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God made the wild animals according to their kinds… And God saw that it was good.

PETS AND VETS By Rochelle Cherniawski, editor I grew up in a home that had a continuous presence of various mammals and reptiles. At any given time, you could have found a ferret, turtles, fish, hermit crabs, lizards, snakes, a duckling, or even a scorpion. Yet, while most animals came and went, we always had the constant companionship of the family dog. At a very early age, I came to understand that dogs have a remarkable instinct when it comes to reading people and knowing how to appropriately react and respond to different situations. When I arrived home from school, Cody was always waiting at the edge of the lawn to greet me with his boundless energy and excitement. Yet, when I was upset and needed a good cry, he would patiently sit next to me as if he understood exactly what I was going through. This innate ability to gauge people is the very reason why dogs have proven to be remarkable therapy workers. And the benefactors are not just those who are visiting with the animals. The dog handlers also receive multiple benefits from the interactions experienced during therapy sessions. In fact, staff members have also felt the positive results of interacting with therapy dogs. On the next page, we share the story of how this remarkable connection between humans and animals is taking place right here at Shell Point. In this issue, you will also meet three residents who experienced successful careers in veterinary medicine. While the base of their expertise was similar, they all explored very

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different aspects of the animal-centric profession. The story of the veterinary professor, clinician, and pathologist begins on page 10. We also had an opportunity this month to share the story of wellknown animal lover Bob Southern, assistant to the president for project development. His story begins on page 36. In addition, we caught up with some of the other animal lovers of Shell Point. Page 38 includes a compilation of photos of people and their pets. As for me, I’ve moved away from my interest in caging all of God’s creatures and found contentment with man’s best friend. We are currently a one-dog household, with our miniature Yorkshire terrier, Punky Brewster. That threepound ball of fur was my first “baby” and I love her dearly. Each day, as soon as she hears the garage door rumble open, she assumes her greeter stance in the middle Punky Brewster of the room. And, although she may spend a significant amount of time attempting to hide from my eager toddlers, she is always ready to relax with me at the end of a long day. The unconditional love of an animal is a wonderful thing. Paws and claws up to all of my fellow animal lovers. I hope you enjoy this pet-friendly issue of Shell Point Life!

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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, Robyn Church, Teri Kollath, Bev Chandley, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Melody Desilets, Suzanne Zavada, Randy Woods, Glenda Stephenson, Kara Minoui, Claude Emler, Inga Bredahl, Dawn Boren, Sarah Nadal, McKenzie Millis, Steve Morton, Dotty Morrison, Ann Bushnell, Peggy Holton, Sharon Bermel, & Susan Uhleman Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: rochellecherniawski@shellpoint.org. Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of Shell Point Life 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 www.shellpoint.net/spl/splife.htm

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here is a reason why dogs are known as “man’s best friend.” Dogs have a way of enhancing people’s lives through their inherent ability to provide unconditional love, companionship, and joy. At Shell Point, a very special group of therapy dogs has found a way of leaving lasting paw prints on the hearts of everyone they encounter.

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Chobee Allison Brown, nurse manager on the third floor of the Pavilion, worked at Shell Point from 1982 to 1995. When she returned to work at the Pavilion in 2011, she brought a friend – her Australian Labradoodle, Chobee. Allison took Chobee home when he was eight weeks old, and knew that she wanted him to be a therapy dog. “I knew Chobee was special, and time and training would tell me what gifts he had to share with others.” Chobee’s formal training began when he was four months old. He completed the AKC STAR Puppy class, basic obedience, basic rally obedience, beginning and novice agility classes, AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Therapy Dogs Incorporated testing and observations. “Training for Chobee is ongoing and my greatest challenge is just keep-

ing up with him!” she remarked. When Chobee comes to work at Shell Point each Thursday, he is handled by Allison’s mother, Bobbi Brown (Nautilus). Bobbie said, “I can’t describe the joy that you feel working with a therapy dog. He fills my heart. He’s wonderful. He’s magic. Therapy dogs understand things about people that I think even we don’t understand. They are very sensitive to people’s feelings and they have this inner ability to determine how to appropriately approach different people. They are amazing creatures! Chobee brings as much joy to my life as to the residents we go to visit.” Throughout her years of experience, Allison has witnessed the joy and comfort that therapy dogs have brought to residents, families, and staff. “It is truly amazing to watch our therapy dogs be so sensitive to human emotions,” she shared. “Having a pet and therapy dog is a great responsibility and commitment, and I treasure every moment with Chobee.” ■

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Above: Bobbi Brown (Nautilus) smiles as Chobee greets Robert Shorten (The Springs). Left: Jean Gilman (Cameo) pets Chobee the Labradoodle.

In Kent Hill’s career as a building contractor, his golden retriever, Sadie, became a job site dog. She went everywhere with him. When Kent’s mother-in-law went through Hospice at Shell Point a few years ago, he developed an interest in serving as a volunteer. “I’ve always been impressed with Hospice and with Shell Point. We were happy to get involved.” Sadie was almost eight years old when they got started. By the time she was 12, it was clear that she was ready for retirement. So Kent set his sights on his three-year-old Above: Kelly Hill (King’s Crown) enjoys visiting with Sammie. Adrienne Carley (King’s Crown), who recently stayed at the Pavilion, welcomed a visit from Sammie. Kent Hill laughs with Ann Ptacek (King’s Crown) while they cuddle with Sammie.

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Patrice Van Grosberg and her Chihuahua, Koko, love to visit residents at Shell Point and students at Tanglewood Elementary school. Right: Mary Welsh (King’s Crown). Below: Student at Tanglewood.

Koko, the four-pound Chihuahua proves that good things come in small packages.

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Golden Retriever, Sammie. “I wasn’t planning to train Sammie to become a therapy dog,” Kent recalled. “But he is actually very good at therapy. In fact, Sadie was always a little bit nervous and possibly even edgy. But Sammie is very easy going and calm.” Sammie is such a confident therapy dog that Kent lets him lead the way. Each Saturday when they arrive at the Pavilion, Kent simply opens the door to his truck and follows Sammie into the building – no leash required. “He goes right into the Pavilion, gets on the elevator, and knows right where to go. He goes in certain rooms, but not in others. It is really very curious.” When Sammie enters a room, Kent sees smiles on residents’ faces and notices that

conversations seem to flow easily. “Much of the conversations have nothing to do with dogs. But that’s usually where it starts. Now there are people that we visit weekly that we have ongoing conversations about a lot of stuff. My cheeks hurt from smiling after working with Sammie at Shell Point.” Kent and Sammie visit residents at Shell Point every Saturday, starting at the Pavilion and finishing at King’s Crown. “Sammie is totally wiped out after wrapping up his rounds and usually sleeps for the rest of the day.” Although Sammie is only five years old, Kent already plans to train his two-year-old golden retriever, Riley, to become a therapy dog. “It’s very rewarding to volunteer in this way, and I really enjoy it.” ■ Sammie is aways ready to relax after wrapping up his rounds at Shell Point.

Patrice Van Grosbeck (Lucina) and her four-pound, long-haired Chihuahua, Koko, visit residents at King’s Crown every week throughout the fall and winter. They also visit Tanglewood Elementary School two days a week, where Koko is a highlight of the Read to a Dog program. But pet therapy wasn’t on Trice’s mind when she took Koko home five years ago. “Koko was just the perfect apartment-sized dog. But when my mother was ill, Koko really cuddled up to her and would just sit in her lap. I realized then that maybe Koko had a calling.” They went through the Hope Hospice dog therapy program. After about six months visiting nursing homes, Trice, a former teacher and speech language pathologist, realized that she missed the classroom. So they went on to get a national certification with Therapy Dogs Incorporated and began working in classrooms two years ago. “When children practice reading to a dog that is nonjudgmental, they don’t mind making a mistake,” she shared. “It improves literacy skills, social skills, communication, self-worth, selfconfidence, and focus. It also reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.” When Trice and Koko visit residents at King’s Crown, where Trice has a cousin living on each floor, Koko has a way of lighting up the room with smiles. “Everyone wants to take a turn holding her. I’m amazed she can sit still for that long,” she laughed. “When she is at home, her energy just explodes. But the minute she gets into a therapy situation, she is entirely different. Dogs are the best companions in the world. And they are a lot smarter than we give them credit for!” ■ continued next page Shell Point Life | September 2013

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Far Left: Dwayne Wilson brings his Labradoodle, Eli, to the Pavilion. Left: Eli greets a resident and guest in the Pavilion lobby.

being blessed by his presence. Whether Eli is lying next to someone in bed or sitting next to a person in a wheelchair, the point of contact between them is magical.” Recently, Dwayne got to experience, firsthand, the healing qualities of Eli’s visits when he experienced his own stay at the Pavilion. “I had a total knee replacement and spent 20 days at Shell Point. “My own dog visited me there as a therapy dog! Of course, he made me feel better. He makes me feel better every day.” And while Eli has learned to be on his best behavior while he is working, Dwayne has found the perfect way to reward his good behavior. “We have a dog park where I live and he is able to really be a dog there. He runs and slobbers and he’s a mess when I get him back and it takes about 45 minutes to clean him up. But it’s good for him and it’s fun to see him enjoy it. He’s earned it!” ■

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Eli When Dwayne Wilson’s wife became ill, she expressed an interest in getting a dog. “She missed our old black lab that we put down 10 years earlier,” explained Dwayne. “There was no way I could refuse her. I’m glad she didn’t want a horse!” They took Eli home when he was just eight weeks old. The black Labradoodle immediately became a welcome companion for both Dwayne and his wife. “Eli and my wife spent the days cuddled together. He was always right with her until she passed away five months later. I spent the next year crying on his shoulder while he licked my tears.” When Eli was just over one year old, Dwayne read an article about therapy dogs and felt a call to take action. “He’s my special guy and I wanted to share him with people. So I took him to an observation tryout, but he was too feisty and quick to get distracted. He was still a puppy.” But the interest in sharing Eli’s thera6

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peutic qualities with others didn’t fade. A year later, they gave it another shot. “While he was still a bit of a handful, he was much quieter and under control.” A part of the training and observation involved taking three trips through Lee Memorial with a therapy dog- trained observer in tow. “It took a little bit to keep him in check. He just wanted to love everybody and was sure that everybody wanted to love him too. But, we managed and he just keeps on getting better.” Dwayne began devoting his Wednesdays to taking Eli out for therapy visits in the local community. Above: Kari Oyer and her Shih They started with a couple Tzu, Bella. Right: Christine Gagliano (The Springs) spends of small groups, including a time holding Bella in her lap. kindergarten. Over time, Dwayne realized they had more to give. “I wanted the opportunity to meet with more people, and I thought Shell Point would be the perfect place to share Eli’s gifts.” Dwayne and Eli have been visiting residents at the Pavilion for the past two years. In that time, Dwayne has found that he is also benefitting from the service they provide. “It’s a blessing for me to see people


Nala the Golden Retriever enjoys attention from resident Gail Hamley and staff member Debbie Longbrake at The Arbor.

