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September 2012 • Issue 530



“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Chinese Proverb Change is part of the aging process. Physiologically, spiritually, vocationally, socially, even emotionally

Remember When….

Daryl L. Martin, Executive Director

change is occurring as we age. Change happens. And with change comes the demands of new learning. The need to learn something new can be viewed as an obstacle or an opportunity. And truthfully there are times when it might seem easier to hide behind a wall of denial, rather than facing the need for change. But choosing to see the need for change as an opportunity can be a big step to making it happen! Often we visualize the school house as the center of the learning process. And it is true that structured classroom

learning is important to laying a good foundation. But it would be totally misleading to think that learning ends at the school door. As anyone with accumulated years will attest, change experiences demand lifelong learning and most of that education will occur outside the classroom. The advantage of the classroom is that it provides structure. Without the classroom an individual needs to create the learning structure. Identifying resources and setting time priorities now rest with the individual and not a teacher. So

SWISS VILLAGE EXECUTIVE TEAM AND BOARD MEMBERS Executive Team: Daryl L. Martin Executive Director Linda Arnold Director of Healthcare Services

Board of Directors: Kent Liechty, President Tom Muselman, Vice-President Linda Eicher, Secretary

Derick Bailey Director of Resident Services

Ted Lautzenheiser, Treasurer

Joe Burkhead Director of Information Services

Andrew Briggs

Margie Dougherty Director of Human Resources

Paul Zuercher, Immediate Past President Mark Settlemyre

Michelle McIntosh Director of Marketing

Sharon Sprunger Wulliman

Roger Young Controller

Greg Meyer

Inside this issue: New Residents


Active Aging Week


Saturday Night at the Village-The Dunnemans


Residential & Healthcare 5 Activities South Campus Wellness & Wellness Pavilion


Kinder Haus


Staff News


Swiss Village Mission Statement: Swiss Village Retirement Community is a not-for-profit corporation, committed to providing quality and affordable retirement living facilities and services in a Christian environment that enhances life with dignity, meaning and appropriate care for the senior adults from the surrounding community without regard to race, religion, sex, or handicaps that can be accommodated within our delivery system.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS HEALTHCARE Dorthea Fields is a new resident to Swiss Village since August 3. She has been a Portland resident. Ruth Miller is a new resident to Swiss Village since August 3. She has been a Geneva resident. Judith Bricher is a new resident to Swiss Village since August 4. She has been a Bryant resident. Kathleen Henkel is a new resident to Swiss Village since August 16. She has been a Berne resident and is a member of the First Missionary Church.

RESIDENTIAL Ruth Steury was welcomed to Swiss Village by residents and staff on Friday, July 27. She enjoys photographs, flowers, and working on puzzles. "Since I have been at Swiss Village, I have already completed 3 puzzles," said Ruth. Family is really important to Ruth and most of all she enjoys being with her family. Ruth Steury "The food is so delicious," said Ruth. "I also have Fort Wayne, Indiana enjoyed being able to reconnect with so many in the community since I have been here." Swiss Village Staff and Residents welcomed Helen (Peg) Augsburger of Berne on Friday, August 10. In Helen's spare time she likes to oil paint, crochet, and work with flowers, especially roses. "I love my view outside of my apartment," said Helen. "There are so many pretty roses." "Most of all I am looking Helen Augsburger forward to no longer worrying about the upkeep of Berne, Indiana my home."



Swiss Village experienced the loss of several residents who called Swiss Village home. Condolences go out to the family and friends of Nina Whitaker who passed away August 2 at the age of 91. Nina came to Swiss Village in June 2002. Amos Liechty was at the age of 73 when he passed away on August 19. November 2011 was when he came to Swiss Village. We express our sympathy to the family and friends of Amos.

where are the resources that can help? It depends. If it is physiological it may be a physician, therapist or fitness trainer. And if it is spiritual it may be your church, pastor or maybe a book. Each change presents its own demands and unique resource requirements. The key is to reach out to the resources that are available. Those resources may not be in a classroom, but we all need to stay in school. Don’t be a drop out. Let the aging process take you to new learning opportunities!

