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Enjoy, explore and embrace your best life!

Living well – inside and out!

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ON THE COVER Cedar Community residents enjoy our private beach house and Big Cedar Lake shoreline.

Our mission: To model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, | and SUMMER 2017 02 services environments.

INSIDE th Cedar Community’s focus on wellness Cedar Lodge to feature new equipment | 4 – 5 Wellness program promotes a healthy, active lifestyle Resident health and wellbeing | 6 – 7 A passion for life Edith Schultz stays young at 94 | 8 Be the difference! Your career awaits! | 9 Hidden Talents Meet Richard and Carol Baumann | 10 Cedar Community Green Team Eating healthy and saving the environment | 11 Spiritual wellness It’s not about the numbers | 12 A calling to serve her country We thank Betty Trombetta for her service during WWII | 13

his ISSUE Live more with regular exercise Brian Ong answers your questions | 14 – 15 A place of comfort and solace Cedar Valley Campus brings much peace | 16 – 17 Retreat Center at Cedar Valley Events Find a class for you! | 18 What exactly is wellness? Kathy Weston discusses | 19 Tapping into nature Maple syrup from our very own trees | 20 – 21 Generous donations provide life-enriching opportunities Donations allow residents to enjoy the outdoors | 22 Fresh ingredients, healthier options New recipes and menus for all to enjoy | 23 Out & About Events, classes and seminars you don’t want to miss | 24 – 26

Benevolent Corporation Cedar Community Officers Joan Adler, President Kathy Van Eerden, Vice President James Wesson, Treasurer John Smithers, Secretary

Board of Directors Robert Fremder Julie Gabelmann Dan Miller Bill Myers, Jr. Jim Riehle Tom Ross Heidi Thomas 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”

Cedar Community’s focus on wellness As we reassessed our position in the marketplace this past year and took a good long look at what today’s residents, and those we hope will join us in the future want to experience, it became apparent wellness needed to be a more important focus going forward. Quoting from the marketing study we conducted last year: “Wellness is another trend in continuing care retirement community (CCRC) living, with intentional interior and physical designs that support an active lifestyle.” Cedar Community has a long history of offering a vast array of programs and services to engage residents socially, mentally and spiritually. In addition, we have offered physical exercise programs including weight training, aerobic equipment, classes and a swimming pool at our Cedar Ridge Campus. We have historically had more limited equipment and staff support at our Cedar Lake Campus. That will be changing this fall. I am very pleased to announce that as a part of our newly rebuilt Cedar Lodge facility, we will be putting in a state-of-the-art fitness center for residents. The new center will include computerized strength training equipment from the Finnish manufacturer, HUR, a company specializing in wellness and rehabilitation equipment for active seniors. The new center will also include state-of-the-art aerobic equipment. But having great equipment is only part of the equation.


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We are also partnering with ActivLife Solutions, a company specializing in helping communities like ours set up and manage robust wellness programs for residents. Staff from ActivLife will be training team members from Cedar Community’s rehabilitation department to help residents set up safe and effective exercise plans. These plans can be monitored by our physical therapy team members via a computer program that tracks strength, aerobic capacity and more. The team members can then provide feedback to residents on their progress with a weekly printout. ActivLife Solutions will be providing policies, workout protocols and program oversight on an ongoing basis to help insure we are providing the very best wellness programming. The new exercise facility at Cedar Lodge will be connected to one of the many walking trails that run throughout our Cedar Lake Campus, allowing residents to enjoy not only indoor exercise options, but experience the peaceful, natural surroundings we have to offer. Combined with a newly rebuilt Cedar Lodge, the new wellness center will provide an invigorating environment in which to exercise, in a beautiful wooded setting, surrounded by other social programming and amenities, to help make resident life at Cedar Community an even richer experience for those who want to enjoy, explore and embrace their best life!

CEDAR LODGE CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK The construction of the new Cedar Lodge is underway and should be completed by early fall. The vaulted ceilings, dormers and windows spanning each end of the lodge allow for natural lighting and views of the beautiful wooded setting. The lodge will provide a gathering space for Cedar Community’s independent living residents and will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, fireplace, pub room, kitchen and plenty of space for resident and family gatherings. Several spaces can also be subdivided with sliding glass doors for smaller get-togethers and added privacy. When complete, the lodge will offer 7,000 square feet of space allowing for more wellness programming and events. The Cedar Lodge will feature high ceilings as well as floor to ceiling windows allowing residents to take in the natural setting around them as they enjoy the new facility.

