Meet 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.
We 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
Skilled 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.
Making the decision for senior care for a family member or loved one can be an emotional and difficult decision. Many times this search follows a crisis situation; however, gradual changes in health, lifestyle or financial well-being can necessitate the search for new senior living arrangements.
There is a wide array of care options available for senior housing, from independent living communities to facilities that provide 24-hour nursing care. It is easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re not familiar with all of the options. Here is a brief overview to help you better understand the types of care available.
Independent Living – independent housing for fully functional residents in a community setting where meals may be shared or other social activities provided,
Assisted Living (Residential Housing for the Aged RHA) – 24-hour services for seniors who require assistance with one or more daily activities of living but who do not need skilled nursing care. Residents often live in their own room or apartment within a building and typically share meals and social activities. Services vary by facility.
Intermediate Nursing Care – custodial and intermediate care for seniors. Custodial care is non-medical care that includes 24-hour supervision as well as assistance with personal needs such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting and mobility. Intermediate care facilities are licensed by states to provide basic medical care under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Memory Care – specialized care that is specifically designed to serve residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Facilities that specialize in memory care provide a safe and physically secured environment. They may operate as a stand-alone facility or as part of a larger senior care community.
Skilled Rehabilitative Care – a skilled nursing facility has the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing care and / or skilled rehabilitative services and other related health services. Skilled nursing facilities are often used for short-term rehabilitation after a hospital discharge.
Respite Care – short-term or temporary inpatient care services provided to give the primary caregiver a break.
As you begin to explore care options, whether immediate or long-term, you should gather as much information as you can about each facility – being sure that they can provide the level of care required at the present time and in the future. Download our checklist to stay organized, compare facilities and ask the right questions to help you choose the community that best fits the needs of your family member or loved one.
Click here for more information about the types of senior care options available at Lakeshore Senior Communities.
February is Healthy Heart Month – a time to raise awareness for ways to improve your heart health! According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The good news is that heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
Here are some important tips to help keep your heart as healthy as possible.
- Manage Your Diet – make sure your diet is made up of the right kinds of foods. According to the Mayo Clinic, maintaining a diet rich in natural, fresh fruits and vegetables Other foods like whole grain pasta or bread are also helpful. Fat found in nuts, eggs or olive oil are good alternatives to saturated fats found in foods such as butter and bacon.
- Get Regular Exercise – The Center for Disease Control reports that risk factors for developing heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While all of these can be improved through diet, the most important way to keep excess weight off is to get regular exercise. Seniors should try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day – and one of the easiest ways to get this is by walking. In addition to being beneficial for the heart, regular exercise can help improve balance and flexibility. Seniors need to be sure to talk to their doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
- Lower Stress – lowering stress is an important step in minimizing heart disease. While it would be best to simply avoid stress, sometimes that is easier said than done. For those who need help lowering stress, activities such as yoga, tai chi or simply walking can help reduce stress in the body. You can take up a new hobby such as painting or coloring or simply grab a few friends for a friendly game of cards.
- Maintain Regular Check-Ups – be sure to visit your doctor on a regular basis to keep check of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If you’re taking medication to manage any of these issues, be sure to take them as directed.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep – sleep is the time when your body restores itself. When you’re asleep your heart rate and blood pressure go down which helps give your heart a much-needed rest. Ideally you should get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night.
We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mrs. Ruth Howell, who was recently honored as The Meadows’ resident of the month. In addition to this special recognition, Mrs. Howell also has the distinguished honor of being one of three centenarians currently living at The Meadows and one of only approximately 50,000 living in the United States!
Ruth was born August 13, 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama to the parents of Henry H. and Minnie Lee Rae. She had three siblings – a sister Edith and two brothers, Fred and Henry. Ruth met her husband Daniel, an Administrator in the Air Force, on a blind date. They married in 1941 and had two daughters, Jane and Barbara. Ruth worked as a clerk in the House of Representatives while in Montgomery. The Howell family lived in Germany, England and Washington, DC while her husband worked at the Pentagon.
Ruth has experienced a lot of change in her 101 years. She remembers traveling by horse & buggy, then railroad, car and eventually airplane. She recalls watching men walk on the moon from the television in her home and is amazed at the advancements in technology she has seen – including the computer and cell phones.
20 years ago, to the delight of her daughters, she moved north to Nashville to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – purchasing a home in our very own Harpeth Meadows Independent Living Community. Ruth recently sold her home in Harpeth Meadows and moved into The Meadows where she enjoys spending time with her friends.
When asked what the one thing she is most proud of in her life, Ruth said “taking care of her mother after her father’s death” – a testament to a warm and caring lady. Ruth Howell is a true gem and we’re proud to honor her as our resident of the month.
February is considered the month of love, celebrated on Valentine’s Day by people around the world with cards, candy, and roses. Many of us area already planning the perfect way to show our spouses, children and friends how much we love and care about them. As we make plans, let us not forget about the greatest love of all – the love of God! Candy will be eaten and flowers will die but the love we have for one another and the love God has for us is everlasting and will never pass away.
Let us remember to celebrate his love all the year through!
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Isaiah 54:10 – Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
1 Corinthians 13 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.
Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
February is going to be a very busy month at The Meadows and Heartland. The events calendar is filled with birthday lunches, Valentine’s Day Celebrations and the opportunity for residents to vote for their presidential preference.
February 3 – Presidential Primary Election | Voting at 9:30
February 5 – Ensworth High School “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap”
February 9 – Resident’s Birthday Lunch with families
February 11 – Art Without Boundaries Class | Donna Colellie, Instructor
February 12 – Early Valentine’s Day Celebration | Crowning of 2016 King & Queen
February 15 – Presidential Day Ceremony
February 21 – Belmont University Chorus
February 4 – Presidential Preference and County Primary Election
February 7 – Super Bowl Party
February 9 – Mardi Gras Lunch Celebration
February 15 – Valentine’s Day Luncheon
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.
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