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I Don’t Need to Think About that Yet, Right?


“Who needs a will — aren’t they just for older people?” “I don’t have enough money to have an estate — only rich people need wills.” “I don’t need a will, I have children — they’ll automatically get everything, right?”

Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus will grace the stage at Advent Christian Village Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3:00 p.m. This award-winning chorus is always a crowd-pleaser.

Women’s Barbershop Chorus Returns to Dowling Park


Advent Christian Village invites you to its next Live! at Dowling Park artist series concert: the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus will entertain a 3:00 matinee audience on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Thoughtful Gifts for Older Adults


By retirement age, most people have accumulated a lot of “stuff.” With full shelves and overflowing closets, they are trying to downsize, not add more. This can make it challenging for family members to come up with gift-giving ideas.

The Holidays in North Florida


The weather outside may not be frightful, but we guarantee you’ll find plenty of delightful things to do in north Florida this holiday season! While it’s true that the area might not receive heaping piles of fluffy, white snow to help you discover your holiday spirit, you can still find plenty of ways to get transported to a Christmas wonderland full of twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments, beautifully decorated trees, and even a Santa sighting or two.

It’s Time to Tickle Your Taste Buds


As we humans get older, there are several aspects of our lifestyle which naturally change: sleep habits, activity level, and dependence on others, to name a few. Another change we experience is what we decide to — and even what we are able to — eat.

The Gateway City Big Band of Lake City will bring the sounds of the great big bands of the 1930s and 40s to Dowling Park Oct. 15.

Musical Variety in Dowling Park in mid-October


Advent Christian Village’s Live! at Dowling Park artist series is brining two musical treats to the community in the same week! Lake City’s Gateway City Big Band will bring the World War-era big band sound to Dowling Park Monday, Oct. 15. On Friday, Oct. 19, southern gospel soloist Alan Kendall will perform.

Tom and Betty Sheppard were married in Suwannee County in 1949. They have seen many changes in Dowling Park since then.

ACV is Like a Rocket Ship!


Betty Sheppard has lived in western Suwannee County almost all of her life, which began in 1932. Since that time, she has seen many changes in the county and at Advent Christian Village (ACV). She even worked there for about a year as an assistant to M.A. Carter — ACV’s top executive from 1957 to 1963.

How Eating Together Improves Senior Nutrition


Aging brings changes to the way you eat. As your metabolism and activity level slow down, your appetite may also begin to decrease. That’s because your body simply doesn’t need quite as many calories as it did in your younger years. Aside from the effects of natural aging, some seniors may experience side effects from medications that can lead to a decreased appetite. Or, you may have problems with your dentures or trouble swallowing that make eating difficult. Whatever the case, to ensure optimal health, it’s important that you’re eating three well-balanced meals daily.

It Costs How Much to Live in a Nursing Home?


If you’re looking for a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) for your mom, naturally you want it to provide the very best care at a fair price. Most people are shocked when they find out the cost of a nursing home -- any nursing home. Many people question whether the cost of operating the facility really matches up with the rates charged. What is required to provide the quality care you expect and deserve from a nursing home, and why are the rates so high?

Con Brio is set to perform at Advent Christian Village Sept. 28 with pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan.

Miami Piano Quintet Plays in Dowling Park


An Advent Christian Village favorite is returning to Dowling Park as the second concert in the 2018-19 Live! at Dowling Park artist series: Miami’s Con Brio, a young ensemble comprised of four international musicians from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Mexico. The quartet has been trilling audiences all over the United States and abroad, and they are excited to come back to Live! at Dowling Park. Join us at The Village Church on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy a classical performance by some extraordinary musicians.

Nine Music Acts Coming to Dowling Park


Advent Christian Village recently announced its 31st season of the Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series. This season, nine musical performances have been scheduled from September through March. Solo vocalists, instrumentalists and bands will once again delight and amaze ticket holders gathered at Advent Christian Village, and season tickets are on sale now.

Do You Need Hip Replacement Surgery?


If you experience daily hip pain from a prior injury or a condition like arthritis, it might be time to consider a total hip replacement. As one of the most commonly-performed elective surgeries in the United States, hip replacement surgery could help you get back to the lifestyle you’re accustomed to. In fact, around 90 percent of individuals who undergo hip replacement surgery enjoy better mobility without any of the pain and stiffness that previously interfered with daily activities.

Ten Tips for Downsizing Your Home


Whether you’re moving into a smaller home or trading a house for an apartment, you will have to part with some of your things. This can be stressful, but most of us have had to do this at some point in our lives. Looking back on our own times of downsizing, we have learned some important things. Perhaps you are facing this issue. The first step is to admit that not all of your stuff can follow you. The second step is to admit that others may not cherish your things as much as you do.

This time of year, flowers are abundant in the Advent Christian Village community garden. Garden club members enjoy many amenities, including irrigation and protection from “critters”, with their small membership fee.

Vegetables, Flowers and Plants, Oh My!


Gardening has been around since Adam and Eve. If you enjoy gardening, do you have the space and equipment to garden effectively? Dowling Park residents have a more convenient option: the Advent Christian Village (ACV) community garden.