Bella When Kari Oyer, the community liaison for Direct Care Home Health, met McKenzie Millis, Shell Point’s assisted living marketing specialist, the two determined that Kari’s five-year-old Shih Tzu, Bella, would be a perfect fit for therapy visits at The Springs. Bella, who completed her initial therapy training with Kari’s 16-year-old daughter, was already experienced in therapy visits at Lehigh Rehab, Health Park Hospital, Health Park Children’s Hospital, and other local facilities. “I’m fortunate that my job allows me to give back to the community in this way,” shared Kari. “And the impact Bella has is amazing. With older patients, we see faces light up as they reminisce about their past. With the young children, Bella will sit on their laps while they finish a therapy session that they had previously refused or eat a meal that

they didn’t want to touch.” Kari and Bella visit The Springs every Friday, and they often finish their visits with a walk through the rehabilitation facility on The Island. ■

Nala At just four months old, Kevin and Patty Smith’s golden retriever, Nala, had her first experience visiting a nursing home. “We were visiting Patty’s mother, and Nala was very gentle and calm the entire time,” recalled Kevin. “Everyone remarked at how good she was. So we started the training process. We are both retired and thought it would be a good way to give back to the community.” They completed a national certification process and separate obedience training classes. Shortly after Nala turned one, she began visiting residents at Shell Point. “She

Arbor resident Rose Scalfani loves petting Nala.

is still young for this,” revealed Kevin. “She actually has a different temperament with the staff than she does with residents. She will be very calm with residents and often look them right in the eye. But when she interacts with continued next page Shell Point Life | September 2013

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the staff, she holds her leash in her mouth, goes in and out of their legs, and is much more energetic. It’s good for them too. I’ve noticed that the staff sometimes needs as much therapy as the residents!” Nala is a therapeutic presence in Kevin and Patty’s lives. “She’s like having therapy around all the time,” Kevin laughed. “We take her everywhere with us. And when we are home, she is always by us. She loves the companionship, and so do we.” Now three years old, Nala visits The Arbor and The Springs. Kevin said, “Coming to Shell Point is definitely the highlight of the week.” ■

Gideon and Gizmo Vivian Beauchamp, director of nursing at the Pavilion, has been a proud therapy dog owner since bringing home Gideon, a Maltese, in 2010. Vivian’s husband, Bob, is the dog handler. “I think it was harder to train my husband,” she laughed. “But in all honesty, it’s been a very positive experience for him. He is handicapped and he has truly enjoyed the experience.” In May, they added another Maltese to the mix when they got Gizmo. Each dog offers something different. “At 16 months old, Gizmo is exuberant and a little harder to control. But, he is cuddly and gives lots

Vivian Beauchamp, director of nursing at the Pavilion, and her husband, Bob, take “The Boys,” Gideon (front) and Gizmo (back), to the Pavilion each week.

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gift of making people feel better. I have seen residents smile who have not smiled in a long time!” Pavilion residents look forward to “the boys” visiting each Friday. ■


Festival of Heroes November 11 - 15 A week of celebrating and honoring the heroes among us and within us.

★ Celebrate our Veteran Heroes ★ Become a volunteer Hero at the Volunteer Expo ★ Hear from a Heroic Shell Point Employee

★ Learn more about Fort Myers civil service employees who heroically serve every day ★ Be entertained during the Parade of Heroes and Community Picnic

See the October issue of Shell Point Life for the full schedule of programs planned for this highly-anticipated Resident Life Signature Week!

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The Hospitality Services department was honored to receive an award for Overall Excellence during National Nutrition Month 2013 from the Florida Dietetic Association. Linda Rakos, RD, LD, assistant director of hospitality services; and Sandi Brower, DTR nutrition services manager, accepted the award on behalf of Shell Point at the association’s annual symposium held this month in Orlando. “This award confirms our team’s dedication to serving the residents of Shell Point,” said Hospitality Services Director Al Slickers. Sandi Brower, DTR, nutrition services “We are continually challenging ourselves to manager; and Linda Rakos, RD, LD, engage our residents with useful information assistant director of hospitality servabout how dining choices affect health.” ices, accepted an award from the The Hospitality Services team supports Florida Dietetic Association that recthe “physical dimension” of Shell Point’s ognized their commitment to excelLifeQuest wellness initiative. They organized lence during National Nutrition a series of activities and presentations for resi- Month. dents during national nutrition month and highlighted the healthy foods featured on the menus. Throughout the year, Rakos presents nutrition topics at “Health Connection” seminars, and she is a regular contributor to Shell Point Life and neighborhood newsletters.

Temporary Closing of Palm Grill The summer months allow the Shell Point hospitality services and dining staff members to perform necessary cleaning projects and various updates in each dining venue throughout the community. The Palm Grill will be closed starting Tuesday, September 3, through Wednesday, September 25. The Café Promenade, located in The Woodlands Commons, will remain open for casual dining between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. On the Island, the Crystal Room will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and for brunch on Sunday. For lighter fare, stop by The Island Café from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The Palm Grill will reopen on Thursday, September 26. Shell Point Life | September 2013

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For many, thoughts of veterinary medicine conjure traditional images of doctors working with small animals in a private clinic. Others might imagine a veterinarian making house calls to a barn to work with large animals. Some might even consider a veterinary pathologist examining animal tissues for the purpose of disease diagnosis. Here at Shell Point, we have all three. While each of these doctors chose to pursue similar passions, they all specialized in very dierent aspects of the profession. Story begins on next page

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Dedicated Teacher From as early as Dr. Wayne Perhaps Wayne’s method of proving a Oxender (Macoma) can point didn’t help ease his squeamish sturemember, his schedule dents. “Cows have a jugular vein that is involved waking up, milking cows, going to about the diameter of a quarter. If the kids school, milking cows, and playing basketball. couldn’t find it, I would hold the vein, “I was one of five kids, and we all worked on prick the needle in, and then squirt them the family farm. Oh, did we work.” with blood,” he chuckled. “Cow skin is like He was always fond of animals, but par- shoe leather, you really have to stab them!” ticularly large animals. “We had several dogs as pets, but I loved horses. When I was in high school, I had my own saddle horse.” Naturally, Wayne progressed into a life of farming. And he vividly Dr. Wayne Oxender remembers the specific moment he (Macoma) taught vetdecided to become a veterinarian. “I erinary medicine at the was 32 years old, plowing the fields at university level for more than 30 years. my family’s farm in southern Michigan, and I looked out over the land and thought, ‘There must be more to life than this!’” So he took his love of animals and turned it into a meaningful career, starting with training at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “I was at least 10 years older than my classmates. I was teaching them so many things that I realized I Above: Wayne and his daughter, a podiatrist, worked together to would enjoy a teaching career.” help repair the leg of a horse during a cattle drive. Right: Wayne Wayne graduated with his DVM with a group of his students. in 1967 and started teaching part-time while studying for his Ph.D. When he But as much as he liked to joke with his Medicine. He was also involved in research received his Ph.D. in 1971, he transitioned students, he took more pride in watching and worked on embryo transfer. “We would into a full-time faculty position at the univer- them gain confidence in their own abilities. super-ovulate the best cows, and then flush sity. “I’m a large animal gynecologist by spe- “It’s amazing to see a student deliver a calf or out the embryos and implant them in recipcialty, but my career was primarily teaching. perform a successful C-section. Students are ient cows. The biggest haul we had was 30 It’s the only dynamic career I know. Every always blown away by their own abilities. So embryos in a test tube that I carried back into September, you get a whole new group of stu- many teachers show students, but that the vet hospital to freeze because we didn’t dents. It’s really a great pleasure to teach.” doesn’t give the student the ability. At the have enough recipients. I did things over Every student in veterinary school is end of the day, it’s not about my experience, there I couldn’t believe!” Throughout his teaching career, Wayne required to learn about large animals. And to it’s about making sure that they have the pasWayne’s amusement, many of them had sion to learn and that they get the experience spent his vacations on cattle drives in the never been around large animals. “We got they need to be successful and confident vet- mountains. For six years, he rode for a rancher in California, bringing cows out of city kids all the time. It was always funny to erinarians.” the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the end of see a big guy over six feet tall who was scared the season. of a horse.” By 1980, Wayne had been promoted to He also laughed at the memory of teachIn 1974, Wayne went to live in the assistant dean at MSU. But he didn’t like ing students to draw blood from large animals. “Every year, at least one would faint when Netherlands as a visiting professor at the pushing papers and preferred to be out in the University of Utrecht Faculty of Veterinary field working with students. So when he they saw the blood come into that tube.”

