The residents of Nazareth House toured the Mission San Rafael in July, and learned about its brief but impactful 17 year history. Special thanks to Annie and her children Megan and Daniel for their expert guide work and educational material.
A worrisome fact: the majority of fall injuries among older people occur inside the home. More than 40% of people hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home again to live independently.
As we get older we are more susceptible to falling because of several natural changes that occur with aging: decrease in vision, muscle weakness, slower balance reactions.
Be proactive: you can only prevent a fall before it happens! Four components of fall prevention are mentioned below.
*Regular exercise- for coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility
*Safe walking and movement habits- for example, use a professionally fitted ambulation aid, avoid reaching while leaning over, wear footwear with a tread.
*Medication changes- medication may contribute to lack of alertness or weakness; review often with your physician.
*Home environment modifications- install automatic nightlights, use cordless phones, and TOSS OUT THOSE THROW RUGS!
NOTE: This is an excerpt of a seminar held at Nazareth House by Kirsten Dumford, Physical Therapist, and Karen Smith, Occupational Therapist. The complete article can be emailed to you by requesting from firstname.lastname@example.org or Leave A Comment on this blog posting.
Marilee Rogers is truly a gift of beauty from heaven to our community.
In 2011 Marilee’s 100 year old neighbor moved into Nazareth House. As she spent time visiting, she grew fond of the residents and interested in sharing her talents and knowledge with them. A resident painting class and an art history lecture series were born. Marilee can teach a novice to paint a beautiful watercolor or encourage an artist to continue developing skills into her twilight years. Marilee has enriched the lives of many here at Nazareth House.
Watercolor painting came to Marilee later in life. She taught social studies, art history and basic design at the high school level for 32 years, never pursuing her personal interests until retirement in 2001. After several years of watercolor classes with Marty Meade at College of Marin, she began to study with a group of eight talented women under the guidance of Cara Brown, a well-recognized watercolor artist in the Bay Area. They are known as the 537 Magnolia Avenue Artists, and have had several group shows at the Marin Civic Center, the Marin County Fair, and the with the Marin Watercolor Society.
You can see Marilee’s website at www.watercolorsbymarilee.com and on this blog post. Our residents’ work can be found framed and gracing the walls at Nazareth House. Thank you Marilee!
If you choose Assisted Living when active and mobile, you can make the most of the community by engaging in the activity and excercise programs; you can come and go freely; you can enjoy nutritious meals prepared by professionals and spend little or no time cleaning! Minimize the time spent on housekeeping and food prep! Enjoy nutritious meals! You can make new friends and invite existing friends to visit. Someone is there should you need a ride to the doctor, want to send out some dry cleaning, or need attention for a health issue. As mobility and health needs change with aging, you can remain in safe, familiar surroundings with an established routine and ready access to help with activities of daily living. Consider joining the Nazareth House family now!