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Milestones A Publication of Morning Pointe Senior Living

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MORNING POINTE

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Spring 2020 • Volume 8

In this Issue: Preserving Local History Seniors Got Talent Expands A Bluegrass Legend When Alzheimer's is Not Alzheimer's


A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Older residents, a changing workforce, low unemployment, and a very competitive senior living industry made for an exciting 2019. I am happy to say Morning Pointe Senior Living continues to meet the challenges and exceed expectations, disrupting the marketplace while growing our overall brand and reputation. Still, the more our industry changes, the more it stays the same. We know at the core of Morning Pointe's 23 years of success is never wavering on the delivery of a solid product that offers good value for our seniors and their families. We understand the importance of customer service and a level of quality that can only be delivered by our very own Morning Pointe people. Our family of trained and dedicated associates are following their passion to make a difference every day for our aging population. It is at their core and it is our mission. In 2019, Morning Pointe continued to expand its footprint opening new senior living communities in Knoxville, TN and making our mark even larger in the Tennessee Valley with our sixth location in the immediate area of our home office–Morning Pointe of East Hamilton in Ooltewah.

We broke ground on two additional Lantern Alzheimer's Centers of Excellence in Knoxville and Spring Hill, TN. Both opened in the spring and summer of 2020. In this issue of our annual Milestones magazine, you will be amazed by what our residents are doing and all they are accomplishing in their later years of life. You will read about a Morning Pointe choir that is growing and making a name for itself in East Tennessee. You will also learn about a family who has collected decades of farm relics and has now created a special piece of history to share with others. Lastly, enjoy a profile on one of our residents who is an accomplished author and is now leading in his new home at Morning Pointe of Lexington, KY. Every time we look ahead, I always look back as I know we would not be where we are today without a strong adherence to our core values as a Judeo-Christian, family focused company with a mission of service to our seniors. We Are Better Together.

Sincerely,

GREG A. VITAL President and Co-founder

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Milestones Milestones is an annual publication of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC for the residents, families, associates, and friends of Morning Pointe.

Greg A. Vital President and Co-founder Franklin Farrow CEO and Co-founder Amy Clarke Editor Candy Giron Creative Director

IN THIS ISSUE Spring 2020 • Volume 8

The Morning Pointe Choir, Lenoir City, TN

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The Meaningful DayTM

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Meet Our Caregiver

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Preserving Local History

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The Weston Group: A Partnership of Support

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Seniors Got Talent Expands

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The Cost of Senior Living

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Volunteer at Morning Pointe

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When Alzheimer’s Is Not Alzheimer’s

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A Bluegrass Legend

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Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups

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Foundation News

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Community News

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Property Locations

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Emily Daniel Writer

Address Comments and Suggestions to: Morning Pointe Milestones Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC 6020 Arbury Way, P.O. Box 813 Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-5330 • morningpointe.com

For the latest on all of the Morning Pointe Senior Living communities, visit us at morningpointe.com.

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UNITED IN SONG

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he Morning Pointe of Lenoir City, TN choir is well aware of music’s ability to uplift and unite. In fact, it was a shared love of music that brought them together in the first place. In the beginning, the choir’s sole purpose was to sing simply for the joy of singing. However, over the past two years, the choir has grown from a small gathering of senior music enthusiasts to a significant point of pride for the assisted living community. The choir began in February 2017 as a weekly sing-along group. Roughly a dozen residents attended, and Morning Pointe Life Enrichment Director Camie Entrekin directed while volunteer Frieda Lawson accompanied the singers on piano. The residents had so much fun singing together that they decided to perform at one of their community’s upcoming family nights. Over the next three months, the newly formed choir rehearsed and perfected their pieces, earning an overwhelmingly positive response from their audience following their first performance. It was then the choir realized they had something special. Since that first, fateful night in 2017, the choir has only grown. It now boasts 4 • Spring 2020

25 members who regularly sing at local churches, senior centers, and other assisted living communities, often wearing the robes donated by Lenoir City’s First Baptist Church. One of the choir’s most recent landmark performances was at the tenth anniversary celebration for Morning Pointe of Lenoir City,


where they were able to sing before a large crowd of friends, family, and local dignitaries, including U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-2). What is the secret to the choir’s continued popularity? According to Entrekin, it provides residents with two things that are essential to leading fulfilling lives–passion and purpose. “Not only does the choir allow the residents to participate in a favorite hobby and bond with others over a love of music–singing together also provides them with a sense of purpose and belonging,” Entrekin said. “It has been an honor to be able

to share this experience with them.” “This choir means so much to me. Before my husband Paul passed with ALS, his favorite activity was to sing with the choir. Even when he could hardly do anything else, he always felt like singing,” said choir member and resident Joanna Kelly. “After his passing, in lieu of flowers, we took donations to buy a new piano and donated it to the Morning Pointe choir. We had a stamp engraved and placed on the piano that reads, ‘In Honor of Paul Kelly.’”

