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For Her Love of Gardening


What is the Buzz on Honey?

Protect Yourself from Those Pesky Insects LOVE TO READ?

Join a Book Club

What should I bring for my rehab stay? Helpful Apps to Explore & Learn

There’s Always Something Going On at McHarrie Towne



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Independent Living f you or a loved one is in need of shortMcHarri term rehabilitation, it is important to know Founda you have the right to choose where you would like to go. McHarrie Pointe McHarrie Place Although not every health issue we & Rehabilitation Assisted Living Health encounter is anticipated or planned, it is Residence Center important to understand more about the Admissions: 315-638-2525 process of selecting a short-term rehabilitation program if you find yourself in need of care. McHarrie Life Sage Court For many, it is a stressful and confusing Foundation Memory Care @ McHarrie Pointe experience when you are in the hospital trying Admissions: 315-638-2525 to arrange for care without understanding how the process works. Whether you need short-term rehabilitation or skilled nursing care, the choice of where to go is always up to you. No one—not even the hospital—has the right to make the decision M c H a r r i e To w n e for you. Since some hospitals have their Independent Living own affiliations, they may direct you to their Admissions: 315-638-1172 program without offering alternative options. If you choose Syracuse Home for your 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 needs, please communicate this Assisted Health & Rehabilitation with the hospital discharge planner and ask Resid Center LifeTimes is a publication of McHarrie Life that they send your referral to our Admissions Department. As soon as we have this informaSenior Community tion, we can begin working with you on the 7740 Meigs Road McHarrie Life transition from hospital to Syracuse Home. Baldwinsville, New York 13027 Foundation For more information about our short-term 315-638-2521 rehabilitation or to schedule a tour, please LifeTimes Editor: Kelly O’Neill-Rossi contact Karen Carson, LPN, Admissions Director, Development & Marketing Coordinator at 315-638-2521. If you would like to add/remove your mailing address information, please email

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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.

Protect Yourself from Those PESKY SUMMER INSECTS Summer is a great time of year to spend outdoors but it is also the season when insects flourish. The Center for Disease Control confirms that insect-related illnesses are on the rise. Those who often spend time in wooded or grassy areas are even more at risk. Protect yourself and your family by taking the precautions listed below.

Ways to Avoid Insect Bites and Stings:

l Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne

l Don’t swat at bees—it only makes them more

l Cut back on sugary and caffeinated drinks since

defensive and likely to sting

l Avoid sitting in areas where there is stagnant

water since it’s the prime spot for mosquitoes to lay their eggs

l Check your entire body closely for ticks that

resemble small, round dark bumps on your skin

l Use the lowest concentration of DEET spray on your clothes and skin


The Most Common Mistakes in Caring for your Teeth


Make Syracuse Home Your #1 Choice For Short-Term Rehabilitation For Her Love of Gardening…

they increase lactic acid and carbon dioxide in our bodies that attract certain bugs when we exhale

l Throw dried lavender or mugwort into your

campfire to ward off mosquitoes

l When sitting outside, use an electric

fan to keep the bugs away




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The Most Common Mistakes in Caring for your Teeth


ealthy teeth and gums are connected to your overall physical health. Medical researchers believe that individuals with periodontal disease may be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections and dementia. Avoid the most common mistakes in oral care to protect your health in the future.


Using the wrong kind of toothbrush. A toothbrush with medium/hard bristles can erode your tooth enamel and gums. It is important to gently brush your teeth with a soft bristled brush, especially for those with gum disease or sensitive teeth. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance when purchasing a manual or electric toothbrush.


Keeping the same toothbrush for too long. Your toothbrush is the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and storing it in an upright position away from other toothbrushes.


Over-brushing your teeth. Brushing too often can wear away your gums and enamel so unless your dentist instructs you otherwise, aim to brush for two minutes, no more than 2-3 times per day.


Neglecting to brush. Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. By not taking care of your teeth, you are not only at risk for cavities, bad breath and tooth loss but also many other illnesses and diseases.


Bypassing your tongue and gums. Decay-causing bacteria collects in your whole mouth, including your gums and tongue. By not brushing them, harmful germs stay in your mouth and reproduce.


Not waiting long enough to brush after eating. It’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. If you’ve eaten something acidic, brushing too soon can actually push the acid further into your enamel.


Eating too much sugary and acidic food. Sugar converts to acid in your mouth which can lead to the erosion of your tooth enamel. Acidic fruits, teas and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel.

