The Goldton at Athens Newsletter

Resident´s Birthdays

Joan Brown
Vivian Frame
Arenita Black
Arthur *Ross* Harvey

Celebrating November

We will be celebrating with a Friendsgiving celebration on November 22nd.

November Birthday Celebrations
November 29th

Happy Thanksgiving

Executive Director

Adam Taylor, Executive Director | The Goldton at Athens
Adam Taylor

Associate of the Month

Tracy Sandlin

Tracy Sandlin, Associate of the Month November 2023 | The Goldton at Athens

Tracy Sandlin was born in Decatur, AL in May of 1962 to Billy and Gladys Sandlin. He was the baby of the family, coming after older sister Marsha and older brother Nick. Tracy graduated from East Limestone High School in 1980. He attended courses at Calhoun and received a degree in general education. He started working for AVCO in Huntsville, and continued school in the evenings. He ultimately received a degree, a double major, in Business Administration and Personnel Psychology.

Tracy married his wife Becky in 1997, and they welcomed their daughter Claire in 2003. He worked for Saginaw in 1985 and retired after 30 years. He joined the Goldton Team in 2017 as a part time driver and since then has become a part of the family. Tracy is a dedicated employee who is valued by all that are part of this community, residents and employees alike.

He was proudly voted by our residents as our employee of the month and is beyond deserving. Congratulations Tracy!

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Crafting in Senior Living

Crafts are an excellent way for seniors in a senior living community to keep their minds and hands busy while creating something beautiful.

There’s a vast array of fun and engaging crafts that are well-suited to seniors with various levels of physical and cognitive abilities.

There are many ways to explore arts and crafts ideas, which can add fun, excitement, and a dash of creativity to seniors’ everyday life.

Scrapbooking is a fantastic way for seniors to indulge in memories and capture moments with loved ones.

With some scrapbook supplies such as paper, scissors, glue, and various embellishments, seniors can create beautiful scrapbooks that can be passed down as family heirlooms.

Painting is a fantastic form of expression that can help seniors with their cognitive functions and manual dexterity.

Collage Art using materials like magazines, newspapers, colored paper, and fabric, seniors can create interesting and beautiful collage art. If your senior living community has a garden or an open outdoor space, seniors can get involved in garden crafts.

These may include decorating pots, creating garden stones, making wind chimes, or building bird feeders.

Crafting activities offer more than just a fun pastime for seniors.

They can also contribute to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being by enhancing fine motor skills, promoting creativity, stimulating memory recall, reducing stress, and fostering a sense of achievement and self-worth.

Help us build our volunteer program!

Help us build our volunteer program!

Do you or someone you know love interacting with seniors? Have you been wondering how you can help support our amazing community here at the Goldton?

Come be part of our newly developed volunteer program!

You can be part of our amazing community by helping with activities. Volunteer your time offering companionship to some of our residents.

We would be thrilled to talk to you about what you can do to be a part of our Volunteer Team here at the Goldton at Athens!

Perseverance and strength

You saw our November resident of the month, but take a moment to learn about Mr. Stanley Stanford.

Stan is a true testament to strength and determination. In 2017 Stan suffered a stroke which left him immobile He was bed bound and unable to even sit up.

Since then, Stan has not let that deter him from pushing himself. A true example of determination. While it was a long process to get to where he is now, Stan’s’ amazing attitude and light of positivity has stayed bright.

He has such a kind, light-hearted spirit. He is dedicated to his rehabilitation, and physical therapy, pushing himself daily to reach new heights in his physical recovery. 6 years later, Stan is up and walking with the assistance of a cane. His dedication to himself and his healing is truly inspirational.

Stan is a valued and loved member of the Goldton Community and gives hope to others who struggle.

We are absolutely blessed to have him as a resident!

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November Recipe Spotlight:

One pan Salmon and Veggies


1 squash or zucchini, sliced into rounds
1⁄2 onion, cut into wedges
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 bell pepper, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning or your favorite fish-seasoning blend
2-3 salmon fillets, about 4 ounces each
1 lemon, optional


1. Preheat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil (not wax paper). If you don’t have these, you can thor- oughly grease the pan with vegetable oil.

2. In a large bowl, toss all veggies with 2 tablespoons of oil and season- ing, then spread them into a single layer on the baking sheet.

3. Nestle your salmon fillets, skin side down, between the vegetables. Brush with remaining olive oil, and top with 2 thin lemon slices each.

4. Roast for 12-15 minutes until salmon is flaky and mostly opaque.

5. Add 1 salmon fillet and a heaping serving of roasted veggies to each plate for a healthy and satisfying meal. Enjoy!



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Resident of the Month

Stanley Stanford

Stanley Stanford, Resident of the Month November 2023 | The Goldton at Athens

Stanley Stanford was born in Pettusville, Alabama December 10th, 1950, to Guy and Roberta Stanford. He was the 3rd boy for the couple, and 1 of 5 boys’ total. He graduated high school from Elkmont Alabama in 1969. He joined the Army National Guard right after graduation and he served for 6 years. He married his wife, Sheila on May28th, 1977. He worked for General Motors in Bowling Green Kentucky until he retired in 2005, and after making his wife a promise that they would return to Alabama after he retired, they wound up in Athens.

In 2017 Stan suffered a stroke which left him immobile He was bed bound and unable to even sit up. Since then, Stan has not let that deter him from pushing himself. He is a strong, determined man who since coming to the Goldton has gotten to the point where he can get up and walk with just the assistance of a cane. A true example of determination.

He came to call the Goldton home in January 2023 after his wife, Sheila, passed away in December of 2022. When he has the opportunity, Stan loves to fly model airplanes, go fishing, and watching sports – namely football – Rol Tide. Stan is a wonderful member of our Goldton at Athens Community, and our residents proudly nominated him for our Resident of the Month for November!
Congratulations Stan! You are so very deserving.

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