On August 2, 2019, my Mom, Frances, gained her wings. She had spent the last 6 years of her life at Lake Forest Park, her last 5 months in Memory Care. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Staff. They are all truly phenomenal caregivers. From the receptionist, to the hairdresser to the laundry staff, to housekeeping, to maintenance, to the kitchen staff. They are all just such wonderful, caring people. I have to mention here the extremely kind gesture from the kitchen staff who came to mom's room to see her just before she passed. Mom passed soon after. Just after the Crisis Care nurse called me, she held the phone to Mom's ear and I got to tell her for the last time that I loved her, and my 2 sisters loved her. One half-hour into my drive over to see her, she passed but heard those last words "I Love You". Also, I want to give a big thanks to Ryan, Virginia, and Stephanie who made sure mom was taken to any activities she was able to take part in. Last, but not least, the kind, caring and loving nursing staff who treated Mom as if she was a member of their own family. All the CNA's (sorry I have forgotten names and apologize) are all exceptional people whom I've gotten to know and love. It meant the world to me and my family. Again, thanks to all. I will never forget your kindness to me. It is absolute proof that angels walk among us. I will keep you all in my prayers, and may God bless you abundantly.
Age is Only a Number, Let’s Get Moving!! Back
As we age, we see that life plays some games with our mind and our bodies! Here are some tips that will help you find your best self! 60 is just a beginning so let’s get moving to keep your body, mind and soul in shape.
Tip 1 Wake Up Refreshed, Stretch & Be Happy
Go to bed early so that you will naturally wake up without being startled by an alarm clock. It is much easier to be refreshed when you wake up after a long, strong sleep that refreshes your body. Getting enough sleep is probably something you weren’t able to do before you retired. Take advantage of it and get some good rest. While you are sitting in bed or once you stand, you can start to stretch your body. When your feet hit the floor stretch out by reaching for the sky.
Tip 2 Find Your Passion
Are you a bird watcher? Do you collect baseball cards or stamps? Do you love animals? Find out what your passion is and do this with others. If you have the Internet, start reading all you can about what you love to do. Go to a bookstore and find books on the subject. You can get lost reading about your passion and not only are you feeding your heart but your brain benefits from you reading as well. It is important to keep your brain working after retirement as well as your body.
Tip 3 Take Walks
Walking is an excellent way to keep your body’s circulation moving like it should be. Gauge your walking pace to what you are comfortable at. You should not be walking so quickly that you cannot breathe. Walking is a relaxing and great way to be out in nature, enjoying the sights and smells. Cardiovascular health is one of the main problems people have. If you need some encouragement to get outside, get a dog. They need walks and you will enjoy their company. Dogs are therapeutic and can add sweetness to your life that you may be missing. Rescue one from the Humane Society. They will be loyal companions.
Tip 4 Weight Training
Don’t get scared. Nobody expects you to be in the next body building competition in your town. When you are around the house or on your walk, pick up something heavy and work out with it. You can do squats or lounges carrying a weight, a large rock or even your grandbaby. Grab a heavy pot from the kitchen or even canned foods and use those to build strength in your arms.
Tip 5 Join a Club
If you are finding it hard to get motivated, join a club where you can take classes with others. Having accountability partner’s help you stay on track and will enhance the work out for you.
The more active you are the better your body, mind and soul will feel. Have an attitude of gratitude, treat your body well and enjoy your retirement to the fullest!
Having lived at Lake Forest Park for 10 years, I am very happy and feel lucky to be here. It is a very pretty place, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is good. I love the trivia games and puzzles they offer on the activity calendar; they keep my mind alert. Living here is like belonging to a huge family; we all get along great. I don't have to cook and clean anymore, so I am getting lazy and fat! I never thought I'd live to see that! I am grateful each day.
I love it at Lake Forest Park! It is now my home. The other residents are my loving extended family. The staff is always courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. Dining and housekeeping staff are always cheerful, conscientious and highly, highly efficient. It is a pleasure seeing the staff smiling and keeping us happy and content. Our activities are varied with something for everyone. We all enjoy participating in activities. I am happy to call Lake Forest Park home.
When I first moved to Lake Forest Park, it was the most difficult time of my life. Now, after being here 9 months, I have made friends and am really enjoying myself. Everyone is like family to me; we are so close and we have a lot of fun.
I visited this facility. This building is beautiful, from the moment you walk in the airy sheer curtains the décor, the music, the atmosphere is wonderful. We met a very cute young girl who gave a great tour of the building. The entire management team made it a point to introduce themselves, the head young lady was so warm and eased our concerns. We were shocked that fort pierce had anything as nice as this. When we left everyone wished us well. The folks living there look healthy. It didn't smell either.
I am a senior who has lived and worked in St. Lucie County since the fall of 1972. I have worked as both a teacher and a minister for a large part of that time and have had the opportunity to visit many different retirement facilities over the years. I am presently a part of a group that meets once a month at Lake Forest Park for a luncheon. I have also toured their facilities and am quite impressed. They provide a secure and challenging program of activities and I know of no other place that I would rather consider retirement than LFP. Their facility is conveniently located near shopping and Lawnwood Medical Center, and they provide transportation for most every need of their residents. The staff is helpful and friendly and the food is delicious and well prepared. I'm impressed by the fact that the chef goes out of his way to accommodate special dietary needs. In addition, one never gets the feeling that he/she is an imposition. i would highly recommend Lake Forest Park to anyone looking for a nice, clean, secure place to retire and enjoy their "golden years".