Enjoy, explore and embrace your best life!
Socialization and longevity â€Ś seniors are living it up!
Live More Live More is published four times a year for the neighbors of Cedar Community. If you would like to add a neighbor’s name to our mailing list, please contact us at 262.338.2824. To view Live More online, visit cedarcommunity.org/ about/news-events. EDITOR Nicole Pretre CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Carrie Sturn Nicole Pretre GRAPHIC DESIGNER Cyndi Frohmader
ON THE COVER Cedar Community residents enjoy socializing at the Market Café at our independent living apartments.
Our mission: To model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, | and AUTUMN 2017 02 services environments.
INSIDE th Live More ... with purpose Lifestyle traits and longevity | 4 – 5 Newly remodeled apartments offer spacious living Beautiful apartments with assistance as needed | 6 Using good memories to heal your grief Focusing on the positive things | 7 Living the ‘high life’ as Miller’s ‘Girl in the Moon’ Resident becomes a brand icon| 8 – 9 Hidden Talents Meet Helen Yenter | 10 Cedar Community Green Team Reducing the use of styrofoam | 11 Social support through chaplaincy Guiding residents through prayer, reflection and meditation | 12
Staff members enjoy a cookout and fun to raise money for our Alzheimer’s Walk team. Turn to page 20 to learn more about staff members at Cedar Community.
his ISSUE Fulfilling a mission while enjoying the journey Supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease | 13 Cedar Community Butterfly Release Remembering and honoring loved ones | 14 – 17 Socialization and longevity ... seniors are living it up! Residents embrace opportunities to stay connected | 18 – 19 Profession offers so much to so many people CNAs enjoy one-on-one time with residents | 20 – 22 Not just a walk in the park Advanced hiking group staying active | 23 Out & About Events, classes and seminars you don’t want to miss | 24 – 27
Benevolent Corporation Cedar Community Officers Joan Adler, President Kathy Van Eerden, Vice President James Wesson, Treasurer John Smithers, Secretary
Board of Directors Julie Gabelmann Dan Miller Tom Ross Adam Stone Bud Wendorf
Cedar Community Foundation Officers Dale Kent, President Richard Eschner, Vice President Tom Ross, Treasurer Prudence Pick Hway, Secretary
Board of Directors Joan Adler Joe Carlson Andrew Gonring Richard Mehring Lynn Olson Jeff Reigle John Smithers Heidi Thomas Peter Ziegler Chris Zwygart
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Lynn W. Olson
CEO, “Coach of an Excellent Organization”
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Some of you may have heard or read about research on what have been called “Blue Zones” around the world. According to Wikipedia: “Blue Zones is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world’s longest-lived people.” The five world regions identified and discussed by author Dan Buettner in the book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest are: • Sardinia, Italy, particularly the cities of Ogliastra, Barbagia di Ollolai and Barbagia of Seulo. One team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where an amazing proportion of men reach the age of 100 years. In particular, a village called Seulo holds the record of 20 centenarians from 1996 to 2016 that confirms it is “the place where people live the longest in the world.” • The islands of Okinawa, Japan, which are home to a group of people that is among the longest-lived on Earth. • Loma Linda, California, where researchers studied a group of Seventh-Day Adventists who rank among North America’s longevity all-stars. 04
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• Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, which is a peninsula that was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007. • Icaria, Greece, where an April 2009 study uncovered the location with the highest percentage of 90-year-olds on the planet, where nearly one out of three people live into their 90s. Furthermore, the study showed Icarians have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia. Studies show residents of these places, which produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly cause death in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life. In his book, Buettner provides a list of nine lessons, covering the lifestyle of people living in the Blue Zones: • Moderate, regular physical activity.
• Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine.
• Life purpose.
• Engagement in spirituality or religion.
• Stress reduction.
• Engagement in family life.
• Moderate caloric intake.
• Engagement in social life.