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The Meaningful TM Day

The Meaningful Day

A Purposeful Memory Care Program, Providing Structure Alzheimer’s Memory Care to Help Your Loved One Feel Safe and Secure

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Themeaning Meaning are Behind the sense of purpose and of success for residents no matter where Meaningful Day Program crucial to a high quality of life. they are in their personal Alzheimer’s As humans, we all have a need for close relationships, Individuals at all stages of lifeand love. We also orhave dementia journeys. a sense of belonging a need to feel useful; for accomplishment and self-fullfillment, want to feel important, engaged, and in control, Resident choice forms the backbone of the along with a need for pleasure, enjoyment and having our own environment and daily and to be treated with dignity.some At control Theover Lantern Meaningful DayTM framework, and although activities. These needs do not go away as a person at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of because people these choices are designed to be appropriate lives with dementia living with dementia remember how they feel even as their Excellence memory care communities, help for the resident’s level of care, the resident brain diseasewe progresses. foster all of these in our residents withDay™ theprogrammingalways Our Meaningful at Morningretains a sense of agency. It is the Pointe provides an avenue for meeting the needs of TM relies resident who determines what structured Meaningful Day program,ourwhich memory care residents. As a family member, you find a sensewith of peace knowingactivities that we provide on research-based therapies can coupled and therapies in which to participate structure to help them feel safe and secure. We an in-depth understanding ofalsoeach resident’s throughout the day, while every care professional get to know our residents’ life stories in great detail so that we can design activities to meet the personal history to facilitate specific dailyinterests moments resident encounters is equipped with an and capabilities ofthe each resident. Specialized Socialization for Your Loved One 6-9 a.m.

Rise and Shine and Breakfast

Wake up, get ready for the day, and enjoy breakfast

9-10 a.m.

Exercise

Daily Exercises

10-11:30 a.m.

Stimulating Activity Time

Mid-Morning

Drinks and Snacks

Nutritious snacks and hydration

11:30 a.m.

Calming Activity Time

Devotions or Daily News leads into lunch

NOON

Lunch

Quiet music; dine with other residents and guests

2-4 p.m.

Stimulating Activity Time

Art Music

Art Music

Students Pets

Students Pets

Community Service and Brain Games

Outings

Sample schedule only. Actual times and specific activities vary by community and resident interests. (See back for more details)

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When Do I Need Professional Alzheimer's or Dementia Care for My Loved One? Early Signs • They are telling you the same story over and over. • They start making financial mistakes. As the Disease Progresses • They are not socializing. • They start staying home most of the time. • They won't go to the grocery or venture out. • They aren't as familiar with where they are going anymore.

intimate understanding of the resident’s personal story and interests. “We believe that in order to provide the best care to residents living with Alzheimer’s and dementia all of our care staff must form trusting, positive relationships with each resident. They form these relationships by learning the residents’ interests and personal stories and by treating the residents with respect,” said Morning Pointe Corporate Director of Memory Care Beth Janney, RN. “The best medical care in the world will be inadequate if our caregivers do not understand and respect our residents. This is what the Meaningful DayTM program is all about.”

If you see these signs, you need to start looking for specialized care. Bigger Issues and Safety Concerns • Poor Hygiene • Hair is not washed. • Wearing same clothes day after day • Spoiled food in fridge • Medications half-haphazardly hidden throughout the house • Keys left in the fridge • Things are out of place.

“ The best medical care

–Beth Janney, RN Morning Pointe Corporate Director of Memory Care

You need to be alert for bigger safety issues like leaving the stove on.

in the world will be inadequate if our caregivers do not understand and respect our residents. This is what the Meaningful DayTM program is all about.

Don’t wait for a crisis to respond. Many seniors respond better in memory care communities when they settle into their new home sooner rather than later. Visit morningpointe.com/ alzheimers-care/, or call a Morning Pointe Memory Care community near you for additional information and schedule a tour. Spring 2020 • 7


Meet Our Caregivers

L E NDING A HE LPING HAND

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passion for helping other people led Bernice Resendiz to her role as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove. According to Resendiz, “God opened a door for me to work here. I actually started as a dining room coordinator in 2016, and now, as a CNA, I’m able to help my residents with their day-to-day activities. I assist them with dressing, getting them to the dining room and to the restroom, and help them participate in the daily programs.” Resendiz hopes to use the experience she’s gaining at Morning Pointe in her future nursing career; outside of working hours, she’s in the process of pursuing her associate degree in nursing at Chattanooga State Community College. “My plan is to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing, work in pediatrics, and be a hospice nurse someday,” she shares.

