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Hal Linden Performs at GPAC
Hal Linden, of Broadway and “Barney Miller” fame, was the star of a staged concert reading of “Shine: The Horatio Alger Story” in the Glenridge Performing Arts Center on November 15. After the performance he presented door prizes to lucky winners. (L-R): Marion Nelson, Mr. Linden, Sam and Norma Claypoole.
Two National Awards Presented for Glenridge Marketing Program Two national awards from the National Active Retirement Association (NARA) have been received by The Glenridge. These awards are for “Best Television Commercial” and “Best Direct Mail Piece/ Overall Direct Mail Campaign” for 2010. For the TV commercial, Glenridge entered a 30-second segment produced for SNN Channel 6. The objective for the commercials was to provoke new leads and enhance community visibility, both
of which were achieved. It was so effective that The Glenridge has extended its contract to air the spot for an additional six months. “The Art of Living Well: An Educational Series” mail campaign won the award for “Best Direct Mail Piece.” Objectives for the campaign were to generate new leads and pique interest from existing leads. The campaign resulted in a 20 percent spike in sales during the course of the campaign. The Glenridge is planning a similar speaker series and direct mail campaign for Spring 2011.
Everyone is welcome for the lighting of the Menorah on Wednesday, December 1, at 5:30 pm in the Living Room!
Holiday Happenings by Charley Tirrell, CEO
Shop, buy, wrap, repeat – over and over and over again. I am always amazed how the Julian calendar continues to have 365 (and one-quarter) days, yet the Holidays sneak up and surprise us all. How can it be December already? Where does the time go? In consideration of all the New Year’s resolutions to start planning better (beginning in January), let me make a point. Let’s all begin to plan for tomorrow – beginning today. Let’s assess where we have been in 2010. What have we accomplished? What do
we want to accomplish in 2011? I want to extend a special thanks to G.A.C. President Bill Cahill for seizing the moment and initializing a planning group that will be comprised of Board, management and G.A.C. members. The financials for October are in and we continue to meet all of our financial covenants. Sales are picking up in the final quarter push for full occupancy. Don’t let your friends be on a waiting list when they could have a chance to join us as 2010 members. There is so much to do at The Glenridge and this season is no exception. This is such a wonder-
ful time of the year with all the parties and decorations. Enjoy this with your neighbors. Invite a friend to visit and celebrate. Walk the campus and enjoy all that is The Glenridge. As we end this year and begin anew in January, please continue to let me know your thoughts and ideas. We challenge ourselves to be even better in 2011. That is my commitment to you. I have been thrilled with the looks of the campus since my arrival in July. I look forward to my first Holiday season with you. Best Regards and Happy Holidays, Charley
Fellow students admire Barbara Dearborn’s handiwork in Grace Greene’s stained glass class (L-R): Barbara, Albert Pallman, Margot Pallman and Lee Greene. The Piper Member Editorial Board Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenridge Board of Directors Charley Tirrell, CEO Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .George Measer Editorial Staff
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AROUND THE GLENRIDGE
Glenridge Members Involved in Preparation of 2011 Budget by George Measer
“We strongly recommend that the monthly fee increase in 2011 be limited to 2%,” Glenridge Advisory Council President Bill Cahill wrote to Glenridge Board of Directors Chair Steve Stottlemyer in September of this year. The 2% figure was based on two primary considerations: • The draft budget contains an adequate cushion to support a 2% increase • The draft budget is based on 95% occupancy, while the current Glenridge occupancy is 97% After an in-depth study, the 2% figure recommended by the member’s Advisory Council was adopted by the Directors. But how was this figure arrived at? Answer: with a lot of work by Glenridge members, Glenridge
staff and PRAXEIS, the Glenridge management company. The 2011 Glenridge budget process lasted approximately four months. Preparation began in earnest last August with meetings between CEO Charley Tirrell, key Glenridge management and Andrew Davey, the PRAXEIS chief financial officer (CFO). After many reviews, an initial presentation was made to the Glenridge Board of Directors on September 1, with multiple scenarios. Subsequent to a September 21 meeting of the G.A.C. and the Financial Committee, G.A.C. President Bill Cahill and Financial Committee chairman Ed Duffy sent a letter commenting on the draft to Board Chair Stottlemyer. The letter recommended that the monthly fee increase in 2011 be limited to 2%. At the October 13 meeting of the Directors, after a lengthy discussion, Chairman Stottlemyer
motioned that the 2% budget be adopted. The motion was unanimously approved. PRAXEIS CEO Jim Cater agreed this was a realistic budget. “The 2% increase was deemed necessary to ensure that the Glenridge is maintained at its current level, in support of members’ expectations,” Cater stated. Glenridge members who participated in the 2011 budget preparation and review deserve a vote of thanks from the members for the many hours devoted to this process. These include G.A.C. President Bill Cahill, Finance Committee Chairman Ed Duffy and Finance Committee members Guy Berner, Allen Cudworth, Colleen Darby, John DeSanto, Floyd Gammon (G.A.C. liaison), Bob Henderson (Vice Chair), Noe Rodriguez (this fall’s Employee Appreciation Fund Chair), Betty Stewart, Dick Torrey, Sid Wasch, and Roberta Wurts.
