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October 2016 Vol. 52 Issue 10

In this issue: 2 Get to Know Residents Quilt Show in November Page one continued... 3 Get to Know Residents Voter Information 4 Words from Wellness Wellness Wednesday 5 From the Chaplain Bible Study: Half Truths 6 Brewster Foundation: Charitable Gifts and Bequests Foundation Events 7 Kairos Prison Ministry Osher Lifelong Learning At the Movies 8 Overland Park Arboretum Photos

Bill Larson Embodies Spirit of Positive Aging by David Beck, President and CEO reprinted from LeadingAge Magazine

Our Mission Lea Chaffee, Director of Education and Membership at LeadingAge Kansas, and David Beck, CEO of Brewster Place, informed Bill Larson that he was selected as the winner of the 2016 LeadingAge Kansas Award for Positive Aging.

The Brewster Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Get to Know Our Residents by Phyllis McMahon, Resident Volunteer

Marie Culver 1205 SW 29th St., Apt. 108 Ph. 274-5594

Quilts Requested!

Caregiver’s Support Group

Quilt Show Coming in November

Thursday, October 20 2:00 pm | MB FR


Get to Know Our Residents by Phyllis McMahon, Resident Volunteer

Jean Rader 1217 SW 29th Terr., Apt. 201 Ph. 267-7303


Important Voting Information By Diana Siegal, Resident and Democratic Precinct Committee Woman

As you know, Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day. Not only is it a presidential election year, there are many local, state and national races as well. In addition, in the state of Kansas, five supreme court and six court of appeals judges will be on the ballot for retention. We want to remind you of some important dates in the next few weeks. The deadline for registering to vote or changing your voting address is Tuesday, October 18. You can vote in advance in person at the Shawnee County Election Office starting at 8:00 am on Monday, October 24 and ending at noon on November 7. The election office is at 3420 SW Van Buren Street. Go south on Topeka Boulevard and turn left on St. Croix Street at the Pizza Hut. The election office will be right in front of you at the bend in the street. You can request a ballot by mail either for the November 8 election or for a permanent mail ballot. The request must be in the election office by Friday, November 4. If you need assistance, Republican precinct committee man Ken Peery (273-1160) will help Republican and Unaffiliated voters and Democratic precinct committee woman Diana Siegal (274-5575) will help Democratic and Unaffiliated voters obtain ballots by mail. Diana will also help anyone register or change their address. Democratic precinct committee man Dale Fooshee (266-4365) will post sample ballots prior to October 24. The first presidential debate was held on September 26. Additional presidential debates will be held October 9 and October 19. The vicepresidential debate will be held on October 4. All debates will start at 8:00 pm on a variety of channels including CSpan. 


Candidate Forums at Brewster Place Kansas Senate 20th District Senator Vicki Schmidt (incumbent) Dr. Candace Ayars Monday, October 10 10:00 am | KAC Kansas House of Representatives 56th District Rep. Lane Hemsley (incumbent) Mr. Virgil Weigel Monday, October 10 3:00 pm | KAC Election Day Tuesday, November 8 Polls Open 7:00 am—7:00 pm The voting place for Brewster Place residents is the Main Building Founders Room

Words from Wellness Yoga Classes Added to Schedule by Eileen McGivern, BSN, RN Vice President of Wellness and Community Initiatives

Healthy You Senior Yoga

Senior Yoga

Thursdays at 1:00 pm | WWC Beginning Thursday, October 13

Saturdays—10:30 am—BE Beginning October 1

Welln ess Wednesday Meditation | The Mind/Body Connection Wednesday, October 5 11:00 am | Main Lounge October Wellness Wednesday will feature a presentation on meditation and its mind and body connection with focus on the health benefits received from it. This session will be presented by Eileen McGivern, BSN, RN, Vice President of Wellness and Community Initiatives. “The mind and body are not separate. What affects one, affects the other.” -unknown

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From the Chaplain


by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.

“...forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you.”

Five Week Bible Study Continues in October Half Truths by Adam Hamilton Mondays, October 3—24 3:00 — 4:00 pm | Main Street Chapel Chaplain Roger Jackson, Facilitator In this five-week video series, Adam Hamilton searches for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include:  Everything happens for a reason.  God helps those who help themselves.  God won’t give you more than you can handle.  God said it, I believe it, that settles it.  Love the sinner, hate the sin.

