HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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about living at Liberty Ridge is how everyone – the staff who works here and the residents she shares life with – are so warm and willing to share their time to help. And when it comes to her family and how they feel about her new living situation at Liberty Ridge, Esther says, “They are extremely happy that I’m loving life at Liberty Ridge. Plus the fact that they can also travel and enjoy their retirement gives them such relief.”


We asked Esther, “If there was one thing you would say to someone considering moving here, what would it be and why?” Very quickly, Esther responded, “Best decision you will ever make! No regrets, not one. Life is a new adventure every day at Liberty Ridge.”


It is so wonderful to know there are places like Liberty Ridge that are more than just safe and professional – they are communities where people are valued, lives matter and friendship and memories can be made. There are many different senior living communities in the Lexington, Ky., area but for Esther, there is no place she would rather call home than Liberty Ridge.  

THE POWER OF A LOVING COMMUNITY:

Soon Liberty Ridge became her new home. The only hesitation Esther had was making new friends in her new community. But after arriving at Liberty Ridge, those hesitations quickly disappeared. Esther found all her new neighbors were eager to introduce themselves to her. They took a personal interest in learning about Esther and just gave her a big warm welcome to the neighborhood. They were excited to have a new community member and made her feel right at home, she says.


When asked what she recalls about her first few days being a new Liberty Ridge resident, she said, “My anxiety was quickly relieved and replaced with excitement.” She was very impressed with the way the Liberty Ridge staff assisted her during the move-in transitions. She could tell this was not just a job for the staff, but they had genuine care and love for the residents. When we asked her, “Do you feel your hesitations or fears about moving here have been relieved?” she said, “Oh, yes, absolutely! I’m loving life at Liberty Ridge and most importantly, my family has no worries. They now have peace of mind knowing I’m happy, loved and cared for.”


Now that she has been here for a while, Esther says one of her favorite things

If you are aware of the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow and his theory of “Hierarchy of Needs,” he says for every person to thrive and grow in life, they have some basic needs to feel a level of certainty in life. These include the basic needs for comfort and safety in both our relationships and our physical environment. Maslow also advocates we need variety – opportunities, both emotional and physical, that keep us growing. At the same time, we need a level of significance for our life to have meaning and purpose. Finally, there is a need to feel love and connection with other people: We want to be cared for and cared about. These are some of our most basic needs as humans. Whether we are 20, 40 or in our 70s, these never change. If these needs are not being met, life can feel scary or without meaning. As we approach our senior years, these needs begin to become unpredictable and disappear for some. This was beginning to happen to Esther Forsberg.


For over 50 years, Esther lived in Florida, the Sunshine State. But as her life changed, as it does for all of us, she found her family and local support structure were not available to her. This lack caused some anxiety for Esther. Life was uncertain. Her family knew a move needed to happen to improve her next stage of life. Since Esther’s son-in-law had once been a pastor in the Lexington area and she had visited some friends who were residents at Liberty Ridge Senior Living facility, this became the next logical move for her. Esther knew what the environment was like. She knew it was a warm place.

LOCATED IN LEXINGTON NEAR HAMBURG PLACE

701 Liberty Ridge Lane, Lexington, KY, 40509

859-543-9449

 www.libertyridge.com