Enjoy, E njoy, explore, and embrace your best life!
ORIGINAL PLANS TAKE A DIFFERENT ‘TRACK’
“Spice is life. It depends upon what you like...have fun with it.” Emeril Lagasse
Variety is the “spice” of life and Cedar Community’s independent living apartments and homes have everything you need to add a little “zest” to your life. Men and women age 55 and better are “savoring” the indoor heated pool and whirlpool, woodwork shop, yoga classes, book clubs, boat rides on Big Cedar Lake, entertainment, fitness center, educational opportunities, and other socially engaging activities. Cedar Community offers maintenance-free living with full access to all of our community’s services and amenities, as well as our nature-inspired lifestyle. Now is the time to do all the things you’ve always wanted and enjoy some “zip” in your life! Visit us and see what satisfies your “appetite” for enjoying, exploring, and embracing your best life.
Join us for our Annual Chili Social and Used Book Sale! Saturday, Jan. 25 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Cedar Community | Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Enjoy chicken quesadillas, our famous chili with all the fixings (corn chips, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and onions), fruit, cookie, coffee, lemonade, or hot apple cider–all for only $8.50! Quarts of chili to go for $8.
Call 262.338.4615 or 262.338.4617 to RSVP for a tour by Friday, Jan. 10 and receive your lunch for FREE! Only those with a tour reservation will receive a free lunch.
INSIDE this ISSUE New partnerships, new beginnings, new resolutions Reflecting on the past and planning for the future | 4 So...How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far? Resolve to be more loving | 5 Resident profile Meet Jim and Betty Weber | 6 – 7 Hospice care provides patient and family support One family’s story | 8 Volunteer provides compassion and conversation Meet a dynamic duo | 9 Q&A Common questions about home health care | 10 – 11 Short-term rehab provides therapy after accident A heartfelt letter | 12 – 13 Original plans take a different track Gary Seymour in the Train Room | 14 – 15 Cedar Community welcomes new Vice President of Facilities and Maintenance Meet Todd Miller | 16 Renovation and remodeling updates Cedar Community gets a facelift | 18 – 19 Celebrating outstanding team members Meet Cindy Kuepper and Dave McIntosh | 20 – 21 New partnership brings new opportunities Feed your soul in nature’s sanctuary | 22 – 23 Cedar Valley Retreat Center events Workshops open to everyone | 24 Out & About Events, classes, and seminars you don’t want to miss | 25 – 26
Live More Live More is published for the neighbors of Cedar Community. If you would like to add a neighbor’s name to our mailing list, please contact us at 262.338.2819. To view Live More online, visit cedarcommunity.org/ news-events/publications. EXECUTIVE EDITOR Nicole Pretre MANAGING EDITOR Carrie Sturn ART DIRECTOR Cyndi Frohmader ON THE COVER Gary Seymour enjoys over 40 years of model railroading. OUR MISSION To model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, services, and environments.
NEW PARTNERSHIPS, NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW RESOLUTIONS Ah, New Year’s Day! It is a time for reflection on the year past, and planning for the year ahead. How many of you make an annual New Year’s resolution? The trick is, of course, to not only plot a course, but to set out on the journey, even if it is the road less traveled. 2020 marks the start of a journey with a new partner in ministry, a partnership between Cedar Community and United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI). Later, in this edition of Live More you will read about the history of UCCI. We are very excited for this partnership, and how it will enable us to offer an even more enriching experience for residents of Cedar Community, while drawing closer to the church body from which we were born. This new year of 2020 will also witness the birth of a new product line on the Cedar Ridge Campus. The soon-to-beconstructed Cedar Ridge Homes will feature modern ranch duplex homes with two-car garages, full basements, and plenty of ways to customize to residents’ personal tastes. While the fall weather was challenging, the groundwork is being laid and home construction will begin by Spring 2020. Later in 2020, we hope to begin construction of additional single-family village homes on our Big Cedar Lake Campus. Design work is currently underway.
Lynn W. Olson CEO, “Coach of an Excellent Organization”
While it is exciting to think about what is new in the coming year, some things remain constant; our commitment to providing an engaging, stimulating place for people to live; a continuing respect for the beauty of nature in which we are blessed to provide service; and our ongoing commitment to caring not only for body and mind, but the spirit as well. We look forward to 2020 with appreciation for the past, dedication to our values, and high hopes for a challenging and rewarding New Year!
CEDAR COMMUNITY NAMED AMONG THE BEST NURSING HOMES BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT SECOND YEAR IN A ROW Cedar Community is proud to announce we have been identified as one the Best Nursing Homes for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report, a global authority in health care rankings for the second consecutive year. Cedar Community’s short-term rehabilitation received a high performance rating, with many categories rating much higher than the national average—especially nursing and patient-centered care. The data used to evaluate each nursing home and short-term rehabilitation center comes from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). The rating is based on nurse staffing, patient outcomes, facility complaints, and rehabilitation therapy, and are defined as high performing, average, or below average. “Cedar Community team members go above and beyond to provide exceptional care, compassion, and support to our residents. This award is a wonderful way to acknowledge
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and honor the teamwork of those who make Cedar Community a place where our residents can enjoy, explore, and embrace their best life,” says Kelli DeRuyter, Administrator and Vice President of Clinical Services. Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center’s ranking is among the elite, included in the top twenty percent of the 15,000 U.S. skilled nursing facilities nationwide. U.S. News & World Report’s findings are shared on their web page, health. usnews.com/best-nursing-homes. Cedar Community is also a Medicare five-star rated nursing home on medicare.gov. These ratings provide valuable information for potential residents and their families navigating retirement facilities, allowing them to make informed decisions about the quality of care provided.
If you are like most of the human race, you may have started out strong, but you are probably already fading fast. Maybe, like some self-help gurus tell us, it’s because you didn’t put tools in place to help achieve your goals. Maybe you didn’t break your goals down into small chunks you could reasonably accomplish over time. Or perhaps your goals were not SMART ones (that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely—for those not up on goal lingo).
Julie Jennings Vice President of Ministry
SO… HOW ARE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS GOING SO FAR?
