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Servant Leadership in Senior Living

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
August 04, 2021

Magnolia Manor is a senior living organization that has a foundation and commitment to our faith tradition. We fulfill that commitment through servant leadership. “As servant leaders we want our main focus to be on the well-being of our senior living community from our residents to our employees,” explains Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications. “Our main goal is to serve and care about our residents through love and support for a lifetime.”

So, What Is Servant Leadership?

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Assisted Living, Nursing Home

Moving to Senior Living During the Pandemic

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
June 30, 2021

Even though it seems as if life completely shut down for nearly all of 2020 because of the pandemic, the truth is that life goes on, no matter what. Sometimes that includes moving from one home to another. So, with all the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, what was it like to move to a senior living community during this time?

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Socialization, Senior Planning, Residents, Assisted Living, COVID-19

Southern Cuisine for Senior Living Residents

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
June 16, 2021

Surely, you’re not one of those people who thinks senior living communities have lousy food! If so, you haven’t had a meal at Magnolia Manor! Long gone are the days when bland was the order of the day.

This is the South, and we’re all about Southern cuisine. That’s what our residents want, and our mission is to serve our seniors in every way – body and soul.

So fire up your taste buds, and let’s see what’s cooking. Derinda Harris, Dietary Manager at Magnolia Manor in Macon, is our guide.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Residents, Assisted Living

Do I Qualify for Assisted Living?

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 21, 2021

As we get older, most of us find it a bit harder to handle certain chores around the house. Seniors develop arthritis that can make dressing or cooking more difficult, or mobility issues that make it harder to get around or handle heavier work such as housekeeping.

Aside from these physical changes, many seniors also suffer from one or more chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes which require proper monitoring. That, too, can be difficult to manage daily and stay on top of your medications.

At What Point Do You Qualify for Assisted Living?

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Topics: FAQs, Assisted Living

How to Have “The Talk” with Mom or Dad: Time for Assisted Living

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 14, 2021

You love your parents dearly, but sometimes it feels so hard to be their adult child. Mom and Dad know you have only their best interests at heart, but whenever you suggest (however gently) that they might need help with daily activities, they bristle and tell you to mind your own business. They’re doing just fine, thanks. Sure, some things are a bit more difficult, but that’s to be expected, right?

Aging and the “slowing” that comes with it may be expected, but you worry for Mom or Dad’s safety and well-being. So how can you have “the talk” in a way that feels less threatening and more positive?

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Topics: FAQs, Residents, Assisted Living, Coping

All Faiths are Welcome at Magnolia Manor

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 07, 2021

When you hear that Magnolia Manor is a faith-based organization, you might assume that we cater only to a certain group of people. Nothing could be further from the truth! Our family of residents is diverse in many ways, and that’s just the way we like it. We happily welcome seniors of all faiths and from all walks of life.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Socialization, Residents, Assisted Living, Spiritual Needs

Easy & Useful Apps For Seniors

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
March 29, 2021

We all know there is no shortage of apps to communicate with others and play games. Where would we have been these past many months during the pandemic without these essential digital tools? But apps can help seniors in so many other ways.

As we age, most of us worry about losing our memory or cognitive abilities. In addition, Senior Living notes that:

  • Many seniors have vision issues, and a third of those over 65 especially have trouble reading small print
  • About half of prescriptions are not taken as directed
  • Some seniors don’t fill prescriptions in the first place due to high cost

Sound familiar? No worries. There are apps that can help solve all these problems and more. Apps can help seniors monitor and maintain good health, simplify daily life, and learn new things. And a lot of them are easy to use and even free. Here is a smattering of apps you might consider for yourself or for an older friend or loved one.

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Topics: Independent Living, Socialization, Senior Safety, Residents, Assisted Living

Senior Living Wellness Programs

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
February 16, 2021

One of the many benefits of senior living at Magnolia Manor’s Americus campus is our Wellness Center. Opened in 2000, this gathering place for the exercise-minded has been a very popular and busy place. Until COVID-19 came around, that is. It’s not that we’re no longer interested in staying fit, it’s that keeping the gym, pools, and class spaces open just isn’t possible now.

Rats.

We have every intention of re-opening the Wellness Center as soon as we can, so let’s see what everyone has to look forward to. We talked to Jeni Hixon, our Wellness Center Director, to get the inside scoop.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Senior Safety, Residents, Assisted Living

Foods That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
February 09, 2021

February is the month of love, and it is also American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to remind ourselves that treating our heart with love can help us lead a healthier, happier, longer life. That starts with the foods we eat. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and maintaining a stable, healthy weight are key to heart health.

If you reside in Assisted Living or another area within one of our Magnolia Manor communities (other than Independent Living), we have your back because we do the cooking for you. Our talented professional chefs not only know what’s good for you, they know how to make it irresistibly tasty and plate it up so you can’t wait to dive in.

But whether or not you’re cooking for yourself, let’s make sure you aren’t sabotaging your good heart health with snacks or behaviors that add up to risky business.

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Topics: Independent Living, Senior Safety, Residents, Assisted Living

Easy Exercises That Are Good For Your Heart

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
February 02, 2021

What’s the most important valentine of all? Your own heart! That’s why we celebrate February as American Heart Month, and 2021 will be our 57th year to do so. It’s a tradition seniors can easily get behind, because heart disease is America’s #1 killer.

So what’s the best gift to give your heart this February? Medical experts at Johns Hopkins say “pairing exercise with a Mediterranean-style diet, maintaining a normal weight and not smoking” can help you live longer (and healthier), reducing risk of death from all causes by 80%.

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Topics: Independent Living, Senior Safety, Residents, Assisted Living