January / 7 / 2019
Dear Forest Hills Family and Friends,

Happy new year! I hope that your holiday season was complete with good food and most importantly good company, as it was here at Forest Hills.

I want to share my deepest gratitude to our generous families and friends at Forest Hills and Forest Side. The employee Christmas party was a terrific success as a result of your donations to the Employee Christmas Fund. Beautiful gifts, prizes and a wonderful meal were available to the staff. Thank you for embodying the true spirit of giving that is the "Reason for the Season."

Read on in this newsletter to catch up on the latest news from around campus. Of note, we are excited to announce that we are introducing a new optometry program that will replace our previous ophthalmology service. Learn more about this new service in the article below.

I want to say a big thank you and farewell to two dedicated staff members: Elena Toribio and Nancy Morgan. Elena has been our beautician for 15+ years; her last day was on December 27th and though we are sad to see her go, we wish her many blessings in her future. Nancy has been our concierge for 5 years and though her last day will be on January 19th, she will remain actively engaged with FHDC and will be on call-to fill in for the concierge desk as needed. Thank you both for your service to our community!

And of course, thank you, as always, to all of the family & friends we get to see visiting us at Forest Hills. 

Hope to see you around!

Warmest regards,   
Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director and Administrator 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care
In This Issue
SAVE THE DATE: May 7, 2019
130th Anniversary Celebration
at Forest Hills of DC
Stay tuned for more information
From the Kitchen Corner

A study from the Netherlands recently appeared in Neurology, the medical journal published by the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, dairy and fish, and low in sugary beverages was associated with delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 

The researchers discovered that persons consuming these healthier diets had more total brain volume, which is important in protecting cognitive health.
"Americanism 101" by Joey Mánlapaz
Spotlight on Local Artist
Joey Mánlapaz

Every month, our residents look forward to art workshops and lectures with Joey Mánlapaz. This month we got an inside look into her life, after an article was published entitled "COMING TO AMERICA: An artist explores the impact of her family's immigration to the U.S."

In the article, Joey details: "As an artist, I began to explore the impact of my family's immigration to the U.S. and living in my adopted city of Washington, DC. In lockstep with the demolition crew, I quickly painted my old hangouts and the fading, boarded-up two-story 19th century buildings that once stood with pride and dignity. I painted these like pages of my diary."

We are so pleased to have Joey Mánlapaz as one of our regular Life Enrichment offerings at Forest Hills.
New Optometry Service
Dr. Keith Versteegden

Starting in February, we are introducing a new Optometry program that will replace our previous Ophthalmology service. Dr. Keith Versteegden, OD will provide 'bedside' Optometry services including eyeglasses, eye and ocular health exams, diabetic checks and glaucoma management. Dr. Versteegden will be available at both our Forest Hills and Forest Side locations.

Dr. Versteegden's organization, OneVision, will bill Medicare Part B, DC Medicaid and other private health insurances. He has also committed to see residents whose insurance does not cover his services.

One requirement for receiving Optometry services is that residents must have a prescription for treatment from their primary care physician. We will also need your approval to receive eye care services through Dr. Versteegden's practice.

Please let us know by Friday, January 11 if you wish to take advantage of this new service. Of course, we will also honor any future preference you may have. 

To let us know your intentions or to ask questions, please contact: 

FHDC Health Care residents: Donna Peang-Meth, ext. 3413, dpeangmeth@foresthillsdc.life 

Forest Hills Assisted Living residents: Karen Fryer, ext. 3337, kfryer@foresthillsdc.life

Forest Side residents: Marianna Blagburn, 202-696-1910, mblagburn@foresthillsdc.life

We will continue to work hard to enhance the quality of the lives of our residents, and are excited to extend the services of this health care provider to you. We are confident that you will be pleased with this new service.
January Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance

Highlights from the upcoming month

Mon., January 7 10:30am - Current Events with Lenore (LIB)
Wed., January 9th 11:30am - Lunch Outing with Claudia
Thu., January 10th 10:30am - Roy Justice Holiday Program (LNG)
Sun., January 13th 3:00pm - Music Celebration with Therese Ellsworth (LNG)
Tue., January 15th 10:30am - Armchair Travels, Reminiscing & Discussion: The Civil Rights Movement with Claudia (LIB)
Fri., January 18th 3:00pm - Happy Hour with Chyp and Andi (LNG)
Mon., January 21st 10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Mánlapaz (LIB)
Wed., January 23rd 2:00pm - Poetic Expression with Steven (LIB)
Thu., January 24th 10:30am - Neil Diamond Tribute with Vince Borrelli (LNG)
Mon., January 28th 10:30am - Art Workshop with Joey Mánlapaz (AH)
Wed., January 30th 10:30am - Editorials & Discussion with Lenore (LIB)
Fri., January 31st 11:15am - Catholic Communion (AH)
Every Sunday 10:45am - Faith through Music (LNG/LIB)


(CR) Conference Room (AH) Assembly Hall
(DR-1) Day Room, 1st floor (LL) Lower Level
(LIB) Library (LNG) Lounge

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