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Charge The Hill

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (22)

At the base of the mountain I raise my eyes

To the climb that looms ahead.

And though I tremble at the road before

It is the path that I must tread.


My heart beats wildly and my legs feel weak

but my comfort comes in knowing

There’s a power greater than all of me

So my faith just keeps on growing.


Though the world may try to tell me

Faith is simple and quite naive,

I’ve felt His presence in the blackest of times

And I shall continue to believe.


There may be days to come where I feel alone

During the pain and hardest trials.

But there’s an unseen world holding me up

And protecting me all the while.


I know prayers and love will come to Him

From those who share my suffering.

Whose hearts and souls are tied with mine

In this journey laid out for me.


So I take the first step and begin the climb

and I know love will gently lead.

Each hand firmly held by family and friends

We charge the hill to victory.


Dont Quit

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (20)

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road your trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and its turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When they might have won, had they stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victors cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,

It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit!


Author believed to be Rev Wade Watts



Know the Connection Between High Blood Pressure and Kidney Disease

Posted by Adrian Savage on March 31, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (21)

You may have seen the article in Kidney Today last month by Dr. Jerry Penso, “Roll Up Your Sleeves for a Blood Pressure Check,” which discusses the connection between high blood pressure and kidney disease. High blood pressure affects 68 million people, or one in three Americans. This is a sobering statistic on its own, but if you recognize the connection between high blood pressure and kidney disease, this number is staggering. High blood pressure is the #2 cause of kidney failure, and causes 25 percent of all cases of kidney disease. Unfortunately, I learned about this connection the hard way, through first-hand experience.

In 1992, I was 21 years old with a bright future ahead of me and completely unaware that my high blood pressure could cause irreversible and devastating damage to my kidneys. I will never forget the sinking feeling I had when my doctor told me I was headed into kidney failure and would need dialysis in order to survive. Now I’m 43 years old, and I have been on dialysis for more than half of my life.

This is my story about learning about the connection between high blood pressure and kidney disease, but it doesn’t have to be yours. I have made it my personal mission to make sure that everyone in my community understands that high blood pressure can lead to kidney disease. To get the word out I have become a patient-advocate with the American Kidney Fund (AKF), and in this role I spend a great deal of time sharing my experience and lessons learned with my fellow church members, friends and neighbors.


I encourage you to learn if you are at risk for kidney disease. The tips and links below provide additional information about staying healthy and fighting kidney disease:


Maintain a healthy blood pressure – visit AKF’s Keep a Healthy Blood Pressure page.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle – visit AKF’s Tips for Healthy Living page.

Attend a Kidney Action Day in your area – check out the events page to find screenings near you.

If you or a family member struggles with high blood pressure, please get your kidneys screened. Together we can fight kidney disease.

Thomas Jones is a patient-advocate with the American Kidney Fund and has been on dialysis for 21 years. In March, he attended the Kidney Action Day on Capitol Hill to speak with his members of Congress about kidney disease awareness and education. In May, he spoke with his community members about kidney disease prevention at the Memphis Kidney Action Day.

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Adrian Savage on March 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (194)

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.


What You Can Do

If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.

Be physically active.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Don’t drink too much alcohol.

Don’t smoke.

Fast Facts

Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.

Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—

Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).

Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.

Losing weight and you don’t know why.

These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.

Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.

There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.

Colonoscopy (every 10 years).

High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).

Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years, with FOBT every three years).

Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign offers resources for patients and health professionals, including print materials (fact sheets, brochures, and posters) and television and radio public service announcements.


Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep is just one of the many celebrities who have joined Screen for Life, appearing in public service announcements to urge men and women to get screened beginning at age 50.

Listing Your Home and Competing for Buyer

Posted by Joe B. Nester on March 30, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (20)


Listing a home and placing it on the market is a multiple step process that a real estate agent performs with the help of the seller. One of the most important aspects of selling a home is setting the asking price. There are a lot of factors that can affect the fair market value of a home and having a experienced agent guide you through this step will dramatically increase your chance for a sale.


