Gone may be the days of headlocks and tattle-telling, but it is only natural for you and your siblings to squabble from time to time, even in adulthood. When sensitive family situations arise, like discussing senior living options for your aging parent, conflict and disagreements can be common among siblings. Sure, everyone wants what’s best for mom or dad, but respecting and considering everyone's points of view can be a delicate balancing act.
Mr. Bill was born on February 13, 1926, in Florida. He lived with his father - Dr. Isaac; mother - Annie Cornelia; and his sister Cloe, which he adored very much. At an early age Bill was always interested in airplanes, but when he enlisted in the Navy during World War II as a pilot, his love for airplanes grew. Outside of his love for airplanes, Mr. Hunter involved himself in many other activities such as dancing, water skiing, listening to music, reading books and partaking in church events. He has 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 3 grandchildren that he loves very much.
You had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones but noticed that your parent was not their usual self. Some things you may have seen were unopened personal mail or bills, letters from the bank about overdue payments or overdrawn balances, mail piled up in their mailbox, or the house not as clean as they usually keep it. All of these signs and much more are common signs that your mom may need to explore assisted living or potentially memory care.
You will quickly realize from meeting Spike his love for everything Clemson! He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina before relocating to Key Stone Heights, Florida. Spike's sister, Ann, still lives in Florida. His father was killed while working as an ironworker when he was only six. From then on his mother raised them through her work as a nurse.
Wintertime poses a hard climate to stay active and have fun in, especially for seniors. Because seniors are stuck indoors because of the cold for a month at a time, their mental and physical health can often decline. So what's a senior to do?
A senior-friendly activity we recommend is gardening – yes even in the winter. December 5th marks World Soil Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about soil quality. One of the most vital parts of our ecosystem, soil affects everything from water and food to climate change.
Our resident spotlight on Abbie!
“I was born 1/19/1923 in a country farm home in Espyville, Pa, which was owned by my grandparents.
We stayed on the farm until I was 3 and then moved to Harbor Creek, Pa., where I lived until I married my husband, Harold, in 1943. I followed him to pursue the Lord's work, preaching at four churches over a span of 37 years, until his death in 1980,” Abbie recalled.
While the holidays are known for delivering happiness and joy to people across the world, it can often bring sadness, disappointment and nostalgia for many. Such is the holidays for those who have a family member living with Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million Americans and someone develops this degenerative disease every 60 seconds.
Tom, a resident of Oaks at Braselton, received the American Spirit Honor Medal in 1954. It will come as no surprise to those who know him that he was a recipient of this award, which is the highest honor a Navy recruit could win at boot camp during that time.
The local newspaper article announcing the Navy’s award read, “Tom's pleasant manner, youthful aggressiveness, and his eagerness to please and cooperate paid off well in the Navy”. The same applies to his demeanor and commitment to serving others today.
After his time serving our country in the Navy, Tom went on to have a successful career with Xerox Corporation for 22 years. But he maintains that his greatest achievement in life has been his God-given ability to care for others. In his early years, he was widely known as the jovial, handsome young man from Matthews Supermarket, where he worked weekends and summers during his North Fulton High School days.
He has been a blessing to us as an ambassador here at Oaks at Braselton because of his gift of working and caring for people. He always looks out for everyone here and tries to meet their needs. He participates in all kinds of activities at Oaks at Braselton, but mostly enjoys sharing time with his three children, Ricky, Karla, and Brian as well as his wonderful grandchildren. Tom is so very proud of his beautiful family, and we are so very proud of Tom! He is a great friend and a joy to be around!
As the weather starts to cool, and Thanksgiving comes and passes the Christmas season draws nearer. There's something magical about the holidays that turns us all into kids, and seniors are no different! While this season should not revolve around gifts or money, it's rewarding to watch someone open a gift they enjoy. Sometimes, seniors can be difficult to buy for, so we've put together some suggestions to help you give the perfect gift.