Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Resident Spotlight - Terry Deglau

Terry Deglau, a current resident at Redstone Highlands Communities in Greensburg, PA, has been a notable photographer for many years. Terry had a long career with his father’s company, Kodak, and then he began his own business. Terry’s father and grandfather taught him photography at a very young age and he sold his first photograph when he was only 8 years old in Latrobe, PA. He worked at his father’s photography business for 20 years before he was hired by Eastman Kodak in 1985. During this time, Terry photographed over 1400 weddings and he would take 3000 senior photos annually.

Terry would go on to take many famous photos throughout his career like the photograph of the United Nations in 2000. The photograph was featured in the encyclopedia, which Terry said “Was a great accomplishment for him and his career.” It took him 6 months to prep for the photograph and he said “It was one of the best experiences of his life.” He had many other photographs that became fampous like one of Arnold Palmer, Mr. Rodgers, Yellowstone, and he took an amazing photo titled “Photo of the Century” in 2000 for then Governor Rendell. 

Even though Terry’s work was gaining popularity, he was a very humble person. He volunteered as often as he could and traveled around the world lecturing about photography to help others succeed. He would take photos at many organizations that could not pay him for his work, but he would do it out of the good of his heart. One particular project that he volunteered to do was at Gettysburg. He photographed the battlefield from morning to night obtaining many amazing photographs. Terry had lectured in over 45 different countries throughout his career. Helping others to learn about photography and being able to display his amazing work. 

Today, Terry Deglau can be found still lecturing at Redstone Highlands and blogging every Sunday. His blog is called A Creative Mind is a Moving Target. This blog is an outlet for Terry to show beautiful photographs and provide commentary for them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exercise is Medicine

The residents at Redstone Highlands are proof that EXERCISE IS MEDICINE! Over 250 residents participate in SeniorFITness, a comprehensive wellness program with a focus on fall prevention, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall wellness. The residents go through a series of assessments throughout their participation to monitor progress and for goal setting purposes. Recently, our Exercise Physiologist randomly selected 80 residents for data collection purposes to document the changes in the aforementioned areas from the start of the program to 3-6 months of active participation. The findings are incredible! In 3 to 6 months of active participation in SeniorFITness the statistics show:

•       19% improvement in Balance

•       20% improvement in Gait
•       45% improvement in Upper Body Strength
•       38% improvement in Lower Body Strength
•       36% improvement in Cardiovascular Endurance  

In as little as 3 to 6 months, these residents have greatly improved their physical health. We've also noted that SeniorFITness participants are 7 times less likely to experience a fall than those who do not exercise. With falls being the number one cause of injury and death in the aging population, these improvements speak for themselves. The bottom line is that exercise is medicine and it is never too late to start!