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
Laughter Really IS The Best Medicine! Back
You have always heard people say that laughter is the best medicine but now there is proof. Loma Linda University did a study to find out if there was a benefit for adults ages 60 – 70 years. They had their stress level and short-term memory measured in the study. They were put in two groups. One sat silently unable to communicate at all or even read. The other group watched a fun array of videos.
The participants gave saliva samples and took short memory test after 20 minutes in their groups. The study revealed that the group who laughed performed a great deal better in the memory recall category and had higher improvement in their ability to recall. The group that laughed showed lower levels of cortisol (meaning they were less stressed) from watching the funny videos.
Other interesting findings by the researchers at Loma Linda University in California is that laughing can lower blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels, tones your abs, improves your cardiac health, boosts T cells, triggers the release of endorphins (which helps ease pain) and produces a general sense of well-being! Now, that is no laughing matter!
It is recommended that older adults watch something humorous on TV at least 20 minutes a day! Laughter can be the long-term medication you have needed.
Find a funny TV series, a funny friend, go to a funny movie or comedy show… whatever you choose – just enjoy the laugher and better health!
“Orange you happy you read this blog?”
Okay, so maybe you want to find something funnier than that!
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