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.
Writing is Right Back
Keeping a journal as a senior is one way of keeping your memories alive and your brain sharp. Writing is a way for seniors to express themselves and be open in their thought process. It doesn’t matter if anyone even reads what is written but putting pen to paper is important. It is a tool for their brain to recall one’s history and something that may make them proud of reading and sharing. When one writes they are exercising their brain. Writing improves cognitive functions and will help with memory loss acting as a tool for thinking and creativity. It is a wonderful outlet for people of all ages. There is evidence that the act of writing leads to strong physical and mental health benefits. It helps with improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms.
Improves Cognitive Functions
Writing is a challenge, requiring you to frequently tap into parts of your brain that aren’t always exercised. Working on a creative project in general is also good for strengthening the connections between brain cells, which often decline with age, contributing to memory loss. Writing is also a great way to practice expanding your vocabulary, a great way to learn and keep your mind healthy.
Helps Communication Skills
If you are shy or just quiet by nature, writing can help you discover a new voice and actually give you more confidence when communicating with others. By boosting your self-esteem and self-confidence you will find it’s easier to carry on a conversation with those around you. Writing can also help you communicate to others through your work. Don’t be afraid to share what you’ve written with others as showing your work is a great way to make new connections with those around you.
Provides an Outlet for Emotions and Stress
Writing is known for its therapeutic properties, which is why it’s often recommended that seniors keep a journal to document their thoughts and emotions, particularly after the loss of a loved one, or another major life change, such as relocating to an independent or assisted living community. Having a safe outlet for expressing your feelings can help limit the harmful effects stress can have on the mind and the body.
James W. Pennebaker has conducted research on writing at the University of Texas at Austin. “When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health.” Pennebaker writes. “They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.”
So, get your pen and paper out and start writing! Enjoy yourself and feel better all at the same time! Happy Writing!
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".