Move Over, ROMEOS by Anne Calvert
In response to George Measer’s article in the November Piper, I think the ROMEOS need to look around to see the tables of JULIETS in both dining rooms. The JULIETS (Just Us Ladies Interestingly Eating Together) fill the corners, four to six or seven at a time, for we are flexible, every evening of the week! No minutes have been taken, but the subjects range from common interests of current happenings to tales of long ago. Last night’s dinner ended with a duel between Jane II Goehrig and Jane III Dye reciting poems from their childhoods, with Jane II reciting a sixteenline poem! The winner! We have been told that the ratio of women to men is 64% women to 36% men at The Glenridge. Hid-
den among a stack of e-mails I discovered recently, I found an interesting study done at UCLA. It suggests that friendships among women are special in shaping who we are and who we may become. They soothe us and give us a feeling of self-worth, but the benefits may even involve our health. The UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. This is turning fifty years of research upside down because most of the research has been done on men – 90% of it! Until this study was published, scientists generally believed that when people experienced stress, they trigger a hormonal cascade that revs the body to either stand up and Please turn to page 7
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Many Holiday Events Planned for December Audience Participation to Foster Holiday Spirit at Singers’ Concert by Jan Linehan
What would Christmas be without the chance to raise one’ s voice in a carol or two – preferably in company with a few other people who are also raising their voices? The result is, of course, a joyous noise, and an enhanced sense of the approaching holiday. With just such a goal, the Glenridge Singers will devote the first half of their Christmas concert at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10, to a narration of the Christmas story, interspersed with traditional carols. The audience will be encouraged to join in, using a booklet provided with the program. This is a “first” for the Singers. They have always included an audience participation song or two in their Christmas program, but this time they are aiming to have attendees be full-fledged performers, contributing, with the Singers, to the content of the afternoon. Randy and Bob Anderson are writing the program, and will do the narration and lead the singing. The second half of the program will include a variety of seasonal music led by Leola Hoke Bingham, the Singers’ director. Reservations should be made, as usual, through the GPAC ticket office, by calling 5525325. There is no charge.
Sing We Now No-el Friday, December 10 3:30pm ~ Theater
Suzanne & Jim Courtesy Photos
Victorian Christmas Concert Thursday, December 16 1:30pm ~ Theater Concert performers, recording artists and troubadours, Suzanne and Jim have traveled 365 days a year since 1992 delighting audiences in 35 states, Canada and Europe. The couple blend their harmonious duet vocals with skillful musicianship on acoustic instruments. Many of you will remember their concert last year in the Thistle Stop. This year, Suzanne and Jim will present their Victorian Christmas concert on Thursday, December 16, at 1:30pm in the theater. They will be dressed in 19th Century finery as carolers from Victorian era parlors and streets. They sing time-honored melodies accompanied on guitars, flute, courtship dulcimer, recorder, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, spoons, sleigh bells and banjo. The music is interwoven with a carefully researched narration that relates the fascinating story of the Victorians’ rescue of Christmas from Puritan suppression, the restoration of the caroling tradition and the creation of new carols for the Victorians’ re-invention of Christmas as a family holiday full of sentimentality and good cheer. The concert is free! And there’s no need to call for tickets; just show up! Don’t miss the fun!
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Staff Children to Meet Santa by Bunny Nesbit
Again this year, members will host a gift tree and children’s party for children aged 9 and under who live in the households of our staff. Santa has found some time in his busy schedule to join us. This festivity is to show our appreciation to all our staff and their families, and it’s a great opportunity to party and enjoy their wonderful children! Take an envelope from our gift tree in the lobby near the Reception desk - red for a boy and green for a girl. Each envelope is marked with the age of the child. There will be one gift for each child; we have 33 girls and 44 boys attending the party this year. Inside will be instructions and a gift tag to place on your gift. In order for all children to be treated equally, we suggest an amount of $25. If you feel this is more than you can spend this year please join with a neighbor or friend in purchasing a gift. And please, no clothes; holiday time is toy time! If you take an envelope and then change your mind, please place the envelope back on the tree as soon as possible so no child is left out. If you need help purchasing a gift, call Bunny Nesbit at 923-7748 between December 3 and 10. Members of the Social Committee will wrap gifts for those who need assistance in the Art Room on Wednesday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please deliver all wrapped gifts to Mac II on Friday, December 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All members are invited to attend the party for a big dose of Christmas joy!
Saturday, December 18 ~ 10:30 am – 12 noon MacIntyre Room
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ARE YOU HAVING AnY FUN?