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Louis & Pauline Dubach (23 Years)


Charles & Waneta Habegger (62 Years)


Arthur & Marian Habegger (56 Years)


Merlin K. & Alice Sprunger (62 Years)

12 Paul & Marguerite VonGunten (71 Years) 20 Howard & Eleanor Flueckiger (15 Years) 22 Phil & Leona Neuenschwander (66 Years)

Happy Anniversary!

September 2012

CONTRIBUTIONS Ruth Schwartz Memorials: Lewis Sprunger, Thomas & Michale Copeland. Leonard Korte Memorials: Stephen & Marilynn Mearling, Mark & Laurel Niendorf. Herman Fosnaugh Memorial: Marshall & Kimberly Holman. Ernest Fennig Memorials: Jeffrey & Paula Fennig, Brice & DeLora Fennig, Margo Graber, Willa K. Sprunger, Marjorie DeArmond, Daniel & Mary Beth De Ross, Rene Sprunger, Rev. John & Debbie Wetzig, Paul & Paula Sprunger, David & Jenni Sprunger. 44 Years...44 Dollars: Gene & Janice Grogg, Kenneth & Mary Jean Grandlienard.



Berne’s first ever Active Aging Week sponsored by Swiss Village’s Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion will take place this month. Active Aging Week promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale by giving older adults the opportunity to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly, and fun atmosphere. A full week of activities has been scheduled for the week of September 23-29. All events and activities will take place at Swiss Village’s Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion located on Swiss Village’s North campus at 1201 Emmental Drive, in Berne. The week will revolve around a “Sock Hop” theme. Seniors can expect to participate in education sessions, such as financial planning and healthy living, art and cooking demonstrations, health screenings, movie and popcorn, dance instruction, exercise classes, swimming, yoga, Mary Kay makeovers, crafts, senior lunch, and more. All activities and events will be free for seniors ages 55 and older. The week will conclude with a health fair and bingo on Saturday, September 29. Adams Memorial Hospital will be providing health screenings for a nominal fee, and Kenwood Hearing and Associates will be offering free hearing screenings. For a complete schedule of events please visit or the Wellness Pavilion.

The Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion is pleased to announce, as part of Active Aging Week, that Financial Advisor Ben Sprunger, with Everance Financial, will be presenting a retirement planning seminar on Monday, September 24 at 2 p.m. The seminar titled: “Developing a plan for retirement income: Generating income in a low interest rate environment” will take place at the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion. Evereance Financial, located in Downtown Berne, is a financial service firm owned by Mennonite Church USA. Everance Financial provides assistance with financial plans to utilize investment management, life insurance products, and annuities to help achieve financial planning strategies for its clients.

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September 2012

Saturday Night at The Village

Swiss Village presents Saturday Night at the Village. Fun free entertainment will be provided the second Saturday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. September 8, 2012 residents and guests will enjoy entertainment by The Dunnemans. Classicallytrained soprano Gretchen Dunneman and piano-playing



1 Martha Sommer Eula VanEmon 2 Doris Cheeseman 5 Julia Amstutz 6 David Gorrell John Price 7 Ruth Steury 9 Robert Ellenberger 11 Kae Sprunger 12 Minnie Mertz 13 Ruth Fox Helen Habegger Dorothy Lehman LeRoy Lehman 16 Mildred Wanner 17 Gertrude Monroe 18 Matilda Leatherman 19 Ethel Bishop 20 Clifton Habegger Maxine Lehman 22 Evelyn Beitler Doris M. Sprunger Elizabeth Strietelmeier 24 Esther Theurer 28 Curt Claassen

Tara Farlow

The National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration is September 16th – 22nd, 2012. This week is designated to pr o m o t e t h e v a l u e o f rehabilitation and salute the professionals who provide rehabilitative services. Physical Therapists,

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Southern Gospel lead singer Reg Dunneman blend their talents and voices in a wonderful variety of music that lifts the name of Jesus. The Dunnemans travel the US and Canada with a musical ministry that transcends denominational lines and ministers to churches, retirement communities, camps, and Bible conferences. Saturday Night at the Village is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information about Saturday Night at the Village contact Michelle McIntosh, Marketing Director at 260.589.3173 or visit See you at Saturday Night at the Village, September 8, in Swiss Village’s Auditorium.


Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living. After a medical procedure, injury or illness, we understand that the first thing

on your mind is your recovery. Rehabilitation is an important and critical part of your recovery process. For more information on how therapy can benefit you, visit the therapy department here at Swiss Village.

September 2012


Teri Sank

The residents enjoyed fishing at the pond this month with the kids from Kinder Haus. The residents had lots of fun playing conrhole toss and word games. We went to lunch at the Chocolate Moose Restaurant in Farmland and enjoyed some old fashioned ice cream for dessert. Golf Cart rides have been enjoyable since the temperatures have cooled down a bit outside. Cooking with Esther Ray featured homemade ice cream in flavors such as strawberry, butter pecan, lemon, and vanilla. The residents had a garage sale where they enjoyed selling their items and making a few dollars on the side. The Senior Saints from Grabill, Indiana came one Thursday evening for a performance called “The Gold Medal”.

HEALTHCARE HAPPENINGS — Karen Rowell What a delightful month we had in August! The weather was absolutely wonderful for outdoor activities, and we enjoyed bus and golf cart rides, as well as wheelchair strolls outside. One of our bus rides was a special drive through the grounds of Swiss Heritage Village. Our residents enjoyed looking at the original buildings, and were especially intrigued by the jailhouse. We regularly enjoy interaction with the various ages of children in Kinder Haus, and this month we got to enjoy the annual talent show presented for us by the schoolage summer group. What a lively group! At the end of the month some of the younger children joined us for a summertime picnic in our courtyard. Page 5


Cole Rupp

Life is a constant change! Everyday we learn more about each other! We learn about someone's special gifts and talents! This month we made homemade ice cream a couple times and learned that it is easy to just plug the machine into an outlet and enjoy the wonderful ice cream within an hour without all the hard work or cranking the ice cream maker. But we miss the fun of taking turns cranking it and chatting as we do so. We have talked to many residents about how refreshing a bowl of ice cream was in the middle of summer. We have tried a few new recipes and shared with others. Our residents have enjoyed the golf cart rides and some board games we have shared . Many residents have loved watching the Olympic games and the speed and endurance the athletes have.


Donna Stout

Wow, what a difference the rain can make. On the golf cart rides the residents have notice how much the grass has gotten greener and the flowers have a brighter color. The rides have been relaxing and not so blazing hot. Several times this month during reading circle we have gone outside and sat in the courtyard to get fresh air. The residents like the courtyard and all the beauty it has, from the water fountain to the beautiful flowers. We take Jonah, the Swiss Village dog, with us so he can enjoy the weather too. The residents enjoy watching him chase his tail or run after the squirrels.

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SOUTH CAMPUS WELLNESS — The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recently conducted research on the relationship between Stroke rehabilitation and Yoga. Among the physical deficits that can occur following a stoke are problems controlling movement, which in turn can lead to problems with posture, walking, and balance. 47 older adults were divided into three groups. One group attended Yoga twice a week for eight weeks.

Emily Arnold & Rachel Rosswurm One group participated in the yoga class plus listened to a relaxation audio recording. The third group received usual medical care that included no rehabilitation. Participants in both Yoga groups improved balance greatly compared to the usual care group. “For people with chronic stroke, something like Yoga in a group environment is cost effective and appears to improve motor function and balance,” stated

Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR lead researcher and rehabilitation research scientist. Senior Yoga meets Mondays and Wednesday at 9:00 AM at the Muselman Wellness Pavilon.

LOCAL ARTIST TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVE AGING WEEK Ruth Green will be participating in active aging week with an art demonstration on Tuesday, September 25. Green has been painting for 20 years and has studied under several national

artists. For the past ten years, on a professional level, Green has been participating in tradeshow demonstrations. Her work has included creating demonstrations used for the Martha Stewart line. On a local level, Green continues to teach classes for the North Adams Arts Council and Swiss Village Retirement Community. Recent

honors include Honorable Mention at this year’s Wassenberg Art Center's Annual Juried Show in Van Wert, Ohio. Green is a member of the National Society of Decorative Painters, the Three Rivers Decorative Artists of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the North Adams Arts Council.