Wellness program promotes a healthy, active lifestyle At Cedar Community, resident health and wellbeing is important to the organization to help residents enjoy, explore and embrace their best life. Research shows staying active is important for maintaining good health. Cedar Community’s independent living residents now have the opportunity to meet with a licensed physical therapy assistant to help them create a workout program customized to their individual needs. Residents meet one-on-one with Gina Barber to create a wellness program learning proper body mechanics, instructional use of the exercise equipment in the fitness room at Cedar Community’s Cedar Ridge Campus and how to progress safely with their exercise routine. The program is free to all Cedar Community independent living residents.

fitness testing and equipment training. It also includes a measure of body mass index and waist/hip ratio which determines cardiac risk related to the amount of body fat one carries. The second session continues with equipment training and the third session is a follow-up on how the resident is doing. The last session is a retesting to measure the residents progress. Gina also recommends a stretching and home exercise program for each resident. “This is a great opportunity to work with the residents and help them learn more about the areas they are weak in,” says Gina.

The wellness program is spread out over six weeks and consists of four sessions. The first session is a baseline

The assessments show where residents need to focus their workouts to help show functional improvement over time. The fitness equipment is age appropriate for 50 and older. “We have had an overwhelming response to the wellness program which began in April of this year.

State-ofthe-art equipment and benefits:

Hip abduction/ adduction Strengthens the inner and outer thigh muscles to help one balance better and prevent falls


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Leg press Exercises the seat and thigh muscles to help one balance better, walk faster, negotiate steps and stairs and get out of a chair more easily

Leg extension/curl Strengthens the thigh muscles to help users walk faster, climb stairs, balance better, walk longer and stand up and sit down more easily cedarcommunity.org

Gina Barber, PTA, works with Carol Gardner, independent living resident, to create a workout program customized to her needs.

Cardio Equipment

Residents who have never worked out because they didn’t know how to use the equipment have signed up for the program,” says Gina. Cedar Community’s focus on wellness helps to educate residents on the importance of staying active. Gina says, “Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle helps maintain balance and gain strength as you age.” Jim and Carol Garnder, independent living residents, believe maintaining an active lifestyle is very important. They are avid walkers, walking two miles every day whether indoors at the Cedar Ridge Campus or along the many trails and neighborhoods at the Cedar Lake Campus. The Gardners made a generous donation that will help purchase the new equipment for the Cedar Lodge, and are looking forward to being able to work out on the new machines. They have already met with Gina to customize their own individual workout plans. Cedar Community’s partnership with ActivLife Solutions will provide a new computer-controlled exercise system for active aging, rehabilitation and wellness. The state-of-the-art equipment will track and help regulate repetitions, machine settings, resistance loading, resistance progressions and member performance. Member data is loaded and stored in the software program and the machines are activated by bracelets, recognizing the unique user, and setting all exercise parameters. The cardio equipment meets strict criteria including safe and stable exercise platforms, low impact to backs, hips, knees, ankles and feet and has heart rate monitoring capability. The equipment is easy to use, engaging and proven to work. The equipment will provide comfortable, smooth movements with programs to exercise the whole body. Cedar Community’s focus on wellness allows residents to stay more active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, while guiding them on a successful, safe journey. By providing the equipment and knowledgeable staff, residents can meet and even exceed their personal fitness goals. Dip/Shrug Strengthens muscles in the neck, shoulders, upper back and arms to help one get in and out of bed and chairs, and to make it easier to lift and carry things cedarcommunity.org

Optimal Rhomb Exercises muscles of the upper back and shoulders to help support good posture and better use of one’s arms

Back extension Exercises core low back muscles, helping one sit, stand and walk taller and to also make it easier to complete activities of daily living


Recumbent stepper

Recumbent elliptical

Standing elliptical

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A passion for

Edith Schultz’s love for swimming began when she was just 10 years old, when she taught herself how to swim. In fact, the number one reason she chose to move to Cedar Community’s independent living apartments was because of the heated, indoor swimming pool. The first independent living facility she visited advertised a pool, and during her tour she found out it was a pool table! Edith swims at least two to three times a week and enjoys every minute of it. “It’s what keeps me young!” says Schultz. Edith, a young 94, believes in staying active. “I encourage my friends and other residents to use the pool to stay active and healthy,” says Edith. She has participated in the Senior Olympics, swimming the breast, back and side stroke for 10 years and has 29 gold medals to highlight her accomplishments. “That’s more medals than Michael Phelps,” jokes Edith. She has proudly shared her medals with her grandchildren, children and many friends, along with some words of encouragement - “Always do your very best.” In April, Edith was inducted into the Wisconsin Senior Olympics Hall of Fame. When Edith heard about President George H.W. Bush skydiving at 90 years old, she decided it was something she wanted to experience. “I was talking to my son about it at Christmas time and mentioned how I would really like to go skydiving. When he sent me a check for Christmas it was double the usual amount. When I asked why he said, ‘so you can go skydiving.’” Edith made the jump in June in East Troy with the Sky Knights skydiving club. Several friends were there to support her adventures. “It was great to be a little closer to the Lord for a few minutes and float like an angel,” says Edith.


