Rod Wolfe has been appointed by the Lakeshore Senior Living Board of Directors as the new Chief Executive Officer of Lakeshore Senior Communities and Administrator of The Meadows, positions he will hold jointly for the immediate future.
Rod comes to Lakeshore with corporate experience in long-term care as well administrative experience as an assisted living executive director and as a nursing home administrator. Most recently, he was the administrator of a 280-bed skilled nursing facility while guiding the operations of the organization’s assisted living program facility.
Rod is very active in the industry and with patient advocacy groups serving on national boards and advisory groups. Coming from a military background, Rod believes in teamwork, commitment and discipline. As strong as his beliefs are in these principles, he also believes in fairness and consistency. “Living by the golden rule, treating people the way you want to be treated, with dignity and respect is the only way to live your life. Long-term care is caring for people who cannot care for themselves. I know of no other occupation more important – other than being a parent.”
A Note From Rod
Dear Friends, Family and Team Member of Lakeshore Senior Communities,
I am deeply honored to have been selected as the Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Lakeshore Senior Living and The Meadows. From the first day I walked in the door of our facilities, I have been impressed with the commitment and professionalism of our staff. In my interview with the Board of Directors, I identified them as a group of dedicated and caring individuals committed to providing a level of care exceeding resident and family member expectations. As I have met and talked to our residents of the independent homes and our nursing facilities, I have found everyone with whom I’ve come in contact to be engaging and inspiring. I look forward to a continuation of the level or care and concern for which Lakeshore is famous.
With winter comes less sunshine, longer hours of darkness and colder temperatures. These conditions can make many of us feel tired and lethargic – and for some may even cause the blues. Senior adults can be particularly vulnerable to the winter blues as many times they are less mobile, less active and often isolated from friends and family. A change in mood can make seniors more susceptible to unhealthy habits such as overeating, a more sedentary lifestyle and a lack of fresh air and sunshine.
Whether you’re a senior or you are caring for a senior, here are a few suggestions to help counteract the winter blues.
Let the Sunshine In!
Take advantage of the sun while it is shining! Be sure to open draperies and blinds to allow the sunshine in and when possible, make time to go outside soak in some of the sun’s energy boosting rays.
It has been proven that exercise can improve mood, overall health, mental acuity, and susceptibility to sickness. Walking can be a great form of exercise for seniors! If the temperatures are too cold or the weather too severe, walk indoors – many malls allow people in early to walk before the retails shops open.
It is important to maintain a regular social calendar during the winter months. Interaction with others can keep spirits from being low and help keep energy high.
Darkness, colder temperatures and boredom can cause some to overeat in the winter. Do your best to eat healthy foods and try to balance your food consumption with physical activity. Soups with meat and vegetables can be a warm, satisfying and healthy alternative to high calorie foods.
Cold and flu season are in high gear during the winter so be sure to take steps to stay healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and moth, and be sure to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. Also try to avoid contact with anyone who is ill.
- Use a hand sanitizer or household disinfectant to wipe down areas that are frequently touched in your home – doorknobs, phones, TV remotes and bathroom faucets.
Many people begin the New Year with a list of resolutions. Statistics show that 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only about 8% of them are actually successful at accomplishing their goals. Although made with good intentions, many of the goals are unrealistic and broken before spring arrives.
This year, focus on a few obtainable goals that will help you maintain and improve your health – physically, emotionally and mentally. Here are ten tips for a better self in 2015:
- Get moving – participate in some physical activity every day, even if it’s for a short period of time.
- Participate in activities that require active engagement – join a book club or get a group of friends together to work on a craft project.
- Learn a new technology – Smart phones, tablets and the internet can open a whole new world for many seniors. Local libraries or schools offer technology classes or ask a friend or family member to help you get started.
- Be mindful of what you eat and drink – Drink plenty of water, include more fruits and vegetables in your diet and every so often, skip dessert or opt for a sugar-free option.
- Stay connected – make an effort to maintain relationships with friends, family, neighbors or church members.
- Rekindle or find a hobby – do you remember a hobby that you once enjoyed but haven’t done in along time? Get back to one of your favorite pastimes or find a new one to take up.
- Volunteer – not only does volunteering have a positive impact on the community, it also provides many seniors with a sense of purpose.
- Laugh – laughter has many positive effects on the mind and body and quite honestly, it just makes you feel good. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh or watch some of your favorite comedy TV shows or movies.
- Exercise your brain – it’s important to keep your mind active. Do crossword puzzles or better yet, get together with friends and do puzzles or play games.
- Listen to music – not only can listening to music help recall memorable experiences, it can also decrease feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
The New Year offers us a fresh start – a new year of promise. We can look back at the past, reflect on things we wish we’d done differently, mistakes we’ve made or things we’d like to change in our lives.
As you look back on the old year and look ahead to the new one, have hope in the promises of God.
We’ve compiled some bible versus to help you start out the new year right:
Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 “The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”