NOVI, MI (March 1, 2016) -- JV Anandan spent his career in the health care industry. He was an assistant director and conducted research on dialysis at Henry Ford Hospital, and he was a professor at the School of Pharmacy at Wayne State University. Now retired, JV lives at Fox Run retirement community , where he has found meaningful opportunities to put his medical background to good use.
JV was recently elected to the Resident Advisory Council (RAC), an important and influential committee that serves as a liaison between Fox Run residents and staff. As a RAC member, JV serves as liaison to the health committee, which he chaired for five years.
"I am convinced that people come to Fox Run to live and not to exist," JV says. "Good health is essential to achieve one's potential and enjoy all the amenities available in our community. My objective for seeking a position on RAC is to ensure that residents receive the most optimal health care, specifically at Rose Court, [Fox Run's continuing care neighborhood]."
As chair of the health committee for the last five years, JV, along with his fellow committee members, has worked on a number of important initiatives that have benefited those who live in Fox Run's continuing care neighborhood.
Most notably, they worked with Fox Run's management to establish a memory care wing at Rose Court and to further enhance the dining experience. And, JV says, they recruited a group of resident volunteers to visit and socialize with their neighbors in continuing care.
"It is nothing to do with care; it's just about companionship," JV says. "So now we have a friendly visitors group that goes over there every week."
JV says he plans to continue working on initiatives that will benefit the health and well-being of his friends and neighbors at Fox Run.
For one project, he aims to provide residents with information about advanced care planning and create a standard form people can use to outline their health care directives.
JV also hopes to lend his expertise to Fox Run's management team as they determine when and how to add assisted living amenities to the community.
"Those are two things on my calendar for this year," JV says. "If I can get those two accomplished, I think my time will be well spent."
JV continued to work part time after he moved to Fox Run from Royal Oak in 2009. He retired in 2012 but continues to lead an active and engaged lifestyle at Fox Run.
JV belongs to the garden club and a writing club, where residents share their original fiction, poetry, and prose. He rises early three days a week to work out at the on-site fitness center, and he plays table tennis on a regular basis with a group of active neighbors.
"I am involved in a whole bunch of things," he says. "I am still very active, even though I am retired from my work at the hospital."