103-year-old woman and WINK News superfan celebrate birthday

Author

Discovery Corporate

Posted on

Sep 18, 2023

Book/Edition

Florida - Southwest

Share This

After a woman beat breast cancer at 90 years old, a devoted WINK News fan celebrated a special milestone on Thursday.

Elsie Lutz turned 103 years old. Lutz’s friends and staff at Discovery Commons celebrated the joyous celebration with a concert, balloons, and a glittered cake.

“I hope I’m appreciating everything everybody’s doing cuz they’re doing a lot. I never expected this. So it’s really something,” said Lutz.

And Lutz’s day wouldn’t be complete without getting her daily dose of WINK News.

“When you guys developed, she followed actually was diehard fan with Lois Thome,” Lutz said. “But yeah, she has been following you guys for as long as I know.”

After all, Lutz isn’t a stranger to the news business. She told WINK News she used to work for a newspaper company.

“She was so over the moon excited. And one bucket list item was for Elsie just to have her you know, moment of fame with her favorite team, which is WINK News,” said Jamie Johnston, the community’s senior living advisor.

Lutz isn’t just any 103-year-old woman, she’s a mother, grandmother and cancer survivor. After all her experience, Lutz explained that she doesn’t have a secret for beating the odds.

“I have no secret for that, because I just pray,” said Lutz.

“Senior Living is about living at your best. It’s not your last chapter. It’s your next and let’s make the best out of it. So celebrate every milestone big or small,” said Johnston.

And do so with balloons and cake.

Other Articles You May Like

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an Assisted Living Community

Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an Assisted Living CommunitySearching for the best assisted living residence is tough, especially when your parents and loved ones are making the change. Fortunately, there are ways to help them learn how to find and choose an assisted living facility. Most of these come down to the following three steps:Determining what they needFinding locations that match their needs and signing up for toursUtilizing multiple resources to find the right locationWell help you focus on finding the right residence to keep your loved one safe, happy, and secure as soon as possible with as little worry as possible. There are a few common mistakes people make when considering an assisted living community.1. Making the decision based on superficial reasonsAssisted living is about more than a pretty building. Often, adult children choose living establishments they think their parents would enjoy without adequately thinking about their health and wellness needs.If your mom or dad is unable make the decision, very carefully weigh all the options available before making it. Most of the time, transportation, safety, and comradery with similarly aged adults are exactly what your parent wants. 2. Being unrealistic about health and memory needsIf your mom or dad has dementia, think about what they need now, rather than what they used to enjoy. Memory issues cause adults to become reclusive, scared, and confused. Aging causes stressors and other worries. Choose a residence that can best protect them, rather than one that is overly fancy.Many residents come to us because they chose places that didnt offer the quality of care or level of services that they need. We always recommend adult children seriously consider their parents health needs and ask doctors about the support seniors need as they age.3. Going it alone in the searchIts usually prudent to get several opinions regarding the best assisted living options. Theres a good chance other family or friends have gone through the same process. You might also consult qualified senior living advisors. Legend Senior Living provides advisors to help navigate the process every time we show people our community. Our senior living advisors are generally very helpful when it comes to the process of choosing the right home, even if Legend may not be the right fit for your particular needs.4. Not knowing what to look forStart your search online, but make sure to talk to people. When doing your research online, make sure the residence offers the following resources:Nutritious prepared mealsCompanion services that provide company, personal assistance, and supportLife enrichment activities to indulge, learn, and growWellness and other activities to keep seniors engaged and activeBut go to the source, too. Make sure to make time to visit the residences youre considering. On your visits, we suggest you talk to the people to see exactly how it operates. Speak privately with staff and residents to get their opinions about the level of care and their overall satisfaction. Cheerful residents are always a good sign to look for in an assisted living home.5.  Choosing the first residence you findYoull find that every residence is unique. We recommend visiting at least three homes before you make a decision. This allows you to compare, do your due diligence, and get a clearer picture of standards and options available. Take note of residence standards, their cultures, and how they treat people. Most of all, consider your peace of mind and the safety of your loved ones.Legend Senior Living Is here to answer your questions and give you a tourGenerally speaking, most questions about assisted living focus on how many members are on staff, how the staff handles maintenance, and activity schedules. Security for aging adults with memory needs is something to consider as well.At Legend Senior Living, we understand whats important to you family, friends, good care, and compassion. We understand the need to live your life and your standards for independence, dignity, and the right to personal choice. 

