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Fall/Winter 2011 >>> resident spotlight ……….… 3 for your health …….…....…. 4 giving back ………..……….…. 5 employee focus on …..….… 6 snapshots ……..…..…...……… 7

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Happy 105th Birthday

Ruth Dreibelbis


orn September 1, 1906, near Pleasant Gap, PA, Inn resident Ruth Dreibelbis lived the first 17 years of her life without electricity, on a farm her family rented by the current Radio Park Elementary; attended a one-room school near what is now the intersection of Blue Course Drive and Circleville Road; and has lived all but five of her 105 years right here in Centre County. Read more on p. 3

Russell Receives Inaugural Award Navy League presents first distinguished citizen award to local leader


n October 13, Retired Marine Corps Colonel Gerald F. Russell, a resident of The Inn, was honored at a banquet hosted by The Navy League of Central Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Nittany Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Family, friends and members of the Brookline staff joined Russell as he was awarded the first ever Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Distinguished Citizen Award. The award is given to a non-active duty person (s) whose character, distinguished military or civilian service and stature exemplify the qualities for which the Navy League, Central Pennsylvania Council, strives. Murphy, a 1998 Penn State graduate, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on October 22, 2007, for his heroic actions in combat in Afghanistan. Russell is a decorated combat veteran of World War II who served at both Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Continued on p. 5

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he older you get the faster time goes by. My grandmother said this many times; since I am getting older, I discovered that she is right; 2011 at Brookline has gone by so fast.

Here are some of the things that we have done this year. Team Brookline worked hard raising money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and was the top team fundraiser for the fourth consecutive year (below). Brookline staff participated in the Centre County United Way Day of Caring and also had a day of fun during our Adopt-A-Highway Day. The Family Picnic was such a great event in June. Residents and families enjoyed the Harvest Fest, Windsong Steak Night and Harner Farm & The Terrace at Brookline Fall Festival. Maintenance and activity staff culminated the year with the transformation of Brookline into a holiday wonderland with all the decorations, lights, and poinsettias. Several residents at Brookline were honored and celebrated some amazing milestones in 2011, including Ruth Dreibelbis who celebrated her 105th birthday (cover). In addition, Colonel Russell was honored with the inaugural Michael P. Murphy Distinguished Citizen Award. (cover) I can’t wait to see what the New Year will be bringing to Brookline. I would like to send my best wishes to all residents, families and staff for a happy and healthy 2012.

Tonda Aumiller Administrator for Personal Care and Independent Living PineCastle, The Inn and Windsong at Brookline

Happy Holidays!

Wishing our residents, staff, friends and families Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for a joyous new year!

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(Resident Spotlight, from cover) Born Ruth Herman in Spring Township—where she resided until 1920

when the Herman family moved to Ferguson Township—Ruth attended State College area schools, including a one-room school house. Apart from five years when she lived in Westmoreland County, Centre County has been her home base. Ruth’s late husband, Bruce Dreibelbis—as luck would have it—was born and raised on a nearby 210-acre dairy farm in what is now Tudek Park. “I met the neighbor boy, and I stayed,” she said. Ruth worked as a switchboard operator at Penn State for 22 years, where she spoke to President Dwight Eisenhower several times while Eisenhower’s brother, Milton, was president of the university. After retirement, she volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Mount Nittany Medical Center, then Centre Community Hospital. Bruce and Ruth’s five children were born and raised on the family farm, which township officials converted into a farm museum, utilizing the original farm house structure. Ruth, however, lived in a newer house on the property until about 12 years ago and still keeps a home there. Today she has 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, and notes that she probably could list each of them and their birthdays. This September, along with her son, Galen, and friends, community members, and residents and staff of The Inn, Ruth celebrated her birthday in style with a cake and well wishes from all. Galen said she keeps busy at The Inn by reading magazines and visiting with friends, and enjoys the variety of scheduled activities that Brookline offers.

Ruth Dreibelbis and son, Galen Dreibelbis celebrate Ruth’s 105th birthday at The Inn!