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Neglecting to floss daily. Brushing alone is not enough for optimal dental hygiene. You also need to floss to reach the areas where your toothbrush cannot. Choosing the wrong toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is your leading defense against tooth decay so make sure that your toothpaste and mouthwash contains it. Avoiding the dentist. No matter how well you care for your teeth at home, you still need to visit your dentist. The ADA recommends regular dental cleanings. For most people, this means every six months. To learn more about dental health topics, preventive care, and assistance with finding a dentist, visit the American Dental Association’s consumer website:





Make Syracuse program helps people get back Home Your Our to their lives feeling stronger, healthier #1 Choice and more confident than ever. For Short-Term Rehabilitation When the hospital discharge planner asks for your #1 choice for short-term rehabilitation, choose Syracuse Home.



What is short-term rehabilitation? Short-term rehabilitation at Syracuse Home provides therapy for individuals recovering from stroke, cardiac/ post operative surgery, cancer, respiratory illness, joint replacement or accident. Our program has a full team of doctors, nurse practitioner, therapists, nurses, social workers and nutritionists who work with patients and family members to develop an individualized care plan. Our professional team is compassionate, dedicated, and committed to excellence. We utilize the best state-ofthe-art therapy to help promote healing, restore strength and activity.

What should I do if I am in the hospital and in need of short-term rehabilitation? If you have an unexpected illness or accident, we are prepared to assist you with your short-term rehabilitation needs. If you are planning surgery, please let us know ahead of time. We can verify your insurance, and pre-plan your admission to our program. We encourage you to tour our facility before your planned surgery. It is important to communicate with the hospital that you would like to come to Syracuse Home for your short-term rehabilitation. The hospital discharge planner will ask you for several choices for your rehabilitation facility. They will contact us with your anticipated discharge date, but it is always helpful if you or a family member contacts us, too. The hospital will work with you to coordinate your transportation to our facility when you are ready.

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What services and amenities do you provide? We provide restaurant-style dining, room service, guest meal options, complimentary phone, cable, WiFi, computer access, daily activities, laundry service, and on-site beauty/barber shop.

How long can I expect to be in short-term rehabilitation? We always have your best interest at the forefront of everything we do. While each person’s rehabilitation needs are unique, generally, those needing short-term, in-patient rehabilitation may participate in our program for as little as a week to several weeks. We start planning your return home the first day you arrive. For more information about our program, please contact Karen Carson, Admissions Coordinator at 315-638-2521 or e-mail at

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For Her Love of Gard


s a young girl, Pat Gray worked alongside her mother in their family garden in Lysander, New York. “Remarkably, I didn’t like gardening at all. I am most definitely a late bloomer,” she says. It wasn’t until her late 30’s that her passion for gardening blossomed. “I joined my first garden club when my husband, Joe, was stationed in Staten Island.” Little did she know at the time that her love of gardening would span over the next 50 years of her life. Joe was in the Air Force, and they moved many times over the years. Together, they had a blended family of three sons, and two daughters. After the passing of her husband in 1986, Pat returned to

ever done for myself. Living here gives me peace of mind and a feeling of security. It’s very comforting to know that help is always here if I need it.” As a member of the Baldwinsville Women’s Garden Club since 1971, she currently helps to maintain the Emily Triggs memorial garden, volunteers to help arrange flower displays for the residents of Syracuse Home, attends monthly meetings, and participates in special events and outings. She also held the position of President (1978-79) and served on the board. “I love my involvement in the garden club. It’s a lovely group of women whose friendships I deeply cherish. We are always learning something new together.” For the fourth year, Pat and her neighbors, Carol Jones and Joan Weisbrod, plant and maintain what they’ve affectionately named, “The Backwoods Garden.” This beautiful communal garden spans across their three backyards. It has six trellises, a seating area, and a large variety

Pat Gray, (left) with Garden Club President Carolyn Gordon at the annual perennial sale fund-raiser.


Pat pictured in the Backwoods Garden with her sons; Rick Stevens, (left) Albert Gray (center) and Jeff Stevens

her hometown of Baldwinsville. She purchased a small village home and lived there for 22 years. It was there that she created her first expansive flower garden. In 1997, Pat and her mother learned about the newly built McHarrie Towne community and visited a new model home. Although they didn’t put their names on the list for a home, Pat eventually did. “In 2010, when a home became available to me, I learned that it was the very model home we had visited many years earlier. It just felt right to me since I had fond memories of visiting the home with her so long ago.” Pat has lived at McHarrie Towne for nine years now. “After my children, moving to McHarrie Towne is one of the best things I’ve




Did you know? Studies show that gardening can reduce heart attack, stroke risk and help you maintain a healthy weight. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines gardening as a “moderate intensity physical activity” which is linked to lower levels of diabetes, osteoporosis, a large number of chronic diseases, and certain types of cancer. It can also burn up to 250 calories per hour.