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BERNICE H. RESENDIZ, CNA MOR N I NG P OI N T E SE N IOR L I V I NG

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What do you love most about your profession?

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What is one of your happiest professional moments?

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What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your residents?

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What is your best advice for residents?

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Do you believe in miracles?

I’ve always liked to help people, and knowing that I’m making an impact in their lives is important to me.

Just this morning, one of my residents told me that I inspire her to get healthier and exercise more. She also said that I was patient and had a Christ-like character.

First of all, I have to know how to manage my time so that I can give the best care to my residents. I’m patient, but also firm, in order to see that their needs are being met. And I believe in being a good listener.

I try to encourage my residents to do their best and to be happy and positive about life.

Yes, I do believe in miracles. God has always answered my prayers and been there for me.

Whatever my residents need, I’m there to help them.”

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ABOUT BERNICE

MY CREDENTIALS Degree: Currently studying nursing at Chattanooga State Certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant Clinical Medical Assistant Recognitions: Employee of the Month, Morning Pointe Senior Living

M Y S P E C I A LT I E S Geriatrics Senior Care

CONNECT 423.396.6999 877. 776.4683 Morning Pointe Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Senior Living and Greenbriar Cove Memory Care Drive 9650 Leyland

Ooltewah, TN 37363 morningpointe.com

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Preserving Local History

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o say that Morning Pointe of Franklin residents Fred and Helen Linville have a passing interest in history would be an understatement. As life-long farmers from farming families, the Linvilles are intensely passionate about Indiana's agricultural history, and they have channeled that passion into the creation of an impressive collection of artifacts that doesn’t just reflect their love for their hometown and way of life—it also draws a crowd. For the past two years, Fred and Helen have housed their farming antiques in a 15,000 square-foot barn built specifically for that purpose, and they often invite the community, including the Morning Pointe residents to visit and admire their collection.

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“As far back as I can remember, my father and mother, especially my father, have been fascinated by the past,” said Charlotte Sullivan, Fred and Helen’s daughter, who now manages her parents’ collection with her brother, J.C. Linville. “They’ve wanted to collect and preserve artifacts from their childhood and even further back in order to educate young people about our local history.” The Linvilles began their collection more than 60 years ago when Fred traded a truckload of corn for three mules, which provided him with the funds to purchase his first wagon. From that day forward, Fred and Helen worked to collect as many farming antiques as possible. “I asked Fred how many pieces are inside the barn. He said that there were thousands,” said Morning Pointe of Franklin Life Enrichment Director Mary Beth Piland. “His favorite pieces are the stage coach and the hearse, and the most unique piece is a wooden thrashing machine. Thirty-five years ago, they even built a three-axle covered wagon from scratch! Their

collection is so large that they are getting ready to build another 7,000 square-foot, barn and Charlotte and J.C. are working on organizing and making placards for the artifacts so people can do self-guided tours of the barns. They are even working with local schools to organize free field trips for the students.” As much as Fred and Helen love agricultural history, their greatest joy is in being able to share their passion with others, and their excitement was evident when their fellow Morning Pointe residents stopped by the barn to tour their collection. The residents were able to take a trip back in time, discovering the Franklin farming community of the past and perhaps finding a piece or two that sparked their own nostalgia for a simpler time. The Linvilles could not have been more pleased. “We are very proud that we have been able to preserve pieces of history as far back as the mid-1800s and can show the younger generations what their ancestors needed for their way of life,” Fred said.

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A Partnership of Support

New ValuABLE Program is Changing Memory Care

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aring for individuals with dementia is often a rewarding experience, but it is not without its challenges. Difficult behaviors and reduced communication abilities can lead to frustration and burnout in caregivers, leaving them at a loss for what to do or how to help. In order to maximize the safety, well-being, and independence of individuals with dementia, it is essential for caregivers to collaborate with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. As part of an ongoing partnership with The Weston Group, The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Lexington, KY is working to provide skilled therapy

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services individualized for each resident in the memory care community. Two Weston Group therapists, occupational therapist Jessica Byers and speech-language pathologist Adria Thompson, are at the forefront of this effort to maximize resident independence by providing caregivers with a greater understanding of dementia through a program called ValuABLE. The therapists use assessments to determine each resident’s stage of dementia, develop appropriate Montessori-style activities, and develop written resident profiles outlining all recommendations to ensure caregivers have as much information as possible to help them care for the residents.


