Good Shepherd Community has no shortage of talent or inspiration. One of our residents just published her first book! A cookbook! Writing a book was an item on her bucket list (a list of things you would like to experience or accomplish during your lifetime) that also includes learning to swim and learning to use a computer. She also works as a care giver and uplifts the spirits of all who are around her. Good Shepherd couldn't be more proud. Congratulations!
If you are considering a move to Good Shepherd Community, you should be aware of one of our unique benefits -- having access to physical therapy in your home. Good Shepherd has contracted with PTI (Physical Therapy Institute) so you can get the assistance you need in the most convenient way possible. PTI is not limited to physical therapy, but can provide occupational, and speech therapy as well. Their free screening will determine whether you are deficit in strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, or why pain could be limiting your mobility so that your physical therapy plan is tailored to your needs. PTI also has a fall prevention program if you are at risk for falling. Their services bill your Medicare Part A or B plan for payment.
Recently we were told by a Good Shepherd resident and patient of PTI, “I didn’t realize how important therapy was. It [PTI therapy] has helped me regain strength and it is very convenient. I just love it.”
Beanbag baseball is growing in popularity amongst the senior community. In fact, you might be surprised to learn there there are quite a few teams, tournaments, and even an annual 'Olympics' for beanbag baseball players. Good Shepherd proudly boasts its own team, the Good Shepherd Warriors. They are newly formed this year, but have done quite well despite their newcomer status.
It is important that everyone, young or old, experience lifelong learning. Good Shepherd's Wellness Services plugged several of our residents into this cultural outing June 3, 2016 to tour the "Castle on Stageoach". The home was built in 1935 and resembles a French Chateau. However, the locals just refer to it as "The Castle". A group of our residents were all too happy to amble around the lush grounds and walk through two floors of the home. Good Shepherd is grateful to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for hosting such an enriching event and making it available to our seniors. We will enjoy this event in the coming years.
Everyone knows that staying active leads to many health benefits and quality of life as we age. But, not everyone enjoys exercising. The secret to sticking with exercise are making sure it is something you enjoy and having friends to do it with. Beanbag Baseball is growing in popularity amongst seniors and a group of residents at Good Shepherd have formed at team called the WARRIORS! They are a fun bunch who work hard at their game with frequent practice. Beanbag baseball is played just like real baseball, but instead of batting a ball, beanbags are tossed into holes (hopefully) labeled first, second, third, and homerun. However, there are also slots for "foul" and "out". And don't forget, three strikes and YOU'RE OUT! If a player, for instance, tosses their bag through the "third base" slot, they then walk the "bases", which are actually strategically placed chairs labeled "1st", "2nd", and "3rd". There's no hurry to get to the bases, just a casual stroll, but each "base" must be touched. Of course, the homerun is the most difficult slot to master, but when a play throws a homerun, teammates jump to their feet and erupt with shouts of joy with lots of high-fiving in between. Our team has a lucky green teddy bear that each player pats or rubs for good luck. The bottom line, is they are staying active, participating, and most of all having fun! #seniorliving #retirementcommunity #independentliving
There is a profusion of flowers and plant life each spring that beckons residents to visit the Cove Memorial Garden. This is due to the over-the-years efforts of several residents who have taken a special interest in gardening. It’s an ongoing project whose continuation is dependent upon donations and the vision of a few residents who have an interest in making sure our residents have a beautiful place to relax outdoors. We also have the assistance of a master gardenerwho lends her time and expertise to the garden out of her generosity and her absolute love of gardening.
The plantings, together with the mossy green carpet and large rocks, makes an inviting space in which our residents are encouraged to take a stroll, rock in a glider, visit with a friend, have a picnic, or just enjoy some solitude. Our residents should be sure to look for the dogwood trees, Japanese lacy leaf maple tree, knockout roses, hydrangeas, rhododendron, and, of course, those gorgeous azaleas. Be sure to listen for the wind chimes, a purchase made possible by the combined donations of several residents.
Good Shepherd is proud of our residents’ caring involvement and proud to have such a beautiful space for our residents to appreciate.
What do a retired Social Worker and retired Professor have in common? Friendship and a desire to stay healthy by walking. Chester Cornell and Arland Lyons have known one another through their church for many years; they even traveled to Juarez, Mexico on the same mission trip. Fast forward a few years and imagine their surprise to find themselves living in the same retirement community just down the hall from one another.
They are easy to spot walking around the Cove building - Arland carries a big walking stick. They usually make four trips around the building, which is just over a mile, and they try to do this four days a week. Their goal is to “keep moving” and their efforts will likely bring them longer years with less disability.
Anyone can start walking to stay healthy and mobile as you age. Having a friend to walk with is an added bonus.
We’d do well to remember these words of wisdom, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.”
Good Shepherd has many talented individuals living in our midst, including some talented painters. Painting is a good activity for seniors. Aside from the pleasure it brings, painting has many physical, mental, spiritual, and social benefits as well. Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language and nurtures our well-being. It is therapeutic and provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happy feelings. Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment can strengthen individuality and self-esteem. Learning to hold and handle a brush and/or pencil will help improve coordination because it regulates hand movements and stimulates brain connections. It brings concentration and healing and can actually pull our focus away from physical and emotional pain. Painting distracts us from our problems thereby promoting mental health. Painting can bolster our emotional intelligence; it helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experience happiness, love, empathy, and peace. Painting is fun; we laugh, socialize, learn, feel motivated, and develop art appreciation and a sense of culture.
People often say the book is better than the movie. Scientists who study brain function agree. Research shows processing information by reading it gives you more of a mental workout than simply watching it unfold on a screen. Reading activates your imagination and insight. Exercise yours on National Book Lovers' Day, Aug 9th.