Airborne Pathogens Be Gone! New Purifying System Helps Protect Residents

Airborne Pathogens Be Gone! New Purifying System Helps Protect Residents

Most of us know the importance of taking steps to ensure we stay healthy and protect ourselves against infections and illness. We scrub surfaces, we scrub our bodies and we scrub our hands. But what about scrubbing the air? Novaerus, an air purification technology that’s been implemented at Grace Ridge Retirement Community and throughout Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, is doing just that.  “This unique technology quietly scrubs away harmful pathogens in the air. It helps us ensure our residents and staff members are protected from infections and illnesses that are caused by airborne viruses, bacteria, allergens and mold,” said Executive Director Brenda Yost. Yost noted that because Novaerus doesn’t produce harmful byproducts, it’s safe to use around vulnerable populations, such as older adults. “We have two portable units set up in our main lobby. It’s a great location because it’s a high-traffic area and can make the most impact for our residents and guests.” Healthy Air Benefits Benefits of the healthy air system are numerous and include protection against viruses like the common cold, norovirus and the flu; reducing bacteria to prevent infections; removing odors; destroying dangerous C-Diff spores that can cause illness; and eliminating pollen, mold and other forms of irritating allergens. The company’s website notes the technology has an “extremely high kill rate” and has been independently tested and proven to be effective. Yost noted that Grace Ridge will add additional Novaerus systems, as needed, and interested residents can rent or purchase a portable unit for their apartment or villa. Allergies & Asthma in Older Adults Grace Ridge’s investment in healthy air technology comes at an...
Healthy Aging at Grace Ridge

Healthy Aging at Grace Ridge

What does healthy aging mean to you? At Grace Ridge, healthy aging takes many forms, including physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and vocational. As part of our Good Moods program, we focus on a variety of activities that help our residents thrive. Here are some of the latest ways we’re promoting healthy aging at Grace Ridge. Senior Wellness Fair On Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon, Grace Ridge hosts our senior wellness fair — known as Live Longer, Grow Stronger — for the third year. The event will feature a number of attractions, including presentations on maintaining your wellness along with screenings and assessments for glucose, blood pressure, hearing, cholesterol, balance and fitness, and cognitive testing. Presentations focus on timely topics like identity theft and scams, healthy lifestyle choices, allergies and asthma, essential oils and macular degeneration. In addition, you can enjoy a chair massage and get your flu shot, offered through Maxim Health Systems. To get your flu shot, you’ll need your medical insurance card or Medicare Part B card. The fair is free and open to individuals over age 60. If you’d like to attend, please register by Oct. 2. For more information, call (828) 580-8402. Yoga Awareness Month September is Yoga Awareness Month — an annual event intended to raise consciousness among the public about the many health benefits of yoga. At Grace Ridge, residents can participate in our yoga class as they learn to bring their mind, body and spirit into harmony. Our class meets Friday mornings with our certified instructor from Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s Phifer Wellness Center. A growing body of research...

Senior Wellness Fair celebrates healthy aging, living longer and growing stronger

Not only does September signal the beginning of the fall season, it’s also a time to focus on healthy aging. If you want to find a one-stop shop for all your health, happiness and wellness needs, there’s no need to look further than the Live Longer, Grow Stronger Senior Wellness Fair at Grace Ridge. As a continued celebration of Healthy Aging Month, we’re hosting the second annual Good Moods event on Friday, Oct. 7, as a chance for seniors to explore techniques, strategies and tips for aging well. “By bringing together our community’s happiness, health and wellness specialists, Grace Ridge is celebrating seniors and helping them build healthier habits to thrive and stay active,” said Brenda Yost, executive director. Here’s a sampling of our Senior Wellness Fair offerings: Complimentary health screenings, including cholesterol, respiratory, hearing, blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes. Be sure to pre-register by Oct. 5. Flu shots in our rooftop solarium with magnificent mountain views. Don’t forget to bring your Medicare Part B card, medical insurance card or other form of payment. Presentation on the unique needs of older adults and a chance to meet Dr. Golnush Sharafsaleh, MD, MS, a specially trained geriatrician with Carolinas HealthCare Systems – Blue Ridge. Medication education booth, where you can learn about medication-medication and medication-food interactions. Demonstration highlighting Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (Sept. 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day). Nutritional information and recipes from the culinary team. Tasty samples and a presentation on the benefits of dark chocolate. Balance and senior fitness testing by Phifer Wellness Center staff. Soothing sounds and relaxing chair massages in our state-of-the-art theatre. The...