As part of the ValuABLE program, residents work with a full team of on-site therapists, who strive to help caregivers understand the source of the residents’ challenging behaviors while providing practical advice for how to handle them with patience and compassion. "Challenging behaviors are our residents’ way of trying to fulfill a need,” Byers said. “They aren’t solely trying to get attention. There is a true disease process going on that affects every part of their cognitive and physical abilities.” The increased focus on communication between on-site therapy and caregivers has produced positive results. Days are smoother and residents are happier as therapists work with them to maintain their highest level of independence, and caregivers respond to them with more patience and understanding. “Having the expert insight of therapists like Jessica and Adria has benefitted our caregivers and residents enormously. It’s an amazing partnership,” says Lexington Lantern Executive Director Brooke Griffith. “It has been so encouraging to see the positive difference that the ValuABLE program has made at the Lexington Lantern,” says Morning Pointe Senior Living Senior Vice “Challenging behaviors President of are our residents’ way Clinical Services of trying to fulfill a Mandy Taylor, need. They aren’t solely RN. “In fact, trying to get attention. it has been so There is a true disease successful, we are process going on that currently working affects every part of to bring the their cognitive and program to our physical abilities.” other Lantern –Jessica Byers memory care Occupational Therapist communities.” The Weston Group

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Aging Seniors Physical therapy can be one of the best options when it comes to dealing with longer-term pain, injury, and limited movement. It can help you become stronger, move better, and feel better. At many Morning Pointe Senior Living communities, physical therapy is offered on site with a therapy partner. Residents not only have easy access to this service, but they can be seen by the same therapists for occupational, speech, and physical therapy – all with the goal of promoting independence and a better quality of life. Benefits of Physical Therapy • Relieving Pain • Building Strength • Increasing Range of Motion

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Seniors Got Talent Expands to Three Cities in 2019

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n 2019, dozens of seniors across the Southeast stepped into the spotlight at not one, but three Seniors Got Talent competitions presented by the Morning Pointe Foundation. From Chattanooga, TN to Franklin, TN to Lexington, KY, local seniors performed before starstudded panels of judges. Participants were anywhere between 62 to 94 years of age and demonstrated an impressively wide range of talents, showcasing their skills in everything from singing to line dancing to baton twirling to ventriloquism. In Chattanooga, Morning Pointe of Hixson resident Ernestine Eldridge (92) took home the first place prize for a patriotic medley performed on the piano. Doug Smith (65) netted second place with his rendition of “My Babe” on the harmonica, and Ronnie Nicholas (71) won third place with a comedic version of “Cat’s in the Cradle” performed on the guitar. The first place winners in Franklin were husband and wife duo Ano Missirian (86) and Raphael Missirian (94), who made the entire audience 14 • Spring 2020

feel their enthusiasm for life and love for each other as they performed an Armenian love song. Ventriloquist Ken Karter (84) took second place, and Barbara Young (72), an accomplished baton twirler, won third place. John Oates of famed musical duo Hall & Oates served as a special guest judge. The Prime Time Dancers (62 to 81) claimed the first place spot in Lexington. Pianist Loren Tice (80) and saxophonist Lee Patrick (81) took second place. Morning Pointe of Danville, KY residents and musicians Ron Moroni (80) and John Hughes (89) brought home third place with their duet for piano and fiddle. “We are so incredibly proud of all of the talented men and women who performed in Seniors Got Talent. It is such an honor to be able to spotlight them,” said Morning Pointe Foundation Executive Director Audra Hopkins. “From our first Seniors Got Talent major showcase last year in Franklin, Tennessee to our most recent competition in Lexington, Kentucky, the Morning Pointe Foundation


1st Place Winners, Seniors Got Talent, Opera House, Lexington, KY

1st Place Winners, Seniors Got Talent, Franklin Theatre, Middle Tennessee remains committed to celebrating the talents of local seniors while supporting caregivers and nursing scholarships,” said Morning Pointe Senior Living President and Co-founder Greg A. Vital. “This is such an important cause, and we look forward to continuing to grow Seniors Got Talent in the years to come.”

1st Place Winner, Seniors Got Talent, Chattanooga Theatre, Tennessee Valley

2020 UPCOMING EVENTS May 12

August 25

June 10

September 10

August 18

October 20

6th Annual Mastering Memory Golf Tournament, Lookout Mountain, GA 3rd Annual Mastering Memory Golf Tournament, Athens, TN 1st Annual Seniors Got Talent, East Tennessee, Knoxville

3rd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Middle Tennessee, Franklin 2nd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Lexington, KY

2nd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Tennessee Valley, Chattanooga

Find out more at morningpointe.com/seniors-got-talent/ Spring 2020 • 15


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As a Care Partner, We Support You and Your Family • We work to create a personalized resident care plan to decrease the risk of future falls and other recurring medical conditions. • We coordinate any post-hospitalization therapy, programming and services. • We provide On-Site Physical Therapists for continued strength and independence after a rehab stay. • We have direct access to preferred providers for behavior and symptom changes. • We offer monthly caregiver support groups.

