The Gardens of Rome with Greg Irvine and JJ Allen

The Affinity Living Group has done an amazing job renovating the facility at 1168 Chulio Road in Rome, Ga.  With the high ceilings, beautiful lighting, and comfortable atmosphere, The Gardens of Rome welcomes you in to be one of the family. 

I arrived to meet with Greg Irvine, the Sales Director, and JJ Allen, Area Sales Director for Affinity Living Group and The Gardens of Rome. 

The Affinity Living Group is made up of 150 communities and is the 8th largest provider of assisted living and the 4th largest provider of memory care. Together, their staff work diligently to create a culture of family values and continued education so they are always improving to guarantee the joy and comfort for their residents. 

They are especially proud of their “Journey Activity Program” for Memory Care Residents. The program consists of 5 Pillars.

5 Pillars of the Journey Activity Program

  1. Living with Dignity (Option Based Living) – Giving residents freedom to choose and make decision while not overwhelming them with too many options. 
  2. Immersive Environment – Keeping residents comfortable with routines and schedules while tailoring their day to include activities that bring joy. From music and art to exercise and gardening, staff get to know their residents on a personal level to learn about their interests, hobbies, and skills.
  3. Culinary Experience – Thought the menu options are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the residents, the Culinary Experience isn’t just about diet. The Gardens focuses on the entire experience, giving the option to set their own table and choice as to where the resident sits during meal times. Again, bringing choice and activity to their lives.
  4. Personalized Care Plan – Focusing on the individual and not the diagnosis. Not all conditions are one size fits all so a Personalized Care Plan is created for each resident.
  5. Collaborative Team Approach – When it comes to providing care, it takes a community. The Garden’s staff work with family members, nurses, doctors, physical therapist and all other professionals who interact with their residents to make sure each person is receiving the care they need. 

For more information about The Gardens of Rome you can contact them at;

The Gardens of Rome

1168 Chulio Rd. Rome, GA 30161 706-802-0990

To keep up with events and seminars hosted by The Gardens of Rome check out their Facebook Page:

Project Lifesaver with Sergeant Chris Fincher and Sergeant William Wacker from the Floyd County Police Department

Sergeant Chris Fincher and Sergeant William Wacker, from the Floyd County Police Department are both Rome natives with a combined 28 years in law enforcement. While they both have experience in many roles within the department, today they are both highly involved with Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a tracking system that people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and autism can wear that will help them be located if they wander away from their everyday surroundings.

The device can be worn on the wrist or ankle and transmits a specific radio frequency that can be detected by a locator operated by the Floyd County Police Department. The Police Department has an omnidirectional antenna that attaches to an automobile that can pick up the beacon within a 5 mile radius. They also have two handheld devices, called PLI’s, with a range of 2 miles, so they can focus in on the missing person. People who have been reported missing while wearing the Project Lifesaver device are usually found within 30 minutes. Each handheld locator can find 999 frequencies so they can service almost 2000 residents of Floyd County.

People with dementia are very mission oriented and will work hard to reach their goals. If someone is searching or calling to them, they may hide from rescuers. Most of the time, the only thing that can stop someone who has begun to wander are natural barriers (vines, stream, water) or a health issue. 

Families interested in getting more information about Project Lifesaver can get more information by calling the Floyd County Police Department at (706) 235-7766 or they can fill out an application found here.

It is recommended that all families with a loved one who wander complete the application even if they don’t buy the wearable device. The information gathered is stored in the Department’s database and can save precious time when a missing person is reported.  

Citizens can also request a C.I.T. (Certified Crisis Intervention) Officer if they need to report an incident involving someone with diminished capacity. These officers have an additional 40+ hours of training for situations involving mental illness.

The cost of $375.00 for the system includes the tracking device, multiple bands made of vinyl or leather (there is also an option of vinyl with a metal wire inside to protect from tampering), a year’s supply of batteries, and a battery tester. When you receive your device a designated officer will give the families a tutorial on proper use. 

For more information please contact: Sargent Chris Fincher (706) 235-7766 5 Government Plaza #200 Rome, GA 30161 Floyd County Police Department

Project Lifesaver is also available through: The Area Agency on Aging of NWGA 3 Jackson Hill Dr. Rome, GA 30161 (706) 802-5506

60% of people diagnosed with alzheimer’s will wander 50% of all people with autism will wander 100% success rate with project lifesaver

Would you like to know more about what it is like living with dementia? Click here to learn about the Virtual Dementia Tour: Second Wind

More resources about dementia and Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter Facebook Page

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

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