I wonder if it has more to do with what we think will make our lives better, happier, and more fulfilling. If you take a look at the most common New Year’s resolutions, you will see the same ones topping the list over and over again: exercise more, lose weight, get organized, save more and spend less, and quit smoking. It’s as if we tell ourselves over and over again we just need to manage ourselves better, discipline ourselves more, right our personal wrongs, and life will good. If we could just reestablish control over a few things, we would be healthier, better off, and more successful. But, what if these are just outward expressions of inward struggles? What if we are focusing on the byproducts of what we are lacking instead of focusing on the needs driving our behaviors and tendencies? Perhaps we focus on controlling the things that make us less happy and fulfilled because we have too little of what truly enriches our lives and gives us purpose and meaning. What if, in addition to exercising our bodies, we exercised our hearts and minds by opening them to new people and new understandings? What would happen if, in addition to organizing our bills and our to-do lists, we organized our neighborhoods, communities, and places of work around more social engagement, honest communication, and interaction? What if, in addition to pursuing good personal financial practices, we actually spent more time and energy sharing the human currency of compassion, vulnerability, and sharing? What if, in addition to releasing ourselves from destructive habits and addictions, we quit numbing ourselves to the hurting in us and others and creating barriers between ourselves and others? The mission of Cedar Community is to model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, services, and environments. Embedded in this statement is an understanding that the relationships, services, and environments we create (and perpetuate) can enhance life, or they can diminish life. What is less obvious is that loving as Christ loved and creating pretty much anything involves risking and releasing much more than controlling and restricting. This year, let us be resolved to releasing the constraints of our hearts and our goodwill toward others. And let us risk small chunks and big heaps of meaningful connection, purposeful sharing, and vulnerable loving.
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RESIDENT PROFILE Jim and Betty Weber
Love and Admiration Triumphs Over Adversity
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blink, or you might miss Jim Weber zipping around the hallways of Cedar Community Elkhart Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assisted living residence. The 99-year-old has a new set of wheels, a scooter, that his wife Betty says has brought him new freedom and joy. But joy is not new for Jim and Betty, who celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in September of 2019. Their love story, more than seven decades in the making, had a challenging beginning, but has endured and grown with time. 06
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Jim grew up in New Holstein, Wisconsin, one of five kids working on the family farm. After high school, Jim joined the Navy in 1943, during the height of U.S. involvement in World War II. He was first stationed at the naval base in Port Townsend, Washington, doing sonar work, and was then sent to Hawaii in 1945. Jim was on a ship bound for Japan when news of the bombing of Hiroshima reached the crew. They turned around and sailed back to Hawaii where Jim finished his time in the Navy, then headed home in 1946. Jim took over his dad’s farm when he returned. Betty, who grew up with one sister in Kiel, Wisconsin, had graduated from high school, and was spending her summer in Milwaukee with a friend. She was preparing for a career in nursing when an x-ray changed her future. The x-ray showed Betty had tuberculosis, and she returned home to Sheboygan County, where she went to Rocky Knoll Health Center, and later, home with her parents for treatment. After she recovered, she began a job at the local savings and loan in Kiel. Both Jim and Betty were back living and working in Sheboygan County when they first met through a mutual friend on a boat ride. They soon reconnected at a dance at Cedar Lake in Sheboygan County, and that is where their love story began. After being married in 1948, they celebrated the birth of a daughter two years later. However, when the baby was just two months old, Betty had a recurrence of tuberculosis. Betty returned to Rocky Knoll, where she spent the next year and a half in treatment, but that was no roadblock for their love. “My wonderful husband, I can’t begin to tell you,” says Betty. “We were very supportive of each other.” Jim would visit Betty at Rocky Knoll, and also spend time with their daughter, who was being cared for by Betty’s parents, all while keeping the farm running. Jim says that despite how difficult it was during that time, they made the best of a very tough situation. “Being only married for two years, when I went to visit her, it was like dating all over again,” says Jim. That support, says Betty, was the basis and foundation of their marriage and life together. “We would write to
each other. As soon as he left, I would start writing to him,” she says. “We made the best of something that was very difficult.” Betty said she did a lot of knitting while at Rocky Knoll, and made socks and ties for Jim. “Things change from what you plan, and that had a big impact on our life,” says Betty. Jim got to know many of the young women who were with Betty at Rocky Knoll on his visits, and Betty laughs as she tells the story of one Christmas there. “Jim dressed in a Santa suit that he had, and he surprised everyone there with a visit,” says Betty. “The girls didn’t know it was him, and were surprised by all that Santa knew about them. He brought joy to all there.” While Betty was hospitalized, a revolutionary treatment for tuberculosis, Isoniazid (INS) was developed and began being used in the early 1950s. Betty was able to recover after using the medication for several years, and had no recurrence of the illness. Betty was able to return home, where she and Jim worked on the farm, and welcomed three more children along the way. Betty says she is proud her children all appreciated being raised on a farm, and says she believes that had an important impact on their futures. “They are all doing things to help people in their own lives,” says Betty, “and I am so happy about that.” Jim and Betty have lived at Cedar Community in Elkhart Lake for the past five years, and they enjoy visits from their four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. When reflecting on their lives and love story, Jim says he and Betty adopted each other’s interests and hobbies, and that makes all the difference. “Enjoy being together, and doing things together,” says Jim. Betty has learned to love sports as much as Jim, and he now enjoys music and theater along with Betty. Jim is an avid newspaper reader, and Betty is a skilled knitter. They also worked together on their church board, and sang in the choir with one another. They enjoy traveling together, and have been all across the United States, also visiting many countries in Europe, even getting the chance to see a play in Paris. Their partnership in love and life is a testament to how love and admiration can overcome adversity.