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Be the difference! Cedar Community offers many rewarding career choices. Flexible scheduling, tuition reimbursement, training, competitive pay, and the ability to grow and advance your career are some of the excellent benefits offered to team members, as well as medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan, access to the beach house and lakefront, beautiful walking trails to enjoy during breaks or lunch, and much more. Cedar Community also works closely with Moraine Park Technical College and Concordia University to offer hands-on learning experiences. Cedar Community knows a healthy team is important and has recently contracted with UnityPoint Health® at Work to provide occupational medicine as well as urgent care and basic primary care services for team members. The clinic is located right on our Cedar Lake Campus, and is offered at no cost to team members. This is just another great benefit offered by one of the area’s top employers. Some of our current opportunities include: • Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse - $6,000 hiring bonus for qualifying positions!

•N ursing Assistant Training Program - Paid four-week nursing aide training

• CNA - $2,000 hiring bonus for qualifying positions!

• Cook

• Resident Assistant - $1,500 hiring bonus for qualifying positions!

• Dining Assistant

“I have gained clinical experience other facilities do not offer. Being able to function as the charge nurse on a unit has helped me learn valuable skills such as delegation and time management, as well as practicing the skills I learned in school.” Heather Elertson, Nursing

“When I started at Cedar Community I was only 16 and still in high school. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do yet career wise. After working in the kitchen for four years and closely with residents, I decided I wanted to give CNA a try. Turns out I really enjoy it. I feel like I am making a difference in residents’ lives. I personally created a ‘family’ here with staff and residents.” Kim Ehardt, Nursing

“I planned on working in dining services for a long time, but an opportunity arose to advance, without weekend hours. The pharmacy needed temporary help, so I worked both jobs part time. Eventually pharmacy had a permanent part-time position available.” Joanne Lange, Pharmacy

Visit cedarcommunity.org for a complete list of current job openings and apply online today! cedarcommunity.org

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Cedar Community is filled with many residents with interesting backgrounds, amazing talents and knowledge to share.

Cedar Community in Elkhart Lake was the choice for Richard and Carol Baumann’s move six years ago from their home on Lake Ellen in Cascade. It brought them closer to home near Plymouth, where they were born and grew up. Cedar Community’s Elkhart Lake Campus was still being built at that time, so in choosing their new home, they were able to make some modifications and changes. They were ready to scale down and were looking forward to no home maintenance. “This seemed like a quiet, serene place to retire,” says the Baumanns. In getting to know their Village neighbors, they found friends with common interests. They enjoy the easy living at Cedar Community Elkhart Lake, the community activities and the option to participate.

(1954-1956). In his career he worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. and as a human resource director for numerous businesses, universities and the government.

Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree and completed one year of post-graduate studies at UWMadison. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army

Richard and Carol met during high school in Plymouth. Carol played the trumpet in high school and in the Plymouth City Band. They were married in February,


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Carol graduated from UW-Madison and was awarded four major scholarships. She received her PhD from the University of London, England. In her career Carol was a professor at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. She served a three-year appointment as Deputy Assistant of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington, D.C. Carol also ran an outreach program for UW-Milwaukee’s Institute of World Affairs department, in addition to teaching. Carol ran for Congress in 1968.


1959. Their two daughters live in Mequon and Alaska. Five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren give them an excuse to travel. They have traveled throughout the world. Their favorite places were Butane and Nepal. Richard and Carol have quite a story to tell when we talked about their talents! Carol writes a monthly column “Sharing our Journeys” for the Elkhart Lake paper. She also wrote a book, Journeys of the Mind. Richard writes a monthly column “I Ate At …” for the Plymouth paper. Richard is an Elkhart Lake village trustee, serves on the tourism committee, library board and as liaison for the Elkhart Lake school system. When they were married and deciding on duties around the house, he took over the kitchen as he loves to cook. Richard has a resume of cookbooks he has written, along with articles for magazines, newspapers, television and other accomplishments. These include owner and operator of The Cuisine Shop, Baumann’s Old Time General Store and Gourmet Tea Room and Baumann’s Specialty Sandwich Shop. The dedication in his most recent book, Foods That Made Wisconsin Famous is, “To my dear sweet wife, whom I love dearly, (if only she’d stay out of my kitchen).” Another book he wrote caught my attention, Wisecrackers Recipes and More from the RITZ and Famous which includes facts, trivia, and the history of crackers and recipes. Richard and his daughter Wendy just completed another ten shows for a series called The Dad and Daughter Cooking Show for Plymouth Community Television. He has made guest appearances on Milwaukee and Green Bay television stations, as well as being a speaker and cooking demonstrator for local libraries, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Mitchell Park Domes and various retirement communities in the Milwaukee area. It makes me hungry writing their story! Gladys Sachse