How to Beat the Florida Heat


No one likes to sit and swelter in the summertime heat. But for older people, hot and humid weather can be more than just uncomfortable; it can be unhealthy -- even deadly. Most people who die each year from heat-related problems are older than 50, according to the National Institute on Aging.

Exercise for Senior Adults: Unnecessary Hazard or Fountain of Youth?


Not long ago, it was common belief that older adults didn’t need to exercise — retirement was time to sit back and enjoy life. Another widespread idea was that exercise was actually harmful for people with certain ailments — “I can’t exercise because I have heart disease.” Now, more people than ever, at all ages, are exercising. So, does age-old wisdom prevail, or is exercise important for senior adults? If it is important, how much is enough?

The Arc North Florida performed a patriotic program of music and flags June 27. ACV’s Dick Grillo (standing third from the left) has been leading the group in music for 15 years.

Let Freedom Sing!


Advent Christian Village’s mission from the beginning has been to minister to people both within the community and outside Dowling Park. One outreach into the greater community is a partnership with The Arc North Florida. For 15 years, ACV’s Dick Grillo has been volunteering time each week (nine months per year) to enhance the lives of The Arc’s clients.

Francine Stratton, described as “unnervingly beautiful”, lived a life of glamour filled with important men.

A Beauty Inside and Out


Everyone has their gifts, and with those gifts come benefits and challenges. Advent Christian Village member Francine Stratton’s gift was her beauty. In fact, in a New Yorker article written about her, Alison Rose wrote that Francine was “unnervingly beautiful”. While Francine has lived a life full of glamour because of her outer beauty, she has not let that glamour diminish her inner beauty.

Do You Know Your Family Health History?


Your genes determine factors like your hair and eye color, the shape of your nose, and your body type. You might even have the same laugh as your mother, or walk with the same gait as your father. While these types of things are easily seen by the naked eye, certain medical conditions your family members had may not be so easy to determine from just a glance. And, your family history can have a major impact on your overall health and wellness.

How Can I Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse?


If you have experienced the death of a loved one, you understand how paralyzing grief can be. If your parent’s spouse has died, your support is important in helping them cope. This is true whether the deceased is also your parent or a stepparent.

They say getting there is half the fun. Shirley Horne and Ed Smith were two of the ACV members who enjoyed the May planned excursion to Jacksonville Zoo and the Sandollar Restaurant.

ACV Heads to JAX


One of the benefits of Advent Christian Village membership is participating in planned day trips. In May, ACV members boarded a bus bound for the Jacksonville Zoo. Rain was in the forecast, but the group had high hopes for an enjoyable day regardless.

Charles Moore set off from Georgia’s Springer Mountain on March 16, 1997, with the intent of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail — 2,160 miles — in six months. He was 59 years old.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail


Have you ever gone on a long hike and felt good about your accomplishment? Five miles? Ten miles? Maybe 15 miles? In 1997, at the age of 59, Advent Christian Village (ACV) member Charles Moore hiked the entire Appalachian Trail — 2,160 miles from Georgia to Maine — and we can all feel good about his accomplishment.

Are You at Risk for Sitting Disease?


Do you ever think about how much time you spend sitting every day? Whether working on the computer or just relaxing watching television for a few hours, chances are you spend more time than you realize in a seated position.

Do You Need a Geriatrician?


Geriatrics is the medical field that focuses on the problems and diseases of the older generation. What makes a clinician (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) specially qualified to care for older people? When is it time to begin seeing such a health care provider?

The Gainesville Pops has performed an armed forces salute previously in Dowling Park and is returning on May 26.

Gainesville Pops Patriotic Salute Coming to Dowling Park


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV) has been enjoying a friendly partnership with the Gainesville Pops for the past few years. The “GPops” is a performing ensemble modeled after the Boston Pops Orchestra. Their first performance in Dowling Park took place when they delighted the audience with an armed forces salute in June 2016. ACV’s concerts coordinator, Dick Grillo, booked the wind ensemble right away for a holiday concert. Their next ACV concert will take place at the end of this month on the 26th.

These 10 Suwannee High School seniors received Marvin E. Jones scholarships May 1: (l to r) Alexandria Jackson, Margaret Reaves, Kaleb Lane, John Fry, Hunter Rode, Blake Tedder, Alexis Thompson, Da’Shari Perkins, Alyssa Howard and Cara Seaman.

$65,000+ in Scholarships Awarded at Advent Christian Village


For over 100 years, Advent Christian Village (ACV) has supported students. For the past 27 years, scholarships have been awarded at ACV to deserving individuals — all made available by generous benefactors who value education. Close to $1.5 million has been awarded so far.

Five Tips to Improve Heart Health


Your heart is the hardest-working muscle in your body, and this is the very reason why you should take extra steps to protect it. Taking small steps in your everyday life can help keep your heart healthy and strong while warding off a variety of potential problems, with heart disease being at the top of that list.