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Hospice care provides patient and family support Carol Heger worked at Cedar Community as a teacher at Ye Olde School, Cedar Community’s former one-room schoolhouse, from 2010 to 2013. That experience led her back when it was time to look for hospice services for her mom. Carol’s mom was living in an independent living apartment in Illinois when she broke some ribs. She was moved to that community’s rehabilitation, and ended up going back and forth several times between rehab and her apartment, and eventually to their assisted living. Finally, she needed to stay in skilled nursing, as she required more care. She was 90 at the time. Her experience at the facility’s independent and assisted living was a positive one, but the family was unhappy with the care she received once she moved to the skilled nursing care. Her personal belongings often went missing. When the family went to move items from the assisted living, an apartment they were still paying for, to the skilled nursing for their mom, they discovered her apartment was emptied and all her many family treasures were gone. “I asked my siblings, ‘Why is mom here anymore? Why don’t we move her to Wisconsin where I can visit her every day, ‘” says Carol. Carol has a sister in Illinois, a brother in Whitefish Bay, and she lives in West Bend. The family found assisted living in West Bend for their mom, and they moved her in March of 2018, at the age of 91. They could see she was beginning to fail and began the process of looking for hospice care. They choose Cedar Community because of Carol’s past employment experience, and the ratings they found on medicare.gov. “We went online and compared three hospice agencies. Cedar Community scored higher than the national average in several categories and higher among their peers in the area. We knew Cedar Community was a good choice,” says Carol. Carol’s mom was admitted to Cedar Community’s hospice care in late October of 2018. The family had an initial meeting with a social worker, nurse, and chaplain who explained the process and how care would be provided at their mom’s current home, a local assisted living. “Our experience as a family was wonderful. It was good to have another set of eyes who reviewed my mom’s care, provided guidance, and monitored her medication to keep her comfortable,” says Carol. Carol’s mom was one of 11 children, and she had a brother living in Texas who she was very close to. Cedar Community hospice’s social worker suggested they call him, and even though she wouldn’t be able to speak, she could hear his voice for the last time. “That phone call is something I wouldn’t have even thought of if it weren’t for your staff,” says Carol. Carol was also worried about how her 19-yearold son would handle the passing of his grandmother. He was the youngest grandchild and very close to his grandmother. “One day while we were visiting mom, Cedar Community’s chaplain took him aside for about 30 minutes just to talk. She came back and said, ‘You have nothing to worry about. He has a strong faith and knows she is going to a better place,’” says Carol. The family is appreciative of the care and compassion their mother received, and the time that was spent with the family. “With mom living at a for-profit facility, and Cedar Community being a non-profit, Christian-based environment, we really noticed a difference in the care provided,” says Carol. They lost their mom November 10, 2018, two weeks after being in hospice care. The recent one-year anniversary of her passing was hard for the family, but they appreciated the follow-up phone calls and brochures that were sent by Cedar Community’s hospice team over the past year.
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Volunteer provides compassion and conversation Brigid Bergan retired the first time in 2011 from John Deere where she worked as an accountant for 30 years. It was her first and only job. John Deere is known for rehiring their retired employees—Brigid returned four times to work there over the last nine years. She says she officially retired for the second time, and for good, in September of 2019. She saw an article in the local newspaper that Cedar Community was looking for hospice volunteers. Brigid had experience as a hospice volunteer; she volunteered at Hillside Hospice at Beaver Dam Hospital over 30 years ago, before she had children. Since her kids are grown and she is retired, she thought it was the perfect time to get back into volunteering. Brigid signed on to volunteer at Cedar Community in February of 2019. “Spending time with hospice patients is such a wonderful thing. It’s so personal. You get really close, really fast–just a few visits and you are already connected to one another,” says Brigid. Each week she visits at least once, with the length of her visit depending on how the patient is doing that day. “I really love my person. Even when she is having a bad day, I walk in the door and she has a big smile on her face,” says Brigid. Volunteering in the hospice program has been a meaningful experience for Brigid, who feels she gets as much back as she gives. She also appreciates being at Cedar Community, “It’s a wonderful place where everyone is well cared for,” she says. Brigid is also very involved at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend and with her condo association. When Brigid is not busy volunteering, she enjoys traveling and reading.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer, contact Bonnie Amerling at 262.306.4218.
Cedar Community Hospice Hospice care provides dignity, comfort, and compassion to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness. Cedar Community’s specialized care team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support you and your family with the highest quality of care in your home, whether that is a private residence, an assisted living apartment, or a skilled nursing home. cedarcommunity.org
Cedar Community Hospice provides: · A team of nurses specialized in pain management and symptom control. · Social workers who oﬀer emotional support and help with planning and resources to meet your needs and goals. · Extra help with personal care and assistance. · Chaplains for spiritual guidance and support for you and your family. · Physical, occupational, and speech therapy as needed. · Trained volunteers to oﬀer companionship. · Music, art, and other therapies. · Bereavement services including help with grief and loss for family and loved ones. You have a choice when selecting your hospice provider! Make Cedar Community your choice for quality, compassionate care! For more information, call 262.306.2691 or visit cedarcommunity.org.
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Q & A
Q: What is home health care? A: Home health care encompasses a wide range of health care services provided in the patient’s home with the purpose of maintaining his or her maximal level of function, health, and comfort. Home care is a collaborative effort involving family, physician, and an interdisciplinary home care team. It is a cost-effective alternative to extended hospitalization, rehabilitation, or a nursing home stay. Patients are usually more comfortable in their own home and studies have shown patients recover quicker at home.
Q: Who would benefit from home health care? A: You or a family member may benefit from home care if you are: · Recovering from a recent illness, surgery, or hospitalization. · Recently discharged from a nursing home or rehabilitation unit, but need additional care. · ln need of education regarding your health condition and how to manage your disease effectively. · In need of medication management which may involve educating persons to fill pillboxes correctly and/or assisting with monitoring of Coumadin and other therapeutic medication regimes. · A doctor is monitoring a person’s pain management.
Q: Who pays for home health care? A: Medicare, private insurance, and HMOs typically cover certified home care services when the criteria are met. Home care agencies will assist in determining your specific coverage and any copays. Private duty and nonmedical care services are usually on a private pay basis.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT HOME HEALTH CARE
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Q: What is the Medicare criteria for home health care? A: In order to receive home health care services under Medicare, the patient must require skilled, intermittent nursing care, physical or speech therapy, have a physician’s order for home health care, and be in a condition that it is difficult for the person to physically leave their home without significant help, or cannot leave at all at this time. Medicare allows for home health services to come to the patient if leaving the home would require a considerable and taxing effort, and if the patient has a condition due to an illness or injury which restricts the ability to leave home except with the aid of devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers, special transportation, or assistance of another person. Home health patients may leave their home if absences from the home are infrequent or for periods of relatively short duration.
Q: Can you only get home care in a private residence? A: No. Home care services can be provided wherever home is—a private residence, a senior living community, or while staying with a friend or family caregiver.
