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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

FAST FRIENDS By Rochelle Cherniawski, editor When I moved to Florida

meaningful projects, each

from Michigan back in

event leaves lasting memo-

2007, I knew a total of three

ries in the hearts and minds

people in Fort Myers – my

of all who participate.

husband and my parents.

While Shell Point Life

And just two days after mak-

and SPTV cannot cover

ing the move, I had an unfor-

court parties, we are always

gettable first day at Shell

interested in seeing pictures!

Point. You see, I wasn’t the

You can email photos to me

only one who was going through her first


day. Jessica Clark, public relations coordina-

or you can send them via intercampus mail

tor, was also a new employee. We got to

to my attention at the Marketing Office in

know each other instantly, especially since

The Woodlands. Be sure to include your

we shared an office!

court’s name, any special details about the

Of course, we spent a lot of time

gathering, and a contact name.

together in our combined space, but we also

Although Jessica and I outgrew our

started hanging out outside of work. Our

shared workspace and have since moved into

instant connection quickly became a true

separate offices, our bond seems to have

friendship that I value dearly.

grown even stronger over the years. We have

This “connection” is something that you

each personally experienced life-changing

may relate to since you moved to Shell

events, such as marriage, children, moving,

Point. Many residents have made meaning-

and much more. And through it all, we have

ful friendships through clubs, activities,

been there for one another to offer support

church, events, dining, and more, and often

and encouragement. That’s the beauty of

form great friendships with neighbors from

friendship – especially at Shell Point. While

their court. In fact, I regularly hear about fun

the world is changing around us, we have our

and festive court parties held at each court.

friends standing by us every step of the way.

From simple socials to volunteering on

Romans 15:13

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. AVP of Communications Lynn Schneider Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Mary Franklin, Teri Kollath, Robyn Church, Bev Chandley, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Suzanne Zavada, Randy Woods, Inga Bredahl, Dawn Boren, Sarah Nadal, Jessica Clark, Dotty Morrison, Peggy Holton, Susan Uhleman, Jan Van Laer, Steve and Dianne Morton, Ann Erickson, and Tim and Glenda Stephenson Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of one of the magazines that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member seen in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as the back issues of the magazine at

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Sounds of the



Don’t miss two outstanding concerts this month as we welcome Spanish Brass and the Southwest Florida Symphony to perform holiday concerts in celebration of the season. And remember, tickets make great gifts for family and friends!

Southwest Florida Symphony Series

New York Times

Timeless Treasures– Holiday Pops Friday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS

Fine & Performing Arts Series

Spanish Brass Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Enjoy the delightful music of the Christmas season with Spanish Brass, a brilliant quintet comprised of two trumpets, a trombone, a French horn, and a tuba. From classical to contemporary, Spanish Brass has spanned the globe performing eclectic musical programs from an elegant repertoire to the delight of audiences from Hong Kong to Brazil to New York and beyond. Since capturing first prize in the 1996 “Ville de Narbonne” 6th International Competition for Brass Quintets (France), Spanish Brass has enthralled audiences at prestigious events such as the Great American Brass Band Festival, Festival de Musique de Radio (France), Granada International Festival of Music and Dance (Spain), Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), and many others. With impeccable phrasing and collaborative chemistry, Spanish Brass offers selections ranging from Bach and Mozart to flamboyant Hispanic works by Albeniz and Turina. Audiences marvel at the dynamic range and rhythmic intensity of this award-winning quintet. Be a part of the excitement as Spanish Brass performs at Shell Point!

Single tickets: $35 For more information about the Shell Point Concert Series, visit Tickets for these and all concerts are available at both service desks.

Celebrate the joyous music of the holiday season as James M. Stephenson returns to guest conduct the Southwest Florida Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops. This year’s program includes selections from The Nutcracker and traditional holiday favorites, along with some of Jim’s own arrangements. Guest Conductor – James Stephenson

James Stephenson’s works have been performed by leading American orchestras and hailed by critics as having “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds.” His music incorporates a fresh and energizing soundscape that delights the audience while maintaining integrity and “Beautiful worthwhile challenges for the Sounds” performing musicians. This rare Boston Herald combination has rewarded Stephenson with a host of ongoing commissions and projects. Stephenson spent 17 seasons with the Naples Philharmonic as a trumpeter, a position he won immediately upon graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is currently enjoying a position of composer-in-residence with the Lake Forest Symphony. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with the Southwest Florida Symphony.

Single tickets: $25

10th Anniversary ConcertSeries 2012-2013

Sallie s ’ Santas Junonia resident Sallie Soule started collecting Santas in 1958, and now — thanks to gifts from her family, friends, and from purchasing them herself on trips and vacations — she has more than 147 Santa Claus figurines decorating her home. B


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hen you arrive at Sallie Soule’s front door during the month of December, you are immediately greeted by numerous Santa Clauses. Step inside, and you fill find Santas of all shapes and sizes everywhere you look – Santas on window ledges, Santas on end tables, Santas in the kitchen, and Santas hanging on Sallie’s Christmas tree. It’s hard not to feel the holiday spirit in the midst of so many Santas! Sallie credits her mother with starting her collection. “When I got married, I didn’t have any Christmas ornaments for our first tree, so my mother gave me a Santa Claus that she had as a child. It was made in 1905 out of paper maché, and she used to keep candy in it. Also, my niece who had just seen our wedding that year gave us a Japanese Santa Claus doll, which I

thought was pretty fun. I display them both in my living room.” Sallie has been collecting Santa Claus memorabilia ever since. “Each year, I get new Santa decorations to put up in my apartment, and last year I got two! One of them is from a friend who lives on Sanibel. I love the colored shell decorations, and the beautiful gold base is eye-catching. He looks like Neptune; he’s a real Sanibel Santa,” Sallie laughed. “The other one I bought last year was June Lockhart’s latest paper creation and I just love it.” Sallie made a habit of collecting Santas based on things that interested her. “I love to trout fish, so I found a cute wooden Santa that holds a fishing pole. And I have a Santa with golf clubs in

Top: Sallie displays this colorful “Neptune Santa” in her living room each year. The careful detailing along the coat boasts beautifully dyed sea shells gathered from the Sanibel shore. Above: This humorous Santa sitting on a Labrador is one of Sallie’s favorites. Sallie once owned a Labrador, so the figurine brings back happy memories. Inset: One of Sallie’s favorite pastimes includes trout fishing, so when she saw this accomplished fisherman Santa holding onto a great haul of trout, she couldn’t resist!

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Ole! This Santa ornament is a souvenir from a memorable trip to Mexico that Sallie took with her daughter.

Above: A neighbor gifted this biking Santa Claus to commemorate Sallie’s habit of riding her three-wheeled bike around The Island. Right: When Sallie’s bridge group comes over for a late lunch, Sallie sets the table with plates that are hand-painted with beautiful Santa artwork. Each plate is unique and originates from a different corner of the world, including the US, England, Denmark, and Poland.

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Music is an important part of the holiday season, and these Santa Clauses are throwing a concert!

honor of my late husband, because he liked to think he was a pro golfer. I love books, so I collected a reprint of a book written by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz, called The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. And finally, the Santa that sits on a large dog is probably my favorite because I love Labradors and even received one as a wedding gift.” Sallie’s Christmas tree displays Santa decorations that she has picked up through the years. “I bought one decorative ornament during a trip to Mexico with my daughter. There is also a series of painted sand dollars, made by my niece who lives on Marco Island. Some Santas just sort of appear.” Tabletop figurines and Christmas ornaments aren’t the only Santa col-

lectibles that Sallie displays. “One Santa item I take out and use each year for Christmas is a little beaded purse. And when my bridge group comes over for a late lunch, I set the table with plates that are painted with Santa – and each plate is unique! They come from all over the world. I have Santa plates from the United States, England, Denmark, and Poland.” The story behind the tradition of Santa Claus fascinated Sallie. “I did some research and discovered that ‘Santa Claus’ originated with Saint Nicholas in what is now Turkey around the fourth century. He was a very kind, wonderful saint who gave away much of his money to the poor. Over the years he’s become known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, and even just ‘Claus.’” After Sallie’s friends and neighbors found out about her love of all things Santa, she started receiving more Santa memorabilia as gifts. “I used to ride a three-

Left: Sallie fills her Christmas tree with festive ornaments like this Santa with a unique beard. Below: Family members always keep Sallie in mind when traveling during the holidays. This Santa was a gift from Sallie’s son who once lived in Russia.

This cute little ceramic statue is actually a salt shaker! This Santa Claus decoration has a distinctly Floridian feel: it is made from a crab shell found on one of Sanibel’s pristine beaches.

wheeled bike around Shell Point, and someone gave me a Santa on a tricycle a few years ago. I think it’s just wonderful.” Family has been another source of special Santa decorations. “My daughter and son made cards for me when they were just children, and my grandsons even wrote me a Santa poem! And my son once brought me a Santa while he was living in Russia.” Where do all these Santa Clauses go after Christmas? “Well, we have great stor-

age at Junonia, and you’ll be happy to know that I pack them all away in two large, red storage boxes that say Santa on the outside!” Sallie watches for Santa each year from her fifth-floor patio. “From my midrise apartment, I can see all the rooftops. I have the best place to watch for Santa on the whole Island!” Sallie laughed. “Another good thing about this view is that I can see the Christmas lights all over The Island. It’s so beautiful!”

Top: : This sledding Santa is ready to deliver Christmas packages to good boys and girls. Sallie displays him on her dining room table. Above: Sallie’s mother was the first to contribute to her Santa Claus collection with this vintage paper mache decoration, made in 1905.

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Nature’s Notebook


Jewels of the Canopy



Orchids inspire our imagination. We are fascinated by their strength and tenacity but also paradoxically, their fragile beauty. The scientist perceives an orchid flower as an effectively constructed landing pad designed to welcome insects to the pollen. The romantic has a much different emotional response. Exotic and evocative, gazing upon orchid flowers can allow us to drift off to that personal Bali Ha’i garden in our hearts. With more than 25,000 distinct species, orchids are native to every continent, except Antarctica. Divided into two basic types, they are found as terrestrial plants, living and growing in soil, and as the plant we are most interested in, the epiphytes. Contrary to popular belief, orchids growing on the tree surfaces are not parasites; they simply use the tree for support. Living in the tree canopy away from all soil, epiphytic orchids must forge alliances to survive. Orchids allow a fungus to live inside their root systems. The fungus assists the orchid in up-taking water and nutrients, while the orchid, in turn, produces carbohydrates for the fungus during the photosynthesis process. Orchids also bargain with their pollinators. Often, only a single exclusive species of bird or insect performs the pollination duties for the flower. Like us, orchids require help and cooperation to flourish. Shell Point celebrates the romantic in us all with orchids planted in the limbs of the Live Oak trees at the Administration Courtyard. With more than 40 individual plant specimens, you can often find a flower to enjoy. We invite you to linger, relax, and dream while you focus upon the Jewels of the Canopy.