• Plant-based diet. When I look at this list and reflect on what makes Cedar Community special, I believe we foster a number of these lifestyle traits. But what I see taking place among residents on a regular basis that moves me the most is lesson number two on the list: living life with purpose. Our residents are continually giving back to both their fellow residents at Cedar Community, as well as the greater community around them. Whether it’s touring new residents around our beautiful, natural campus on one of our “bug” carts, leading a discussion group on diversity, organizing bird watching expeditions, helping with activities in assisted living or skilled nursing—the list could go on and on. Our residents embrace the opportunities at Cedar Community to live their lives with purpose. Some might think when people come to a “retirement” community, all residents want to do is sit back and be catered to. When I see residents at 7 a.m. on one of our carts getting ready to go out and volunteer to take care of the landscaping and trees on our campuses, I don’t see someone who just wants to sit back and be taken care of. When I see a resident volunteering to take a group of individuals with disabilities from a local workshop out to enjoy an afternoon on a pontoon boat ride, I see someone who is very much still giving back to society. And when I see a beautiful park bench masterfully crafted by a resident in our Cedar Community Woodwork Shop donated to Cedar Community for a fundraising event, I see more evidence of residents living life with purpose. Yes, we provide a wide range of activities and environments to stimulate residents to enjoy and explore their retirement to the fullest. But we receive so much from them in terms of time, talent, experience and wisdom. I know I speak for many of us who work here that we are truly blessed to be part of the Cedar Community ministry. cedarcommunity.org
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Newly remodeled apartments offer spacious living If you or a loved one may be considering assisted living, Cedar Community offers a variety of apartment options, including studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Our newly remodeled, private one-bedroom assisted living apartments include a bedroom with walk-in closet; bathroom with a roll-in shower; kitchenette with refrigerator, stove and microwave; individual climate control thermostats; weekly housekeeping and linen service; free basic cable television, high-speed internet and telephone bundle; and utilities are included (electric, heat, air conditioning and water). Cedar Community’s assisted living enables you to live independently in your own apartment, furnished with your own personal belongings, along with all the support you need to live comfortably. Assistance is available when you need it, providing peace of mind for you and your family. New residents receive a private, personal health assessment from our nursing staff with a tailored care plan to fit your personal needs. À la carte service options allow you to pay for only those additional services you may need. Residents also enjoy three delicious meals daily served restaurant-style. We also offer a variety of life enrichment and wellness programs each week so you can be as involved as little or as much as you like. The activity program is designed to meet a wide range of interests including: shopping trips, socials and celebrations, musical opportunities, spiritual fulfillment with Bible study and mass, coffee hours, daily fitness classes, book clubs, picnics at our lakefront beach house, golf cart rides throughout the scenic grounds, pontoon boat rides on Big Cedar Lake and so much more. If you’ve been thinking about a move, now is the time. Our newly remodeled apartments won’t last long! Call Michelle at 262.306.4299 to schedule a private tour today. You can also visit our website for more information, including pricing, at cedarcommunity.org. 06
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Using Good Memories to Help Heal Your Grief
Kathy Weston, MS MSW CAPSW C-ASWCM ACHP-SW
Director of Cedar Community at Home
On top of my desk stands a picture of me with my best friend/sister-in-law, Jenny. The picture was taken up north in Cavour, Wis. over a Labor Day weekend. My guess is the picture is probably about 15 years old. Jenny’s parents have a home on the Peshtigo River. I always felt lucky and honored when I was asked to travel with all of the family and spend time with them. I have fond memories of golfing, swimming at the beach, boating, bonfires and fireworks. Jenny died more than nine years ago, but the travels to Cavour with family and friends continue. Remembering a loved one who has died can bring deep feelings within all of us. While some of these feelings can create pain, many others can bring great comfort and profound healing. Drawing strength and comfort from our memories can help us to bear the pain of loss. My hope is this message will help you look to the past to make the present and future better, especially as we will soon enter the holiday season. When we lose people important to us, it’s natural to miss them. How we deal with the grief we feel along with the memories of our loved ones, can make all the difference. I am hoping this article will help the healing by “remembering to remember” all that is good and endearing.
• Give yourself the best gifts of yesterday. I know a woman who has written occasional letters to her father, who has been gone for a number of years. She shares with him all of the things she wasn’t able to tell him when he was alive. She updates him on what is going on with his grandchildren, but mostly she reminisces about conversations, family gatherings, trips, childhood experiences and happy recollections of times she enjoyed. She does this because it helps her grieve quietly and expressively. • Give thanks. Although it is hard to be thankful and sad at the same time, one way of remaining thankful is to treasure keepsakes of those we have loved and to incorporate some of a loved one’s belongings into your life. I am thankful I have wonderful memories to share with Jenny’s daughters. I have many of Jenny’s personal treasures. I kept many of them at the time she died. I am returning those treasures each Christmas to her daughters. The treasure always comes with a story and memory. The stories always make us laugh and cry. We are thankful for the memories. • Reinvest in the future – and in now. It is important to focus on the positive things in our past and in our lives. It is easy to get caught up in the negative, and to lose sight of all we have and what we had in the past. continued on page 9 ...
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LIVING THE ‘HIGH LIFE’ AS MILLER’S ‘GIRL IN THE MOON’ The advertising world is full of famous female brand icons, but the longest-lived icon in the history of American brewing is Miller Brewing Company’s the “Girl in the Moon.” Rumor has it on a dark night in rural Wisconsin, A. C. Paul Miller, who worked in Miller’s marketing division, got lost in the Northwoods— probably after having a few. He staggered through the wilderness, trying to find his way out. Then a beautiful woman appeared in the moon and steered him back to civilization—or so the legend goes. In 1903, the ‘Girl in the Moon’ became the face of Miller High Life beer. With a few makeovers over the years, she continues to appear on bottle necks even today. 08
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Cedar Community resident Gladys Schmidt graduated from Port Washington High School in 1939 and attended Milwaukee Vocational School until she was 18. Back then, if you were not yet 18 years old you needed to attend vocational school before you were allowed to get a job. She worked at Boston Store during the Christmas season tagging jewelry which, she noted, was quite boring. She was interested in secretarial work and was soon hired by the Miller Brewing Company as temporary help to send out a mailing to get people interested in buying their seasonal beer. Gladys’ temporary job ended up turning into a full-time job working in the advertising department. Her legacy as a cedarcommunity.org
brand icon began when the company needed someone to fit into the costume of the ‘Girl in the Moon.’ “They handed me the costume and said see if it fits. I was on the thin side so it fit me perfectly. They said you got the job and I said, I didn’t apply for it,” says Gladys. She describes the hat as being like a Mexican sombrero, while the outfit was red and the boots were the kind you put over your own shoes. Her role as the ‘Girl in the Moon’ was to participate in bond rally parades in the Milwaukee area. They had a float built so she could get from the driver’s seat into the moon. “I could crawl from underneath into the moon. I was always worried I was going to fall but they had me secured pretty good,” says Gladys. The bond rallies were an opportunity to sell war bonds to help pay for World War II, and the parades were a way to draw people to the rallies. Most of the rallies were at night and Gladys also attended bond rally dinners. “I would go to work in the morning and sometimes not know what I was going to be doing the rest of the day. I could be in a parade or at a dinner,” says Gladys. She did have the opportunity to mingle with local celebrities including Green Bay Packers Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson. Gladys was the ‘Girl in the Moon’ for about five years until WWII was over. “That was my short history as a celebrity,” jokes Gladys.
