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Mind and Body Yoga Offers Health Benefits to Edgemere Residents

September 29, 2017

National Yoga Month is held during September to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. The awareness campaign consists of yoga classes and other special events to celebrate the month and motivate people to practice yoga. That’s why Edgemere, a premier senior living community in Dallas, started mind and body yoga. The 50-minute class is held three times a week and features poses, meditation and breathing exercises. Residents can choose to either stand or use a chair instead of sitting on the ground. This is the first time the senior living community has offered yoga for residents to enjoy. The media is invited to attend the class on Wednesday, September 27 at 11 a.m. in the fitness center. Pat Londeree has lived at the senior living community for 16 years and tried yoga for the first time. She says she’s already noticed an improvement in her ability to focus and balance, and that’s not all. The Edgemere resident says she feels her muscles getting stronger and her posture is better.

“Yoga was always on my bucket list so I’m glad I am able to check that off,” said Londeree. “After I got over my initial giggles I realized this is a great exercise. I can see how it helps with your balance and will help prevent falls. I am very calm and relaxed when I leave the class, and it gives me the pick me up I need for the day. The meditation and breathing exercises are great. Yoga has benefits for your overall health and I am thankful the community started this class. I have tried many classes while I’ve lived at Edgemere and this is definitely one of my favorites. I’m proud of myself for trying something new and I look forward to attending additional classes in the future.”

Here are just six of the many benefits yoga has for seniors:

  • Improves balance and stability
  • Improves flexibility and joint health
  • Improves respiration
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Encourages mindfulness

“Residents have really enjoyed coming to class and experiencing something new,” said Charles Plafcan, fitness coordinator at Edgemere. “The class challenges the body and mind through strengthening, stretching, relaxing and breathing. Flexibility and muscle tone will continually improve as their mind, body and spirit work together in harmony. The class is something a lot of residents have never done before, or didn’t think they could do. But incorporating a chair or standing gives residents the same health benefits while allowing them to be comfortable in class. It’s been a great success and we look forward to keeping yoga at the community in the future.”

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Spark Memories for Retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer

September 21, 2017

On an average day, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducts 45 search-and-rescue operations, saves 10 lives and protects over $1.2 million in property. But lately, the USCG has been hard at work rescuing thousands of people in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall. Their heroic efforts caught the attention of millions across the country, including Edgemere resident Paul Lamb. The 88-year-old former Coast Guard officer can relate to what other members of the Coast Guard are experiencing. Lamb During his 25-year service, he responded to hurricanes in Bermuda, Florida and Alabama. He rescued people from flood waters, hoisted them off cruise ships and saved fishermen from vessels. Lamb says being in the Coast Guard was a blessing because he helped dozens of people over his career. He was even awarded a Lifesaving Medal for his efforts.

“I had a guilty conscience because I wasn’t able to help during the recent storms,” said Lamb. “I retired from the Coast Guard many years ago, but it will always be a part of me. The men and women who sacrificed to assist people during these catastrophic storms are true heroes. I know they went hours without food and sleep to make sure lives were spared. Seeing the photos and videos of the heroism brings out a lot of different emotions. The Coast Guard is a tight-knit family, and they consider those they assist as part of the family, too.  People put their lives in the hands of these officers, and seeing the gratitude in their faces means everything.”

Lamb was born in Fountain County, Ind. and was the youngest of eleven children. During WWII, four of his brothers served, and that inspired him to enlist in the Coast Guard on September 11, 1947. He served as a radio operator until 1956 when he went to Navy flight training to learn to operate helicopters. Lamb spent the next 16 years serving his country. He was stationed in Bermuda, Rhode Island, Florida, Alabama, Hawaii, and the Great Lakes. During his service, he experienced many ups and downs, but left the Coast Guard with great memories and was proud to be a part of it. He went on to graduate from the University of South Florida in 1977 and taught school until 1996 when he retired.

“I owe everything to the Coast Guard,” said Lamb. “They educated me, took care of my health, fed me and put a roof over my head. I was always someone who volunteered for everything. In the end, I moved up the ranks to Full Commander, that’s equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel. It instilled values in me I still use to this day.”

Lamb still has a home in St. Petersburg, Fla. and is thankful it wasn’t heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. He recently moved to Edgemere, a nonprofit Life Plan Community in Dallas sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), and appreciates the senior living community’s support.

“Mr. Lamb is an inspirational resident with an excellent story,” said Luis Argote, executive director of Edgemere. “We find it fascinating to hear about his time in the Coast Guard and the different things he experienced. It’s heartwarming that he wishes he was still an active officer and could help with rescue efforts in Texas and Florida. Mr. Lamb has a heart of gold. We are thankful for his service and look forward to hearing additional stories in the future.”

