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Westminster Communities of Florida Partners with Florida State for Heart Health

February 8, 2017

Westminster Communities of Florida is celebrating Heart Health Month this year by offering "Taking Care of Your Heart Health" seminars throughout the state, in partnership with the Florida State University College of Medicine.

In February, classes will be offered in Bradenton, Orlando, Pensacola and Tallahassee. In these classes, teams of medical students in their third and fourth years give presentations to seniors with useful knowledge on their wellbeing. More than 70 medical students have participated, giving presentations to hundreds of Westminster residents. The current topic is the third series of health-related presentations, starting with "Brain Health" in spring of 2016 and followed by "Fall Prevention" last summer.

Sandra Knoble, Director of Quality Initiatives for Westminster, facilitates the project, part of a research grant with FSU. "We are proud to partner with the FSU College of Medicine and we are glad for the opportunity to provide these classes to seniors who would not have such opportunities," says Knoble.

This program is part of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP), focusing on educating seniors on better health and better communication with their physicians. The student facilitators are mentored by local physicians and adjunct faculty in preparation for post-graduate work experience. The FSU College of Medicine prepares the content for these programs and provides presentation scripts to the medical students. The students are equipped with an action plan to lead their teaching, as well as handouts of resources that would be relevant for seniors. Afterward, the seniors are encouraged to ask questions and develop personal action plans to increase healthy behaviors.

Heart health classes began in January and will continue throughout the spring. Previously, the classes offered included "Brain Health" and "Fall Prevention."

"The classes are limited to 20 older adults," says Knoble. "This class size fosters better interpersonal reaction between the participants and the medical students giving the presentations."

The program has encouraged more than 200 seniors to learn more about their personal health and wellbeing.

To learn more about the program and upcoming presentation dates, contact Jennifer Gilmour at (941) 746-9425.

Westminster Winter Park Named Business of the Year by Local Chamber of Commerce

February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2016 – On Friday, Westminster Winter Park was named 2016 Business of the Year by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. The senior living community, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, was honored for its efforts to improve life in Winter Park from the perspective of both businesses and residents’ quality of life. Executive Director Mike Haye and a group of staff and residents accepted the award on behalf of the entire community. 

“We’re so delighted for this honor,” said Haye. “As the city of Winter Park succeeds, we recognize that Westminster Winter Park benefits and succeeds as part of the greater community.”

Westminster Winter Park supports a variety of community endeavors, from Winter on the Avenue to the Winter Park Executive Women forum and Leadership Winter Park. Residents and staff of the community are committed to being part of making Winter Park a better place to live.

The award was given at the Chamber’s annual Membership Awards Celebration, a tribute to its members and volunteers who make Winter Park an exceptional community. Other nominees in the category of Business of the Year included Massey Services and Sysco Central Florida. The event also honored honorees in a variety of categories for businesses and volunteers.

To read more about the Annual Awards Celebration and the other award winners, visit the Chamber’s Web site.

Westminster Winter Park is deeply honored by this award and the recognition it brings for those we serve. Our community, a not-for-profit, faith-based senior living organization, offers An Exceptional Way of Life to more than 500 residents on the shore of Lake Berry, with a new campus under construction in Orlando’s Baldwin Park neighborhood. Since 1965, we’ve been Winter Park’s best choice for active senior living.

Westminster Oaks Resident Gen. Larry Snowden Named Tallahassee Democrat Person of the Year for 2016

January 25, 2017

Westminster Oaks and Westminster Communities of Florida congratulate General Larry Snowden on being named the Tallahassee Democrat's 2016 Person of the Year. Snowden, a resident at Westminster Oaks, fought at Iwo Jima in World War II and was awarded with Navy and Marine Corps public service medals by the Marine Corps's highest-ranking officer, Commandant Robert Neller.

Gen. Snowden is responsible for organizing "Reunion of Honor" trips with American and Japanese veterans, allowing the soldiers to return to the historic Iwo Jima battlefields in peace. He served as chief of staff of U.S. forces in Japan and chief of staff at Marine Corps headquarters in Washington. In 1979, he retired as a three-star general after 37 years of active service, after holding assignments in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

At 95 years of age, Gen. Snowden stills holds a deep passion for service to his country.

Read more in the Tallahassee Democrat.

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