Comings & Goings

Brassolaelio ‘Yellowbird’

Brassocattleya ‘Mount Hood Mary’

Heading Out of Town? Visiting Family and Friends? All residents who have travel plans this holiday season are reminded to fill out a Comings & Goings form. This is especially important for residents on the Morning Assurance program. Forms are available online at, at either service desk, and in each buildings mail area. Be sure to provide a return date, even if it is an approximation. Also,


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Brassolaeliocattleya Brassolaeliocattleya ‘Taiwan ‘Taiwan Queen’ Queen’

include a name with a contact number. Completed forms should be mailed, well in advance, to the Shell Point Call Center on The Island or dropped off at either Service Desk. Many residents also give copies of their Comings & Goings form to their court representative. If there are any changes to your travel plans, the information on your form can be updated by calling 454-2190.

Nifty Thrifty Fashion Show On Monday, October 29, approximately 150 men and women from Shell Point gathered in the Grand Cypress Room for the second annual Nifty Thrifty Fashion Show. Organized by the Community Thrift Store, the fashion show featured 31 looks from the racks of the thrift store, perfect for the cost-conscious shopper. The lineup of 23 models included both residents and staff members, with a special appearance by Scott Moore, assistant vice president of operations, dressed as Sherlock Holmes. Dianne Morton, transportation and resource manager, said, “Our Nifty Thrifty Fashion Show was well received. It was a fun event for the participants and the audience. We had a lot of sophisticated looks as well as every day looks. Be sure to

think of the thrift store when you are doing your holiday shopping!” The Community Thrift Store is located in the Miner’s Plaza at the corner of McGregor and Gladiolus. The store is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Suzanne Zavada, program coordinator

Ann Parton

Margaret and Ken Axtel

Charlotte Bathon, Lessie Slater, and Lore Rosenstrauch Marilyn Schmidt and Bev Shubel

Winter Clean Out Community Thrift Store Calling for Donations At the end of the season, while struggling to find a place to put your decorations and gifts, embrace the opportunity to do some winter cleaning and consider donating unwanted Patty Cox, items to the Community Thrift thrift store Store. All donations are truly manager appreciated and all proceeds go back into our community to help local seniors in need. After you gather your donations, simply call 454-2190 to arrange a pick up!

Bob Mann

Carol Ashley

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★★★★★ LARSEN PAVILION RECEIVES 5 STAR RATING! Shell Point’s Skilled Nursing Facility Officially Recognized by National Agency B






he Larsen Pavilion has earned a Five Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the national agency responsible for overseeing the quality ratings of skilled nursing facilities that participate in Medicare or Medicaid. The Pavilion was the only facility in Lee County to receive


the five star rating. The Five Star Quality Rating System is used by CMS as part of the agency’s “Nursing Home Compare” public reporting site, which ranks each nursing facility by a set of criteria. The primary goal in providing this rating system is to provide residents and their families with an easy-to-understand

assessment of nursing home quality, making meaningful distinctions between high and low performing nursing homes. Measuring Performance

The rating system features an overall five-star rating based on facility performance for four types of performance meas-

The dedicated staff of the Larsen Pavilion provides an individualized, person-centered approach to patient care.


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On-Site Facilities

ures, each of which has its own associated five-star rating. These domains are: health inspections (measures based on outcomes from state health inspection surveys), staffing (measures based on staffing levels), RN staffing (measures based on RN staffing levels), and quality measures (based on the CMS Minimum Data Set that records outcomes of care). The Larsen Pavilion received a coveted five out of five star overall rating, as well as five out of five stars in the categories of quality measures and staffing, placing it in the top 20% of the best nursing facilities in Florida. “We’re obviously very thrilled,” said Sherry Brown, director of long term care and Larsen Pavilion administrator. “The five star overall rating is a major achievement and one that is not easy to obtain; we’re overjoyed that the CMS has given us this recognition.” More than one year ago, Shell Point completed a seven-year, $32.3 million major renovation of the Larsen Pavilion that included the addition of a free standing state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, hair salon, activity spaces, waterfront walkway and deck, chapel, dining room, reading area, administrative building, and remodeling of each residential room and bathroom. However, Sherry insists that it isn’t just

Located in the Waterside Medical Complex at the entrance of Shell Point’s Island community, the Pavilion is comprised of four floors with 219 beds. “The Pavilion provides residents with a unique peace of mind, that if they need to stay in the facility – whether it’s for a week or two to recover from surgery, or a long-term stay – they know the quality of care offered is the best available,” said Sherry. “More than 60% of Pavilion admissions are individuals who experience successful recoveries and are able to return to their homes in a relatively short period of time,” she said. “Our goal is to welcome people, get them healthy, and get them back to the best quality of life possible, which ultimately means the most independence possible.” As such, the Larsen Pavilion’s on-site medical facilities, rehabilitation center, and physical therapy programs have proven to be great successes. The Larsen Pavilion also provides superior memory care for conditions such as Alzheimer’s or stroke-related dementia. “We dedicate multiple resources to this group,” said Sherry, “including an entire floor of our facility, a specialized activities staff, and an on-staff behavioral health team.” Dr. Chris Votolato, director of behavioral health, is a psychologist who specializes in memory care and cognitive disorders and supports the memory care program.

“Our goal is to welcome people, get them healthy, and get them back to the best quality of life possible, which ultimately means the most independence possible.” Sherry Brown the newly modernized building that achieves these high standards. “I am extremely proud of our staff, as well for the special effort they make each day to care for our residents,” said Sherry. “Our goal is to provide an individualized, person-centered approach to patient care. We really look at the specific needs of each resident to create as much of a homelike setting as possible.” Shell Point's President, Peter Dys, said, “Whether we’re welcoming people from outside or inside our community, it’s our philosophy to operate as if we’re going to be inspected every day.”

Accepting Admissions

The Larsen Pavilion welcomes individuals from anywhere in Southwest Florida and is Medicare-approved. For information about admissions to the Larsen Pavilion or for outpatient services through Shell Point’s Rehabilitation Center, call (239) 415-5432. “We are honored to be the only skilled nursing facility in Lee County to receive the five star rating by CMS, said Sherry. “It truly shows that our resident care and quality are the best based on national, federal ratings. While we celebrate our five star recognition, we will continue to abide by the highest standards and quality of care that Shell Point is known to provide.”

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Board Member Honored at Conference Donna Duss, vice chair of Shell Point’s In addition to Donna’s dedicated servdistinguished board of directors and ice in her official employment capacity, director of health services at Vinson Hall she has served faithfully as a board memRetirement Community in McLean, ber of Shell Point Retirement Community Virginia, was recently since 1994. honored during a conferShell Point President Peter ence held by the Virginia Dys shared, “It’s an honor to Health Care Association have Donna on the Shell Point (VHCA) where she board. Donna represents a dedreceived the James G. icated professional who has Dunton Distinguished demonstrated her love and Service Award for commitment for the long-term Donna receives the Lifetime Lifetime Achievement. care profession and the resiAchievement award from The VHCA is an dents served, as well as those Doug Suddarth, chairman of organization dedicated responsible for the delivery of the VHCA board. to advocating and represuch services. Her experience senting the interests of more than 250 demonstrates a commitment to a broad Virginia skilled nursing and assisted living scope of the long-term care industry, not facilities, as well as their residents and staff. the least of which has been her role as

Donna Duss celebrates the receipt of the award with her husband, Serge, and sons, Brian and Matt.

director of nursing, a long-term care consultant, a parish nurse, a board member of a long-term care facility, and a supervisor responsible for healthcare delivery, including assisted living and skilled nursing.”

Island Aquatic Center

Made a Big Splash!

News about the future vision for the Island Aquatic Center was recently shared with residents during a series of Splash meetings. There was information shared about the scope of the project, timeframe, costs, and proposed special water features. There was great feedback and suggestions and high interest from the 350 residents who attended the meetings. Through various discussions following the presentations, we could quickly learn about individual interests. One resident told us how she hopes to plan her family reunion at the Aquatic Center at the completion of the project and looks forward to sharing the center with her family and friends. Another resident is thrilled about the added shade structure over the exercise pool, as his skin is sensitive to the sun. Several residents look forward to the easy access entries that both the Recreation and Therapy Exercise pools will feature. There was also great interest from residents in all neighborhoods who expressed interest in swimming and exercis12

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Upon entering Shell Point’s new Aquatic Center through the plantation-style pool house, residents and their guests will have the choice of swimming in the large, saline-chlorate pool, participating in a specialty class in the therapy pool, relaxing in the hot tub, or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings while lounging in the sun.

ing in the saline-chlorate pools. Shell Point extends a big “thank you” to everyone who attended the Splash meetings and to everyone who asked questions and shared comments. We take your feedback seri-

ously and certainly appreciate your support. Additional information will be aired on SPTV during the month of December, and an informational brochure will be sent to all residents after the first of the year.