Today, the first ‘Girl in the Moon’ is happy enjoying the peace and quiet of Cedar Community’s independent living apartments. She recently celebrated her 46th wedding anniversary with her second husband, Ralph. They lived in West Bend for 41 years and always said they would like to live at Cedar Community. “My husband walked in the house one day and said, ‘Did you decide?’” says Gladys. Ralph was ready to move right then and there. When they visited Cedar Community, there were only one-bedroom apartments available. “We sold our house and took the one-bedroom. If you downsize enough there is plenty of room,” says Gladys. They like the size, layout and location of their apartment. “Moving was a good decision. I am not a very outgoing person so I don’t meet a lot of people. I have just enough to do around my apartment. I do some cooking. We go to the restaurant or go out to eat,” says Gladys. Cedar Community’s independent living is the perfect fit for both Gladys and Ralph, because Gladys enjoys time by herself in their apartment, while Ralph is active in several card groups and enjoys socializing and walking the halls and grounds. They are “over the moon” about their life at Cedar Community!
For more information, or to schedule a tour of Cedar Community’s independent living homes or apartments, call Cathy at 262.338.4615.
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It is difficult to drive the negative thoughts away and replace them with positive ones. I encourage you to try and do something positive. Make a phone call or place a visit to someone you have not seen in a while. There is great healing power in small gestures. If we can look toward the future, no matter how hard that can be, this can be a proven path to healing. We cannot be expected to just forget someone who has died, and then go on with life as if nothing has happened to us. We have lost someone special, and life will never be the same. Memories help us weave together the past, present and future. I encourage you to pick up the pieces of the past as best you can, treasure them deeply, share a memory and come to realize that good treasures are never really lost. Cedar Community at Home’s hospice program includes bereavement services for the families of loved ones who have passed away. To learn more about Cedar Community at Home’s hospice program, please visit our website at cedarcommunity.org. cedarcommunity.org
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Resident life ... everyone has a story to tell
Helen Yenter, a resident in Cedar Community’s assisted living, is quite proud to tell her story. She has been a resident since early 2016. She came here from her home of twenty seven years by Lake Lenwood, near West Bend. Helen was born in Stevens Point, growing up there with three brothers and a sister; she is the oldest. Helen bought an accordion when she was 16. She practiced about a week, but she just couldn’t get it; it wouldn’t click. Frustrated, she took it back to the store to return it. After walking home, she changed her mind, and walked back to repurchase it. She was determined she was going to learn how to play it, and play she did! She never took music lessons; can’t read a note. She would learn a song after hearing it sung or played on the piano. Her cousin would play it for her using the sheet music, sometimes even listening over the phone to learn it. Helen says if she heard it, she learned it, and she could play it. She started by playing the accordion solo, and sang at many local weddings. Then she was invited to join the Dave Dudley Country Western group, performing with them for five years. He wrote a lot of his own songs, 10
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mostly truck driver songs. His most famous was “Six Days on the Road.” The group practiced in her mom’s kitchen and played several nights a week at many events. The group did a radio broadcast every Saturday morning on WFHR (Wisconsin Rapids) and WSPT (Stevens Point). They performed at local movie theaters during the 15-minute intermission. At intermission, the curtain went up and they performed. After the movie, they waited in the lobby to schedule bookings. After leaving that group she joined the Clover Valley Playmates, playing the drums. She also did some hair modeling at the Plankinton Hotel in Milwaukee. She remembers wearing lavish diamond jewelry (borrowed from a jeweler). Helen shared some beautiful photos taken of her as a musical performer and modeling. For her day job, Helen was the dietician at St. Michael Hospital in Stevens Point. She worked a full day and performed with the group at night. She returned to work very early in the morning to do it all over again. Some nights the hospital gave her a bed to sleep there to save her the mile and half walk back to work.
