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Silver Angels help seniors keep independence

By: Marlana Ward
Freelance Writer

Age is a blessing with which comes experience and knowledge. However, with age also comes increased probability of injury. These injuries may mean that things once easily done for oneself become increasingly difficult or even impossible. One company hopes to help Johnson County
residents maintain their independence at home as long as possible as well as maintain a positive outlook on their situation.
Silver Angels is a licensed, non-medical agency that provides care to seniors in the comfort of their own homes. Some services Silver Angels provides are personal care, homemaking, companion care, in-home respite care, home delivered meals, personal emergency response systems, and
assistance with errands. These services are scheduled to best assist those who are able to stay in their homes but need a little help to do everyday things. The Silver Angels staff is highly trained to provide professional assistance to those they serve.
In addition to the in-home care services that meets clients’ physical needs, the Silver Angels’ Life Coach program is designed to minister to emotional and spiritual needs. Life coaches are specially trained to assess and recognize emotional needs of seniors dealing with physical limitations. Some aspects covered by Silver Angels Life Coach Professionals are: guiding spirituality, improving physical environment, restoring emotional health, restoring relationships, improving
well-being, and restoring purpose. The Life Coach determines the needs of a client after completing an assessment developed to identify particular areas of need. By partnering with governmental and church related programs within their communities, Life Coaches are able to meet needs that may go unnoticed or unaddressed otherwise.
Leading the Life Coach program in Johnson County is Samanthia Norman. Norman is a certified Health Ambassador with the State of Tennessee. She also serves the congregation of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church alongside her husband, Reverend Jim Norman. In addition to this
experience, she has been awarded the certification of Life Coach through Light University and The Association of Christian Counselors.”It is an honor and a privilege to assist the families in Johnson County by coming alongside them and providing resources to educate them on ways
to improve their overall health and by being a support unit and giving them encouragement through difficult times,” expressed Norman.
Norman knows firsthand the difficulties of being faced with a serious illness requiring a long recovery time. She has experienced two serious brain aneurysms within the past 11 years. Though the illnesses and surgeries she had to experience were life-threatening, she credits God
and his faithfulness for seeing her through those times.“I am a woman of faith and God has helped me discover that life is not all about me but it is about being a light to those He has placed in my
life. I am thankful for each day God has given me because I am not promised tomorrow. Tomorrow may look different than today. I might need someone to care for me or I might take my last breath so I want to be a light into my community and those I come in contact with in whatever
time I may have left,” she shared.

Silver Angels currently serves over 700 Tennesseans.

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