God helps those who help themselves and other things the Bible doesn’t say. Go beyond everyday sayings and experience the full message of Jesus. 5

Charitable Gifts and Bequests by Jeremy Hall, Director

Memorial Giving

Commemorative Giving

Memorialize your life or that of a loved one

Remember or honor a friend or loved one

Upcoming Foundation Events

For more information about the Brewster Foundation please contact:

Foundation Forum Thursday, October 6 — 10:00 am BE CR Featuring Barry Feaker, Executive Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission Edith Lessendon Chandler Recital Series Saturday, November 19 — 2:30 pm ML Mid-America Quintet

Jeremy R. Hall, Director 785-274-3327 Gaylene Dibbern, Development Associate 785-274-3328 Visit us on the web at 6

A Simple Prayer Kairos Torch Prison Ministry Requests Prayer Partners Kairos Torch Prison Ministry is a Christ centered juvenile prison ministry consisting of volunteers from a variety of churches. The Topeka chapter will be conducting a Kairos Weekend, October 2123, at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex. The weekend is followed by a six month program of one hour weekly one-on-one mentoring. You can participate in this program as a Prayer Support Partner. All that is asked of you is to pray for the youth and volunteers during the Kairos Weekend of October 21-23. If you are interested, sign-up sheets will be available at the Main Office, Brewster East, and Brewster Health Center south entrance desk. We only ask that you sign your first name and first letter of your last name. Names on the list will be printed on strips of paper and made into a prayer chain that will be hung around the prison during the Kairos weekend. It is a very dramatic way to show support and love to one another. The youth are touched that others take time to pray for them.

Memoir Writing: Digging for the Answers to “Who Am I?” Wednesdays, October 5, 12, and 19 2:00—4:00 pm | Chapel on Main Street Please call Jamie at 274-3398 to sign up for this or other Osher classes. Osher classes are free to Brewster Place residents, BrewsterConnect members and Live Well at Home by Brewster members.


either autobiography nor a diary, memoir writing reaches past life’s timelines and facts to dig deeply for answers to our most personal questions: Who mattered most to me? To whom have I mattered? What were my life’s pivotal moments and what did they teach me? In each class, examples of published memoir writings will stir your imagination. Reflective writing prompts will invite you into short writing exercises designed to uncover your life’s mysteries. You’ll experience small-group sharing and leave each class encouraged to continue thinking and writing about YOU. A helpful bibliography, tips for good writing practices, and guidelines on how to form your own memoir-writing group will keep you on track. The story is yours. Write it. The class instructor, Judith Galas, is a working writer who teaches writing to a variety of students— journalism to KU undergrads, tech writing to working professionals, writing basics to middle schoolers, and memoir writing to adults. 

For more information please contact Paul Beck Brewster Place resident at The cut-off date to sign up is Monday, October 17

At the Movies BPTV Thursdays at 2:00 pm

October 6 “The Meddler” (2016 comedy) October 13 “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2016 drama) October 20 “All the Way” (2016 drama) October 27 “Run, Fatboy, Run” (2007 romantic comedy)


Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

Left: Newlyweds Rosemary and Bill had their photo taken in our photo booth that featured a 1956 four horse power (notice the hood ornament) red convertible. Below: BrewsterConnect members Virginia Sanders and Ethlyn Irwin took a break under the big tent after their dance. Everyone enjoyed the great food and fellowship!

-George Bernard Shaw

Left: Elsie Wessel and Mary Lou Mitchell were part of Julie Schmanke’s Race Car Dancers at our recent Rock the Block & BBQ. The “car” theme was evident throughout the event. What fun we had!


october remembrances

celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells


Staff Anniversaries

Pat Oppitz Jean Lamb Jim McCune Doris Pellegrini Jean Ragan Bill Funk Lola Thornton Marjorie Smith Randy Ellis Dale Fooshee Margaret Fowler Pat Greenwood Max DaMetz Albert Henry Mary Stryker Adele Wallace Paul Hammond Charlie Paxton Shirley Fuller Shirley Moses Jessie Cunningham Wanda Meyer Ken Peery Maxine Swanson Jean Kesler Frankie Parman Pat Finson Ruth Hodges Herbert Smith Lawrence Heide Doris Payne Alberta Breece Betty Bomar Bette Tompkins Shirley Martin Virgil Armstrong Mary Coldsnow Cherrie Koehn Irma Thomas Woody Bulkley Doris Kinnett Donald Schooley

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Anniversaries Bob and Frankie Parman Don and Ann Cousins Wayne and Barbara Fernkopf

10/3/1997 10/4/1975 10/7/1950

Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in October!