Grace Ridge residents blaze a trail for Older Americans Month

The contributions that older adults make are varied, influential and inspirational. Seniors are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities and leaving their positive mark on the lives of people of all ages. As Grace Ridge celebrates Older Americans Month and its “Blaze a Trail” theme, we highlight a few of our residents who are blazing their own trail and leading and inspiring others. Sharon Everhart A self-proclaimed “gypsy at heart,” Sharon Everhart lived on a boat for a decade and spent another 8 years traveling in an RV. We’re glad she chose Grace Ridge not only as her new home, but one where she can put her business acumen and volunteer experience to good use. While serving on the Grace Ridge Residents Association, she worked on an 18-month strategic plan project where she helped identify ways to make communications and technology easier for residents. Now serving a two-year stint as board president, Sharon recently assisted with a weeklong onsite survey by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Sharon’s trailblazing also takes the physical form and she makes it a point to exercise on a daily basis. A fan of yoga, she loves the Good Moods at Grace Ridge focus on total well-being – mind, body and mood. “There are so many activities going on around here, it’s hard to keep track of them all,” she said. “It’s really inspiring – many of the other residents are older than I am, but you’d never be able to tell when talking to or looking at them.” Byrd Cornwell Byrd Cornwell has many talents and loves...

Good Eats: What’s cooking in the Grace Ridge kitchen for National Nutrition Month

Grace Ridge Executive Chef Jeremiah Brown and his culinary team are dedicated to smashing misconceptions about bland retirement community food: one roasted shallot and mushroom flan, sake and ginger glazed salmon, and mango sorbet with green tea whipped cream at a time. Tasty, creative and visually appealing cuisine is a big slice of the Good Moods at Grace Ridge pie, which means there’s no plopping a scoop of cold mashed potatoes on a plate or serving mass-produced and perfectly shaped loaves of chicken cordon bleu. “Even before you eat it you can tell when something is premade or comes from a box or can. People are more demanding these days and want to know what’s going in their food and how it’s made,” Brown said. “We’re always adapting recipes and figuring out how we can make them better, more flavorful and healthier by making as much as we can in-house.” For National Nutrition Month, the culinary team will embrace the “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” theme by featuring new recipes focused on fruit, veggies, whole grains, herbs and spices. Also planned is a Chef’s Table to highlight featured ingredients and test residents’ ability to identify different greens, grains, legumes and herbs. Additionally, Grace Ridge is partnering with Western Piedmont Community College to build an herb garden in the spring. “It’s about getting people to think about what they’re eating and giving more thought to where their food comes from and what it does for them. That’s what we’re here for – to help them make those changes,” Brown said. While the culinary team won’t be converting mac and...

Live Longer, Grow Stronger and Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Ask any senior for advice on how to age well and you’ll likely hear some standard answers: eat healthy, stay active and get enough sleep. Unless, of course, you ask 110-year-old Ruby Clodfelter, in which case you’ll hear, “Eat junk food!” But what about some other lesser-known tips for living longer, say, eating chocolate, petting a dog and clearing your mind through relaxation exercises? In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, Grace Ridge is hosting the Live Longer, Grow Stronger Senior Wellness Fair on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 8-11 a.m. We’re bringing together happiness, health and wellness specialists to highlight a variety of techniques and strategies for aging well – from routine health screenings to a presentation on the benefits of eating chocolate. Residents and members of the community can take advantage of several free health screenings – cholesterol, hearing, bone density, blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory – as well as balance assessments, fitness testing and emWave HeartMath testing. Have questions about your medications? Head over to the medication education booth to learn about medication-medication and medication-food interactions. But here at Grace Ridge, our wellness events don’t just focus on revitalizing the mind and body; we’re also all about promoting Good Moods! Be sure to visit the refreshment station, where you can grab a smoothie, hear some nutritional tips, learn how to grow your own herb garden and pick up a few healthy recipes. Wind down with a mind clearing relaxation class, make your way to a massage chair or perfect your downward facing dog with a yoga demonstration. And speaking of dogs, be sure to say hello to the...