Benefits of a Home Health Aide


One of the most beneficial resources available to help the seniors we love to maintain their independence is the Home Health Aide. The ultimate goal of Home Health Care for seniors is to allow them to remain as independent as possible, giving them the freedom of living on their own while minimizing the need for full-time care. Home Health Aides can assist with a broad spectrum of tasks. Their dedication and care has an enormous impact on the lives of their patients.

One of today's premier ensembles, the Merling Trio, will play at Advent Christian Village April 27.

Critically Acclaimed Classical Trio Performing at ACV


Celebrating its 30th season with original members Renata Artman Knific on violin, Bruce Uchimura on cello, and Susan Wiersma Uchimura on piano, the Merling Trio has long been recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994. Since then, their distinguished career has included performances in 44 states, Canada, Europe and China.

Dick and Angie Grillo moved to Dowling Park in 1982. Dick became ACV’s Director of Retirement Living.

Couple Celebrated for 65 Years of ACV Employment


Between the two of them, Dick and Angie Grillo have given over 65 years of employment to Advent Christian Village. While Angie retired last year, Dick continues as Senior Director of Community and Church Outreach, and he was recognized recently for 35 years of faithful service. Their years of dedicated service have helped shape Advent Christian Village into a ministry of excellence.

The Best Ways to Boost Senior Mobility


As the saying goes: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” When it comes to senior mobility, this tends to ring especially true. As you age, you might find certain tasks becoming more difficult — getting in and out of the car, climbing a flight of stairs or vacuuming, for instance. Many seniors begin losing some of their mobility because of chronic conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, which can make moving without pain problematic.

Senior Living Communities Offer Friends, Significance and Peace of Mind


While moving to a new place can be overwhelming for seniors, there are many benefits to life in a senior living community that can make it an exciting time for your loved one. The people they’ll meet, the sense of security and the stress-free, healthy lifestyle available can help provide new possibilities for those looking to begin their next chapter.

Kathy Bochow has her cholesterol checked at the Health and Wellness Fair held at Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park. This year’s fair will take place March 23.

Health Fair Promotes Wellness in Suwannee Valley


Advent Christian Village’s (ACV) annual health fair to promote wellness in the Suwannee Valley will be March 23. A variety of organizations including Division of Blind Services, Haven Hospice and Three Rivers Legal Services will provide the latest educational information on matters of health and wellness from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Phillips Center at ACV.

D’Arcy and Robbin Chapman moved to Dowling Park in 1982 to become house parents at Advent Christian Village.

A Trip Down ACV’s Memory Lane


D’Arcy Chapman was recently honored by Advent Christian Village for 35 years of dedicated employment. D’Arcy, his wife, Robbin, and their two oldest sons moved to Dowling Park the last week of October in 1982. According to the Chapmans, much has changed at Advent Christian Village since then.

Five Benefits of Social Media for Seniors


Although seniors have been admittedly slower at adopting the latest technology than their younger counterparts, the statistics have started to change. According to recent research from the Pew Research Center in the year 2000, only 14 percent of seniors ages 65 and older were regular Internet users. However, today, 67 percent of those older adults say they go online daily.

I’ll Always Be Able to Make My Own Decisions … Won’t I?


None of us likes to think about a time when we may not be able to make decisions for ourselves. We may never face this, but it is still important to plan ahead for the possibility. We carry health insurance even though we don’t want to get sick. In the same way, it is important to have an official plan in place in the event our reasoning or ability to communicate may become impaired.

Bobby Horton returns to ACV to explore the development of the American railroad system in “The Long Steel Rail in America” through songs and stories.

Bobby Horton Brings ‘The Long Steel Rail’ to ACV


Seasoned performer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music historian Bobby Horton will return to Advent Christian Village to perform “The Long Steel Rail in America”.

Bill and Patty Davies are ACV's newlyweds.

New Love at Any Age: ACV’s Newlyweds


Bill and Patty Davies are Advent Christian Village’s most recent newlyweds. They were married in July of 2016. They very much enjoy spending time together and getting to know each other better. They’re much like any other typical newlywed couple. Except that they’re both in their 80s.

The Perks of Moving to North Florida


Florida has long been known as one of the best retirement destinations in the United States. Studies reveal that Florida is actually the No. 1 state in the country for retirement living, with around 55,000 Americans age 55 and older moving to Florida every year. In fact, 19 percent of the population in Florida is above age 65! For those who seek a warm climate, affordable housing and a lower cost of living — plus plenty of social opportunities and fun area attractions — retirement in Florida is the perfect choice.

Help! I Think I’m Getting Alzheimer’s!


Dementia is becoming more prevalent in our society, and it is affecting people at younger ages. Many people fear that a loved one or maybe even they may develop dementia. You may experience forgetfulness when it comes to names, appointments and/or misplacing items. When we are young, we do not always pay attention to these lapses, but as we get older we may become a little anxious about what it may mean.

It is now more than 75 years since Glenn Miller first succeeded with the Orchestra, which still bears his name until this day. Except for a few years following his disappearance, Glenn’s orchestra and music have been heard around the world continuously since 1938. See them in person at Advent Christian Village on Feb. 1.

