McHarrie LifeTimes Fall-Winter 2018

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Enjoying the Benefits of Lifelong Activity

10 WAYS to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Dick Darling, McHarrie POINTE RESIDENT

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding


Skin Deep Damage Caused By

Fact or Fiction? Old Wives’ Tales About the Winter Season








McHarrie Place

Health & Rehabilitation Center

Admissions: 315-638-2521 he New York State Department of Health recently M c H a r r i e To w n e awarded our organization a $75,000 grant to Independent Living McHarri implement its Advanced Training Initiative proFounda grams aimed at providing enhanced education for our staff. The goal of these programs is to detect changes McHarrie Pointe McHarrie Place in a resident’s physical and mental or functional status Assisted Living Health & Rehabilitation earlier; and ultimately reduce avoidable hospitalizations. Residence Center We were awarded these funds because we have Admissions: 315-638-2525 demonstrated our ability to retain high quality direct care staff and are willing to make the commitment McHarrie Life Sage Court to this initiative. We have gratefully accepted this opporFoundation Memory Care @ McHarrie Pointe tunity to offer more specialized training for our staff. Some of the programs that have been selected as a Admissions: 315-638-2525 result of this grant include;


1 Improving Staff Retention by Cultivating Satisfaction in the Workplace 2 Developing an Advanced Care Process for Residents with Dementia and Other Special Needs

M c H a r r i e To w n e Independent Living Admissions: 315-638-1172

3 Pathways to Leadership for nurses 4 Growing Strong Roots a mentoring program for certified nursing assistants

We are very proud of our staff for their commitment Health and enthusiasm to grow in their professional positions, and look forward to continuing to provide these advanced training initiatives in the future.

Mark Murphy, CEO

To request information about our programs,

M catH a r r i M c H a r r i e P l aplease c e call 315-638-2521 or visit our website & Rehabilitation Center LifeTimes is a publication of McHarrie Life

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Senior Community 7740 Meigs Road McHarrie Life Baldwinsville, New York 13027 Foundation 315-638-2521 LifeTimes Editor: Kelly O’Neill-Rossi Director, Development & Marketing If you would like to add/remove your mailing address information, please email McHarrie Life Senior Community is a not-for-profit organization that offers a continuum of healthcare programs and services for older adults including; independent living at McHarrie Towne, assisted living and memory care at McHarrie Pointe, and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care at McHarrie Place. All programs and services are conveniently located at 7740 Meigs Road in Baldwinsville, New York.

Fact or Fiction? Old Wives’ Tales About the Winter Season





Cold air makes you sick. FICTION. Cold viruses grow faster when the temperature rises. Colds are more prevalent in the winter because more people are indoors where germs are more easily exchanged between them.

Vitamin C prevents colds. FICTION. Vitamin C may help to shorten the duration of your cold symptoms. If you take vitamin C daily, it may help to strengthen your immune system but it doesn’t actually prevent colds.

Chicken soup is a miracle food for easing colds. FACT. The liquid in the soup will hydrate you, and the salt from the broth helps to sooth your sore throat. If you add vegetables to the soup, you will boost your vitamin and mineral intake, too.


Feed a cold, starve a fever. FICTION. Fasting will weaken your body, prolong recovery and may even make you sicker.

Chocolate eases a cough. FACT. Chocolate contains theobromine that helps to suppress a cough.





Art Class isn’t Just for Children Anymore 10 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer


Enjoying the Benefits of Lifelong Activity


Mother Knew Best When She Said “Eat Your Broccoli”


A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Podcasts

17th Annual Afternoon of Theater Event Volunteer Recognition Event Celebrates Fifth Year


Skin-Deep Damage Caused By Smoking

Back Cover Volunteers Needed



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rt has become an important therapy for adults of all ages. At McHarrie Life, it extends way beyond drawing, painting and sculpting. Residents are encouraged to let their creativity flow based on their personal interests and abilities. Activities include; card making, gardening, floral bouquet arranging, woodworking, sewing, jewelry making and much more. Art therapy can improve physical, mental and emotional well-being. Listed below are some health benefits from this therapy.

