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.
Diet Tips to Meet Your Nutritional Needs Back
Now that the kids are out of the house, it’s okay to have ice cream for breakfast, right? It may seem tempting to just relax and go against all of those nutritional “rules” you enforced with your family for so many years just for fun, but there are many reasons why eating healthy is one of the smartest choices you can make now that the kids are long gone. For many seniors, it can be challenging to choose healthy foods simply because food may not taste the same anymore, or you they not be able to get to the grocery store. Some seniors struggle with loss of appetite, so they just snack on less healthy options throughout the day. Whatever the reasons for not eating healthy, there are more essential reasons to eat nutritionally so that you can receive the fuel your body needs at this stage in your life.
How Much Should I Eat Daily?
The National Institute on Aging provides a helpful answer on that:
How many calories do people over age 50 need each day?
A Woman: Who is physically active needs about 1,600 calories
Who is somewhat active needs about 1,800 calories
Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,000-2,200 calories
A Man: Who is not physically active needs about 2,000 calories
Who is somewhat physically active needs about 2,200-2,400 calories
Who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,400-2,800 calories
What Should I Eat?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that a healthy diet is rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. So what does that look like throughout your day and on your plate? Try getting started with a few of these ideas:
Eat many different colors and types of fruits and vegetables
Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains
Eat only small amounts of solid fats and foods with added sugars. Limit saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals) and trans fats (found in store-baked goods)
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Enjoy your food, but eat less if you’re overweight
Read the nutrition fact labels to find ones with lower fat, added sugar and sodium
Whenever possible, choose fresh foods rather than packaged
Stay hydrated by drinking water instead of soda
Keep food safe! Throw out food that is expired, and make sure foods such as eggs, fish and shellfish, meat, and poultry are all properly cooked.
Ask your doctor about which vitamins or supplements you should be taking
Many seniors have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. These conditions can be prevented or better managed by paying particular attention to a nutritional diet. Your doctor may recommend that you eat foods that are rich in nutrients, lower in calories, lower in sodium, or sugar. Discuss your dietary needs with your doctor if you have a health problem or take medication that requires special dietary consideration.
Let’s face it, the rewards of eating a well-balanced diet far outweigh the fun of eating ice cream for breakfast. In the long run, you will remain more energized, maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk of developing chronic health problems by paying particular attention to your dietary choices and meeting your nutritional needs. If you feel like you can improve your food choices, pick one area from the list above and start today!
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".