The nuts and bolts of the listing agreement consists of an accurate inventory of everything in and around your property that is going to convey to the purchaser. This inventory will be categorized within the Multiple Listing Service and will give all member agents a snapshot of size, number of bedrooms, number of baths and all the other features your home has to offer. This information is used as agents research properties for their buyer clients.


Once the price has been determined and the property is listed, it is time to show it off. This is where creativity, quality images, virtual tours, video and great descriptions can be produced to make your property a stand-out among the competition. A buyer searching on the internet today can look at dozens of properties within minutes so your property will need good internet visibility and look its best to get noticed.


The instructions for agents to show your property are also determined by the seller and that information is placed in a secure data base that only agents have access to. As a seller you will want to make the showing process as simple as possible. Too many restrictions will limit your number of showings and reduce your chance for a sale.


Keeping a home in show condition can be a challenge while living there but it can pay-off. If an agent is in your neighborhood showing other properties and the buyer wants to see yours at the last minute it will create another opportunity for a sale if it can be shown.

Senior Care Real Estate Needs – Joe B. Nester serves the Real Estate Needs of our Senior Clients. Joe is currently a licensed Realtor and the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior. Visit link and ask Joe any question about Real Estate and Senior Care. Or call (803) 730-7269.


How is butterfly a symbol for Easter?

Posted by Adrian Savage on March 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (333)

How is a butterfly a symbol for Easter?


POSTED ON March 25, 2015 by Adrian Savage


Long before the time of Christ, Egyptians saw a similarity between the cloth wrappings of their mummies and the butterfly’s cocoon. For these early people and the Greeks, who placed golden butterflies in their tombs, this insect was a symbol of resurrection, new life, and immortality. In other traditions, the butterfly was a reminder of reincarnation.

The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of the resurrection, for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges later far more beautiful and powerful than before. The three stages of the butterfly’s metamorphoses are symbolic of the three stages in the life cycle of Christ and the Christian.

The caterpillar’s non-stop eating reminds us of normal earthly life where people are often preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs. The caterpillar’s life also reminds us of Jesus’ life on earth.

Caterpillars then “entomb” themselves in what appears to be lifeless cocoons portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and the death of all humans.

The third and final stage is the appearance of a butterfly with jewel-colored wings and the ability to soar, which represents the resurrection into a new and glorious life free of material concerns and restrictions.

A major theme in Paul’s teachings is that “we shall all be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51). The Christian hope is that what is sown in the grave as a weak mortal body will be raised an indestructible spiritual body not subject to temptation, sorrow, death, or pain (1 Cor. 15:44-54). Through death the spirit will escape – not from its body but from the vulnerabilities and hardships of mortal flesh.

What better symbol of the Resurrection — an inanimate object out of which comes life. Butterflies are the perfect symbol of the tomb Christ conquered and every Christian’s hope of their own rebirth.

Happy Easter Everyone!!


Helping Senior Clients with Home Inspection Reports

Posted by Joe B. Nester on March 9, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (58)

A home inspection is something a lot of senior clients have never dealt with before and sometimes the reports can be intimidating when first encountered. Home inspectors are almost always hired by the prospective purchaser of a home and his/her job is to give a true and accurate snapshot of the current condition of the property and to point out any existing or potential problems he/she sees with the home.

Once the purchaser has the report they decide which repairs are important to them and with the help of their realtor put together an addendum that lists the repairs they want the seller to complete.


What is confusing for sellers is that some of the items on the report can be problems they never knew existed. Every home, and especially older homes have hundreds of opportunities for problems when you start to add up the number of plumbing connections, electrical connections and areas where the elements, wildlife and insects are attempting to gain access.


The key to deciphering a inspection report, estimating costs and organizing a plan of attack is to have a good licensed contractor that is familiar with real estate repairs and building codes associated with a home.


Once the addendum is received by the seller the number of requested repairs can be broken down into simpler tasks and sometimes even eliminated after an evaluation onsite. After that process the cost estimates and actual repairs that need to be made may end up being less intimidating then first thought.