Q: Who comes into my house to provide the care? A: Different types of care require different certifications and training. Depending on your specific needs, the caregivers and clinicians coming into your home can vary. You could have different caregivers at different times of the day, week, or month as part of your care. Personal care services are most often provided by a home health aide who is a certified nursing assistant. Home health care services are provided by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech language pathologists. A medical social worker can help individuals and family members connect with community resources.
Q: How long does home care last? A: There is no set length of time for home care—it can vary greatly based on a person’s unique needs. Some home care services may last for a few weeks, while others may be lifelong. If a physician is prescribing your home care, he or she will oversee services until your recovery goals are met.
Q: How long has Cedar Community Home Health been serving the community? A: Cedar Community’s Home Health has been proudly serving the community since 2005. We also have exceptionally low rehospitalization rates due to the outstanding care that is offered in home to the patient.
Q: How do I contact Cedar Community Home Health? A: We welcome you to call Cedar Community Home Health at 262.306.2691.
Cedar Community Home Health and Hospice team members will support you and your family, ensuring comfort, dignity, and the highest quality of care. “The team was on top of my dad’s priorities and was excellent with him. I called in a crisis and asked for the best. Your team has delivered. I have wept tears of relief today. Thank you. Thank you.” - Diana (family member of a Cedar Community Hospice patient)
TO LEARN MORE, VISIT US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE!
Friday, Feb. 14 | 1:30–3 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
home health & hospice cedarcommunity.org
Free balance, hand grip strength, and cognition screenings, refreshments, and raﬄe prize drawing. For more information, call 262.306.2691. WINTER 2020 |
Short-term rehab provides therapy after accident Bonnie Budde was at work when a skid of boxes, filled with steel, knocked her backwards and landed on her legs, breaking both of her legs. She suffered two breaks in her right leg, and one in her left. She spent a few nights in the hospital at Froedtert West Bend. She didn’t need surgery or casts, but was put into splints to immobilize her legs. A social worker gave her options for short-term rehabilitation. “I choose Cedar Community because I had heard many positive comments about the organization,” says Bonnie.
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Bonnie was admitted to Cedar Community’s shortterm rehabilitation on August 3, 2019. Her husband worked full time and it would be difficult for him to care for her at home, which made the short-term stay an easy decision. He visited every morning, bringing her a cup of coffee, and again in the evening. He was even able to enjoy a meal with her, an option available to all visitors.
Bonnie spent six weeks with rehab team members performing basic movement exercises to keep her legs mobile. She was not allowed to do any weight-bearing therapy until she was six weeks past her accident. Bonnie received therapy two times each day. “They couldn’t believe my progress,” says Bonnie. She truly appreciated the care she received from all team members and was very appreciative of the compassion from all the nurses and certified nursing assistants. “The staff was awesome. I got to know them, and was very comfortable with each and every one of them. I love them all,” says Bonnie. She is happy to share her positive experience with others who may need short-term rehabilitation. Cedar Community’s team of caring professionals and physical rehabilitation experts are dedicated to helping you recover from surgery, illness, or injury– helping patients achieve their maximum functional capacity, and getting back to their homes in the shortest time possible. Patients enjoy the comfort of a private room and bathroom, along with 24-hour nursing care. There is a dining room with restaurant-style dining and daily menu choices, gift shop, deli, sunroom, and salon services, as well as a state-ofthe-art therapy gym. Cedar Community also offers pastoral services, music and pet therapy, and an array of activities. Short-term therapy is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, or private health insurance.
To learn more about Cedar Community’s short-term rehabilitation, contact the admissions team at 262.306.4240.
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ORIGINAL PLANS TAKE A DIFFERENT “TRACK” Gary and Jane Seymour put their down payment on a Cedar Community independent living apartment back in 2011, with the understanding they did not want to be contacted about moving until 2020. “We figured by that time we probably would be done with all the home and garden maintenance. But, it caught up with us sooner than we thought, so we removed our restrictions in early 2018, and told them to call us when they had something available,” says Gary. They were hoping for a firstfloor apartment with a patio so they could bring a few of their 450 varieties of hostas from their current home. That wish was fulfilled when they brought 14 hostas to their patio planting bed, and 21 for the shade garden on the grounds. The Seymours were very familiar with Cedar Community. Gary’s mother lived in the independent apartments for 15 years. Jane’s parents lived in the apartments for about nine years, until they moved to the skilled nursing care. “We liked the idea of a continuum of care, the facilities, and the way the staff operated,” says Gary. Before the Seymours moved in, Gary had been volunteering in the Cedar Ridge Train Room, which was started in 1988 by residents who were model railroaders, and who donated items from their personal layouts. Gary’s interest in trains began after taking his then young son to a train show. When they came home after the show his son asked if they could buy a model train set. Gary told his son if he learned to tie his shoes, they could buy a train. “He came back shortly after with his shoes tied, and it all began,” laughs Gary. They started with a HO scale train, the most popular size. He eventually went to an N scale due to its size and modular style that could be
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easily taken apart and transported to train shows. Gary enjoys attending train shows, sharing his knowledge, answering modeling and railroad questions, and talking with others. He has been involved with trains for 41 years and jokes that maybe it was his grandparents who got him interested at a young age. “While my father was in the South Pacific during WWII, my grandparents would take me to the Chicago Northwestern station in Madison to watch the trains come and go,” says Gary. Gary became involved in the Train Room at Cedar Community in 2013 after meeting a Train Room volunteer at the grocery store. In 2014, he took over as the manager, which involves keeping track of donations, coordinating the work projects of the Train Room crew, promoting the Train Room, and providing quarterly reports to the Resident Council. Donations are used for new tracks, switches, equipment, and repairs. “We are always redoing the lines, rewiring, and now we even have a digital command control which gives commands through a special throttle to a computer chip in
In 1964, Gary joined the Army Reserve and facial hair was not allowed in the military at that time. When he was discharged in 1970, he said facial hair was quite in vogue, so he decided to grow a beard. The beard didn’t last, but the mustache has been around since then–almost 50 years. His son and daughter have never known their dad without a mustache. Gary also has several caricatures hanging in his apartment from former students who have also had fun with the mustache. He even has a mustache molded out of clay by a student. “My original brown mustache is a different color now, you understand,” jokes Gary.
the locomotive,” says Gary. There are a few regulars in the Train Room who assist Gary with the maintenance, including Jeff Johnson, whose in-laws live at the independent living apartments, community members Bob Daly and Dennis Weigman, and fellow Cedar Community resident Ted Stott, who moved into the apartments in 2019, around the time the Seymours moved. Gary enjoys the 20 to 25 hours he spends in the Train Room every month. He is also happy to schedule private tours with anyone who might be interested in visiting the Train Room. Gary and Jane also appreciate the fact that they made the right decision, at the right time, to make a move to an easier lifestyle that didn’t involve gardening or home upkeep. “So many times, I hear from residents that they should have moved sooner. We are thrilled to be able to relax and are not stressed out and strained with the burden of home ownership,” says Gary.
