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November 2013 Vol. 50 Issue 11

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New Residents Page one cont. New Residents Seasonal Affective Disorder Kudos to Brewster Therapy Team! All I Want for Christmas... Chaplain Ty’s Message Brewster at Home Wellness Wednesday Resident Referrals Thank You UMB APRN Clinic Opens Estate Planning Corner Page three cont. Lights, Camera, Auction at KTWU Photos

Our Mission

Brewster Place Annual Holiday Charity Bazaar Friday, November 15 | 9:00 am—3:00 pm Saturday, November 16 | 9:00 am—2:00 pm

“Knowing there is a purpose to our work — giving back to the community — makes a difference.” -Joline Kovarik, Arts and Crafts Supervisor

Marian Clinic Topeka Rescue Mission Salvation Army Doorstep, Inc. Meals on Wheels Let’s Help

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The Brewster Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Welcome to Brewster Place

New Residents

Rosemary Stover 900 SW 31st St., Apt. 307 Ph. 274-5567

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Welcome to Brewster Place

New Residents

Virginia Thompson 1205 SW 29th St., Apt. 301 Ph. 267-0180

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Seasonal Affective Disorder | Know the Signs and What Can Help by Stacy Wenger, LSCSW


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Kudos Brewster Therapy Team!

Back row: Mary Beth Rader, PTA; Bailey Mushock, PTA; Brooke Hulsether, OTA; Michelle England, COTA Student ; Kayla Heathman, PTA; Dori Strickland, COTA ; Jane Anderson, RPT Front row: Stephanie Unekis, RPT; Deb Webb, OTR; Jill Heinen, PTA; Kim Mercer, COTA; Mutsai Sifana-Mhere, OTR

The Brewster Foundation is seeking Brewster Santas!

Health and Wellness — would enjoy a new digital weight scale for the Winchell Wellness Center and would like Santa’s elf, Matt Burns, to install a grab bar for resident stability! Marketing Department — requests some red or brightly colored coasters and, more importantly, a Keurig coffee make and a cappuccino machine.

Either individuals or an entire resident floor, building or group of buildings or staff departments — to come together to make the wishes of the following departments come true.

BHC Eagle Ridge Neighborhood — would love a slushy machine for the residents to enjoy at snack time (they would be willing to share with other neighborhoods at BHC). Also on their list is a new radio with CD player and a record player. Residents have old records they would love to play.

Human Resources — requests a small fountain for the Main Office. They are seeking that “Zen” feeling! BHC Sunflower Neighborhood — was wishing for a new kitchen, however, two very generous pre-holiday donor elves have already fulfilled that wish. Assisted Living — requests some art pieces they could display down hallways for resident enjoyment. Home Health — would love a CD player. BHC Activities Department — would be thrilled with a scrapbooking machine. They would also appreciate shelving for their puzzles.

BHC Meadowlark Neighborhood — hopes Santa will bring them a computer for their residents and an electric fireplace.

Dining Services Department — would like to have some new chafing dishes for hot food presentation.

DocADuck Resource Center — is in need of a new chair for each computer station

Therapy Room — would appreciate a Lindyspring water cooler. People get thirsty doing therapy!

Talk with your neighbors regarding one of the above “adoption” choices and then call Mary Beth Saylor, Foundation Director, at 274-3327, or Jeremy Hall, Planned Giving Officer, at 274-3328, to make your donation. 


Chaplain’s Message

Let God be God, and you be you

by Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, Chaplain

Jesus said, "Again, the [realm] of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the [realm] of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his [or her] treasure what is new and what is old." — Matthew 13:47-52


Meet Our Members by Julie Schmanke, Member Relations

Brewster at Home Adds Two Preferred Vendors by Eileen McGivern, RN, BSN, Director, Brewster at Home

wellness wednesday Brewster Place

Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy with Dan Byl, RN Wednesday, November 6 11:00 am Main Lounge

Did you know Brewster Place offers a Resident Referral Program? Did you know as a current resident of Brewster Place there are wonderful benefits for referring your friends to Brewster Place? To learn more, please call our Marketing office at 2743350. 

Walk-In Clinic Opens in Home Health Office Our new Walk-In Clinic in the Home Health Office is now open. The clinic is staffed by Nichole Potts, APRN, and Dr. James Rider, D.O. Clinic Hours are: Mondays — 8:30 am—Noon (Nichole Potts, APRN, on duty) Thursdays — 8:30 am—Noon (Nichole and Dr. Rider on duty) No appointment is necessary. 

Thank You UMB! 

