Activities At Etowah Landing with Kiawanna Johnson

I first met Mrs. Kiawanna Johnson, the Recreational Director of Etowah Landing Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, back in January of 2019. Her friendly and outgoing personality is infectious.  As she puts it, it’s her job to make people smile. So, everyday, she works hard to make the residents of Etowah Landing laugh, smile, and enjoy life. 

Kiwanna joined Etowah Landing in 2014 after becoming a Certified Activity Director. It’s her job to plan activities and entertainment for the residents and staff.

Not only do the activities at Etowah Landing provide their residents with entertainment they also have many health benefits such as exercise, intellectual stimulation, and socialization.

The residents of Etowah Landing enjoy activities daily. Some of the activities include:

  • Coffee Socials
  • Exercise and the Otago Program (The Otago Exercise Program is an individually tailored, balance and strength fall prevention program.)
  • Games and Trivia
  • Manicures
  • Popcorn and Movie Nights
  • Lawn Darts
  • Karaoke
  • Live Bands and Music Programs
  • And of course…BINGO!

Kiawanna also keeps Etowah Landing connected to the community with partnerships and events for community members. From Birthday Clubs and Churches that provide birthday and Christmas presents for the residents to Easter Egg Hunts and Halloween Haunted Houses for local children to enjoy, there is always something on the agenda.

In addition to planning activities and events, Kiawanna is also Mental Health Aid Certified. With this certification she is able to help diffuse crisis situations within the facility to help keep the residents and staff safe. 

Etowah Landing was very proud to pass their Annual Survey Deficiency-Free. Long term care facilities are inspected annually to make sure they are adhering to regulation standards. With a score of an A+, Deficiency Free shows that all services provided at the facility meet or exceed all state and federal standards. The amazing team at Etowah Landing work hard to improve the quality of life of their residents and are looking forward to great things in the future!

For more information about Etowah Landing Care and Rehabilitation Centers Contact:

Etowah Landing

809 S. Broad St. 

Rome, GA 30161


The Spires at Berry College with Jill Trapp

The citizens of Rome, Georgia are about to get a great addition to the beautiful Berry College Campus. The Spires at Berry College is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that is currently being built on 48 acres of the campus overlooking Eagle Lake.

Jill Trapp, a Retirement Counselor with The Spires with a background in healthcare marketing, sat down with me to talk about this new project and the impact it will have on Rome and Floyd County. Set to open June of 2020, they are at 80% capacity with only 35 units available at the time of this recording.

Originally proposed as an addition to Berry College’s student work programs, The Spires will be a full service retirement community as well as a valuable resource for students to get hands on experience.

Living Units Available

  • 170 Independent Living Units
    • 2 Apartment Buildings
    • The Lodge (17 Living Units)
    • 26 Individual Cottages
    • Living spaces range from 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath to 2 Bedroom and 2 ½ Bath
  • Assisted Living
    • For Independent residents who need light assistance.
      • Medication Reminders
      • Personal Care
    • Studio apartment with kitchenette
  • Skilled Nursing
    • Meals prepared
    • 24 hour nursing available
    • More hands on care
  • Memory Care
    • Specializes in creating a safe environment for those with cognitive impairment

What are some of the benefits of living at The Spires at Berry College?

  • Housekeeping
  • Meals provided
  • Spa
  • Concierge
  • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
  • Access to Berry Campus’s hiking and biking trails
  • Pets welcome
  • Group Community Events
    • Braves Games
    • Rome Little Theatre
    • Shopping Trips
    • Rome Symphony

For more information on The Spires at Berry College contact:

The Spires At Berry Information Center



113 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161

On the corner of 2nd Ave. and Broad St.

Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM



At Risk Adult Crimes with Lindsay Greenwald from the Georgia Department of Human Serivces, Division on Aging

On today’s show I talked with Lindsay Greenwald, a Forensic Specialist with the Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. We discussed At Risk Adult Crime. Statistics show that 1 in 10 vulnerable adults are victims but only 1 in 23 report abuse. Just a warning for our listeners, some of the discussion of this topic may not be suitable for sensitive audiences.

Lindsay Greenwald has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on working with adults with developmental disabilities. She works with the Forensic Special Initiative Unit who work in Georgia to provide training, conduct monthly At Risk Adult Crime Tactics Training, and act as a liaison between law enforcement and social services.

What is an At Risk Adult?

  • Elder person age 65 and over
  • Adults with disabilities over the age of 18
  • Or residents who live in a long term care facility

What Laws help protect At Risk Adults?

  • Prohibits the neglect of a vulnerable adult by a caretaker
  • Prohibits exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable adult
  • Failure to report for Mandatory Reporters
  • Georgia is the first state in the country to develop a law against benefits trafficking
  • The penalties can be one to twenty years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine

What are the Typical Types of Abuse?

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Neglect
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Sexual

What do I do if I feel someone is being abused, neglected, or exploited?

