June

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Resident´s Birthdays

June 3rd-Cathrine Adams
June 3rd-Michael Brumberger
June 5th-Trefflie Ambeau
June 10th- Christina Andrews
June 14th-Leonard Spitz
June 28th-Paul Gustley
June 30th-Lorraine Simon

Celebrating June

Father’s Day-June 16th
First Day of Summer-June 20th
National Selfie Day & Take Your Dog to Work Day-June 21st
National Limoncello Day-June 21st
International Pineapple Day- June 27th

Events Spotlight

Donuts with Day-June 12th
Father’s Day Lunch-June 16th
Coffee and Donuts with Lori-June 19th
Lemonade Bar-June 20th
Happy Hour & Karaoke-June 25th
Hugh Taylor Burch Themed Meal-June 26th

FL State Parks

There are 175 state parks and 9 state trails in the U.S. state of Florida which encompass more than 800,000 acres (320,000 ha)

Associate of the Month

Geraldine Joseph

Geraldine Joseph Associate of the Month

When you first see Geraldine, you may think she’s a student volunteer or a grandchild of one of our residents but she’s one of our newest team members and in her four months here, she has proven to be a true joy! Born and raised in South Florida, both her parents migrated to the states from Haiti, and she is proud of her heritage. She lives by the principle of continuous improvement. She believes in striving to be better than she was yesterday and helping others to do the same. Her hard-working mom motivates her daily as well as the opportunity to make a positive impact-both in the workplace and in her community. Seeing the fruits of her labor makes life incredibly rewarding, She looks forward to continuing her education, taking on new challenges and being successful. Her compassion pushes her to help those in need and it is evident in her care!

The Power of Pet Therapy: Unlocking the Healing Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

The Power of Pet Therapy

Pet therapy has gained attention as a complementary treatment for various mental and physical health conditions. The natural human-animal bond can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance overall health. Pet therapy lowers cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure while increasing oxytocin, helping alleviate anxiety and depression. It positively impacts mental health by providing comfort and emotional support for conditions like depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder, reducing feelings of isolation.

Additionally, pet therapy enhances social skills, particularly for individuals with autism, by promoting communication and empathy. It also promotes physical health by encouraging exercise, reducing pain levels, and improving heart health. The benefits of pet therapy are profound, offering comfort, companionship, and emotional support, making it a valuable addition to modern healthcare practices.

-Pet Therapy happens here every other Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday! Check your calendars & dailies!-

From Child to Father: A Poem

Happy Fathers Day!

Here’s a poem for Father’s Day:
A hero’s heart, a guiding hand,
A father’s love, across this land.
From dawn till dusk, and into night,
He works and strives, with all his might.

With every step, with every fall,
He’s always there, to catch you all.
His patience worn, his wisdom gained,
He teaches you, to stand again.

With every laugh, with every tear,
He wipes away, your every fear.
His strength and love, a constant guide,
Helping you navigate life’s tide.

His sacrifices, big and small,
Go unnoticed, by one and all.
But we know, with grateful hearts,
The love he gives, from the very start.

So here’s to you, dear dad of mine,
On this special day, we celebrate you fine.
We honor your love, your care and might,
And thank you for being such a shining light.

We’re grateful for the memories we’ve made,
For the times we laughed, and the times we played.
For the lessons learned, and the values shared,
And for the love that’s always been there.

Happy Father’s Day, to a dad so true,
May it be filled, with joy and love anew.
May your day be special, and your heart be light,
And may your love continue to shine so bright.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall.

**The Power of Voting: Why Seniors Should Make Their Voices Heard**

The Power of Voting

The Importance of Voting for Seniors
As a senior, you’ve witnessed significant historical moments, societal changes, and the impact of various policies. Now, in your golden years, you have a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact by exercising your right to vote. Here’s why voting is essential for seniors:

Your Voice Matters

Your lifetime of experiences and observations makes your vote valuable. Issues like healthcare, social security, and education are directly impacted by your vote, ensuring these matters are addressed fairly.