Resident, Cedar Community Independent Living cedarcommunity.org

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. Those of us who are concerned about our health (and who isn’t?) pay attention to what we eat and drink. We’ve learned which foods and beverages enhance our health and longevity and which ones are likely to cause trouble down the road. Your physician may have warned eating a diet heavy in red meat - beef, pork, lamb and veal – puts you at a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and colon cancer. The evidence is strongest for colorectal cancer and its association with processed red meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meats. A study by the American Cancer Society found people who replaced one serving of red meat with alternative sources of protein decreased their risks of premature death. Choosing chicken and other poultry decreased the risk by 14 percent, fish decreased the risk by seven percent and legumes decreased the risk by 10 percent. Furthermore, consider how our choices of what we consume also affect the environment. Producing red meat (especially beef )creates more greenhouse gas emissions, more water loss, more manure and more pollution than any other single food. It takes about 20 times more fossil fuel energy to produce conventional beef protein than to produce plant-based protein. For every serving of beef we eat, more than five pounds of greenhouse gases are released into the environment, and 464 gallons of water are used. Other sources of protein, like chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, dairy products and legumes require much less water and energy to produce. In the U.S., about 45 percent of the grain we grow is fed to animals. Raising fewer cattle would not only save huge amounts of water used to grow grain, but would also require less antibiotics and result in less pollution. Eating less red meat, even for one day a week, can help you and the planet. SUMMER 2017 |


Spiritual wellness Rev. Kathryn Kuhn

Director of Mission and Ministry Once per year, my health insurance provider asks me to submit my “numbers” so they can assess my physical wellness. I dutifully submit my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, in hopes I can stay on their good side. My bank likes to see certain numbers, too, ensuring my accounts are in good order. The guys who repair my car run computer assessments on it. They give me printouts at every oil change to show me how my tires and brakes are doing so I can plan ahead for repairs. There are many types of wellness that can be quantified, but spiritual wellness is different. I don’t think spiritual wellness is about numbers, though I’ve certainly been led to think so at several points along my personal and professional journey. How many scripture passages should I know by heart before I’m considered faithful enough? How many times a month should a person appear in worship in order to be considered an active member of a church? Should a pastor be evaluated on worship attendance and how many people join their church in a given year? I believe there is a stark difference between being “religiously active” and “spiritually well.” Spiritual health might incorporate specific religious activities, but the truth is a person can recite their sacred scriptures backward and forward from memory and standing on one foot, and still not feel spiritually well. A person can worship regularly on the Sabbath, but spend every other day of the week feeling empty and alone. A person can be faithful and still be mean-spirited. 12

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Do you feel spiritually well? This is not the same question as whether you go to mass, chapel or confession. Feeling spiritually well means, among other things, feeling content about your relationship with the divine, and at peace with your place in the world and with others. Spiritually healthy people are not exempt from life’s challenges, but meet them head-on with a sense of hope. Spiritually healthy people are often outwardly focused – aware of their surroundings and accepting of the many people who share life’s journey with them. Spiritually healthy people live out their faith (whatever faith tradition they may claim) with compassion, generosity and gratitude. At Cedar Community, we try to provide opportunities for our residents and team members to develop their spiritual health. Yes, we make sure we provide opportunities for worship, study and community prayer. However, spiritual wellbeing might also be enhanced through volunteer work, time spent on our wooded trails or on the lake or through the time someone takes just to listen to another person’s questions and fears. Spiritual wellbeing is a very individual experience and is rarely something someone achieves once and for all. It is always a work in progress. It is always a journey we can share with others. In sharing that journey with another, somehow our own sense of spiritual wellbeing is improved and that makes for a more spiritually healthy community – what a blessing!


A calling to serve her country Betty Trombetta joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1944. The WAC was the women’s branch of the United States Army, and operated until 1978, when the branch was disbanded and all female units were integrated with male units. Women serving as WACs at that time converted in branch to whichever military occupational specialty they worked. During World War II, Betty had two brothers who were serving; one in the Army based in Europe and one in the Navy based in the South Pacific. With her brothers serving in the war, Betty felt the calling to help her country. With a background as a secretary and stenographer, and being proficient in typing, she used her skills to serve as the keeper of the airman’s flight records. She was stationed at Romulus Air Force Base outside of Detroit for one year. She left just before the war ended. After the war ended, Betty went on with her career as a secretary at Acme Chemical in Milwaukee. She was the office manager for 10 years. During that time, her husband started Trombetta Corporation, which was a manufacturer of electrical celluloids. At age 51 her husband passed away and Betty took on the role of president until she was 65 years old. “She was a very strong business woman who was actively involved in the community, organizations and boards cedarcommunity.org

including the Salvation Army,” says Verna Thompson, Betty’s sister. Betty and her husband did not have any children and when she retired, she sold the business. In 2006, Betty decided she didn’t want the upkeep of a home anymore and made the move to Cedar Community’s assisted living. Her sister and brother-in-law had already been living in the independent homes. Betty stayed very active, walking several times a week with her walking poles. In 2016, Betty made the decision to move to Cedar Community’s memory care assisted living. As her power of attorney, Verna received Betty’s mail and was surprised by a recent letter. The letter was from the American Legion Milwaukee Women’s & Jane Delano Post 448, a post Betty helped start in 1946. The letter stated she was the only living original member of that Post and the members wanted to honor her for her service. Betty was presented with a certificate and thanked for her service during WWII. We are also thankful to Betty, and all of our Cedar Community residents who have answered the call of service to our great country. SUMMER 2017 |


