While some marriages end in divorce, there are many relationships that last the long haul. Couples celebrate 30, 40, 50 or more wedding anniversaries all the time. For most of these long-lasting marriages, when one spouse dies, the loss is tragic, not only for the widowed, but also for the family left behind. Many times, the children are grown and have children of their own. Traditions have been followed for decades. The loss is large and if the widowed spouse moves on before the rest of the family feels they are ready, problems can arise.
It isn’t every day that you get the chance to be exposed to “a bit of the old world” in Suwannee County, Florida. But that opportunity is available Nov. 20 and 21. Robin Hendrickson, a widely known and well-regarded bagpiper will be the special guest of Advent Christian Village (ACV) as the fourth artist of this season’s Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series.
Prior to World War I, women were rarely found working outside of the home. Common thinking was that women should support their families by staying home. During World War I, America quickly realized women were needed to fill the thousands of jobs left vacant when its men joined the war effort. Women were also allowed to enlist in the Navy and Marine Corps — a first for American armed forces. After the war ended, our soldiers returned to their jobs and most women returned to their homes. But when World War II broke out, women once again hung up their aprons and joined the workforce. And a greater number of women enlisted. Mary Carter, current Advent Christian Village member, was one such woman.
Advent Christian Village (ACV) is happy to announce an addition to its medical team. Dr. Laurel Pfeil, a licensed geriatrician, is assisting ACV’s physician, Dr. Maria Gonzalez and Beth Fulford, ARNP-C, with admission assessments and regulatory visits at Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s skilled nursing community.
When a senior adult experiences health problems, it can be a great blessing to them when their children are available to help. Help can be given in different ways: phone calls of encouragement and advice, going along on doctor appointments to help understand and remember information, helping more at the house, assisting with finances, or even providing hands-on care. Having more children usually equates to more help. However, when there’s disagreement among children about what’s best for the parent, more stress can be added to an already stressful situation.
Whether you’re a fan of jazz or just enjoy really good music, make plans to be in Dowling Park the evening of Oct. 23. At 7:00, the Lisa Kelly/JB Scott Jazz Sextet will take the stage at The Village Church for an evening of New Orleans traditional favorites, American Songbook classics, and award-winning original songs.
Advent Christian Village is blessed to have outstanding staff members who carry out its mission each day. Several have taken additional training in order to grow and advance within the organization. One such employee is Good Samaritan Center’s (GSC) new assistant administrator, Katrina Fillyaw.
Advent Christian Village (ACV) is a full service community, with living options ranging from independent living to skilled nursing and even memory care; there is something for virtually everyone at ACV. ACV Home Care offers different solutions for those who need varying degrees of in-home help. But you don’t have to be an ACV member to receive these services.
Do you remember the name Terri Schiavo? Her name was prominent in the news beginning in the late 1990s. Terri had suffered a cardiac arrest and massive brain injury due to lack of oxygen in 1990. Within a couple of months, Terri’s diagnosis was changed to that of a persistent vegetative state. Eight years later, Terri’s husband petitioned the court to have her feeding tube removed. Her parents fought the petition and a heated legal battle began. The case passed through many court systems and reached as high up as President George W. Bush. Finally, in 2005 Terri’s feeding tube was removed for the last time (it had been removed and reinserted once during the legal struggle) and she died 13 days later. Why a seven-year legal struggle over a feeding tube? Because Terri’s husband was confident that his wife would not want to live in such a vegetative state, and her parents believed that, as long as their daughter was alive, she should be allowed to remain so.
Every life has a purpose. From the time Paul Saik was a small child, he has touched the lives of many with his talents and love of music. An accomplished vocalist and keyboardist, Paul is living his purpose with every breath and every step … armed with a passion for sacred music and a sincere desire to reach others with the powerful message of Christ’s love. Plan to attend a spirit-filled concert by this “unique and amazing” performer at The Village Church at Advent Christian Village on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:00 p.m.
When Earl Van Amburg was asked if he’d agree to an interview as another of ACV’s World War II veterans, during this 70th anniversary of the war, he agreed, but he warned that his story wouldn’t be interesting because he never saw combat. We feel that any veteran’s story is important and interesting. See if you agree.
Fall is just around the corner. Advent Christian Village (ACV) is kicking off the season on Oct. 3 with the seventh annual Autumn Fest. Come enjoy a full day of fall festivities, flavors, sights and sounds.