Department Administration Joe Ewert Dining Services Connie Geartz Breanna Sawyer Environmental Services Christy Allen LaRonn Moss Josh Saunders Kenny Nitsche Health Services Chrystal Miller Ariel Baez Darryl Rice Emily Hull Brenda Dobler Hentjie Culton Crystal Nyambegera Rehab Gayle Grape Security/Transportation Roy Tanner Sophia Chapman Carl Farmer Therapy Ryan Creech Bonnie McBride Bailey Mushock






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Campus BHC Campus Campus

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Campus Campus Campus

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New Residents Patsy Brewster

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Transfers Edna Fluke Sydney Fluke Marcella Montgomery


In Memoriam Mr. William Koehn Mrs. Alberta Cowles

9/4/16 9/11/16

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

october on-campus events Fall Craft with Jamie—Monday, October 3—1:00 pm ML Hello fall! Let’s gather together and make a door decoration that celebrates fall. Jamie will provide all of the supplies. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 if you would like to participate. Wellness Wednesday: The Mind—Body Connection—Wednesday, October 5—11:00 am ML See article on page 4 of this issue. KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Memoir Writing: Digging for the Answers to “Who Am I?” Wednesdays, October 5, 12, and 19—2:00 pm Chapel See article on page 7 of this issue. Foundation Forum—Thursday, October 6—10:00 am BE CR Join us for a discussion with Barry Feaker, Topeka Rescue Mission, Executive Director. Barry will share information about new programs, plans, and needs of the Rescue Mission. All are welcome! Candidate Forum: Kansas Senate 20th District —Monday, October 10—10:00 am KAC We have invited candidates Dr. Candace Ayars and Senator Vicki Schmidt to share their views and answer questions. Candidate Forum: Kansas House of Representatives —Monday, October 10—3:00 pm KAC We have invited candidates Representative Lane Hemsley and Virgil Weigel to share their views and answer questions. Santa Fe Singers—Monday, October 10—6:30 pm ML The Santa Fe Singers are an institution in Topeka and we are excited to kick off fall with a lovely concert. They are sure to entertain us and we invite all to attend. Let’s fill the house for this talented group. Fall Craft—Tuesday, October 11—10:00 am BE Hello fall! Let’s gather together and make a door decoration that celebrates fall. Jamie will provide all of the supplies. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 if you would like to participate. Rummikub—Tuesday, October 12—6:30 pm ML Come join us in a lively game of Rummikub! If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you. Healthwise 55 Luncheon—Wednesday, October 18—11:30 am KAC Deborah Edelman-Dolan, LSCSW, will discuss dealing with holiday stress. Due to loss and life changes for many seniors, the holidays can look and feel much different than they have in the past. We will discuss strategies for coping with feelings of grief and loss that may arise during the holidays, and ways to enjoy new traditions. Reservations are required. To guarantee your space, please make your reservation by Friday, October 14 by calling Jamie at 274-3398. Chapel Organ Concert—Tuesday, October 18—3:00 pm Chapel Please join Jamie in welcoming and enjoying the beautiful organ music presented by Maurice Wright. Kansas Humanities Book Talk—Thursday, October 20—3:00 pm BE CR We will continue with book two of the series called Faith in Fiction: World Faiths. The second book in this series is Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin. It is the story of the struggles of a young man, John, who is supposed to become a preacher like his father, Gabriel. However, at 14, he attempts to reject the strict Christian faith of the family, whose buried secrets and struggles gradually unfold. Cello Concert—Thursday, October 20—6:00 pm ML We are excited to welcome Jenith Hoober, George Paris’ daughter, to entertain us with her cello. She is an esteemed member of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra. It is sure to be an exciting performance! iPhone and iPad Class—Monday, October 24—1:00 pm ML Becky Hinton will be back! She will be here to answer questions and offer instructions on your iPads or iPhones. Please bring your Apple ID if you would like help downloading a new app. She will bring a wealth of experience. Heartland Harmony—Tuesday, October 25—6:15 pm KAC We are excited to welcome the beautiful voices of Heartland Harmony. They will sing popular songs from the 1930s to the 1970s. It will be a fun night! Reminiscing about Grandma and Grandpa—Wednesday, October 26—1:00 pm ML Let’s gather and tell fun stories about our grandparents. We all have a special place in our heart from when we spent time with our grandparents. Please come and share your special memories! Lunch and Trivia—Thursday, October 27—11:00 am MSP Join Jamie for lunch at the Market! After lunch, we will challenge our minds with some simple trivia questions. Lets Color—Thursday, October 27—1:00 pm MB FR Join us for a relaxing time of coloring and socializing! Halloween Parade—October 31—10:30 am KAC

