Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center Fetes 103-Year-Old Resident
Mount Vernon Mayor, State Senator Congratulate Mary Tacke on Her Milestone Birthday
at Skilled Nursing Facility
Sept. 05, 2023
When five generations come together to celebrate a birthday, the birthday girl
receives a certificate from the local mayor - and one of the guests is a state
senator - you know it's a special occasion. Indeed, Mary Tacke's 103rd
birthday celebration at Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center, the 74-bed subacute
and skilled nursing facility, was special in many ways.
Mary, the oldest resident at the center, was surrounded by family, staff, and fellow
residents at a festive party on Wednesday, August 30, immediately following the
regularly scheduled “August Birthdays” celebration for all residents. But while
those under 100 got cupcakes, Mary got her own cake. While staff and family are
usually two separate cohorts, in Mary's case they overlapped, since her
granddaughter, Tina Ellis, is activities director of the facility.
Tina, who lives in Odin and took up her position at about the same time Mary came to
live at Nature Trail about one year ago, said her grandmother had lived alone,
independently, up until that time. She had, however, spent a short time at the
center for therapy after a fall. Describing her as “a faithful Christian lady,” she
noted that Mary's house was the go-to place after church for a lavish Sunday dinner.
“She was such a good cook.”
“We are delighted to have her as a resident,” said Nature Trail Administrator Susie
Williams. “With her acquired wisdom, she has so much to teach us, and she richly
deserved this celebration.”
“This is a good facility for her,” added Tina. She still sits and tells stories, she
noted, though her hearing is not so strong.
According to Tina, Mary also enjoyed playing pinochle and painting. Recently, the
activities director screened a TV show by artist Bob Ross at Nature Trail and
encouraged her grandmother (among others) to paint along. One of Tina's favorite
childhood memories was when she and her grandma were raking leaves and used them to
stuff her grandfather Albert's bib overalls, adding a hat, gloves, and boots.
Propping it on the porch, it received waves from friends and neighbors (but
obviously didn't wave back).
Guests at Mary's 103rd birthday party included not only State Senator
Terri Bryant but also members of the five generations of Mary's family eager to pay
their respects and express their affection. Fellow residents and staff were also on
hand to celebrate. Mount Vernon Mayor John Lewis provided Mary a certificate on the
occasion of her milestone birthday.
About Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center
Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center is a 74-bed skilled nursing facility in Mount
Vernon, Ill., providing long-term care, short-term care, rehabilitation,
occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehab-to-home, speech therapy, hospice care,
and respite care. The center is currently accepting new admissions for short-term
rehabilitation and long-term care. For further information, please contact Matt
Bryan at 618-472-4208 or visit the Nature Trail website
Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center Observes “National Wear Red
Skilled Nursing Facility Kicks Off Month Dedicated to
Cardiovascular Health Awareness
Feb 17, 2023
The staff at Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center, the 74-bed subacute
and skilled nursing facility, showed their support in the fight against heart
disease by donning red attire on National Wear Red Day, observed on Friday, February
3. The initiative is part of the American Heart
Association's Go Red for Women campaign to spread heart health awareness.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and
largely preventable. To help reduce this toll, February is also American Heart
Month, a time for the entire community to focus on improving cardiovascular
Nature Trail is observing both National Wear Red Day and American Heart
Month. “We are focused on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” said the facility's
CEO/administrator, Connie Bonner. "To help raise awareness, the staff has been
changing the meal menu and providing soup and salad as healthy alternatives.”
Effects of Heart Disease on Women
Heart disease affects women differently than men, according to the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Factors that can raise women's risk of
coronary heart disease more than that of men include:
Low levels of HDL cholesterol
Mild to moderate high blood pressure
Sen. Terri Bryant Delivers Valentine's Cards to Residents at
Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center
Feb 10, 2023
To ensure seniors know they are an important and valued part of the
community, Illinois State Senator Terri Bryant delivered Valentine's Day cards to
residents of Nature Trail Health and Rehab Center on Feb. 9. The visit was part of
her month-long “Valentines for Seniors” card drive to help uplift the spirits of
58th District residents in long-term care and assisted living facilities. The cards
came from students, churches, scouting organizations and other community-minded
groups who donated homemade and store-bought Valentine's Day cards with the goal of
bringing smiles and joy to residents at long-term care facilities. Sen. Bryant
(standing) is pictured with resident and veteran Ed Upton.
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