Senior Care Real Estate Needs – Joe B. Nester serves the Real Estate Needs of our Senior Clients. Joe is currently a licensed Realtor and the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior. Visit link and ask Joe any question about Real Estate and Senior Care. Or call (803) 730-7269.



Agape Senior Speaks at Sun City

Posted by Sam Bruining on March 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (22)

On Thursday, February 26th, Agape Senior had the privelege to speak to residents of Sun City.  The topic for this event was "Navigating Dementia".  The class was a huge success.  Many questions were answered about this terrible disease, and some left with a better understanding of what the disease is and how it affects not only the patient, but the caregiver also.  Please watch this short video on dementia.

Selling Older Homes for Senior Clients

Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 26, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (20)


The Invisible Calculator in the Mind of the Buyer



Have you ever lived in a location for a long time and all of a sudden noticed a house or something else you had never seen before? I believe small deferred maintenance items in homes are similar to that experience. If a person has lived in a home for a long period of time the little tear in the vinyl, the cracked floor tile in the bathroom or the broken window pane on the porch become invisible.


The challenge for senior client's that have lived a lifetime in their home and are now ready to sell at fair market value, is to be able to look critically at the home through the eyes of a buyer.


Buyer clients whether consciously or unconsciously have a calculator program running in their minds when they tour a home. And depending on their skill level and life busyness schedule will be adding up what they will need to change, repair or replace in the home to make it their own. A well maintained home will fare better in this rough assessment even if the home is outdated.


Removal of dated wallpaper, replacement of old appliances and upgrades to cabinets and fixtures all start to add up. If there are obvious deferred repair issues it adds a level of uncertainty to the money equation because of the mystery and unknown causes that surround repair issues and the difficulties of calculating those repairs by a layperson.


There are a lot of advantages to owning an older home, they are usually better constructed than a modern home, are often found in prime locations and have yards filled with mature shade trees and plantings and are not on-top of neighbors. The key to selling these homes is to emphasize these positive attributes while minimizing the negative.


Taking care of those irritating repairs that have been invisible for so long will help focus the buyer on what is important and give them a clearer view of what they will need to do to adapt the space to fit their lifestyle.

Senior Care Real Estate Needs – Joe B. Nester serves the Real Estate Needs of our Senior Clients. Joe is currently a licensed Realtor and the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior. Visit link and ask Joe any question about Real Estate and Senior Care. Or call (803) 730-7269.


Creating Freedom with Less Stuff

Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (31)

One of the most daunting tasks of life in my opinion is moving. Of course not all moves are created equal. A move within the same town where a family is expanding and in need of a larger home is less stressful than a move across country for a promotion or new job. In the latter, uncertainty about the new location can add additional layers of stress. In the case of a senior adult moving it is usually to downsize, move closer to their children and grandchildren or move into an independent / assisted living community. Life changes like these are almost always difficult.

One thing all moves have in common is the task of taking ones possessions from the existing home to the next home. When I was in the military I saw families that relocated on a regular basis and had developed systems and organizational schemes for their belongings to ease each transition. But for most people the activity of moving is not a regular event and the task can be overwhelming to even highly organized individuals.


I believe the difficulty of a move is directly proportional to the number of years a person or family has been in their current home. As consumers we subtly add items to our homes and the accumulation process is not noticeable when it is happening. But when it is time to move all those items begin to look challenging. One obvious strategy is to take less stuff when you move. That is a logical idea but one that is harder than it sounds because it involves making decisions about each item you plan to leave behind.


For senior clients I often recommend an estate sale at their existing home. The biggest advantage with an estate sale is having a third party person alleviate the decision making process by removing emotion from items and pricing them properly to sell. Making decisions about what to keep and what to leave is hard and it is especially hard for seniors. People do not realize the burden and worry that is attached to their possessions and I have had senior clients tell me how they have felt a new sense of freedom after going through the process of downsizing what they own.

Senior Care Real Estate Needs – Joe B. Nester serves the Real Estate Needs of our Senior Clients. Joe is currently a licensed Realtor and the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior. Visit link and ask Joe any question about Real Estate and Senior Care. Or call (803) 730-7269.




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