of beautiful plants that bloom from early spring until late fall. “This project made a nice camaraderie between us,” says Pat. She also enjoys sharing the beauty of the garden with her family and friends. “My great-grandson, Derek, likes to help me by tossing spent daisies into the woods. We are looking forward to his cousin Kassidy’s visit this summer so she can also help us, too!” Pat feels great pride in her family. She now has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. “Even though they don’t all live locally,

everyone remains close in my heart,” she says. In her front yard, Pat also has perennials. Annuals are planted in May and last throughout the summer. “Mid-July is the most prolific and colorful time of year to enjoy the garden since there is an abundance of Shasta daisies which are tall and showy.” She loves to look out her windows when the garden is in full bloom. “I am so proud of the garden and look at it often throughout the day. It gives me a place to reflect, and remember.”

Aside from gardening, she also stays active by swimming, doing yoga, participating in book club and is a member of the local YMCA. She has also volunteered as a docent at Shacksboro Museum and is a member of St. Mary’s Church funeral choir. After 50 years of flower gardening, Pat continues to enjoy her passion amidst the colorful blossoms of the Backwoods Garden.

“Friends are the flowers in the garden of Life.”



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With over two million apps available for iOs and Android, here are 10 useful, entertaining and educational apps for you to enjoy.

Map My Walk—Free. iOs and Android. Walking is one of the most beneficial, safest ways to exercise. This app uses GPS in your phone to map out walking routes, and record your workouts. It will tell you how far you walked, your calories burned and so much more.

Medisafe—Free. iOs and Android. Receive personalized reminders for each of your medications and vital drug interaction warnings.

Instant Heart Rate—Free. iOs. Just put the tip of your index finger on the camera lens of your iphone and it will give you an accurate reading in seconds, plus reports and charts.

The Weather Channel—Free. iOs and Android. Get the most accurate weather forecast with hourly and weekly forecasts along with specific information about allergies and cold/flu reports in your area.



Learn Duolingo—Free. iOs and Android. Learn a new language. Duolingo is a free language-learning platform that offers 81 different courses across 37 languages. The app has about 300 million registered users across the world.

NPR One—Free. iOs and Android. NPR connects you to public radio news, shows, storytelling, conversations and podcasts created especially for you.


McHarrie Pointe resident Ann Herloski enjoys using her Samsung Galaxy Tab for online shopping and reading Kindle books. “My tablet makes life easier for me,” she says. She loves using Pay Pal for online purchases, and family group texts to communicate with her four children. “I love texting. It gives me the opportunity to organize my thoughts before sending it out.”

Elevate—Free. iOs and Android. This app offers daily challenges and games that help to improve your brain’s comprehension and focus.

EyeReader—Free. iOs and Android. Forgot your glasses? This app transforms your smart phone into a magnifier. It’s perfect for reading menus in candlelit restaurants.

Flipboard—Free. iOs & Android. Flipboard curates the world's stories so you can focus on investing in yourself, staying informed, and getting involved. Used by millions of people every day, the award-winning Flipboard gathers together news, popular stories and conversations to give you the full perspective and lets you easily share it with others.






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By: Kelly Acome, LPN


id you know that bees inhabited the earth 20 million years before humans? Scientists believe that the bee evolved from the wasp. In the early history of mankind, carved clay tablets were found in Ancient Egypt confirming the use of bee honey for medicinal purposes. Today, the health benefits of honey include; 1 Wound healing. Honey has natural antibacterial properties. Manuka honey is the basis of the brand, “Medihoney” which was approved by the FDA in 2007 for its wound healing ability. 2 Relieves symptoms of the common cold. Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, honey helps sooth inflamed membranes and eases a cough and sore throat. 3 A natural energy booster. Honey is 80% carbohydrates and is composed of different natural sugars that release energy in your body at different rates. 4 Immune booster. Honey is made up of natural antioxidants that help build your immunity. 5 Helps promote sleep. Honey aids the body to produce serotonin, which your brain converts into melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps control the duration and quality of your sleep.

6 Improves skin. Antioxidants in honey help combat the aging effects of your skin. It’s also a natural moisturizer and cleans the pores of your skin, too. It is important to note that honey has health warnings for children and adults. Young children less than 12 months old and those with compromised immune systems should not consume honey in any amount because they are most susceptible to botulism poisoning, a potentially fatal illness. Some adults may also be sensitive or allergic to the components of honey, too. Also, it is important for people with diabetes to know that honey is high in sugar and has more calories and carbohydrates than white and brown sugar. So how much honey is right for you? The safest way to determine this is to talk to your doctor.