What exactly is a speech-language pathologist (SLP), or “speech therapist,” as they are frequently called? When someone mentions physical therapy, people instantly have some understanding of what lies before them: Some part of their body isn’t working quite right and so a therapist will physically work with them in order to correct or lessen the problem. But, speech therapy? Is the therapist just going to teach them how to talk? Much more than that, a speech therapist’s job is to evaluate and provide therapy for a variety of disorders, not all of which are speech based, but most deal with communication or the mouth and throat.
For the second year in a row, the first concert of the new Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series season features local young musicians. This year, Suwannee County’s Lani Clark and Erik Swart will take the stage to perform two individual concerts at The Village Church on Friday evening, Aug. 21, at 7:00.
Advent Christian Village (ACV) welcomes Melanie Key of Greenville, Florida to the Copeland Clinic staff. Melanie, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), now rounds out the team of practitioners on staff. She has already begun working with patients under the direction of Maria Gonzalez, MD and alongside Beth Fulford, ARNP. With these three medical professionals caring for Copeland Clinic patients, we know we’re in good hands.
Advent Christian Village is excited to announce its 28th season of the Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series. This season, nine musical performances have been scheduled from August through April. Solo vocalists, instrumentalists and bands will once again delight and amaze ticket holders gathered at Advent Christian Village.
We deal with different kinds of loss in our lives: the loss of a loved one through death, the loss of a relationship through divorce or separation, the loss of a career or ministry position. It could even be the loss of an idea, possibly the idea of how we thought our lives would turn out. The pain of loss is very real, no matter the cause.
The 2015-16 season of Advent Christian Village’s Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series is fast approaching. The full line up will be announced at the end of this month, but series coordinator Dick Grillo wants to go ahead and get the word out about a pre-season concert happening at the beginning of next month. Aug. 7, the Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee is returning for another anticipated performance.
Seventy years ago, World War II was almost a year old. The United States had yet to enter the war directly, though they were sending supplies to their allies in Europe. Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia were marching (literally and figuratively) through Europe and Asia, defeating and laying claim to those countries they desired. It was a frightening time at home and abroad. And things had only just begun.
California has its earthquakes. Kansas has its “twisters.” New England has its nor'easters. And along other areas, the southeast has its hurricanes. Hurricane season, the time of the year when more hurricanes hit, is June 1 through Nov. 30. It’s during this time that hurricane preparedness becomes important.
Parents spend their lives helping and worrying about their children, but in their senior years, their adult children begin helping and worrying about them. At this stage, there is a wonderful gift that parents can give to their children that will make this time much easier for them, and will help ensure that their own wishes are followed.
Since Advent Christian Village (ACV) announced its new Master Development Plan in October 2013, the members and friends of the Village have been watching and waiting as the stretch of Dowling Park Drive opposite the Village Square and Village Centre underwent a dramatic transformation. Buildings were removed, trees were felled, truckloads of dirt were brought in, power lines were buried, new water and sewer lines were installed, foundations were poured, walls and roofs were erected … What was old has become new.
Good Samaritan Center, Advent Christian Village’s skilled nursing community, is divided into three neighborhoods, each named for flowers: Dogwood, Magnolia and Camellia. But Good Samaritan Center’s flowers aren’t restricted to neighborhood names; two gardens filled with various plants, including many types of flowers, adorn two of its courtyards. Debbie Wilkes, court clerk on Dogwood, oversees the beautification of these gardens.
Advent Christian Village (ACV) is happy to announce that it has a brand new website design. ACV spent months designing the new look and is sure visitors will find the new design more user friendly and helpful.
As parents age, new challenges also arise for their adult children. Sometimes it seems the roles have reversed and you are the one who is now giving advice and being protective. There are frustrations every child of an aging parent must deal with. Some are major, most are minimal. Our parents experience physical challenges, whether it is sight, hearing or even the ability to walk. They also may experience mental and emotional challenges. Their memory may be failing. Their ability to weigh their comments before speaking may be diminished and decision making isn’t what it used to be. All of these and more are a normal part of aging and a part of being the child of an aging adult. Are there guidelines that show us how to handle these situations?
Advent Christian Village is excited to announce that One Voice Youth Choir, a touring choir of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, has added Dowling Park as one of its stops on their Mission Tour 2015 to Miami, Florida. The choir will arrive Friday evening, June 5, to perform a 7:00 concert at The Village Church.
How many of us know someone who has said, “I am gonna hate aging. I won’t be able to do the things I love anymore or make any meaningful impact on anyone’s life, or even my own for that matter.” I can tell you firsthand that it does not matter if you are eight or 80 years old; if there is something you want to achieve and have the positive outlook to see it through, then there is nothing you cannot do. Victory Junction and Joy Whitmore are both proof of that.
