December 2014

A New Wellness Program at The Meadows

iStock_000017598565SmallIn our ongoing effort to help our residents stay fit and healthy, we are excited to announce a new wellness program that is available to both The Meadows and Harpeth Meadows communities. This new program includes a variety of fitness and educational activities to appeal to the varying interests and abilities of all of our residents!

Program Features

  • Group classes – held each Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 at the Harpeth Meadows Club House.
  • Use of gym – simply make an appointment and come ready to use any of the equipment in our therapy gym; including our AlterG treadmill, recumbent bike and stepper.
  • Monthly healthy learning classes – our monthly educational classes will focus on ways to help you stay healthy. Topics will focus on wellness, safety and nutrition.
  • Standardized fitness testing developed specifically for older adults – before you begin the wellness program, we will have you do a simple fitness test. The results will be discussed individually and used to create a customized activity plan. Activity plans may include various exercise programs focused on balance, strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Quarterly testing updates – we will conduct quarterly testing tests so you can track your progress.

Memberships Fees

  • $15 per month for group classes
  • $15 per month for use of the therapy gym facilities

You have the option to do only one or both!  The fee will be added to your monthly maintenance bill.

Don’t miss out on this fun and educational wellness program. Classes began on December 2 but it’s not too late to join in!

Call today for additional information or to speak to someone about scheduling a fitness test (615) 646-4466.




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The Greatest Gift Ever Given

nativity_blogJohn 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Many of us are in high gear preparing for Christmas – decorating, shopping, wrapping presents, baking cookies and attending get-togethers with co-workers, friends and family.   Christmas truly is a glorious time of year but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the season can be exhausting and distract us from the true meaning of Christmas.

As you scramble to find that last minute present, take a few minutes to meditate on these bible verses and remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ – the greatest gift ever given.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV) Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.


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20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Seniors

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for an elderly family member or loved one can be difficult – especially if they have downsized or are living in a senior community with limited personal space.

Here are some helpful gift ideas that will bring hugs and smiles all around.


  • Fresh fruit. A basket of fresh seasonal fruit or a fruit-of-the-month club makes a special treat and provides good nutrition.
  • Homemade cookies. A simple yet special gift that can bring back memories of home – perhaps you can even make cookies using one of their recipes!
  • Tea or Coffee. A selection of coffee, tea or hot chocolate makes for a warm tasty holiday gift. If budget allows, a single-serve coffee maker by Keuring is especially convenient for someone living alone or in a small space.
  • Restaurant gift cards. A gift card for a favorite restaurant or coffee shop is ideal for mobile seniors. If getting around is difficult, make this gift even more special by providing transportation and dine with them.


  • Subscription to a magazine. Many magazines targeted to an older demographic offer large print subscriptions and are ideal for those who have trouble reading regular-sized print.
  • Audio books. Individual audio books can be purchased and make a great gift for seniors. Even better – give a subscription to an audio book rental service such as They offer the first 30 days at no charge, it’s only $14.95 per month and you can cancel a membership at anytime.
  • Tickets to a movie or show. While many seniors love going to the movies or out to see a play, the expense may be out of the question for many who are on a fixed income. Tickets to a movie or special show make for a great gift and a special outing.
  • Movies or old TV series on DVD. Classic movies like Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain as well as TV shows including I Love Lucy and The Carol Burnett Show can be fun to watch together and they provide for future entertainment for your family member.
  • A Kindle or a Tablet. Although it may be a bit of a splurge of some, how about loading a Kindle or iPad with books, movies, family photos and magazines they would like.  Spend an afternoon showing them how to use it, send emails to their grandkids and even surf the internet.


  • Blankets.  Who doesn’t love a warm, cozy blanket on a cold winter’s night?
  • Walking shoes. Athletic or comfort shoes that encourage walking or exercise can provide healthy benefits.  A handsome walking cane might be appreciated as well.  The folding canes are especially handy.
  • Manicure, massage or spa treatment. A day of pampering might fit the bill.  Whether it is massage, a manicure/pedicure or a welcome haircut, these personal treats boost well-being.
  • Clothing.  Sometimes shopping trips become less frequent and a senior might need a new sweater or jacket.  Front opening blouses or shirts are easier for many to put on.  Jogging suits are also popular with both men and women.  They might appreciate sleepwear, robes, warm socks or slippers.

Assistive Gifts

  • Easy to use Mobile Phones. Many smartphones of today offer large buttons, photo speed dial, visual rings and more. There are also landline phones that can be adjusted for volume.
  • A Magnifier and Family Photo Album. A family album already filled with pictures that bring back special memories of friends and families is always valued.  Why not add a lighted magnifier to assist in viewing those great photos?
  • Easy to use tools and pens.  For those with arthritis or grip problems, there are many padded grip tools like the OXO Good Grips kitchen tools and soft pencils.

Miscellaneous Gifts

  • Lap Desk.  A beanbag lap desk, some note cards and stamps would make a great gift.  A portable lap desk can be used for crafts, eating and reading.
  • Batteries. It is always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand.  Many need batteries for hearing aids, watches and maybe a favorite electronic device.
  • Coupons for Rides. If your family member has stopped driving, provide a book of coupons for excursions they can share with family members.
  • Donations to a favorite cause or charity of your relative or friend. A friend of mine asked her family to provide a piano for their church.  She can attend weekly and enjoy her “present”.

Gift of Time

Remember, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of time. Giving of yourself can result in a lot of pleasure for your family member or loved one and create a sense of fulfillment for you!

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