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In Touch with the Brookline Community

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esidents of PineCastle, The Inn and Windsong now have the option of being seen by a Geisinger physician in the comfort of their own home. In November, an extension of Geisinger Health System’s Primary Care Physician Program opened its doors on the first floor of the PineCastle building. Continued on p. 4

A Tradition of Caring B

rookline’s tradition of caring began with a friend’s request of Mary and Roscoe Coldren many years ago. Their friends were taking a trip and needed someone to care for an aging mother while they were away. It was decided that she would come to stay at the Coldren’s family farm. When their friends returned, they were thrilled to find that not only had their mother been well cared for during their absence, but she had enjoyed her visit, too! Mary and Roscoe’s friends were happy to spread the word of their experience and before long, there were often guests at the Coldrens’ home. In fact, within a few years, the Coldrens found themselves caring for more than one guest at a time and wishing for more space. In 1955, the family’s summer house was transformed and Coldren Convalescent Rest Home was founded in Mifflintown, PA. The home quickly came to be known for the quality care and comfortable surroundings its guests enjoyed. This tradition continues today throughout Brookline’s continuum of care and is rooted in Mary and Roscoe Coldren’s caring nature and spirited enjoyment of life. Continued on p. 6

A bi-annual publication from Brookline senior living and healthcare facilities of State College, PA

welcome >>>

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…


he sights and sounds of the holidays are some of my favorite here at Brookline. Just after our annual “Harvest Fest,” family Thanksgiving feast (page 7), the lights come out, decorations are hung, and you can almost feel the magic in the air! In this issue of Brooklines, we recap the season that was, as we take a look at some of the most notable happenings of autumn, and look ahead to the upcoming winter and rapidly-approaching new year. Be sure to check out page 7 for pictures from our Harner Farm & The Terrace at Brookline Fall Festival, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, and read all about Geisinger Health System’s newest primary care outreach center location (cover). Also on the cover, join us as we take a journey back and look at Brookline’s past, present and future. Did you know that we’ve been in State College for nearly 30 years? As always, we hope you enjoy taking an inside look at Brookline and the people who live and work here. From our family to yours, wishes for a wonderful holiday and blessed new year. Anissa Rupert Ilie Brookline Marketing & Public Relations

Thank you for not smoking. Brookline is now a 100% tobacco-free community.

Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited anywhere inside or outside on the Brookline premises. Thank you for helping us to make Brookline a better, cleaner and healthier place to live and work.


Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH @ 1 PM

Schlow Centre Region Library 211 S. Allen Street, State College For more information, please contact Janie at 814-235-2000 or Anne at 814-234-3141 •

Wishing you Happy Holidays! 2

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Meet Cindy Deemer Brookline’s Secretary/Receptionist


he’s the first voice you hear when calling Brookline, and the first face that greets you when you walk through the front door of The Fairways. Cindy Deemer joined the Brookline staff a year-anda-half ago as secretary/receptionist, where she says she loves greeting guests and chatting with the residents and their families. Cindy comes to work each day from the nearby town of Warriors Mark, where she resides with her husband of seven years, Bruce. Together with Bruce, she is mom to Danny, 26; Lindy, 25; and step -mom to Shannon, 28; and Jennifer, 26. Cindy also is the proud grandmother of granddaughters, Mia, 7; Eliza, 3; and two-year-old Madison; and seven-month-old grandson, Ricky. In her down time, Cindy enjoys horseback riding and crafting, but enjoys signing the most. Her husband, who has practiced American Sign Language since the age of eight—he learned in order to speak with a friend he met at his church—taught Cindy the basics. For the past two years they have enjoyed “singing” Christian music through signing, and perform at various churches and other community locations.


e Are… The Kettles!

This holiday season, Brookline joins a number of local businesses that have joined forces with the State College Area Salvation Army for the first “We Are The Kettles” campaign. In an effort to assist with the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, members of the Brookline staff have been busy collecting monies through workplace and online donations, and will be ringing bells outside of Sam’s Club in State College on Friday, December 14 from 11 am to 9 pm. Those wishing to donate online can visit the campaign website at

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CONGRATULATIONS, TEAM BROOKLINE! For the fourth consecutive year, Team Brookline has been named as the top fundraising team in the annual State College Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s, bringing in a total of $5,320.33. Brookline staff, family members and friends work all year to raise money for the walk, which directly benefits the local Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Way to go!

look what’s new >>> The center—the first Geisinger remote office location in a personal-care home setting— is overseen by The Fairways’ medical director, Dr. Charles Maxin, though residents will primarily see physician assistant, Caitlin Campbell. Campbell says that she is, “looking forward to getting to know residents, keeping them up-to-date on healthcare and making [receiving care] more convenient for them.” Continued from cover.

Those Brookline personal care and independent-living residents with existing Geisinger medical coverage may make appointments with nurses Robin Walker or Karen Parrish. Regular clinic hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Services include, but are not limited to, treatment for chronic conditions, physicals, and annual medical evaluation; visits requiring additional services will be arranged at a nearby Geisinger office location.

Dr. Maxin and Caitlin Campbell in the new Geisinger outreach center

Questions regarding the center may be directed to nursing staff at The Inn and PineCastle or to administrator, Tonda Aumiller at (814) 238-3193 or at

Residents Honored on Veterans Day

happenings >>>


his Veterans Day, Brookline veterans were honored during a special presentation. Residents from all areas of Brookline were invited to the public event featuring key note speaker, Captain Charles J. Doty, USN, of State College. Captain Doty is a Penn State graduate and was a recipient of the Navy

Submarine League Admiral Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership as Commanding Officer and was the first director of the Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina, in addition to a myriad of other military and personal honors. Currently, there are just over 60 veterans who call Brookline home.

