Florida Presbyterian Homes Participates in World Day of Prayer

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World Day of Prayer is being held on Friday, March 5. It’s a worldwide, ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. This year’s theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation.”

Florida-presbyterian-homes-celebrates-world-day-of-prayerThe symbol for World Day of Prayer was developed by the women of Ireland. Its design is made up of arrows converging from the four points of the compass, persons kneeling in prayer, the Celtic cross, and the circle, representing the world and our unity through all our diversity.

According to Chaplain Etta Owens, the residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes have chosen to join with the women of Vanuatu in worship and prayer, centered on the scripture in Matthew 7:24-27.

The Wise and Foolish Builders (NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

The land of Vanuatu is in a tropical archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, prone to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea levels. This scripture tells a story about the kingdom of heaven using the image of a house and the land on which the house is built. Choosing the land on which to build is an important decision for the people in Vanuatu. Women around the world will unite this day in prayer and symbolic solidarity for Vanuatu.

Celebrating Nutrition & Hydration Week – March 15-21, 2021

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florida-presbyterian-homes-celebrates-nutrition-and-hydration-weekFlorida Presbyterian Homes is proud to celebrate Nutrition & Hydration Week from March 15-21. The mission of this national week is to join in a global movement that will reinforce proper nutrition and hydration as fundamental elements to maintaining good health and well-being. Organized by FPH’s Wellness department, this special recognition also serves as an opportunity to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun during the week.

The following events will be held on the FPH Campus:
  • Monday, March 15 – Fruit Smoothies in Forrer Bunker Lobby at 3:30pm on the South side
  • Tuesday, March 16 – ‘Stay at Home Tea’
    • Simply stop by in the morning at the McArthur Center Bistro (North side) or the Forrer Bunker Lobby (South side) to pick up all the ingredients you need for a special cup of tea.
  • Thursday, March 18 – Fruit Smoothies in the McArthur Center Bistro at 12:00pm on the North side
  • For the Assisted Living Facility Only –
    • Tuesday, March 16 – Citrus Water in ALF Garden at 10:00am.
    • Wednesday, March 17 –  Green Smoothies in the ALF Second Floor Dining Area at 1:00pm.
    • Thursday, March 18 – Citrus Water in ALF Garden at 10:00am.

“We’re excited to once again highlight Nutrition and Hydration Week,” said Alison Kennedy-Hand, director of FPH’s Wellness department. “We encourage residents and staff to take part in learning more about good nutrition and proper hydration all throughout this important week.”

Visitation at FPH

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FPH offers scheduled visitation for residents in Assisted Living and the Porter McGrath Health Center, in accordance with the latest Executive Order, DEM 20-011.

Please use our SignUpGenuis link to schedule a General or Compassionate Visit with your loved one. General Visits include indoor and outdoor visits, as well as window visits that require staff assistance. Compassionate Visits may also be scheduled using the SignUpGenuis, but require pre-approval by our clinical team. We kindly ask that families do not sign up for more than one in-person visit per week. Please be sure to review the policies and guidelines available on the sign-up page.

Sign Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaae29a5fac07-fphvisitation

Please reach out to a member of our team if you have any questions. Stay safe and be well!

Next Matter of Balance Class to Begin In February 2021

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The Wellness Department at Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to present the upcoming ‘A Matter of Balance’ class, an evidence-based program designed to improve activity levels among older adults and reduce the fear of falling.

Matter-of-balance-class-at-florida-presbyterian-homesThe next 8-week program will begin Tuesday, February 23 at 1:15pm (South) and Thursday, February 25 at 1:30pm (North). The class will meet once a week; Tuesdays in the game room on the South side OR Thursdays in the McArthur Center on the North side.

The class is FREE and open exclusively to FPH residents at the current time. Residents who have already taken the class are welcome to take it again. The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so contact Alison in the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or akennedy@fphi.org to reserve your spot. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

National Medication Take Back Day Set for Oct. 24

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The 2020 National Medication Take Back Day is set for Saturday, October 24. You can be green and keep your community safe by dropping off unwanted or expired medications — including medicines for both humans and pets.

Safe disposal drop off locations are available from 10 am – 2 pm all throughout Polk County.

National-Medication-Take-Back-Day-2020-Polk-County

Auburndale Police Department  – 2 Bobby Green Plaza

Bartow Police Department – 450 North Broadway Ave.

