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November 2013

November Devotional – A Loving Caregiver

JAM_0830But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” Ruth 1:16-17

The book of Ruth records the life of a virtuous woman whose name has been recorded in the honor roll of faith. An unlikely hero of the Old Testament because she was from the Moabite nation, Ruth won the respect of God’s people and an honored place in the genealogy of Christ. All because she was sensitive to the Lord and to the needs of her mother-in-law Naomi.

First, Ruth trusted the Lord for her future.  Her acts were more than just loyalty and devotion to Naomi; it was an act of faith. She knew leaving Moab would be difficult. She was headed to a new country, new customs, new religion and potentially, no prospects for another marriage. She relied on God for her new path.

Second, she recognized the need to help Naomi.  She saw Naomi’s suffering. Her mother-in-law had lost a husband and two sons. She had no one to take care of her during a time when widows were often cast aside.  She provided love for Naomi when she needed it most.

Third, Ruth put her hands to the task with determination and industriousness, and trusted in God’s provision.  Her reputation for hard work and virtuous behavior caught the attention of those around her, including Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer.

Fourth, God rewarded her devotion and love. She was the great grandmother to King David and an ancestor to Jesus the Christ. Her name is included alongside the 42 men who are included in Jesus’ genealogy.

Here at the Lakeshore Senior Communities, we come in contact with many present day Ruths. We are privileged to walk alongside them as they care for their family, knowing that God is walking with us.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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The Lakeshore Team was second in corporate donations! With help from our friends, we raised more than $10,000 for Alzheimer’s. Thanks for your support.

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Holiday Cooking Event

December 18, 2:30 pm

Join us at The Meadows Sunporch, for an Easy Holiday Cooking Class. Our friends at Gordon Food Services will be providing some great and easy recipes for the holiday season.

 

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How to Start the Conversation

ConversationMany times families put off the important conversations with their aging parents until an emergency or major health issue happens and it’s too late.

Here are some thoughts on talking to family about senior care, and for more information, contact us to pick up a copy of the Council on Aging booklet “How to Start the Conversation.”

Plan ahead and think through the conversation.  Make notes on the important issues you want to discuss.  Choose a time and place that makes everyone comfortable.

  • Think of the discussion as one of an ongoing series of conversations and address one issue at a time rather than trying to resolve everything at once.
  • Begin early while your parents can still participate and share their   preferences. Make sure they understand that you want to help.
  • Include other family members in the discussion, if appropriate.  (Make sure you have met in advance with other family members so you are in agreement on major issues.)
  • Make sure you have eye contact and are close enough to be heard well. Control your emotions and don’t get angry.
  • Think of a medical emergency or experience of a friend or relative that might help start the conversation.

Talk about difficulties with activities of daily living such as bathing, driving or managing finances.
Offer options for meeting current and future needs. To allow your parents to participate in the discussion, offer options for future care and ask which choice they might prefer.

  • Keep the conversation simple. Don’t solve every issue at one time.
  • Explain to them that you want to help them write down their preferences to assure they are followed.
  • Provide information on options of care.
  • Listen and respect their desire and need to maintain control over their lives.
  • Involve third parties if your parents are not open to the discussion. They may be open to another respected advisor.

Ask about important documents. Find out where wills, trust documents, banking and investment records, insurance and living wills are located.  Discuss power of attorney.  Tell your parents you want to be prepared to help them when needed.

Plan a next step.  A next step might be a physician appointment for a physical assessment, making a list of potential senior housing communities, or acquiring information about potential caregivers.  A next step keeps the conversation going and provides additional information for consideration.

Visit our website for important information to help guide you through the process or come by either of our locations and pick up a copy of the Council on Aging resource guide.

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Veterans Honor Roll

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Lakeshore Senior Communities are honored to have many military Veterans as residents of our independent homes and nursing facilities. Although space does not permit us to expound on their stellar accomplishments, we thank them for their outstanding contributions to our country, and are proud to have this distinguished group among our Lakeshore Family.

View or download the Lakeshore Veterans Honor Roll listing.

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Experiences of WWII Veteran Glenn Hale Inspire A Novel

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The amazing adventures of Meadows resident Glenn Hale during the World War II Operation Chowhound were the inspiration for a novel.

Having shared his experiences with his family and through their participation in many reunions of the 390th Bomb group, Glenn’s daughter, Diane Moody, wrote, Of Windmills and War, a fictional novel based on his experiences and those of other pilots who were a part of Operation Chowhound through the book’s character, “Danny.”

Glenn’s Reason for Service

The defining moment for Glenn Hale occurred as an 18-year-old college freshman when the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place.  From the time of that incident, the young man from Chicago, Illinois knew that he would soon enlist in the military. At the age of 19 he began his military training and was accepted into the Army Air Corps and served our country as a co-pilot of B17 airplanes.

Glenn graduated Advanced Flying School in May of 1944 and completed 14 combat missions before being shot down over Turek, Poland. After successfully parachuting into this remote area, this “Americanski” was quickly apprehended by local village residents and sent off to the nearest town in a horse-drawn wagon. After being transferred from city to city, two months later he finally arrived in Framlingham – just in time to take part in Operation Chow Hound.

Operation Chow Hound

Operation Chowhound was a very different type of mission than those he had previously experienced. This mission was a food drop to the starving people of Holland.

Not only gratified to be able to help the Dutch people, Glenn felt it was a fitting way to thank the thousands of Dutch Resistance workers who had helped so many downed Allied airmen avoid capture by the Germans.

Retirement

After retiring in 1998 from a successful business career in Oklahoma, Glenn moved to the Harpeth Meadows community in 2007 to be closer to his daughters. He states that he is thankful for the friendships he has formed in the community and his Sunday school class at Forest Hills Baptist Church. Glenn also enjoys the Friday night dinners and Scrabble tournaments with his family.

You can read more about the 390th Bomb Group at their website:   www.390th.org

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