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Panel of Experts meet with Atlanta Seniors to Discuss Managing a Healthy Lifestyle

"Behind the Headlines: Making the Most of Your Retirement” focused on health care and prevention

May 21, 2009

ATLANTA – On Monday, May 18, 2009 Peachtree Hills Place hosted "Behind the Headlines: Making the Most of Your Retirement," a panel discussion that addressed issues such as health care policy and trends, maintaining well being, health risks and various other health related topics appealing to the 60+ age group. Atlanta's seniors turned out to listen to advice given by experts on health promotion, disease prevention, long term care insurance, Atlanta assited living, health care reform continuity of care and more. The overall theme of the discussion focused on the importance of preparing for the future.

The discussion, held at the Atlanta History Center, featured an expert group of panelists including: Ruthann Lacey, one of only five certified elder law attorneys in Georgia; Dr. Margaret White, medical director at Park Springs CCRC in Stone Mountain; Bill Benson, a specialist in aging and health policy and host of First Person, a weekly live interview program at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and Nancy Morrison, program director for Sixty Plus Older Adult Services at Piedmont Hospital.

Lacey shared her legal expertise with audience members urging them to make sure that they have three key legal documents in place. "Everyone should create a living will, durable power of attorney, and know their financial power of attorney," she said. "Advance planning can alleviative a lot of headaches later on."

Dr. White discussed the importance of disclosing medical history to doctors and loved ones. "Make sure things don’t get lost in transition," she said. “She also urged the audience to take preventive health care measures including getting the proper screenings and immunizations.

Benson provided a national health care policy overview and provided national statistics, facts and figures concerning the growing number of seniors in the United States. He addressed the short and long-term effects it will have on our medical community including Medicare, social security, the potential lack of geriatricians and the restructuring of health care reform. Statistics showed that by 2030 it is expected that more than 60 percent of the baby boomer generation will be managing more than one chronic condition. He also provided statistics on health care expenditures showing that more than 80 percent of all healthcare spending is involved with individuals with chronic conditions. He urged audience members to take preventative steps and to make sure that they do not fall into the category of the more than 70 percent of those age 65-74 that do not participate in physical activity.

Morrison advised the audience about the importance of continuity of care and how it could be found at Atlanta assited living and Continuum of Care Retire Communities (CCRC's) such as Isakson Living's Peachtree Hills Place and Park Springs. She discussed the benefits of the Atlanta CCRC's including how it gives seniors the choice of services and living situations.

Also by living in an Atlanta CCRC she said that seniors had the opportunity to move between Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Nursing Home Care based on changing needs at each point in time.

Joan Carlson, Vice President of Quality Innovation and Culture for Isakson Living, moderated the discussion.

Hosted by Peachtree Hills Place, a residential community offering a continuum of care in Buckhead for people ages 55 and older, the event was the third and final installment in a three-part series addressing issues that directly affect this demographic.

Peachtree Hills Place is a residential community for people ages 55 and older seeking to live a secure, independent lifestyle with easy access to a continuum of healthcare. Peachtree Hills Place is being developed on the 23.3-acre site at the intersection of Peachtree Hills Avenue and Virginia Place, in the heart of south Buckhead, near Atlanta's best shopping, dining and cultural outlets. The new, $200 million community will include 274 independent residences, 36 skilled nursing and memory care suites, a clubhouse, fitness center, and greenhouse. Peachtree Hills Place will address the total wellness of its members, with programs and facilities in place to help members blend a satisfying life through Physical, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, Intellectual and Occupational components. When health status changes, members will have access to an on-site health center. Life Care Services, LLC, a leading management company of senior communities in the nation, will oversee management and administration of Peachtree Hills Place.

Isakson Living is Atlanta's leading developer of residential communities offering a continuum of care for adult's ages 55 and older. Isakson Living upholds a personal and professional commitment to empowering members through groundbreaking wellness opportunities, concierge medicine and hands-on involvement in their communities. Isakson Living has won multiple awards for its flagship community, Park Springs in Stone Mountain, Ga., and Peachtree Hills Place in Atlanta, currently in development. For more information on Isakson Living, visit or call 770-559-4829.