Did you know?


Honey contains all of the substances needed to sustain life including water, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A colony of bees can contain 20,000-60,000 bees, but it has only one queen bee that can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day.

Worldwide, there are around 20,000 different bee species.


Bees are essential for human life on this planet. They pollinate 33% of our fruit, vegetable and nut plants grown for human consumption today. Without them, many of our plants would die.

Bees are the only insect in the world that produces food (honey) that people can eat.



Always Giving Back B By: Audrey Gibbs, Director of Philanthropy

oth natives of Baldwinsville, Don and Helen Falardeau went to high school together. This year they will celebrate 60 years of marriage, a union that started with a double-date. Helen had a girlfriend who liked a boy who was friends with Don. The girl urged Helen to ask Don to go on a hayride; her strategy was that the boy would go if Don went. For Helen and Don, it was clearly a successful first date! Helen’s maiden name is Carrington, and Don is the son of Joseph Albert Falardeau, a well known name in Baldwinsville. Their fathers went all through school together. Falardeau Funeral Home began in 1940 when Albert purchased a home at 9 Grove Street in Baldwinsville. In 1954, they moved the business to 17 Grove Street because it was a more sizable property. When Helen and Don were married in 1959, they moved to 19 Grove Street. Helen jokes that they were never very far away from the business. Before they had their four children, Yvette, Jeffrey, Mary and Joe, Helen worked as a secretary in the heavy military department at General Electric. Don studied accounting at LeMoyne College where he discovered accounting wasn’t for him. Don knew he wanted to give back and help people. He left LeMoyne and attended

Mary Falardeau Reed (left) with her parents, Don and Helen Falardeau. Right: Don Falardeau (left) pictured with his late son, Joseph, (middle) and father, Albert Simmons School of Funeral Science. He was licensed in 1962 and joined his father in the family business. J. Albert Falardeau retired in 1972, and in 1977 Don and Helen decided to purchase a larger, more visible property for sale on Downer Street. They purchased the circa 1840 Sennett farmhouse and five acres on Downer Street. “It was a farm, of course,



recalls Helen, it had a big barn and raspberry bushes.” They worked hard on the house restoring it to its beautiful, historic state. “The basement is the original stone, and the home was built with large timbers, recalls Don. Once their children were school age, Helen became the office secretary for the growing business. From 35 funerals a year to 140 last year, and 90 plus pre-arrangements, for 57 years the Falardeau family has been helping and serving people during life’s most difficult times. Don and Helen have been extremely generous to McHarrie Life Foundation over the years. Albert was a resident of Syracuse Home from 1994 to 1997, and Don has never forgotten the wonderful, loving care his father received. Helen was a director on the Foundation Board for several years. In 2008 Helen and Don gave a major gift to support the Foun­ dation’s capital campaign that helped build the ‘new’ 80-bed skilled care facility, and develop McHarrie Pointe/Sage Court assisted living apartments. Their son, Joseph joined the business in 1990. Sadly, in 2013 the unimaginable happened. Their son, Joe, died very unexpectedly. It was a crushing loss to their family. Beloved by the Baldwinsville community, and so helpful during a bereaved person’s darkest hours, Joe is dearly missed, but well remembered. Joe’s widow, Suzanne, Helen and Don, once

again, showed their service to others through another major gift to McHarrie Life Foundation, in loving memory of their son and husband, Joseph D. Falardeau. Through this gift, Joe’s legacy lives on by supporting resident comfort and care. Joe’s twin sister, Mary, left her career in the health insurance industry to join her father in the family business. Previous to her position in health insurance, Mary was a registered nurse. She felt, “It had been a long time since I felt like I was helping people.” Once again, service to others, continues in the Falardeau family. Mary received her license in 2017 and is a valuable asset to Falardeau Funeral Home and the community. Sixty years of marriage, four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Don and Helen have created many legacies, including their legacy of philanthropy to McHarrie Life Foundation.

The mission of McHarrie Life Foundation is to develop financial resources for programs and services for McHarrie Life that are beyond the funding capacity of traditional county, state and federal sources. Gifts to the Foundation help support resident activities and programs, continuing education for staff and improvements to our campus to help meet the rapidly changing needs of older adults in our community.


