OCTOBER NEWS
October / 1 / 2018
Dear Forest Hills Family and Friends,

As we get right into the swing of Fall here at Forest Hills, we're looking forward to the upcoming Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 13th from 8:00-11:00am. Read on in this newsletter for more information on how to participate (registration is free!) and join our Forest Hills & Forest Side team.

Last month we held a fantastic Employee Appreciation Day at both the Forest Hills and Forest Side campuses. These events were held to celebrate the end of summer and acknowledge the incredible efforts of our staff in completing our annual surveys for the entire organization. Much fun was had by all, particularly those receiving our Length of Service Awards -- I'm proud to say that some employees have been with us for as long as 17 years!

In other good news, Donna Peang-Meth is back to work. Though she will be on a limited office schedule, she is available by email at dpeangmeth@foresthillsdc.life. Karen Fryer will continue to serve as Donna's backup, as needed.

Be sure to read on in this newsletter for an important reminder about Medicare Open Enrollment, an article on the exciting television segment about Forest Hills residents, and for a listing of our upcoming life enrichment activities.

Thank you to all of the family & friends we get to see visiting us at Forest Hills. Hope to see you around!

Sending my warm regards,   
 
Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director and Administrator 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care
msavoy@foresthillsdc.life
www.foresthillsdc.life
www.forestsidedc.life 
In This Issue
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

October 15 - December 7, 2018

A quick reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment for the coming year runs from October 15th to December 7th. During this period, you can switch from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another, or you can drop your Medicare Part D coverage altogether.

If you have experienced claim denials and/or would like to learn more about Medicare, please click here for a brief, user-friendly explanation.
Forest Hills Residents on WUSA 9 TV
Judy and Bartley O'Hara on TV

Forest Hills residents Judy and Bartley O'Hara were interviewed by WUSA 9 reporter Gio Insignares. The interview was an intimate discussion of the O'Hara's life together, the value of telling their story and making it available to others. Judy O'Hara has participated in the MemoryWell program, which encourages residents (and/or family members) to tell their life stories and have them carefully written by a professional journalist. Gio Insignares, the WUSA 9 reporter was very impressed with Judy O'Hara's candid and insightful comments concerning the most significant events in her life.

The finished stories are important resources for Forest Hills and Forest Side staff in providing resident centered care and is also a 'permanent' record of the life of a person. It is anticipated that the interview will air on TV later this month. Links to the video tape will be posted on our web sites. WUSA 9 is the DC metro CBS affiliate. The MemoryWell program, https://www.memory-well.com is available to Forest Hills DC and Forest Side Memory Care residents and family members.

Contact Linda Moreno, Director Life Enrichment for further information: lmoreno@foresthillsdc.life
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, October 13th, 8am-11am

We invite you to join the Forest Hills' Team in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00-11:00am on the National Mall at 4th and Madison Drive.

Each year, in over 600 communities across the US, millions of walkers gather in walk-a-thons to focus on the fight against Alzheimer's and raise funds for the care of loved ones, support for caregivers, and ongoing research. There is no fee to register for the walk! You can just sign up as a team member with Forest Hills (includes Forest Side Memory Care). Since there is no fee, we encourage participants to help us fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

Click on our team website to sign up as a member of our walking team and make a donation if you are able to do so: http://act.alz.org/goto/foresthillsofdc

This year, we are also asking our friends and family to send out notices to all of their social connections on social media, including Facebook, to help us meet our fundraising goal. Onward in the fight!
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Caring for the Mental Health of Residents with Dementia
How are we fostering the lives of those living with dementia?

Join us for our Quarterly Education Forum to Educate Care Partners and Providers: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Forest Hills of DC

Featuring Special Panelists & Topics:
 
Karen Love, Gerontologist and Facilitator
Asim Haracic, MD, Psychiatrist
Pavel Snejnevski, PhD, Psychologist
Barbara Kane, MSW, Geriatric Care Manager & Author
October Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance
Highlights from the upcoming month

Wed., October 3rd
10:30am - Robert Jenner: The Wit & Wisdom of Mae West (LIB)
Fri., October 5th
10:30am - Musical Trivia with Jerry Roman (LNG)
Mon., October 8th
10:30am - Current Events with Lenore (LIB)
Tue., October 9th
3:00pm - Town Hall Meeting (CR)
Thu., October 11th
10:30am - Roy Justice, History & Music (LNG)
Sat., October 13th
10:30am - Broadway Classics with Bertram McLeish (LNG)
Mon., October 15th
10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Manlapaz (LIB)
Thu., October 18th
10:30am - Internet Travels with Claudia (LIB)
Sat., October 20th
10:00am - The Indispensable Plan with Mr. Waddell (AH)
Wed., October 24th
2:00pm - Poetic Expressions with Steven (LIB)
Fri., October 26th
10:30am - Pumpkin Carving/Decorating & Poem Contest with Maret School students (AH)
Wed., October 31st
3:00pm - Guitar Halloween Celebration, Scott Giambusso (LNG)





PROGRAM LOCATION KEY:

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

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