october off-campus events Topeka Symphony Orchestra—Saturday, October 1—6:45 pm Lobbies Get ready for the ultimate night of passionate music celebrating legendary lovers! The concert opens with audience thriller, pianist Alexander Tutunov on George Gershwin’s jazzy and explosive Piano Concerto. Then, the Symphony turns to the most passionate love story of all time with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. They will close with Ravel’s Bolero. If you need help purchasing tickets, please call Jamie. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Topeka Festival Singers—Monday, October 3—6:30 pm Lobbies The Topeka Festival Singers celebrate thirty years under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kellim. The first concert this season is an offering of some of his favorite sacred and serious works, and a selection of folk songs, spirituals, and shorter pieces. Dr. Kellim is excited to have several young area singers join them on stage as they continue their annual high school apprentice program. If you need help purchasing tickets, please call Jamie. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Notable Exceptions Concert—Sunday, October 9—2:00 pm Lobbies Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota is excited to present a vocal concert by the harmony duo of Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps. Judy Coder, daughter of Barbara Harris, is an accomplished singer in the field of Western/Americana music. Their performance will be unforgettable! A donation of $15 is recommended to benefit Sigma Iota Philanthropies, Inc. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Lunch and Overland Park Arboretum and Gardens—Thursday, October 13—9:45 am Lobbies Please see article on page 8 of this issue. Redhead Express—Friday, October 14—2:00 pm Lobbies Berryton Methodist Church is excited to welcome the beautiful voices of the Redhead Express. The sound of their music is real, honest, and will speak to your soul. The raw beauty of the music will be presented in exquisite harmonies with thought-provoking lyrics. The cost is a free-will offering. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House—Monday, October 17—1:00 pm Lobbies Join us in making dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. We enjoy the fellowship of making a meal together. Jamie will do the heavy lifting, and afterward, we will celebrate with a tasty dessert. Please call Jamie at 2743398 for reservations. Dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse—Monday, October 17—5:00 pm Lobbies We will celebrate fall with a lovely dinner out at Longhorn Steakhouse. Dinner is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 2743398 for reservations. Discovering NOTO—Thursday, October 20—10:00 am Lobbies Let’s travel to North Topeka Arts District (NOTO) to see what is going on. We will start by checking out Yeldarb Gallery, then head to Studio 831. At Studio 831, Barbara Waterman-Peters will chat with us about her studio. If our energy permits, we will grab lunch at the newest, yummiest restaurant in NOTO—The Wheel Barrel. Lunch is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Lunch at Dover Café with a Scenic Drive—Tuesday, October 25—10:45 am Lobbies Back by popular demand — lunch at the Somerset Café in Dover, Kansas. The diner special will be Taco Tuesday, but we are going for the award winning PIES! Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Transportation is $13.00 and lunch is Dutch treat. Topeka Civic Theatre—Thursday, October 27—6:00 pm Lobbies TCT presents Deathtrap—a chilling mystery by Ira Levin. This is the tale of Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, who is struggling to overcome a dry spell, which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortune occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college — a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, which the young man quickly accepts. Thereafter, suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.

Brewster News October 2016  

Monthly newsletter of Brewster Place in Topeka, Kansas.

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