Dancing is One of Life’s Great Joys for Glenridge Member by Joyce Morrison
Shall we dance? Ask Wilma Fielding and chances are you’ll get an enthusiastic “Yes!” – for dancing is a lifetime love for the diminutive lady from New York, who now calls The Glenridge home. “I’ve been dancing since I was a teenager and just loved almost any form,” she says, recalling tries at ballet and Martha Graham modern dance. “I think dance is really therapy for me.” So the lessons continued and then she began performing as part of a trio at concerts and music and dance festivals, such as Jacob’s Pillow in New York and throughout New England. While it was exciting, life was moving on. Soon love and marriage and then two children intervened, and dance was doomed to a long hiatus. “I had always wanted to complete my degree, so I went back to school at C.W. Post College on Long Island, taking courses in sculpture and painting to finish my art degree,” she says, abbreviating the story. Then it was time to put her education to work, so with degree and determination firmly in hand, the young mother marched into a local bank and borrowed $500 to open a boutique for women’s clothing and jewelry. Her very limited funds meant that she could not purchase good American clothing to sell, so she began looking at various items from India and African countries. “And then I opened up the first ethnic boutique on Long Island,” she says with a laugh. With various changes and expansions, and many sleepless nights, that life lasted
for 18 years. That was enough, she decided. With her children grown and beginning their careers in other cities, it was time to move on. She tried other parts of the country, including visiting her children, and then while visiting her brother in Florida, found her next home, The Glenridge. “Now that I finally had time for myself I felt myself eager to return
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Dwayne Biggs and Wilma Fielding Photo by Joyce Morrison
to dance while I could. I had never lost my love of dance and had stayed connected in various ways such as dance exercise, but now I wanted to really, truly dance,” she said. For the first time she decided to try ballroom dancing. That turned out to be an inspired thought, but finding the right school took time. After a number of tries Wilma found a small group just down the road called Dance Fusion. The instructor, Dwayne Biggs, is owner of Bella Danza Dance Academy in Bradenton, but works in the Clark Road studio for limited hours. “It’s very close to us, he’s a great teacher and I feel very lucky to have found the studio . . . and so thrilled to be really, truly dancing again,” she reports. “I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do this—it takes a lot of energy. But I guess I’ll keep going as long as I can.” The demonstration that Wilma gave at the Glenridge Health Fair makes the finale seem very far off. Is she having any fun? You bet! Are you? Tell the Piper about it.
Quarterly Financial Review Starts with a Bang by Joyce Morrison
Although the November 4 meeting was billed as the Quarterly Financial Update, it opened with a showing of Glenridge’s award-winning commercial created for a continuing care retirement community. The commercial, produced by Glenridge members and staff, was shown to applause with special acknowledgements to actors Dick Fleming and Margery Baruch. The high continued when CEO Charley Tirrell announced that The Glenridge had met all of its bank covenants for the third quarter. Since failure to meet those covenants means steep financial penalties for the institution, this achievement was significant, Tirrell said. The covenants include a required residential occupancy of 90 percent; health services occupancy of 85 percent; debt service coverage ratio of 1.15; an operating ratio of .85, and a reserve ratio of .15. The debt service ratio shows Glenridge’s ability to fund its annual debt with cash flow from net cash revenue and net entrance fees. “Glenridge is off the graph in meeting both residential and health services occupancy,” Tirrell said, reporting residential occupancy at 96.4 percent and
health services occupancy at 97.6 percent. This is also well above the state occupancy averages of 88 percent for residential and 87.8 percent for skilled nursing occupancy. Comparing the 2011 budget to the 2010, the CEO said that although it will require a 2 percent increase in the monthly payments, there are actually many departments which have found ways to lower costs, and overall operating expenses are going down 1 percent when compared to the 2010 budget. The average increase for the years from 2005 to present has been 4.09 percent for the independent living units and about a percentage higher for the Health Center. Both debt repayment and capital expenditures will be slightly up in 2011. The total tax bill for The Glenridge is $1,157,521, which is less than last year. However, although the property value decreased, the millage rate was increased, keeping the rate consistent. The average tax bill will be $3,564, which is down 1–2% vs. last year. Complete minutes of the Quarterly Financial Update are available to all members in the library. Minutes of the monthly G.A.C. meetings are also available.
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fight or flee quickly. Now researchers suspect that women have a much broader choice of behaviors because when the hormone oxcytocin is released as part of the stress responses in a woman, it buffers the “fight or flight” response and encourages her to tend children and gather with women friends. This produces a calming effect. This calming effect does not occur in men because testosterone – which men produce in high levels when they’re under stress – seems to reduce the effects of oxytocin. Estrogen seems to enhance it. Since 90% of the stress research had been done on men, Dr. Laura
Klein and Dr. Shelley Taylor realized that this study needed to be expanded. Study after study since that “aha!” moment in their lab have shown this difference may explain why women consistently outlive men and enjoy lower blood pressure, heart rates, and cholesterol levels. “There is no doubt,” says Dr. Klein, “that friends are helping us to live longer!” Those of us who live at The Glenridge, both men and women, are finding one of the richest things about DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011
our living here is the deep friendships that are being made within our many activities and quiet dinners. Long live the ROMEOS and the JULIETS! Reference: CND: UCLA Study on Friendship Among Women
Glenridge Homes Reflect Latest Decorating Trends by Anne Calvert
We are privileged to have a member of our staff who arrives each day with a big smile on her face, ready to help new members as they prepare for their new adventure, moving into The Glenridge. This introduction begins months before the actual move because many of the new members wish to make changes to their new home before moving in. The advice, planning and execution of these changes are overseen by Linda Bishop, interior designer and options coordinator. Linda also assists existing members who may wish to remodel or upgrade some facet of their home. She has noticed trends in three areas: flooring, lighting and the colors being used. When The Glenridge opened, wall-to-wall carpeting was the order of the day with some tile for accent. Today, laminated flooring is the most popular, not only for aesthetic reasons, but for its practicality. Laminate is non-allergenic, virtually stainless, and very durable. The laminate suppresses sound. It is installed without glue so if one should happen to drop a barbell on it, the damaged flooring can be removed
and replaced. The life of the floor is actually ten to fifteen years. Another trend is the use of specialty lighting for accents within rooms. We have often used a light clipped to the top of a painting, but the concept has spread to other focuses within a room. Linda especially enjoys directional lighting to highlight art, over a table, to update a room with artistic chandeliers, or just to create ambience. The third trend is the way we are now using color in our homes. There doesn’t seem to be a trend so much as following a fashion or a marketing strategy. Several colors may be combined in a single room. The recent refitting of the Heather dining room is an example of this trend. Home is where the heart is, and the homes being created at The Glenridge continue to do far more for us than create shelter. We are enjoying the creativity of those around us, and find that with Linda’s support, we can continue to be trend-setters!