Personal Help in a Digital World New Shell Point Service Offers Face-to-Face Technology Support B











Technology and communication Brian will be available to make recomhave sure changed throughout mendations for purchase, set up, and the years. From handwritten letters to repair of personal electronic equipment, your sweetheart, to phone calls with such as smart phones, tablets, eReaders, the kids, to email or Skype conversaand more. tions with grandchildren, technology Service Contracts and Fees has found its way into our daily The basic maintenance contracts lives – even when sometimes we did include a nine-point diagnostic and not want it! maintenance procedure that keeps The blessing of technology is your computer running smoothly — that it allows for a quick message to no matter if you’re a monthly, weekly family or a Skype call with friends in or daily user. another state or even another counThese services will be offered well try. Communication can now be Onsite Help Now Available with below the market value of any outside experienced as a video phone call technology company. Fees for services where you can not only see, but New Technology Support Service will cover Shell Point’s annual cost interact with the individual on the other end of the line. Technology has also “We are responding to what we have seen for the technology services coordinator and opened up an entirely new avenue for as a need for service that assists residents with the other associated administrative and marketing costs. learning, as the world of information is lit- basic computer problems, Dianne shared, “We are very erally at our fingertips. repair, and general regular excited to be announcing this innoUnfortunately, technology can also be maintenance,” explained vative amenity. Residents of all levels a source of complete frustration, especially Dianne Morton, resource of technical knowledge will be able when it is not working properly. One of the services manager. “We will to take advantage of this service.” challenges is trying to understand and oper- offer everything from priFor more information, or for a ate a newly acquired gadget. We can spend vate tutoring sessions to complete listing of service opphours trying to read a manual or discuss monthly maintenance conortunities and fees, please pick up a troubleshooting issues with someone tracts.” brochure from either of Shell Point’s located in another country, only to hang up Private tutoring sessions service desks or contact the Call no better off than when we started the call. for your computer or other Brian Gainey, technology Center at 454-2190 and they will To help residents avoid the frustration electronic-based equipservices coordinator, will be happy to mail you a brochure. that can be associated with technology, Shell ment will be available by help residents avoid the Point is introducing a new Technology the technology services frustration that can be as- To schedule an appointment for Support Service. coordinator, Brian Gainey. sociated with technology. technology support, call 454-8248.

The Technology Support service will offer everything from private tutoring sessions to monthly maintenance contracts.


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Before reaching his tenth birthday, George Chun experienced, firsthand, a tragedy of epic proportions as he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. Adapting to the unknown prepared George for the many challenges he would face throughout his life. Now, as a resident of Shell Point, he enjoys the luxuries of retirement. At the age of nine, George Chun (Cellana) witnessed something that can only be described as truly life-altering. As airplanes circled over the family’s home upon a hill on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the little boy and his 13 siblings waved at the airmen, thinking it was all a show. But when bombs, bullets, and enormous clouds of black smoke began to appear at Wheeler Army Air Force Base, George — the ninth child to be born into the family — and the others knew that it was so much more than a spectacle in the sky. One of the Chuns’ neighbors happened to have been a sergeant and another was an Army doctor — yet neither of them could explain what was going on at the time. In the end, this was one for the history books: the onset of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Clockwise from top: George Chun was just nine years old when he experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor from his home in Oahu, Hawaii. The USS Arizona (BB-39) sinking after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Disaster Strikes “Be calm! Take cover!” bellowed a voice on the radio. Everyone was advised to remain indoors. Meanwhile, one of George’s brothers instructed him to keep away from the windows. “It was a scary time.” The year was 1941, and continued next page

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Journey Continued from page 15 George was in the fourth grade. A couple months later, students were told to report to their classrooms to gather their belongings. The school building became a TB hospital. The people of Hawaii were forced to follow stringent regulations under martial law and were, therefore, required to hand over any guns in their possession. George says the noises sounded like thunder a long way off. Two older brothers rushed to Pearl Harbor where they worked in their bulletriddled auto. News traveled at a snail’s pace, the top stories few and far between, but George’s brothers who worked at Pearl Harbor regularly came home with important updates to share with the family, such as the Battle of Midway — as part of the Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II — which took place just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. “The governor and several military people thought it was Hawaii that was going to be invaded,” George says, “but, much to our relief, we heard that the battle took place at Midway.” World War II was over in 1945. In 1950, the Korean Conflict began.

Educating Himself, Teaching Others Once he hit his early twenties, George entered the army and received Korean War military training. He was sidelined and sent to Yokohama, Japan, where he spent his spare time working with the pastor and young people of a Baptist church near Kamakura. During his stay, he learned to speak some Japanese. When it came time for him to leave Japan, the friendly people he knew gathered to throw George a farewell party, complete with banzais — which he describes as a traditional Japanese expression of “best wishes for the future,” not to be confused with the miniature bonsai tree that is symbolic of the very same culture. He later went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in art, from 16

Georgetown College, near Lexington, Kentucky, and master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky. While he was a student, George spent two summers in Alaska, working for the Fish and Wildlife Department. Following graduation, he headed for the Appalachian Mountains for a total of seven years, teaching at an area high

school, college, and boarding school. He also directed music for several churches.

A Family of His Own It was at this point in his life that George met the woman who would become his bride – Mary. Husband and wife left the mountain ranges of Kentucky for the Fort Knox area, where they refurbished a dete-

Opposite page, clockwise from top: George was the ninth child in a family of thirteen children. George and his sister were required to carry gas masks to school. George and his wife, Mary, visit his mother in Hawaii in 1972. The front page of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from December 7, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor

riorating farm property and George continued teaching. After five years of marriage, God blessed them with a family. Their daughter, Mililani, was born in 1973. Two years later, the couple welcomed the birth of their son, Galen. George enjoyed a wonderful career as an educator. Though he began teaching at the college level, the majority of his career was teaching science and art to middle school students.

We came out here and visited and immediately made up our minds that this is the place to be.

We fell in love with the place. Up until the age of 60 or so, George remained fairly active, continuing to play sports such as basketball and softball. As the Chuns grew slightly older, they decided that they wanted to live closer to Galen, a clinical psychologist residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Having grown up in such a large family, George sought the sort of individualized attention to which he had not previously grown accustomed. “We were looking for a place on the East Coast, but we couldn’t find anything satisfactory,” he recalls. “My wife was looking on the Internet and found Shell Point. We came out here and visited and immediately made up our minds that this is the place to be. We fell in love with the place.”

The Good Life Once they moved in to their new home in Fort Myers, it did not take very long for the Chuns to realize that the members of

Once again, George Chun resides on a tropical island surrounded by water and beautiful landscapes. Only this time, it’s The Island neighborhood at Shell Point.

Shell Point’s tightknit and vibrant community — including residents, employees, and medical staff — are truly something special. “The people at Shell Point are just wonderful,” George says. “Everybody’s a friend. I always wanted to be in a Christian environment. I enjoy it very much.” George fully embraces his retirement with each chance he gets, taking advantage of every free moment to engage in his

favorite activities. In his spare time, he relishes the great outdoors by going fishing and tending his very own garden. He reads quite often and usually assists Mary indoors, too. “I help around the place,” he says, “doing different kinds of odds and ends.” For George, the road to retirement has not been without its bumps, but the memories created along the way are forever and uniquely his. Shell Point Life | December 2012


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Throughout the last several months, Dawn Boren, director of resident life, has educated residents on the Shell Point program entitled LifeQuest and the six dimensions of wellness. Because LifeQuest encompasses so many wellness programs, services, and resources, we recognize that there are many individual journeys with many destinations when it comes to residents setting their personal MyQuest goals. We know that resident wellness preferences and goals will differ depending on each individual. It is important for you to reflect and honestly assess your current state of overall wellness prior to setting your MyQuest goals for 2013. To assist you in the process, we will be sending you a




LifeQuest assessment tool to help you determine your wellness strengths and weakness. This information is for your eyes only, and will aid you in identifying and setting your individual goals. Informational Brochure

Toward the end of the month, you will receive a detailed LifeQuest brochure, information letter, and commitment card for you to document your MyQuest goals. The commitment card has two sections, one for you to document your personal goals and the other to mark your commitment to LifeQuest at Shell Point. Your goals can remain as private and confidential as you choose. Shell Point realizes that the dimensions are diversified and can hold different meanings to different people.

LifeQuest Expo

We will officially kick off this exciting wellness initiative during the LifeQuest Expo on Tuesday, January 8. Be sure to come to the church auditorium between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to turn in your LifeQuest commitment card and receive your free t-shirt! The church auditorium will be set up with booths highlighting all of the programs and services offered at Shell Point representing the six dimensions of wellness: 1. Physical 2. Emotional 3. Spiritual 4. Educational 5. Community & Social 6. Natural Environment All of the LifeQuest team members will also be on hand to give you personal advice.

LifeQuest Informational Meeting Stay tuned for more information about LifeQuest.

Monday, December 10 • 10:15 a.m. • The Village Church You are invited to attend an informational meeting about LifeQuest at Shell Point. Dawn Boren, director of resident life, and Mary Franklin, resort services and wellness manager, will give residents an overview of LifeQuest at Shell Point and answer important questions, including:


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• Why LifeQuest? • What is wellness at Shell Point? • What is the history of LifeQuest? •What will MyQuest do for me? •Who makes up the OurQuest support team and why? •Why should I set MyQuest goals?

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is now upon us! The Health Connection is continuing to offer programs and I encourage you to make time to attend them between your court parties, family festivities, and church events.

Wellness Specialty Classes Bend, Breathe and Balance instructed by Melanie Brod and Pilates Stretch instructed by Michelle Smith continue through December and can easily be squeezed into your hectic schedule. There is no need to sign up, just come when you can to The Island Health Club. Bend, Breathe and Balance is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. and Pilates Stretch is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Sign up begins December 3 for the Senior Fitness Test (SFT) taking place throughout January. The SFT is a series of exercise-related tests that will measure your current fitness level in the areas of strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. The results will allow participants to see where they stand based on age and gender. Participants will have greater awareness of possible areas of improvement as well as the knowledge to set personal fitness goals for the future. The Shell Point fitness team will begin these 20-minute tests in January.




Once you sign up, you will be contacted for a specific test date and time. Contact Michelle Smith, fitness supervisor, at or 454-2107 to sign up. January brings new and additional fitness opportunities. Call either service desk to sign up for the second session of Balance and Mobility Training and T’ai Chi Chih classes.

Shell Point as Your Resource Steve Minniear, vice president of healthcare services, and Sherry Brown, director of long term care and licensed administrator of the Pavilion, team up to give a very informative presentation on Larsen Pavilion – Insurance. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, December 12, at 1:15 p.m. in the Social Center. It is a great opportunity to have all of your questions asked and answered prior to needing the service. The Shell Point Salon offers another Skin: What Type Are You? class on Tuesday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the Oak Room. The class is hands-on, and you will learn the dos and don’ts of skin care are at home. The cost is $5 per person and attendees will receive a $5 coupon for Shell Point Salon skin care products or a facial.

Sherry Brown, director of long term care, and Steve Minniear, V.P. of healthcare services present Larsen Pavilion Insurance on December 21 at 1:15 p.m. in the Social Center.