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Improves concentration Strengthens fine motor skills Provides a sense of control Assists with socialization Encourages stress relief Lessens anxiety Strengthens memory Fosters creative growth

For residents with dementia, the most meaningful activities are simple and easy to understand. “Art Therapy is the essence of life that can be the subject of your imagination. It gives each resident an escape into an amazing world of wonder and a way to express their inner souls. It also creates an environment of calm, joyful tranquility for our residents,” says JoAnn Proietta St. Amour, Activities Director at McHarrie Pointe Assisted Living. Activities and lifestyle choices at McHarrie Pointe are specifically designed to encourage residents to enjoy, celebrate and live life to its fullest. If you would like to learn more about the assisted living program at McHarrie Pointe, please contact Maggie Reap, Director of Residential Services, at 315-638-2525.

McHarrie Pointe strives to provide an environment that promotes the overall well-being for staff and residents. To learn more information about assisted living, please contact Maggie Reap, Director of Residential Services at 315-638-2525.





10 Ways to Reduce


—Lori Crawford, PTA, Director of Rehabilitative Services, Syracuse Home

For more information about our program, please contact our admissions department at 315-638-2521.


STOP SMOKING. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Smoking is directly related to 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths and is a risk factor for mouth, larynx, throat, esophagus, kidney, cervix, liver, bladder, pancreas, stomach, colon, myeloid leukemia and many other diseases. Symptoms of lung cancer typically do not show until it is at an advanced stage.


STAY ACTIVE. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends that everyone exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. This includes any form of exercise—walking, jogging, playing tennis, gardening, riding your bike, etc. Studies show a link between obesity and certain types of cancer.


EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps to reduce your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other potentially deadly illnesses, too. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help to repair damaged cells in your body.


“Our short-term rehab program helps cancer patients regain their strength, endurance and functional mobility after treatment. We also provide rehabilitation for cancer patients after a hospital stay and prior to their treatments to help them get strong enough to tolerate chemotherapy. Our short-term rehab program has an excellent reputation for helping people recover from stroke, cardiac/post operative surgery, joint replacement, illness or accident.”

ancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Remarkably, 90%-95% of cancer is due to our environment and lifestyle factors, and only 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are inherited genetic mutations. So what exactly is cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is not just one disease. There are many types of cancer. Cancers are alike in some ways, but they are different in the ways of how they grow and spread. The National Cancer Institute explains that cancer can start anywhere in the body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When our normal cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place. When cancer develops, however, this process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form tumors. The World Cancer Research Fund estimated that 20 percent of all cancers are related to excessive body fat, inactivity, alcohol and poor nutrition. So what can you do in your life to help reduce your chances of getting cancer?



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LIMIT RED MEAT AND AVOID PROCESSED MEATS. Studies show that diets high in animal fat increase the risk of cancer.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, UV light from the sun and tanning beds can both cause melanoma and increase the risk of a benign mole progressing to melanoma. Research suggests that daily sunscreen use could cut the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in half.

smelled or tasted, and asbestos exposure does not cause any immediate symptoms, so it is easy for a person to inhale or swallow asbestos dust without realizing it. Asbestos-related illnesses often take 20-50 years to develop, which means most cases diagnosed in the United States today were caused by asbestos exposures that occurred before modern safety regulations came into effect. If you are concerned about the possibility of asbestos in your home, have a professional asbestos contractor test your home.


DON’T OVERINDULGE AT COCKTAIL HOUR. Research indicates that the more alcohol you drink regularly over time, the higher your risk of developing certain types of cancer including; head and neck, breast, esophagus, liver and colorectal. To reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms, the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that if alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. The Guidelines also do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason.

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GET REGULAR SCREENINGS. Early detection can save your life. Keep up with all screenings and testing recommended by your doctor based on your age for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.


BEWARE OF YOUR HOME EXPOSURES. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is released from the normal decay of uranium found in rocks and soil throughout the world. To avoid the ill effects of radon exposure, you can buy an inexpensive radon test kit at your nearest hardware store. If levels are high, a radon mitigation technology company can normalize levels in your home. Also, houses built before 1980 may contain exposed or damaged asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance once commonly used in American construction materials like insulation for homes and pipes, and adhesives for floor and ceiling tiles. Microscopic asbestos fibers cannot be seen,


LEARN MORE ABOUT VACCINES. Ask your doctor whether or not a hepatitis B or HPV vaccine is right for you.