Avow Care Services Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Test Medicare Dementia Care Model

Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model Aims to Increase Care Coordination, Support for CaregiversNAPLES, FL (July 10, 2024) Today, Avow Care Services announced they have been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a new Medicare alternative payment model designed to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Under CMS Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, Avow will be one of almost 400 participants building Dementia Care Programs (DCPs) across the country, working to increase care coordination and improve access to services and supports, including respite care, for people living with dementia and their caregivers.CMS is excited to partner with Avow under the GUIDE Model, said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. GUIDE is a new approach to how Medicare will pay for the care of people living with dementia. The GUIDE participants are envisioning new ways to support not only people living with dementia, but also to reduce strain on the people who care for them, so that more Americans can remain in their homes and communities, rather than in institutions.Launched on July 1, 2024, the GUIDE Model will test a new payment approach for key supportive services furnished to people living with dementia, including: comprehensive, person-centered assessments and care plans; care coordination; 24/7 access to an interdisciplinary care team member or help line; and certain respite services to support caregivers. People with dementia and their caregivers will have the assistance and support of a Care Navigator to help them access clinical and non-clinical services such as meals and transportation through community-based organizations."Our acceptance into the GUIDE Model emphasizes Avow's commitment to excellence in dementia care and our dedication to the communities we serve," said Jaysen Roa, President and CEO of Avow, Inc. "We are eager to implement this model, which aligns with our mission to offer support not only to our patients but also to their caregivers, enhancing both their well-being and quality of life."Avow participation in the GUIDE Model will help people living with dementia and their caregivers have access to education and support, such as training programs on best practices for caring for a loved one living with dementia. The GUIDE Model also provides respite services for certain people, enabling caregivers to take temporary breaks from their caregiving responsibilities. Respite is being tested under the GUIDE Model to assess its effect on helping caregivers continue to care for their loved ones at home, preventing or delaying the need for facility care.GUIDE Participants represent a wide range of health care providers, including large academic medical centers, small group practices, community-based organizations, health systems, hospice agencies, and other practices.This model delivers on a promise in the Biden Administrations Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers and aligns with the National Plan to Address Alzheimers DiseaseAbout Avow: Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County's original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avows nonprofit companies provide palliative care for adults and children facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit our website.  

10 Easy Office Habits for a Healthier You

Staying fit while at work can be a pain, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the workplace is not only doable; it can be easy, with just a few simple adjustments. Here are ten crazy easy ways to boost your health while working in the office. Here are ten incredibly simple ways to improve your health while working in the office.1. Keep HydratedStaying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to maintain good health. Keep a bottle of water on your desk and get into the habit of drinking it during the day. Proper hydration can boost concentration, fight fatigue, and keep your body performing at its best.2. Take Regular BreaksSitting for a long time can cause health issues, such as back pain and poor blood circulation. You can set up a timer to remind yourself to stand up and stretch your body once an hour; you can stand up and stretch or just walk around the office. Such mini-breaks help in releasing stiffness and will also enhance your energy quotient. 3. Standing MeetingStanding meetings break up sitting time for the day. It's not only more energetic and fast-paced but it also allows for improved posture and blood flow. As much as possible, incorporate standing or walking meetings within your workplace. 4. Choose Healthier SnacksDitch sugary snacks for healthier ones. Grab a handful of nuts, fruits, and veggies to stash at your desk. This healthful trio gives you a jolt that will sustain you, rather than crashing like sugary treats, to keep you go-go-going from dawn to dusk.5. Good PostureGood posture is quite invaluable in preventing backache and neck pain. Ensure that the workstation is ergonomically set: your computer monitor is at eye level, the chair supports your lower back, and your feet are flat on the floor. You can use a lumbar support cushion if needed.6. Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant WipesOffices can be an ideal place for viruses. Keep some hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes near you at your desk. Clean your keyboard, mouse, and even the phone regularly to minimize the chance of sickness.7. Adjust Your Screen SettingsProper screen settings can reduce eye strain significantly. Ensure your monitor is at eye level to avoid neck strain and adjust the brightness and contrast to a comfortable level. Use an anti-glare screen if necessary, and ensure your screen's text size is large enough to read without squinting. These adjustments can help protect your vision and reduce discomfort.8. Try Desk ExercisesYou don't have to go to a gym to stay active. Some simple desk exercises at your desk, such as leg raises while sitting, shrugging of shoulders, and chair squats, will keep your muscles active. You can do them inconspicuously, and they are quite instrumental in helping you maintain your physical health.9. Stress ManagementChronic stress may have serious medical effects. Find ways to help you deal with stress in the office: breathing exercises, meditation, or just a few minutes to relax and clear your mind. Stress management is key to having a healthy mind and body.10. Stay Socially EngagedSocial interaction can have enormous effects on your overall well-being. Take a little time out to just be social with your fellow colleagues, attend office functions, and grow a network of positive people around you. Positive social interactions will help in reducing stress, boosting morale, and enjoying the work more.