Winthrop Senior Living Communities Rome, Ga. and Cedartown, Ga.

We are very proud of our newest addition to the heart of our community …

The Garage.

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This venue was created to host special events, community activities parties at Winthrop Court.

You may have noticed the photos that decorate not only the room, but the grand hallway that leads to it.  These pieces depict scenes from the famous and iconic highway that spans our country from Illinois to California, Route 66.

Here are some facts about that highway that might interest you. U.S. R oute 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles . It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.

US 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. US 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985.  Portions of the road that passed through Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Arizona have been designated a National Scenic Byway of the name “Historic Route 66.” Several states have adopted significant bypassed sections of the former US 66 into state road networks.

Businesses have, over recent years, begun to spring up in what was the string of restaurants, shops and service stations closed after Route 66 was removed from the highway system.  These new shops and restaurants have helped to renew the economy of the areas where they are and also serve to provide the tourists who visit the area with a souvenir of their visit to the road that is known as the Main Street of America, Route 66.

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After much planning and discussion, an award has been created by the Executive team at CWREIC and Administration of Winthrop Court to recognize and honor that staff member who best represents and exhibits the attributes set forth as the mission of Winthrop …The Winthrop Way.

Different titles were put forth to name this award, but Charlie Williams made the final suggestion to call this honor, The Cuppie Webb Memorial Award (The “Cuppie”).

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Cuppie Webb was a long time staff member and Med Tech at Winthrop Court. She was a treasure to those who knew and loved her. Her presence was insurance that calm and happiness would be a major part of your day. She did her job, did it well with compassion and without drama or strife.

She lost a long and hard fought battle with cancer in 2013. Her bravery, dignity and grace during that time was an inspiration to all who were witness to it.

Several names were suggested to recieve this award, but one stood out. That staff member is without a doubt the perfect choice to receive the very first “Cuppie”.  That individual is … Reecie Edmonsen Jackson.

Reecie and her husband Rodney are devoted parents to four children and six grandchildren. They love to spend their spare time traveling and with their family. is much loved by residents and her fellow staff members. Her quiet and sweet nature makes her the ideal caregiver.

Reecie holds the distinction of being the care giver with the longest length of service to Winthrop. She has been with the community for 19 years

 

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Winthrop Court is extremely proud of our very own Ms. Winthrop Court 2015, Martha Taliaferro, who was named as First Runner Up in the 2015 Ms. Senior  Coosa Valley Fair Pageant held October 8th.

Martha charmed the audience with a delightful comedy routine.

The Winthrop Communities have a history of beautiful ladies as contestants in this annual completion.

They are proof the statement borrowed from the article published in the October 9th edition of the Rome News Tribune … “beauty and grace only gets better with age.”

 

Take time to care for yourself when caring for a parent who has alzheimer's or dementiaCaring for an elderly parent or loved one with Dementia can be a heavy load. It is a uniquely challenging role, and one that is quite overwhelming at times.

Every day presents new situations and difficulties as new behaviors present and levels of ability regress. Throughout all of the day-to-day activities and juggling of responsibilities, it is easy to forget the importance of caring for yourself. You get so busy focusing on the needs of others, there is little time left to take for yourself. This leaves you feeling tired, alone, and isolated. Research shows that carrying the load as a caregiver can increase the risk for depression and illness, especially when there isn’t a support system or self-care plan in place.

Dealing with trying behaviors from the person you are caring for can be a struggle to cope with. Basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and eating become tougher to manage for both the caregiver and the person suffering with Alzheimer’s, especially as the disease progresses. Developing a plan to help get through the day can make it easier to cope. Each person and situation is different; finding what works and doesn’t work is a game of trial and error.

Remember, you are not alone. There are others in your shoes that you can reach out to, friends, family members, or a local support group. Take a walk, read a good book, soak a little longer in the tub, or enjoy a special treat. Whatever it takes to help lift your spirits and provide respite to recharge and relax. Do your best, don’t be too hard on yourself, maximize your resources, and take time to take care of you.

Click here to read an article that discusses the different techniques some have found helpful for them balancing life as a caregiver.