Shell Point Cares Lace up your walking shoes! Shell Point Cares will be supporting the annual Heart Walk on Saturday, December 8. The event takes place in Fort Myers at Centennial Park and supports the American Heart Association in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The Community Thrift Store makes a donation for Shell Point residents and employees to participate. Choose the 1-mile or 3- mile walk. All participants will be given a Shell Point Cares t-shirt to wear to the event. Transportation will be provided and starts at 7:00 a.m., or you can meet the group at the Shell Point booth at Centennial Park at 8:00 a.m.

spring 2013

Special Delivery Course s Offering

Look for Your Academy Brochure to Arrive this Month The spring brochure for the Academy of Lifelong Learning will be in your mailbox on Wednesday, December 12. Registration begins on December 13 at either service desk, or online at Classes begin on Monday, January 7.

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Making a Difference in Our Community Walking to End Alzheimer’s BY MARY FRANKLIN, RESORT





Under sunny October skies and a brisk breeze, a group of around 100 Shell Point residents and employees joined in a united front to support the Alzheimer’s Association at The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event started with a group warm-up, followed by a cheer competition. The Shell Point crowd rallied together as they cheered, “Who are we? Shell Point! What do we want? A Cure!” After the invigorating cheers, more than 600 participants set off for the 2.5 mile walk through the streets of downtown Fort Myers. The positive representation of Shell Point was certainly felt at the event. Adrianne Gerard, healthcare marketing specialist, said, “Thank you to all Shell Point residents, employees, and their families who participated. Not only did we have the largest group of walkers at the event, but we also showed that ‘Shell Point Cares’ is more than just our team name. A special ‘thank you’ is extended to the Community Thrift Store for their donation to this worthy cause!” The next Shell Point Cares event will be the Heart Walk in Centennial Park on December 8. Call 454-2152 to sign up!

100 Shell Point residents and employees took part in the walk.

Maracas were used by walkers to make some noise during the cheer:

“Who are we? Shell POint! What do we want? A Cure! ” Giving a Holiday Food Donation on Sanibel Recently, a few Shell Point employees donned their Shell Point Cares t-shirts and provided a nutritious and delicious food donation to the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. Located on Sanibel Island, F.I.S.H. stands for “Friends In Service Here.” Shell Point’s donation will help F.I.S.H. carry out its mission to: lend a helping hand to those in need who live, work, or visit Sanibel and Captiva by providing free services such as transportation, food pantry, meal delivery, health equipment, and emergency financial assistance through a group of volunteers who care about enhancing the quality of life for all those who request help.

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Shell Point Market Place Features A SPECIAL DAY OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING! Jewelry • Plants • Candles • More!

Special Holiday Shopping Event Friday, December 7 Administration Courtyard 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ❃ Market Place Vendors ❃ Scentsy ❃ Akamai Accents ❃ Stylish Splendor

Join your neighbors on December 7 for a special extended Market Place as the Administration Courtyard fills with special holiday vendors. Mingle with friends, enjoy Christmas carolers , and purchase unique gifts for the holiday season. In addition to the regular vendors, we welcome gift products by Scentsy, Akamai Accents, and Stylish Splendor. Scentsy: Discover fragrances that fill your home with comfort without the risk of a lit candle. Scentsy is a safe, wickless alternative to a scented candle and comes in fragrances such as gentle rain shower, sweet cherry blossoms, and many more! A small decorative warmer uses the warmth of a small light bulb to heat scented wax.

SPREAD THE JOY Helping Local Families Enjoy the Holidays Christmas Food Drive to Benefit South Fort Myers Food Pantry During this “season of giving,” Shell Point and The Village Church have come together to give you a simple and easy way to donate toward a great cause. On December 4, as we celebrate the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Shell Point Singers’ Holiday Concert, please bring one or many canned food items to donate to the South Fort Myers Food Pantry. During the Tree Lighting Ceremony, a collection box will be positioned in the administration courtyard. During the Shell Point Singers’ Holiday Concert, a collection box will be found at The Village Church. Those who prefer to make a monetary donation can make

checks out to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, with South Fort Myers Food Pantry in the memo line, and send them to The Village Church via internal mail. The simple act of making a donation to the South Fort Myers Food Pantry will make great strides in helping local families enjoy the holidays!

Akamai Accents: Akamai Accents

can be found at Market Place every week with their beautiful bromeliads, air plants, and orchids. On December 7, they will feature a special variety of plants for the holiday season. These festive plants would make a great addition to any home! Stylish Splendor: You may have seen her at our Market Place before, but now is the time to really check out what Lisa Earnhardt has to offer. Her line of hand-picked jewelry brings life to any outfit! Her products would make great gifts for any woman on your shopping list this year! Whether you are able to cross off some gifts from your holiday shopping list, or you treat yourself to something nice, you will enjoy this festive morning!


Extended Holiday Hours UPS volunteers are hard at work again, extending their hours to meet the high demand for shipping packages during the Christmas season. John Bendall (Coquina), Chairman of the UPS volunteers, is proud of his fellow co-volunteers, stating, “With longer hours and increased assistance with box selection and packing, we give many people peace of mind, which is certainly welcomed during the busy holiday season.” Please make note that the UPS room accepts cash or checks only.

Extended Holiday Hours: Weekdays December 3 - 14

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Jane Hoden of Oakmont

2012 Holiday Craft Bazaar The holiday season got off to a great start with the annual resident Holiday Craft Bazaar on November 2 and 3. Attracting more than 1,200 people, this busy two-day event was marked by creativity, ingenuity, and talent. Helen Remington (Lakewood), a participant in the Holiday Craft Bazaar, was all smiles as she exclaimed, “I thoroughly enjoy participating in the Craft Bazaar each year. It is a pleasure to meet guests outside of our community who are so impressed with the offerings of the bazaar. This event allows an outlet for the imaginative, and in some cases resourceful, talents that Shell Point residents have to offer.” Of the 53 crafters that set up booths this year, there were nine new participants. “The items available at the bazaar continually change and the quality of craftsmanship continues to set precedents,” stated Barbara Hilton (Lakewood), chairperson of the Holiday Craft Bazaar. From delicate pottery to elaborate jewelry, there was something for everyone at this annual bazaar.


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Crafters offered and displayed photos, wood carvings, fabrics, pottery, jewelery, and more.

Christmas & New Year’s Dining Enjoy a meal at one of Shell Point’s four dining venues, where the holiday season is always a joyous and festive occasion. The Hospitality Services department also offers the option of ordering pre-cooked meals available to serve in the comfort of your own home on Christmas Day.

Casual Fare at the Island Café Enjoy a casual breakfast or a light lunch in the Island Cafe on Christmas Day from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. On New Year’s Day the Island Café will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., offering everything from light snacks to full meals. Take home a mini or regular-sized fresh baked holiday pie! Stop in or call 454-2286 to place an order.

Bountiful Buffet at the Crystal Room On Christmas Day, a traditional holiday buffet will be offered in the Crystal Room from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Menu choices include hand-carved prime rib of beef, baked salmon, and roast turkey. Sides include whipped or sweet potatoes, dressing, green beans almondine, and squash casserole. The extensive Crystal salad bar and freshly baked breads and rolls are included. There will also be a wide assortment of festive holiday desserts, all included for the total price of $21.95. The Crystal Room will also be open for regular lunch and dinner hours on New Year’s Eve. Start your celebration off with live smooth jazz music provided by Charlie Sherrill during dinner, and a sparkling grape juice New Year’s Eve toast. Then join us on January 1 for a New Year’s Day lunch buffet featuring typical good luck foods for the new year such as roast pork, sauerkraut, greens, and black eyed peas. The Tuesday night stir fry cooking station buffet will be available for dinner on New Year’s Day. Seating in the Crystal Room is available on a first come, first served basis.

Elegant Dining at the Palm Grill The Palm Grill will be featuring a special Christmas Day dinner served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with lobster bisque or North Pole shrimp cocktail. Entree choices include filet mignon, roast turkey, surf and turf (boneless short ribs with pan sautéed sea scallops), or Chilean sea bass and Gulf shrimp scampi. Entrees include a salad and prices range from $21.95 to $25.95. The Palm Grill will also feature festive Christmas desserts. The Palm Grill will be closed on Christmas Eve. The Palm Grill will be open for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve with a special dinner menu and live music featured from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Palm Grill will be closed on New Year’s Day. Call-ahead seating is available by calling 454-2059 on Christmas Day.

Order by Noon on Dec. 19 for Family Feast Another very popular option for Christmas Day is the Family Feast meal available from the Crystal Room. The fully-cooked and ready-to-serve feast includes a whole roasted turkey or sliced baked ham, potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetable, and a dozen dinner rolls for just $54.95. One Family Feast serves six people. Pumpkin and apple pies are also available for additional cost. Order by noon on December 19 and pick up at the Social Center on Christmas Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 454-2199 or stop by the Crystal Room to place your order.

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Why do many people with a charitable gift annuity benefiting Shell Point obtain additional annuities? There are at least three reasons: 1. Satisfaction

2. Connection

3. Better Rates

Most donors ease into their first gift annuity with a degree of concern. After all, this is a new arrangement for them and they wonder how well it will work. Will the payment amount be as promised? Will the checks arrive on time? It doesn't take long for any uneasiness to vanish. Donors soon discover they are having a positive experience. They learn they can count on the income to arrive as promised. And this satisfaction draws them back for another annuity.

Having a life-income agreement like a charitable gift annuity involves an interdependence not experienced with normal annual giving. For one thing, the person is not only giving financial support, but receiving it. This enhanced sense of partnership encourages the feeling that "we are in this together." Additional annuities deepen this connection even further.

Gift annuity rates are determined by the annuitant's age. The older you are, the better rates you receive. For example, current rate for a single-life gift annuity involving a 70-year-old person is 5.1 percent. The rate increases to 5.8 percent for a 75-year-old. At age 80 it is 6.8 percent and at 85 it is 7.8 percent. A 90-year-old (and older) will receive 9.0 percent. So for many annuitants, it makes sense to obtain additional annuities as they grow older.

Gift annuities offer other advantages in addition those mentioned above. To obtain further information, call the Legacy Foundation at 466-8484. You can receive a personalized illustration to show how a gift annuity can benefit you.

