Seniors – including your senior loved ones – have made and continue to make a positive impact on our society. Over their lifetimes, they have served and protected our freedom, supported the arts, invented things we need, advanced the scientific and medical fields, made a positive impact on economy, served their church, their communities and have helped take care of their families.
As we think about the special seniors in our lives, let us take a moment to give thanks for their on-going contributions, pray for their health and for God to continue to use them to serve and help others.
Here are a few of our favorite bible verses about aging and growing older.
“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” (NIV)
“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” (NIV)
“Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.” (KJV)
“I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” (NLT)
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” (KJV)
“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.”
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age” (KJV)
“Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.” (KJV)
May is designated as Older Americans Month – a time to celebrate seniors across our country. As we take time to honor our senior loved ones, we thought this a good time to also raise awareness about some of the issues facing seniors and ways we can help them to age healthier!
Seniors in the U.S.
- The most recent report by the Census Bureau shows that there are approximately 44.7 million seniors aged 65 and older, making up over 14% of the overall population.
- 1 in 7 people in the U.S. are seniors
- By 2040, this number is expected to rise to 82.3 million or 21.7%
- Seniors are definitely living longer. The 85+ population is projected to triple from 6 million in 2013 to 14.6 million in 2040.
According to Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a board-certified geriatrician, there are several commonly neglected senior health issues that can affect a senior’s ability to socialize, be physically active and take care of him or herself. While many people simply write these off as symptoms of aging, being proactive to address these problems can have a positive impact on healthy aging.
Here are seven common problems to check for:
- Falls are common in older adults and while many cause only minor injuries, they can cause older adults to restrict their activities. Unfortunately some falls can cause serious injuries such as broken hips and head injuries, and are a major reason for people having to leave their homes. Most falls in seniors are due to a combination of underlying risk factors or health problems. Insufficient strength or balance can cause falls and can be addressed with exercise; however, there are other factors that should be checked, such as medication side effects or a new illness.
- Memory Concerns. Memory concerns can cause older adults and family members to worry. Many times, people are reluctant to have memory issues evaluated, as they are worried about a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia – something that is not treatable. Evaluation can help determine if a person is cognitively impaired, and to what extent and even more importantly, can uncover treatable causes of decrease brain function such as medication side-effects, thyroid problems and a variety of other problems which can be common in older adults.
- Healthy older adults have lower rates of depressions than the general population; however, it is still a common problem that can be easily missed. It is important to spot and treat depression, as it can impact quality of life, involvement in social activities and enable older adults to better manage health problems.
- Urinary Incontinence. Chronic difficulties controlling one’s bladder is a common problem for older adults and tends to get worse with aging. Incontinence can be embarrassing and can cause seniors to restrict their social or physical activities – which can lead to depression. There are different types of incontinence with different causes. It is important to identify the type and cause in order to provide effective treatment.
- Surveys suggest that 50% of all adults 65+ experience pain every month, often in different parts of their body. Persistent pain is linked to decreased social and physical activity and depression. Pain can also be the sign of a new health problem or a chronic problem that’s not being adequately managed.
- Isolation and Loneliness. Both isolation (little social contact with others) and loneliness (the feeling of lacking in social connections) have been linked to declines in physical health. Loneliness and isolation have also been linked to decreased immune function and a greater risk of depression. Older adults who live alone or who have been bereaved are at a greater risk of feeling isolated and lonely. It is important to reduce social isolation by arranging for more social contact.
- Taking Multiple Medications. As people get older, they become more at risk for harm from medication side effects or interaction. According to the CDC, every year 177,000 older adults visit the emergency room due to over medication. Seniors may be taking medications they really don’t need. It is a good idea to request a medication review for your senior loved one to help identify any medications that may no longer to needed.
While it may be difficult to eliminate some of these problems but it is important to try as it can help improve an older person’s ability to be out doing things they want to do and doing things that are good for their health!
It’s been a busy spring at Lakeshore and the fun isn’t ending anytime soon! Check out what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up on the calendar.
The Meadows and Heartland hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheons on Friday, April 15. The staff of both facilities enjoyed the opportunity to honor the volunteers who give so graciously of their time and resources!
Father’s Day Buffet Lunch at The Meadows
July 4th Celebration – Reserve Your Spot Now!