She is in good health and has excellent memory, he said, “She’s very happy.” And while Ruth says that she’s not quite sure how she’s managed to live this long—her mother lived to be 100—she says that she “guesses” that she attributes her longevity to leading an active life on a farm, volunteering in the community and quality time with family and friends; oh, and eating only meals made from the produce, grains and meats that her family harvested. Sounds like a recipe for success to us!


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Get Moving! W

ith the mercury dropping and days growing shorter, setting aside time for exercise is more important than ever! Because we all tend to be more sedentary in the winter months, making an effort to fit in physical activity can seem especially daunting; but at The Inn, Windsong and PineCastle, it’s easy to hit the gym… right in the comfort of your own home. Brookline’s newly-remodeled independent-living and personal care fitness center is located at Windsong, just steps away from The Inn.

Featuring exercise bikes, treadmill, free weights and other equipment, the fitness room is open for the use of all residents. In addition, transportation to and from Windsong is now available. One-on-one or group fitness plan consultations from Samantha, Jill or Alice may also be scheduled by calling either activity department at ext. 2041 (The Inn) or 2414 (PineCastle). A variety of low-impact aerobic exercise classes are regularly available, as are several new ones, including Tai chi, and yoga and meditation. Start out the new year on the right foot and find an exercise program that’s just right for you!

Exercise helps you maintain or lose weight. As one’s metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories. When your body reaches a healthy weight, overall wellness improves. Exercise reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease. Among the many benefits of exercise for seniors is improved immune function, better heart health and blood pressure, better bone density, and better digestive functioning. Seniors who exercise also have a lowered risk of several chronic conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer. Exercise enhances your mobility, flexibility and balance. Exercise improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Exercise improves your sleep. Poor sleep is not an automatic consequence of aging and quality sleep is important for your overall health. Exercise often improves sleep, helping you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply. Exercise boosts mood and self-confidence. Endorphins produced by exercise can actually help you feel better and reduce feelings of sadness or depression. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident and sure of yourself. Exercise is good for the brain. Exercise benefits regular brain functions and can help keep the brain active, which can prevent memory loss, cognitive decline and dementia. Exercise may even help slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Spirit of Giving


is better to give than to receive. Philanthropic efforts are a year-round practice at Brookline, but never more so than during the holiday season. Over the past few months, staff has walked to end Alzheimer’s, collected trash as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway initiative, and painted a local library during the Centre County United Way Day of Caring. More recently, residents from all of our communities have been crafting tree ornaments for the upcoming Centre County United Way Festival of Trees (see p. 6). Others have been busy working with staff to collect items for our local food pantries; stuffing fundraising envelopes for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center; and helping to wrap toys for the local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. ~ Albert Schweitzer

(Russell, continued from cover)

He commanded a combat battalion in Korea and a regiment at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After retirement, he served Penn State as assistant vice provost in the College of Education. His many volunteer efforts include the PA Special Olympics, Centre County Toys for Tots and the Centre County United Way Day of Caring.

Colonel Russell at the Michael P. Murphy Distinguished Citizen Award dinner with Brookline administration and staff

Gen. James T. Conway, who retired in 2010 as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, served as the keynote speaker during the banquet at the State College Elks Club.


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Mary Anne Thorne Social Services, The Fairways at Brookline Hometown: Kersey, PA Time with Brookline: Two-and-a-half years Education: Clarion University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in rehabilitative sciences/gerontology West Chester University, Master of Social Work and Graduate certificate in gerontology

Family: Winston, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix Leisure time: reading, attending various sporting events, staying active, walking Winston Interesting fact: While attending Elk County Christian High School, Mary Anne founded the student community service Interact Club. Later, while at Clarion, she founded the Rehabilitation Sciences Club volunteer group.

Why she chose this line of work: “I love the elderly and have always had a real passion for working with them.” Favorite part of her job: “Coming in every day, knowing that I’m making a difference in the lives of our residents.”

2011 Festival of Trees


Top Team Fundraisers 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s



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