She married Chet (Chester) in May, 1956. He had seventeen brothers and sisters. Yes, they have really huge family reunions! He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. After that, he worked as a truck driver for thirty three years. After they were married she quit the band and they moved to Milwaukee. When the children were born Helen stayed home. Helen has two sons and a daughter, all living in the area. She also enjoys spending time with her three grandsons and four great-grandchildren. I asked what brought her to Cedar Community. After she developed some health problems, her daughter visited five different senior care facilities in the area, touring and talking to residents at each location. The family chose Cedar Community’s assisted living because it offered the best care, more activities, less cost and friendly staff. The beautiful natural setting was also a plus, as Helen always enjoyed nature and watching the deer, squirrels and wild turkeys. The family is happy to know she is well cared for. They come to visit and are not the caretakers. She enjoys the good meals, especially having been a dietician. Helen says the food is fabulous! She has no complaints. Helen has made many friends. Her dining table friends have a monthly pizza party, ordering in their own pizza. She partakes in most of the activities. Helen admits she always has a few Miller Lite beers in the refrigerator, says “she’s old enough now to drink.” Helen still owns a 1983 red Z-28 Camaro. Her son, Jeff stores it for her and occasionally takes her out for rides. Helen also plays her accordion, occasionally, for other residents. She played a few songs for me. Yes, she enjoys life! Gladys Sachse
Resident, Cedar Community Independent Living
THE GREEN TEAM OF CEDAR COMMUNITY Who is the Green Team? No, we’re not little green people from outer space. The team is made up of volunteer Cedar Community residents and supporting team members who care about the health of our planet. Our mission is to encourage lifestyles and habits that promote the wise use of natural resources and help protect and sustain our environment. The Green Team meets quarterly, but members engage in research and education throughout the year. You see those innocent-looking demons everywhere—at parties, meetings, restaurants, coffee shops and homes. You may even be holding one in your hand as you read this. Furthermore, you may not realize the damaging effect that this lily-white container has on the planet we inhabit. The demon is polystyrene, commonly referred to by the brand name Styrofoam. Its use is ubiquitous—in cups and plates, take-out containers, food packaging, insulation and as “peanuts” in shipping boxes. It’s convenient, light-weight and relatively cheap. So, what’s wrong with Styrofoam? For starters, styrene has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen. Workers in industries that manufacture styrene products may suffer various health effects such as irritation of the skin, eyes and upper respiratory tract. Further, Styrofoam cups and food containers can leach toxic chemicals into the food and beverages they contain, especially if heated in a microwave oven. Recycling styrene is possible but not practical, as it’s hard to make new products from it. Styrofoam typically ends up in landfills, where, according to one estimate, it takes 500 years to disintegrate. How can we help reduce the use of this damaging product? We can begin by refusing to use it whenever possible. Bring your own reusable or biodegradable cup and plate to gatherings that typically serve on Styrofoam. Cedar Community’s Top of the Ridge Restaurant and delis provide reusable take-out containers for a small, one-time fee. The next time you dine there, ask your wait staff about it. Join the program and help eliminate the polystyrene demon.
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Social support through chaplaincy There is plenty of research to convince us that surrounding ourselves with people who genuinely care about us can have a positive effect on both our physical and mental wellbeing. As psychologist Abraham Maslow observed, love is as essential to the growth of a human being as is food. But further studies have demonstrated that social support and religious faith also appear to have a significant, consistent relationship with improved health and longevity, including less hypertension and depression, a lower risk of suicide and less use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. A strong social support network can be critical in helping us through the stress of tough times, whether weâ€™ve had a bad day or a year filled with loss or chronic illness. For all of us at Cedar Community, living and working in community offers us opportunities to build these meaningful social support networks regardless of our current place on the journey of life. Our chaplaincy team is here to encourage and develop this meaningful social support. As we negotiate transitions in our lives, social support from neighbors, chaplains and other staff can help us integrate into a new community or group. Engaging or joining with others helps each of us establish relationships that can, in turn, provide valuable support down the road. Gathering as people of faith, chaplains nurture communal prayer as powerful means of support, while further developing trust in the unfailing presence of God, who loves each of us. Reinforcing human dignity and self-worth as children of God, chaplains shepherd us on our journey and help us negotiate twists and turns along the way. As our needs and abilities change, these transitions involve more than mere relocations.
Rev. Laura Hawkins and Chaplain Colleen Mas
Cedar Community ministry team members
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While the world around us often focuses on productivity and activity, aging can be one of the greatest obstacles to being social, as we tend toward isolation due to physical limitations. We sometimes believe if we take care of ourselves, remain active, engage with others and remain social, we can continue to live a full life up to the day we die. Yet, as the needs of the elderly and those with memory issues become increasingly focused on simply being engaged with others, life becomes more about being rather than doing. Another means of social support is the profound yet simple ministry of presence; the chaplain sits with those who are no longer verbal or able to engage in conversation or participate in group activities. Chaplaincy can be integral in helping residents find meaning in beingâ€”serving as a bridge of support for those who feel as though they are no longer of value socially or otherwise. In fact, as our chaplaincy team teaches and guides residents with quiet prayer, reflection and meditation, each of us becomes more personally grounded and, in turn, more able to support our neighbors as well.
Cedar Community proudly supports the Alzheimer’s Association
Fulfilling a mission while enjoying the journey Judy Steffes began her Amazing Ride journey in 2013 by bicycle. She chose a place to venture off to with a goal to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. The funds raised supported Cedar Community’s memory care programming. “My father, who lives at Cedar Community, has the disease and, since he’s the one that helped me develop a passion for bicycling, I thought a tour to gather stories, encourage interaction and raise awareness would be a good way to pay back the gifts he has instilled in me,” says Judy. Each year Judy has packed up her bike and her belongings and headed off on a new adventure. She often rode in memory or in honor of those with Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Judy’s Amazing Ride travels included: • 2013 Alaska • 2014 Nova Scotia to West Bend • 2015 Italy • 2016 New Mexico to West Bend • 2017 Netherlands Judy’s Amazing Ride has raised over $88,000 in five years thanks to generous sponsors and donors. cedarcommunity.org
Cedar Community’s memory care assisted living, The Cottages, is dedicated to the unique and varying needs of men and women facing early- to mid-staged Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive memory loss. Cedar Community is committed to providing the best care possible to those facing Alzheimer’s, including residents and the greater community, through financial support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Events such as The Longest Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s are supported through fundraising efforts by our Cedar Community team members and residents.
For more information on The Cottages memory care assisted living, which is the only memory care program in the state of Wisconsin awarded with the Excellence in Care Dementia Program of Distinction by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, contact Michelle at 262.306.4299.