QA &

tips from Cedar Community’s outpatient rehabilitation

Brian Anthony L. Ong, DPT

Physical Therapist, Manager of Outpatient Services

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with regular exercise

Q. Why do I need to exercise? A. Exercise keeps you healthy. Studies have shown that physical activity can reduce the risk for a number of the

most common chronic diseases – including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer – by 30 to 50 percent.

Q. What are the types of exercise? A. Exercise falls into three categories and each type provides different health benefits. An ideal exercise regimen

includes all three to ensure total fitness. 1. Aerobic exercise: involves the large muscles of the arms and legs in a continuous and rhythmic fashion designed to strengthen the heart 2. Strength training: involves the use of resistance (free weights or weight machines) to build muscle and bone 3. Flexibility exercise: involves stretching exercises to increase the range of motion of the joints

Q. How often should I exercise? A. Ideally you need to do something aerobic daily. Of course, if you’re just starting to exercise, start with doing an aerobic activity like walking three times per week. Then gradually add a day each week until you work up to exercising daily.


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Q. How long should I exercise? A. It depends on three factors: age, fitness level and intensity of the exercise. However, for most people, the

recommendation is to accumulate at least an hour of exercise on most, if not all, days of the week. Remember you don’t have to do it in one long session. You can break it up into multiple 10- to 15-minute workout sessions throughout the day. Also, you can vary your exercises in order to make it more fun.

Q. How hard should I exercise? A. It is important to start your exercise program at a low intensity with a comfortable pace and build up to

moderate intensity. A quick way to gauge the level of exercise intensity is the talk test. A person doing a low intensity activity should be able to sing while doing the activity. A person doing a moderate level of activity should be able to carry out a conversation comfortably while doing the activity.

Q. When do I stop or suspend an exercise program? A. E xercise has very good benefits but it is important to know when to stop. If you feel the following symptoms while you are exercising, stop right away: • Chest pain or pressure • Irregular heartbeat or palpitations • Severe or unexpected shortness of breath • Dizziness or lightheadedness • Sudden onset of change in vision, weakness on one side of the body, speech difficulty or confusion

Exercising regularly is a lifelong commitment to good health and wellness. When you stop exercising, many of the benefits begin to diminish within two weeks and these completely disappear within two to eight months after you stop exercising. I know there are a lot of obstacles and excuses not to exercise. The key is to make exercise fun in order to keep you motivated to stick with your program.

LIVE MORE – ONLINE! Cedar Community is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved cedarcommunity.org website! Check out the video testimonials from residents, the Live More blog, photo galleries and get the latest news and details on upcoming events at Cedar Community! We were proud to work with a local digital marketing agency right here in Washington County for the design of the new website.

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comfort and solace

A place of

Oftentimes, our lives can feel like one big to-do list. There never seems to be enough time in the day to complete tasks or focus on much else – especially yourself. Seeking solitude and disconnecting is beneficial for not only your personal wellness, but also for those around you. An article in Psychology Today, written by author and psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D., says there are several benefits of seeking solitude including: rebooting your brain and unwinding by allowing your brain a chance to rest, clearing your mind, improving concentration and increasing productivity, an


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opportunity to discover yourself, time to think deeply, work through problems more effectively with less distractions and enhancing the quality of relationships with others.

Lynn Gordon is a Sheboygan resident, wife, mother of three children, two step-children and a professional book binder. She truly believes too many people devote the majority of their time to those around them, while neglecting to take time for themselves. Lynn found her solace and balance when a friend introduced her to Cedar Community’s Retreat Center at Cedar Valley about four years ago. She enjoys the comforting, relaxing and nurturing atmosphere the

retreat center provides its guests. Lynn has participated in several of the class offerings, including silk scarf painting and recently, a day of playing Mahjong. She also comes just to be alone and do the things she enjoys including needlepoint, hiking and exploring nature. “I can step away from the demands made on me so I can refresh,” says Lynn. She spends time walking the trails, thinking about where she wants to be in a year, sitting by the water and just gazing deep in thought. She is able to release the interference of commitments, responsibilities and everything involved in living a busy life.