AVOID THESE FIVE WORDS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH, “MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY.” Don’t take any chances. Call your doctor today.



Enjoying the Benefits of A

n active life is a happy life. Just ask McHarrie Pointe resident Dick Darling. After retiring from a rewarding and successful career in pediatric medicine in 1998, Dick and his wife, Jean, spent the next several decades visiting their family, traveling the world, volunteering as hosts for China’s foreign exchange student program, taking frequent trips to Jean’s family homestead in Pennsylvania and so much more. Dick met Jean during his first year of college, and they remained inseparable for the next 65 years of their lives. “Jean just loved

people. She was very active in our church and taught Sunday school,” he says. Sadly, Jean’s health began to decline several years ago, and she passed away last October. “I miss her very much. We had four wonderful sons together and now have 11 granddaughters, three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. “There is nothing in my life that I am more proud of than my sons,” he says. Dick grew up in Norwich, New York. “My parents were farmers, but I wasn’t much interested in farming.” During his young life, he met several doctors who greatly influenced his decision to pursue a career in medicine. “I observed how they cared for my mother,



Lifelong Activity “It’s so important to keep moving and not become sedentary as we age.”


and it inspired me. Looking back at my life, I really enjoyed my years as a pediatrician. It was wonderful to have the parents’ confidence in me to put their child’s life in my hands. I saved all of the letters of gratitude from parents over my 40 year career and still read them today.” A lifelong tennis player since the age of five, Dick continues to play at the age of 87. He played through high school, college, and during his years as Chief of Pediatrics at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. “Currently, I play doubles with my sons who live nearby. It’s a serious game we play. There is very little laughing,” he jokes. Even though his life was busy raising a family and working as both a pediatrician in private practice and associate professor at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, he was steadfast in his lifelong commitment to eating well and exercising. His diet includes; fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and occasionally red meat and venison. “It’s so important to keep moving and not become sedentary as we age,” he says. Dick regularly walks four miles three to four days a week, enjoys fly fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, woodworking, sketch-

ing, painting, reading, and volunteering. “I play horse shoes with my friends at McHarrie Towne on Mondays,” he says. He also volunteers to help on day trips for the nursing home residents, and hosts educational health presentations for McHarrie Pointe residents. “It feels good to help others in any way that I can.” Now that his grandchildren are older, he cherishes the time they spend together even more. “I feel grandparents are impor­tant in the lives of their grandchildren because they have valuable insights to share,” says Dick. Fortunately, longevity runs in Dick’s family. His mother lived until the age of 99 ½ years old. He strives to become a centen­arian himself and looks forward to spending many more memorable years with his family. If you would like to learn more about

McHarrie Pointe, please contact Maggie Reap, Director of Residential Services at 315-638-2525.



Health benefits of incorporating broccoli in your diet include;






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Helps fight against cancer. Broccoli is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are all considered anti-cancer agents.

bone health. Broccoli contains 2 Improves vitamin K which is an essential part of calcium absorption to help prevent bone fractures.


Helps you look younger. The vitamin C in broccoli helps to improve the appearance of your skin caused by sun damage and environmental pollutants.



By Kelly Acome, LPN, Contributing Writer

ven though broccoli looks like a “mini-tree” it is actually a nutritious superfood and member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes; cabbage, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of certain health conditions and diseases. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like broccoli decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality. It also promotes a healthy complexion and hair, and helps increase energy. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of chopped raw broccoli contains 31 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrates (including 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber) and 3 grams of protein. Broccoli also provides over 100 percent of your daily need for vitamin C and vitamin K and is a good source of vitamin A, folate, and potassium.

Residents enjoy having their meals together every day, and Syracuse Home Dietary Director, Shelly Grigsby (pictured right) is committed to providing the most delicious, nutritious meals to accommodate every resident’s personal preference and taste. “If we have a comment or suggestion about our meals, Shelly is always there to listen and make changes. She is very nice and accommodating,” says Syracuse Home resident Ruth Golden (pictured left).


digestive tract. Broccoli is a 4 Improves natural fiber which helps to rid the body of toxins.