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Butterfly Release The 2017 Butterfly Release was a wonderful event full of musical entertainment by Cedar Community’s very own Finger Pluckin’ Ukulele Group, Kewaskum Big Band and Jillian Clark. The family-friendly fundraiser also featured children’s crafts, a raptor show by Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation, a raffle and silent auction, a delicious catered lunch by the Top of the Ridge Restaurant, specialty drinks by Jeff’s Spirits and so much more! The support of our sponsors, silent auction donors, attendees and volunteers was over the top. The event raised more than $38,000 to benefit Cherished Moments, Cedar Community at Home’s hospice program, and the purchase of a new pontoon boat for residents to enjoy our lakefront property on Big Cedar Lake.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Butterfly Release – Saturday, Aug. 11!
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to our 2017 Butterfly Release sponsors!
Lewis and Carol Smith Neal Widder West Bend Community Foundation’s West Bend Mutual Insurance Company’s Charitable Fund
Joan Adler Bill Altschwager Anonymous Don Boerner Guy and Sandra Engelhardt Markus and Rosemary Frank Bob and Amy Johnson John and Kathie Koehler Allen Kuhn Bill and Marge Meier Mildred Michalski Doris Mohr Jim and Doreen Mohr Theresa Napruszewski Kathleen Parker Phillip Funeral Home Mary Lu Powell Jack and Paula Pretre Al and Elaine Prost Dennis and Betty Rintelman Sherwin-Williams Mark and Holli Thierer VJS Construction Services Inc. Wetterau Homestead, Inc. Don and Bonnie Yogerst Sharon Ziegler
$1,500 - $2,499 Anonymous NR Asphalt & Pavement Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Helen Reinke
$1,000 - $1,499 BSG Maintenance Mike and Kay Chevalier Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging Jeanne and Ken Menting Lynn and Rene Olson Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC
Buttercup $500 - $999
ABC Supply Company Daniel R. Beaudoin Bob and Audrey Brandt Drexel Building Supply Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Gary and Pam Herdrich Lois Held Kenny and Karen Liepert Chuck and Sharon Linstrom Maureen McGinnity OnePoint Patient Care Prudence Pick Hway Betty Trombetta Beverly Vogel John and Jeanne Wood Walt and Ann Zube
$250 - $499
Tiger Swallowtail $150 - $249
Don and Julia Stettler Kathy Weston
Silent Auction Donors
Joan Adler Anonymous Arrowhead Golf Course Badger Promotions Bibinger’s Restaurant Big Guys Bar and Grill Magna Byrne John and Hazel Campbell Cedar Community Ceramics Cedar Community Woodwork Shop
Cedar Community Hospice team members Cedar Community Hospice volunteers Chinooks Jerry Chmielewski & Shauna Brown Chocolate Factory Culver’s of West Bend DKR Designed, LLC Ellen Delaney Derma Skin Care Clinic Discovery World Dublin’s Restaurant German Fest Green Bay Packers Donation Center Don Gruendemann Healing Elements HOM Wood Fired Grill Irish Festivals, Inc. Kettle Moraine YMCA Kilian Management Services Lakeshore Chinooks Little Switzerland Maureen McGinnity & Helpers Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Public Museum Milwaukee Wave Nutman Personalized Tours Regal Ware, Inc. Donna Ritke Riveredge Nature Center Riverside Brewery Road America Gladys Sachse Schalla Jeweler Schreiner’s Restaurant Edna Schuster Edna Steitz Tylor Made Floors Texas Roadhouse Timmer’s Resort Toro Peg Willson Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC Don and Bonnie Yogerst AUTUMN 2017 |
“We are always looking out for each other.
Socialization and longevity … seniors are living it up! Children attend daycare and preschool so they learn to socialize. Puppies are socialized with people and other pets early on to avoid aggressive behaviors. But, do we forget how important socialization can be as we age? Can a lack of socialization affect a person’s overall quality of life? Circumstances in life, including loss, may push us toward loneliness and isolation unless we take steps to create new relationships. Lack of social support is related to negative impacts on health and wellbeing, especially for older adults. Having a variety of positive social supports can contribute to psychological and physical wellness of aging individuals. Support from others can be important in reducing stress, increasing physical health and dealing with psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. According to experts, senior adults who are active and engaged socially often extend their lives and their enjoyment of life by years. However, for many older adults, the loss of friends and acquaintances over time causes them to become alone and isolated—a situation that can affect their physical and emotional wellbeing. 18
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At Cedar Community, our team members understand the need for socialization and offer a wide variety of life enrichment activities from large groups, to one-on-one ministry. There are many opportunities available from focusing on physical wellbeing which supports fitness, strengthening, cardiovascular endurance and positive lifestyle habits; spiritual wellbeing enriches each day by bringing enjoyment, meaning and purpose to one’s life through organized worship and spiritual practice; emotional wellbeing encourages residents to recognize and express feelings, and develop or maintain coping strategies; and social wellbeing promotes healthy relationships through active participation. Retirement communities like Cedar Community, by nature, encourage active lifestyles and socialization. cedarcommunity.org
While socialization is often thought of as a group activity, it can also be the friendly “hello” in the hallway, a visit from family, a shopping trip to the local store or lunch with a friend. Research has shown that time with others can help boost the immune system and help avoid illness. In the article, “The Importance of Socialization at Senior Living Communities,” author Elizabeth Bemis, MA says that personal relationships and regular interactions with others can make a major difference in an older adult’s quality of life, and she highlights several key benefits associated with socialization for older adults. These include: • A sense of purpose and feelings of belonging - The advantages of active socializing can enhance an older loved one’s quality of life considerably and add years to their expected lifespan. Senior adults are able to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships when they are engaged in activities with others who enjoy similar interests. • Increased self-esteem and confidence - Joining a group of people with the same interests makes life more fun. Volunteering, working or looking forward to activities you enjoy can provide a reason to get up. Feeling helpful and purposeful often makes a huge difference in anyone’s life, regardless of their age. • Improved physical and mental health - Spending time positively engaged with others is life-affirming and raises self-confidence. Keeping up with current news and trends does as well. Anything that boosts self-esteem and self-confidence can contribute to a positive mental outlook, which in turn encourages the release of “good” hormones. Socializing keeps the mind active. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends seniors connect with others to help maintain brain activity. The improvements are greater when the person is involved in activities or interests with other people. People who have spent most of their adult lives in a scheduled routine will benefit from finding a regular hobby. It may be a book club or a Wii bowling league, but scheduled social activities give seniors something to look forward to on a regular basis. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Cedar Community’s independent living apartments you can find at least 10 to 12 residents socializing over breakfast in the Market Café catching up on what’s happening, the daily news stories and sharing a few laughs. They come from the apartments and even independent homes. Some show up at 8 a.m. and usually by 9:30 a.m. the whole group is there. “If someone doesn’t show up, one of us typically checks on them sometime during the day. We are always looking out for each other,” says Helen. She even joked that one day she didn’t get back home until 2:30 p.m. because new residents kept showing up and the conversations kept going. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the group can be found at the Top of the Ridge Restaurant for breakfast. “For under $5 you can get breakfast. You can’t beat that,” says Dale. “I don’t like to cook or eat alone so most of us also eat lunch and dinner together,” says Audrey. Dale moved from his independent home at Cedar Community to the apartments in April after his wife passed away. “I didn’t want to keep up with the size of the house anymore, including the cleaning. In the apartments I have cleaning included once a month,” says Dale. He also enjoys the camaraderie available in the common areas of the independent apartments. Dale, Helen and Audrey all agree that living at Cedar Community offers them an opportunity to socialize. “If we were living in our own homes, we would really only see people at church,” says Audrey. Living in a community with their peers affords the opportunity to meet new people and stay active. All participate in the many activities offered and embrace the opportunities to stay connected with friends. cedarcommunity.org
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Profession offers so much to so many people
Growing up, Cindy Kuepper’s grandma had dementia and lived with her family. Being around older adults made Cindy appreciate the progression of life and what her grandparents had to offer as far as life experiences. She took the time to listen and enjoyed the stories they had to share. That upbringing led Cindy to Cedar Community, and 43 years later she couldn’t be happier. She started working right out of high school as a certified nursing assistant and is now also a medication assistant. Thinking there had to be a better job for her, she left and tried working in an office and factory, and less than a year later she was back at Cedar Community. “Nothing made me happy. Caring for older adults made me happy. I think God put me here,” says Cindy. Cindy’s grandmother was one of the first cooks at Cedar Community; her mother-in-law was a nurse supervisor; her mother worked in the laundry and several nieces and nephews worked in various departments. Cindy applied to nursing school to become a licensed practical nurse but decided to put that on hold after getting married, buying a house and starting a family. “I was always going to go back, but never did,” says Cindy. Friends and family would often ask Cindy if being a CNA is something she really wanted to do for the 20
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rest of her life and her response was always, “Yes, I do!” She believes it’s a worthwhile profession and not always a stepping stone to a LPN or RN. “I get to spend more time with each resident than our RNs, helping them get dressed each day or holding their hand because they are having a bad day. We take the time each day to help residents thrive and feel good about themselves,” says Cindy. In 43 years, Cindy has worked in various departments including rehab, hospice, assisted living and longterm care. “I have enjoyed them all. Every division is different and everyone has something special to share,” says Cindy. While CNA work can be quite difficult and challenging at times, Cindy always tells new team members to give it at least three months, because in the end it’s worth the hard work. “There is hands on experience and so many opportunities to learn something new,” says Cindy. Most of all, Cindy enjoys being part of the residents’ lives, and their families. “For many, you become an extended part of their family. Especially for those who no longer have family or they live outside the area,” says Cindy. Cindy has always felt that Cedar Community is where she was meant to be. She loves the people and every day is a new day with new experiences.
Teresa Whitney has worked as a certified nursing assistant for 19 years. She began her career at a convent in Campbellsport. She says the profession chose her. Living in Campbellsport her job opportunities were limited and the convent provided an opportunity to get her certification as a nursing assistant. “I started at the convent when I was 17 and I loved it!” says Teresa. A friend worked at Cedar Community and suggested she apply. She has been on staff for 10 years. Teresa works on the rehabilitation floors as a CNA and medication assistant. She enjoys working at Cedar Community and several of her family members have had great experiences in short-term rehabilitation. Teresa loves working with the aging population. “I enjoy the smiles, life stories and the time to get to know each resident,” say Teresa. As a CNA, Teresa says there is more opportunity for one-on-one time with residents. Over the years Teresa has had many learning opportunities and career advancements. In 2016 Cedar Community sent her to Waukesha County Technical College for a semester for her medication assistant certification. Teresa is grateful for the learning opportunities available to fine tune her skills. Every six months CNAs go through a skills testing. She was also recommended by her peers for Cedar Community’s mentor program which involves working with new team members, training them and then following them for six months. Teresa enjoys her work at Cedar Community and is committed to resident care each and every day. “I’m a lifer,” says Teresa.