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Part of the joy of a long and successful life is reaping the benefits of deep relationships and the material benefits of your hard work and careful management. Careful planning can make a tremendous difference as we face the future. Think about this: If you needed to locate your financial records and perhaps hand them off to a loved one or advisor, could you do it easily? Would it take a lot of digging and phone calls? The truth is that it is often quite difficult to keep track of everything you owe or own, especially if you’ve dealt with various advisors over the years. The Legacy Foundation has created a special tool for the residents of Shell Point that we believe you will appreciate. We call it the Life Records Organizer. The Life Records Organizer is designed as a planning tool with helpful tips about financial and estate planning, as well as a resource of critical information such as a glossary of terms and information about advance directives. The planner is also truly a detailed planner that will guide you through the steps of creating a trustworthy plan, with places to record information that will be important to your family and advisors. We have one for you. Please stop by The Legacy Foundation, introduce yourself, and pick up a copy today!


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Q& A

FineMark National Bank & Trust Answers Your Personal Banking Questions B Y T I F FA N Y W I L L I A M S , M A N A G I N G E X E C U T I V E , F I N E M A R K N AT I O N A L B A N K & T R U S T


I have grandchildren getting ready for college and I would like offer financial assistance. What is the best way to support their future education costs? Outright Cash Gifts

529 College Savings Plan

One way to contribute is to make an outright gift of cash. To minimize any potential gift tax implications, you'll want to keep your gift under the annual federal gift tax exclusion amount of $13,000 for individual gifts or $26,000 for joint gifts made by both grandparents. A larger gift may be subject to federal gift tax.

A 529 college savings plan is a taxadvantaged savings vehicle that can be a smart way for grandparents to contribute to their grandchild’s college education while paring down their own estate. Contributions to your account grow taxdeferred and earnings are tax-free if the money is used to pay the beneficiary's qualified education expenses. Funds can be used at any accredited college in the United States or abroad. Before you make any decisions on giving, it’s important to do your homework and consult with your financial advisor. The professionals at FineMark are always available to help. If you have any questions, call us at 461-5999 or stop by our office on The Island.

Pay Tuition Directly to the College

ANSWER: Helping finance a grandchild's college education can bring great personal satisfaction while also minimizing potential gift and estate taxes. Here are some common strategies:

Another option is to bypass your grandchild and pay the college directly. Under federal law, tuition payments made directly to a college are not considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. However, only tuition qualifies for this federal gift tax exemption.

The Legacy Foundation presents

2012 Year-End Wrap-Up and the Outlook for 2013 Recent years have each had their own uncertainties geopolitically and within the financial markets - 2012 has been no exception. We will be discussing the tremendous volatility in the financial markets and the challenges we faced with the European debt crisis. Join us for this timely review of the year and a discussion of what we should expect for 2013. This seminar is free; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact either service desk to reserve your seat.

2012 Year-End Wrap-Up and the Outlook for 2013 Wednesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL

SPEAKERS: David Moreland, associate v.p., and Jason Scoggins, v.p. of UBS Financial Group - The Scoggins/Moreland Group and Timothy A. Stephenson ChFC, executive director of the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point Shell Point Life | December 2012


To include a listing for an upcoming event or activity, please contact Mary Franklin, resort services manager, at 454-2152 or email:

Majorie Rawlings


Monday, December 3 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Marjorie Rawlings, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is celebrated in a special one-woman show written and performed by Karen DeVos. Karen transforms herself into Rawlings and discusses this award-winning author’s personal triumphs and sorrows. She also brings laughter to the show as she talks about one of her colorful Florida “Cracker” neighbors, Fred Tompkins, and his tale about a panther ghost!

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony


Tuesday, December 4 5:45 p.m. Festivities and Entertainment 6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony Amphitheater/IS ’Tis the season to be jolly! The evening will be full of joy as we kick-off the Christmas season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The musical talents of high school students from Bishop Verot High school will fill the air while you enjoy your cookies, mocha coffee, and the company of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. In the spirit of giving, bring a canned good to benefit the South Fort Myers Food Pantry.

Christmas Food Drive to Benefit South Fort Myers Food Pantry


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The Shell Point Singers Festive Holiday Concert


Tuesday, December 4 7:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS Because “the weather outside is frightful,” no doubt “it’s time for caroling” and celebrating all the things we say “Christmas is.” For sure, it will be “a beautiful sight; we’ll be happy this night, walking in a winter wonderland.” Of course, we'll be sure to recall “the most famous reindeer of all” as we designate a guide for Santa’s sleigh. And the “silver bells” will ring out the news that “it’s Christmas time,” and we’ll sing “glory to God and on Earth be joy” for this is indeed “the most wonderful time of the year!” Don’t miss this delightful holiday concert performed by a community chorus comprised of your friends and neighbors.

Bring your canned goods to the Shell Point Tree Lighting Ceremony or Shell Point Singers concert on Tuesday, December 4



Shell Point Garden Society


Wednesday, December 5 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL As you get into the holiday spirit, be sure to attend the Shell Point Garden Society meeting to get tips on “Preparing for Christmas with Plants” from the experts at The Driftwood Garden Center.

It’s Clam Bake Time!


Information Forum: Computer College Round Up


Saturday, December 8 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Come to the Round Up to meet with the Computer College instructors and instructor assistants and find out what will be offered in the 2013 Spring term. Bring your questions and take advantage of the opportunity to e-register right at the event!


Thursday, December 6 10:45 a.m. Island pickup 10:55 a.m. Woodlands pickup 11:05 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Join the group for an always popular lunch trip to the Clam Bake right here in Fort Myers! This unassuming little restaurant always serves up great “chowda” and fried clams, conjuring up all kinds of wonderful conversations and memories of New England. The Clam Bake is expanding, so this will be the last time we dine at this location. Lunches usually run $6 to $19.

Saturday DVD: Hugo (2011)

Shell Point Market Place

Sunday, December 9 1:45 p.m. Island pickup 2:00 p.m. Woodlands pickup 2:15 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup Cost: $44.00 Award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes, famous for roles in films such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Little Shop of Horrors, presents her criticallyacclaimed show, Dickens’ Women. Margolyes, who also played Madam Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked, will portray many of Charles Dickens’ most colorful and entertaining literary characters, including those drawn from Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby.


Friday, December 7, 14, 21, 28 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 14,21,28 Admin Courtyard/IS Enjoy the beautiful December weather each Friday morning as you peruse the array of products at the Market Place. In addition to your typical weekly shopping, be sure to keep an eye out for special holiday gifts. And mark your calendar to shop the extended Market Place on Friday, December 7, where new vendors will sell great Christmas gifts!

Saturday, December 8 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Join Hugo, a wily and resourceful orphan who lives in the walls of a train station, as he discovers a secret left by his father. As the secret unfolds, Hugo unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place that he can call home.

Dickens Women at Big Arts: Herb Strauss Theatre on Sanibel


Holiday Sounds


Monday, December 10 7:15 p.m. The Village Church Talented Shell Point residents take the stage again this year for the annual holiday concert! Groups such as the Polished Brass, Tone Chimes, and Rollicking Recorderists will delight us with special performances and a few surprises. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

Edison-Ford Estates Behind-the-Scenes Tour


Tuesday, December 11 8:45 a.m. Island pickup 8:55 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:05 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $36.00 (lunch on your own)

Join the curatorial staff for a special Estate tour and actually go inside the homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. For the second year, a group of Shell Point residents assisted in decorating the Estates for the holidays. Come see the Shell Point tree. Wear comfortable shoes for considerable walking, some uneven gravel surfaces, and lots of standing; and dress for outside weather. After the tour, the group will stop for lunch at Jason’s Deli. Lunch at Jason’s Deli typically runs $5-$10.

Pickleball Exhibition


Tuesday, December 11 9:15 a.m. Pickleball Court/IS Learn more about Pickleball as you get the chance to watch members of the Bonita Bay Pickleball Club come out and play a game on the Shell Point court. For everyone trying to learn the game, this is a great way to see how Pickleball is played and to become more familiar with the rules.

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Photo Club


Thursday: December 13 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS All are welcome to this month’s meeting as Les Davidson leads a discussion on photo manipulation: now and then. Make sure to bring an 8 x 10 photograph from the Babcock Ranch trip to share with the group. If you were not on that field trip, bring your favorite picture of a plant or animal.

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Always a Dinner Delight!


Thursday, December 13 4:15 p.m. Island pickup 4:25 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:35 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 8:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $8.00 (dinner on your own) Location: Bonita Springs Nowhere else will you find a culinary experience encompassing the flavors, textures, and colors found in Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Combining the freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, each creation leaves you with the feeling that you've just found paradise.

Apple Group


Friday, December 14 1:30 p.m. Oak Room/WDL Wally Mercer (Lakewood), president of the newly renamed Apple Group, will conduct the annual business meeting and election of club officers. He will introduce the steering committee and present a preview of planned programs. Come and enjoy an afternoon with your Apple Group friends.


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Sunday Matinee: Christmas Music Celebration





Sunday, December 16 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Watch a festive DVD of a Christmas Concert with Andre Rien and his orchestra set in Germany. Following the concert, be sure to stick around to see a DVD with Christmas Carols from the Bethel University Choir in St. Paul, Minnesota, from their beautifully decorated concert hall.

Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble


Monday, December 17 6:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room, WDL The Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble is returning to Shell Point for a holiday concert. Under the direction of Michael Helman, this group will bring joy and delight to your ears as they play holiday favorites, such as We Three Kings, Silver Bells, and other holiday favorites.

Holiday Arbor Lights: Calusa Nature Center


Wednesday, December 19 6:00 p.m. Island pickup 6:10 p.m. Woodlands pickup 6:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 9:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $18 admission incl. (snacks available) All the forested pathways at the Calusa Nature Center will be lit up for the holidays creating a fanciful winter wonderland - Florida style! Santa will be there, holidays songs will be sung by kids, and the animals will be there to celebrate the holidays as well. This yuletide trip is bound to make your spirits bright! Considerable walking is required for this outing and uneven walkways may be encountered.

Beach Day


Friday, December 21 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $16.00 (ice cream on your own) A favorite outing for many residents, beach day gets us all out in the sun, shade, and surf! The group will head to Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park for fun, food, and frolic. A picnic lunch will be served and a traditional stop for ice cream will be included on the trip back to Shell Point.

