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
Heartland | Thursday, June 25 | 5:30 pm
Invites you to attend the Independence Day BBQ this Thursday, June 25 at 5:30! There will be lots of delicious food, good fellowship and entertainment.
Please call today to RSVP (615) 885-2320
Due to space, please limit guests to 2 per resident
The Meadows | Thursday, July 2 | 5:30 pm
Join friends, family and staff at The Meadows for a pre-July 4th Cook-Out on Thursday, July 2 5:30 pm.
Call today to RSVP (615) 646-4466
(3) Guests Only Please
The summer is off to a sizzling start and it is clear the hot summer sun isn’t going anywhere soon! During the next couple of months it’s important to remember that seniors are particularly vulnerable to hot weather conditions. People over the age of 65 are more prone to heat stress than younger people for a couple of reasons: Seniors tend to have a harder time adjusting to sudden temperature changes and may also have a chronic medical condition that changes their body’s normal reaction to heat.
A third reason seniors are more vulnerable to heat is that some medications can affect the way the body reacts to hot temperatures by decreasing blood flow or preventing perspiration, both of which hinder the body’s natural ability to cool itself. Be sure to ask your doctor or physician what precautions they recommend. In the meantime, here are three ways you can stay healthy and informed for this summer.
- Stay Hydrated
Studies indicate that seniors have 10% less fluid in their bodies compared to younger adults, so it’s important to be proactive about staying hydrated. Often one of the best ways to do this is by drinking small amounts of water throughout the day. Consider investing in a reusable water bottle, as they are a convenient and easy way to stay hydrated.
- Keep Cool
Air-conditioned and shady environments are the best ways to stay protected from heat. Additionally try to wear looser light-colored in natural fabrics like cotton.
- Know Signs of Heat Stroke
Heat stroke can occur when the body is unable to control its internal temperature. It’s always good to be aware of heat-stroke symptoms. Here are some to look out for:
- A high temperature (above 103°F)
- Flushed skin (no sweat)
- A rapid pulse
- Dizziness or nausea
Always remember that if you or someone in your care is experiencing any or all of these symptoms you should call for medical assistance immediately.
We have all encountered people who seem to have the innate ability to complain about anything and everything: whether it is about the world, the weather, family or friends. In fact, we too have probably complained about the exact same things – especially the weather this year! Like weeds, negative thoughts tend to tangle and clutter our mind. It takes personal diligence and drive to maintain the weeds of negativity and plant flowers instead.
This summer take some time to observe the beauty that surrounds you. Cultivate positive thoughts and not only will your happiness increase but so too will the happiness of those who surround you! You may feel as though you’ve put on a new set of glasses and suddenly everything is crystal clear. Be the person who put on positivity and inspire others to do the same!
Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Ecclesiastes 9:7 – “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”
Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”
Proverbs 17:22 – “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Mrs. Evelyn Davidson was admitted to Lakeshore Senior Living at The Meadows following a repair of fracture to the right hip. Therapy limitation were noted in mobility, gait, and transfers. These deficits limited her ability to safely perform activities of daily living and functional mobility. Physical therapy focused on increasing strength, balance, and mobility. Occupational therapy focused on improving self-care that would allow her the independence to live at home.
Mrs. Davidson enjoyed her time at The Meadows, “Everybody’s been real sweet.” but she was excited about returning home to her husband. They will spend the summer taking care of their garden and canning their fresh vegetables including squash, okra, corn and cabbage.
The team at The Meadows thanks Evelyn for allowing them to be a part of her success story!
WSMV Channel 4 recently featured a story on Bill and Donny Sherman – a father and son who doctors said shouldn’t even be alive. They both survived metastatic melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. For three decades, Dr. Bill Sherman was head past of Nashville’s Woodmont Baptist Church. His son Donny taught Sunday School.
Today Donny is suffering the effects of intense radiation from a medical trial that once saved his life when he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in 1988. He resides at The Meadows, where a family member visits him every day of the week.
Click here to read the story in it’s entirety and to view the Channel 4 news story.
Ura Beatrice Reeves was born September 6, 1924 to Lera and John Reeves in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ura grew up in Murfreesboro and graduated from Kittrell High School with long time friend and Meadows resident Edith Cook.
After high school Ura attended Murfreesboro Business College. Upon graduation she went to work for the Department of Education in Nashville. In 1944 Ura met the love of her life, Billy Robinson, while he was home on leave from the U.S. Navy and visiting relatives. They were married on November 25, 1944.
After marriage Ura and Billy settled in Cannon County for six years where they had their two oldest children Mike and Marian. Then the family moved to Nashville and settled in Donelson. John and Greg were added to complete the family. Ura resided in Donelson for 50 plus years. In fact, Ura lived at Lakeshore Heartland Housing community and was in long-term care before coming to the Meadows for skilled care where she ended up staying.
Ura was a “hands on” mother and opted to be a stay home mom and raise her children. She was very involved in her children’s schools PTO programs. However, when her youngest child, Greg, was in high school she decided to work out of the home. She worked for the University of Tennessee at Nashville for many years.
Ura is sharp as a tack and an avid reader. In fact, she and life time friend, Edith Cook love to visit the library, and share their books. She has lived a full life.
Ura and Bill had 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; she was also an active member at Donelson Church of Christ for many years.
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