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New career unfolds for recent graduate
“... Every day is a new journey for me,” says Sara.
Sara Cain recently graduated from high school and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing. She became interested in health care after her grandmother had a stroke and she was involved in her care. Her grandmother also spent time in Cedar Community’s short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. “When I visited I watched how everyone worked together and it really changed my grandmother’s life. It was amazing, and I decided I wanted to be a part of something that would make a difference in the lives of others,” says Sara. Sara’s mom works at Cedar Valley, Cedar Community’s Retreat Center, and told her about the nursing training program offered free through Cedar Community. Sara was accepted into the class and once it is finished, she will have an opportunity to take her nursing assistant certification. The class has allowed her classroom learning along with hands-on training with direct resident care. “This is very exciting for me. It’s a new step in my life and I can’t wait to start my career,” says Sara. In fall, Sara will begin attending Moraine Park Technical College for her two-year RN degree while working part time at Cedar Community. When she is finished she plans to stay at Cedar Community. “I love helping someone who can no longer do things for themselves. I also enjoy the many stories I hear from residents. Every day is a new journey for me,” says Sara.
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Not just a walk in the park Several years ago, Cedar Community’s life enrichment team started a pole-walking group for independent living residents. While many residents enjoyed the hikes on the Cedar Community grounds and throughout the local community, there were a number of residents who wanted more of a challenge, so they created an advanced hiking group. In order to participate, residents needed to be able to walk two to three miles on uneven terrain, with or without their walking poles. Each year, the group organizes two hikes per month from May through October. There are typically 12 to 20 hikers who participate. The hikes take place in the city and trails throughout Washington County including the Eisenbahn and Ice Age Trails – some paved, some unpaved, as well as on the more than 500 acres of Cedar Community’s campuses. “We schedule hikes on our own campuses so residents can explore and experience the beauty of our own trails,” says Don Stettler. Residents, including Don, who was once a Cedar Community employee, share their knowledge of the surroundings. Resident Bob Leverton, who worked at Pike Lake in the
past, shared information about the state forest during a recent hike. The hiking group is also able to make some adjustments for residents. One resident who enjoys living at Cedar Community’s independent apartments is limited in the types of activities he can join because he is legally blind. The hiking group is one in which he actively participates with guidance from the group, assisting him as needed. It is an opportunity for him to enjoy the outdoors and social interaction. Residents in the group say they have fun; it’s a way to stay active and healthy and a great way to get out in the fresh air. Lynn Rusch, an original member of the hiking group, says, “It’s great exercise and social time, as we spend time visiting with each other and learning about one another’s interests and backgrounds. It’s also educational as we take time to identify plants and tree species.” The advanced hiking group is just one example of the many life enriching programs and groups that help Cedar Community’s residents live more, every day.
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Out&About EVENTS | CLASSES | SEMINARS
ONGOING PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP
HEALING HEARTS COFFEE HOUR
Third Monday of every month | 1 p.m.
Second Thursday of every month | 9 a.m.
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
Cedar Community Retreat Center at Cedar Valley | 5349 County Road D, West Bend
For more information, contact Jeremy Ott, 1.800.972.5455.
Join Judy Koeppl, grief therapist and co-founder/director of the Center for Life and Loss Integration in Madison and at Cedar Community’s Retreat Center at Cedar Valley, and others who have recently lost loved ones, as we begin the journey of healing in mind, body and spirit.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
First Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, First Floor South Conference Room | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend This is an informational discussion followed by a question and answer period for anyone close to a loved one needing support whether physically or emotionally.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Second Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Run Campus, The Cottages Meeting Room | 6090 Scenic Drive, West Bend
• Join others facing the same issues for support and solace • Discuss coping with the pain and grief of losing a loved one • Share stories of your loved one • Find ways to heal and recover The Coffee Hours are free and open to the public. Please RSVP so we know how many will be attending, 262.629.9202.
For more information, contact Melissa Searle, 262.306.4230.
CEDAR COMMUNITY LIVES UNITED Cedar Community team members know the importance of giving back, and our team is proud to be a 2017 United Way Campaign Pacesetter organization! The United Way of Washington County works with non-profit organizations in our community to address the root cause of community needs. Many of the agencies that are supported by our local United Way impact the lives of our residents, team members and their families, every day. That is why our family at Cedar Community is committed to supporting this year’s campaign. If you would like to be a part of our United Way of Washington County campaign, you can send an email to email@example.com, and we will get you the details you need to help make a difference in the lives of those in our community.
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TACKLE YOUR OLD PHOTOS
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Tuesday, Oct. 10 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Top of the Ridge Restaurant | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
How many boxes of old photos are languishing in your closets and basement? They’re out of sight, but not forgotten. Clutter Coach Kathi Miller will help you decide what to keep, what to toss and how to organize what’s left. Each participant should bring two or three boxes or bags of photos to class. To register, call 262.306.7685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Residents: $12.75; Guests: $14.75; Children 4 – 10: $6.25. For more information or to make reservations, call 262.338.2812.
Saturday, Jan. 27 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CRAFT FAIR Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
JANUARY CHILI SOCIAL AND BOOK SALE Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Enjoy a warm, delicious lunch, browse the book sale and take a tour of our independent living apartments.
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a loved one? Don’t miss the Craft Fair, featuring crafts and treasures from the artisans of the Cedar Community Woodwork Shop, lapidary, ceramics studio, Nimble Thimble crafters, quilters and much more!