G.A.C. Representatives Elected for 2011-2012 Term by Jean Minneman
Elections for half the members of the Glenridge Advisory Council occur at the end of each year. John DeSanto and Paula Spitalny have been reelected to represent Building F and the Palm Building, respectively. Lee Greene has been elected to replace Bunny Nesbit for Building H and Saundra Overstake has been elected to replace Shirley Williams for the Oaks Building. Art Wittmer, East Club Homes representative, is stepping down a little early for health reasons. Jackie Pillsbury has been elected to take his place on the G.A.C. These members will serve a two-year term. Those residential units that do not elect representatives this year will do so in December of 2011. G.A.C. members may be re-elected
for a second two-year term. At the January 13, 2011, G.A.C. meeting, the new G.A.C. members will be seated and join the carryover members. The complete Council will elect officers for the 2011 year which include president, vice
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president, and secretary-treasurer. Officers serve for one year and may be re-elected. The G.A.C. is the communications conduit between Glenridge members and management.
IN MEMORIAM Joseph Barnett Gertrude Gordon Frances Hoefle Fred Jurgens Maurice Shapiro “What a beautiful difference one single life can make.”
Glenridge Members Get Into the Spirit of Halloween
Allen Cudworth (right) took Best Men’s Costume honors, with Alan Hochman (left) coming in second. Roy Walters earned an Honorable Mention. Best Couple Halloween Costume winners were Saundra & Lynn Overstake (right) and second-place winners were Gerry & Charlotte Dratch (left). Honorable Mention went to Doug & Betsy Elder.
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Sleepwalker Bunny Nesbit (right) won the first place prize for the women. Cynthia Cudworth (left) placed second and Norma Cohen (center) received an Honorable Mention.
Count to 13. How boring! After East’s preempt of 3 hearts, N-S reached 4 spades. West led the 9 of hearts to South’s ace. South drew trumps in two rounds. Then he cast adrift with a second heart which East won. East returned a diamond, and after losing two diamonds, South was booked. Of course, he trumped the third diamond and wondered which way to go with the clubs, noting the 8 and 9. Solution, page 15.
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Welcome New Members by Jane Goehrig
David and Nada Farr David and Nada Farr are now living in Apartment 1212. They came to The Glenridge from Pelican Cove. They spend their summers at Lake Conesus, N.Y. Nada and David Farr David grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y. During high school he had a small dance band in which he played the flute and marimba. David did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, where he majored in math education. During the summers he drove a lumber truck. He attended graduate school at Syracuse University and received his PhD in educational measurement and statistics. While in graduate school he married his first wife, Mary Lou. He was on the faculty of the University of Buffalo (SUNY) for 37 years. There he especially liked working with graduate students on their dissertations, as an advisor on research methods. He developed a computer-based speech assistance device so a person with cerebral palsy could communicate. He also developed a general abilities testing program for school children. He was a Fulbright Scholar twice, once to Norway and once to Iceland. After the death of his first wife, David moved to Pelican Cove where he met Nada. There he served two terms as treasurer. He took up the vibraphone and led weekly jazz combo sessions. He would like to hear from anyone who plays swing music in the area. He is an enthusiastic sailor and has sailed competitively in the Siesta Key Sailing Club. David has one daughter, two sons and three granddaughters. Nada grew up and worked in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Temple University, where she was on the basketball and field hockey teams. While she was on the basketball team, they lost only one game in four years. She was captain of the team her senior year and is now in the Temple University Sports Hall Of Fame. She married her high school sweetheart, John Brearty, while still in college on the same day she played basketball. He was a Marine and had to return to duty. He was transferred to Sarasota in 1976, and she became a guidance counselor, and later head of guidance at East Bay High School in Tampa. 12
After the death of her husband, she met David, and they were married in 1999. While at Pelican Cove Nada was active in the Book Club and served on several committees. Her hobbies are sailing, bridge and needle point. She has three sons, eight grandchildren and 3½ great grandsons. Both Farrs are very interested in music and love to travel. We welcome them to The Glenridge. Anne McDonnell Martin Anne McDonnell Martin is a very special new member. She has come to The Glenridge as the bride of Jim Martin. They were married Jim and Anne on May 27 in Maryland. After Martin their honeymoon and visits with relatives and friends, they returned to Jim’s Apartment 2317 at The Glenridge on October 6, 2010. Anne grew up in Rockaway Park, N.Y. Having lived between the ocean and the bay she still loves the water. Anne received her BA from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, N.Y., and her MA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Her career was in teaching. She taught primary and middle school and later became principal of an elementary school. After retiring, Anne organized an outreach program at a parish in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she helped the elderly and needy. Four weeks after her marriage to her first husband, Martin, he suffered cardiac arrest and she became a care giver. Then, after he had a stroke, she became very interested in that subject. She was on the board of the Montgomery County Stroke Association in Maryland and directed the “Stroke Folk” group at a local senior center. Jim and Peggy and Anne and Martin had been good friends for many years, so Jim called her after Martin’s death, and we know what happened after that. Anne enjoys doing the daily crossword puzzles, the jumble and Sudoku. She is looking forward to joining classes here, as well as becoming active at the Fitness Center. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Anne to The Glenridge.