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Cost of Living Worksheet

Morning Pointe offers great value for your money. Using this simple worksheet will help you see for yourself the value of living at Morning Pointe or in The Lantern Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center. Please take a few minutes to complete by estimating your monthly living expenses and compare them to the included services offered.

YOUR CURRENT MONTHLY EXPENSES

MORNING POINTE’S MONTHLY EXPENSES

Mortgage or rent

Mortgage or rent

Telephone

Telephone

Meals and snacks

Meals and snacks

Included

Car payment/insurance

Transportation payment/insurance

Included

Car maintenance

Transportation maintenance

Included

Entertainment

Entertainment in community

Included

Cable TV

Cable TV

Electricity

Electricity

Included

Water

Water

Included

Sewer

Sewer

Included

Gas

Gas

Included

Garbage removal

Garbage removal

Included

HOME MAINTENANCE

Included

HOME MAINTENANCE

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Included

Lawn care

Lawn care

Included

Tree and shrub care

Tree and shrub care

Included

Gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning

Included

Painting and repairs

Painting and repairs

Included

Roof repairs

Roof repairs

Included

Major appliances (maintain/replace)

Major appliances (maintain/replace)

Included

Homeowners insurance

Homeowners insurance

Included

Real estate tax

Real estate tax

Included

Security

Security

Included

SERVICES

SERVICES

Activities (entertainment, movies, clubs)

Activities at community (entertainment, movies, clubs)

Included

Nurses available

Nurses on staff seven days a week

Included

Dietary assistance

Dietary assistance

Included

Flat linen (Towels, Sheets, ect.) laundry service

Flat linen (Towels, Sheets, ect.) laundry service

Included

Personal Laundry (Clothes)

Personal Laundry (Clothes)

Assistance with personal care needs

Assistance with personal care needs

Healthcare monitoring

Healthcare monitoring

Medication Management

Medication Management

24-hour emergency response system

24-hour emergency response system in apartment

Included

Transportation

Transportation (scheduled)

Included*

TOTAL

Included

TOTAL

* Morning Pointe provides local scheduled transportation for basic needs like shopping, medical appointments, and campus events. For more information, contact your Morning Pointe management team. Written information relating to this community or facility’s services and policies is available upon request.

morningpointe.com

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How You Can Volunteer At Morning Pointe

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here is no doubt that our people are fundamental to what Morning Pointe Senior Living is today. Our associates showcase the ‘Morning Pointe Way’ every day as they care for our residents, connect with our families, and support each other. We also know we couldn’t deliver the level of customer service that we do without our dedicated volunteers. They only make Morning Pointe better. “You feel like you are home; you feel like you are part of the family at Morning Pointe, and it just makes you feel good,” shared Kelly Wright, a high school student and Morning Pointe volunteer. Volunteer Frieda Lawson couldn’t agree more. “I just love the people and I am retired, so I have plenty of time on my hands. I was a music teacher, so this is getting me back into it a little bit, and I just love it. And, I love the people that work here because they treat the residents like their families. They really love them.” From talented musicians, local artists, area churches and schools, pet therapists, veterans groups, and so many more, we all need each other. Morning Pointe has set the stage for these organizations and others to fulfill their

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needs while we continue to connect our seniors with the greater community. We Are Better Together! “Morning Pointe is second to none; I love to come here, and I love to serve these residents,” said Kim Frasch, another Morning Pointe volunteer. Sign up today and share your passion. Complete your internship hours, showcase your talents, work on a community service project, share your knowledge - it’s easy, simply fill out the volunteer/intern application here or online at

morningpointe.com/volunteer/ Thank you!


Activities You Could Get Involved In Arts & Crafts Book Club Dance Exercise

Floral Arrangements Gardening Holidays Journaling

Music Outdoor Picnics Photography Games

Vespers & Bible Studies Woodwork Zany Celebrations

Volunteer Application NAME: ADDRESS: CITY:

STATE:

EMAIL:

DOB: PHONE:

MORNING POINTE COMMUNITY: SERVICE INTERESTED IN: AVAILABILITY: THREE REFERENCES:

SIGNATURE: SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN: if below 18 years-old I have no prior criminal convictions

DATE:

Mail or drop by your local Morning Pointe or apply online: morningpointe.com/volunteer.

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When Alzheimer’s is not Alzheimer’s Donna M. Wilcock and Peter T. Nelson

More than 200 different viruses can cause the common cold, so why would we think there is just one cause of dementia?