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learned about a new veterinary college that was forming at North Carolina State University, he was eager to embark on a new challenge. “It was much more challenging than I thought,” he reflected. “We had no library – no nothing.” Other challenges involved keeping the program financed. Every couple years, Wayne saw the state budgets get cut and faced the threat of losing employees. Meanwhile, he

needed to be sure he had enough money to pay all of the bills and take care of all of the animals for the university. Yet, his passion for teaching remained at the forefront. “One of my favorite things to teach was how to manipulate a calf inside a cow. That is really something. It tended to be a bigger challenge for some of the shorter students that I’ve taught. Strength is actually not the most important thing when it comes to working with large animals. You don’t have to manhandle the animals – you can use chemical restraint. It’s just a matter of having long enough arms to handle issues in a big Holstein cow.” Year after year, the most difficult part of his job remained the same. “One of the hardest things to teach vet students is how to euthanize an animal. You try to soften it with messages of the animal going to heaven, but it’s tough. It was especially hard when family members wanted me to euthanize their pets. It was always hard for me. That part never stops hurting.”

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Wayne’s favorite pastime is riding horses on cattle drives.

Wayne taught at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years, and retired, cold turkey, in December 2000 when he was 70 years old. “The students were getting

smarter all the time and I couldn’t keep up anymore,” he laughed. “I knew I couldn’t go on forever. I wanted to travel and do something else.” Travel he did. He returned to the Netherlands to visit friends, took three cruises, rode a bike tour through Napa Valley, and continued to find new cattle drives. “I found a small working ranch in a dude ranch catalog and took my brother-in-law out for a week. I’ve been back two more years and took my girls. I just recently returned from another week there with my brother-in-law where we took 180 cows up to the Big Horn Mountains for summer pasture. It was a great trip!” When he’s back in Florida, he plays golf four days a week and rides his bike at least six days a week. In fact, he bought a new bike in November and has already pedaled more than 2,400 miles. “At 82, you’ve got to use it or it will get stiff and you can’t move. You’ve got to stay flexible and exercise.” Through the encouragement of his daughters, Wayne bought a unit in Macoma two years ago. And while he still lives in a golf community in Fort Myers, he rides his bike around The Island at Shell Point about once a week. In the meantime, he’s staying busy with plenty of physical activity and a full travel schedule. But, most importantly, he rests easily knowing that his expertise in the field of veterinary medicine will live on through his students.

Hometown Veterinarian Dr. Norm Miller (Oakmont) grew up on a beautiful farm that his parents built in Muncie, Indiana. As the youngest of five boys, Norm’s farming experience involved raising animals like cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. “My childhood was wonderful,” he recalled. “We were surrounded with land, animals, and a loving family.” In addition to having pet dogs and cats, he also enjoyed the experience of taking cows and pigs to the county fair. “My neighbor and I both had pigs and we raised them until they

were really fat. We thought for sure we had winners, but we received the last two places!” he laughed. Norm attended Ball State University in Muncie, where he set his sights on veterinary medicine during his sophomore year. “I thought it was rewarding, interesting, and challenging, and with my farm background, I knew becoming a veterinarian was what I wanted to study.” Continued next page

Dr. Norm Miller owned and operated his own veterinary practice for more than 40 years.

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From left; Norm’s wife, Herma, was a helpful assistant at the clinic. One of Norm’s clients brought in her pet monkey for a checkup — just another day at the office! While growing up on the farm, Norm’s favorite pet was his horse, Tony.

HEALING GOD’S CREATURES Continued from page 13 Unfortunately Ball State didn’t have a veterinary program, so he transferred to Michigan State University. “Michigan State was like paradise for a farm boy!” After graduating from MSU in 1954, Norm was drafted into the Army and joined the veterinary corps. He completed basic training in Texas, and then went to study meat and dairy hygiene in Chicago. Norm was sent to Bremerhaven, Germany in 1954. “We had a pet redeployment center for all the pets coming from the U.S. to the army personnel in Bremerhaven, and we operated a small dispensary for military personnel to bring their pets. We also checked the slaughter houses and inspected meat from the local market to ensure it met army certifications.” A highlight of his time in the service was meeting the secretary of the unit, Herma Schroeder, who later became his wife.

Career Path Upon their return to the states, Norm had an opportunity to work for a veterinarian in Chicago. “We were going to go,” he recalled. “But when we got back to my parents’ home in Indiana, a local vet had passed away and my parents encouraged us to stay in Muncie.” He purchased a house and converted the downstairs into his veterinary clinic. Like any business just starting out, it was a struggle in the beginning. “I didn’t have another veteri14

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narian there to help guide me along the way, so I had to figure it all out for myself.” Herma helped in any way she could. She assisted during surgery and served as the receptionist, as well as the cage cleaner. Understanding the importance of image, Norm borrowed a car to park in front of the clinic to make it look like he had clients. His first patient was a crow with a broken leg brought in by the local milkman. “A broken

“I didn’t have another veterinarian there to help guide me along the way, so I had to figure it all out for myself.”

leg in a bird is very simple. A hypodermic needle becomes a stabilizing pin, and it will heal in a very short time. I knew if the milkman was pleased, he would pass the word on to his customers. Sure enough, our business began to grow.” Norm has many fond memories of the early days of his business. “Many of our friends were just starting out in their own businesses too, working equally as hard to become successful. We all learned to save our pennies, and instead of going out on the

town, we would have parties downstairs in the waiting room of our animal clinic. We spent a lot of time laughing and just enjoying our time together.” Norm and Herma went on to have four children, with all of them learning to love and appreciate animals. They grew up helping with emergency calls and assisting their father. Their second child, Inga Bredahl, Shell Point’s assisted living activities supervisor, will never forget the story of her birth. “My father missed it because he was out delivering a baby calf! I still tell him that I’m emotionally scarred,” she laughed. Norm, however, rationalized, “When we had our first child, the labor was long. I figured the same would be true for Inga, and so I left the hospital to deliver a calf thinking for sure I would be back in time!” After several years of building his practice, Norm and his roommate from MSU became partners and built a new animal hospital. His partner took care of the large animal work while Norm concentrated on small animals. Throughout the 40 years of owning his practice, Norm made great memories and many of his wonderful clients became friends for life.

No Place Like Home When all four children left for college, Norm and Herma decided to sell their animal practice and move back to the family farm where Norm’s interest in animals began as a


young boy. Norm enjoyed retired life by gardening, working on repairing the old farm buildings, and fishing in the pond. Eventually, the cold winters became less desirable, so Norm and Herma spent their winters on Sanibel Island where Inga and another daughter lived. They settled in a home directly behind Inga’s home, where Norm immediately installed a gate connecting the two homes. When Herma passed away suddenly after

54 years of marriage, Norm decided to move to Shell Point. One day, Norm’s friend and fellow Shell Point resident, Charlie Sappenfield, invited him to a party, where a familiar face in the crowd turned out to be the sister of Norm’s good friend from Muncie. Beth Miller had lived on Sanibel too and had just recently moved to Shell Point. From a picnic date to dinners and movies, love found Beth and Norm again and they married in 2012, giving them both newfound happiness.

Norm and Beth enjoy living at Shell Point, traveling the world, and spending several months on Norm’s family farm. When the corn begins to grow and the crickets begin to chirp, the memories of growing up on the farm and developing his early interest in animals makes Norm smile. His decision to become a veterinarian as a young man shaped his life, giving him a wonderful family, amazing memories, and bringing him ultimately to this point in his life.

Respected Researcher While growing up near Sydney, Australia, Dr. David Dodd (Oakmont) enjoyed Aussie hobbies like surfing and playing tennis, cricket, and rugby. At home, where he was number five in a family of six children, there were always animals roaming the land. “We had a few acres,” he explained. “At one time, we had a horse, a cow, a dog, a goat, a lamb, and some chooks – hens that lay eggs.” From the time he was in high school, David knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. In 1939, he received a scholarship to study veterinary science at the University of Sydney. After three years, he joined the Army and served in an artillery regiment. Almost three years later, he applied for a discharge and returned to school to complete his veterinary studies. After graduating in 1946, David spent one year working in the University of Sydney’s Small Animal Clinic. He then worked as a practicing veterinarian for two years in Melbourne. After returning to Sydney and working in a practice with mixed animals, he started to feel like he was ready for a new challenge. Then a friend from school shared an interesting offer. “I remember very clearly his saying to me, ‘I don’t know what you see in practice.’ My reply was, ‘I’m just waiting for an opportunity to get out of it.’ In practice, in some ways, it’s not fully satisfying, because animals would often get better after you treated them and you really didn’t know if it was your treatment or not that did it.” His friend told him about a vacancy in

the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the Wallaceville Animal Research Station in New Zealand. “That’s where I started my career in pathology,” recalled David. “Pathology is much more definitive. You do a necropsy (post-mortem evaluation) to see what’s wrong. Pieces of abnormal organs or tissues usually are taken for microscopic examination later on.” Veterinarians from all over the country would submit specimens to the Wallaceville Animal Research Station in order to receive help identifying problems and determining diagnoses. “We would also go out into the field to help solve disease outbreaks.” After three years at the Wallaceville Animal Research Station, David went to work as the head of a new diagnostic center that opened in Ruakura, New Zealand – the Ruakura Animal Research Station.

Stateside Study While working in Ruakura, David realized that he was ready to take his career to the next level and he asked the superintendent of the station if he could get away for official training in veterinary pathology. Finding that the United States was more advanced in animal pathology than any other country, David chose to undergo his training at Washington State University. “I was given two years leave, all expenses paid, for myself and my wife.” After one year at Washington State, he transferred to the veterinary division of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in

Dr. David Dodd began his career working as a practicing veterinarian before into the field of veterinary pathology.