Christmas Cantata


Tuesday, December 25 4:15 p.m. Resident Activity Center/IS For the 17th year in a row, Shell Point will be celebrating Christmas with the Christmas Cantata. A Time for Joy, written by Ruth Rodgers (Palm Acres), will be presented by a group of residents, visiting family members, and guests. This holiday tradition consists of choir selections, soloists, orchestral selections, and favorite readings. Delightful refreshments will be served following this festive Cantata.

Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)

Stroll Through the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

Special event bus will be running


Wednesday, December 26 9:00 a.m. Island pickup 9:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $8.00 (lunch on your own) What a wonderful way to spend the day after Christmas! The Four Mile Cove Ecological Park is located just over the bridge in Cape Coral. This mangrove-canopied boardwalk trail begins and ends at the Visitor Center. This is a great time of year for viewing seasonal birds and walking the 1.2 mile boardwalk at a leisurely pace. Several benches are available along the way, but there will be substantial walking on a boardwalk and even some gravel.

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings at Big Arts Herb Strauss Theatre on Sanibel


Saturday, December 29 6:45 p.m. Island pickup 7:00 p.m. Woodlands pickup 7:15 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 11:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $44.00 Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, a musical revue by Stuart Ross, finds our favorite vocal group, The Plaids, visiting from Heaven to deliver some much-needed holiday cheer. Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaiderized,” the boys’ Christmas Special is packed with all your holiday favorites, including Let It Snow, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Carol of the Bells, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells, and many more.



Monday, December 31 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Entertainment at the Crystal Room 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Entertainment at the Palm Grill Ring in the New Year with fine dining and entertainment at the Crystal and the Palm Grill. Enjoy excellent food, friends, and entertainment as Charlie Sherrill performs at The Crystal and Dan Klimoski performs at The Palm Grill.

Save the Date Shell Point Gala 2013 Portrait – Celebration of Life


Monday, December 31 6:45 p.m. Manatee Room/IS The Bishop’s Wife, starring Carry Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven, follows the story of a bishop who prays for guidance as he tries to have a new cathedral built. An angel arrives to offer guidance, but not in the way that the bishop had asked for. This is a romantic comedy that you will definitely enjoy this holiday season!


Friday, December 28 3:15 p.m. Social Center/IS With the help of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, Douglas Smith, the senior wildlife biologist at Yellowstone National Park, will be here to talk about his involvement in reinstating wolves to the park. A sweet treat will be provided by Cakes, Bakes and More, who visits the Shell Point Market Place each week. This is sure to be a fun and exciting event for the entire family.

Walking up and down stairs

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Movie Night: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

The Wolves of Yellowstone: The First 15 Years

Walking required

Friday, January 11 2:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. Church Auditorium The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point is pleased to announce Portrait, the 2013 Celebration of Life Gala at Shell Point Retirement Community. Please join us for the afternoon or evening celebration of the generous spirit that sets Shell Point apart as a wonderful community in which to live. The 2013 Gala is hosted by the Legacy Foundation at Shell Point.

2013 Pavilion Auxiliary Annual Meeting — Auxiliary Volunteers are Super Stars!


Thursday, January 17 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Church Auditorium Watch for the January issue of Shell Point Life for more information.

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December Highlights KING’S CROWN Sun 2 ....1st Advent Celebration (GS) ............................6:00 p.m. Mon 3 ....Tone Chimes Holiday Melodies (COM) ..........2:00 p.m. Mon 3 ....KC Tree Lighting Ceremony (GS) ....................6:00 p.m. Tue 4 ....Shell Point Tree Lighting (IS) ..........................6:00 p.m. Tue 4 ....Shell Point Holiday Singers (VC) ......................7:15 p.m. Tue 4 ....December Birthdays w/ Patrick Nolen (COM) 2:00 p.m. Wed 5 ....Kingdom Kids Performance (COM) ..................3:15 p.m. Mon 5 ....St. Nicholas Night ................................................Bedtime Fri 7 ....Lunch Trip to First Watch (L) ..........................10:15 a.m. Fri 7 ....Holiday Card Sale (GS) ....................................11:30 a.m. Sat 8 ....Lee County Junior Drill Team (COM) ..............2:00 p.m. Sun 9 ....2nd Advent Celebration w/ Santa (GS)............6:00 p.m. Tue 11 ....Canterbury Christmas Cheer (COM) ..............10:00 a.m. Tue 11 ....King’s Crown Candlelight Dinner (DR)............5:00 p.m. Thu 13 ....Jean Packard Trio: Holiday Classics (COM) ....2:00 p.m. Fri 14 ....Evangelical Christian School (COM)..............10:00 a.m. Fri 14 ....Holiday Lights Tour (L) ......................................5:30 p.m. Sat 15 ....Tom Cannon, Entertainment (COM) ..............2:30 p.m. Sun 16 ....3rd Advent Celebration (GS) ............................6:00 p.m. Mon 17 ....Lunch Trip to PF Changs (L) ............................10:15 a.m. Wed 19 ....Sounds of Christmas (COM) ..............................1:30 p.m. Fri 21 ....Christmas Spirit Sing-a-long w/ Charlie (GS) 10:30 a.m. Sun 23 ....4th Advent Celebration (GS) ............................6:00 p.m. Mon 24 ....Christmas Eve Candle Light Service (VC) ...... 7:15 p.m. Tue 25 ....Traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet (DR) ..11-1:00 p.m. Tue 25 ....The Nativity Story (SCR).................................. 6:30 p.m. Fri 28 ....Wellness Series: Staying Healthy (COM)........10:15 a.m. Mon 31 ....New Year’s Eve Dinner & Countdown (DR)..4-6:00p.m. 30

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....Musical Trip Down Memory Lane (CMR) ........3:00 p.m. ....Advent Candle Lighting & Cookies (Chapel) ..6:30 p.m. ....Brain Teasers & Puzzles (1FL) ..............................9:00 a.m. ....Cards by Karen (1FL) ........................................ 11:30 a.m. ....Birthdays w/ Patrick Nolan (CMR) ....................3:00 p.m. ....Shell Point Tree Lighting Ceremony (IS) ..........6:00 p.m. ....Decorate a Christmas Cookie (2CK) ................10:00 a.m. ....Arbor Tree Lighting Festivities (1FL) ..................6:00 p.m. ....Lunch Trip to First Watch (1FL)........................10:30 a.m. ....Tone Chimes Christmas Concert (CMR) ..........3:00 p.m. ....Sing Praise w/ Graham Milligan (CMR) ............1:00 p.m. ....Craft: Scented Christmas Ornaments (4CR)....10:00 a.m. ....Arbor Candlelight Dinner (DR)..........................5:00 p.m. ....Classical Holiday Music (Mez) ..........................10:30 a.m. ....Holiday Lights Tour (1FL) ....................................5:45 p.m. ....Lunch Trip to PF Changs (1FL) ........................10:30 a.m. ....Curio Cabinet Contest Award (1FL) ..................3:45 p.m. ....National Hard Candy Day Sweet Shop (1FL)..11:30 a.m. ....Sounds of Florida Concert (CMR) ......................3:00 p.m. ....Cantata w/ Shell Point Singers (1FL)..................2:00 p.m. ....Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (VC) ..........7:15 p.m. ....Traditional Christmas Dinner (DR) ................4-6:00 p.m. ....Karate Demonstration (1FL) ............................ 10:45 a.m. ....Quilters Showcase (1FL).................................... 10:00 a.m. ....New Year’s Eve Countdown (DR) ............5 p.m. & 6 p.m.


4 ....Piano w/ Ruth Rodgers & Violin w/ Kathy (3 DR)..........................................10:00 a.m. Wed 5 ......Birthday Bash (2/3 DR) ........................................2:30 p.m. Thu 6 ......Resident Council (3 DR)......................................3:00 p.m. Thu 6 ......Tree Lighting Dinner w/ singer Ali (1 DR) ........4:15 p.m. Fri 7 ......Decorate your tree w/ Kathy (3) ........................10:00 a.m. Mon 10 ....Graham Millligan, Singer (2 DR) ....................10:00 a.m. Thu 13 ....Nativity (1 DR) ....................................................2:00 p.m. Fri 14 ....Entertainment w/ singer Ali (2 DR)....................2:30 p.m. Sat 15 ....Entertainment w/ Tom Cannon (3 DR)..............1:00 p.m. Wed 19 ....Ice Cream Social (3 DR) ......................................2:30 p.m. Thu 20 ....Entertainment w/ Vicky Lei (3 DR) ....................2:30 p.m. Thu 27 ....Crafting w/ Kathy (3 DR) ....................................2:00 p.m. Every Mon ...Sing-a-long with Dot (2DR) ..........................10:00 a.m. Every Tue .....Piano w/ Ruth Rodgers (3DR) ........................10:00 a.m. Every Wed ...Music Social w/ Art (3DR) ............................ 10:00 a.m. Every Wed ...Pet Therapy w/ Eli (3/2 DR) ....................2:30-3:00 p.m. Every Fri.......Pet Therapy w/ Bella (3/2/1)......................10-10:30 a.m. Every Sat......Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (3/2 DR) ............10-10:30 a.m. Recurring Activities: • Catholic Communion will be held each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. • Vespers meet on Sundays at 2:45 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. • Bible Study with Eleanor will be held on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. • Bible Stories & Songs with Bud will meet Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. • Hymn Sing will take place on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on 3rd floor.

SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting

Diabetes Group Appointment

Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20, and 27 4:30 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and woman who share their experience, strength, and hope that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. This “open” meeting of AA welcomes anyone who thinks they may have a problem with alcohol. The loved ones who support them are also welcome. For more information, call 275-5111.

Friday, December 7 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin and noninsulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Cancer Support Program 1-on-1 mentoring The goal of this resident-led program is to establish group mentoring connections between newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433–9488

Healing Journey Grief Support Wednesdays, December 5 and 12 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Village Church/Chapel Healing Journey is a series of sessions which examine the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of grief. Dotty Morrison (Cellana) and Judy Mayer (Junonia) will lead the series that runs through December 5. Please call Dotty at 337-4015 to make an appointment.

Cancer Support Group Wednesday, December 5 1:30 p.m. Osprey Room/ IS Ladies and gentlemen are all encouraged to attend the resident-led Cancer Support Group. The intent is for a meaningful and uplifting session. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433-9488.

Caregiver Support Group Therapy Tuesdays, December 4 and 18 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. or Group 2: 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #2 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This therapeutic group is aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. The resident with a memory disorder may be cared for in independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing. Dr. Nancy Spencer facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2043. Sign up is required.