We had a wonderful Oktoberfest celebration on October 17 that would not have been possible without our friends at UMB. They not only donated money to cover the cost of the event but also provided some wonderful volunteers as well. We love partnering with organizations like UMB to help our residents “get the most out of life!” 


A Message of Thanksgiving by Mary Beth Saylor, Director

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At the Movies on BPTV 23 Thursdays at 2:00 pm November 7 “Showboat” (1951 musical) November 14 “The Big Wedding” (2013 romantic comedy) November 21 “Secretariat” (2010 biography) November 28 No movie today.

Baked Goods Needed for Bazaar


Supporting Our Community | Lights, Camera, Auction at KTWU


opeka’s very own public television station, KTWU, has been broadcasting since 1965, the first public television station in the state of Kansas. Their three channels are seen throughout eastern Kansas and portions of Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The station license is held by Washburn University with studios located on the campus in Topeka, Kansas. KTWU’s mission is to Volunteer provide programming and services that enrich the lives of those they reach. Opportunity! Brewster is proud underwrite and provide volunteers for their annual Lights, Camera, Auction! fundraising event. Lights, Camera, Auction! is a unique on -air fund raising event airing live on KTWU Channel 11 to eastern Kansas and western Missouri. New merchandise and services are auctioned to viewers who bid from home by telephone. The items are contributed by businesses and individuals in support of public television in their 40 county viewing area. The Auction is also an opportunity for organizations such as Brewster, companies, corporations, agencies, small businesses and individuals to gain invaluable television exposure with the Public Broadcasting audience. For several years Brewster residents and staff have given their time answering phones and taking pledges for the Auction — supporting public television in our area. Auction income is used Lights, Camera, Auction! to purchase quality programming and maintain equipment for KTWU Channel 11. Saturday, November 9 The majority of the station’s overall funding comes from community support and 4:00 pm—8:00 pm viewers throughout the area. Call Jeanene at 274-3398. This year we have pledged to underwrite and volunteer on Saturday, November 9 from 4:00 pm—8:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering with the Brewster group, please give Jeanene Johnson a call at 274-3398. It’s a great time for fun and fellowship that also supports a great service to our community! (information borrowed from 

Below: Barbara Thiele attended the card making workshop. Cards were created out of dried flowers and will be sold at the Bazaar this month!

Celebrating and Working Together! Community! Below: Willna Zweifel and Doris Davis are sisters who both live at Brewster. They enjoyed Oktoberfest and time together with friends and each other!

Above: Lorice and Martin Woner were bundled up for the Oktoberfest celebration. The sun was shining and faces were smiling with great food, beverages and even a polka band!


november remembrances Resident Birthdays Mary Fallon Carol Ann Garrett Hilda Lundgren Joan Briman Paul Beck Gloria Barron Jean Warner Char King Julie Reeves Don Manley Dorothy Fager Ruth Rockhold Chuck Henson Marilyn Stanton Carol Kappelmann Diana Siegal Rosemary Stover Imogene Quinlan Maurice Trower Joyce Davis Helen Weston Susan Anderson Marcella Montgomery Duane Koppenhaver Barbara Thiele Gilbert Singleton Janice Crider Charles Martin Barbara Wydman Dorothy Slemmons

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Anniversaries Lew and Mary Mills Bud and Charlotte Burris Merlin and Beverly Johnson Nolan and Jean McKenzie

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The Brewster News is a monthly publication for the residents and friends of Brewster Place. It is also available online at Janis Swanson, Editor

celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells

Staff Anniversaries Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in November! Department Location Years Capital Care Transitions Kathleen Wright CCTP Dining Services Kylie Dillon MB Environmental Services Gary Boutz BHC Health Services Administration Margaret King BHC Health Services Kathy Hosey BHC Stephanie Murphy BHC Judy Wallace BHC Kelly Malay BHC Crystal Quast BHC Roanne Ditty BHC Tonia Thacher BHC Eleyne Drapeaux HH Kay Uhlich HH Rehab Shavonne Bennett Rehab Babbette Gomez Rehab Chelsey Rogers Rehab Sadie Kerschner Rehab Layla Sullivan Rehab Jessica Simecka Rehab Security/Transportation Martina Adams MB Robert Harmes MB Kerri Walton Campus Therapy Services Sherry Geisler BHC

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New Residents Carlene Allen Dick and Char King Charles and Shirley Martin

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In Memoriam Mrs. Bethene “Betty” Harpham Mrs. Clara Bruner Miss Dorothy Berry (former resident) Mrs. Katherine “Katie” Pyle

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Brewster News November 2013  

News from Brewster Place, Topeka's leading retirement, assisted living, and long-term care organization.