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Thomas and Mary Scott
John and Jean Owen John and Jean Owen, Apartment 4406, lived on the Island of Venice for ten years before coming to The Glenridge. Jean grew up in Englewood, John and Jean Owen N. J. She attended the Dwight School for Girls and Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School before receiving her BA from Columbia University. She majored in art and art history, and she is involved with The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota. It was while they were at Columbia that Jean met John. After they were married they lived in Baltimore where she became a book editor for Johns Hopkins University. Later they moved to Detroit, and there she was a book editor at Wayne State University for several years. Later, looking for a change, she took a position as an editor, and then became a writer, for an engineering magazine, a subject about which she says she knew nothing. She stayed there for twelve years, but she says she still doesn’t know much about engineering. Jean’s hobbies are art, gardening and ethnic cooking. John was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Baltimore, spent his junior high years in Drexel Hill, PA, and his senior high school years in Baldwin on Long Island. He earned his BA at Columbia, his MA at New York University and his PhD at Columbia. He was a professor, first at Johns Hopkins University and then at Wayne State University in Detroit. He retired in1997. He has written a number of books on labor economics, economics of education and working time. As a volunteer, he taught a course he called “How the West Grew Rich” at The University of North Carolina at Ashville. He has also taught courses on English as a Second Language and Conversational Spanish. He is a member of The Venice Book Club and The Gulf Gate Classics Book Club. He likes to swim and is looking forward to enjoying our pool. Both Owens love to travel and have traveled extensively. They like to spend periods of time in small areas of Europe so they can get to know each area well. We are happy to welcome the Owens to The Glenridge.
Thomas and Mary Scott are the new residents of Club Home 6. They lived in Venice for 21 years before coming to The Glenridge. Mary and Thomas Their northern home was Scott Slingerlands, N.Y., near Albany. Mary grew up in Skaneateles, N.Y. She attended the Emma Willard School and is a graduate of Wells College. She taught math at Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA. After her marriage she was a volunteer on The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, was president of Suburban Maryland Fair Housing and president of Fair Housing and Modern Housing in Greenwich, CT. She was also president of The International Center in Albany, N.Y. In Nairobi she was involved with The American Women’s Association. Tom grew up in Westchester, N.Y. He is a graduate of Syracuse University. After his sophomore year his education was interrupted for three years while he served in the Army. He taught at a university in China for two years before he was deported by the communists. He then worked in Hong Kong for The Asia Foundation. He came home, got married and returned to Hong Kong with his bride. He was transferred to Singapore, where he stayed for 3½ years. In Hong Kong and Singapore he was Senator of the Junior Chamber International. Returning to the U.S., he went back to Syracuse University and finished his master’s degree. He was with The Foreign Policy Association in N.Y. and on the staff of the Peace Corps in Washington for three years. He then joined the Ford Foundation and was sent to Nairobi, Kenya, for 3½ years. After he returned to the U.S. he was with the State University of New York as Assistant Vice Chancellor of International Programs, coordinating international programs for their 64 campuses. The Scotts have two daughters, Meg and Kinnon. One was born in Hong Kong and one in Singapore. They also have two grandchildren. We welcome the Scotts to The Glenridge.
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Did You Know that December is National Fruit Cake Month? by Melanie Miszewski, Dietary Manager
This should be called the Month of Over-Indulgence. We eat so much food; pot luck lunches, famMelanie Miszewski ily gatherings, parties, chocolates galore, and Auntie Shirley’s famous cookies. We stuff it all in and by the time we’re done we are the not-so-proud owners of ten or more extra pounds. Then we spend the next two or three months trying to work it off. Some of us still have last year’s ten pounds to contend with!
Healthful Alternatives So your challenge this year is to manage what you eat. Before you toast the holiday season with a glass of eggnog, consider this: an 8-ounce serving can easily exceed 250 calories and 5g saturated fat. (Wouldn't you rather have dessert?) Dips are one of the more insidious choices on the appetizer table. You
don't know what's in them (that healthy-sounding spinach dip may be heavy with cheese), and it's easy to just keep dipping away. The calories, saturated fat, and sodium lurking in creamy dips (and the crackers and chips dipped in them) add up fast. Choose hummus or salsa instead, and use fresh veggies as dippers.