Washington, D.C. “I was there for about 10 months. After passing the examination for admission to the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, an organization of board-certified scientists, I returned to New Zealand.” At the time, New Zealand was recruiting staff for what would be the first veterinary school in New Zealand. David was invited to apply for the position of chair of the pathology department. “In spite of my being very aware of the diseases of animals in New Zealand, and being the only person there with board certification, they gave the job to a person from England who had never set foot in New Zealand!” David knew that if he stayed at Ruakura, he would become the superintendent within five to ten years. Yet, he wasn’t interested. “I wanted to get back to the U.S.” Continued next page Shell Point Life | September 2013

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HEALING GOD’S CREATURES Continued from page 15 At that time, the U.S. was dealing with the thalidomide disaster. The tragedy of the drug-related birth defects served as a catalyst for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin crucial drug approval and monitoring procedures. “What testing was done was extremely inadequate,” explained David. “People that had no training in pathology were reading tissue sections. In turn, legislation was proposed that all animal testing should be done by board-certified veterinary pathologists.” While the legislation was never actually passed, the precedent had been set. “Immigration was very tight in those days. If not for my board certification, I wouldn’t have been able to come back to the U.S. Fortunately for me, there was an extreme shortage of board-certified veterinary pathologists. That’s what allowed me to get my immigrant visa.” David began working with the PitmanMoore division of the Dow Chemical Company. Then in 1965, he became the head of large animal pathology at the University of

During his career David frequently traveled for consulting work, including trips to Australia, France, Japan, Germany, and Iraq.

Pennsylvania. He was named editor of a journal called Veterinary Pathology. “I held that position for nine years, but had to give it up when I moved into an industry position.” One of the most interesting projects David encountered while at the University of Pennsylvania was completing a necropsy on an elephant. “Elephants have the toughest skin you could ever imagine,” he recalled. “We didn’t succeed in determining the cause of death, but I will always remember that assignment.” Following 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania, David became the chairman of the department of pathology at the Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine. 16

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David completing a microscopic examination of tissue sections at the University of Pennsylvania. Below: David is featured on page 469 of “A Biographical History of Veterinary Pathology.”

Four years later, he took a position as the director of pathology at G. D. Searle & Company in Chicago – a pharmaceutical company. “I did a lot of traveling during that time for various consulting work. My first trip was to Australia. I took numerous trips to France, Japan, and Germany. In the late 70s, I was invited to go to the vet school in Baghdad, Iraq to give lectures to students in the veterinary school. I was there for about three weeks.” While working for G. D. Searle & Co., David became one of only six persons to receive a medal inscribed “The Peter Olafson Award – Veterinary Pathology.” This was for excellence in teaching gross pathology. Over the years, David had about 75 papers published in various veterinary journals. Descriptive titles such as “Bilateral Renal Hypoplasia in Pigs” served as intriguing reads for fellow pathologists and veterinarians. In 1986, David served as the advisory editor for veterinary medicine in the International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology, a large three-volume dictionary.

Worry-Free Retirement After David retired from G. D. Searle & Company in 1987, he continued traveling for consulting work for about nine years. “I eased into retirement.” While living at a Fairfield community in Tennessee, David was an avid golfer. And although he enjoyed his time there, he was

aware that there were no provisions for lifecare. One year, while visiting friends on Sanibel, he and his wife were introduced to Shell Point. “We were influenced by watching other people experience health issues. We had friends that got sick at the same time but ended up in hospitals hundreds of miles apart. We moved in as soon as The Woodlands opened in 2000.” David continued playing golf and started participating in a Current Events group. “In all my working life, I just didn’t have time to read papers or get involved in political discussions, and I thought it was a good idea to get involved in that for a while. In fact, I was the head of the group for nine years.” After David’s wife passed away in 2008, he remained active in the community. “It was important to me to stay connected,” he shared. One of the ways he stayed involved was by playing bridge. When he needed a partner for duplicate bridge, a friend suggested he contact Joby Hackle. “We knew each other for years,” shared Joby. “We often saw each other in the exercise room.” The pair formed a connection that lasted beyond their bridge games and they got married in January of 2010. While David and Joby are enjoying their active retirement lifestyle, David’s professional expertise continues to be highly-regarded and will live on through the numerous scientific publications to which he contributed throughout his successful career.


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Reconstructive Surgery. He also brings a comprehensive background in his areas of specialization to support his patient’s needs. The presentation will take place on Thursday, September 26, at 2:15 p.m. in the Social Center.

Shell Point as Your Resource Yaw-Adu Sarkodie, Pharm. D. of the Shell Point Pharmacy, will be presenting Anticoagulation on Monday, September 16, at 1:15 p.m. in the Social Center. Discussion will include defining anticoagulation, elaborating upon conditions that call for anticoagulation – both short and long term, and listing pharmaceutical agents and their proper usage. Popular Diet Review and the Total Diet Approach for Healthy Eating will be presented by Linda Rakos, RD, assistant director of hospitality services on Wednesday, September 25, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center. If you are confused by all the weight loss diet options, this program is for you. Linda will provide diet comparisons and explain the total diet approach to healthy eating.

Your Medical Community Sciatica is pain in the leg caused by a disc herniation pushing on a spinal nerve. Dr. Christopher Dawson from Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida will discuss the classic history, exam findings, radiologic findings, and advanced treatment in this program titled Aunt Sue’s Sciatica is Today’s Radiculopathy. Dr. Dawson is

Yaw-Adu Sarkodie will present Anticoagulation on Monday, September 16 Dr. Christopher Dawson from Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida will present Aunt Sue’s Sciatica is Today’s Radiculopathy on Tuesday, September 3.

board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he also has a subspecialty in pain medicine. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 3, at 2 p.m. in the Oak Room. Shelly Rogerson, RN, BC-HIS, with BELTONE, will be presenting Maximizing the Benefits of Your Hearing Aids, on Tuesday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. in the Oak Room. Learn strategies to maximize the benefits of your hearing aids. Get suggestions for dealing with challenging listening situations and receive advice to solve problems in areas where you may be struggling. Join ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgeon Dr. Stephen Laquis, FACS, for his eyeopening topic of Advances in Oculoplastic Surgery. Dr. Laquis is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is fellowship trained by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and

Shelly Rogerson of BELTONE will present Maximizing the Benefits of Your Hearing Aid on Tuesday, September 17.

Dr. Stephen Laquis, ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgeon, will present Advances in Oculoplastic Surgery on Thursday, September 26.

Linda Rakos, RD, LD, assistant director of hospitality services, will present Popular Diet Review and The Total Diet Approach for Healthy Eating on Wednesday, September 25.

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yQuesters are residents who have set goals to fulfill their LifeQuest journey. As part of the journey, the group is invited to events that educate and inspire them to continue to strive for a balanced lifestyle. Recently, a group of 70 MyQuesters attended a motivational morning with Director of Resident Life Dawn Boren and Resort Services and Wellness Manager Mary Franklin. The group was put to the test as soon as they sat down to solve brainteasers that challenged them intellectually. Individuals started to work by themselves, but most quickly realized that working together to solve the same problem produced better results than working alone. Dawn then led the group in a self-reflection exercise of writing down their personal successes and challenges from their first six months of participating in LifeQuest. A few residents shared their stories. Doris Wydman

Doris Wydman (Rosemont) proved that it is never too late! At the age of 91, she has learned how to swim. Although she was very nervous and started slowly by just putting her head in the water, she grew more and more comfortable with time. Along her journey at The Woodlands pool, she developed new friendships with the regular swimmers who cheered her along. Now, she is happy to report that she swam six laps at one time! Doris commented, “LifeQuest has been a challenge and it has been worthwhile for me! I recommend everyone to work to overcome a challenge. I am always looking for new things to learn.� Ray Nandal continued next page 18

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LifeQuest inspired Doris Wydman (Rosemont) to learn how to swim at the age of 91.


Did You Try When the game is over, and the race is run, and you walk away from the field, you always care, whether you won or lost. But, do you care more about what someone might say when they look you right in the eye and ask you: “Did you really try? When someone calls and you let a chance to help pass you by, do you ask yourself if you really tried? The work is not so big that you’ll never play another game on the same field, or walk the same pathway time after time. But, it’s never the same, for things change. Opportunity, unlike the postman, seldom rings twice. Of course there will be another game, another time. When it comes your way, before you act, or turn away, ask yourself if it isn’t worth a try. If the task looks tough, if the going is rough, don’t give up with a sigh. Stand tall and straight with your head up high and say to the world, “I will try!”

Ray Nandal (Nautilus) took a cue from his favorite poem, “Did You Try,” and discovered a new talent in the Wood Shop. He made this old-fashioned candlestick telephone as a nod to his 35year-career at New Jersey Bell Telephone.

Ray Nandal (Nautilus) also shared his story as he stood up and read a poem that he carries in his wallet at all times. The Poem, titled “Did You Try,” is his inspiration whenever he has difficulty accomplishing a goal. A recent example involved his transition to working in the Wood Shop. “I no longer could play tennis due to two shoulder surgeries,” he related. “My wife suggested I try the Wood Shop. I was apprehensive. The last time I worked in a Wood Shop was when I was a freshman in high school! But she told me to try it for a day. I did – and I was hooked!” When Ray reads the poem, which was published in a newspaper in 1931, he also hears his Mom who would often say, “Ray, Give it a Try!”

to do what?” However, there was one successful man in the group who completed the task. However, he did admit, he learned it years ago in church camp. The point of the exercise was that everything is possible! Participants also wrote a motivational word on a rock for them to keep close by to remind them that they can do it. Dawn then wrapped up the morning with a visual reminder to keep priorities set in your life. “You are important and you need to take care of yourself and loved ones. Stay positive while working on your LifeQuest lifestyle.” If you would like to be invited to the next MyQuest event in October, simply complete the last page of your MyQuest booklet and turn it in to either service desk.