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ementia is defined by symptoms, with impairment of memory and a person’s ability to perform daily functions. In the past, using the terms "Alzheimer’s disease" and "dementia" interchangeably was a generally accepted practice. Now there is rising appreciation that a variety of different disease processes contribute to dementia. We have known for a long time that abnormal structures found at autopsy in the brain, called plaques and tangles (which are made up of sticky proteins), are the hallmarks for Alzheimer’s disease. However, we have noticed that a large number of people who died in advanced age had symptoms of dementia without the telltale signs of plaques or tangles in their brains.

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In other words, Alzheimer’s disease is just one common contributor to dementia—and there are others. Researchers at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have been leading the description of non-Alzheimer’s dementia-causing brain changes. In 2018, members of the dementia research community came together to define guidelines for future research in a newly named dementia called LATE. This project was led by Dr. Nelson of Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. LATE affects primarily the oldest-old in the population, and clinically resembles Alzheimer’s disease in many respects. Like Alzheimer's disease, LATE affects multiple areas of cognition, ultimately impairing activities of daily life, but it appears that LATE progresses more gradually than Alzheimer’s. However, LATE combined with Alzheimer’s— which is a common combination—appears to cause a more rapid decline than either would alone. In LATE, instead of the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s, we find a different sticky protein, which is called TDP-43. Another major cause of dementia that can resemble Alzheimer’s disease is vascular cognitive impairment (VCI), otherwise known as vascular dementia.Vascular dementia has many causes, ranging from stroke, mini-strokes, or untreated, chronic high blood pressure. VCI occurs more in men than women, and is very variable in how it progresses and what the early symptoms are. Recent advances


Photos by UK | Mark Cornelison

in this area include a nationwide study that found that lowering blood pressure to a 120/80 target instead of 140/90 prevented development of dementia in the aging population, and slowed the progression of vascular changes in the brain. In addition, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is one of seven sites around the country that are part of a biomarker consortium that is trying to find MRI, blood, and spinal fluid signatures to diagnose VCI. Two internationally recognized leaders in the field of VCI research are Drs. Wilcock and Jicha, who help spearhead this national consortium. Their efforts will change the way patients are managed in clinics around the world. As we develop treatments that target the causes of dementia-like plaques, tangles,

Donna M. Wilcock, PhD TDP-43, and VCI, it will be extremely important to understand and diagnose all the different causes of dementia so that we make sure we are giving the right drugs to the right people.

ABOUT THE SANDERS-BROWN CENTER ON AGING (SBCOA): Founded at the University of Kentucky in 1972, SBCoA has played an instrumental role in several landmark breakthroughs related to Alzheimer's and other dementias, including the discovery that there are changes in the brain decades before there are outward symptoms of the disease. In 1985, SBCoA was among the first 10 Alzheimer's Disease Centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Currently, only 31 designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers exist in the U.S., and only nine, including Sanders-Brown, have been continuously funded since the designation was launched. Spring 2020 • 21


A Bluegrass Legend Morning Pointe of Lexington, Kentucky resident Robert J. Turley, affectionately called “Bob” by his friends, is a man of many talents and passions.

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e is an attorney, an author, a father, a dedicated public servant, and a committed man of faith. There’s a good reason that he was named a “Shriner legend” by the Oleika Shriner Temple when they profiled him in their Oleikan publication. Throughout his life, Bob has served the people of Kentucky with honor and integrity. No matter what he is doing–whether he is providing legal counsel, giving advice to young people, working with the local Shriners Hospital for Children, or teaching Sunday school–you can be sure that he is working to make his community a better place to live. Born on December 6, 1926, in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky to R. Joe and Mavis S. Turley, Bob was the oldest of three children. He attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and Saint Mary’s College

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of California in Moraga, California before graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1949. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to the bar of Kentucky and practiced law throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Even after his retirement in 1998, he continues to provide legal counsel to the law office of Savage, Elliott, Houlihan, Mullins and Skidmore. Bob has been a member of the Oleika Shriners Temple since 1950 and is especially active with the Lexington unit of the Shriners Hospital for Children. He also attends Broadway Christian Church, where he teaches Sunday school. However, Bob’s most important role is as a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In addition to his four children, Leighton, Lynn, Joe, and Mavis Lee, he has 10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. After retiring, Bob was able to combine his experience as a lawyer with his passion for community service and his faith in Jesus Christ to write three books: The Choices Are Yours