King’s Brass and Glenn Miller Come to Dowling Park


Two exciting events are coming soon to Dowling Park. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass are set to perform Thursday, Jan. 25, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be here Thursday, Feb. 1.

Ed and Karen Young raise their cows and chickens as naturally as possible so the beef, poultry and eggs they produce are “like the good Lord made them.”

Raising Healthy Cows and Chickens in North Florida


Do you know what makes food “organic”? Do you look for food that is GMO-free? Do you know what fertilizer is safest? Suwannee County residents Ed and Karen Young have been on a journey for over a decade, growing and raising plants and animals with the intent of producing the healthiest foods possible. It’s a journey that is not only benefiting themselves but many others in Florida.

Save Money, Stay Informed: At-Home Medical Tests


In this day and age, when you can order a pizza by talking to your TV, let the exterminator into your house by unlocking the door using your cellphone while at work (and watch her work via online camera feeds), and rent your entire wardrobe online, it’s no wonder the demand for a variety at-home medical tests is rising.

Giving Seniors the Gift of Beating the Holiday Blues


The Christmas season is a joyous time to celebrate. We focus on family, feasting on favorite dishes and keeping traditions, like huddling around the TV with family to watch holiday classics. But, this can be a bittersweet season for the elderly. Joy may be clouded with feelings of isolation or thoughts of lost loved ones or times past. What can we do to support our loved ones in a way that helps meet their emotional and physical needs? There are steps you can take to encourage a positive frame of mind and help beat the “holiday blues.”

Susan Marie Frontczak as Mrs. Roosevelt will present “The Power of Words: Eleanor Roosevelt Reflects Across the Decades” in Dowling Park on Jan. 8.

‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ to Reflect in Dowling Park


Storysmith Susan Marie Frontczak will bring the iconic Eleanor Roosevelt to life in Dowling Park on Monday, Jan. 8, as part of the 30th anniversary Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series. You will want to join us at The Village Church at 7 p.m. for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.

Nicole Hernandez, PA-C, is available for appointments at ACV’s Copeland Clinic within the Copeland Medical Center. She is excited to be providing care in the areas of family primary care and geriatrics. Copeland Medical Center welcomes the general public. Call for an appointment: (386) 658-5300.

Welcome ACV’s New Physician Assistant


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park is happy to announce an addition to their medical team: Certified Physician Assistant Nicole Hernandez. Nicole, a graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, will be working primarily at Copeland Clinic in Copeland Medical Center. She will also make regular visits to Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s skilled nursing community.

Offering Practical Help to Loved Ones During Holiday Visits


The holidays are a special time for family and friends to get together. It’s not uncommon for us to visit a senior loved one who would benefit from our help. As you make your holiday plans, think about how you can help your loved one with things in the home so they don’t have to do it later. Offering your assistance during your holiday visit is a great way to show love and support in ways that linger on throughout the year.

How to Keep Your Teeth for a Lifetime


It is a common myth that senior adults are destined to lose their teeth. There is no reason seniors cannot keep their teeth for a lifetime, since tooth loss is simply the result of an oral disease — not the aging process.

Actor David Payne portrays the famous C.S. Lewis at The Village Church at Advent Christian Village Thursday, Oct. 12.

‘C.S. Lewis’ Comes to Dowling Park


Advent Christian Village (ACV) invites you to experience one of the world’s most famous modern-day authors — C.S. Lewis — portrayed expertly by actor David Payne. Payne, who has been playing Lewis for more than a decade, will be at The Village Church on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series. Lewis is the author of such famous works as The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.

Sweet Harmony of Jasper, Florida, entertained the Autumn Fest crowd by singing several sets of oldies.

2017 Autumn Fest and Auto Show a Success


Despite the threat of rain, all who attended Autumn Fest 2017 and the 4th annual Cruizin on the Suwannee Auto & Truck Show at Advent Christian Village (ACV) on Saturday, Oct. 7, enjoyed a beautiful morning outdoors. It was an enjoyable time at the Village Square along the Suwannee River.

ACV’s Bridge to Medical Care at Home


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. 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.

Senior Living on a Budget


Sometimes financial words such as taxes, mortgage and interest can be intimidating. Another important financial word that many people avoid is budget. Unfortunately, because many avoid living on a budget — not to mention even creating one — their financial situation suffers. This suffering can be greater if the individual is a senior adult.

The San Marco Chamber Music Society will perform at The Village Church at Advent Christian Village at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18.

One of Jacksonville’s Favorite Ensembles Comes to ACV


The second Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series concert takes place on Monday, Sept. 18. You are invited to an evening of beautiful and inspiring chamber music by the San Marco Chamber Music Society, performing a number of pieces on string instruments and oboe.

Sisters Barbara Carter and Reba Loston were honored last month for 20 years and 30 years of employment (respectively) at Advent Christian Village. ACV is so blessed to have these two on staff at Good Samaritan Center, providing compassionate care to our members who need the most support.

30 Years of Compassionate Care


Twice a year, Advent Christian Village (ACV) recognizes employees who celebrated a milestone in their length of service, beginning at the five-year anniversary and every five years thereafter. When an employee reaches and surpasses 30 years, they are given special recognition by ACV’s president, Craig Carter. Reba Loston was one such honoree last month.