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a digital camera and diving in to photography. We have a photo club, a photo lab, a photo show, and lectures and workshops in photography. Bring your camera and the instruction booklet to Digital Camera Prep School on Tuesdays, September 17, 24, and October 1. Professor Adrian Kerr will give a series of lectures for those interested in the history of India on five Tuesdays, beginning September 17, with The Story of India Session One. Story Writing is a series of nine afternoons with experienced writer David Singer (Tellidora), a book of “craft secrets of dramatic nonfiction by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner,” and like-minded residents. All who are interested in learning to write are encouraged to sign up for this series that begins on Thursday, September 19. Beautiful Science IX (Is an Intelligent Robot in my Future?) is the latest in a series where Employee Chaplain Don Steenhoek facilitates presentations by leading scientists of this age. Join him on Monday, September 23. ACADEMY ON THE GO Our first educational field trip this fall offers a chance to experience old Florida through two thousand years of the archaeology and history of island life. Join Program Coordinator Bev Chandley on Wednesday, September 11, to Visit the Calusa Mound House. On Friday, September 20, Bev Chandley leads an educational field trip to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation for What Happens at the SCCF Marine Laboratory? This research center provides important information for making informed ecological decisions in our area.

September 18 through October 2. Debby Kerr (Rosemont) will share the hidden treasure at your fingertips that is a total surprise for iPad and iPhone users on Thursday, September 26, in Fun with Notes and Messages. COMPUTER COLLEGE Richard Nelson (Lakewood) continues to offer the basics to get started with computers in Computer College Prep School every Wednesday, from September 11 through October 2. Joe Cramer (Lakewood) will take you from the basics to the next level on Tuesdays, from September 10 through October 15, with After Prep School Basics. It is never too late to get organized, and Dean Traxler (Rosemont) is just the person to show you how to Organize Your Hard Drive. Get organized every Thursday, from September 26 through October 10. Those who want to increase their skills in basic computer operations in the Windows 7 environment, are encouraged to attend Developing Skills on Windows 7, offered every Monday, from September 9 through October 14, by Jim Plummer (Parkwood). After you have developed all of those skills with the computer, it’s time for some fun and creativity! Lois Sheehan (Lakewood) teaches Designing and Making Greeting Cards with a Hallmark Program every Tuesday, from September 24 through

Mah-Jongg Basics begins Thursday, September 11, and continues through October 10. October 8. This is your opportunity to make one-of-a-kind cards for all occasions. For more information about these courses, including any fees and registration requirements, please refer to the brochure for The Academy of Lifelong Learning available at either service desk, or online at www.shellpoint.net. There is also a calendar you can print online. Please continue to confirm your class selections in the Weekly Reminder, as any last-minute changes will be posted there or on SPTV. You can register at either service desk. I continue to welcome ideas for future courses, and I look forward to seeing you at an Academy class soon!

On Friday, September 20, Academy On the Go heads to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation for What Happens at the SCCF Marine Laboratory?

TECHNOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW (T3) Penny Modrich (Nautilus) offers three opportunities to get acquainted with the iPad this month. On Thursdays, September 12 and 19, she will get you started with a new iPad in Apple iPad – Got one, Now What? On Tuesdays, September 10 and 17, Penny will explore the different apps that are available from Apple in Apple iPad – Apps! Apps! Apps! If you are used to using Microsoft Office, Penny will share Apple’s answer to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your iPad in iWorks: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Templates on Wednesdays,

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his stirring rendition of God Bless America after the terrorist attacks of 2011. On Thursday, December 19, The Four Freshmen return to Shell Point to entertain with their unique style of vocal harmony. Tap your toes to the sounds of authentic New Orleans-style jazz with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Saturday, January 4. Be sure to see one of the most popular and sought-after big bands of all time as the Glenn Miller Orchestra takes the stage on Tuesday, February 4. And then Jim Curry will wrap up the series on Monday, March 17, with “Take Me Home: A Tribute to the Music of John Denver.” Order tickets now and save big on the Fine & Performing Arts Series by purchasing the entire series of five concerts for only $125. That’s just $25 per concert! Other options include picking three of your favorite shows for $90, or purchasing individual tickets for $35 each. Each concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Village Church Auditorium.

Concerts & Conversations The Concerts & Conversations Series offers classical music lovers an opportunity to experience concerts in the intimate setting of the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands with the added bonus of enjoying a beverage and dessert with featured artists following each performance. The series kicks off on Thursday, November 21, with a premier ensemble that was formed in nearby Naples, Ars Nova String Trio. Bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang shares her superb agility and fullbodied sound on Thursday, January 30. Shell Point will welcome the most widelyheard saxophone quartet in the United States as the Washington Saxophone Quartet graces the stage on Monday, March 3. The series comes to a close on Monday, April 7, with Young-ah Tak, a world-class pianist who serves as artist in residence at Southeastern University of Florida. Purchase the entire Concerts & Conversations Series in advance for only $80. Single tickets are available for $25 per concert. The price of each ticket includes the concert as well as a dessert reception, where you can meet and greet the featured artists! Each concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in The Grand Cypress Room.

Southwest Florida Symphony The Southwest Florida Symphony returns to Shell Point for three performances this season. Each concert highlights a different set of classical masterworks. The series begins on Monday, December 16, with the fan-favorite Holiday Pops Concert featuring a fresh take on the joyous music of the season performed by the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. On Thursday, January 23, conductor Leif Bjaland will lead a multimedia presentation that tells the story of how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart came to write one of the most revolutionary works of his time. Conductor Leif Bjaland will return to close out the series on Tuesday, March 25, with a minimarathon of music from the romantic imaginer Felix Mendelssohn. The Holiday Pops Concert is a standalone performance, with tickets available for $25.The Mozart and Mendelssohn programs are available for $20 a ticket, or save money on both concerts by purchasing the combination for just $32. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Auditorium.

Special Bonus Event On Friday, February 28, the always popular, fun, and talented Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will have your feet tapping to every note. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Church Auditorium, and tickets are only $15! Be sure to get your tickets early, as this one sells out fast. To order tickets, residents are encouraged to fill out the 2013-2014 concert series order form, located on the back of this year’s concert brochure. Additional order forms are available at either The Island service desk or The Woodlands service desk. For outside guests or the general public, please order tickets by visiting www.shellpoint.org/concerts or calling the box office at 454-2067. We look forward to another successful concert season and thank you for your continued support as we celebrate the 11th Anniversary season of the Shell Point Concert Series. Let the music play on!

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

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Shell Point Market Place Friday, September 6, 13, 20, 27 8:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Admin Courtyard/IS Produce, honey, baked goods, soaps, nuts, and much more are all found out at the weekly Market Place! Make sure to stop by every Friday and stock up on your favorite fresh and local products. 24

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Monday, September 9 10:30 a.m. Island pickup 10:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:45 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) One of the most wonderful things about living in Florida year round is the ability to get out and about on the barrier islands in the off season, when the roads are easy to travel and the service is more relaxed. Sounds like a good excuse to take a lunch trip out to a resident favorite – The Green Flash. Enjoy lunch with friends on the waterfront for $9 to $15 meal selections.

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Monday, September 9 1:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Janina Birtolo joins Shell Point for her one-woman-show portraying Sarah Bernhardt, the famous turn-of-the-century French actress. With her golden voice and ability to inhabit the roles she played, she brought more realistic drama to the stage! A true diva and perhaps the first international superstar, she played such diverse characters as Camille, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Tosca. Attend the play to see how passion pushed her along and kept her acting long after others would have retired.


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Saturday, September 14 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Jim and Ginny Plummer (Parkwood) fulfilled a lifelong dream this past winter when they traveled around the world in 115 days on a grand cruise ship voyage. Join them as they recall some of the highlights and adventures from the amazing journey!

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Saturday, September 14 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL In this inspirational true story, 15-year-old Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on the Earth, is not only real, but that it is located just miles away from his home in Santa Cruz. Eager and excited, Jay calls upon local legend Frosty Hesson to help him survive the wave. Watch as Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible and create a unique friendship that becomes about far more than just surfing.

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Sunday, September 15 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Dustin Hoffman disguises himself as a woman to get a job and become a star on a popular soap opera. Tootsie is hilarious, touching, and wonderfully acted. Co-star Jessica Lange won the Oscar for best supporting actress in this delightful comedy. This film is about 2 hours long.

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Tuesday, September 17 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $17.00 (lunch on your own) 31 Produce is a vegetable farm in nearby

Alva that has invited Shell Point residents for an educational tour of their farming operation. Learn what goes into the success of growing local crops, have a chance to purchase and maybe pick some produce (seasonal), and enjoy some complimentary homemade ice cream. After the farm tour, enjoy lunch at Beef O’ Brady’s, where selections typically run $10 to $15. *There will be quite a bit of walking on uneven surfaces and standing on this trip.

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Tuesday, September 17 1:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL If you have traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, Antarctica, or Australia for work, leisure, or missions, or if you were born outside of the United States, then this event is for you! This social event invites all those who consider themselves travelers of the world to share their experiences. Bring your memorabilia from your travels. Light refreshments provided.

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Thursday, September 19 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) Its beach time again! Beach Day is all about

the sand, sun, water, and fun. Come along with your Shell Point friends and neighbors to Delnor-Wiggins State Park Beach. A picnic lunch will be provided, but save room for an ice cream stop at Royal Scoop creamery on the way home. Don’t forget your favorite beach supplies.

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Saturday, September 21 9:30 a.m. Island pickup 9:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Of course the Shell Point Community Thrift Store will be on the list, but it will be fun to venture out into the Fort Myers community and shop some of the other hot bargain spots in town. Stops will include the Family Thrift Store and the Ooh La La Consignment Boutique, but a couple more shops will be included as well. Just to add a little fun there will be a “mystery merchandise” contest at each shop with prizes for the most observant residents! Details will be revealed on the bus. The group will shop at two stores in the morning, have lunch at Red Lobster, and hit a couple more shops after lunch. Most lunch entrees are priced under $10.