Cheesy Broccoli & Rice Casserole


Voted Most Favorite Recipe by Syracuse Home Residents!

The key to a healthful diet is to eat a variety of plant based foods, rather than concentrate on just one individual food. There are possible health risks for some people to consume broccoli so check with your doctor first before making any changes in your diet.

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It’s heart healthy. It helps lower bad cholesterol levels in the body.


medium yellow onion, finely chopped cups broccoli, chopped into small florets tablespoons unsalted butter, divided cup white rice cups water cups of cream of mushroom soup cups grated cheddar cheese, divided teaspoon black pepper Salt to taste

Instructions: Heat 1½ teaspoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent and slightly toasted; 1-2 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover rice and reduce the heat to medium-low; simmer until water is completely absorbed and rice is tender; about 25 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let it rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover the rice and fluff it with a fork. Transfer rice to a large mixing bowl; set aside. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Heat remaining 1½ teaspoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened; about 6-7 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Add the mushroom soup, 1 cup of the cheese, and black pepper to the large bowl containing the rice; stir well to combine all of the ingredients together. Transfer rice mixture to the baking dish and spread it evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy! GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Important note: Overcooking broccoli can destroy many of its nutrients. Try eating it raw, or lightly steamed for the best overall health benefits.



A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding

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So what exactly is a podcast? A podcast is a free, pre-recorded radio show on the Internet that offers the perfect opportunity to listen to a program of specific interest to you. There are over a half million podcasts available ranging from topics such as; sports, comedy, politics, love, relationships, religion, history, true crime, self-help, pop culture, mystery, science, health and wellness, and much more. Approximately 68 million people in the United States listen to podcasts and the number continues to climb each year. The most popular way to listen to a podcast is by using an app on your Smartphone. iPhone users already have the Podcast app built into their phones, and Android users can listen by using Google Play Music or the Stitcher app. Podcasts can also play through your computer, tablet, a speaker in your home, or in your car. Daily podcasts are usually fewer than 20 minutes long, and weekly podcasts range between 45-90 minutes long. Believe it or not, listening to podcasts can actually benefit your physical, mental and emotional health. How?


It helps to expand your imagination. Since you are listening to a show but not seeing it, podcasts stimulate your mental imagery and encourage you to create scenarios in your mind. T It’s Entertaining. Many people of all ages enjoy listening to podcasts especially while they are exercising, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn or waiting in the doctor’s office. It keeps you engaged, and helps to pass the time. T It makes you smarter. You will learn new things after listening to a wide range of podcasts about subjects of interest to you. T It relieves stress. Over half of podcast listeners tune in on their daily commutes. After a hard day at work, it’s a great dis­ traction from any stress or worries you may have on your mind. T It helps you become more empathetic towards others. Human interest, relationship and psychology podcasts offer different perspectives and/or share stories of people’s personal life experiences. How you perceive a culture, religion, person or any subject may change after you listen to another person’s struggles, heartbreak, trauma, or history.

Would you like to learn how to get started in the infinite world of podcasts? Visit YouTube and search, “Learn How to Listen to Podcasts” to start enjoying your favorite shows today!

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invites you to the 17th annual Afternoon of Theater event All proceeds benefit resident programs and services at McHarrie Life. This year’s production is Elf

Sunday, December 2nd Patron Ticket: $50 each—includes a fabulous catered reception beginning at 12:45 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee performance Contributor Ticket: $30 each—includes a 2 p.m. matinee performance

Presenting Sponsor:

Reception Sponsor:

Dessert Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association of CNY Media Sponsors: Eagle Newspapers Dupli GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO


Underwriters: Bonadio Group ONEGROUP Yang-Patyi Law Firm Supporters: Horan Financial Services Laboratory Alliance Woodcock & Armani



Ordinary people making extraordinary differences in the lives that follow… Perhaps once upon a time you wanted to change the world. You still can. Many of us dream of making a transformational gift. A gift that is a legacy that tells the story of who we are. A gift that will create a brighter future for the people and causes we care about.