Each annual ACV Autumn Fest is a great time to gather on the banks of the Suwannee River for a refreshing fall morning of browsing and shopping. Join us this year on Oct. 7, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join Us at ACV’s Annual Autumn Fest


Kick off your fall at Advent Christian Village (ACV) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the eighth annual Autumn Fest. Come enjoy a morning of fall festivities, flavors, sights and sounds.

A New Chapter, A New Beginning


“Move? At my age?” “I’ve got decades of stuff to go through and get rid of before I could even think about moving.” “I’m too young. I’m not ready.” The list goes on and on — these are just a few I have heard as reasons to put off moving to a senior living community. It’s easy to find excuses when you can think of more reasons not to do something. So, let me give you some reasons why you’d want to move so you can let those excuses go.

Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Thirty years ago, Advent Christian Village’s Dick Grillo put together the first artist series season. At the time, Advent Christian Village (ACV) was approaching its 75th anniversary, and became Florida’s first retirement community to initiate and host an artist series for its own members as well as the surrounding communities. The final performance of the very first season was the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, playing to a full house in the new Village Church sanctuary.

Esther Moreno has been a world-traveling flamenco dancer. She will grace the Advent Christian Village stage on Sept. 4.

Flamenco at ACV: An Intense Experience


Advent Christian Village’s 30th anniversary Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series kickoff event will be Monday, Sept. 4. It will be an exciting one: a night of flamenco dance and Spanish guitar performed by Esther Suarez and José Moreno. Described as “intense” by José himself, flamenco is an incredibly expressive form of dance where the dancer uses their whole body — feet, arms, torso and even face — to tell a story, be it entertaining, romantic or comforting.

How to Get More Bang for Your Social Security Buck


In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the original Social Security Act. Social Security is funded primarily through payroll taxes collected by the IRS. With a few exceptions, all salaried income, up to an amount specifically determined by law, is subject to the Social Security payroll tax.

Your Sunscreen May Be Killing You


According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over the past 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Because of this, protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunscreen on a daily basis has been advertised heavily. Even some makeups now claim to offer protection from the sun’s UV rays.

A big part of the fun at Camp Suwannee is making new friends.

It’s Time Again for Camp Suwannee!


Did you attend camp as a child? If you did, I’m sure you have some great stories to tell. Whether you have kids or grandkids of your own, or know children from your area, an opportunity for them to create awesome camp memories awaits them in Dowling Park, Florida, at Camp Suwannee.

The staff at Dacier Manor, Advent Christian Village’s assisted living option, loves working together and with the men and women they serve. Because of this, Dacier Manor is a great place to live.

This Staff Loves Serving Others


Do you love your job? Sadly, polls show that around three-quarters of the American workforce does not. That statistic is completely inaccurate when it comes to the staff of Dacier Manor — Advent Christian Village’s assisted living facility. They love working there.

The Jo Kennon Public Library in Dowling Park has books, audiobooks and DVDs to borrow, computers to use, and friendly staff to offer assistance.

The Jo Kennon Public Library is at Your Service


According to recent Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. Western Suwannee County is on its way to topping that percentage due to the excitement surrounding the grand opening of the Jo Kennon Public Library on the campus of Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park. The library reported that over 800 people visited the new building in its first two weeks following its grand opening on May 11.

No Better Time than the Present to Treat Hearing Loss


This is the third and final article in a series I recently wrote concerning hearing loss. If you have not yet read the first two articles, I encourage you to read both “10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss” and “Untreated Hearing Loss: Effects and Who to See.” In those articles, I have outlined how hearing affects the overall health of our aging loved ones, and who should be seen to treat the effects of hearing loss. Today, let’s focus on some causes of hearing loss and available technology advancements.

The Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library will open for business following its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 11.

New Public Library, Archive Wing and Ceramics Shop Open


We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, June 11, a dedication ceremony and a ribbon cutting will be held at Advent Christian Village (ACV). At 2:00 p.m., in The Village Church, ACV will dedicate Phase II of Taylor Commons, its newest neighborhood; the Marion Polk Ceramics Shop; and the Shirley J. Brooks Archive Wing, which is part of the Jo Kennon Public Library. At 3:00 p.m., Suwannee County will celebrate the grand opening of the Kennon Library with a ribbon cutting on site. The public is invited to these events.

Advent Christian Village is excited to welcome The Village Church’s new music minister, Traci Nissley, and her family to Dowling Park.

The Village Church Welcomes New Music Minister: Traci Nissley


For a full year the ACV community prayed for God’s leading in searching for a new music minister for the Village Church. Those prayers were answered, as Traci Nissley accepted the call to this position of ministry; her first Sunday was June 4.

Don’t Believe These Lies About Falls!


Approximately 9,500 deaths of older Americans are associated with falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and at 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually. In fact, 87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls, and two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months. One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of the injury.

Untreated Hearing Loss: Effects and Who to See


Think about the people you have met who have an obvious hearing loss. Do they seem to be delayed and even disoriented during conversations? Do they repeat things or start conversations on topics that have already been discussed? Do they have the appearance of being uninterested in what is being said? Do they talk incessantly and never give others a chance to speak?