While Gary also enjoys participating in Coffee Hour and Men’s Breakfast, Jane enjoys time reading and taking walks inside on inclement days, and outside on the beautiful grounds. She also appreciates having all the conveniences in her own apartment, especially the laundry. “I don’t have to worry about going up and down stairs and tripping anymore,” says Jane. Gary and Jane have been married for 52 years and downsized from a home of 46 years. Both said the process was easy and they knew what they could do without. “We were not coming to someplace new; it was like coming to grandma’s house because both our parents had lived here,” says Jane.
The Train Room is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment, and during special events and open houses. To learn more or schedule a private visit, contact Gary Seymour at 262.338.0049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In early 2019, at the invitation of Cedar Community resident Barbara Scribbins, the then Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA) President Bob Storozuk, and his wife Wendy, visited the Train Room to see the layout and recent car repair shop which had been added and named in honor of Barb’s late husband, Jim Scribbins, a former resident, who passed away in 2014. Jim was an employee of the Milwaukee Road for over three decades and a well-known author of railroad books. “Jim never visited the Train Room himself, he preferred life-size trains, “ says Barb. The MRHA publishes a quarterly magazine and newsletter, The Milwaukee Railroader. In the 2019 spring issue, a story of Bob and Wendy’s visit was included in the publication. “Jim was extremely well known to anyone who knows the Milwaukee Road,” says Gary.
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CEDAR COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE Cedar Community welcomes Todd Miller as Vice President of Facilities and Maintenance. Todd’s work experience includes construction, project management, facilities, and real estate development. He holds several licenses and certifications including State of Wisconsin home inspector, professional environmental inspector, indoor air quality consultant, HAZMAT certified, high- and low-pressure boiler, and aquatic facility operator. Todd’s background includes Director of Facility Services at University School of Milwaukee, supervising personnel in planning and managing the maintenance and operation of the school, in-service trainings, facilities planning and maintenance improvement including long-range planning, cost analysis of construction projects, and procedural efficiencies. He also worked locally at the Kettle Moraine YMCA and West Bend Clinic in similar capacities. Todd has extensive experience in construction, having owned his own remodeling and restoration company for 17 years. As Vice President of Facilities and Maintenance, Todd is responsible for the management and supervision of the daily maintenance, construction, and Vice President of Facilities and Maintenance occupational safety operations of Cedar Community. He has administrative oversight of all corporate plant operation services. “Todd has a vast knowledge in facilities management and construction operations, and is a great addition to the executive team at Cedar Community,” says Lynn Olson, Chief Executive Officer. Todd Miller
RETIRE YOUR SNOW SHOVEL! At Cedar Community, residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with no snow to shovel or grass to cut. If an appliance needs repair or there is an issue with the heat or air conditioning, we take care of it. Our plant operations team members provide worry-free living with more time for residents to enjoy, explore, and embrace their best life!
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Make the move to Cedar Community Starting to feel isolated in your own home? Worried about the next repair? Does your yard seem to be getting bigger? It’s time to start enjoying life and all the wonderful things waiting for you in an independent living home or apartment! Your new neighbors will become some of the best friends you’ve ever met. You’ll feel secure at Cedar Community knowing everything is taken care of. Retirement should be everything you envisioned for yourself.
With everything we have to oﬀer, you are sure to find something that best fits your needs and interests! · Full-sized pool and whirlpool · State-of-the-art fitness center · Natural prairie, scenic walking trails, and lake access · Woodworking shop · Café, deli, and restaurant · Greenhouse · Outdoor garden plots · Library · Craft room · Wellness programming · Social, recreational, and educational activities · Spiritual services · Volunteer opportunities
… and so much more! Begin your new adventure enjoying, exploring, and embracing your best life at Cedar Community!
MEET OUR SALES TEAM! To tour Cedar Community’s independent living homes or apartments and learn more about all the activities and amenities we have to oﬀer, call Cathy at 262.338.4615 or Abby at 262.338.4617. Mention you saw this ad in our Live More magazine for a free cup of coﬀee. Cathy Majkowski
Cedar Community Sales Director
Independent Living Sales Associate
RENOVATION AND REMODELING UPDATES Cedar Community has several remodeling and renovation projects currently underway in the assisted and independent living. Reservations are now being taken for the new Cedar Ridge Homes ranch duplexes that will soon be under construction on the Cedar Ridge Campus. Utility work is well underway, and construction on the new road and new homes is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, with units available beginning in early summer. The nearly 1,700 square foot homes will feature two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, beautifully upgraded finishes, twocar garages, and some will also have partial- or full-exposure basements. The board of directors approved a major renovation project for Cedar Community’s Assisted Living at Cedar Bay West which includes repairs needed from damage done by a water leak in winter of 2019. The plan also calls for modernizing hallways and common spaces including the activity space and a coffee café, offering free coffee for residents and guests. The salon will also be moving to the lobby area. Construction on a new retaining wall to the south was completed in late fall. Plans for landscaping have been drawn up and will happen in spring. Heating and air conditioning upgrades are also taking place. Work is expected to be completed in spring of 2020.
single-bedroom apartments have been selected and are being converted to two-bedrooms using underutilized lounge space. The main dining room and courtyard kitchen residents use for get togethers will be remodeled to include more table seating, a family room with large screen television, and space for grandchildren and great grandchildren to play. Twobedroom apartments are currently in short supply and in high demand with a waiting list already in place. Additional greenery will be added outside near the front of the building. “Our residents have been actively engaged in the design/remodeling process. We appreciate their input and value their opinions. This is their home and we want them to be comfortable in the space,” says Amy Meyer, Vice President of Assisted Living.
