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 ...Show More
How Stress Develops Chronic Disease Back
Have you ever heard the old adage, “The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress?” While that may not be completely correct, it is widely known that stress not only complicates many health problems, it can actually cause disease that is long lasting. Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s ability to handle stress gradually breaks down.
Stress Can Be Both Good and Bad
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Stress puts our bodies into a reactionary motion. Dr. Kenneth Hamby, MD says that stress is “a physiological response that heightens awareness and prepares the body to confront or flee a perceived threat.” Stress at appropriate times and levels helps us to accomplish tasks more efficiently. It can boost memory, and it provides a vital warning system to our brains to release chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. Ideally, when stress passes, our hormone levels return to normal and our body functions drop to normal levels.
When stress becomes chronic or too intense, our bodies remain in a “fight-or-flight” mode which weakens our immune systems. This may lead to chronic disease, anxiety, depression, digestive and sleep impairments, memory and concentration problems, weight gain, and even heart disease. Dr. Hamby says that “when you live with chronic stress, your body never gets that signal to relax. It’s in a constant state of elevated heart function and higher blood pressure, and it puts a lot of wear on itself.”
Coping With Stress
People tend to find coping mechanisms to help them get through a stressful situation or experience. Many people tend to eat unhealthy foods, smoke, drink alcohol excessively, or live more sedentary; which are all risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. When we experience physical and/or emotional stress as we age, the effects are more taxing on our bodies.
It is possible to reduce and manage stress in our later years. Many seniors exercise and keep active, stay connected with friends and family, and find a purpose beyond themselves such as volunteering or community involvement to avoid chronic stress. A study by Yale University found that people who feel good about themselves as they get older live about seven and a half years longer than “glass half empty” types. Having a positive outlook on life helps us deal with stress better while increasing our will to live a strong, happy life.
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 ...Show More