(1998), The Bridge of Faith (2000), and The Rule of Law and Unintended Consequences (2008). Inspired by his grandchildren, he decided to write The Choices Are Yours as a message to young people, encouraging them to lead moral and upstanding lives. “I dedicated my first book to young people who need to know their lives will be fashioned by their choices,” Bob said. In The Bridge of Faith, he offers guidance to help Christians grow closer in their relationship with God, drawing from his time as a Sunday school teacher. His third book, The Rule of Law and Unintended Consequences, taps into his passion for both faith and the law and examines how faith can inform lawyers’ and judges’ approaches to the United States Constitution and the rulings of the Supreme Court. For Bob, as with so many of his other pursuits, being an author is fundamentally an act of service. He began writing because he felt compelled to share the important lessons he had learned over his lifetime with younger generations. “It makes me feel good to be a published author,” he said. “The purpose of writing these books was to share the experiences that I had so that when something comes up in others’ lives, it can help them make appropriate decisions.” Spring 2020 • 23


Benefits of Caregiver

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s a regional leader in the senior living industry, Morning Pointe sets itself apart by caring for the resident and supporting the whole family. We understand it’s a process. Choosing the right senior living for your loved one is one of the most important decisions you will make, getting there is just as important. That means more than research. If you are a caregiver, like millions of others, then you also need to make sure you are supporting yourself before the decision, through the decision, and after the decision. We understand; we are all doing this stage of life together and that means making sure you have a regular support network. At Morning Pointe Senior Living, we offer numerous monthly support groups and educational Caregiver Cafés across our footprint. Our caregiver support groups are filled with people who are dealing with the same stressors and challenges. Being able to connect with others who truly understand what you're going through will help reduce your stress, validate your experience, and give you the support system you need. “Leading the support group at The Lantern at Morning Pointe memory care community has helped me be an even better director at my building,” shared Larry Griffin, Executive Director of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s

Center of Excellence in Collegedale, TN. “I am learning more about what caregivers are going through before they choose a community for help, and I am able to connect these caregivers with others who are getting more assistance with professional nursing care and support. We are all learning and supporting each other,” explained Griffin. He believes his group is making a big difference for the members. “Many of them, I believe, have formed life-long friendships that will be so meaningful for years to come.” Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups • A great source of additional resources and useful information • Emotional support • Reduce anxiety, stress and social isolation • Help you to refresh • Improve your quality of life • Help to regain a sense of control over your situation • Gain perspective • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged • Gaining a sense of empowerment • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment according to AARP.org

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Morning Pointe Caregiver Support Groups Kentucky Danville Morning Pointe (859) 965-1008 3rd Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Lexington Lantern (859) 309-4867 2nd Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Lexington Morning Pointe (859) 554-0060 1st Friday at 3:30 p.m. Tennessee

Russell Lantern (606) 824-9248 2nd Friday at 2 p.m.

Louisville Lantern (502) 212-5199 1st Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Brentwood Morning Pointe (615) 285-3455 1st Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Chattanooga Lantern (423) 551-4190 3rd Wednesday at noon

Clinton Lantern (865) 457-4005 1st Tuesday at Noon

Collegedale Lantern (423) 396-4700 2nd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Columbia Morning Pointe (931) 388-2200 4th Tuesday at 4 p.m.

East Hamilton Morning Pointe Franklin Lantern (423) 212-1208 (615) 261-3231 3rd Tuesday at 4 p.m. 2nd Friday at 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group: 1st Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Hixson Morning Pointe (423) 847-1370 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Knoxville Morning Pointe (865) 223-6422 3rd Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Lenoir Lantern (865) 271-9966 3rd Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Powell Morning Pointe (865) 686-5771 Last Monday at 4 p.m.

Spring Hill Morning Pointe (931) 451-1899 2nd Thursday at 11 a.m.

Tullahoma Morning Pointe (931) 455-0860 3rd Monday at noon

Indiana & Alabama Franklin Morning Pointe (317) 736-4665 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Tuscaloosa Morning Pointe (205) 345-1112 3rd Thursday at noon

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s the executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation, I am excited about all we have accomplished in 2019. First and foremost, we raised a record amount of money, over $120,000. Thank you! Secondly, we successfully completed two golf tournaments in Athens and Chattanooga, TN. Plus, we launched two new Seniors Got Talent signature events in Chattanooga, TN and Lexington, KY, adding to the already successful Seniors Got Talent showcase in Middle Tennessee at the historic Franklin Theatre. These amazing events have connected Morning Pointe even more to the communities we serve, giving us an opportunity to showcase seniors across the Southeast as they share their talents, and opening the door to connect more to our very important mission. With the growing cost of college, the shortage of nurses and the rise of aging seniors, the work of the Morning Pointe Foundation is needed now more than ever. We support those starting out in their nursing careers while also helping those nursing an aging loved one as a family caregiver. We provide caregiver support programs and nursing scholarships. In 2019, we saw both of these initiatives grow as we partnered with more colleges to offer the Morning Pointe Foundation nursing scholarship while adding more free caregiver support programs and events across our footprint. I am humbled to lead such an important cause, and I am passionate about growing the Morning Pointe Foundation. Join me! Audra Hopkins Executive Director, Morning Pointe Foundation morningpointefoundation.com