A COUNTRY GETAWAY Nestled in the serene and rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine, Cedar Community’s Retreat Center at Cedar Valley features 24 overnight rooms with private baths, conference rooms, spa, country-styled dining room and delicious, home-made meals. If you prefer the ambience of yesteryear, we invite you to stay in our lovingly restored rough-hewn log cabin. Either way, our comforting, carefree hospitality affords you the opportunity to rest, refocus, recover and renew.

Each season brings new wonder for Lynn. In summer, it’s the warm weather and the joy of walking several miles of available trails, as well as the pond and beach area. Fall brings crisp autumn air and gorgeous colors on the 100-acre property. Winter showcases quiet, beautiful snowfalls. Spring displays new life and new opportunities for personal renewal. “In the beginning I felt guilty about leaving my husband and getting away but I came home happier and recharged,” says Lynn. She feels comfortable and safe at Cedar Valley and praises the team members who work there. “You are treated like royalty. The staff is very kind without interfering in your presence,” she says. cedarcommunity.org

When Lynn becomes agitated in her daily life, she knows it’s time for another visit. “When I come up the drive to Cedar Valley I get teary eyed and I feel like I am coming home,” says Lynn. Since Lynn and her husband, a full-time philosophy professor at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, have varied work schedules, they have also stayed overnight to use the time to reconnect with one another. Together they walk the beautiful grounds and enjoy no interference from family, work or technology.

The Retreat Center at Cedar Valley is ideal for personal use, groups, business or religious retreats, family reunions, girlfriend getaways and more. Enjoy and explore a unique array of art classes, social and entertainment programs, retreats, craft workshops and educational seminars open to the public. The Retreat Center at Cedar Valley offers a refreshing way to unplug and unwind in the serene simplicity of a beautiful, natural environment. Relax and enjoy time by yourself, with a loved one, or with your colleagues, friends or family.

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Cedar Valley Campus | 5349 County Road D, West Bend

Smartphone Photography “The Next Step” with Dale Van Minsel Saturday, July 22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join internationally recognized Mobile Artist Dale Van Minsel and enlarge your smartphone photography tool kit. Learn some new and exciting apps and easy editing steps to turn your photos into unique and artistic images. $48 includes workshop and lunch.

Plein Air Painting with Steve Gerhartz

Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 6 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Paint, Sip, Repeat Thursday, Sept.14 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Camille Walters 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.

Poetry and Nature Saturday, Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In this workshop nature will be used as your guide as you explore how patterns, textures and colors can be translated and expressed with brush, canvas and paint. Special emphasis will be aimed at capturing the light quality of the day as students learn through demonstration and individual instruction. Steve will demonstrate using oils, but you may use acrylics, watercolors or pastels as well.

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.

Overnighters, $285 includes a two night stay and all meals; commuters, $135 includes lunch all three days. Supply list provided at time of registration.

$45 includes workshop, lunch in the Cedar Valley dining room and afternoon wine reception.

Silk Scarf Decorating the Eco-Natural Way with Kasia Drake-Hames Saturday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 13 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily

Learn the method of immersion dyeing using natural plant-based dyes to achieve rich beautiful shades of color. After the fabric has dried overnight, you will complete your projects, stamping with objects found in nature to create wonderful textures. Each student will create at least two scarves plus two kitchen towels. $90 includes all supplies plus lunch in the Cedar Valley dining room both days.

Conscious Eldering: Aging with Intention & Passion

Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 27 | 4 p.m. Friday through noon Sunday There is a profound difference between becoming old and aging consciously. This retreat is for people over 50 who anticipate their later years as a deepening life stage of growth, purpose and service. The program weaves together a powerful set of processes – including life review work, exploration of legacy, ceremony and reflective time outdoors. This retreat will help you identify and release old patterns and identifications that no longer serve you and open you to new possibilities for your life. $455 single room; $425 double room; meals include dinner Friday through lunch Sunday.

All classes are open to everyone. For more information or to register for any of the above classes, call 262.629.9202 or visit cedar-valley.org. Advance registration is required. 18

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What exactly is




Director of Cedar Community at Home I have an idea of what wellness is, but decided to see how much information I could find on the internet. I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that doing a search would produce thousands of pages of how people and organizations define wellness.

To name just a few, there is the “Low Down on Wellness,” “The Next Generation of Wellness,” “Four Ways to Fall into Wellness” and “The Six Dimensions of Wellness.” They must have added another dimension, because now there are “Seven Elements of Wellness.” The dictionary definition for wellness is: The quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal. Many articles and experts believe wellness is much more than just physical health, exercise and nutrition. Overall, wellness also includes social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and physical wellbeing. Between 2011 and 2031, the number of adults age 65 and older is expected to double and those 85 plus will increase fivefold. An aging population is a reflection on the improvements in health and wellness, but it also means the older adult population will also require more health care and wellness services.