You may be asking, “Just what is a geriatrician and who should see one?” According to the American Geriatrics Society, a geriatrician is a medical doctor who has specific training to meet the unique needs of older adults. Illnesses, diseases and medications may affect older people differently than younger adults. Older patients often have multiple health problems and take numerous medications. A geriatrician is specifically trained to provide the quality of care that takes these unique circumstances into consideration. In most cases, geriatricians are primary care physicians who are board-certified in either family medicine or internal medicine. In addition to their primary board certification a geriatrician has completed additional training in Geriatric Medicine.
“Assisted living” is a term most people are familiar with, but they usually also have many questions about what it is and is not. How does it differ from nursing home care or independent living? Is it right for me or for my loved one?
Near the heart of Advent Christian Village is a special hobby center where creative people enjoy building bookshelves, making jewelry, and painting landscapes.
Last month, 70,000 people — including the current and former presidents of the United States and a congressional delegation — gathered in Selma, Alabama, to honor the 50th anniversary of March 7, 1965, an important day for American civil rights. On that day, protestors set out for the first time to march from Selma to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery to protest what they saw as the unjust treatment of African-American citizens who were attempting to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Many are under the impression that the more screening tests their doctor prescribes, the healthier they will be. Testing often is the key to staying in good health, right? Not necessarily.
Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years. Most people think they cannot hurt you because they are sold over the counter. What people don’t realize is that there are some major issues that can affect the health of those taking herbs. Before you add an herbal supplement to your medicine cabinet, familiarize yourself with some basic knowledge about interactions and side effects.
Twice a year, Advent Christian Village recognizes staff members who have passed milestones in the length of their service to ACV. Beginning at their five-year anniversary and continuing in five-year increments, employees are honored at a luncheon and are given meal vouchers for family members and friends to join them. Co-workers and Village members are also encouraged to attend to show their support and appreciation.
Imagine a life where you are in control, where you spend your days the way you would like, with a variety of appealing activities to choose from and free from challenging responsibilities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “as of late December, all national key flu indicators are elevated and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity.”
Scams come in all shapes and sizes. The three above are only the tip of the ice burg. No matter how wonderful an opportunity you’re presented with, how official an e-mail may look, or how desperate a person on the other end of a phone call sounds, you need to protect yourself.
Many skilled nursing facilities, such as Advent Christian Village’s Good Samaritan Center, employ a chaplain.
When Neil and Carol Johnson decided to start looking for a retirement community — a place they could spend the rest of their lives, they were living in Levy County, Florida.
Advent Christian Village is just that: a village. Those who live here join together daily, eating together, exercising together, shopping together, volunteering together, and worshiping together.
Loss of appetite and changes in eating can be a natural part of aging, but it is not necessarily natural or healthy for seniors to lose their appetites.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices actually recommends that all persons over the age of 60 receive the vaccine, regardless of a remembrance of having chicken pox as a child.
Since 1983, members of Advent Christian Village have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in ceramics classes at the Village.
Oct. 25, 1914, in Four Oaks, NC, Vida Mae Hill was born. One hundred years later, approximately 300 members and staff of Advent Christian Village filled ACV’s Rumph Dining Room to celebrate Vida’s 100th birthday.
As most of us grew and matured, our parents were there to watch out for us and to help us make appropriate choices.
These days, when it’s common to hear about short-lived marriages and quick divorces, celebrating a 25th anniversary is big news. Reaching 50 years is almost unheard of. But Myrl and Frances Ellis can attest to the fact that living with the same person for 73 years is not only possible, but can be a lot of fun, too.
It is difficult to watch family members age and begin to struggle with handling routine financial matters or making financial decisions that appear risky or questionable.
Wheelchairs are a little like cars—if they have tune-ups at regular intervals, you can extend the life of a wheelchair while reducing overall repair costs.
In the early 1900s, visitors were drawn to Thomas Dowling’s resort in Dowling Park not just for the outstanding amenities, but also for the sulfur water.
Many senior adults take multiple medications several times a day. Keeping up with this can be difficult, particularly if memory is becoming a challenge. Methods for senior adults to remember their medication doses do exist, and there are also some things you can do to help your loved ones get the most benefit from their medication and stay safe in the process. These general medication safety tips are a good place to start.
It’s something we’ve all heard for years: Exercise can help keep older adults healthy. But now a study, the first of its kind to look at frail, older adults, proves that physical activity can help these people maintain their mobility and dodge physical disability.
