Category

Our Stories

Peg’s Perspective – What’s the key to a long, healthy, and happy life?

By | Health and Wellness, Our Stories | No Comments

“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

Peg’s Perspective

By:Peg Carmany

Hazel was born in Olathe, Kansas in her family’s farmhouse. Hazel’s parents were hard-working, encouraging people.  She remembers her mother helping all of them to be their very best. “Stand up straight like God intended,” her mother would explain. Hazel was the eighth of nine children in her family.

She attended a one room country school, with only two others in her class. It was a four mile walk each way—except during the winter when the snow was so high they could walk across the fence rows in the pasture, which made the walk a little shorter.

She remembers wearing dresses made of feed sacks with pretty designs when she was very young. But, when she was in the third grade her family moved to Springfield, Missouri. Here, she received a new dress from her mother and had a pencil box with new yellow pencils. She remembers how exciting it was to receive them!

Hazel went on to attend McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas. Here, she met and married her husband Bob. They were married for 47 years, and moved to Wesley Glen after Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It became difficult for her to care for him at home, so she knew she needed a helping hand.

Now, Hazel has been living at Wesley Glen for 24 years—since 1994! And, she has a lot of good, practical advice on how to live long, and how to live well!

Here are Hazel’s 5 tips for a long life:

  1. You have to have faith, and be connected to a faithful community. There can be lots of trauma in life, and at times you may say, “Lord I need a broader back.” She tries to not fret about things by trusting in her faith.
  2. Good children and a good family—that really helps! She has two children, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. They are very good to her and she enjoys their company.
  3. A good diet. She is very conscious of what she eats—no fried foods, no pasta, no butter, very little red meat, and lots of vegetables!
  4. Exercise –she and Bob always kept a big garden, and she’s a faithful walker. Here at Wesley Glen she’s up almost every day by 5 or 5:30 a.m. to head to the workout room and walk two miles on the treadmill.
  5. Positive attitude –Hazel smiles and greets everyone she meets. She volunteers at church and at Wesley Glen. Her impact stretches far and wide!

We are grateful that Hazel lives at Wesley Glen, and appreciate that she practices what she preaches, truly “walking the walk.” She is a fine example of how to live a long and healthy life.

Mike the Miracle

By | Our Stories | No Comments

Mike, who had suffered a major stroke in 2013, graduated from Wesley Hospice on September 27th. His friends, family, and the team at Wesley Hospice are so joyous at the miracle that occurred for Mike and his family.

Click the link above to read Mike’s story.

Peg’s Perspective: Taking Care of Your Telomeres

By | Lifestyle, Our Stories | No Comments

“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

Peg’s Perspective:

As we age we all think about many health tips we have learned along the way.  But, emerging research suggests that taking care of our telomeres should be our top priority!

Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who studies telomeres. “If you think of your chromosomes (which carry your genetic material) as shoelaces, telomeres are the little protective tips at the end,” Blackburn explains during an interview with The Guardian.

“Telomeres wear down during our lives, and when they get too short they can no longer protect our chromosomes. These chromosomes then become inactive. When this occurs, there is an increased risk for major conditions and diseases of aging, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” explains Meghan Routt ANP/GNP-BC, AOCNP, who is the Director of Physician Services and the nurse practitioner in the Schafer Clinic at Wesley Glen.

Blackburn’s work surrounds her belief that we can lengthen our telomeres, or at least stop them from shortening, in order to stay healthier longer.

So, how can you protect your telomeres?

In summary, it’s the same message we’ve all been talking about lately – we need to improve our lifestyle by managing chronic stress, exercising, eating healthier, and getting enough sleep.

Blackburn suggests incorporating a combination of various exercises, such as walking, swimming, yoga, and weight-lifting, to increase telomere health. One interesting finding of the study is that moderate exercisers keep their telomeres as well as marathon runners.

According to Blackburn, a balanced diet centered around whole foods has a “quantifiable effect” on telomeres when compared to a diet high in processed foods.

It is good to remember that the daily choices we make impact the quality of our cells. So, make healthy food choices, get moving, and try meditation to reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep.

The cells you save may be your own.

 

Source:

The Guardian

Peg’s Perspective: More about a good attitude. . .

By | Lifestyle, Our Stories | No Comments

Tip # 5

“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

Peg’s Perspective:   More about a good attitude. . .

As I walked across the driveway from my office to the main lobby at Wesley Glen this morning, three residents were outside singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” with their strong and smooth voices.

“Oh, what a beautiful morning

Oh, what a beautiful day

I have a wonderful feeling,

Everything’s going my way.”

If you remember the movie Oklahoma and this song, I am quite sure you now have the tune in your head. (And if you do not, please look it up on Youtube, you won’t regret it.)

This line of the song hits three aspects of keeping a positive attitude:

  1. ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning’–Wake up, breathe in the fresh air and look around at all things for which you are grateful.  This is an excellent way to begin every day.
  2. ‘Oh, what a beautiful day’–Throughout the day remember to stop and see the beauty.  Take a walk…spend timewith family…do something that you love every day.
  3. I have a wonderful feeling, everything’s going my way’–Keep a positive outlook on life, even when something worrisome occurs.  Step back and realize that although you are not in control of the situation, you are in control of how you react to it.

I know the residents who were singing this morning, and I promise you, they are interested and interesting, but their lives have not been without hardships.  And yet, sometimes-oftentimes, actually- if you expect a beautiful morning, you will receive a beautiful morning.

So, how to age well?   Focus on the positive and face the negative with a few deep breaths and the knowledge that “This too shall pass.”   It will.