Heartland – Thursday, June 30 5:30 – 6:30. Join us for dinner and entertainment by the Ukelicks. Call 615-885-2320 to reserve your spot.
Lakeshore Senior Communities is pleased to announced Yuriy Lutsenko as the new administrator at Heartland. Yuriy began his career as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 2010. After working at a nursing home in Tennessee for almost 3 years, he and his family moved to Florida, where he was an administrator of a skilled nursing facility. During his time there, he served as a local district FHCA Treasurer. His family enjoyed their time in Florida but after a few years, they decided it was time to get back to Tennessee. They are happy to now be in Nashville and Yuriy is thrilled for the opportunity to serve residents in this community. He is passionate about providing the best care possible and he wants to make each day better than the last for every resident! Yuriy is looking forward to working with the great team at Lakeshore Heartland.
Yuriy enjoys spending time with his wife Julia and their two beautiful children, Isabella and Arianna. His family of four will be expanding to a family of six soon, as they are expecting twin girls in August!
Please join us as we welcome Yuriy to the Lakeshore family!
Dr. Cook, as he is known at The Meadows, was born October 25, 1920 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Rufus and Ruth Cook. Tom’s mother passed away three weeks after his birth so he went to live with his maternal grandparents, John B and Elizabeth Northcutt Kirk.
Tom married the late Edith Overall in 1947. He and his lovely wife had three children Ron (Peggy), Kathy (Barney) and David, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren – he proudly calls of them the “apple of his eye”.
As a boy, Tom loved music and played in the band while attending Central High. He graduated high school in 1932 and then attended Middle Tennessee State Teachers College for three years. After leaving school, he developed an interest in photography and began studying, via correspondence, with the New York Institute of Photography. Upon completing the course, Tom ran a photography business in the old James K. Polk Hotel, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After 10 years, he decided he was ready to sell his business so he could pursue preaching the gospel. He did, however, continue his education at the Middle Tennessee State College where received his BA in English and Music. Later, Tom earned his Masters degree in English from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Tom preached his first sermon at the Clearview Church of Christ in Cottontown, TN on September 16, 1951. From there he preached in small churches around the country – including Riverdale Church of Christ in Dayton, Ohio, Neely’s Bend Church of Christ in Madison, TN and at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ. He also preached in and around Rutherford county including New Zion Church of Christ in Midland, TN; Crescent Church of Christ and Mars Hill Church of Christ in Rucker, TN; Christiana Church of Christ and Fairfield Church of Christ in Bedford County. He finished up as a gospel preacher at 4th Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin where he also served as an elder.
In addition to preaching, Tom was an English Professor and Bible teacher at David Lipscomb University, serving as Dean of Students for four years. Upon his retirement, he worked at Davis-Kidd Books and at the bookstore at David Lipscomb University.
Tom stays active at The Meadows! He reads to the Bellevue Pre-School children that visit our residents, assists our Chaplain Dan Harless with religious activities, enjoys lunch outings with friends and currently is our official “President of our Rocking Chair Club where he “meets and greets” those coming and going here at The Meadows.
For more than 60 years Lakeshore Senior Communities have served thousands of families by providing senior living and healthcare services to the elderly. As a Christian non-profit organization, our mission is to provide for the physical needs of our residents while attending to the spiritual well-being of everyone we serve.
Because of our emphasis on Christian values and mission we have established the Friends in Faith Discount Program available only to members of Bellevue and Donelson area churches. This discount applies to nursing services at The Meadows in Bellevue.
A $300 discount per month for the first six months of private pay residency
in a Semi-Private Nursing Room (30-day minimum stay)
By providing this discount to your senior members, we hope to serve those who would benefit from the compassionate care of our professional staff and enjoy being a part of a community where we strive to have Christ at the center of all that we do.
To learn more about the Friends in Faith Discount Program, please contact:
Rhonda Furlough at The Meadows 615- 646-4466
This offer is available for a limited time and is subject to approval by Lakeshore Senior Communities Administration. To receive the Friends in Faith discount, an application with a recommendation by an authorized church leader must be submitted. This offer is applicable to new admissions only and is not retroactive. Current residents are not eligible for this discount.