Memory Care Groups Note: Individual assessment is required before joining one of the following groups: Tuesdays, December 4 and 18 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. or Group 2: 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #1 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS Wednesdays, December 5 and 19 3:00 p.m. 3rd Floor Game Room/Kings Crown These are therapeutic groups designed to provide education and support to those residents who have some type of memory disorder. The objectives of the groups are to identify practical strategies that would help residents manage their memory loss better, to address long-range planning, and to offer an environment that fosters a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Kathy Fratrick, L.C.S.W. facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2073. Individual appointments are available as well.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, December 19 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL The group provides support and education. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769 and Mel Bleiberg (Eagles Preserve) at 693-3016.

Parkinson’s Support Group Monday, December 3 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This group provides support to Parkinson’s patients, as well as their family and friends.

The Vision Enrichment Group Tuesday, December 11 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS This group is a place to network and to share stories and information. Florence Putman (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Angie Prichard at 454-2134 or Sandee Weber at 225-2929

Walk With Me Caregiver Support Group Thursday, December 27 Coffee and dessert 1:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:45 p.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS Share your caregiver experiences with friends. Embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354 for more information.

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Caring for Caregivers

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Caregivers often report that caring for another person has created a positive emotional change in their lives. In fact, many caregivers say their role has had a variety of positive effects on their lives. For example, caregivers report that caregiving has given them a sense of purpose. They say that their role makes them feel useful and capable and they enjoy knowing they are making a difference in the life of a loved one. Yet, there are also very serious health risks associated with serving as a caregiver. First of all, many caregivers experience caregiver stress – the emotional strain of caregiving. Studies show that caregiving takes a toll on one’s physical and emotional health. Consequently, caregivers are more likely to suffer from depression than their peers. Limited research suggests that caregivers may also be more likely to have health problems like diabetes and heart disease than non-caregivers. Caring for another person takes a lot of time, effort, and work. In the process, caregivers often put their own needs aside. Caregivers often report that it is difficult to look after their own health in terms of exercise, nutrition, and doctor’s visits. So, caregivers often end up feeling angry, anxious, isolated, and sad. Caregivers for people with Alzheimer's disease or other kinds of dementia are particularly vulnerable to burnout. Research shows that most dementia caregivers suffer from depression and stress. Also, studies show that the more hours spent on caregiving, the greater the risk of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, research shows that people who care for their spouses are more prone to caregiving-related stress than those who care for other family members. The Challenges of Caregiving

The stress of caregiving can be amplified when the person you're caring for doesn’t know you anymore. He or she may be too ill to talk or follow simple plans. This


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Caring for another person takes a lot of time, effort, and work. In the process, caregivers tend to put their own needs aside. may make it hard for you to think of that person in the same way that you did before he or she became ill. This may be especially true if the person you're caring for suffers from dementia. The person you're caring for may also have behavior problems, like yelling, hitting, or wandering away from home. This behavior may make you feel angry and frustrated. Because being a caregiver is so hard, some doctors think of caregivers as "hidden patients." If you don't take care of yourself and stay well, you won't be able to help anyone else. It is important for caregivers to keep in touch with friends and family, talk about their feelings, and ask for help in giving

care. It is also important for caregivers to have opportunities to seek peer support.

Caregiver Support Group All caregivers are encouraged to attend the Caregiver Support Group. The therapeutic group is aimed at offering education and support to residents who are providing assistance to a person with dementia. Members of the group are able to learn strategies to deal with the always changing symptoms of dementia and feel understood by others who are going through similar circumstances. See page 31 for information about the Caregiver Support Group.

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Fundamental strategies for having a better memory include spending more time with information or skills and spending more time organizing and practicing the information and skills. Developing strategies to help you organize your life and better manage your memory loss is a key to memory management. The important factor to keep in mind is that it is essential to identify and master these techniques before you need them, because if you wait until you need them it may be too late to learn new information and skills in order to use them. There are specific techniques that allow you to become more efficient at learning and recalling new and old infor-

mation. These are assistive strategies and external memory aids such as calendars, lists, clocks, computers, and possibly even other people. When a person needs more help than basic memory management strategies, Shell Point offers a support group for those dealing with the challenges of memory conditions. Memory Care Support Groups

dents with memory conditions. In addition, residents will learn to identify practical solutions and strategies that will improve management of their memory loss, as well as address long-range planning, such as transitioning to a higher level of care when needed. Lastly, the group is aimed at creating an opportunity for support and socialization in a comfortable setting. Please see page 31 for information about the Memory Care Support Groups.

Residents who have a type of memory condition, such as mild cognitive impairment or mild/early dementia, are encouraged to attend the Memory Therapy Group. The therapeutic group is aimed at providing education and support to resi-

MEMORY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES To Help You Keep Track of Dates, Schedules, Tasks, and Phone Numbers: ✔ Leave yourself notes or make checklists. ✔ Put appointments and important dates on calendars, planners, or electronic organizers.

To Help You Track Time and Navigate Your Environment: ✔ Set an alarm clock or timer to remind you when to leave for an appointment or do something in your home.

✔ Keep a notebook for phone numbers, addresses, and other contact information.

✔ Use a map or GPS to help you get from one place to another. Write down landmarks and/or street names, number of miles, and the length of time it takes to get there. Practice these routes by taking trial runs.

✔ If you have trouble remembering how to do something, write down the steps.

✔ Enlist friends and relatives to remind you of where you need to be and what you’re supposed to do.

To Remember Where You Put Things:

To Help You Learn New Information:

✔ Put the things you use regularly (keys, glasses, purse, watch) in the same spot when you are not using them. Designate a valet or jewelry box as your special memory container and use it routinely.

✔ Listen closely when someone talks to you and repeat back the information.

✔ If you have to put something down in a different place, look at the place when you put down the object and say the location out loud.

✔ Focus on one thing at a time; screen out distractions.

✔ If necessary, write down where things are.

✔ Try to talk with people in quiet places.

✔ Keep information simple. Break down new tasks or activities into small stages, then establish a pattern or routine and stick to it.

The 2012 Shell Point Open Shell Point Charity Scored a Hole-in-One for Golf Waterside Medical Complex Tournament

The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point hosted a successful 9th annual Shell Point Open Golf Tournament. The tournament raised nearly $25,000 for the Waterside Medical Complex at Shell Point, which offers medical and healthcare services to residents of Shell Point and the surrounding local community. The tournament hosted 98 participating golfers, as well as volunteers from the community. Everyone involved had a great time while helping support the healthcare in our community. Timothy A. Stephenson, executive director of The Legacy Foundation, thanked the sponsors, participants, and volunteers for their outstanding support of this worthwhile cause. “This was our 9th year hosting the Shell Point Open. Golfers and sponsors alike continue to support and enjoy this tournament each year because of developing lifelong friendships, and the opportunity to help with a worthwhile cause. This tournament is just one way that we can help individuals receive the best healthcare possible, while also having some fun.� The event was supported by The Scoggins/Moreland Group at UBS Financial Services, as well as many other businesses in the Fort Myers community.

Golf tournament title sponsors David Moreland and Jason Scoggins from the Scoggins/Moreland Group of UBS Financial Services present a check to Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, and Peter Dys, president of Shell Point.

Golf bags lined the practice range as players prepared for the tournament. The first place team from Alexander & Hoover included Jim Givens, Bill McCrone, and Ray Racila.


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To view more photos from the golf tournament, visit

Experience the Holidays at The Arbor and King’s Crown Celebrate the holiday season with tours of Shell Point’s beautifully decorated assisted living facilities, The Arbor and King’s Crown. Experience a glimpse into the lifestyle and care that assisted living provides while mingling with Shell Point case managers and assisted living staff. Enjoy a holiday treats and music as you take a tour and explore the various floor plans that are available. Rita Southern, director of assisted living and the resident support services team, will be available to answer questions.

The Arbor Holiday Open House Thursday, December 13 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Each event is free, but space is limited. Please call 239-454-2077 to reserve your space for one or both of the Assisted Living Holiday Open House events.

King’s Crown Holiday Open House Tuesday, December 18 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrating the Holidays

FLORIDA STYLE! A part of celebrating the holidays is spending time with good friends. Residents from King’s Crown, The Arbor, and The Springs enjoyed a beautiful afternoon aboard an authentic paddle wheel boat and travelled the back bays of Fort Myers Beach.

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Resident Makes Donation to Museum of Medical History

Harry Landbo

On October 18, a group of Shell Point residents traveled to Edison State College for a tour of the Museum of Medical History. During the tour, Harry and Evelyn Landbo (Sand Dollar) made a donation to the museum to enhance its collection of historical memorabilia – an ink drawing of a physician examining the contents of a laboratory beaker in the late 1800s. Harry and Evelyn have had the detailed ink drawing since 1968. Harry explained, “The drawing was in the pathologist’s office in the laboratory of Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Chicago when I was the assistant administrator there. When a new hospital was built, it was decorated with all new items and nobody seemed to want that piece of artwork, so I held onto it.” When Harry learned that Shell Point would be taking a tour of the Museum of Medical History, he immediately knew he wanted to donate the drawing. “I thought it would be a Harry presents museum curator Dr. Roger worthwhile donation for a Scott with his donation, an ink drawing of a place where more people could physician examining the contents of a laboratory beaker in the late 1800s. enjoy it!”

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Each December, volunteers from the local community assist in decorating the Edison and Ford Winter Estates for Holiday Nights. This year, one tree has a special Shell Point connection. On the front porch of the Henry Ford house stands a Santa tree that was decorated by residents Lynn Smith of Rosemont, Barbara Milligan of Periwinkle, Ellie Whiteside of Royal Bonnet, and Jeanne Allison of Periwinkle. Ellie said, “It’s been a lot of fun. This was my first time visiting the Edison home, and now I’m looking forward to seeing it all lit up and decorated for Christmas.” The tree harkens back to the days when Henry Ford himself would dress up as Santa and deliver gifts to children. Lisa Sbuttoni, volunteer coordinator for the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, said, “Holiday Nights are a 37-year tradition at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. This is the second year Shell Point has helped us decorate, and we are thrilled that they have joined us to decorate the Henry Ford Santa tree.” 36

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Edison & Ford

Holiday Nights December 1 - 30 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Guided tours at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) For information call 239-334-7419.