Cedar Community’s Assisted Living at Cedar Bay East saw a hallway remodel on the first floor in 2019. Those updates will continue with the family room area in the main lobby which will be redesigned as a meditation/spiritual area for future chapel service. Eight
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A Whirlpool at Cedar Ridge Campus B Pool at Cedar Ridge Campus C Lounge at Cedar Ridge Campus D Lounge at Cedar Ridge Campus E Hallway at Cedar Bay West F Hallway at Cedar Bay East
Work continues on remodeling hallways and apartments at Cedar Community’s Independent living. The newly remodeled restaurant and pool and spa were completed in 2019. The restaurant received a major facelift and a bar was added, along with a private dining space. The pool and spa were retiled and a second swim lane was added. Other updates included lighting, paint, dehumidification system, new roof, and mural. Thank you to the Kettle Moraine YMCA for opening your pool to our residents during the renovation. Additional updates include the patio area off the Bistro for residents and guests to enjoy the outdoor roof space. “The patio has been an underutilized space and by adding patio furniture and extending the pergola, we hope to increase the outdoor activities available to residents and their guests,” says Erika Wolnik, Independent Living Resident and Facility Relations Manager.
More updates will continue to be available in the spring edition of Live More, including updates on Cedar Community’s many trails.
For more information on preconstruction specials for the new Cedar Ridge Homes or the remodeled Cedar Ridge Apartments, contact Cathy at 262.338.4615 or Abby at 262.338.4617. If you would like to get more information on the beautifully remodeled assisted living apartments at Cedar Community, contact Michelle at 262.306.4299.
outstanding team members Every quarter, Cedar Community recognizes team members who go above and beyond their everyday tasks for our residents, families, volunteers, and their fellow team members. Cedar Community is proud to announce our team members of the quarter award winnners: Cindy Kuepper, CNA and Medical Assistant, and Dave McIntosh, Maintenance Cindy applied to nursing school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) 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 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 becoming a LPN or a registered nurse (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.
CINDY KUEPPER Cindy Kuepper grew up with her grandma, who had dementia, and lived with her family. Being around older adults made Cindy appreciate the progression of life. She took the time to listen, and enjoyed the stories her grandparents shared about their life experiences. That upbringing led Cindy to Cedar Community, where she celebrated 45 years of employment in 2019. She started working right out of high school as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) 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 returned to Cedar Community. “Nothing made me happy. Caring for older adults made me happy. I think God put me here,” says Cindy. She also had several family members who worked at Cedar Community over the years.
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In 45 years, Cindy has worked in various departments including short-term rehabilitation, hospice, assisted living, and long-term care. “I have enjoyed every experience. Every department 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 it’s worth the hard work. “I like the hands-on experience and the many opportunities to learn,” 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’s team members who nominated her for the award, shared some heartfelt thoughts: “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 challenges and experiences. Cindy is a caring and compassionate caregiver.” “Cindy attends to the needs of each resident timely and generously.” “Cindy is an advocate for Cedar Community, families, and residents.”
“Everything was going great. I bought land in Virginia, and was planning for my retirement. I was 41 years old and started feeling tired and sluggish. My doctor did a chest x-ray and found a mass behind my lungs. I had melanoma and was told it was terminal, and had six months to live,” says Dave. He participated in experimental treatments, spending several weeks in the hospital, over the course of seven months. After a few years of treatment, he was cancer free, and to this day shows no signs of cancer. Dave’s experience has changed his outlook on life, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Every day is a journey, and every day is precious,” says Dave.
DAVE MCINTOSH Dave McIntosh has experienced quite a diverse career path. After high school he attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and earned a degree in ornamental horticulture. He worked in that field, building golf courses in Southeast Wisconsin, for over five years. That job was coming to an end and the field was very limited, so he felt the need to reinvent himself, so he took a class to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). He worked at a convent in Campbellsport for a year, until it closed. After moving a friend to Virginia, Dave liked the idea of warm weather and no snow, and made the move to the Richmond area himself. While there, he worked as a CNA at the Medical College of Virginia on the stroke and spinal cord injury unit for over five years, until the hospital went from a state to private institution and he lost his benefits. The State of Virginia had a job opening in the landscaping department, so he then worked at the governor’s mansion, maintaining the grounds and providing general maintenance. He also worked part time at Home Depot.
After 22 years in Virginia, he moved back to Wisconsin to be closer to family, and transferred to the Home Depot in West Bend, but, he was tiring of the retail environment— having to work a variety of shifts, weekends, and holidays. That’s when a former Home Depot coworker and friend, who was working at Cedar Community, mentioned there was an open maintenance position. Dave was hired to work in plant operations. Being in maintenance, hanging pictures for residents, moving furniture, and fixing and maintaining equipment including wheelchairs, hospital beds, and patient lifts, has provided an opportunity for Dave to interact with residents. “The best part of my job is the residents. They all have interesting stories to tell,” says Dave. One day, while doing some maintenance in a resident’s room, the resident grabbed Dave’s hand and said, “You’re different. You care about people. I can tell.” She made sure he stopped in each day to say ‘hello.’ “She had no family, and that is one of the biggest rewards about working here, interacting and getting to know our residents,” says Dave. Dave’s team members appreciate the support he provides to the plant operations department and shares: “Dave is always there and helpful.” “Dave is always willing to help out.” “We can count on Dave for getting the job done, and he is willing to go the extra mile.”
