Maple Knoll Village


MAPLE KNOLL MEALS ON WHEELS MORE THAN JUST A MEAL
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Volunteers and local Mayors make their plan to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

March is national March for Meals Month to raise awareness of Meals on Wheels programs.  These programs provide nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks, so that seniors can continue to live independently in their homes.  I am privileged to be a Volunteer with Maple Knoll’s Meals on Wheels program and have witnessed firsthand the joy of connection between volunteers and those served.  Such visits not only relieve the anxiety of meal deprivation; in many cases these regular visits are the sole human contact that relieves the isolation of those who are homebound and alone.  Unfortunately, there are many in our community that are in need of our services – services supported in some measure by their tax dollars in better times – but they may be unaware of their eligibility for such services.  I therefore want to take this opportunity during national March for Meals Month to urge anyone, who does not have everyday access to nutritious meals, because of age, disability, or lack of transportation, to contact Maple Knoll’s Meals on Wheels Manager Helen Dodd at 513-686-1003 or hdodd@mkcommunities.org.

 

About Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors:
Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors is a focal point in the community for services designed for older adults with our mission to provide a stimulating community experience by providing care and support to those we serve throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Our outreach services support homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs, Transportation services, health and wellness education, connections and much more. Not only do we assist seniors in everyday life, we also set a background for new friendships to begin and existing ones to flourish.

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February Heart Health
February 7, 2018, 10:39 pm
Filed under: active aging, caregivers, healthcare, healthy heart, heart disease, Resources, wellness

February is not only the month for Valentine’s- it’s also American Heart Month! Many of us, here at Maple Knoll Village, take care of residents with cardiac issues every day. Perhaps we have cardiac issues of our own.

But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women?! The CDC lists the following statistics on its website:

  • Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
  • 600,000 people die from heart disease each year.

Cardiovascular disease costs the United States $312.6 billion each year including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity in the work place. The good news is this: heart disease is not only controllable but also preventable!

What can you do to improve your heart health?

  1. Watch your portion sizes. Example- a serving of pasta should be the size of a deck of cards.
  2. Select whole grains like whole wheat bread; brown rice, high fiber cereal or Oatmeal.
  3. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol using skim milk; olive oil, canola oil; and by limiting saturated and trans fats in diet.
  4. Choose low fat protein sources: lean meats, poultry; egg whites or egg substitutes are good!
  5. Plan ahead- you will do much better with your overall diet if you plan meals out ahead of time versus making decisions at the last minute.

Following these tips is one step towards a healthier heart!



Maple Knoll Village Opens Newly Renovated Health Care Center

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, opened a newly renovated Health Care Center to better serve older adults in the community.

The Maple Knoll Village Health Center, which provides health care services to residents, has been in operation since 1977. It was created to provide onsite medical services to our residents as well as allow access to health care specialists. While Maple Knoll Communities has undergone vast transformation in its long history, the commitment to provide state-of-the-art care through their services and caring staff has remained constant. They began to see that there was a real need to update the clinic from its original 1970s plans to a newly renovated area that could better serve more than 700 residents living at Maple Knoll Village.

Maple Knoll residents were in need of a more professional and comfortable waiting area as well as larger examination rooms with modern equipment and accessible furniture. Physicians were in dire need of increased working space and more functional training space for the University of Cincinnati students and fellows. Overall, Maple Knoll residents needed to have enhanced access to the University of Cincinnati health services and staff in the clinical area.

Renovations allowed for them to expand exam rooms and integrate electronic charting area, accessible exam tables, a hospitality station, creating handicap accessible restrooms, new training and conference spaces and more. The renovation also includes new aesthetic features throughout.

One thing that has remained consistent over the years is the existence of top notch physicians and caregivers on the campus. The University of Cincinnati Physicians have been present at Maple Knoll for more than 30 years serving residents in numerous capacities. This team was led by Dr. Gregg Warshaw, an internationally recognized physician of gerontology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as one of the best 300 physicians in Cincinnati, Warshaw was an important partner of the Maple Knoll family from 1985 until his retirement in 2014. Through the Geriatric Fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati, his team of professionals is on site five days a week to ensure the best quality of care for our residents.

