This is a BIG year of celebrations for Allan & Margaret Little, residents of The Meadows. In addition to celebrating their 76th wedding anniversary this summer, Margaret turned 100 years old on August 2 and Allan’s 100th Birthday is coming up in December. As we prepare for Allan’s birthday celebration on November 12, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at the lives of The Little’s.
Allan and Margaret’s 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 87 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 have 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. They had three children, two boys Dan Alan and Richard Cowden which both passed as infants. 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.
During this challenging time Allan served as Vice President of New Horizon and worked with others who dealt with special needs citizens. Afterwards, he served as President of the Davidson County Association of Retarded Children which is better known today as ARC.
Allan retired from the U. S. Post Office after 41 years of service. He was an accomplished song leader, a great Bible scholar and served as the Associate Superintendent of Bible Studies. Margaret was a wonderful mother and accomplished seamstress. As a seamstress one of the things she is most proud of are the beautiful draperies that hung around the baptistery at Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ.
We are honored to have these two wonderful people as residents of The Meadows.
Please join us at The Meadows on November 12 at 3:00 PM as we celebrate Mr. Little’s 100th Birthday! There will be a reception in the main dining room to include a special plaque presentation by State Representative Bo Mitchell. WKRN Channel 2 and WSMV Channel 4 will be on hand to showcase this very special event.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Damage to the brain that results in dementia, including Alzheimer’s, typically begins years before symptoms are observed. While some family members will say symptoms seemed to have appeared overnight, others say changes were subtle. Many times older adults may sense something is wrong but they do not seek help. The signs of Alzheimer’s are many time difficult to recognize.
The most common early symptom of the disease is difficulty remembering newly learned information as Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. People with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it difficult to recognize they have a problem.
The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a list of early signs that can help family members or caregivers recognize a potential problem and seek medical advice. Here is a list of their 10 warning signs:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life – especially forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates, repeatedly asking for the same information
- Challenges in planning or solving problems – trouble with numbers such as following a recipe, keeping track of monthly bills or difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or leisure
- Confusion with time or place – losing track of dates, the passage or time or forgetting where they are or how they got there
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – difficulty driving, reading or vision
- New problems with words in speaking or writing – trouble with conversations, naming a familiar object or repeating oneself
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps – thinking others have stolen lost items
- Decreased or poor judgment – poor judgment with money, paying less attentions to grooming or ignoring self-care
- Withdrawals from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
While there is some typical age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. If you or a senior loved one notice any of these signs, it is important to see a doctor.
Click here to learn more about typical age-related changes versus signs of Alzheimer’s.
According to a 2014 survey from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, there are 65.7 million caregivers in the United States. About 15 million of these people are caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Senior caregivers include children of aging parents, a spouse, a friend, or even a neighbor and they are all very special people. We’d like to send a “thank you” to all of these exceptional people and to offer a few words of strength.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” —1 Peter 5:2–4
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” —1 Chronicles 28:20
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” —1 Thessalonians 5:9–11
In addition to a pancake breakfast, silent auctions and bake sales, several people gathered in Nashville on Saturday, October 17 for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Tracy Marsteller, Heartland Life Enrichment Services Director, and her husband were on vacation last week so they weren’t able to attend The Walk to End Alzheimer’s with the other members of the Lakeshore family. A cruise ship and an ocean didn’t stop them from participating – they set their watches to coincide with the Nashville walk and joined along!
Additional Photos from The Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Nashville, TN
Upcoming Events at The Meadows
October 28 | 10:00 A.M.
We’ll have a morning of Trick-a-Treating with local Bellevue moms and their preschool children. This special event will include book reading and a Halloween parade thru the building.
Ensworth High School – an all day in-service project at The Meadows. Students from Ensworth High School will visit with, assist and interview our residents.
October 30 | 2:30 P.M.
Halloween Spirit Day for residents and staff featuring a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a party with lots of treats!
November 11 | 2:30 P.M.
We will honor our veterans with a special Veterans’ Day Program in our chapel.
November 12 | 3:00 P.M.
Join us as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of resident Allan Little! There will be a reception in the main dining room to include a special plaque presentation by State Representative Bo Mitchell. WKRN Channel 2 and WSMV Channel 4 will be on hand to showcase this very special event. Allan Little’s wife, Margaret Little, turned 100 years old on August 2 and they have been married 76 years.
November 26 | 3:00 P.M.
A bountiful Thanksgiving Day lunch will be served and we’ll have an afternoon of special music!
A Weekend of Fall Fun
Friday, October 23
Our staff and residents will celebrate this beautiful fall season with a hot dog roast and S’Mores – hot off the fire!
Saturday, October 24 | 2:00 – 3:00
We will host an afternoon of Trick or Treating for the children of our staff. Witches Brew and popcorn will be served.
November 11 | 1:00
Veterans Day Program
Join the residents and staff of Heartland for a special Veterans Day event including lunch and a short program. Space is limited so call today! 615-885-2320