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Give the Gift of Relaxation and Rejuvenation Gift certificates from the Shell Point Salon & Spa are a nice surprise for those special people on your Christmas list. When you purchase a gift certificate, add quality hair, skin, and nail products at 25% off. As an added bonus, every Christmas gift purchased from the salon will be delivered in a holiday gift bag the week before Christmas. To brighten the day of someone special, call The Island Salon & Spa at 489-8400 ext #1.

Purchase a Gift Certificate This Holiday Season


Raffle Winner Penny Modrich (Nautilus) recently relaxed and rejuvenated with a therapeutic massage for the first time. Her spa visit entered her in our raffle for a “Pamper Me” gift basket. Penny won a one-hour massage as well as hair care products with a retail value over $100. Penny said, “I am so happy I won! I was just thinking I needed to make time for another massage. It felt so good!” Congratulations Penny! There is a second chance to win a “pamper me” gift basket. All first time facial and massage customers from now through the end of March will automatically be entered for the second drawing. As an added bonus,

Do you have itchy, dry skin? The winter air has low humidity, and the air is even drier inside our homes when we have the heat on. Almost everyone suffers from dry skin related to the environment, lifestyle, and even genetics. Dry skin develops when there is a lack of natural oils and moisture. This can be a source of discomfort for many people. THERE IS A SOLUTION! Take a warm shower (not hot). Hot water eliminates natural oils from the skin. Don’t use soap. Stick with a body gel and facial cleanser. Soap is very drying. Don’t rub your skin. Pat yourself dry so some moisture remains on your body. Help lock moisture in the skin. Apply body lotion and face moisturizer within five minutes of showering or washing your face. 5. Look for products rich in moisture for dry or sensitive skin. 6. Avoid fabric softeners. Try fragrance-free detergent. 7. Try shampoo with tea tree oil for itchy scalp. A light spray to the scalp with a vinegar and water mixture after shampooing can provide relief. Mix one part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle and spray lightly on the scalp. The odor of the vinegar disappears relatively quickly.

all first time facial and massage customers will receive 20% off their service! The winner of the next “pamper me” gift basket will be drawn on Friday, March 29.

Back by Popular Demand

Holiday Pumpkin Facial Our one-hour pumpkin facial will leave your skin soft and smooth. It is full of anti-oxidants, natural exfoliates, and moisture! Pumpkin facials, available for a limited time only, are offered at the Salon & Spa for $65.

Pumpkin Blend

One-Hour Facial $65

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Of course, if you need assistance selecting the right products for you, the Shell Point Salon & Spa is always happy to help. Simply stop in to any one of our three locations or call us at 489-8400.

Appointments call: 489-8400 Island Salon M-F: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SAT: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Arbor Salon M-F: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pavilion Salon M-F: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shell Point Life | December 2012


Consider the Meaning of

Bethlehem Morning on December 19 at 10:15 a.m.

Global Outreach Annual Christmas Event Sponsored by Women's Ministries of the Village Church

All of history came together 2,000 years ago in one little town in the hills of Judea. Everyone is invited to take a break from the pressure-filled busyness of the Christmas season, and return to that special Bethlehem Morning on Wednesday, December 19, at 10:15 a.m., in the Church Auditorium. Join us for a new look at the familiar story in the drama, Live at

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The Manger, directed by Ruth Deuber. Enjoy Christmas music and refreshments with a Middle Eastern theme, as you are challenged to consider the meaning of Bethlehem, "Then and Now." Women's Ministries encourages you to invite your Shell Point friends for this special event. Complimentary tickets are available at the church office.

Invitation to Participate in Faith Exploration Series


Now is the time to register for the Alpha course by calling The Village Church office at 454-2147. Alpha will be offered on Tuesday evenings from January 15 to March 19, and one Saturday morning, March 2. Each session begins with a Palm Grill catered dinner served in the Grand Cypress Room, followed by a video lecture and a small-group discussion. Each session begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 6:45 p.m. sharp. The course is free to participants; the cost being underwritten by The Village

Church. However, space is limited and fills These informal interchanges focus on up very quickly. Registration for this session discovery rather than dogma. There are no of Alpha ends December 31. dumb questions or wrong answers. An Anglican vicar, Nicky As people share experiences and Gumbel of Holy Trinity Brompton opinions, new friendships form and Church in London, gives the video we learn from each other. lectures. His humor and clarity of Alpha is of special appeal to expression, coupled with a low-key people who are not church-goers, presentation style, make the fastuncertain of their beliefs, or young Nicky Gumbel moving talks the focus of each in the faith. For more information, evening and a natural lead-in to small group or to register for Alpha, call The Village discussions. Church office at 454-2147.

Filling Shoeboxes & Sharing Joy Since its inception in 1993, Operation Christmas Child has handdelivered Christmas shoebox gifts to needy children around the world. The boxes, packed with clothing, school supplies, toys, and personal hygiene items, represent more than smiles and laughter. They are opportunities to share God’s love in tangible ways during the Christmas Season. This year, The Village Church and Shell Point Retirement Community packed and sent 329 boxes to Samaritan’s Purse! From there, they will be delivered to boys and girls in need throughout more than 130 countries. 38

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Thank you for your generosity and support!

Exploring a Phrase with

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The four-word phrase “the Word became flesh” may be both the most grand and most profound phrase in the second Testament. F. W. Borham called it “The ideal Christmas greeting.” His insights, found in the 1919 classic, Faces In the Fire, are well worth sharing. Four words, yet the implications are lifetransforming. Few Christmas greetings could contain more meaning. Not only are these words full of mystery, but they personify love, care, and human tenderness.

What’s In a Word? Words are really the storage vaults of life’s profundities and sensibilities. Over the years, each age has deposited a written record of its beauty, power, tragedies, and triumphs in the unique new words given voice from previous ages. Words are like diamonds with multifaceted shades of beauty and richness waiting to be discovered. Look further, they beckon. “The Word” is never meaningful until it can be grasped by human understanding – that is, until it becomes flesh. Consider a young five-year-old girl with bright eyes and a sweet disposition. No person who knows children would hand a child a book on, “Dick and Jane” and expect them to read it. Place that child in the hands of a kindly teacher with an alphabet book and genuine love, however, and the child will soon be reading. The need is for a real, live, dedicated teacher. “The Word became flesh!” In his eighth-grade literature class, a young lad churns over all the syrupy-sweet verbiage of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “Yuck, who cares how I love thee? Why must everything be about love?” His response is not unusual for his age, but we know how quickly that passes. A few years later, he is smitten with the fair and beautiful form and voice of a classmate who has been there in the same class with him since first grade. But now, she is sweet, kind, with bright eyes and a dash of élan! Life will never be quite the same!

The Word Became Flesh – Four words of mystery, which personify human tenderness, care, and love. Now love is finding a place! “The Word became flesh.” In George Eliot’s book, Scenes from Clerical Life, we read, “Ideas are often poor ghosts; our sun-filled eyes cannot discern them; they pass [across] us in their vapor and cannot make themselves felt. But sometimes they are made flesh; they breathe upon us with soft responsive hand, they look at us with sad, sincere eyes, and speak to us in appealing tones; they are clothed in a living human soul, with all its conflicts, its faith, and its love. Then their presence is a power, then they shake us with a passion, and we are drawn after them with gentle compulsion, as flame is drawn to flame.” Dead words spring to life in real people. Now the frightening image of an abstract and austere God is beginning to yield to a much more peaceable vantage! The greatness of God is coming into view – not fully, mind you, but in part. “The Word became flesh!”

True Meaning We see God by looking into the manger at His humble enfleshment. Later we catch a glimpse of His mind as He confounds temple leaders. We see Him identify with us in the waters of Jordan; His power is thrust upon us as He stills the Galilean tempest. In tender care He weeps over the Jerusalem that rejected Him. His love bursts from the Garden of Gethsemane as He expresses His selfless commitment to mankind’s redemption. At Calvary we trace the full extent of that love – “even unto death on a cross.” Now there is light. The Word of the Father is made flesh. The Word spoken before creation in Genesis 1:3 “and God said” was none other than the Word come to human life in John 1:14, “the Word became flesh.” Jesus is God wearing human flesh. God, who fully understands man, now throws open the window so man may begin the journey of knowing God, Merry Christmas! Shell Point Life | December 2012


The Village Church invites the entire community to attend a festive Season of Praise concert as well as special holiday services this Christmas season.

Celebrating the Season Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:15 p.m.

Advent Service

of Lessons & Carols

Begin the Advent Season with this traditional worship celebration which will include scripture readings and hymn singing. The congregation will enjoy the re-telling of the prophecy of Christ through the singing of familiar advent carols and hymns. Several readers will speak the scripture lessons that recount the Advent message. Attending this service is the perfect way to prepare for the Christmas Celebration.



Many Moods of Christmas

Presented by The Village Church Choir & Festival Orchestra

Season of Praise Concert • Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6:15 p.m. Come join in this Christmas celebration led by Randy Woods, minister of worship and music, with the more than 90 voices of The Village Church Choir and a 35 member Festival Orchestra consisting of area symphony musicians. The Many Moods of Christmas, first released in 1963, is among the most popular and frequently programmed works for the Christmas season. The program is a significant collaboration by two American musical legends, Robert Russell Bennett and Robert Shaw. The eighteen carols in this choral masterwork are familiar to all audiences, but the imaginative instrumen-

tation and complex choral singing lift them far above traditional holiday music. You’ll enjoy hearing familiar carols such as: What Child Is This?; I Saw Three Ships; Good Christian Friends Rejoice; Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light; and Fum, Fum, Fum. Enjoy the thrill of joining your voice with the choir and orchestra to sing favorite carols including: O Come, All ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; The First Nowell; Silent Night, Holy Night; and Joy to the World! The musical expressions alternate between the reflective and the joyous, which provides full expression for meditation and celebration certain to instill the Christmas Spirit in all of us. Tickets for this concert are $10 each and are available in the church office or online at

Christmas Eve

Monday, Dec. 24 at 7:15 p.m.

Carols & Candlelight Come celebrate the birth of Jesus as we re-tell the Christmas story and sing our praises to the Christ Child by candlelight. This service has become a tradition embraced by the entire Shell Point community, along with many families and friends.

Shell Point Life December 2012  

Monthly magazine that highlights the amazing lifestyle and wonderful persons that make Shell Point Retirement Community truly unique.

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