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” J. Stanford

We are aware the needs and expectations of today’s older adults are not like those who have aged before them. There is a longer life expectancy, a choice to remain more active and a desire to age in the home. This is where the team from Cedar Community at Home plays an important role. It is this team of nurses, therapists, social workers, personal care assistants and our chaplain who educate and provide care to help the older adult remain well and achieve their goals. In order for this team to take care of our patients and clients, we must ensure that our team members are also well. I believe the Cedar Community at Home team could not be successful without paying attention to the wellbeing of our team members, and people cannot be successful without feeling good every day. If our team is feeling well every day, that feeling of wellness will transfer to our patients and clients. My goal is to help support this wonderful team and help them achieve personal fulfillment from their chosen career, while still maintaining balance in their day - no matter what the day may bring. I wish you all well. Be bold. Be blessed.


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NATURE Mark Selle, Director of Pharmacy at Cedar Community, was walking the beautiful trails on the Cedar Lake Campus when he noticed a large number of maple trees on the grounds. Having experience in tapping trees and making maple syrup, Mark thought it would be a great activity to engage with the residents. “There’s not a lot to do outside in late winter and early spring so I thought it would be something fun and different,” says Mark.


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Word got out and soon several residents from Cedar Community’s independent living were very enthusiastic to get involved. “Over the years I have been curious about maple tapping so when Mark sent out the notice it solved my curiosity,” says John Wood, an independent living resident. In 2014, seven maple trees were tapped and a small batch of syrup was produced. In 2015 the group was feeling ambitious, so they expanded to 13 trees which yielded about 70 to 80 gallons of sap, which equates to about two gallons of syrup once boiled down. It takes approximately four hours to boil eight gallons of sap down for syrup. Each year about 15 residents volunteer to tap trees, collect and boil sap and bottle the syrup. John has been involved with the maple syrup group from the


beginning and, now that his curiosity is satisfied, he has generously donated funds to purchase additional taps. The new equipment allowed the residents to tap 75 maple trees this spring, producing 20 gallons of syrup. The syrup was used for a resident pancake breakfast and several bottles were given to Cedar Community’s Legacy League donors as a gift. In 2018, the volunteer residents plan to purchase a gas-fired evaporation pan system, allowing them to more efficiently boil down the sap, which will greatly reduce their boiling time. Cedar Community’s beautiful, natural campus settings offer residents like John the opportunity to enjoy and explore many unique opportunities, and the chance to “tap” into nature, and embrace their curiosity.

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Amy Johnson

Director of Philanthropy

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Cedar Community has a unique setting that most retirement communities can’t offer – 245 acres nestled in the Kettle Moraine and the opportunity to enjoy lake living. With over 1,800 feet of Big Cedar Lake frontage, residents from independent living to skilled nursing care enjoy the serene views and gentle breeze as they venture out on the lake. Several residents even take advantage of the great fishing Big Cedar Lake has to offer and often celebrate with an end-of-season fish fry. The opportunity to enjoy the lake is available to all residents, even those who are in wheelchairs or have trouble getting around. It’s a great way for them to enjoy the outdoors! “When I went on my very first pontoon boat ride with the residents I was especially moved to see one resident who suffers from anxiety being able to relax and unwind. It really made me appreciate how truly lucky and blessed I am to be able to go to work and participate in such a wonderful experience,” says a Cedar Community life enrichment team member. This year’s Enthusiasts’ Club campaign will be used to purchase a new pontoon boat and motor. With support from generous donors, Cedar Community will be able to replace our deteriorating boat and motor with a brand new one that will even be more wheelchair and walker accessible. For more information or to make a donation to Cedar Community, call 262.338.2819.


FRESH INGREDIENTS, HEALTHIER OPTIONS Cedar Community has partnered with Strategic Dining Services to consult and assist our in-house team members with enhancing our current dining program. The goal is to increase resident and guest satisfaction and provide healthier meals with fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients, moving away from convenience items and premade foods that are less healthy and more expensive. “We are excited about this amazing opportunity to be able to provide the best possible dining experience for our residents,” says Annie Maynard, Dining Services Director. Strategic Dining Services provides expertise in the areas of: • Healthy, made-from-scratch, seasonal menus • Customized recipe programs • Dining service and hospitality training • Innovation and creativity • Leveraged purchasing power support • Personal development and growth of the dining team Cedar Community’s dining services team has been working closely with Strategic Dining Services to revitalize our current menus and make them consistent across all of Cedar Community’s campus locations. The focus is on homemade ingredients including in-house stocks for soups and sauces, fresh baked breads and locally sourced ingredients. Our new recipes and menus will feature fresh, seasonal items for residents and guests to enjoy. Jeremy Reisig, Cook, is excited about the opportunity to use fresh ingredients to create healthier, homemade meals for residents and their guests.