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Monday, September 23 1:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Bill and Sue Wills join Shell Point for their 18th performance as Theodore and Edith Roosevelt. Although much is known about Theodore, few people know about the woman he married. Edith admired “Thee” for all of his strengths and faults since they were playmates together at the ages of 3 and 6. Come learn more about the couple and their life behind the political scene. Shell Point Life | September 2013

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Charley’s Boathouse – Dinner Outing Monday, September 23 4:30 p.m. Island pickup 4:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 7:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (dinner on your own)

Charley’s Boathouse got its name from its origins: it was converted from an old boathouse into a beachside steakhouse and seafood restaurant. Charley’s is an awardwinning, local tradition because of how they do things – the old fashioned way. That means they take their time and do it right so that you get to enjoy the best in quality and flavor. Charley’s Boathouse Grill is the premiere spot for steak, seafood, and an incredible 55-item salad bar on Fort Myers Beach. Prices for dinner entrees typically run in the $15 to $30 range, and they offer early dining specials.

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Tuesday, September 24 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS One of the most interesting books about Africa in recent years is the topic of this month’s Library Book Talk. Jane Hanks (Junonia) will review Lawrence Anthony's The Elephant Whisperer, in which the author relates his efforts to protect and preserve a herd of wild Zululand elephants. Refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday, September 25 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $13.00 (lunch on your own) Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build New Jerusalem for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony began fading after Teed’s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state. This trip offers a guided interpretive tour of the grounds and historic buildings. Participants Planetary Court must be prepared to stand for an hour and walk on uneven surfaces. After the tour, the group will head to Ted’s Montana Grill to appease their “Big Sky” hunger. Most lunch selections are approximately $10 to $15.

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Friday, September 27 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Woodlands Commons/WDL Kick off the season of organ concerts with Karl Cole as he returns to Shell Point for your listening enjoyment! Having played for more than 50 years, Karl is sure to entertain you with his classical arrangements, popular tunes, and skills as a puppeteer.

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Monday, September 30 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The Man Who Knew Too Much is a suspense film by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna and his family decide to take a side trip to Marrakesh, French Morocco. During the trip, Ben’s adolescent son, Hank, is kidnapped by spies to ensure Ben’s silence after he is informed of a plot to assassinate a diplomat by a dying agent.


SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19, & 26 4:30 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. This “open” meeting of AA welcomes those who struggle with alcohol as well as those who support them. For more information, contact the intergroup phone number 275-5111.

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Healing Journey Grief Support

Thursday, September 5 New 2:00 p.m. Oak Room/WDL Jack Hubbard (Lakewood) is interested in starting a meeting to share information and knowledge with individuals who are oxygen dependent. Please attend if you or a loved one is dependent on an oxygen machine for daily living.

This is a series of sessions which examine the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of grief. The group is currently on a break, but anyone who is seeking grief support can call Dotty Morrison (Cellana) at 337-4015 or the church office at 454-2147.

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.

Caregiver Support Group Therapy Tuesdays, September 3 & 17 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 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.

Diabetes Group Appointment Friday, September 6 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin and non-insulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Memory Care Support Groups

Tuesdays, September 3 & 17 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. or Group 2: 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #1 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25 3:00 p.m. 3rd Floor Game Room/King’s Crown These memory care therapeutic groups are designed to provide education and support to residents who have some type of memory disorder. The objective is to identify strategies that can help better manage their memory loss, address long-range planning, and offer a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates and can be reached at 454-2073. Individual appointments are also available.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, September 18 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL The Neuropathy Support Group provides support and education opportunities for those dealing with neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769 for more information.

Parkinson’s Enrichment Support Group Monday, September 9 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This support group provides support and educational opportunities to those affected by Parkinson’s disease as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend. Each meeting includes a speaker covering topics related to Parkinson’s, group discussion, and opportunities for emotional support. For more information, contact Janine Hammond, resident support services manager, at 454-2186.

The Vision Enrichment Group On summer break The group is currently on summer break. The Vision Enrichment 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, September 26 Coffee and dessert at 1:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:45 p.m. Hospitality Room/IS Attend the Walk With Me Support Group to share your personal caregiver experiences with friends. Each Walk With Me meeting offers the opportunity to embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354 for more information. Shell Point Life | September 2013

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Golf Croquet at one of the first activities she attended as a new resident. Gail expressed her interest in the game, as well as a harder version of the card game, Hand and Foot. She wanted to find others at Shell Point who shared her interest in the game or would be willing to learn. In June, Gail and her husband, Cas, were happy to have a room full of interested residents!

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their passion, tips, and hints for the hobby. Not only are residents that are new to Shell Point working to fill the community with new activities, but so are those residents who have been a part of the community for a while.

Scrapbooking and Card Making The most recent activity group to form was the Scrapbooking and Card Making Group. The creative collective was started by a joint effort between new residents Kay Goodchild (Periwinkle) and Dr. Joy Ellyn Ryan (Junonia). Their initial meeting drew in a great deal of interest as residents who make cards for the gift shop, along with residents who currently scrapbook, presented about

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Chuck Myers (Lakewood) has taken it upon himself to lead the Square Dancing Group, and Carol Ashley (Coquina) started Ballroom Line Dancing! We also welcomed the addition of Pickleball, led by Jan Van Laer (Turban), and Golf Croquet, led by Jack Bevan (Parkwood). As we continue to add new activity groups to the list, we must not forget the groups that persevere year after year. The impressive list of more than 60 activity groups is sure to keep everyone at Shell Point busy! For a full list of all of the activities happening at Shell Point each day, check the Weekly Reminder and tune in to SPTV, Channel 11. Please note: Ballroom Line Dancing, Pickleball, and Golf Croquet will resume in the fall. If you would like to learn more about these activity groups, or if you are interested in the possibility of introducing a new activity group, contact Program Coordinator Suzanne Zavada at 454-2057.

Shell Point Golf Club Set to Open to Members in October

Shell Point Golf Club members who have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of the newly renovated greens will be pleased to learn that the course will be open for a member sneak preview in early October. All club members will be invited by special invitation to enjoy the first opportunity to play the new greens. If you have questions about the members’ only day, or would like to schedule a tee time, call 433-9790.

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TECH TIP Shortcuts for Speed B Y B R I A N G A I N E Y, T E C H N O L O G Y S ERVIC ES C O O RD IN ATO R

Many residents who are already effective at operating their computers have requested help learning how to be more efficient and speed up their time spent at the screen. Typically, the easiest way to build speed and efficiency is by using keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts work by the user holding down either the CTRL or ALT key while pressing various letters to reach desired effects. At first, it might take a little longer to learn the correct key combinations. However, once you begin using the most frequently used shortcuts, you’ll find that you are getting through your routines much more quickly.

Most Common Keyboard Shortcuts: Ctrl + N = New Ctrl + C = Copy Ctrl + X = Cut Ctrl + V = Paste Ctrl + B = Bold

SPOT

Begins 10th Season Shell Point’s Own Theater, more commonly known as SPOT, will reconvene this month for the start of its 10th season of reading plays and presenting entertaining performances. Whether you are interested in Ruth Deuber continuing to participate in SPOT, or if you would like to try it for the first time, you are welcome to the first meeting of the season on Thursday, October 3, at 1:15 p.m. in the Osprey Room on The Island. Participants meet for one hour on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Some people enjoy reading, while others simply enjoy listening. “We gather and just read plays,” shared October 3 group leader Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle). 1:15 p.m. “We might read one from a fairly new Osprey Room author, or enjoy some old classics.” One play reader shared, “It’s an hour where I can be somebody else. I've read the part of a murderer, and also a sweet young girl!” Ruth added, “Some of the men like to read parts that are entirely opposite of who they really are! In The Lion in Winter, they played the parts of noble kings, and some not so noble!” If you are interested in getting involved in SPOT, or if you have any questions about the group, contact Ruth at 433-9520.

Ctrl + I = Italics Ctrl + U = Underline Ctrl + A = Select All Ctrl + Z = Undo Ctrl + R = Redo Ctrl + P = Print Ctrl + S = Save Alt + F4 = Close wind Alt + Tab = Toggle open programs Hopefully you will find these shortcuts helpful. In time, after some practice, these simple key combinations can make everyday computer work much easier. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please call 454-8248 or email briangainey@shellpoint.org.

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Save the Date

Bakeless Bake Sale

The annual Pavilion Auxiliary Bakeless Bake Sale will take place from October 1-15. Stay tuned for more details regarding this meaningful campaign.


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We are going to pull up a chair and answer your most frequently asked questions! We will discuss a potpourri of topics about the current state of the economy, investing in the face of uncertainty, feelings of vulnerability in times of change, building a safety net and navigating the increasingly “legal” environment, and much more. Please join us to get the answers to your questions. This is your hour! The seminar is free; however, space is limited. Please call either service desk to make your reservation. Light refreshments will be served.

Grand Cypress Rm/WDL Presented by Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC, executive director of the Legacy Foundation

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Tips for ATM Safety

A new ATM machine is now located in the lobby of The Woodlands Commons.