You’ve Earned the Right to Have a Say

After contributing to society through work, family, and community service, voting is a way to exercise your citizenship and ensure your values are represented in government.

It’s a Way to Stay Engaged

Staying informed about current events and politics keeps your mind sharp. Voting helps you stay connected to the world and maintain your mental and emotional well-being.

You Can Set an Example for Others

As a role model for younger generations, your regular voting sets an example that civic engagement is important at every life stage, not just for the young.

It’s Easy to Vote

Voting has become more accessible with absentee options, online registration, and user-friendly voting machines. Assistance from loved ones or community organizations is also available.

The Impact of Voter Turnout

When seniors vote, it sends a powerful message to elected officials about the importance of issues affecting their communities. High voter turnout among seniors can influence policy decisions and shape government direction.

Conclusion

Voting allows seniors to exercise their right to influence how their community is governed. By voting, seniors stay engaged, set examples, and make lasting impacts. Don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard—register and vote today!

Staying Safe and Healthy: The Importance of Hydration and Sunscreen for Seniors

As we age, our bodies change, impacting health and wellbeing. Hydration and sun protection are crucial for maintaining health in seniors. This guide explores their importance and offers practical tips.

Hydration: Essential for Senior Health

Hydration maintains bodily functions like temperature regulation, joint lubrication, and digestion. Seniors may struggle with hydration due to:

Reduced thirst sensation
Decreased kidney function
Medications increasing urine productio||
Dehydration can lead to cognitive impairment, increased fall risk, weakened immunity, and skin issues. To stay hydrated, seniors should:

Drink at least eight cups of water daily
Monitor urine color (dark yellow indicates dehydration)
Eat hydrating foods (e.g., watermelon, cucumbers)
Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks
Use hydration trackers or apps
Sunscreen: Shielding Skin from UV Rays

Aging skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, causing wrinkles, age spots, and increased cancer risk. To protect skin, seniors should:

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30+) daily
Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure
Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating
Wear protective clothing and seek shade between 10am and 4pm
Combining Hydration and Sunscreen for Optimal Health

These habits are interconnected. Dehydration heightens sun damage risk, and sun exposure worsens dehydration. Together, they help:

Reduce skin cancer and aging risk
Maintain bodily functions and health
Enjoy outdoor activities confidently
Conclusion

Hydration and sunscreen are vital for senior health, reducing chronic disease risk and enhancing life quality. Seniors should drink water, eat hydrating foods, and use daily sunscreen to protect their health and wellbeing.

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Recipe Spotlight:

Mixed Berry Spinach Salad With Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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.

Several state parks were formerly private tourist attractions purchased by the state of Florida to preserve their natural environment.

Resident of the Month

Gil Hoffman

Gil Hoffman Resident of the Month

To know Gil is to love Gil. That is a fact that few have the privilege of enjoying. Gil was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri and spent most of his life there until he decided to migrate to Florida for the simple fact that he “knew no one here”. He and his wife, Ruth, were married 60 years before she passed on. Their love was one for the history books. They had 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl-who gave them 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. They are his pride and joy! Gil loves playing poker, going fishing, and gardening. He tends to the backyard garden here as though it were his own. His green thumb has grown many beautiful plants, and he uses his time back there to feed the squirrels that have grown to anticipate his company. He is known as a class clown-his humor has a richness to it! Gil’s son, Stuart, spent 37 years working alongside his dad selling robes for choirs! Last year, they both had the privilege of going on the esteemed Honor Flight in Washington D.C. together-as they both are Navy veterans! Gil proudly served his country during the Korean War! Full of compassion, love, and integrity, Gil served as President of Resident Council at the Atrium for some time! He has been a member on the council and has also served as a Resident Ambassador, welcoming the new residents truly get acclimated with his warm and inviting spirit!

Collaborators

Lori Rosario The Atrium at Boca Raton
Lori Rosario
Enise Camille, Lifestyles Director | The Atrium at Boca Raton
Enise Camille

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