YOU can make a simple gift that lasts forever. l Make a gift through your retirement plan l Gift life insurance you no longer need l Donate stock and save on taxes

Arlene and Elizabeth Walter

l Perhaps a gift of real estate

Nearly 40 years ago the Walter sisters began volunteering at Syracuse Home. Their favorite activity was assisting residents with bingo! Today, through legacy giving, their transformational gift continues to support residents of our rehabilitation therapies wing where annually, hundreds of people are successfully returned to home.

l How about a gift that protects your assets

l A gift that gives you fixed payments for life l Make a gift through your will or trust

Contact: Audrey Gibbs. Director of Philanthropy 315-638-2521 or We’d love to hear your story!


Our Foundation’s mission is to develop financial resources for McHarrie Life. Gifts to the Foundation help support resident activities and programs, continuing education for staff and improvements to our campus for the residents of today, tomorrow and always.



Volunteer Recognition Event


early 150 volunteers and their guests enjoyed the fifth annual volunteer recognition at the Fireside Inn this past June. “It is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the efforts of all of our wonderful volunteers who make a difference in the lives of our residents every day,” says Teri Tarolli, volunteer coordinator at McHarrie Life. Last year, volunteers ranging in ages from 14 to 95 donated over 6,495 hours of service to help with resident activities including; baking, bingo, day trips, church service, data entry, musical events, one-to-one visits, and much more. This year’s event included a country western theme with line dancing lessons, music, free raffles, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. “Nearly every department at McHarrie Life donated a gift basket to the volunteer raffle. Our staff members enjoyed creating the baskets, and our volunteers loved winning them,” says Tarolli. With nearly 160 residents living in the nursing home, assisted living and memory care programs, there is always a need for more volunteers to help out with a variety of daily tasks and activities. “We work closely with each new volunteer to connect them with the most personally rewarding volunteer oppor­tunity we have available,” says Tarolli. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at McHarrie Life, please contact Teri Tarolli at 315638-2521.

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Skin Deep Damage Caused By

Smoking‌ By Kelly Acome, LPN, Contributing Writer


id you know that there are more than 600 ingredients in one cigarette and 7,000 chemicals when burned? Every time a person smokes a cigarette, they expose themselves to 69 known poisonous chemicals.

Here is a list of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:


found in nail polish remover 4 ACETONE 4 ACETIC ACID an ingredient in hair dye a common household cleaner 4 AMMONIA used in rat poison 4 ARSENIC found in rubber cement 4 BENZENE used in lighter fluid 4 BUTANE active component in battery acid 4 CADMIUM 4 CARBON MONOXIDE released in car exhaust fumes 4 FORMALDEHYDE embalming fluid found in barbecue lighter fluid 4 HEXAMINE used in batteries 4 LEAD 4 NAPHTHALENE an ingredient in mothballs a main component in rocket fuel 4 METHANOL used as insecticide 4 NICOTINE material for paving roads 4 TAR used to manufacture paint 4 TOLUENE

Smoking increases our chances of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other diseases but it also has a negative impact on our skin including;


Premature facial wrinkles and aging due to narrowing blood vessels which inhibits oxygen rich blood from reaching skin cells. Smokers have deeper wrinkles around their lips, eyes and forehead than nonsmokers


Saggy skin specifically on the inner arms and breasts due to loss of elasticity


Dry, yellowed skin from the lack of important nutrients including vitamin C, which helps to protect and repair skin damage

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Baggy eyes from restless nights of sleep due to nicotine withdrawal Slow wound healing from surgery such as facelifts, tooth extractions and periodontal procedures


Increases chance of developing squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer and psoriasis



Unfortunately, switching to E cigarettes or vaping is still not good for your skin. Why? Because nicotine extract from tobacco and other harmful chemicals are still found in the majority of these products and can constrict the veins which prevent vitamin and minerals from reaching skin cells. In addition to skin damage, smoking also leads to yellow teeth, gum disease, persistent bad breath and other oral hygiene problems. Smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth as nonsmokers. Smoking also accelerates hair loss in both men and women, increases risk for cataracts and contributes to infer­ tility problems. The good news is, the moment you stop smoking, your skin and body begin to heal. For more help and information about quitting, visit the American Lung Association website at





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