Legacy Ridge at Marietta Newsletter

Resident´s Birthdays

June 6 – Jimmy Burgess
June 12 – Rick Utke
June 13 – Catherine Ford
June 28 – Leann Paratto

Months Celebrations

June 1 – National Trails Day
June 3 – Leave the Office Early Day
June 6 – National Drive-In Movie Day
June 8 – National Best Friends Day
June 13 – National CNA Day
June 16 – Father’s Day
June 17 – Apple Strudel Day
June 21 – National Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 27 – National Bingo Day!

Events Spotlight

June 8th from 11:30AM-12:30PM Mimosas in the Courtyard with guest, Robin Liang
June 15th from 11:00AM-12:00PM Father’s Day Car Show with refreshments
June 27th from 5:00PM-7PM Wheelchair and Walker Car Wash and decorating competition (with prizes)

Retirement Advice

Getting ready for retirement requires consistent saving, prudent investing and strategizing to limit penalties and fees. You can build a nest egg faster if you take advantage of workplace retirement benefits and make optimum use of government programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

Here’s how to make a basic financial plan for retirement:

  • Set your goals for retirement.
  • Take advantage of retirement planning tax breaks.
  • Open an IRA.
  • Carefully select a retirement investment allocation.
  • Make savings automatic.
  • Use retirement planning tools to help you financially plan.
  • Boost your Social Security benefit.
  • Sign up for Medicare on time.
  • Make an estate plan.

June 15th
from 11:00AM-12:00PM
Father’s Day Car Show
with refreshments

June 27th
from 5:00PM-7PM
Wheelchair and Walker Car Wash and decorating competition (with prizes)

Advice for seniors at home

Advice for seniors at home

Focus on Positivity – It becomes much easier for seniors to get down on themselves and feel like their best years are over as they age. Instead of focusing on what they can’t do, loved ones should encourage seniors to think about what they can still do and enjoy. It becomes much easier for seniors to get down on themselves and feel like their best years are over as they age.

Good Habits Make Good Friends – Seniors need to take care of their bodies to stay independent and busy. Encourage seniors to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and give up bad habits like smoking and drinking too much.

Encourage Socialization – The changes that seniors endure often lead to feelings of depression which cause them to withdraw from certain situations. It’s essential to encourage them to stay in touch with their friends and family and help them find ways to meet new people. This can mean joining a senior center or community group in your area, assisting in the community, or attending social events.

Teach Them Technology – Technology can help seniors stay in touch with their loved ones, care for their health, and access essential resources.

Validate Their Feelings – It’s important to provide them with ways to be successful and to listen to why they feel the way they do. Seniors need mental support, so listen to their worries, cheer them up, and help them find resources like support groups and counseling services. Let them know that they are not alone and that loved ones are there to help them through hard times.

Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre (1,088 ha) Georgia state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia, along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties

Family Caregiver Support

Benefits of Caregiving for Recipients and Caregivers
Caregiving allows recipients to:

  • Retain their quality of life and independence.
  • Avoid living in a group setting (institutionalization).
  • Have less depression.
  • Self-manage their chronic conditions better.

Caregiving can also benefit caregivers by helping them:

  • Increase their self-confidence and fulfillment from helping others.
  • Start or add to social networks of friendships associated with caregiving.
  • Feel needed and useful.
  • Learn and develop new skills.

Caregiving Burdens and Stress
Caregiving is health concern because it can lead to physical, emotional, psychological, and financial strain. Providing personal care and helping with behavioral and cognitive issues can be stressful for caregivers and result in depression and anxiety. Nearly 1 in 5 caregivers report fair or poor health. Caregivers often neglect their own health needs, increasing their risk of having multiple chronic conditions. Nearly 2 in 5 caregivers have at least two chronic diseases:

  • 1 in 7 caregivers has heart disease and/or stroke.
  • 1 in 5 caregivers aged 65 and older have coronary heart disease and/or stroke.

A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found nearly 1 in 4 US caregivers says caregiving has made their health worse.

Financial Strains of Caregiving
Caregiving can have a negative financial effect on caregivers. Many employed caregivers have had to leave work early or take time away from work, resulting in lost wages. Nearly 2 in 10 employed caregivers had to stop working, while 4 in 10 had to reduce their working hours to care for a loved one. Caregivers sometimes pay out-of-pocket for caregiving services, meals, medical supplies, and other expenses. Almost 80% of caregivers report paying out-of-pocket for routine expenses for care recipients. The average annual out-of-pocket cost for caregivers is $7,200, and this cost rises to nearly $9,000 per year for caregivers of someone with dementia. 8

  • How to Support Caregivers?
  • Help them with errands, chores, and other tasks.
  • Provide emotional and social support.
  • Negotiate times to check in on them.
  • Make sure they are managing their own health care needs.
  • Help them create and manage a care plan for the person they care for.
  • Encourage them to seek mental health services if necessary.

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Recipe Spotlight:

Mixed Berry Spinach Salad With Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

5 ounces Baby Spinach
1 cup Strawberry (sliced)
½ cup Blueberry
½ Red Onion (thinly sliced)
1 Sweet Apple (cored, halved and thinly sliced)
1 cup Candied Walnuts (chopped)
1 cup Strawberry
¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Honey
1 clove Garlic (minced)
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
⅔ cup Feta Cheese (as desired)

For the dressing, push a straw through the strawberries from the tip to the green top to remove the hull. (Or you can cut it off with a knife!) Add the rest of the dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate. Cut strawberries, apple, and onion into slices.
Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing and toss to coat. (Spinach wilts easily, don’t add dressing until ready to eat!) Sprinkle feta cheese on top and serve.

Famous State Parks

Babcock State Park
West Virginia, US

Resident of the Month

Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed, Resident of the Month, June 2024 | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Mrs. Reed has been a part of the Legacy Ridge at Marietta family since April 2023, but she and her husband James have lived in Marietta their whole lives. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. They met when Vivian was working as a waitress in 1955 and married in 1956 – making it 68 years of marriage come this September. Together they saw each other through 27 years of nursing and working at Lockheed Martin. Mr. Reed says the secret to a long-lasting marriage is taking care of each other and doing as the other one wanted. We’re so blessed to have an incredibly loving lady in our presence who brings her sweet husband to us daily. They are truly a staple in our community.

Associate of the Month

Ruth Gichuhi

Ruth Gichuhi, Associate of the Month, June 2024 | Legacy Ridge at Marietta

Our June Associate of the Month has been with Legacy Ridge for 12 years. Ruth Gichuhi comes to the states from Kenya in East Africa. She enjoys spending time with the residents, taking care of them, and making them laugh.


Lauren Ross, Executive Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta
Lauren Ross
Victoria Oloyede, Lifestyle Director | Legacy Ridge at Marietta
Victoria Oloyede

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