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March 2016

Lakeshore Board Names Judy White New Administrator at The Meadows

Judy WhiteJudy White has been appointed by the Lakeshore Senior Living Board of Directors as the new Administrator of The Meadows. Judy comes to Lakeshore with a wealth of senior care experience – including roles at a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and as a regional executive director for an assisted living organization. In addition to her work with seniors, Judy devotes a great deal of time to civic and community projects. She is currently serving on the TNCAL Board and served as past President of Coalition of Women in Long-term Care and on the THCA Public Relations Committee. Judy is also a champion for several non-profits in the Nashville area – raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for Relay for Life.

Born in Madison, Tennessee, Judy’s mother Elsie Brownlee was a registered nurse and her father John, a parts and service manager for King Rambler. She was raised in Portland until she married Lewis (John) Neil White and moved to Hartsville, Tennessee. Judy and John are the proud parents of three sons and five grandchildren.

Judy is looking forward to working with the residents, families and staff at The Meadows.

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Tamara Hart Joins The Meadows as Director of Nursing

Tamara HartTamara Hart has recently joined Lakeshore Senior Living Communities as the Director of Nursing at The Meadows. A graduate of Ball States in Muncie, Indiana, Tamara started her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has spent the past 23 years working with senior adults in both hospital settings and in skilled nursing care. In addition to her experience in senior care management and acute rehab, Tamara has assumed leadership roles with the Tennessee End of Life Partnership and with the Tennessee Health Care Association.

Tamara is the proud mom of two children and two beautiful grandchildren. She spends most of her spare time these days working on her Masters in Nursing at Cumberland University.

Please join us in welcoming Tamara to Lakeshore Senior Living Communities!

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Gifts From God

QuoteIn addition to being one of our most precious treasures in life, there are many benefits to friendship – from providing us with a sense of connectedness to having a positive effect on our health.

Yes, friends truly are gifts from God and one of the many ways in which he takes care of us. There are many references to friendship in the bible and here are a few of our favorites:

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

John 15:12-14 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Genesis 2:18 “It is not good that man should dwell alone.”

Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”

John 15:15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ?Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Job 6:14 “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

1 Peter 4:8-10 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”

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Mary Lois Arnold, Resident of the Month

IMG_1417Meet Mary Lois Arnold, The Meadows’ March resident of the Month and the newest member of the centenarians club! Mary Lois is one of four residents currently living at The Meadows who is 100 years old.

Mary Lois was born on a farm in Eagleville, Tennessee on March 1, 1916. She was an only child up until she was nine years old when a baby brother joined the family. Mary Lois was a doting older sister who loved her brother dearly.

The valedictorian of her high school class, she sold turnip greens and tomatoes to earn money to attend Middle Tennessee State University and later Watkins School in Nashville. After graduation, Mary Lois traveled from Eagleville to Nashville via bus in search of a job and housing. After failed attempts at acquiring housing at The Nashville Christian Girl’s Home and The YMCA, she eventually found shared living space in McGannon Hall, a residential housing facility at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Union Street.

She went to work at Commerce Union Bank – where she stayed for 27 years. Upon retiring from the bank, Mary Lois worked with the Mission Center at David Lipscomb College until it closed in the 1990s. During her time with the Mission Center, Mary Lois traveled on missions to several foreign countries including Africa, Australia, the Holy Land, New Guinea and New Zealand.

Those who worked with Mary Lois at Lipscomb spoke highly of her work ethic and commitment – many stating that “they had never known a more faithful worker”. Mary Lois would do whatever was asked of her and many times things that others would never do. She tackled computers when they were new and became proficient in the outreach program. It was said that Lois could find anything or anyone that was needed – even contacting the Pentagon on one occasion for the school!

There was mutual love and respect between the students at Lipscomb and Mary Lois. During her time at the school, she oversaw more than 120 apprentice missionaries and organized and conducted scores of campaigns – many of which she participated in, including trips to New Zealand.

Although she never married, family meant the world to her. Mary Lois doted over her five nieces and nephews and gave freely of her time, finances, and inspiration. She lived at Lakeshore Wedgewood in Nashville for several years before moving to The Meadows, where she still resides today.

Mary Lois is a giant among the saints as she is loved and admired by her friends at both Lipscomb and The Meadows. Join us in wishing Mary Lois a very Happy 100th Birthday!

 

Thanks to Becky Pardue, ADC Activity Director/Lakeshore Meadows for her contribution of this story.

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Friendships Are Good for Your Health

enewsletterWe all know how important diet, exercise and sleep are to good health; however, many of us don’t realize that socializing with friends, family and community also plays an important role in our health. While this is true for people of all ages, many studies have shown that engaging in meaningful relationships is especially important for the overall health and wellness of seniors.

As people age, their lives change, their social circle becomes smaller and the opportunity for socializing decreases. Social interaction offers older adults many benefits and staying socially active can help seniors maintain good physical and emotional health.

Here are a just a few of the ways friends can be good for your health:

Improved Mental Health

Memory issues and depression are two health conditions that seniors often experience. Studies have shown that consistent interaction with other individuals can reduce the risk for problems with memory and depression. Simply talking to someone once a day for at least 30 minutes can improve memory and help protect against depression.

Improved Nutrition

When living alone, many people tend to become malnourished, and this is especially true for seniors. They either don’t find the need to cook for themselves or they don’t like eating alone. Having friends to share a meal with can improve the appetite of seniors and inspire them to eat and socialize.

Improved Physical Health

Having an active social life is one way to truly ensure that you are physically healthy. Social interaction can potentially reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems, increase the abilities of the immune system, decrease blood pressure and reduce physical pain that is caused by depression and a lack of movement.

Reduced Stress

Sometimes, certain things in life—whether it’s a busy schedule or being worried about family members— can make seniors extremely anxious and stressed out.  Socialization is a great way to reduce the amount of stress in one’s life.

Keys to Social Interaction

There are many ways seniors can stay socially connected and engage with others, primarily with their peers. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Volunteer
  • Engage in group activities or join a club or group with shared interest.
  • Get a pet
  • Attend church
  • Learn new skills
  • Join a gym or fitness center and take advantage of classes specifically designed for older adults.

Remember, spending time with friends and family is not only relaxing, but is also enjoyable, and can help increases overall happiness.

 

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Skilled Rehab Care at The Meadows

Gait training physical therapySkilled rehab care is that special place between hospital and home.  Skilled rehab care is available at The Meadows for anyone needing special recovery care after a hospital stay.  Many of the patients needing rehab care come directly from the hospital following strokes, traumatic injury, hip and knee fractures, or surgery.  The specialized care is designed to aid patients who need additional care and rehabilitation before transitioning back to their home.

Inpatient rehab facilities are different from typical nursing care because of the rehabilitation available to patients so they can return to their normal life.  Daily rehabilitation assessments, therapy and certified nursing care help patients prepare to return home to their former levels of activity.

Here at The Meadows, physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered to help patients meet their recovery goals.

The Meadows provides post-hospital, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care for both resident and non-resident patients.  Comfortable private and semi-private rooms are available.

Skilled rehab care is ordered by your physician and is generally covered under private insurance or Medicare. For a skilled rehab or nursing stay to be covered by Medicare, you must have been admitted as an inpatient for three overnights in the last 30 days.  If Medicare is your primary payer source, you are given up to 100 days of benefit.

If you have questions or an upcoming need, please email Rhonda Furlough or phone her at 615-662-3214 for more information.

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