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.
Heart Disease and Seniors Back
Did you know that February is National Heart Month? Now we’re not talking about all the hearts and love that accompanies Valentine’s Day, although that is wonderful! National Heart Month gives the opportunity to increase awareness about heart health, heart disease, and what you can do to better protect yourself and your loved ones from health conditions that affect the heart. Heart health needs to be a priority as we age. According to the American Heart Association, 80% of those who died from heart disease in 2016 were age 65 or older.
What is Heart Disease?
One of several cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease, or simply put, heart disease is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. Heart attacks can occur when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Heart disease is a lifelong condition; once you get it, you will always have it. There are certain procedures such as bypass surgery that can help with blood flow to the heart, but your arteries are forever damaged which increases your chances for a heart attack in the future.
What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?
There are several warning signs of heart disease that usually don’t manifest until you are having a heart attack. These symptoms signal an emergency and may include:
Lightheadedness or feeling weak
Difficulty catching your breath
Feeling nauseous or vomiting
Indigestion or feeling over-full
Pain or uncomfortable pressure in the chest
Unusual pains in the neck, back, or shoulders
An irregular heartbeat
What You Can Do to Keep Your Heart in Great Shape
If you have already been diagnosed with heart disease, there are measures you can take to improve your quality of life as well as reduce risk of further complications. Reducing stressful thinking and situations, eating well, stopping smoking, and increasing your exercise are all things you can begin now to help manage your symptoms. Talk with your doctor regularly and follow their orders concerning medications and lifestyle choices.
If you do not have heart disease, it’s never too late to put in the effort to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Ample exercise, smoking cessation, eating a heart-healthy diet, regularly checking blood pressure and cholesterol levels, lowering alcohol intake, watching your weight, and minimizing stress in your life are all ways in which you can lower your heart disease risk and live a healthier life.
You, your loved ones, your caregivers, and your doctors are all part of the team that can keep you healthy. Age (55 or older) itself is a huge risk factor for heart disease, so take the risk seriously and begin making the needed changes in your life today to keep your heart healthy and happy.
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".