Hello, my name is Richard and I would like to welcome you to vitality-retirement.com. This web site is dedicated to your good spiritual, physical, and mental health and well-being.
This web site is about living our entire life with vitality whether we retire or not. I must disclose to you that while I am past retirement age, I am personally not retired. My career has just taken a different direction.
I have been providing consultation and interim management to continuing care retirement communities and the long term care industry. And I have until just recently served as the operational vice president for AFFECTS LLC. The key for me is to stay active and continue to be of service.
I lived in Orlando, Florida for about twenty years and recently relocated to Greenwood, Indiana. I am married and have two beautiful daughters and seven really cute, smart grandchildren (two boys and five girls). My faith and my family are very important to me. I enjoy fishing, golf, gardening and reading. Another favorite past time is watching the hummingbirds at the bird feeder. The reading includes the Bible, American history and studying about health and nutrition.
After completing my duty in the Air Force, I returned to school part-time evenings and earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Indianapolis. A few years later I completed work on my master’s degree in health administration at Indiana University.
I have been an administrator or executive director of senior housing and healthcare facilities for the past thirty plus years. My experience includes work for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations with responsibilities over nursing homes and CCRC’s offering assisted living, memory care, independent living, home health, group homes and other related eldercare services.
As is the case with most people who work in senior housing and health care, I developed a real affinity for the residents in the facilities that I was responsible for. During my career I have known nursing home residents, some junior to me in chronological age, who were totally dependent on others for all their biological functions. Some suffered from conditions that were just bad luck or the result of accident but many suffered from chronic diseases that might have been prevented or mitigated by an earlier change to a healthy lifestyle.
The hard truth is that a lot of good people will not be spared the pain and suffering of age. Many will live to experience a debilitating, chronic disease that leaves them unable to perform the basic activities of daily living such as eating or going to the bathroom. We may suffer a series of health crises, such as multiple heart attacks, or we may suffer from a stroke that leaves us paralyzed and unable to speak. Or we may be crippled by diabetes or diseases such as Parkinson’s or dementia. There are no guarantees in life but for many of us life doesn’t have to end this way.
I had my own wakeup call not long ago when I was told by my physician that I had severe “aortic valve stenosis.” The long and short of it was that I had to have a valve in my heart replaced in kind of a hurry. And at this writing I am doing very well. That episode increased the intensity of my faith in Jesus Christ and my passion for wellness.
God is in control but He gives us choices. It is up to us to make the right choices, choices for health with vitality. To me longevity is not the issue. The issue is quality of life for every day of our lives. To accomplish this you must make a commitment to be an active participant in developing your wellness plan with your professional consultants and dedicate yourself to learning as much as you can about your spirit and your body.
My first passion is to do as much as I can to convince you to make a
positive change in your lifestyle and embrace living with vitality.
Focusing on healthy living is a recognition that life is a gift from
God. Good health is the top priority and prevention is the key to a healthy life. A preventative lifestyle requires spiritual trust, regular exercise, good whole food diet, quality nutritional supplements, and a positive mental attitude.
My second priority is to support culture change in long-term care to provide dignity and independence to the greatest extent possible. The important things are faith in God and quality of life, regardless of how much disability we might live with.
In the end it's not the years in your life that count but the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Return to home page from about me.