Meet Mallory Day

Mallory DayNew Administrative Assistant Mallory Day brings with her a rich history of helping others. She joined Fulton Presbyterian Manor on June 1, 2016, and also works at SERVE, Inc., where she’s been since March.

Day has also worked at the Department of Social Services as a Children’s Service Worker, and at The Bluffs in a variety of positions, including Social Services, Receptionist, and Executive Assistant. Perhaps most importantly, she was Chairman of the Fun Committee! In addition, she’s served as a house parent for Rainbow House Emergency Shelter and for Missouri Girls Town.

She Graduated from William Woods University in May 2011, and received a Bachelor’s of Science. She majored in Social Work, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice, and received her Social Services Designee in March 2012.

Resident’s husband builds solutions

A shelf that holds wall calendar plates built by James Reed.

A shelf that holds wall calendar plates built by James Reed.

At just 24 years of age James Reed (husband of resident Evelyn Reed), built his first home. Now at 90 years of age, James has a lot more experience under his carpenter’s belt, and he still has the gift to see things with fresh eyes.

“I’ve been building things ever since I was four years old. I’ve always felt that I’ve had the vision. Maybe I was blessed by the Lord,” said James. “So when I see someone has a problem, I want to help fix it.”

While James has developed a reputation as a very talented builder, he isn’t seeking the spotlight.

“My head is the same size as everyone else’s. I don’t like to brag. The smartest decision I ever made was to marry my wife in 1945.”

Beth Boyd, activity director, is happy to brag on James’ accomplishments though.

A cup holder built by James Reed.

A cup holder built by James Reed.

James started making items for residents when he saw that his wife’s roommate was struggling to reach her water cup. There wasn’t enough room by her bed for a table, so he created a stand to hold her cup and made sure that the height was right for her to reach. He also made a puzzle holder when he and his wife were working on the puzzle with other residents. He saw that some residents had trouble reaching parts of the puzzle and so he went home and made the rotating puzzle holder.

“He even made a custom shelf for my wall calendar plates,” said Beth. “The residents and staff have been very receptive and appreciative of the work he does. He is a very creative gentleman whose life work was building homes, including for my in-laws in the 1960s. He is always thinking of ways to improve things for others. What a truly good Christian man he is.”

4 myths about brain health and how to stay sharp

What your doctor may not know, but you should

By Leslie Kernisan, MD for Next Avenue

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Want to stay mentally sharp for as long as possible?

I certainly do, and I’m guessing you do, too: an AARP survey found that 87 percent of respondents reported being very concerned about this issue.

And in April, a highly influential nonprofit released a new report whose recommendations represent the best available medical knowledge on how our brains change as we age and what we can do about this.

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Growing older has its benefits

6 good reasons to celebrate your age

By Bart Astor for Next Avenue

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“Don’t trust anyone over 30,” Bob Dylan warned us. Then he turned 31 and changed his tune. When Gloria Steinem was asked her age some 41 years ago, the audience gasped at her response. Steinem chided them: “Folks, this is what 40 looks like.”

As children we measured our years in fractions: “I’m three and a half!” rounding it off to four as soon as we could. My father did the same much later on, only in reverse, insisting that he was not almost 96, but 95 and three-quarters. In middle age, we don’t use fractions; we use euphemisms such as “50-plus” or “third age.” And you’re not “old” now until you hit 85.

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Guardianship in the U.S.: Protection or exploitation?

More adults will be at risk of abuse as boomers enter ‘the danger age’

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series on guardianship abuses appearing this week on Next Avenue. Here are Part 2 and Part 3.)

Credit: Tennessee Bar Association Caption: Ginger Franklin of Nashville speaks before the Tennessee Bar Association.

Credit: Tennessee Bar Association Caption: Ginger Franklin of Nashville speaks before the Tennessee Bar Association.

Ginger Franklin was just shy of her 50th birthday when she fell down the stairs of her Nashville-area townhouse in 2008. A marketing representative for Sam’s Club, she was taken to the hospital with a severe brain injury. Doctors weren’t sure if she would survive.

Since Franklin had not designated anyone to make decisions for her if she became incapacitated, and with no immediate family, her aunt was advised to petition the court for a guardian. The guardian, a lawyer appointed by the county, placed her in a group home for seriously mentally ill adults.

But Franklin was not mentally ill. And she did what no one expected her to do: she recovered.

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