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Meals On Wheels Accolades


t this year’s State College Area Meals On Wheels’ “A Meal That Matters,” benefit dinner, Brookline was recognized as the sponsor with the longest running history of helping the local organization serve seniors in the State College area community. Brookline marketing and public relations coordinator, Anissa Ilie and State College Area Meals On Wheels president, Bill Haner


Brookline has proudly supported the efforts of MOW for more than 25 years, and this year became the first-ever platinum sponsor for “A Meal That Matters.”

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Exercise and cold weather: Stay motivated, fit and safe


old weather might make you feel like hibernating, but you don't have to give up your exercise and fitness goals. By dressing properly and heeding cold-weather safety tips, you can safely exercise outdoors.

Maintain your motivation. Focus on how you'll benefit if you keep up your exercise routine throughout the coldweather season. Exercise can help shake those winter blues. It improves your mood, increases your energy level and helps you sleep better. And you'll begin better shape when the weather warms up.

Exercise outdoors - Dress right and

play it safe. Stay safe as you brave the elements.

Get your doctor's OK. For some people, cold air can trigger chest pain or asthma attacks. If you have any medical conditions or concerns about exercising outdoors, check with your doctor first.

Dress in layers. Start with a thin layer of synthetic material such as polypropylene, which draws sweat away from your body. Next try fleece for insulation. Top this with a waterproof outer layer. To warm the air you breathe, wear a face mask or a scarf over your mouth. Remember to wear a hat and gloves, too. Remember sunscreen. Snow reflects the sun's rays—so sunburn is possible even if you're cold. You may want to wear lip balm, too.

Make sure you're visible. If you'll be outdoors when natural light is poor, wear reflective clothing. Start slowly. Don't forget to stretch and warm up. It's OK to feel a little chilly at first. You'll warm up quickly. Head into the wind. You'll be less likely to get chilled on the way back if you end your workout—when you may be sweaty—with the wind at your back. Drink plenty of fluids. Drink water or sports drinks before, during and after your workout—even if you're not thirsty. Cold air has a drying effect, which can increase the risk of dehydration. In turn, dehydration increases the risk of frostbite. Beware of slippery surfaces. To stay steady on your feet, choose footwear with enough traction to prevent falls.

Pay attention to wind chill. The wind can penetrate your clothes and remove the insulating layer of warm air that surrounds your body. If the temperature dips well below zero or the wind chill is below minus 20 F, choose an indoor activity instead. Watch out for frostbite. Frostbite appears as a patch of hard, pale, cold skin. If you think you may have frostbite, get out of the cold and warm the affected area. If numbness continues, seek emergency care. Seek emergency care for hypothermia. If your body temperature drops too much, you may experience intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination and fatigue. If you suspect hypothermia, get out of the cold and seek emergency care.

Walking at Brookline To get you started, below are two suggested outdoor walking trails on the Brookline campus. Main entrance at The Inn to main entrance of The Fairways (slight hill on return) = .2 mile Main entrance at The Inn, turn right, continue on sidewalk around back of the building past pavilion; enter again at Windsong Dining Room; turn right, continue outdoors back to Inn’s main entrance = .25 mile

continued from cover >>> In 1966, Clifford R. Coldren purchased his Mifflintown family business, became its administrator and changed the name to Brookline Manor Convalescent Rest Home. Over the next several years, The Manor would be developed into a 128-bed, multi-level care community and included nursing care, one of the first assisted-living arrangements in Central Pennsylvania, and stand-alone cottages. Brookline Manor soon became known in the State College area, and those family members of residents who traveled from State College to The Manor, encouraged Mr. Coldren to open a similar health care community there. And so, recognizing that older adults living in Centre County might benefit from the availability of an alternative to living alone in and maintaining a home, he began plans to build in State College. The goal of Mr. Coldren and those who partnered with him in this venture was to provide above-standard accommodations, services and care in a relaxed residential atmosphere—a place where any one of them would wish to live or to have a loved one live if necessary. By the spring of 1983, plans for a personal care center, The Inn, were underway. The Inn opened in 1985 and offered accommodations for 90 guests and six additional independent -living apartments. In the spring of 1987, an additional 27 apartments were built. They were joined with the original six to form the Windsong Apartments. The Fairways at Brookline, a 120-bed long-term care unit, opened in 1988. The facility was designed to provide round-the-clock nursing care and grew to include comprehensive short– or long-term rehabilitation services and subacute care accommodations. In 2003, PineCastle expanded Brookline’s personal-care services to include private suites with greater independence in a secure setting. Continuing the trend in growth, in 2004, The Terrace at Brookline began offering specialized personal-care services for individuals with care needs relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In an ongoing effort to improve the care of residents, Geisinger Health System recently opened the doors of a primary care outreach center at PineCastle (cover). Always looking to the future, Brookline’s latest addition—scheduled to open by next spring—is a new café where residents can enjoy a bagel and a hot cup of coffee while chatting with friends. No matter what the project, the Coldren family’s commitment to excellence and quality care remains the guiding charter in the growth and success of Brookline, as it is known today. It is a commitment to satisfying the needs of those whom we serve by providing security, independence, trust and a sense of self-worth.


The Inn


The Fairways

The Terrace


1900 -1950 Cliffside- Drive State College, PA 16801 814-238-3193 (main phone)

Windsong - Independent Apartment Living 814-238-3193 The Inn - Personal Care Rooms 814-238-3193 PineCastle - Personal Care Suites 814-238-3193 The Fairways - Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation 814-238-3139 The Terrace - Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s / Memory Care 814-234-3141

coming in June >>>

Next Issue: Spring/Summer 2013

Independent Living Apartments

Personal Care Rooms & Suites

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Memory Care

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation


In touch with the Brookline community


In touch with the Brookline community