Birth defects, tragic accidents, disease, and the effects of old age are just a few of the countless ways that disability invades our lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of United States citizens cope with disability, and the disabled population increases to more than 50% in persons over age 65.
Cholesterol has gotten a very bad rap over the last decade. Many older people (even those in their 80s and 90s) are being started on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol level.
In an effort to keep its members informed, Advent Christian Village frequently invites legislators to speak to the membership. Recently, Senator Charlie Dean traveled to Dowling Park to speak about the results of the last legislative session.
Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park is thrilled to announce the arrival of their new chief of medical services, Dr. Maria Gonzalez.
In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve in the Armed Forces and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. July is an appropriate month to recognize veterans and wounded warriors, as we celebrate our nation’s independence.
How will I ever recover from this? Have you ever been in a situation where you asked that question? Have you known someone who has been through so much that you didn’t know how they would ever get through it? How do we get through those times in our lives? Beyond following doctors’ orders, do we have any control over how well we recover?
Terry Hayes, Data Entry Specialist in the Resource Development department at Advent Christian Village, began working at ACV last September.
Advent Christian Village has always been a strong supporter of education and is pleased that it can be a part of helping students with the costs of college education.
Individuals with visual impairment are quite often able to find their way on their own using their other senses and aids such as white canes. However, having a sighted guide can be preferable, especially in unknown territory.
Early in my career as a marriage counselor, one of the first surprises I encountered was a couple that had been married 42 years coming for relationship counseling. I thought, “What can I tell them they don’t already know? What is it they have not worked out in 42 years of marriage?”
When senior adults experience big changes in their lives—like a move for example—they are often overwhelmed and anxious. This can result in a decline in overall health and well-being. With the appropriate support, this can often be diminished or avoided altogether.
After two years of odd jobs and trying to make ends meet following his high school graduation, Lewis E. Walters enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1938. Little did Lew know that during the next eight years of his life, he would be involved in some of the most famous events in U.S. history.
Evidence of technological advances is unescapable. Whether using a smartphone, an e-reader, or a computerized kiosk required for flight check-in or a medical appointment, using technology is required for many everyday functions.
ACV’s new Marketing Director, Deidra Newman, is on a mission to spread the word about Advent Christian Village. Many have referred to the Village as “Florida’s best kept secret,” and she’s undoing that as quickly as possible. It is her goal to make sure everyone knows as much as they can about this wonderful place we call Advent Christian Village.
Caregiving is one of the most difficult, yet potentially rewarding roles we can ever play. It is most often done for a parent or spouse, but could be for anyone you care about. You can be a caregiver without living in the same house or even the same state as your loved one.
The Advent Christian Village 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign is progressing impressively. The goal thermometer near the entrance to the J. Ralph Center indicates that more than $2.75 million of the $3.4 million needed to accomplish each of the plans has already been pledged.
Many people in our country, especially seniors, care deeply about others, and they want to do something good for those who are less fortunate. Unbelievably, criminals will use these altruistic feelings to feather their own nests. These con criminals will make you think you are giving to a good cause but the result is that the money goes to them.
I recently received a phone call from a childhood friend asking for advice concerning her mother. I have received calls such as this for many years—in part because I have worked in the field of aging services for 40-plus years.
Twice a year, Advent Christian Village recognizes staff members who have passed milestones in the length of their service to ACV.
am happy to say that I feel privileged to be a member of Advent Christian Village, as well as a staff member. I live in the independent living portion of this outstanding retirement community.
Camp Suwannee at Advent Christian Village recently became a “men only” zone. One hundred fifty men took the grounds by storm Jan. 16–19, transforming Rumph Pavilion into a military training zone and taking advantage of the Suwannee’s natural surroundings to its manliest extent.
Your teeth can last a lifetime with proper home care and regular dental checkups. No matter what your age, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
One benefit to retirement is a senior's ability to focus on activities they may not have had as much time for previously. Golf, ceramics, travel and gardening are just some of the possible undertakings that retired people can enjoy.
"People ask me if I'm going to stay in Dowling Park after I retire," says Sandie Hugg, Chief Program Officer at Advent Christian Village. "Why wouldn't I?" Sandie doesn't just work at Advent Christian Village; she loves and believes in this community. It took her a little time to find Dowling Park, but now that she has, she has no plans to leave.
Caring for aging parents is a labor of love. Our parents have given so much of themselves to us and it gives us great pleasure to give of ourselves to them as they grow older. It may require great sacrifice on our part, but we are more than willing to give our parents the assistance they need. We would not have it any other way.