With the addition of this ATM, it is a great time to remind residents of good practices for using any ATM, on campus or off: Count cash later – Put money away immediately after completing a transaction. If the ATM did not dispense the correct amount, contact the bank later. Take the receipt – Discarded ATM receipts can be used for identity theft. Be aware of your surroundings – Use caution when using an ATM at night. If

shrubbery blocks the machine or if the lights aren’t working, don’t use it. Protect your card and PIN – Don’t write your PIN on your card or give the number to anyone. If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately. Be prepared – Have your ATM card ready when you approach the machine. Conduct transactions privately – When you use the ATM, shield the keypad with your body and hand so no one can see your PIN. Watch out for “skimmers” – Do not use an ATM that looks as if a device or an additional camera has been attached to it. If you are unsure, report your suspicions to the bank. Lock your car – If you leave your car and walk to the ATM, turn off the ignition and lock the doors. If you use a drive-up ATM, roll up all windows except yours. The FineMark office at Shell Point is located on The Island, next to The Island Café. There is an ATM located outside of that office as well. For more information about the bank, visit their website at www.finemarkbank.com or call 461-5999. Shell Point Life | September 2013

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Shell Point’s Home Care services are available to residents of the independent and assisted living facilities, as well as the Larsen Pavilion. Doctors, residents, or family members can make a referral to begin receiving Home Care. When a referral is made, Home Care RN Case Manager Ann Hamilton will visit the individual to obtain pertinent information, explain services, answer questions, and develop a personalized plan of care for you or your loved one. “Shell Point Home Care fosters the highest level of personal independence for residents,” said Joanne Meyers, Home Care Manager. There is nothing like being comfortable and having the security of being in your own home environment. Knowing someone’s coming to lighten the load by helping with those challenging tasks and providing one-on-one care makes for a brighter day.

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Above, from L to R: Allicia C.N.A.; Raine Flint C.N.A.; Ann Hamilton RN, BSN; Vanessa DaCosta C.N.A.; Debbie Nemec C.N.A.; and Gloria Jenkins C.N.A.


Top Recognition

Southwest Floridians Elect Shell Point as Best Retirement Community This year, Gulfshore Business magazine published a “Best of Business” issue that highlighted the readers’ choice for the top businesses in Southwest Florida. Nearly 4,000 responses were received and tallied to reveal the top three fan favorites across 44 different categories. We are pleased to announce that the inaugural readers’ choice award for the Best Retirement Community went to Shell Point Retirement Community! “It’s exciting to receive this recognition for our community,” said Lynn Schneider, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, “because it is an affirmation that not only do our residents appreciate the quality and excellence found here, but that the general public in this area understands what makes this community so special.”

An aerial image of the Eagle’s Preserve neighborhood was featured in the article, along with the following information about the community: “Shell Point Retirement Community was founded in 1968 and now has more than 2,300 residents and 960 employees, making it the largest of its kind in the state. It includes two medical centers, three assisted living facilities, a skilled nursing center, and rehabilitation facilities.” Schneider commented, “Shell Point is continually striving to provide the perfect balance of quality lifestyle amenities and programming in a resort-style setting, while offering the optimum in senior adult healthcare and services. I think this award is an indicator that we are achieving our goals as an organization to be the best.”

Introducing New Specialty Doctor A new podiatrist is now seeing patients at The Arbor Medical Center and The Pavilion. Dr. Andy Chi is a native Floridian who received his bachelor of science in biological sciences from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He went on to receive his doctorate of podiatric medicine from Barry University in Miami. Dr. Chi completed a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. Prior to coming to Lee County, Dr. Chi’s multiple volunteer projects included Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project, where he provided medical and surgical care for indigent crippled children; and the Steps of Life foundation in the Dominican Republic, for correction of complex lower extremity deformities through the Adult and Pediatric Surgical Mission. Dr. Chi came to Southwest Florida in July 2013, when he joined Dr. Curtis Skupny and Dr. A. Catherine David

at Foot and Ankle Care of the Island Coast. Along with Dr. David, Dr. Chi will be taking over Dr. Lori Finn’s patients at The Arbor, due to her moving from Lee County. “I’m able to address and treat nail fungus, sprained ankles, skin lesions, or anything relating to the foot or ankle,” he explained. “Even if a condition requires extensive treatment, such as fractures, ankle arthritis, and limb deformities, I can typically provide immediate pain relief during an office visit.” Whether it’s something as simple as treating nail fungus, or something as complex as reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, Dr. Chi is able to address all foot and ankle-related needs. Dr. Chi sees patients at The Arbor Medical Center every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and he also completes rounds in the Pavilion each Tuesday. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chi, call 482-7100.

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On a chilly winter morning in 2011, Carl Meier (Oakmont) and Bill Staples (Lakewood) began to ponder the social experiences of spouses serving as caregivers. The two men realized that they were feeling a lack of participation in social events for both themselves and their spouses. “If you have a spouse who can’t function independently, whether from memory loss, mobility challenges, breathing issues, or any sort of deficit, you have a tendency to feel isolated,” explained Carl. “It’s very easy to take the elevator up to your apartment and just shut everything out.” Determined to form a solution for themselves and offer their fellow residents new opportunities to participate in dynamic social and educational activities, Carl and Bill enlisted the help of Anne Kimball (Palm Acres) and Lex Roulston (Parkwood). Together, they explored possible venues for joint activities and penned a mission statement: “To create a social and educational group within Shell Point to partake in appropriate activities to maintain healthy minds and bodies of our

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challenged couples.” This mission statement became a guide for their activities. The Care-Free Group held its first official meeting in September 2011, with a group of 10 participants enjoying lunch at the Crystal Dining Room. Since then, they have continued to meet every Monday for a variety of activities and outings, such as local

Members of the Care-Free Group have found that the regular gatherings have allowed them to recapture the feeling of a sense of control, and, above all, to experience growth and learning. Today, the group has grown to 14 members. “Originally, we said we would limit it to 12,” said Carl. “But we have reached 14. Any larger and it just starts to get unwieldy.” In order to maintain its manageable size, but still offer the same benefits to others, the original CareFree Group has offered to help another group of residents start a second CareFree Group. – CARL MEIER If you think you or your field trips, informative presentations, inter- partner would benefit from joining a Careactive classes, boat rides, games, and more. Free Group, contact Carl Meier (489-0311) Carl related, “Although people have or Lex Roulston (432-0985). The experisome setbacks, there are still many things they ence could change your life! can do. As a caregiver, you often lose sight of For more information, attend the Carethat because you are so busy trying to keep Free Group Academy class on Monday, things together. But in this setting, we are September 16, at 10:15 a.m. in the Manatee reminded of those abilities. And we are doing Room on The Island. See page 20 of this so in an environment where we can laugh and magazine or refer to your Academy brochure relax and feel comfortable with one another.” for further details about that program.

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After her Salon makeover, Teri now wears a modern bob, slightly longer in the front than in the nape of her neck. Her new hair color accents her eyes and compliments her skin tones.

When Teri Kollath, Academy and auxiliary manager, came to the Shell Point Salon & Spa for a refresh, she received a complete hairstyle transformation! Teri wanted to try something new after wearing the same style for many years. Her mixed grey and white hair was drab, and the minimal definition between her hair color and skin tone washed out her appearance. She was definitely ready for a little pizzazz! First, a new style was selected. We chose a modern bob, slightly longer in the front than in the nape of her neck. We removed 4 to 5 inches, bringing the length of Teri’s hair to her shoulders. Most face shapes are flattered by shoulder-length hair. The full bang was texturized to lay softly on her face. This style can be modified with a half bang, or, perhaps, no bang at all. This style can also be modified by adding fringe for softness around a face. After the cut was complete, we set our sights on color. The goal was to find a color that would blend into Teri’s natural, darker color found at the nape. We chose a color one level lighter than her natural. A color too dark for Teri’s complexion would appear harsh against her skin and tend to accentuate fine lines. Teri is allergic to most ingredients in hair and skin products; therefore, we chose to foil her hair color. Foiling the color also preserved some of the grey and white hair for a natural look. Teri’s new color makes her eye color pop and gives life to her skin tone. She looks and feels fantastic with her new style. And the ongoing compliments have reinforced the fact that her makeover was a great choice!

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Phil Nedeau, Wood Shop supervisor, came to the Salon when he was ready to make his annual donation to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children with hair loss due to a medical condition. Phil had about 9 ½ inches cut from the length of his hair, sectioned into six pony tails. This was the third time that Phil has donated his locks so lovingly. Now, he is clean cut and ready to grow his hair again for this worthwhile charity!

Call the Salon for a complimentary makeover consultation. A new look could be just around the corner for you!

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Throughout his years of service at Shell Point, Bob Southern, assistant to the president for project development, has been recognized for his significant contributions to the development of the community. In addition to his professional accomplishments, he has also been recognized for his love of animals. “I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember,” he claimed. Growing up, Bob had a dog, birds, hamsters, gerbils, and tropical fish. And one of the first things he did when he moved out on his own was get a dog. “That was in my early twenties and I have usually had three dogs at a time since then. I have never been without a dog since I left home.” At one point, Bob and his wife, Rita, director of assisted living and resident support services, had three dogs and five cats living at their home. Today, the menagerie is a bit more manageable, with one dog, four cats, and a rabbit. Bob has even found a way to bring his love of animals to work, with as many as six birds in his office at one time. “They all showed up on Shell Point property at some point,” Bob explained. “The first was Crum, 36

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who showed up on Mr. Crum’s midrise balcony in 1990. Crum has been in my office ever since. Two of the birds showed up in Oakmont. The rest just showed up on the grounds here and there over the years.” Of the three birds that live in his office now, Crum spends the most time out of the cage. “He spends time on my desk several times a week, helping me with e-mails and

such. The others get out when I am in the office on the weekend.” Aside from the joy Bob gets from having animals as personal pets, he is also passionate about helping animals in the wild. “I have always done what I can to help animals both physically and financially. I have long supported CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) on Sanibel and have taken a


Bob has been involved in local Osprey rehabilitation efforts and was instrumental in bringing Osprey nesting platforms to Shell Point.

While volun teering at th e Octagon W ildlife Sanc tu ary, Bob befrien ded an Arc tic Fox named Frosty. He also came in clo se contact with a variety of exotic anim als, including th is elephant.