These eight Suwannee High School seniors received Marvin E. Jones Scholarships at Advent Christian Village. Pictured (l–r) are Mikaila Letu, Kaleb Dye, Pascual Jahuey, Luke Henderson, Keverly Lee, Hannah George, Rachel Lake and Jesus Mendoza.

Advent Christian Village Supports Youth Through Educational Scholarships


Advent Christian Village (ACV) has been ministering to children for over 100 years. Today, that continues in a number of ways, including the administration of educational scholarships: the Forward Fund Scholarship and the Marvin E. Jones Scholarship.

ACV's Nursing Home Receives 5-Star Rating


Good Samaritan Center, Advent Christian Village (ACV) at Dowling Park’s skilled nursing center, is excited to announce that they have received a 5-star rating from CMS, the US government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

10 Surprising Causes of Hearing Loss


We begin hearing in the womb, and the auditory processing part of the brain is the last sense to stop working when we are dying. While this may be a tough way to begin a conversation with you, I hope stating these facts works as a kind of wake up call. Since God designed us this way, the hearing sense must be vital to our being.

Helen Myers has spent the last half of her life in north Florida. Over a period of 30 years of that time, she worked at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, helping raise dependent and neglected boys.

A Little Love Goes a Long Way


Helen Myers, a five-year member of Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV), has been helping people for a long time — and doing a fine job of it. Even two years ago, at 90 years of age, she was asked if she would be willing to work some hours in a customer service role at ACV. She gladly accepted and still spends several mornings a week at the front desk of Carter House, greeting members and guests with a big smile. Some of her regulars even gift her with sugary snacks to thank her for her friendliness.

Kathy Bochow, one of the attendees at the Suwannee County Health and Wellness Fair held at Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park on March 31, has her cholesterol checked at the Lake City Medical Center booth.

Fair Promotes Health and Wellness in Suwannee County


The setting was Phillips Center at Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV). Tables covered with information about an array of services, agencies and resources lined the hallways and meeting spaces. It was the annual Suwannee County Health and Wellness Fair took place on March 31. This year’s event was sponsored by Advent Christian Village and Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s skilled nursing community.

Move to Improve: Exercise is Just as Important for Seniors


Not long ago, it was common belief that older adults didn’t need to exercise — retirement was time to just sit and relax. Another widespread idea was that exercise was actually harmful for people with certain ailments — “I can’t exercise because I have heart disease.” Now, more people than ever, at all ages, are exercising. So, does age-old wisdom prevail, or is exercise important for senior adults? If it is important, how much is enough?

Deputy Sheriff Greg Kastor has worked most of his life in Suwannee County law enforcement. He now brings his considerable experience to the streets of Dowling Park.

There’s a New Sheriff’s Deputy in Town


Deputy Sheriff Greg Kastor is now on patrol in Dowling Park. The grandson of Eula Setzer, one of the first five orphans to move to Advent Christian Village in 1913, Dep. Kastor says working here feels like coming home.

Verna Simpson recently moved into Taylor Commons, a new neighborhood still under construction at Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park. The two benefits she’s most excited about are no yard work and the convenient location. When complete, Taylor Commons will house 30 apartments.

Brand New Apartments Opening in Dowling Park


Members and friends of ACV have been watching as a stretch of Dowling Park Drive has undergone a dramatic transformation. Where once cinderblock duplexes stood, now stands an entirely new neighborhood of townhome-style apartments called Taylor Commons. This project not only increases occupancy in that area, but also enhances curb appeal at ACV’s center.

Want a Better Life? Drop the Candy Bar!


Above treasures and wealth, health is one thing that no one can put a price tag on. The state of our health depends largely on choices we make during our lifetime. Are we exercising enough? Are we involved in risky behavior? And the question I’d like to focus on: Are we eating the right things? Did you know that one cookie here, one carrot there can still affect your health 10 years down the line? If it was easy to predict the impact of each of our food choices, I’m sure some of them would be reconsidered.

Sadie Feagle is about to celebrate her 100th birthday, defying the medical prediction given to her mother so long ago. The framed dress is the gown she was to be buried in prior to her third birthday.

100 Years Young


When someone turns 100 years old, you feel you need to ask them their secret. There are no secrets with Sadie Leona Feagle; she’ll tell you straight out, “Hard work never hurt nobody.” Talking with Sadie is a true privilege. After all, how often do you have the chance to talk with someone who remembers when the sun didn’t shine in the Florida sky for two weeks in the 1930s because of the Texas Dust Bowl, or who took cotton she grew on her farm to the gin to make her own mattress ticking?

Falling Happens to Other People, Not Me


Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented — and you have the power to reduce your risk and the risk of loved ones. Exercising, managing medications, checking for vision problems, and making the living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent falls.

Clearing the Clutter for a Better Life


Dealing with clutter is a common struggle in the US. Americans continually buy new clothes, new books and new gadgets without getting rid of anything. Those who lived through the Depression were conditioned to never throw anything away. Closets, attics and garages swell with “stuff,” especially for those who have lived in the same home for many years. However, clutter can be a real problem for senior adults. It can be a health hazard, and it quickly becomes overwhelming to get it under control. If you have a clutter problem, what can you do?