Here’s the Good News Eating any high-quality protein helps to trigger satiety, so you’re less likely to over-indulge on less healthful foods. And turkey – dark meat or white – is one of the lowest-calorie protein sources you can eat. A three-ounce serving of skinless turkey breast has about 120 calories and one gram of fat. Tip: Trim off the skin before eating, and go easy on the gravy – that's where most of the fat and calories lurk. Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. An excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, they’re also a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. Best of all, they taste
like a dessert! The “sweet” in these potatoes comes from an enzyme that converts most of the tuber's starches to sugars as it matures. This sweetness intensifies during storage and as the potato is cooked. This is one holiday favorite worth adding to your meals year round. How many parties do you have this week? What have you had to eat today? You should eat before you go to a party. A small bowl of vegetable soup with some low sodium crackers, low-fat yogurt with granola, or a 10-calorie cup of Jell-O with fruit are all great ways to ward off hunger before you go to any party. When at the party place foods such as salads, fruits, veggies, on your plate first, then, if there’s any room left over, add a small piece of your favorite food item. And as for dessert, make it small. So before you go out and party… think! Are two minutes on your lips worth two months at the Fitness Center getting it off of your hips?
Employees’ Artistic Endeavors to be Showcased by Jean Minneman
Glenridge employees have many talents in addition to those we witness daily, including the creation of interesting original art and clever craft works. This month, employees’ original art and craft works will be displayed in the Art Room in a show similar to that of the members’ exhibition in the spring. Show hours are: Friday, December 10: 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11: 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 12: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 14
None of the objects displayed will be for sale, although the Art and Décor Committee of The Glenridge may purchase one piece for permanent display in a public area. For questions, please telephone George Davis at 924-0151.
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Tirrell Reflects on First 100 Days by Kathy Mathews, Director of Member Services
It has been over 100 days since Charley Tirrell took over the reigns as CEO of The Glenridge. The first 100 days of anyone’s job usually consists of learning the lay of the land, studying job content, setting up your office to fit your preferences, introducing yourself to fellow staff and finding out who does what and what goes where. The task can be especially challenging when you are a new CEO with a staff of 300 who consider you the new boss, and 500 members who consider you their representative. Where do you start?
of talented members who have had remarkable and distinguished careers,” he said. “It’s great to collaborate with them.” Throughout Charley’s career he has worked with many membership organizations but is especially impressed with the relationship that the Glenridge Advisory Council has with the staff and members. He values their leadership, transparency and participation in essential matters. Thanks, Charley! Here’s to a long and rewarding career at The Glenridge!
90-Acre Walks In the past three months, most of you have observed Charley walking the entire campus – a timeconsuming task with such a spacious property. He did so to have an opportunity to meet as many people as possible and to take a physical survey of what opportunities exist in order to set tangible priorities that can better serve The Glenridge. Charley commented that when he first heard that The Glenridge was 90 acres he expected to have room to expand with so much “excess of land.” He had to laugh when he realized that with all the wetlands and preserves the building space has already been maximized. Many of Charley’s questions about The Glenridge – its history, its life-fulfilling philosophy and the expectations of his services – were answered in the very thorough interview process via the hiring committee that consisted of members from the Board of Directors, PRAXEIS and Glenridge members. He said he is truly fortunate to “walk into such a beautiful and successful community.” However, he makes it clear that the Glenridge is still a “young child at 7 years old” and he is very excited about moving it into a new phase and “directing it into an acclaimed community that is head and shoulders above any other retirement community.”
Collaboration is Key Our new CEO is sincere in his belief that true leadership provides an environment in which anyone can voice their ideas and opinions with openness and respect. The process is important because it affords constructive conversation that leads to the best decisions for The Glenridge. Besides being back in Florida, what does Charley enjoy the most? He says he enjoys chatting with the members, hearing their ideas and getting to know each and every one of them. “There is no shortage
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Holiday Elves Arrive Early at Glenridge Fitness Center by Kery Helmer, Fitness Center Program Manager
This time of year things get so beautifully hectic… recovering from the “glow” of that Thanksgiving feast, preparing for travel or perhaps the anticipation of company heading your way, decorating, shopping for gifts, and getting ready to start those New Year’s Resolutions all over again. Our elves are ready and waiting to help take some of the pressure off this year.
Find Time to Exercise Take the time to get your workouts in during the holiday season. It is vital to keep up your strength and endurance. One of the best ways to recuperate from that heavy meal on November 25th is to get a workout. That’s why we will be open on Friday 9am-2pm. Even if you can’t stick with your regular routine, find a way to move, bend and stretch. Take a brisk walk; make it a family affair! Stretch before you get out of bed. Do some sit-stands in a chair when no one is looking. Practice your balance while standing in lines at the store. We can help you with more ideas for what to do to keep fit if you can’t make it to the Fitness Center everyday. You will feel better, your holidays will be more enjoyable, and your body will thank you for it come January!
Great Gift Ideas Do you find yourself struggling with what to get your loved ones 16
this holiday season? Consider a Fitness Center Gift Certificate this year. For your spouse… a relaxing massage? If you know your spouse enjoys massage why not do a package that he or she can enjoy throughout the year. Maybe your loved one has been wanting to try acupuncture. Reflexology is a great way to revive the legs and feet after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Personal training is a perfect gift for someone who wants to get in shape for the new year. If you have family members visiting the Glenridge, you can treat them to a massage right here in our Fitness Center. Talk about a treat! Maybe your loved ones are asking you what you want this year… “Of course I know what I want this year, a Gift Certificate from the Glenridge Fitness Center, that’s
what!” Your family members can make arrangements to purchase a gift certificate for any of our services through the Fitness Center by simply calling us at 941-552-5297.