The naming of The Gregg Warshaw, M.D. Health Center is a fitting tribute to a man who has played such an important part in the history of gerontology for the past 30 years. He is a tremendous example of giving back to the community with unparalleled levels of care and dedication.
More than 140 attendees were in attendance to help mark an exciting new era of health care for the facility and celebrate the generosity of those that made the renovation possible.
For more information on Maple Knoll Village, call 513.782.2423 or visit http://www.mapleknoll.org.



Annual Golf Outing invites community to take a swing in support of WMKV Radio Station

Awesome variety of Silent Auction Baskets at the WMKV Golf Outing!

Plans are underway for the 21st annual golf tournament benefiting WMKV 89.3 and 89.9 FM, a radio station located on the campus of Maple Knoll Village. The tournament is set to take place on Monday August 21st, 2017 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

WMKV, the flagship station of Maple Knoll Communities, is a member-supported, educational, public radio broadcasting music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and talk programming dealing with seniors, aging, and health. The station is accessed online and through the two radio signals at 89.3FM and 89.9FM (WLHS). They broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can now improve the lives of seniors and families around the world via internet streaming and smart phone apps.

WMKV serves as a companion to older adults and throughout the year strives to continue their mission of being a source of information for active seniors and families and a cultural lifeline to those who may not be ambulatory. Funds raised from the event help guarantee that programming will remain a constant presence in the lives of over 35,000 listeners.

“This annual event is a major fundraiser for WMKV,” shared WMKV Manager, George Zahn. “We are always thankful for the support we receive from our sponsors and players, who turn out year-after-year to enjoy a great day on the greens in support of our programing.”

The day begins with lunch at noon and a shotgun scramble at 1 p.m. The registration fee of $185 includes the greens fee for 18 holes of golf on the beautiful Maketewah Country Club course, a cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction.

Corporate, individual, and team sponsorship opportunities are available. There are various levels of sponsorship available ranging from $7,500 to $1,500. Supporters will be acknowledged in the day of program, on day of t-shirts, on Maple Knoll Communities websites, in appropriate media correspondence, announced during the event and listed as a contributor at registration tables. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Registration can be completed by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629.



Maple Knoll Village Hosts Unique Forum

This past Saturday, Maple Knoll Village hosted the Alzheimer’s Association African-American Caregiver Forum! The event featured an expert panel discussion addressing caregiving issues and provided helpful resources that are available to alleviate the stress on a caregiver. The 140 individuals in attendance had an interactive conversation about caregiving and shared their own very helpful tips with one another.  Did you know,  in 2016, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a contribution to the nation valued at $230.1 billion!



Happy Holidays from the Wellness Center!

We would like to encourage you to keep up your fitness endeavors during the holidays. You might have heard rumors that people gain 5-7 pounds over the holidays. Well, the truth of the matter that is much better: it ends up being only 1 pound on average, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the problem with that is that most people do not lose that 1 pound. Therefore, after 10 years of this consistent behavior going unchecked, you are starting to see a problem trend. So while we don’t recommend you stress out trying to lose weight over the holidays, we do hope you set a goal to not gain!

How to do that? Here are some helpful tips:

Try not to treat Thanksgiving and Christmas as a free for all. They happen every year. If you miss something this year, pick it up next year.

Fill up your plate once, concentrate on protein and clean vegetables (sweet potato casserole is a dessert, not a vegetable)

If you host Thanksgiving, make sure there are healthy options, like a green leafy salad, baked or roasted vegetables, like asparagus, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts or broccoli.

Choose one small piece of dessert of choice – no need to sample 5 types of pie. If you can get by with just a small bite or two, even better.

Drink lots of water, before during and after dinner.

Avoid high calorie drinks like wine, beer and soda.

You can eat to feel satisfied, not to feel stuffed. But if all that flies out the window, just get back on track the next day. And maybe get in an extra walk or two. And be sure to visit us in the Wellness Center, even if you only have 15 minutes.



Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most.

Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.

We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.

With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, which consists of more than 5,000 local programs in virtually every community in America, relies on an army of two million volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.

What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Cincinnati by volunteering with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work. We have opportunities for volunteers to help by driving a meal to a deserving member of the community. Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors delivers meals on 20 routes a day so drivers are always welcome to join our mission of providing meals to the elderly in our area.

Sign up to volunteer with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Feel free to visit our website or Facebook page as well as contact Joshua Howard with Maple Knoll Communities at 513-984-1234 with any questions or concerns.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.