To learn how you too can have a rewarding career at Cedar Community and make a diﬀerence in the lives of our residents, visit our careers page at cedarcommunity.org. cedarcommunity.org
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New partnership brings new opportunities Ignite your fire, feed your soul, build your faith...in nature’s sanctuary. These are the words that greet you on the website of United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI), the outdoor ministry that has now added a new sanctuary to their portfolio. As previously announced, Cedar Community and UCCI began a unique outdoor ministry partnership at the beginning of 2020 on the Cedar Valley Retreat Center Campus in West Bend, a partnership that has been decades in the making. UCCI’s early beginnings can be traced back to the early 1900s, when the Green Lake Bible Institute, an ecumenical group, began gathering on the shores of Green Lake, Wisconsin. The camp evolved over time, until the former Congregational Church eventually purchased and operated the property, now known as Pilgrim Center. Fast-forward to 1957, when the Evangelical Reformed Church in Wisconsin purchased a family fishing resort on the shores of Moon Lake in St. Germain, Wisconsin, and began operating Moon Beach Camp. Pilgrim Center and Moon Beach formed UCCI in 1967. As a historical note, 1957 was also the year that Cedar Community opened the doors to its first home for serving older adults and the year the United Church of Christ was formed! On January 1, 2020, UCCI began managing Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, with Cedar Community maintaining ownership of the 98-acre property. Back in the 1970s, Cedar Community’s founder and first CEO, Rev. Louis Reisch, had approached UCCI about hosting youth camps on the Cedar Valley Campus, and youth camps were once held on the Cedar Lake Campus in the past. Now one outdoor ministry with three sites, UCCI welcomes kids and families of all ages, denominations, and walks of life to enjoy the beautiful opportunities of each location. “We like to think outdoor ministry is complementing the indoor ministry happening at the 220 churches of the United Church of Christ in Wisconsin,” says Glenn Svetnicka, UCCI’s executive director, “and the way we compliment them is that we clear space in people’s schedules to slow down, relax, and hear God tell them that they are loved.”
For more information on the events and camp opportunities of UCCI, visit their website at ucci.org.
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For Glenn, working with UCCI is also a family tradition, as his father began chaperoning at UCCI camps back in the late 1950s. Today, Moon Beach is unique as a family camp, as it specializes in intergenerational camps and events. “It is a little edgy in outdoor ministry circles,” says Glenn. “Many times, camps will do one week of family camp; that we are doing ten weeks of family camp is unprecedented.”
At Pilgrim Center in Green Lake youth ministry is the focus, with camps going year-round for kids from first grade through high school. Many youth ministry groups also hold retreats at Pilgrim Center. All three locations also offer work camp service opportunities for both kids and adults. “We see ourselves as a volunteer destination, a domestic mission if you will,” says Glenn. “Churches and organizations don’t have to go overseas or across the country, we have mission opportunities for them right here.” All three UCCI locations will offer opportunities to individuals who would like to help with spring and fall cleanup, or one of their “extreme makeover events” where people can help with some construction and maintenance around the sites.
A Memory Camp is also offered at Moon Beach for individuals with early memory loss and their families. The camp experience offers respite, education, resources, and networking opportunities. “They also get a community,” says Glenn. “We had one participant who attended with early onset dementia, and she told me that she left her camp experience with a family, a community, and resources that will help her with her condition.” UCCI hopes to bring a Memory Camp to the Cedar Valley location in partnership with Cedar Community in the future. UCCI has also developed a relationship with Lakeland University in Sheboygan County, and has plans to offer a training center for Camp AweSum at the Cedar Valley location in the future.
Another way to experience a domestic, missiondriven opportunity at Moon Beach is the chance to be a caregiver support person for Camp AweSum. Camp AweSum provides a one-week traditional summer camp for children (ages 9-15) living with autism spectrum conditions, as well as three family camps for children and their parents. All camps are supported by autism specialists and occupational therapists. The volunteers are there to provide respite to families by spending time supporting and encouraging a child on the spectrum. “Families, siblings, grandparents, all come to Camp AweSum, and they learn that they are not alone,” says Glenn.
With the addition of Cedar Valley to its outdoor ministry portfolio, UCCI and the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ look forward to expanding the adult programming opportunities to the Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin area churches, and beyond. The partnership, which has now come full circle, from the 1950s to today, will also help introduce Cedar Community’s active retirement community and health care services to the greater UCCI family. “It is a win-win-win partnership,” says Glenn. “Bringing United Church Camps, Cedar Community and the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC closer together, to serve our missions and ministries, and to share our amazing resources with one another.”
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CEDAR VALLEY RETREAT CENTER EVENTS 5349 County Road D, West Bend
Painting on Black Canvas with Deb Rolfs Saturday, Jan. 25 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Explore painting a floral scene on a black canvas—trying to keep some of the black background showing through as outlines in the painting. Deb begins with a brief demonstration and provides individual attention to each student. All levels of artists are welcome. Use Deb’s painting as your inspiration, or feel free to bring a photo reference of your own. Supply list provided at time of registration. $65 includes workshop and lunch in the Cedar Valley dining room.
Mixed Media & Acrylic with Megan Woodard Johnson February 22 & 23 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Take what you know as creative and apply it to a mixed media collage. Megan will take you through color theory, mark-making, and experimenting with acrylic paint. Every artistic level is welcome and you will receive individual instruction. Supply list provided at time of registration. $120 commuters, includes daily lunch; $225 overnighters, includes Saturday night lodging and all meals.
From Realism to Abstraction with Beki Borman March 6, 7 & 8 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Beginning with realism, you will work from the same image and repeat painting the image three to four
times. Each time you will further deconstruct the image and make it more abstract. Discussions on abstraction and composition will help students gain a better understanding of the decision-making process. Supply list provided at time of registration. $120 commuters, includes daily lunch; $290 overnighters, includes two night stay and all meals.
Acrylic Pour, Push & Ink with Camille Walters Thursday, March 19 | 6–8:30 p.m. Create a beautiful floral masterpiece by pouring and pushing, utilizing acrylic paints, and then enhancing with ink. Camille offers step-by-step instruction anyone can do. Open to all levels. Each student receives individual attention. $35 includes instruction and all supplies.
Watercolor Excitement with Joyce Eesley March 27, 28 & 29 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. These all-day classes are designed for watercolor painters who have tried painting and would like additional instruction. You will learn through demonstrations with ample painting time. Joyce will focus on helping you achieve exciting results, while gaining knowledge and insights by sharing tips and techniques. Supply list provided at time of registration. $120 commuters, includes lunch all three days; $290 overnighters, includes two night stay and all meals.
All classes are open to everyone. For more information, or to register for any of the above classes, call 262.629.9202 or visit ucci.org. Advance registration is required.