Create a New Habit The best way to achieve success with a New Year’s Resolution is to create a habit or pattern before the New Year begins. Studies show that it takes approximately 21 days to create a new habit. If fitness falls on your list of resolutions this year, let us help you get a jump start. Call us today to set up an appointment for your assessment and program. We always look forward to the holiday season here at the Fitness Center and we look forward to supporting you through this one. Happy Holidays.
Ask About Holiday Discounts at the Fitness Center!
Hors d’oeuvre of the Month by Mary Manegold
ARTICHOKE APPETIZER 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated garlic salt paprika Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine artichoke hearts, mayo, cheese and garlic salt. Place in pie plate and sprinkle with paprika. Bake until bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with melba rounds or bagel chips.
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Glenridge Cruise Society News by Bunny Nesbit, Cruise Society Chairperson
The Glenridge Cruise Society is pleased to offer another outstanding cruise for Thanksgiving 2011. It will be aboard the Regent’s recently refurbished Navigator for our membership, their family and friends. Your cruise committee agreed this is the best cruise available for our members given their desire for a ‘no-fly’ cruise from a Florida port. The ship’s quality (6-star rating), size (490 passengers) and an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes gratuities and an extensive selection of fine wines, champagne and spirits also meet our membership requirements. This will be a 10-day cruise, November 18 - 28, 2011, departing from Ft. Lauderdale. The itinerary includes stops in Key West; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Santo
Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala; Roatán, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico, followed by a full restful day at sea before returning to Ft. Lauderdale. Guests are treated to award-winning service. Regent has one of the best staff-to-guest ratios (1:1.7) in the cruise industry, exemplified by personal, intuitive service. Enrichment opportunities abound, including FREE unlimited shore excursions, specifically designed for small groups to experience destinations on a more authentic level. All ocean-view suites, most with private veranda, and open seating dining options in the three restaurants – so guests dine when, where and with whom they desire – add to the very special ambiance created onboard. Dress code for this cruise is elegant casual. But what is also unusual is that Regent incorporates the favorite amenities found on larger ships, such as an elaborate show lounge featuring nightly entertainment, casino, spa and state-of-the-art fitness facility. The special promotional fares are guaranteed through December 31, 2010 and are fully refundable, except for a $100 handling fee, until four months before we sail. To take advantage of these promotional fares, please call Golden Anchor Travel (922-4070) and speak with Shirley or Monica as soon as possible.
Second Annual Glenridge Open Golf Tournament Glenridge golfers and their guests enjoyed a gorgeous day at TPC Prestancia for the Second Annual Glenridge Open Golf Tournament on November 15. The winning team of the scramble format tournament (with handicaps factored in) is pictured at left (L-R): David LeBlanc (guest of Tony Sypula), Harriet Schwartz, Jean Hadden and Tony Sypula. Winners of the Closest to the Pin prize were Garry Franco and Patsy Reynolds; winners of the Straightest Drive prize were Al Vanderlind and Patsy Reynolds. The tournament generated $700 for the Glenridge Benevolence Fund. DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011
Spouses of Highlands Members Learn Coping Strategies by Saundra Overstake
Tina and Hans Kamberg
Dee and Dr. Rudi Wadle
Recently I attended the Fall Frolic social in The Highlands, just one of the many events where friends and family members are invited to join the residents in an evening of socializing, dancing and dinner. During the event I was struck that many of the couples enjoying the social hour are ones where one spouse lives in The Highlands while the healthier member continues to live in the independent living environment. The couples enjoyed their evening together and then they part after dinner, leaving their spouses in the quality care of The Highlands staff. Since these phenomena will only increase, I asked each of these independent members, “How are you coping with the stress of this new phase of your life, living separated from your spouse?” While the members have the commonality of spending many hours with their spouse through the week, you may be surprised how they cope.
Don and Anne Lunghino
Tina Kamberg keeps her mind occupied by volunteering at the Salvation Army, assisting over 300 homeless or jobless people with lunches daily. Rudi Wadle donates time to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department and now has time to manage his own health. Anne Lunghino firmly believes that she and Don, along with their children, chose The Glenridge over 7 years ago for just the reason she and the others are experiencing: the health of one of the pair has deteriorated. Anne maintains her busy tennis and cycling schedule in addition to enjoying their mutual friends. Everyone copes differently with these transitions based on life experiences and circumstances. The Highlands provides the safe and secure caring environment for the spouses living there, while providing the independent living spouses the ‘peace of mind’ needed to continue their own individual lives. Photos by Saundra Overstake
Holiday Spirit Abounds in the Health Center by Karen Radcliffe, Activities Manager
The holidays are in full swing in the Health Center. We plan to deck the halls the first week of December; I hope everyone has a chance to walk through the Health Center and see the trees and other decorations. We have several special programs this month including: The Singing Christmas Tree on the 1st; Nostalgia musical performance in the theatre on the 3rd and Holiday Lights Tour on the 15th. St. Margrits of Scotland Church has been visiting us each year to sing for the holidays and we hope to see them
this month also! Of course we will have a special visit from that jolly man in a red suit. He is coming on the 22nd so that he has time to deliver all his presents on the 24th. Our Family Night celebration will be on The Isle of Skye (Memory Care) December 9 and in The Highlands and Carroll Center on December 16 during the evening meal. A special treat this month will be our Holiday Breakfast December 10 on The Isle of Skye, December 24 in The Carroll Center and December 31 in The High-
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lands. We will be making pancakes to order with your choice of toppings – blueberries, strawberries or chocolate chips – served with sausage and Mimosas! The New Year will bring some new activities to the Health Center. One of these programs is called “A Journey through History,” a monthly program that focuses on an historical event that took place during the 20th Century. We wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!