ACV President Craig Carter presents Shirley Lawson a token of thanks during her retirement celebration on Dec. 14. Shirley worked over 31 years as a CNA at Advent Christian Village.

A Shining Example of ACV’s Mission


In December, Advent Christian Village (ACV) held a bittersweet celebration at Good Samaritan Center (GSC), its skilled nursing community — the retirement of Shirley Lawson. Shirley Lawson has worked as a CNA for ACV for 31 and a half years. Her outstanding dependability is usually the first quality anyone mentions when speaking about Shirley.

Scientific studies have begun to document a connection between living a lifestyle of faith and good health.

The Science of Healing Through Prayer


Many people believe science and faith cannot mix. Science can be observed, tested and proven. Spirituality can also be observed and tested, but many aspects of spirituality are difficult to prove. Faith is necessary when dealing with spiritual matters. But when tested over and over and the positive results appear to correlate, it seems impractical to discount what appears to be scientific proof of a spiritual matter. For example: healing through prayer.

Away from Home for the Holidays


Home for the holidays. Don’t those words paint a happy picture? Just imagine: In the living room is a giant tree laden with ornaments and presents piled underneath. Garlands and swags hang from banisters and mantles. Candles flicker in every window and hundreds of lights glow outside. It is a scene worthy of a Christmas card. But sometimes people find themselves lodged “at the inn” instead. Usually it’s only for a few days because Grandma’s house couldn’t fit everyone. Christmas is a time for joy, and even if you’re an out-of-towner, whether for one night or many, you can still have a holiday that is merry and bright.

What is GriefShare?


Each of us has experienced grief. People can grieve many different things in life — homesickness, side effects of advanced aging or illness, and even general disappointments. And we have all experienced grief due to loss of life, whether for a stranger (9/11, Columbine, etc.), a friend, family members, or possibly spouses. Is there help for people dealing with grief?

Holiday Visits — Offering Practical Help to Loved Ones


The holidays are a special time for family and friends to get together. It’s not uncommon for us to visit a senior loved one who would benefit from our help. As you make your holiday plans, think about how you can help your loved one with things in the home so they don’t have to do it later. Offering your assistance during your holiday visit is a great way to show love and support in ways that linger on throughout the year. It’s natural to be concerned that your loved one remains safe and happy in their home as they age. You have a great opportunity during your holiday visit to help them … and make your visit even more meaningful.

Harold Garner says one key to being a successful stained glass artist is to have a proper work space. Harold has been crafting stained glass beauties for over 10 years, and he is very talented at it.

Stained Glass is an Artform


Pliers, cutters, grinders, soldering irons, lead, copper, and … glass — these are the tools of a stained glass artist. A touch of engineering, a dash of imagination and skilled hands come together to produce works of art that can only be truly appreciated in the light. Just like painting and sculpting, anyone can pick up the tools and produce a product. But it takes an artist to produce something beautiful. Harold Garner is an artist.

Sharon Belovarac (left) and Lynne Spriggs (two surveyors with CARF) pause with Advent Christian Village President/CEO Craig Carter at the very start of ACV’s on-site survey. A third surveyor, Brent Edgerton, performed his duties remotely. ACV recently learned that they were awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation.

Five More Years!


CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) announced that Advent Christian Village (ACV) has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. The announcement came early this month following an on-site survey at the end of September.

Don’t Be a Statistic — Avoid the Flu


Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory condition that can cause serious complications, especially in young children, older adults, and people with certain medical conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 115,000 people across the U.S. are hospitalized each year as a result of severe illness from the flu. Influenza is the ninth leading cause of death in the country. The good news is that there is something we can all do to keep our families and communities safer. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age or older be vaccinated annually.

Renovations Beautify Good Samaritan Center


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV) is much more than just a nursing home; it is truly a village, with homes, apartments, stores, restaurants, a medical center … the list goes on. Despite ACV’s diverse and varied offerings, its nursing home, Good Samaritan Center (GSC) — a skilled nursing community offering short-term rehabilitation stays and long-term nursing care — is a big part of Advent Christian Village’s continuum of care. Because of its importance, for the better part of three years, GSC has been undergoing a complete renovation — and we are happy to report that the renovations have reached a milestone.

The Risks of Using Someone Else’s Wi-Fi


The internet has made doing many things much easier. It provides instant gratification for shopping for that perfect outfit or new gadget, and banking and bill payment services are just a click away. But the internet also has made it much easier for cybercriminals to get your personal information.

Low-Income Senior Housing: Great Places to Call Home


No matter our age, we all crave a place to call our own that is comfortable and secure, has friends close by, and affords privacy when we want it. We do not “outgrow” the desire for these things. But, sometimes, after the paychecks stop coming and the savings account dwindles, seniors wonder what’s next. How will they afford a place of their own? What are their options?

Advent Christian Village’s new Service Coordinator, Nancy Moral (center), is already loved by many of ACV’s members.