BOOK YOUR EVENT AT CEDAR VALLEY RETREAT CENTER! Planning an event, business meeting, anniversary, birthday party, family reunion, baby shower, graduation party, etc.? The Cedar Valley Retreat Center 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 team 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. 24
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Out&About EVENTS | CLASSES | SEMINARS
ANNUAL CHILI SOCIAL AND USED BOOK SALE
Saturday, Jan. 25 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Cedar Ridge Resale will be open with a 50 percent off sale. Visit the Train Room. Tours of Cedar Community’s independent living apartments will also be available by appointment. Enjoy chicken quesadillas, our famous chili with all the fixings (corn chips, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and onions), fruit, cookie, coffee, lemonade, or hot apple cider–all for only $8.50! Quarts of chili to go for $8. Call 262.338.4615 for a tour by Friday, Jan. 10, and receive your lunch for FREE! Only those with a tour reservation will receive a free lunch.
MYSTERY DINNER Tuesday, Jan. 21 | 5 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Top of The Ridge | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Have fun, laugh, and enjoy some food and camaraderie with others. Audience participation is a big part of the fun. Enjoy a seven-course meal. Seating is limited to 66 people. Residents: $17; Guests: $20 | Tickets available at Top of the Ridge Restaurant.
Tuesday, March 3 | 4-6 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Top of The Ridge | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
PAINT & WINE EVENTS
Travel through Napa Valley vineyards in an enchanting evening of wine tastings, featuring Napa Valley’s finest paired with scrumptious appetizers.
$20 | Tickets available at Top of the Ridge Restaurant.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 | 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 | 6 p.m. “Fanciful Flowers”
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend $35 includes all supplies, wine, and snacks | Reservations required. Please call 262.338.2812.
CELEBRATING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Monday, Jan. 20 | 10:30 a.m.
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Cedar Community will once again host a celebration of the life and witness of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The uplifting community event features inspiring speakers and rousing music to honor the legacy of Dr. King and continue the important work of advancing civil rights, eradicating inequalities and prejudices, and building healthy communities. This year, we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, as the guest speaker. The event is organized by the Diversity Committee of Cedar Community, a resident group that “educates, promotes, and partners with others in activities and events that affirm diversity.” All are welcome to attend!
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LEAVING YOUR LEGACY Planning for your financial and family legacy can seem overwhelming, especially when talking about money, which can sometimes be considered a taboo subject. Having a plan that is based on your values and goals for your family is incredibly important. Join Elaine Shanebrook, retired attorney, as she presents a special six-part Every Step with Cedar Community series on estate planning entitled Leaving Your Legacy. This educational series will help you understand your options for estate planning, while also considering your values, your family, and the legacy you would like to create for future generations. Attendees will receive educational materials at each seminar, helping you get organized and think about what is important to you when it comes to planning your legacy.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Thursday, March 19
Wills and Trusts: Is a will enough? What may be the advantage of a trust?
The advantages of trusts have been exaggerated and somewhat overblown. Only your personal advisor can tell you which technique may be best for your situation. This session will discuss and define probate and wills, the use of trusts, and the advantages and disadvantages of a trust. A review of other probate avoidance measures will be discussed, as well as the use of beneficiary designations.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Tax consequences of your estate, and how charitable is your charity? While most of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an estate that would be impacted by federal estate taxes, there are often capital gains and income tax consequences to some of our assets. Learn more about ways to help lessen the tax burden for your heirs, and how charitable giving can be a part of your plan to minimize those tax consequences. We will also discuss how to evaluate charitable organizations, to ensure that your gifts are valued, and how you can avoid charitable scams.
We plan for what happens to our material assets in our estate plans, but what about the values, experiences, and life lessons you would like to leave behind? This session will introduce ethical wills; a document or letters to your loved ones created to leave your wealth of wisdom, stories, wishes, feelings, or other important information you want to last beyond your lifetime. This session will discuss what you might want to include in your ethical will, and provide templates and ideas to help get you started.
10 a.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Please RSVP for each seminar by calling 262.306.7685 or at RSVP@cedarcommunity.org.
*All of the sessions will have a short presentation, and allow for group discussion and questions. None of the seminars will be a solicitation for financial gifts, nor will they offer legal or tax advice. They are informational and educational only.
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LOOKING AHEAD WITH A CLEAR 2020 VISION Make estate planning part of your New Year’s resolutions If you are like me, you begin each New Year with a bit of reflection on the year gone by and some hopeful planning for the future. The New Year is traditionally a time to reflect, resolve, and renew. As we continue to celebrate New Year 2020, I would encourage everyone to make estate planning or an estate plan review a priority. Some simple tips: Review goals and objectives. Are your objectives still correctly reflected in your will re: post retirement income needs, providing for family/heirs, philanthropic causes, reducing your (and your estate’s) tax burden? Review existing asset classes and consider strategies for reducing your taxable estate today. Are there certain assets you can use, move, or liquidate to help offset your taxable burden and still achieve your goals? With proper planning, you can reduce or eliminate taxes, establish your charitable legacy, and provide for the people and causes you care about. For more information, call or email Sarah Malchow, Director of Philanthropy, 262.338.4625 or email@example.com.
Review ownership and beneficiary designations of assets. Do a thorough review of insurance policies, retirement accounts, and/or checking and savings accounts to determine if modifications are needed. Review list of VIPs. Does your list of: heirs, beneficiaries (including charitable organizations), fiduciaries, and trustees still match your current intent? Review documents for completeness. Do you have all of your important documents complete and stored safely in an accessible place? Does your trustee or representative know where to find them if necessary?
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CEDAR COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY Independent Living
Home Health & Hospice
Cedar Community Salon and Spa Services
· Cedar Ridge Apartments
· Home Health
· Cedar Lake Village Homes
· Cedar Lake Campus 262.306.4281
· Elkhart Lake Village Homes
Restaurant and Catering
262.338.4615 or 262.338.4617
· Cedar Bay East
· Top of the Ridge Restaurant and Catering
· Cedar Bay West
· Cedar Bay Elkhart Lake
· Cedar Resale at Cedar Ridge 262.338.8377
· The Cottages (memory care)
Short-term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing
· Cedar Closet 262.306.2100, ext. 4119
· Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center
Outpatient Rehabilitation 262.306.2150
· Cedar Ridge Campus 262.338.2813 · Cedar Bay West Campus 262.306.2130, ext. 4429 · Cedar Run Campus 262.365.6500, ext. 5405
Cedar Community Main Number 262.306.2100