INDEPENDENT LIVING OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Enjoy, explore and embrace your best life when you make a move to Cedar Community’s independent homes or apartments. Both have access to a wealth of activities and events, as well as all the amenities that both campuses have to offer including an indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, woodwork shop, garden space, Big Cedar Lake access and more. Enjoy tours, refreshments and a free pumpkin or apple pie to go – just in time for Thanksgiving! RSVP by Friday, Nov. 3 to 262.306.7685 or email email@example.com. (RSVP required for a pie)
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CEDAR COMMUNITY RETREAT CENTER AT CEDAR VALLEY EVENTS
Cedar Valley Campus | 5349 County Road D, West Bend
Poetry and Nature
Watercolor Excitement with Joyce Eesley
Saturday, Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 – 19 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Join Robert Chesney for an intriguing day in the country combining poetry and nature. The day will include poetry readings, analysis of transcendental poets, poetry writing workshop, a guided nature walk and more. Robert holds a master’s degree in literature from Marquette University, has taught high school English for 34 years and volunteers as a teacher naturalist at Riveredge Nature Center. Robert says everyone has a message to share concerning nature, and the poem is the message.
You will learn through demonstrations with ample painting time. Joyce will focus on helping you achieve exciting results using this fascinating and addictive medium while gaining knowledge and insights sharing tips and techniques.
$45 includes workshop, lunch in the Cedar Valley dining room and afternoon wine reception.
Paint, Sip, Repeat
Polish Christmas Ornaments with Kasia Drake-Hames Saturday, Nov. 4 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn the traditional Polish art form of making paper Christmas ornaments. Each student will create at least five different ornaments - woven basket, flower, mushroom, star and porcupine. Patterns will be provided to take home and continue the creativity. A brief history and background of this art form and traditions of a Polish Christmas will also be discussed.
$120 commuters, includes lunch all three days; $270 overnighters, includes two nights stay and all meals. Supply list will be provided at time of registration.
Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join Camille Walters and have a glass of wine or soda, enjoy being with friends and getting creative. Camille offers step-by-step instruction anyone can do. She demonstrates the painting so even if you can’t draw a straight line you can do this. No previous experience required. $30 includes instruction, all supplies and a glass of wine.
$45 includes all supplies and lunch in the Cedar Valley dining room.
All classes are open to everyone. For more information or to register for any of the above classes, call 262.629.9202 or visit cedarcommunity.org. Advance registration is required.
BOOK YOUR EVENT AT THE RETREAT CENTER AT CEDAR VALLEY! Planning an event, business meeting, anniversary, birthday party, family reunion, baby shower, graduation party, etc.? The Retreat Center at Cedar Valley would be happy to help. Our team of experts will partner with you to creatively plan and execute your event, ensuring you and your guests have a memorable occasion. Whether you are a group of one, or 100, our staff will be happy to personalize a menu to fit your every need. Guest rooms are available for those wishing to stay overnight, plus we offer a menu of spa services by appointment.
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with Cedar Community Cedar Community is committed to being a leader by helping others navigate the landscape of senior living and senior health care. Each seminar will provide valuable information and handouts to help you and your loved ones plan for the future.
Thursday, Oct. 19
Thursday, Nov. 16
Thursday, Jan. 18
Medicareâ€™s Yearly Open Enrollment Period
What Happens After a Surgery or Hospitalization
Low Vision and Balance
Norah Koskovich, BSW, CSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Cedar Community at Home
Michelle Jurena, PT, Cedar Community at Home
Debbie Tews, OTR, Manager of Outpatient Services, Low Vision Specialist, Cedar Community
Medicare beneficiaries have a unique, yearly opportunity to review their drug coverage and Advantage Plan Coverage from October 15 to December 7. We will discuss the open enrollment period and what you need to know to make an informed choice on your Medicare Part D drug plan or Part C-Advantage Plan.
Janice DeSmidt, Rehab Manager, Cedar Community Statistically, patients who participate in short-term rehabilitation care fare better long-term in their recovery, regaining more of their strength and mobility, than those who return directly home. Learn about your options for receiving rehab, including rehab at home.
Brian Ong, PT, Cedar Community
Do you have an eye condition such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy that makes it difficult to complete daily tasks? Do you have difficulty with dizziness when getting up in the morning or when doing functional tasks? Do you feel unsteady when walking on different surfaces? Learn how your vision and vestibular systems affect your ability to function safely and independently. Also, learn how to maximize strategies to help prevent falls and improve your quality of life.
There are two time options for each seminar date: 10 a.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend 6 p.m. Moraine Park Technical College (T-2 Entrance) | 2151 N. Main Street, West Bend
Please RSVP for each seminar, 262.306.7685 or at RSVP@cedarcommunity.org. cedarcommunity.org
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Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID West Bend, WI Permit No. 24 5595 County Road Z | West Bend, WI 53095
BEING MORTAL – SPECIAL FREE SCREENING
You’re invited to a free screening and discussion of the PBS “FRONTLINE” film Being Mortal. You will be part of a national dialog taking place in our community that asks “Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?” Being Mortal delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the LOGO EPS VECTOR people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s , MD HEX#ed1c24 own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest. After the screening, you can participate in a guided conversation with representatives from Cedar Community at Home and Aurora Health Care on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences. See this moving documentary, join the conversation and explore what matters to you. All are welcome. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 26 to 262.306.7685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. R:237 C:0% G:28 M:99% B:36 Y:97% K:0%
Thursday, Nov. 2 | 6 to 8 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Lake Campus, Cedar Theatre 5595 County Road Z, West Bend