Born and raised in India, and spending an additional 16 years in South Africa, Krishnan Kalyanasundaram brings a multi-national perspective to his work with seniors in the Atlanta area. Specifically, Krishnan is the Executive Director of Arbor Terrace of Tucker, a 65 bed community that prides itself on exceptional customer service. Krishnan tells us that one of the highlights of his day is eating lunch or supper (or both) with his residents in their 15 bed Memory Care community. He is also very proud of Arbor Terrace’s “Resident Chef” program. Krishnan explains that each month, one of the residents shares a personal recipe, and is encouraged to oversee the preparation and serving of the meal. Sign me up! For a tour of the community, contact Krishnan or one of his staff at (770) 925-9170. You can also visit their website at www.at-tucker.com.
Alton Reynolds wears a multitude of hats! He has been serving in the “helping professions” both on the clinical and business side of healthcare for nearly 40 years. Starting his career providing psychiatric assessments of Navy and Marine personnel returning from Viet Nam, Alton continues to provide these assessments today for seven different hospitals as part of the Peachford Hospital Mobile Assessment Team. Alton confirms what we heard several weeks ago from the Fuqua Center that depression in the senior community is a problem to be taken seriously. When Alton is not working in one of his many businesses, he is teaching teenagers Blues Music History as part of the Mudcatz School of Blues. Alton can be reached at (770) 454-2302.
Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF) helps healthcare providers improve the care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. Jo Vonn Givens manages GMCF’s Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative. Her goal is to educate providers in specific measures for quality improvement in the prevention and care of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Jo Vonn tells us that, unlike some other diseases, CKD is largely preventable through lifestyle changes. Largely the result of Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease, CKD can be managed or prevented through exercise, diet and a personal support network. Jo Vonn notes that the typical cost for end stage renal failure is in excess of $60,000 per year! Though her organization primarily deals with physicians and their practices, resources are available to anyone that is interested. Contact JoVonn at (678)527-3678, or visit the GMCF website at www.gmcf.org.