Residents of Edgemere Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

August 23, 2017

All eyes were on the sky for the total solar eclipse. The celestial event captivated the country as millions observed the natural phenomenon on Monday, August 21. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the sun when viewing it from Earth. As the light of day faded briefly from view, Edgemere, a premier senior living community in Dallas, hosted a “Solar Eclipse Viewing Party” to commemorate the event. For Glendora Trescher, who goes by Dodie, this event is one she did not want her neighbors and friends to miss. The senior living community began planning for the event after Trescher recommended that everyone should have the opportunity to view the eclipse and join in on the fun with their own solar viewing boxes. Family members joined residents in the courtyard of The Plaza at Edgemere, the community’s health services neighborhood, as they celebrated this historic day.

“This was the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to be visible in its totality exclusively across the United States,” said Rachel Cabal, lifestyles coordinator of The Plaza at Edgemere. “In Dallas, we saw about 77 percent of the sun blocked out. Observing an eclipse like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we were thrilled to host this event for residents in all levels of living, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. It was extra special to share this moment together.”    

Before the event, residents crafted their own eclipse viewing boxes. Residents learned more about the eclipse, as well as eye safety and the significance of the eclipse. Cabal says making their own viewing boxes created a stronger connection with the event itself. She hopes the experience will be one they’ll always remember.

“It was like we were all back in science class,” said Cabal. “The residents used a box to make a pinhole projector to safely watch the eclipse. As they made the device, we discussed the sequence of events around the eclipse and the significance of this project. We were all very excited about the eclipse, and thrilled to use our finished products.”

Edgemere Resident Celebrates 105th Birthday

August 22, 2017

Turning 105 is a milestone not many people get to experience, but for one resident at Edgemere that day is now a reality. John Tower celebrated his 105th birthday on Monday, August 21. The celebration, located at Edgemere (8523 Thackery Street), honored Tower, and family members were present along with fellow residents to share the occasion. There was cake, punch and the singing of happy birthday for the 105-year-old! 

The WWII veteran grew up in Weymouth, Mass. before moving to University Park. He married his wife Grace in 1941 and together they had four children. Tower was an engineer and worked for the U.S. Department of Energy before retiring. He has lived through a lot of history and has plenty of stories to share. The centenarian keeps his mind active by reading the newspaper each day and listening to music. The community says he is quite popular as he receives more mail than any other resident.

Dr. Robert Winningham Hosts Brain Health Presentation at Edgemere

August 2, 2017

Dozens of invited guests and residents recently filled the Performing Arts Center at Edgemere to hear a presentation from Robert Winningham, Ph.D., about brain health. Dr. Winningham has spent the last two decades researching memory impairments, and has trained thousands of professionals on mental-stimulation programs. During the presentation, Winningham shared cognitive stimulation interventions which can be used to exercise targeted regions of the brain. Additionally, he discussed the latest research on the effects of physical exercise, nutrition and social support on health and how they can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia. According to a 2016 study, overall dementia risk has dropped from 20 cases per 1,000 people in the early 1990s to fewer than 17 cases per 1,000 people. Winningham says the possible reasons for the 25 percent drop include things such as controlling cardiovascular risk factors, better education and greater awareness of the importance of physical exercise.

“Dr. Winningham gave an eye-opening presentation to guests and residents, one that inspired motivation and hope,” said Vanessa Curtright Bowles, director of sales and marketing at Edgemere. “We understand the importance of hosting educational and timely events that enhance lifelong learning. It was fascinating to hear the latest research on how proper food and exercise are good for the brain and memory. We offer residents a variety of opportunities that enable them to continue to lead active and engaged lives in a community that caters to their personal preferences. We feel Dr. Winningham’s presentation benefited many people, and hopefully it inspires more people to focus on eating well and exercising.”

Winningham is a full-time professor and interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Western Oregon University (WOU) where he teaches both psychology and gerontology courses. He creates brain stimulation activities for thousands of communities and rehabilitation facilities as a part of “Dr. Rob’s Cranium Crunches” on activityconnection.com and helps create cognitive stimulation video games for linkedsenior.com. In addition, he has published two books: “Train Your Brain: How to Maximize Memory Ability in Older Adulthood” and “Cranium Crunches: Brain Exercises to Maximize Memory Ability.”

Each Wednesday in August, Edgemere residents will have a chance to attend one of Winningham’s virtual classes. The five-week course created by Masterpiece Living® will lead residents through topics such as the role of nutrition and physical exercise on cognition and how to stay motivated to enhance brain health.



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