Health Fair: Art & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion The public is invited to participate in a health fair sponsored by the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion. The health fair will take place at the pavilion on Saturday, September 29 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Come register for prizes and receive free

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health information and other give aways provided by local participating businesses. Adams Memorial Hospital will also be on hand providing health screenings and blood draws for a nominal fee. Kenwood Hearing and Associates will be providing free hearing

screenings. Guests attending may participate in a few rounds of bingo during the health fair from 9 – 10 a.m. For more information contact Sarah Conrad, Wellness Pavilion Director at 260.589.4496.

September 2012

FREE LIPID PROFILE SCREENINGS Bluffton Regional Medical Center will be on location at the Arthur & Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion on Monday, September 24 from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. offering free Lipid Profile Screenings. The Lipid Profile Screenings do require a 10 hour fast. According to Claudia Ward, Community Relations Specialist at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, prescribed medications along with sips of water may be taken during the 10 hour fast.

Kinder Haus —

Heidi Schoeneman

August has brought some tears to K i n d e r Haus! We had several kids go to kindergarten this year. It is hard to see them move on because a vast majority of these kids have been with us since they were infants. The following poem is hanging in my kids’ pediatrician’s office and I am sure any of you who have children and relate to it no matter how old your kids are! Children are like Kites Children are like kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless – they crash- you add a longer tail – they hit the rooftop – you pluck them out of the spouting – you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them be lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they’ll fly! Finally they are airborne, but they need more string and you keep letting it out and with each twist of the bale of twine, there is a sadness that goes with the joy because the kite becomes more distant and somehow you know that it won’t be long before that beautiful creature will snap the life line that bound you together and soar as it was meant to soar, free and alone!

NEW EMPLOYEES Swiss Village welcomes several new staff members this month. Suzanne Dobbins, Amanda Colclasure, Loren Jutte, Alyssa Kruchkow, Joyce Lavy, Vikki Taylor, Crystal Lutes, Rachel Burton, Renee Mishleau, & Beth Ashton are all new CNAs in Healthcare. Carley Manley is a new employee in Kinder Haus.


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Theresa J. Sank Shanda M. Morningstar Linda J. Keller & Tonya S. Anderson Linda S. Reed Amy J. White Mark T. Smith & Jackquelyn Grace Gerber Kathryn J. Tubbs & Terrie L. Sovine Abbie M. L. Fisher & Jevalyn S. McCullough Angela R. Hartman & Sharon L. Craig Mary C. Elliott Danielle N. Guise, Dale E. Sprunger, & Sydney M. Tumbleson Karmin J. Yoder Amber L. Shoaf Drew M. Taylor & Erika D. Waugh Jacalyn K. Zimmerman Maryann Rybolt , Terry L. Steury, & Andrea K. Miller St. Rita M. Hedrick, Norval L. Lehman, & Tequila M. Guntle

Village News compiled by: Tammy Seffernick

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Saturday Night at the Village-The Dunnemans 7pm

23-29 Active Aging Week 29 Health Fair 7:30-11 am

Be sure to check the Swiss Village Website at for the complete listing of this months Residential and Healthcare Activities.

CONTEMPLATIONS WITH DERICK — Derick Bailey, Director of Residents Services Earlier this year, many residents, families, employees, and physicians completed a confidential satisfaction survey. We would like to thank everyone who participated and let you know that the results have arrived. The survey results are based on two different categories. A raw score is tallied between 1 and 5 with 5 being the best. Swiss Village scored between 4 and 5 on nearly every category. These raw scores are then compared to the scores of our peers. Swiss Village scored quite favorable and recognizably higher in many of the categories compared to our

peers. We are excited to celebrate the positive remarks and scores, but feel it is important to focus on specific services or processes that could possibly be enhanced. We will work with staff and residents to discuss these items, and will develop strategic plans for improvement. We want to extend a sincere expression of thanks to all involved in making a positive difference in many people’s lives each and every day. Swiss Village is a great place to live and work thanks to you!

Village News September 2012  

Newsletter Issue 530

Village News September 2012  

Newsletter Issue 530