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How do you spell dynasty? I am beginning to think it’s W-E-S-T-L-A-N-D. On Friday, June 23rd, for the second straight year and fourth time in six years the Stars from the Village of Westland won the Village Victory Cup. When asked what the secret is to their winning ways, they replied it’s “the 2 p’s – practice and participation. We participate in every event with the maximum number of allowable participants and we begin practicing weeks in advance.

In 2001, Gail Heimberg says she had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life. Her 88-year-old mother-a sharp, independent woman who had lived alone in Brooklyn,  New York, for most of the latter part of her life-was quickly growing frail. While she used to walk from her home to the neighborhood bakery with ease, navigating the stairs of her circa-1920 apartment building had become a daily battle. “She couldn’t walk very well,” remembers Heimberg. “And her emphysema had worsened.”

Heimberg knew the discussion she needed to have with her mother, yet like many adult children who were thinking of moving elderly parents, the three words “assisted living facility” seemed foreign, cold, and impossible to utter.

This month we have a special guest columnist, Victoria Macioce-Stumpf. Victoria is a student at Oakland University in their Wellness, Health Promotion, & Injury Prevention program who is interning with PVM.

As a person ages, they may begin to notice gradual changes in their memory, how they process things or even their ability to perform certain tasks. While most changes may be age-related, it is important to determine if there are any signs or symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease.

Lakeshore Sales and Leasing Specialist AnnAnn has been working in the Health Care field for the better part of her life. Growing up in Canada, her parents owned and operated two small group Homes for Seniors’. Naturally, this meant she spent a large majority of her time after school and summer in the senior living environment. After graduating college, Ann continued working at and operating one of the Homes for several years.

Shortly after meeting her husband, they made the move to Texas where she became an Activities Director for a small nursing home. From there, she moved to the corporate office until her husband’s job found them moving to Michigan. After moving to Michigan, Ann and her husband had two children, who are now grown.

As a working mom, Ann found the Merchandising Field appealing due to its flexibility with little children at home. Once her children were grown, she missed working with seniors and the interactions with them. After some regrouping, she found herself back in the Senior Health Care field working in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing.

Today, Ann says she finds herself right where she feels she belongs, Lakeshore Senior Living. She is beyond thrilled to be able to assist seniors in the next and exciting phase of their life. She is thankful for the wonderful opportunity to meet all these amazing people and share this experience with them!

Every year it seems more and more people are making New Year resolutions. Eating healthier. Exercising More. Shopping less. Spending more time with family. Sound familiar? Did you make one? What about doing something to better your health and quality of life? What about saying goodbye to some of the struggles in your life and making the decision to move into a Senior Living Community?

There are many people probably thinking after that question, “Why would I move into a Senior Living Community? I’m still able to take care of myself.”

“Vee Eye See Tee Oh Are Why”* is that your Village’s battle cry? If you’re having a challenge deciphering the battle cry, try reading it again but this time read it out loud. So, is it your Village’s battle cry? Is your Village ready for this year’s Village Victory Cup?

Scheduled for Friday, June 23rd this year’s event is being held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. At 11:00 am sharp, PVM Villages from across Southeast Michigan will gather together at this location to compete for the coveted Village Victory Cup travelling trophy.

Rachel NagorsenAs I approach 30 years old, I have spent 14 of those years working with seniors in the health care industry. Growing up I had a dream to become a lead anchor on the local news. Little did I know at the time that my part-time high school job as a dietary aide would play such a factor in my life.

I graduated from Oakland University with a major in Journalism and minor in Communications. I was lucky enough my senior year to have an internship with WDIV Channel 4’s Investigative Reporting Unit. As graduation came and applying for jobs that would essentially lead to my career started happening, my mind was brought back to jobs I had all throughout my schooling. It wasn’t long before I realized that my passion was not truly in the broadcasting field; it was with the seniors I worked with over the past several years.

After working as a dietary aide for 9 years, I spent some time working at a family owned medical supply company. From there I became part of a national health care company and worked within their skilled nursing facilities’ Admissions Department for 4 years.  I have been blessed to work with seniors in many different aspects and times in their life.

This past December I became part of Lakeshore Senior Living’s team and could not be more thrilled. I am blessed to be able to combine my passion of journalism and communication with my love for seniors. I believe as a “sales person” it is not just my job to sell apartments, but to be a resource for others and make you comfortable with this decision. I’m not selling “apartments”; I am here to offer you a life that will provide you with comfort, joy, and most importantly new friendships. These walls are being built to house a family full of laughter and love and I can’t wait to be a part of it!