Welcome to 2021. We're focused on making this year the best we've ever had at our community. 2020 gave us many challenges, and we're proud of our team for rising to the occassion, and our residents for their understanding and their strength. Here's what's new at Garden of Palms:
Resident Spotlight - Phyllis
Phyllis was born in 1924 in the Bronx, NY to parents Nathan and Anna Fox. She was in the middle of an older sister, Ruth, a younger sister, Joan, and the youngest brother, Sheldon, who became an architect. She met her husband, Jacob, at the synagogue Young Israel in Manhattan. He was a Doctor, and had served as a lieutenant in the Navy as a naval doctor. They moved to Kansas City and had three children: Beth, Jonathan, and Shimon, who is a Rabbi, and owns The Mitzvah Store. Phyllis happily has 25 great grandchildren at this point!
Phyllis studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with a degree in art from the Pratt Institute. She was an accomplished calligraphist and designed beautiful calligraphy cards and invitations professionally from her home. She is also a long-time accomplished knitter (and has recently also taken up crochet). Her sister, Joan, owns a knitting store and sends her yarn in the mail. If she had to pick a motto that she’s lived her life by, it would be the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We love having you and your artistic creativity here at our Garden of Palms community Phyllis!
Travel Club - Italy
Activities are a cornerstone of all great senior living programs, and our Travel Club is a great group activity that is fun, engaging, and lighthearted.
Arguably Europe’s most enticing country, Italy charms people with irresistible food, historical architecture, diverse scenery and unparalleled art. This January through March, we will explore this beautiful country from our community, including:
> Examining Italian history & Culture
> Discussing past travels & experiences
> Tasting Classic dishes and desserts
> Listening to Italian Music and opera
> Exploring renaissance Art and Artists
> Learning Italian phrases and trivia
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18
Every third Monday in January we honor the American clergyman, activist, and Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Our community will hold programs engaging residents in Civil Rights history throughout the week to learn more about the movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tu B’Shvat - January 28
Sometimes referred to as Jewish Arbor Day, Tu BiShvat is considered the “New Year of the Trees”. We’ll be having a traditional Traditional Tu BiShvat seder, a lesson on the trees of Israel, and an end-of month celebration.
This January through March we will examine the major artists and masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance
Art can move us to tears, or cause us to break out in joyous laughter. Transcendent art possesses the power to inspire our hearts. And just as art comes in so many different forms, there is an equally endless number of ways to celebrate it. As art and science evolved throughout the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, it was key to the development of the artistic innovations of the era. It will be exciting to explore the creations of Masters such as Fra Angelico, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian!
Explore the Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
According to the Mayo Clinic, the Mediterranean diet blends the basics of healthy eating with the traditional flavors and cooking methods of the Mediterranean. It is one of the healthy eating plans recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health and prevent chronic disease. The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. While there is no single definition of the Mediterranean diet, it is typically high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nut and seeds, and olive oil. Interested in trying the Mediterranean diet? These tips will help you choose the healthy option:
> Eat more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 7 to 10 servings a day of fruit and vegetables.
> Opt for whole grains. Switch to whole-grain bread, cereal and pasta.
> Use healthy fats. Instead of putting butter or margarine on bread, try dipping it in flavored olive oil.
> Eat more seafood. Try grilled fish twice a week. Fresh or water-packed tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel and herring are healthy choices.
> Reduce red meat. Substitute fish, poultry or beans for meat. If you eat meat, make sure it's lean and keep portions small.
> Enjoy some dairy. Eat low-fat Greek or plain yogurt and small amounts of a variety of cheeses.
> Spice it up. Herbs and spices boost flavor and lessen the need for salt.
Employee Spotlight - Tahisha McDaughtry-Davis, Caregiver
Our employee spotlight this month is on Ty! She is one of our amazing Garden of Palms Caregivers. She loves her job here because she likes caring for and helping others, so she is able to fulfill her purpose every day. She particularly loves talking to the residents about their life and families, and sharing hers. She grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1995. She later married her husband, Luron Davis, and together they raised five sons, a daughter, and two beautiful dogs.
When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her family, especially watching movies or cooking for them when she has the time. The philosophies that she lives by are: Only the strong survive. Life is what you make of it! Treat others how you want to be treated. Kindness is free. We love having you as part of our Garden of Palms family, Ty, and are grateful that you are passionate about your work, care about your fellow associates, and that you consider Garden of Palms a second home!
Garden of Palms
Assisted Living and Memory Care in Los Angeles
We’re a senior living community in Los Angeles, specializing in assisted living and memory care. We’re located in West Hollywood, just off of Santa Monica Blvd. We have a cheerful, loving staff, we provide a myriad of activities for our residents, we have a beautiful dining room with kosher chef-prepared meals, and we assist our residents in any way that is needed.
1025 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (424) 239-5051