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2019 MORNING POINTE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: 40 STUDENTS – $65,386 Alabama Shelton State Community College– RN Program Kentucky Ashland Community and Technical College – LPN Program Bluegrass Community and Technical College – LPN Program Eastern Kentucky University – Occupational Therapy Tennessee Chattanooga State Community College – RN Program Columbia State Community College – RN Program TN College of Applied Technology at Athens – LPN Program TN College of Applied Technology at Jacksboro – LPN Program Tusculum University – RN Program

2020 UPCOMING EVENTS May 12: 6th Annual Mastering Memory Golf Tournament, Lookout Mountain, GA June 10: 3rd Annual Mastering Memory Golf Tournament, Athens, TN August 18: Seniors Got Talent, East Tennessee, Knoxville August 25: 3rd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Middle Tennessee, Franklin September 10: 2nd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Lexington, KY October 20: 2nd Annual Seniors Got Talent, Tennessee Valley, Chattanooga


Scholarship Winner, Chattanooga State, TN

Scholarship Winner, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, KY

Caregiver Cafés

Around the major events are countless other smaller Caregiver Cafés at many Morning Pointe Senior Living communities. One of the main missions of the Morning These free programs connect the public with Pointe Foundation is to provide on-going local healthcare leaders as they share their caregiver support and education through free expertise on important topics for the growing public events and programs. “You’re Not senior population. From veteran benefits and Alone,” featuring Kim Campbell, the wife of the aging process to the latest on Alzheimer’s the late country music legend Glen Campbell, research and diabetes prevention, the topics was a key signature event for years as the are wide, and the reach and work is invaluable. Foundation took her program to major cities Call your local Morning Pointe today to find across the Southeast. out what Caregiver Cafés are scheduled near you.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! Together we will advance the care of seniors and their caregivers for generations to come. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT! Together we will advance the care of seniors and their caregivers for generations to come. Together we will advance the care of seniors and their caregivers for generations to come.

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You can give online at www.morningpointefoundation.com/donate Morning Pointe Foundation is a non-profit organization. E.I.N.also 47-1301607, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. All donations that are not made in exchange for goods or services are tax deductible. You can also give online at www.morningpointefoundation.com/donate Morning Pointe Foundation respects the privacy of our andRevenue does notService. share donor names orthat addresses organizations. Morning Pointe Foundation is a non-profit organization. E.I.N. 47-1301607, as determinedcontributors by the Internal All donations are not with madeother in exchange for goods or services are tax deductible. Morningorganization. Pointe Foundation respects the privacy of our contributors andRevenue does notService. share donor names orthat addresses organizations. Morning Pointe Foundation is a non-profit E.I.N. 47-1301607, as determined by the Internal All donations are not with madeother in exchange for goods or services are tax deductible. Morning Pointe Foundation respects the privacy of our contributors and does not share donor names or addresses with other organizations.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Derby Day, Louisville, (KY)

Our Veterans, Russell, (KY)

106-Year-Old Resident Katherine Anderson, Greeneville, (TN) 28 • Spring 2020

Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day Chattanooga, (TN)

Lee University Deke Day, Tennessee Valley

Recycling Group, Spring Hill, (TN)

John Oates, Hall and Oates Duo, Brentwood,


Fall Festival, Frankfort, (KY) Campus

Veterans Monument, Lantern Outing, Louisville, (KY)

(TN)

Horse Farm Outing, Danville, (KY)

New Bus, Richmond, (KY)

Alzheimer's Tennessee Annual Walk, Lenoir City Campus, (TN)

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival Russell, (KY) Campus Spring 2020 • 29


Antique Car Show, Knoxville, (TN)

Walking Club, Tullahoma, (TN)

Art Therapy, Chattanooga, (TN) Morning Pointe of Hixson turns 10!, Hixson, (TN)

Baldwin's Farm Outing, Richmond, (KY)

University of Kentucky Softball Outing, Lexington-East, (KY) 30 • Spring 2020

University of Alabama MLK Service Day Tuscaloosa, (AL)


Property Locations INDIANA FRANKLIN RUSSELL (2) FRANKFORT (2) LEXINGTON (3) RICHMOND DANVILLE LOUISVILLE (2) GREENEVILLE CLINTON LENOIR CITY (2) KNOXVILLE (2) POWELL

CALHOUN BRENTWOOD SPRING HILL (2) FRANKLIN (2)

ATHENS CHATTANOOGA (2) COLLEGEDALE (2) EAST HAMILTON HIXSON

TULLAHOMA COLUMBIA TUSCALOOSA

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