Bob and his three dogs, Spooky, Brandy, and Christy (circa 1985).

number of injured critters to them over the places where they shouldn’t be. I once was years. Animals struggle hard to survive and bitten twice in one day by two different the human race doesn’t snakes. I could usually catch make survival for them them without getting bitten, any easier. I feel that we but that must have been an owe it to them to help off day for some reason.” when and however we While Bob and Rita can.” have been involved in rehaConsequently, Bob bilitation efforts such as is often the person that Osprey nesting surveys, gets notified about anigopher tortoise counts, and mal issues at Shell nighttime alligator counts, Point. “I’ve been called one of their favorite experiabout injured birds, ences was volunteering at the concerns over manatees Crum the Cockatiel can often be Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary. in the lagoon, or prob- found working right alongside “Located off Route 31 in lems with snakes in Bob in his office. Charlotte County, it’s a home

for injured and abandoned animals, many of whom come from roadside attractions around Florida. They had elephants, hippos, tigers, lions, Florida panthers, and many types of bears, monkeys, birds and cats. My best friend out there was an arctic fox who was always so happy to see me. It really was a fantastic opportunity to interact with so many types of animals, young and old, large and small.” Although Bob is happy to be surrounded with his current group of furry and feathered friends, there is a good chance that other animals will join him in the future. “I don’t have any plans to add more pets right now, but I suppose I wouldn’t be surprised!” Shell Point Life | September 2013

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People have meaningful connections with their pets. Knowing that, Shell Point developed an official pet policy that allows residents to bring their furry, feathered, scaled, and even shelled friends into their homes. While some dogs get out for regular visits to the Friendly Dog Park, other animals are perfectly content lounging in the comfort of their Shell Point abode. Whether indoors or out in the community, it’s easy to see the joy that pets bring to their proud owners.

Left: Phyllis Stern (King’s Crown) with BELLA. Lower left: PETIE the Cockatiel belongs to Joan Betz (Cameo)

Nell Ernst (Parkwood) and PRECIOUS

Jean Johnson (Parkwood) and MOLLY

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Right: Mary Lou Hall (King’s Crown) and JOY

Above: Tracey Smith (The Springs) and HAMISH

Ann White (Periwinkle) and REMY

Barbara Cover (Palm Acres) with PACO

Lasting Tribute to Loyal Pets At the entrance to the Friendly Dog Park in The Woodlands, a series of personalized bricks honors and memorialize residents’ four-legged family members. The engraved bricks are the perfect way for pet owners to leave a lasting reminder of the important role their furry friends played in their lives. If you want to make a donation and have a personalized brick installed at the dog park to celebrate the loyalty, service, and unconditional love of a pet, contact the Legacy Foundation at 466-8484.

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Blessing of the Suzy Q V

A crowd gathered at the marina Lasier (Lakewood), Gene Smith (Turban), gazebo on Tuesday, July 30, to bless Jerry Ingalls (Eagles Preserve), Bill Saunders the much anticipated Suzy Q V. Tim (Turban), and Jim Kessler (Nautilus), who Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy served on the committee to make the Suzy Q Foundation, opened the program with a V a reality. She concluded by introducing heartfelt message of thanks. He shared, “The USCG Certified Captain Jim Walker. generous gift of the very land Shell Point is President Peter Dys reminisced about his on today started the memories of the Suzy long legacy of philanQ. Next, all in attenthropy. The Suzy Q has dance bowed their always been generously heads for the blessing donated by Shell Point of the boat and the residents and that tradicrew members, led by tion continues.” Pastor Andy Hawkins, Scott Moore, vice senior minister of president of operations, The Village Church. expressed his thoughts Finally, the moment regarding the rich histhat everyone eagerly tory that spans more anticipated had arrived The crew of the Suzy Q attended the than 27 years of Suzy Q when the Suzy Q crew, dedication ceremony in July. operation. “The boats along with administrahave definitely changed over the years and the tion, and honored guest USCG Chief Suzy Q V is certainly top notch,” said Scott. Warrant Officer Steven Tucker, took the “The new vessel meets all of the USCG maiden voyage. requirements, holds 25 passengers, has a 115 Reservations Yamaha 4-stroke engine, and includes a head.” The Suzy Q V is now officially accepting While holding up “The Village Courier” from May of 1991, featuring Suzy Q on the reservations. To see the full schedule, visit front page, Director of Resident Life Dawn www.shellpoint.net. To register for a trip, Boren thanked the many dedicated volun- contact the Resident Activity Center teers who have made the Suzy Q an integral Greeter Desk at 454-2136. For information part of Shell Point. She also highlighted Tom about private charters, call 454-2290. 40

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September Weekly Excursions Monday Nervous Nellie’s for lunch (Fort Myers Beach) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rum Runners for early dinner (Cape Coral) 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday Dolphin/Sightseeing Tour 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rum Runners for lunch (Cape Coral) 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday Woody’s for lunch (Pine Island) 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

2nd & 3rd Friday Barnacle Phil’s for lunch (North Captiva) 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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flaws of his church. He sees all. Nothing escapes his gaze. Yet he still loves the church – in spite of us! Perhaps in spite of our failures, God sees something in the church that we miss. He sees a surpassing value in the body of Christ. And his intention is that his people be so connected with his body that we are functioning members of it, like arms and feet and ears and even livers. The way we become engaged with his body is by engaging with a local expression

of his body – a local church. As we begin the fall season here at Shell Point, I would encourage you to become so engaged. If you don’t already have a local church home, we invite you to connect with the life and ministry of The Village Church. We won't promise perfection – not even close. But we will promise that you'll hear from God every Sunday among a caring fellowship of people seeking to grow in their walk with Christ. We hope to see you soon.

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Joining Forces to Combat Hunger Food Drive September 11-15 September is Hunger Action Month. In support, The Village Church and Shell Point Retirement Community are joining together to sponsor a food drive for the benefit of The South Fort Myers Food Pantry. Various collection sites will be set up throughout the community from September 11 to 15. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the Resident Activity Center on The Island, the service desk at The Woodlands Commons, the Eagle’s Preserve Health Club, or the sanctuary of The Village Church. There is a great need for canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, and nourishing soups. If possible, please drop off donations in reusable grocery bags. Those who prefer to make a monetary donation are asked to make checks payable to

the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and mark the memo line “South Fort Myers Food Pantry.” Checks can be dropped off at the church office. Every dollar helps. The Food Pantry is a partner agency with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and they enjoy buying power that allows each dollar donated to purchase $6 worth of food. The South Fort Myers Food Pantry is a “free choice” food pantry, operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, where recipients are allowed to self-select the groceries that they need. The Food Pantry is currently serving 800 families per month. Since 2008, more than 80,000 people have been provided 2 million pounds of food. By working together, we can make a lasting impact on the fight against hunger in our local community.

There is a great need for canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, and nourishing soups. If possible, please drop off donations in reusable grocery bags.

Women’s Bible Study

Missing Pieces – Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense Does God really care? Is He fair? Is compassionately teaches women how to He even there for me? walk by faith and not by sight. As a speaker, Have these and other important ques- author of eight books, and accomplished tions left missing pieces in your faith? Since singer-songwriter, she travels internationthe age of 15, when ally, offering fresh, sensible, Jennifer Rothschild Biblical advice. became blind, she has All women who attend been asking questions like this open and friendly smallthese and more. God’s group Bible study will be ways don’t always make encouraged and uplifted by sense – but Jennifer has Jennifer’s seven insightful learned that He is always DVD presentations that trustworthy. reveal her gift for handling Now, more than 30 difficult topics with wisdom, years later, she boldly and Jennifer Rothschild sensitivity, and humor. Her

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unique workbook, available for purchase, will significantly deepen the study experience. The seven sessions of “Missing Pieces” will meet at The Village Church for three Tuesday mornings, beginning October 8, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program will continue in 2014 on four Tuesday mornings, starting February 4. Registration begins Sunday morning, September 15, in the foyer of the church. After that, please call the church office at 239-454-2147 to sign up. All women are welcome to come and let God fill in their missing pieces – with Himself.


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Recipe hef Emeril Lagasse makes it look all so easy. As he tosses ingredients together, the audience is on high alert for his famous catch phrase “Let’s kick it up a notch.” Like a charming wizard, Emeril sprinkles exotic powdery spices, stirs ingredients purposely, shakes the sauté pan with confidence, and then bellows out “BAMMM” when the savory course is complete! As connoisseurs of green, we too are driven to create. Our concoction should be no less complex and delectable than a great chef’s. Like all fine dining experiences, our banquet must also be a visual treat to the eyes. However, the casserole we assemble will most certainly not fit into a 9x12 inch baking dish. Our epicurean delight is not Foie gras, but rather a forest. The landscape sous-chef at this kitchen will trade in spatulas and whisks for tractors and shovels. Although Julia Child neglected to describe how to prepare a forest in her classic book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, we follow a recipe that is as old as cuisine itself.

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The Landscape Management team created a cypress strand habitat at Shell Point Golf Club in an area that is frequently flooded. The Bald Cypress Trees planted in the habitat are known for their ability to grow and flourish in standing water.

flavors of the forest will take years to mature and comingle. While we are waiting for the “BAMMM,” you are invited into our kitchen to decide for yourself: can we cook, or can we cook! Shell Point Life | September 2013

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A group of ten local artists known as the Plein Air Painters recently visited Shell Point to paint various picturesque scenes throughout the community. The talented artists fanned out around The Island to find inspiration for their canvases. The artists’ favorite locations included the riverside Tiki Hut, the Orchid House, the gazebo at the Marina, and the fountain at the Administration Courtyard. Several artists chose The Island Park for its large shade trees, winding pathways and park benches. Plein Air group leader Velda Musgrove shared, “The scenery at The Island Park is just incredible! There are so many elements to capture in paint.” Since each artist employed a slightly different style and technique, the resulting paintings ranged from watercolor greeting cards to soft pastel pieces. After the marathon painting session, the artists gathered at the Crystal Dining Room for a relaxing lunch and a chance to admire each other’s works of art.

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A French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.


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