Davenport Police Department – 16 Bay Street W

Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27

Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue

Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 N. Seminole Avenue

Lake Hamilton Police Department – 100 Smith Avenue

Lake Wales Police Department – 133 E. Tillman Avenue

Winter Haven Police Department – 125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW

This year’s event is presented by StandUp Polk, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Polk County Waste & Recycling. For more information, please call StandUp Polk at 863-802-0777.

Matter of Balance Class Set to Begin in September

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Balance-class-set-to-begin-in-September-at-Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-in-Lakeland-FLThe Wellness Department at Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the next program dedicated to reducing the fear of falling and increasing activity levels among older adults. Entitled “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” this evidence-based class will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and run one afternoon each week for 8 weeks.

This class is only open to residents of FPH and will be offered on both the North and South sides of campus. The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 or email akennedy@fphi.org to reserve a spot by Tuesday, Sept. 1. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Food & Nutrition Classes Offered This Summer

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Food-AND-Nutrition-Classes-Offered-All-Summer-Long-Online-And-FreeThanks to the University of Florida’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Program, everyone is eligible to participate in a series of food and nutrition classes being offered online.

These classes are free and open to the public. They begin in June and run through the middle of August 2020.

FPH residents, staff and family members are encouraged to participate, however, you must sign up by clicking through to the registration links found here.

The UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Family & Consumer Sciences division is dedicated to providing science-based information to empower individuals and families to make changes to improve their health and quality of life.

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Nikolai, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, Family and Consumer Science Agent at andreanikolai@ufl.edu or 863-519-1041.

Popular AquaFit Class Held Weekly at FPH

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is proud to offer AquaFit – a water exercise program held three times a week at Munn Pool. “It’s a class using therapy-related movements to improve range of motion, balance, strength and flexibility,” said Alison Kennedy-Hand, Director of the Wellness Program at Florida Presbyterian Homes. “In addition to the cardio benefits of AquaFit, exercising in the pool can really help with aging joints.”

Water-exercise-class-at-Florida-Presbyterian-HomesAccording to Kennedy-Hand, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports the participants’ body and falling isn’t a concern. Water exercise has also been found to help in alleviating fatigue, as well as relieving stress and tension. No special equipment is needed, although a variety of fitness or flotation devices are available.

AquaFit is open to FPH residents and takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:15 am. There is no cost for residents. Anyone who has been given the go-ahead from their physician to begin a fitness program after an injury or to participate in a workout regimen may attend.

“Besides the physical benefits of AquaFit, participants really enjoy the social opportunities of gathering with others in the class,” said Kennedy-Hand. “It’s a fun program and the participants enjoy their time together.”

Interested residents should sign up or contact Alison Kennedy-Hand in the Wellness department by email at akennedy@fphi.org or by phone at (863) 577-6022.

Balance Class Set to Begin In January

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Balance-class-set-to-begin-in-January-at-Florida-Presbyterian-Homes-in-Lakeland-FLThe Wellness Department at Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce the next program dedicated to reducing the fear of falling and increasing activity levels among older adults. Entitled “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” this evidence-based class will begin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and run once a week for 8 weeks. It’s FREE and open to FPH residents and Lakeland community members. It will be held each week at 10 am on Tuesday mornings on campus at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Active Aging Week Set for October

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 – By Alison Kennedy Hand

Active Aging week is a nationally recognized week from October 1 – 7 sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). This year’s theme, “Redefining Active,” is about engaging in all areas of wellness — physical, spiritual, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational and environmental.

Active-Aging-WeekICAA states that active aging is about engaging with family, friends and your community to learn and try new things, such as volunteering, mentoring and pursuing professional development or an entrepreneurial endeavor. Other ways to be engaged include traveling, maintaining an active spiritual/religious life, having a healthy lifestyle, and being more mindful. Ultimately ICAA states it is about positively engaging in all aspects of life benefitting both the individual and the community as a whole.

Florida Presbyterian Homes will be recognizing Active Aging Week with the following events:

  • Tuesday, October 1 – A Fall Tea – Celebrating the Season at 2:00pm in the Main Dining Room. Pam Herbert and ALF staff to host.
  • Thursday, October 3 – Brain Games – Cognitively Engaged at 10:00am in the Chapel presented by Etta Owens.
  • Friday, October 4 – Fall Prevention and What Healthcare Should Be at 2:00pm in the Chapel presented by Dr. Romero.

On behalf of FPH and the Wellness Team, we’re pleased to join with thousands of Active Aging Week supporters as we work to help change the way we age.

 

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