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Meet the Medical Director for The Meadows

Anderson_ReggieWe wanted you to know more about Dr. Reggie Anderson, the medical director at The Meadows. Dr. Anderson has more than 25 years in emergency room and family practice experience.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a physician at the TriStar Medical Group, where he serves the communities of Ashland City and Kingston Springs, Tennessee. He also serves as chief of staff of TriStar Ashland City Medical Center.

Recently, he was awarded The Frist Humanitarian Award by the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He was chosen from more than nine hundred doctors, and was then nominated for the national award.

Dr. Anderson has recently published Appointments with Heaven, a book about his true stories of healing encounters with the hereafter. He reveals how what he’s seen, heard, and experienced has shaped what he believes about living and dying; how we can face the passing of our loved ones with the courage and confidence that we will see them again; and how we can each prepare for our own “appointment with heaven.”

He and wife Karen reside on a farm in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, often opening their home as a refuge for those needing shelter following a natural disaster or other crisis. They have four grown children.

Dr. Anderson grew up in Alabama, graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Medical School. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee at Jackson.

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Helping Senior to Age Healthier

lakeshore-blogMay 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

 

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Lakeshore Celebrations & Events!

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.

Volunteer Luncheons
IMG_8572The 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

Join us at The Meadows on Sunday, June 19 for our Father’s Day Buffet Luncheon and Classical Piano Concert. Call 615-646-4466 for more details.

 

 

 

 

July 4th Celebration – Reserve Your Spot Now!

4Th Of JulyThe Meadows – Thursday, June 30 5:30 – 7:30. Space is limited so call 615-646-4466 today to reserve your spot!

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.

 

 

 

 

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Yuriy Lutsenko, New Administrator at Heartland

YuriyLakeshore 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!

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Thomas Cook, Resident of the Month at The Meadows

IMG_2199Dr. 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.

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Friends in Faith Discount at The Meadows

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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.

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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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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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