Georgia Abuse Neglect or Exploitation (GANE) App – Available for Apple or Android Users

  • Submit a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Financial Capacity Test
  • Cognitive Capacity Test
  • Report a Missing Person
  • Report a Found Person

For more information contact:

Department of Human Services, Division on Aging

Two Peachtree Street, NW, 33rd Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303-3142

404-657-5258 / Toll-Free: 866-552-4464

Floyd County’s 2019 Relay For Life with Stephanie Nichols

We are very excited to celebrate the 2019 Floyd County Relay for Life event this Friday, May 17th at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, Georgia.  I sat down with Stephanie Nichols, the Office Manager of Maximum One Community Realty, to talk about her work as a volunteer for Relay for Life. Stephanie is part of the Planning Committee and has participated in this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for over 10 year.  

Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society is a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. You can find out more about them here:

Relay for Life is the largest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in over twenty countries. With the funds raised in the communities resources are provided, such as:

  • The Cancer Helpline is a service provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help guide people through the cancer experience. Find support and information by calling 1-800-227-2345
  • The Road To Recovery Program matches cancer patients with volunteers who can provide transportation to and from treatment.

This Year’s Event:

May 17, 2019

Ridge Ferry Park

Survivor Dinner Times:

4:45 pm and 6:30 pm

Luminaria Ceremony: 10:00 pm

If you would like to register for the Survivor Dinner, sign up a team, or find out more information about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life you can contact Haley Campbell at:

The American Cancer Society

Haley Campbell


Silver Sneakers With Mary Wannall and Real Life Fitness

I was so pleased to sit down with Mary Wannall, the Head Personal Trainer and Crosstraining Director of Real Life Fitness in Cartersville, Georgia. Mary has always been an advocate for health and fitness and while attending the University of Georgia she began working with group fitness and training. After graduating with a degree in Health and Physical Education she began working in the fitness industry teaching classes. It didn’t take long after moving into management that she decided to create Real Life Fitness Gym.

What is Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit?

Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit are programs designed for seniors to help keep them physically active and mobile. The classes are covered by most supplemental insurance policies and can be covered if you are Medicare eligable.

Some of the benefits in participating in a Senior Fitness Program can be:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep
  • Reduces the needs for some medications
  • Gaining back mobility
  • Less risk of falling or serious injury during a fall
  • Building a strong social network with other participants
  • Helps with Osteoporosis
  • Sense of personal accomplishmen

When starting a new physical fitness routine always remember:

  • Always consult your doctor.
  • Start small with 5 or 10 minutes and move your way up.
  • Always workout in a safe enviroment and possibly with a group
  • Consider hiring a personal trainer to help get a safe routine established, even if it’s just for a few sessions. Having a professional walk you through the correct way to workout lowers your risk of injury and helps you reach your goals.

To learn more about the Silver Sneakers or Silver and fit programs visit the websites below:

For more information about the Real Life Fitness Team in Cartersville contact:

Mary Wannel
Phone Number: 404-940-8085
Physical Address: 650 Henderson Dr. #303, Cartersville, GA 30120

Transamerica Agency Network with Jace Thompson and Tim Ray

We were very excited to sit down with Jace Thompson and Tim Ray from theTransamerica Agency Network. Tim Ray has been with Transamerica for 24 years and is now a Managing Director with the company. Jace Thompson is new to the field, but very excited to be able to provide their products and services as our local representative covering Georgia and Tennessee. At Transamerica, they believe that down home personal service and a dedication to client advocacy are what set them apart from the rest of the insurance industry.

What is Transamerica?

With a history that dates back to 1928, the Transamerica Corporation is an American holding company for various life insurance companies offering life and supplemental health insurance, investments, and retirement services.

Some of the services and products Transamerica provides are:

  • Living Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Education of Medicare Benefits
  • Long Term Care Policies
    • Traditional
    • As a rider on a life insurance policy

For more information about Transamerica you can contact Jace Thompson at:


Phone: 706-508-2488


PruittHealth Hospice with Brook Shell

Today, we recorded our show at 35 Three Rivers Dr. in Rome, Georgia, the office of Brook Shell. Brook is the Community Relations Representative for the Rome office of PruittHealth Hospice that provides care in Paulding, Haralson, Polk, Chatooga, and Floyd counties. Born and raised in Northwest Georgia, Brook has a passion for helping her community make informed decisions when it comes to their healthcare and helping them find the resources that they need. In this interview she talks with me about PruittHealth Hospice and their programs and benefits, patient choice, and some of the successes and challenges of working in the hospice industry.

What is PruittHealth?

PruittHealth was founded in 1969 by Neal Pruitt, Senior. Starting in the pharmaceutical industry, he soon developed a Model of Care that has grown throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Some of their services include:

  • Home Health
  • Skilled Nursing Placement
  • Hospice
  • Home Infusion Services
  • Pharmacies

What are some of the programs from PruittHealth?

For more information about PruittHealth Hospice you can contact Brook at:

PruittHealth Hospice (Rome)

35 Three Rivers Dr. Rome, GA 30161

Office: (706) 236-4706

Cell: (678) 232-8521


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