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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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

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through activities.  She enjoys  wine  club,  brain  games/trivia,  arts and craft classes and more.  Susan and her husband have also really enjoyed going on the Richmond Place outings around greater Lexington  to  places  such  as  the  Kentucky Horse Park, restaurants and shopping.


 Susan  is  looking  forward  to  more activities  in  and  outside  the  community resuming  after  COVID.  She  wants  to  get more  involved  and  try new  things  when the opportunities present.  She also enjoys spending  time  with  her  grandbabies  and family because they keep her moving, busy and  having  fun!  Facetime  and  Instagram have been a saving grace to stay connected with her family during COVID restrictions.


We love sharing stories of people staying strong and healthy! Susan's "move it or lose it!" attitude is truly an inspiration to us all.


Richmond  Place  Senior  Living  values and fosters an environment for their seniors to  stay  active  and  engaged.  They  offer  a connected  retirement  life  in  a  community of new friends with access to an incredible range  of  services  and  amenities  that  allow you  to  enjoy  a  maintenance-free,  fun lifestyle.

SUSAN BARKMAN INSPIRES AT RICHMOND PLACE

her mother fostered a healthy food  relationship,  allowing  bread  only  on sandwiches  during  lunch.  "We  never  had rice  or  pasta,  and  only  potatoes  that  had the skin on them,” because her mama said “that’s where all the vitamins and minerals are.” And, of course, desserts very sparingly.


Susan  is  thankful  for  her  early  habits formed in life because now as a senior she is  able  to  stay  active  and  engaged;  perfect for  her  because  sitting  around  is  not  in her  vocabulary.    If  she  is  ever  just  sitting around,  she  feels  the  urge  to  get  up  and do  something  constructive  –  a  trait  also engrained in her from her mama. 


Susan  is  grateful  for  her  time  living at  Richmond  Place  where  she  is  able  to participate  in  lot  of  different  of  activities.   She enjoys gardening out in the 6-acre park as well as utilizing the gorgeous grounds to get in her 3-mile walk every day and swim in the courtyard pool.  She also loves that she can walk inside the building on rainy days and  still  get  her  steps  in.  Also,  what  helps her  stay healthy  is  connecting  with  other people.  Susan  is  a  very  social person  and really loves the friendships she has formed at Richmond Place

Staying active in life is one of the greatest tools to keep you healthy and living. From big things like exercise and diet, to simple things like healthy hobbies that keep you up on your feet and engage your heart and mind, it's amazing how activity can promote a healthy life as you age.


Susan Barkman, a resident of Richmond Place Senior Living, embodies the meaning of health and wellness through activity. Like many people, she was active in her early life. As  a  young  lady,  she  played  field  hockey, was  on  a  swim  team  and  specialized  in equestrian  hunting/jumping.  She  was drawn  to  the  sport  growing  up  because her  Dad  played  Polo  and  he  introduced her  to  horses  and  lessons  at  age  6.  Susan explained, “If you are fooling around with horses,  there  is  a  lot  of  heavy-duty  work to  be  done  like  cleaning  out  stalls.”  She never  thought  of  it  as  exercise,  but  it  was.   She  said  “You  must  have  strong  legs  and a  strong  core  for  horse  jumping.  "Back then,  people  did  not  think  of  exercise  the same  as  they  do  today.  People  just  stayed active.  Now  days  you  must  do  something like  conditioning  or  organized  exercise classes.”  She continued riding horses until she  turned  66  years  old  and  dealt  with  a vertebrae injury. After her back surgery her husband  suggested  she  pump  the  breaks on  horse  riding,  and  she  is  now  thankful for that.


 Nutrition  has  also  been  important for  Susan  throughout  the  years.  "I  eat  a lot  of  protein  and  vegetables.”  Early  on  growing up,