Estate planning secures the future for those you love… and the causes you believe in. Your Legacy can begin today: ●● Give life insurance you no longer need ●● Save on taxes by giving appreciated stock, bonds or mutual funds. ●● Use a gift to reduce your estate tax exposure and eliminate capital gains. Thanks to our donors, our residents feel safe and cared for. Interested in helping secure our care for generations to come? Contact: Audrey Gibbs Phone: 315-638-2521 Email:




There’s Always Something Going On at McHarrie Towne


cHarrie Towne offers a wide array of wonderful activities and community events throughout the year including; Line Dancing, Chair Yoga, Garden Club, Rotary Travelers Club and much more. We also offer “For Your Health” presentations. The presentations can vary from healthy eating suggestions and exercise tips to topics about specific ailments By: Janet or diseases. Our nurse at McHarrie Towne and a physical Dauley-Altwarg, therapist from Onondaga Physical Therapy offers a variety Director of of presentations, usually on a quarterly basis. Residential Last fall, Upstate Medical University’s Physical Therapy Services Department conducted a Mobility Study at McHarrie Towne.

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We had roughly two-thirds of our residents sign up for the study, which took place over the course of five weeks. Each resident who participated came away with feedback as to what exercises might be helpful for any mobility issues. For Upstate, they were able to conduct their study on residents who range in age from early sixties to mid-nineties and all with varying mobility issues. It was a win-win situation. We recently invited Upstate’s Physical Therapy Department back to give a presentation on aging and balance and the link between foot and falls, which was an interactive demon­ stration of key strengthening exercises. The attendees learned how important it is to maintain range of motion and strength to limit balance declines. They came away with key exercises that one can complete to maintain foot and ankle health. As always, we look forward to continuing to connect with the community in many different ways, whether it’s an educa­ tional opportunity, a club or exercise program. McHarrie Towne is happy to be part of a larger community. If you would like more information about McHarrie Towne’s Independent Living, please feel free to contact us at 315-638-1172.




Love to Read?

Join a Book Club B ook clubs have grown immensely since they first began in the 19th century. What started as a social gathering of affluent women to discuss literature and art morphed into an expanse of unique book clubs suited to every interest including; dinner book clubs, wine book clubs, genre-based book clubs, online book clubs, cookbook clubs, celebrity-inspired book clubs and so much more. The McHarrie Towne Book Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It’s a wonderfully successful group of eleven members who meet at the Towne Center every month to discuss their latest book. “We often hear members say that they would have never read the book if they didn’t belong to the group. At our meetings, we have a feather that we pass around. When a person has the feather, they have the floor to speak,” says Joan Procopio, McHarrie Towne resident and book club leader. Each month, Joan sends out monthly memos to members, coordinates with her local library the books for the group, and writes the book club column for the McHarrie Towne Newsletter. After the group discusses the book, they often share their personal life experiences related to the story. “Our book club has helped us increase our understanding of each other,” she says. Aside from traditional book clubs, many wine book clubs have grown in popularity over the years. One local group of nine wine-loving women organized their club

as follows; they meet monthly during the evening at the home of a member, and everyone is encouraged to come in their comfy clothes or pajamas. “We have fun, relax, sip wine, and converse about the book and our lives,” says member Linda Barry. They also have the rule of “store bought snacks only” which makes the experience easier for the host and more enjoyable for all. Each month, the host pick’s the next book which encourages members to read a variety of genres. “We definitely feel that the small size of our group contributes to the success of our club because it’s easier to both coordinate our schedules and give everyone a chance to share their view of the book,” says Linda.




One of the very first organized book clubs, Sorosis, was founded in 1868 after several female columnists were disparagingly barred from a New York Press Club event honoring Charles Dickens because they were women. Consequently, journalist Jane Cunningham Croly created the club with her female colleagues to help support and empower women. Soon after the creation of Sorosis, female-led book clubs formed throughout the United States. The earlier clubs inspired women to secure their rightful place in intellectual culture. They also offered scholarships for women’s colleges, opened public libraries, and even raised money to create a girls’ trade school in New York.

McHarrie Towne Book Club members include; Front row — l to r — Peg Wrona, Mary Ann Kotecki, Carol Manville, Joan Procopio, Jane Sutton Back row — l to r — Doris Hildebrandt, Pat Gray, Anne Beville.

To learn more about book clubs in Central New York: ●● Contact


the Onondaga County Public Library at 315-435-1900 ●● Visit to learn more about their book clubs ●● Join a virtual club at ●● Join the Barnes and Noble Book Club that meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Liverpool location. Call 315-622-0370 for more information ●● Start your own book club with a small group of friends or family members. The Onondaga County Public library has a lendable “Book Club in a Bag” which includes a dozen books and materials for discussion. The bag can be checked out with your library card




McHARRIE LIFE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION RECOGNITION Join us as we celebrate you . . . our wonderful volunteers who make a difference in the lives of our residents every day. Thursday, June 20th, 2019 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Fireside Inn, Baldwinsville

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