Falling Is Not a Normal Part of Aging.  Take These Smart Steps for Preventing Falls.

September 22, the first day of fall, is appropriately deemed national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and is dedicated to raising awareness of falls and how to prevent them. As a leading provider of senior housing, Front Porch treats the risk of falling as a  very serious public health issue. No one thinks they are going to fall, but it happens. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. If you slip, trip or fall, it could change your life. You could break a bone, take a trip t…

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England Oaks Resident Becky Robertson Knows no Artistic Bounds

When it comes to creating art, England Oaks resident Becky Robertson knows no bounds - watercolor, acrylic, encaustic (also known as hot wax painting), alcohol ink, paper making and even antique furniture restoration are among her creative passions. "I like doing it all," exclaimed the retired elementary and middle school teacher and principal. "Any time someone gives me the opportunity to create something or learn something new, I say yes!" Becky is a self-taught artist, although she…

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Enjoy the Benefits of Active Senior Living

Searching for a retirement community can be daunting when faced with a plethora of industry specific terms. One such term that shows up often when researching communities is "active senior living." Like life plan communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities or CCRCs), active senior living communities typically have age restrictions and provide both interior and exterior home maintenance services. Unlike many life plan communities, there is no "buy-in" fee and residents o…

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England Oaks Resident Marge Harrington Quilts Threads of Hope for Service Members

From participating in potluck suppers to taking a turn hosting the monthly coffee chat to her regular swims in the community pool, England Oaks resident Marge Harrington describes her life as full of joy. But Marge's favorite activity is one that gives back to military service members and war veterans. "I have been a member of Quilts of Valor for about five years," Marge said. "It's what I love!" Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization that awards quality quilts (machine…

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Demystifying Resident Contracts

For people who are considering moving to a community, many of the benefits are obvious: a beautiful location, friendly neighbors, great amenities, and supportive staff. But moving to a senior community is a big decision, and one that can raise many questions - especially when it comes to signing a contract or resident agreement. The resident agreement may seem imposing at first, but it also holds the answers to many questions prospective residents may have, such as: What's included and n…

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Arlen & Blondell Jowers Make England Oaks a Home Base for Adventure

After living near Pineville, Louisiana for most of their lives, college sweethearts Arlen and Blondell Jowers built a full life for themselves--raising kids, teaching 1st grade for Blondell, Arlen's work as a civil servant, and collecting and restoring antiques. When retirement rolled around, it was time for some new adventures. They bought an RV and for the next 15 years they explored the U.S. enjoying favorite spots like Mountain View, Arkansas where they became RV park hosts for a sea…

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Margaret Koehler Enjoys Healthy Lifestyle and Helps Others Do the Same at England Oaks

As a retired nurse, England Oaks resident Margaret Koehler had dedicated her life to the wellbeing of others, but after a series of personal medical scares she realized it was time to prioritize her own health. At the advice of her physician, she joined a gym and began putting her own physical fitness front and center. However, it wasn't long before Margaret turned her own therapeutic experiences into something that would benefit others. After 32 years of working as a nurse, she retired …

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Resident Pattie Milligan Welcomes Friends to the Garden and the Kitchen

If you are looking for England Oaks resident Pattie Milligan, you need only follow your nose to her backyard, a vibrant garden oasis, alive and vivid with colors and fragrances, making a visit a treat for the senses. "I just ordered five more rose bushes!" she said smiling. While her green thumb alone would give anyone garden envy, Pattie's talents extend from the garden to the kitchen, where her reputation for preparing delicious, home-cooked meals, together with her generous hospita…

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Meet England Oaks Residents Ward and Linda Crowe

It was in 1995 when Ward walked into the insurance company where Linda worked, on the pretense of buying a policy to cover his truck. But there was something about Ward's flirtatious manner that made Linda question his motivations. "It was obvious that he was not there to buy insurance," she said with a smile. Ward left without a policy, but managed to finagle something even better – Linda's phone number. Two years later they were married. Around 2007, the couple moved to Englan…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Advisory Board Member Linda Yeager!

One of the first people you'll meet when you move to England Oaks Adult Living Community is Resident Advisory Board member Linda Yeager. Armed with a welcome basket full of goodies and a warm smile, the former beautician and barber is a 16 year resident of England Oaks. Drawn to the lifestyle and the beautiful grounds, Linda was just under the age requirement for the 55+ community when she first moved in. "My husband was 55, so I got in on his coattails!" she laughs. Linda quic…

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