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Warm Hearth Village Newsletter

MICAH'S MEALS


The Warm Hearth Foundation and Sodexo have joined forces with students at The Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech to bring free meals, every month, to our residents on low and fixed incomes. Thanks to all the employees and volunteers who have taken part in the Micah's Meals program and thank you to WDBJ7 for telling our story.
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MORE THAN ACTIVITIES, IT'S LIFE ENRICHMENT


The focus is on creating meaningful opportunities to engage residents; from active adults to those who rely on us for 24-hour care.  This means offering programs that focus not only on the connection with and between residents but those with staff, family and the greater community as well.   

Social gatherings, mind stimulating exercises, fitness sessions, spiritual forums and one-on-one interactions make up a well-rounded program for residents no matter what their ability level.  Add to this the support provided to resident-initiated and led programs and community groups who meet on campus and open their events to our residents and the calendar becomes very rich and overflowing.  From pickleball to Parkinson’s classes to intimate musical performances to the Lifelong Learning Academy from Virginia Tech to intergenerational engagement and even a quick trip out to the gardens at Kroontje Center to make and taste a snowball, the team of eight are constantly innovating for residents. Collectively, they have an impressive arsenal of experience and specialty training to make it all happen too.  Jordan Benedict is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist who combines her training with the theatrical background of Director, Mardy Baker and not only are we offering opportunities that physically and psychologically stimulate, it becomes downright fun and entertaining.

The team is currently in the planning stages of a new music therapy program that will be unveiled in the spring.  One of our most active residents said recently, “There are so many things to do here, I don’t need to leave campus!”

CONGRESSMAN MORGAN GRIFFITH VISITS WARM HEARTH 
Our Alzheimer's Advocacy team and board members hosted Congressman Morgan Griffith and staff at Warm Hearth on January 31. We appreciated the opportunity to share stories with him about our experiences and vision for helping seniors with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. From our support group to the new Memory Café and Dementia Friends initiative, we are finding new and meaningful ways to support our community.
VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER
Thursday, February 14th
The Village Center
Two Seatings:  5 & 6:30 pm
Menu:
Dinner or beet & goat cheese salad
Carved prime rib or chicken marsala with pasta
Mashed potato roses
Sautéed green beans with grape tomatoes
Rolls & butter
Tiramisu or flourless chocolate cake (gluten free)

Call 540-443-3801 to make your reservations. 

COME PICKLE WITH US


Pickleball is a little-known sport that can have a big impact on athletes who have developed arthritis as they’ve aged. Pickleball combines aspects of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It’s played on a court similar to a badminton court, but with a low net like tennis. You play with racquets that look like oversized ping pong paddles and a smaller-than-average wiffleball. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities while encouraging a good amount of competition for seasoned athletes. Come pickle with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm at the Village Center, weather permitting.
SUSTAINABLE LIVING TIP 
Very few people regularly use straws when drinking at home, yet we automatically are given and accept straws at restaurants, fast food, coffee shops, bars, etc. It’s been reported that Americans use half a billion straws a day (enough straws to fill up Yankee Stadium), many of which end up in the ocean.
Try using stainless steel straws. What makes them great? They're long, they come with their very own cleaning brush, they’re sleek and chic, they’re reusable and they go in the dishwasher.

Little things can make a big difference. Not to mention, from a purely aesthetic point of view, these stainless steel straws sure do look sleek when paired with fruity cocktails.

Get them here
February is American Heart Month, and helping hearts beat longer gets our hearts beating at Warm Hearth at Home!

CHF is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of heart muscles. While often referred to simply as “heart failure,” CHF specifically refers to the stage in which fluid builds up around the heart and causes it to pump inefficiently. Left untreated, it can have serious outcomes, making it the leading cause of hospitalizations in the United States. Heart damage linked to CHF can be caused by several things such as chronic high blood pressure or a heart attack. Here are symptoms to look out for as shown in the diagram above.

Home Health can be a vital resource for monitoring and managing this disease with the goal of either preventing a hospitalization or shortening hospital stays associated with symptoms. For more information, please contact Warm Hearth at Home at 540-443-3428.

IN THE KITCHEN

WITH STEVE


Friday, February 15, at 2:00pm
Karr Activity Center
2603 Warm Hearth Dr.

Do you want fresh ideas for healthy meal prep for one or two people? Interested in making innovative food choices that improve your diet? Join Steve Watkins, Food Production Manager, for an interactive monthly class on various kitchen topics for optimal health. In February, Steve will introduce participants to basic knife skills with techniques to make your prep time shrink and reduce kitchen waste. All materials are provided.  Attendees are asked to bring an apron. To sign up, please contact Mardy Baker at mbaker@warmhearth.org by Monday, February 11th.
AMELIA'S PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER
Come eat some delicious Italian food and the Neighbors in Need Fund will receive 10% of the proceeds.

Thursday, February 21
11 am - 10 pm
Amelia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
1130 Cambria St NE, Christiansburg
(540) 381-7878
THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST SPONSORS!

FUNNY OF THE MONTH

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