnosis allows for early intervention.

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Assisted Living or Memory Care: Which is right for your loved one?

Assisted LIving or Memory Care

Assisted Living and Memory Care are two of the fastest growing types of residential senior care, but there are distinct differences between the two types of care.  Here is some important information you should you know when considering a senior community for those with memory problems.

First, let’s start with the basic definitions of the two types of care:

Assisted Living is defined as “a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed.”  What that usually means is your loved one is still active and vital, but can no longer live entirely independently and might need assistance with everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, meals and medication management.

Memory Care is a distinct form of long-term skilled nursing that specifically caters to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory problems. Also called special care units (SCUs), memory care units usually provide 24-hour supervised care within a separate wing or floor of a residential facility.

Eight Signs Memory Care Is Needed

  1. A clinical diagnosis of memory impairment has been received from a physician.
  2. There is a risk for elopement or confused wandering.
  3. The senior needs more specialized nursing assistance and more complex care.
  4. There is a need for more complete assistance with bathing, eating, dressing and transfer.
  5. The senior needs complete medication management.
  6. The senior needs more structured activities for mental and physical stimulation.
  7. Senior is not able to walk on his/her own.
  8. The senior has other complications or illness.

Sometimes there is confusion with Assisted Living facilities offering memory care but no nursing care. At Lakeshore Senior Communities, we offer 24-hour specialized nursing care for our Memory Care patients.  Each resident has a personalized plan for care and activities.  We provide a safe and secure environment for our residents by offering skilled nursing and a greater nursing staff ratio.  We spend time with our residents in our special activities room with appropriate activities that stimulate their senses and keep them active.

If you have questions about the types of residential care available or would like to take a tour, we would be happy to counsel you further.  Please contact Rhonda Furlough at 615-662-3214 or email Rhonda at rfurlough@lakeshoreseniorliving.org.

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