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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.


• Join others facing the same issues for support and solace

Saturday, Sept. 23 | 10 a.m.

• Discuss coping with the pain and grief of losing a loved one

Regner Park | West Bend

• 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.

Join Cedar Community, an innovator in memory care since 1976 with the nation’s first facility specifically designed to serve those with memory loss, in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Call 262.306.4260 to join the Cedar Community team!


Second Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Run Campus, The Cottages Meeting Room | 6090 Scenic Drive, West Bend

For more information, contact Melissa Searle, 262.306.4230.


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Admission: Admission with butterfly: $25, reservations due by Friday, July 28 Admission (no butterfly): $5 in advance Children 7 and under free

Butterfly Release Saturday, Aug. 12 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Program and release at 11:30 a.m.

Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend The Butterfly Release is going through a metamorphosis! This fundraising event will take place at the Cedar Ridge Campus with musical entertainment, adult and children’s craft areas, food and beverages for purchase, raptor show, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more! Proceeds benefit Cherished Moments, Cedar Community at Home’s hospice program, which provides staff education and fulfills last wishes for hospice patients. Proceeds will also help to purchase a new pontoon boat for residents to enjoy our lakefront property on Big Cedar Lake.

$10 after Friday, July 28 or at the door Tickets available at the main reception desks of Cedar Community:  Cedar Lake Campus, 5595 County Road Z, West Bend  Cedar Ridge Campus, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend

Volunteers Needed: · Children’s area face painting 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. · Parking assistant direct guests where to park 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. · Clean up help clean up after the event 1 to 2 p.m.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Bonnie Amerling at 262.306.4218 or bamerling@cedarcommunity.org.

See back page for sponsorship opportunities.


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Every Step

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, July 20

Thursday, Aug. 17

Thursday, Sept. 21

Legal Information

Financial Information

Funeral Information

Norah Koskovich, BSW, CSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Cedar Community at Home

Norah Koskovich, BSW, CSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Cedar Community at Home

Norah Koskovich, BSW, CSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Cedar Community at Home

Atty. Andy Falkowski, Shanebrook & Falkowski Law OďŹƒce

Do you have a list of all your financial institutions and accounts? What about investments, life insurance policies, deed to your house, vehicle information, credit cards and debts? Learn what you need to prepare and how to keep organized.

Phillips Funeral Home

Do you have your advance directives in order? Advance directives include your power of attorney for health care, living will and financial power of attorney. Learn the importance of these documents and choosing the correct individual to make decisions for you when you are not able to do so on your own.

Do you have your funeral arrangements in order? Does your family know your desires for your funeral services from burial to cremation, to the type of service you would prefer? Learn about the funeral planning process.

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, 262.334.1680, ext. 2221 or at RSVP@cedarcommunity.org. 26

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CEDAR COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY Independent Living 262.338.4615

· Cedar Ridge Apartments

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Resale Shops

At Home Services

· Cedar Resale at Cedar Ridge 262.338.8377


· Cedar Lake Village Homes


· Elkhart Lake Village Homes

· In-home Personal Supportive Care (non-medical home help)

Assisted Living

· Cedar Closet 262.306.2100, ext. 4119



· Home Health


· Cedar Bay East

· Hospice


· Cedar Bay West

· Pathfinders (Geriatric care management services)

· Cedar Bay Elkhart Lake


Cedar Community Main Number

· The Cottages (memory care)

Restaurant and Catering


Short-term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing


· Top of the Ridge Restaurant and Catering



· Cedar Lake Heath and Rehabilitation Center


Retreat Center at Cedar Valley 262.629.9202

Gladys Sachse, independent living resident, and her grandchildren enjoy spending time together on the many walking trails throughout Cedar Community’s natural setting.


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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


PAINTED LADY $250 – $499

Presenting sponsor · Ten admissions, meals and butterflies

Children’s area or beverage area sponsor · Two admissions, meals and butterflies

· Website link

· Facebook and newsletters

· Recognition: news release, Facebook, email blasts and newsletters

· Signage at the event

· Signage at the event

Friend of Cedar Community · One admission, meal and butterfly

BLUE PEARL $1,500 – $2,499

Tent sponsor · Eight admissions, meals and butterflies · Website link · Recognition: news release, Facebook, email blasts and newsletters · Signage at the event

RED GLIDER $1,000 – $1,499

Memorial wall or entertainment sponsor · Six admissions, meals and butterflies · Recognition: news release, Facebook, email blasts and newsletters · Signage at the event

BUTTERCUP $500 – $999

Boutique, food area or raptor program sponsor · Four admissions, meals and butterflies · Facebook and newsletters · Signage at the event


· Signage at the event To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Bonnie Yogerst at 262.338.2824 or byogerst@cedarcommunity.org.