ACV’s New Service Coordinator is a Perfect Fit


When asked what it is about Advent Christian Village that makes it so great, most members talk about the people — not only the people who live here, but also the amazing people who work here. One of ACV’s newest employees, Service Coordinator Nancy Moral, is no exception to this praise.

Plan a Fall Foliage Foray


For many, the beauty of fall is one of the highlights of the year. As leaves change from shades of green to yellow, orange and red hues, the landscape takes on a glow that delights and inspires. But for the average Joe, it’s hard to know exactly when trees will be at their best. Here is a handy guide provided by to use if you’re planning a fall foliage foray.

The Keys to a Successful Reunion


What do family, friends, co-workers, classmates and special occasions have in common? Memories! One way to celebrate those memories and to continue them is with a reunion. Reunions can be planned any time of the year. Life gets busy and busyness makes time pass rapidly. Our time is valuable, so it’s important to make the best of it. Celebrate, grab those happy moments, and reflect on them when you can. Most of us have to make an effort to create those moments. Spending time together away from daily distractions with all the relatives, friends, classmates, or co-workers creates quality time as well as lasting memories. You might only see one another once or twice a year or maybe it’s been several years. Reunions make it count, but they don’t just happen — someone has to make them happen.

Natalie Gordon, ARNP-C, recently joined the medical staff at Copeland Medical Clinic in Dowling Park. She specializes in geriatrics and is available for appointments — call (386) 658-5300.

New ARNP Rounds Out ACV Medical Team


One of the vital services provided at Copeland Medical Center at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park is Copeland Clinic. There, outstanding medical care is offered to area residents five days a week. Board certified family doctor/geriatrician Dr. Maria Gonzalez leads the medical team, along with two nurse practitioners: Beth Fulford, and newest team member, Natalie Gordon.

Paddling down the Suwannee River could be your next great adventure.

Consider a Canoe for Your Last Summer Excursion


Where has summer vacation gone? It seems like only yesterday the last school bell was ringing and we were looking forward to a few months of the easy life: lounging by the pool, trips to see family, and vacations at interesting places. In many locations, school is already back in session, and it won’t be long before the rest follow suit. But don’t despair if you’re still hearing the call of the wild for one more trip. Florida will still be warm and sunny for a few more months, and we’d like to suggest a fun-filled trip down the beautiful Suwannee River.

Designing Your Home for Your Senior Years


When designing or shopping for a new home, we should consider the livability and comfort the home will afford us. There are always specific features that we are attracted to, and a general flow of spaces that we feel will make our particular living style more comfortable. When a young bachelor shops for a home, he looks for different features than a couple with children. Their needs have changed and so they look for the features to accommodate a family. Designing a home or adapting a home for your senior years requires a similar rethinking of your current needs and what your future needs might be.

RiverOak Technical College and Advent Christian Village partnered at the beginning of this year to bring a unique, five-week Certified Nursing Assistant course to Good Samaritan Center. The first graduating class graduated at the end of March. Pictured from left to right: GSC Administrator Keri Hilliard, GSC Director of Nursing Judy Crager, RiverOak Patient Care Technician Instructor Traci Thompson, GSC Director of Staff Development Brenda O'Steen, five graduates (Toquita Gandy, Kaitlyn Lawson-Mrus, Adrienne Lovett, Jessica Nichols and Sabrina Watkins), and RiverOak Director Walter Boatright.

RiverOak CNA Class Held at ACV a Success


Following Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center’s identity change to RiverOak Technical College (Live Oak, Florida) last year, administration added several new program opportunities. Early this year, the college renewed its partnership with Advent Christian Village (ACV) in order to offer a unique, five-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class taught at Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s skilled nursing community. This isn’t the first class of this type to be taught at ACV and they are thrilled to be working with RiverOak to once again offer more medical education in western Suwannee County.

Richard and Patricia Hanks live part of the year in their River Woods home at Advent Christian Village and the rest of the year in their mountain home in north Georgia. One reason for maintaining their Georgia home is because they are currently the only two bailiffs in Towns County, Georgia.

Richard and Patricia Hanks: Advent Christian Village’s Bailiffs


Advent Christian Village members Richard and Patricia Hanks’ relationship started in a courthouse. In fact, they still spend a lot of time in a Georgia courtroom, but they’re not in trouble; they’re bailiffs.

Advent Christian Village has a team of Service Coordinators ready to provide whatever support their members living independently need. Ashley Scarborough (left) is one such caring individual.

A Valuable Resource: Service Coordinators at ACV


If you are a senior adult who is hospitalized following a fall or an illness, who do you turn to for help when it’s time to go home? Your family or friends? What if none are available? At Advent Christian Village (ACV) the answer is easy — you call your Service Coordinator. Or better yet, the hospital discharge coordinator calls the Service Coordinator with the details of the kind of care you will need after your discharge. From there, the Service Coordinator sets up any necessary services, like delivered meals, housekeeping, or home care. They even see to it that prescriptions are filled and that you have transportation to follow-up medical appointments and specialists. This is just one of the facets of the Service Coordinator’s role.