“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.”   Swedish Proverb

 

Our Trip to the Orchard

By | Our Stories | No Comments

By: Cheryl Fey, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community

Before our trip to the Branstool Orchard, we stopped to get lunch At Watts Family Restaurant. As we sat around the table waiting on dessert, we discussed our most memorable moments at orchards. Below are a few of the residents’ responses!

One couple, Bill and Martha, have been going to orchards in the Utica area every year since 1972.  First, they went to Legend Hills, then to a little roadside stand operated at the farm of Mr. Branstool.  Later Mr. Branstool enlarged his orchard and opened a larger building that has been successful for many years.

Hope remembers her time at Muskingum College when, during her freshman year, she went to an apple orchard, sat down on the ground, and ended up sitting in poison ivy!!  Something she has never forgotten.

Mary Lou went to the Hayes-McClay strawberry farms on Ebright Road to pick strawberries in the fields.  She was a member of Sweet Adelines, and the group would go to the Hayes home for homemade strawberry shortcake made specially from her hand-picked strawberries.

Mary Jo and Jim, who lived near Richfield, Ohio, used to go to Babb’s Orchard for apples and peaches.  As a child, Mary would peel the peaches in extra thick slices, so she could have lots of peach to eat with the peels!  As an adult, she would go to a family farm to get apples, plums and sour cherries to make pies and cobblers and for canning

One resident remembers going with her mom to an orchard with apples and peaches.  She would climb a ladder to pick the fruit – lots of fun.

The Heits take their grandkids every year to pick fruit.  One year the kids were each given their own bags to fill and when they went to check out, there was 85# of fruit!  Even though they really didn’t want to buy that much, they had to because the fruit was already picked!  No one had a credit card, so everyone was digging through their purses and wallets to come up with enough cash to settle the bill.  Obviously, they never did that again!

It is always a joy for me to hear about the residents’ experiences. From cooking and family to poison ivy and bags over flowing with fruit, their stories never disappoint!

Peg’s Perspective:   It’s all about attitude

By | Lifestyle, Our Stories | No Comments

“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”

As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!

Peg’s Perspective:   It’s all about attitude

By: Peg Carmany

According to Time Magazine, The average human life span is 71.4 years, although life expectancy in the United States is just under 79 years. The article also explains, the oldest living human being that we are aware of was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 122 years, 164 days.

Some of you are thinking, “Good for Jeanne, but no thanks,” I know, but as life expectancies rise, shouldn’t we all study how to live better as we live longer?

And, at The Wesley Communities our residents’ life expectancies far exceed the average human life span of 79 years. This is due to many reasons, but I believe one of the most impactful is living in community with one another. I believe that this helps not only in developing relationships, but also to improve attitude.

As I interview our residents, several common themes emerge, and chief among them is attitude.   That is, a positive one. Time Magazines article ‘How to Live Longer, Better”, mentions a Yale University study released this year found that in a group of 4765 people with an average age of 72, those who carried a gene variant linked to dementia, but also had a positive attitude about aging, were 50% less likely to develop dementia than people who carried the gene but faced aging with pessimism and fear.

But, this doesn’t just go for our residents! The Time Magazine article quotes Carla Julli, a 90-year-old Italian women, “After World War II, my entire generation went a bit crazy and wanted to enjoy life. . . . I tried to remember that thought out my life: go out and dance.”

So my advice on aging well?

  • Embrace what comes next.
  • No one’s getting out of here alive.
  • Take that trip.
  • Make things right with people in your life.
  • Try something new that you’ve always wanted to do.
  • “Go out and dance.”

 

Source: “How to Live longer, Better” by Jeffrey Kluger and Alexandra Sifferlin, Time February 18, 2018.

 

 

Our Artist-in-Residence, Larry Johnson

By | Our Stories | No Comments

By: Taylor Hudecek

Larry moved to Wesley Ridge in May 2013. Although Larry’s 6th grade art class was the only experience he had, he decided to give the art program at Wesley Ridge a shot in 2014. Since joining, he has created more than 70 exceptional pieces of artwork! When asked why art is important to him, Larry responded with, “I like creating something that I believe is beautiful, but more importantly, I like creating something that others find beauty in”. Larry’s artwork is known for its logo on the bottom right corner, which includes a cursive “L” for his first name, surrounded by a cursive “J” for his last. When you see this logo on a piece of artwork, you’ll know it’s a Larry Johnson original!

Larry, a true “Hoosier at Heart”, was born and raised in Milan, Indiana. At age 18, he moved to Wilmington, Ohio on a 4-year work-study program with Wilmington College where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration. There he also met his future wife, Kathryn (Kathy) Humphreys. After their wedding on August 12, 1962, they moved from Wilmington to Cincinnati, and then from Cincinnati to Bethel, Ohio. A promotion with State Auto Insurance Companies led their family to London, Ohio in 1979 where he retired after 35 years. They moved to their ‘retirement home’ in Pataskala, Ohio in May 2000 and became members of Tri-Village Christian Church. Larry and Kathy spent the first part of his retirement years spending time with grandkids, fishing, hosting garage sales, taking long walks in the woods and volunteering a large amount of their time to Tri-Village where they cared for the landscaping, worked in children’s ministry, and Larry headed up the Security detail and did a lot of building maintenance.

Larry was married to Kathy for 43 years before she passed away in 2006. Together, they had three children: Timothy Wayne; 8/2/65- 7/10/15, Kenneth Lee; 10/31/66, and Kathleen Diane; 6/19/69. Larry also has nine grandchildren born in the years spanning 1993-2003.  From oldest to youngest: Emily, Alexander, Haley, Kassandra, Olivia, Sophie, Hannah, Noah and Nathan.

We are glad to have such an amazing person living and thriving at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community.