by Ken Bonwit
Tues., Dec. 7, 8pm: FREEDOM WRITERS (2007) Biography/Crime/Drama; PG-13, violent content, thematic material & language; Run time: 123 min. Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, and Imelda Staunton Erin (Swank) is a teacher of “unteachable” high-risk students. When she intercepts a racist drawing, she teaches them about the Holocaust. With perseverance and creativity, she struggles to gain their trust.
Fri., Dec. 10, 8pm: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968) Family/Comedy/Musical/Fantasy; Rated G; Run time: 144 min. Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe, Anna Quayle and Benny Hill Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (Van Dyke) invents an amazing flying car. It takes him and his family to Vulgaria, where the sinister buffoon Baron Bomburst (Frobe), has made children illegal. Caractacus and company try to rescue the children of Vulgaria.
Tues., Dec. 14, 8pm: EAT PRAY LOVE (2010) Drama/Romance; PG-13, brief strong language, sexual references, some nudity; Run time: 133 min. Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup, and Viola Davis Liz (Roberts) had a husband, a house and a career. Now divorced and unsure what she wants in life, she risks everything and sets out on an around-the-world trip. Liz discovers the pleasure of eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India and true love in Bali.
Mon., Dec. 20, 8pm: HARVEY (1950) Comedy/Drama/Fantasy; Not rated; Run time: 104 min. James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway and Victoria Horne Good-natured Elwood (Stewart) has a friend, a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only Elwood can see. When Elwood’s sister Veta (Hull) tries to commit Elwood to a mental hospital, a comedy of errors begins. Elwood and Harvey are catalysts for romance and for mending family wounds.
Tues., Dec. 21, 8pm: THE LIGHTKEEPERS (2009) Comedy/Drama; PG for mild thematic elements, brief language and smoking; Run time: 100 min. Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner, Bruce Dern, Mamie Gummer, Tom Wisdom and Julie Harris The film is set on Cap Cod in 1912. Lighthouse keeper Seth (Dreyfuss) believes he no longer needs women. That is until Ruth (Gummer) and her housekeeper Mrs. Bascom (Danner) move into a nearby cottage for the summer and he is forced to deal with a past love.
Wed., Dec. 22, 3pm: CAROUSEL (1956) – NOTE: 3 PM MATINEE SHOW TIME Drama/Musical/Romance; Not rated; Run time: 128 min. Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Claramae Turner and Robert Rounseville Billy (MacRae) works at a carnival where he meets Julie (Jones). Billy and Julie get married but Billy falls back into crime after losing his job and is soon killed. Billy asks for permission to come down from above for one day to make continued on page 20 amends. DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011 19
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Thurs., Dec. 23, 8pm: HACHI: A DOG’S TALE (2009) Drama/Family; Rated G; Run time: 93 min. Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer and Jason Alexander A drama based on the true story of the bond between a college professor (Gere) and the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Fri., Dec. 24, 8pm: FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1956) Drama/War/Western; Not rated; Run time: 137 min. Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Marjorie Main and Robert Middleton A family of Quakers lives in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It’s not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life, but when Southern troops pass through the area they face a real moral dilemma.
Sat., Dec. 25, 8pm: THE HOLIDAY (2006) Comedy/Romance; Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language; Run time: 138 min. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach and Edward Burns Two women – Iris (Winslet) in London and Amanda (Diaz) in California – have guy problems. The two women meet on the Internet and decide to swap homes for two weeks. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ brother Graham (Law); Iris falls for Miles (Black).
Sun., Dec. 26, 3pm: TOY STORY 3 (2010) - NOTE: 3 PM MATINEE SHOW TIME Animation/Adventure/Comedy/Drama; Rated G; Run time: 103 min. Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles and Michael Keaton The owner of the toys has grown and is preparing to go to college. Toy cowboy Woody (Hanks), his toy friend astronaut Buzz (Allen) and the rest of the toys wind up at a daycare center where they are badly mistreated. The toys band together to plan their great escape so they can return home.
Mon., Dec. 27, 8pm: JEAN DE FLORETTE (1986) Drama; Rated PG; In French with subtitles; Run time: 121 min. Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu and Ernestine Mazurowna Jean (Depardieu) inherits land in Provence and tries to create a “new Eden” for his family. His greedy neighbor Cesar (Montand) plots to steal his land with a wicked scheme.
Tues., Dec. 28, 8pm: KNIGHT AND DAY (2010) Action/Adventure/Comedy/Thriller; PG-13 for action violence & strong language; Run time: 109 min. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Moilà, Viola Davis, Paul Dano & Falk Hentschel June (Diaz) becomes involved with a spy, Roy (Cruise), who realizes he isn’t supposed to survive his latest mission. He drags her into a whirlwind adventure that stretches across the globe. In battles with shifting alliances, they learn that all they can count is each other.
Wed., Dec. 29, 8pm: THE EXTRA MAN (2010) Comedy; Rated R for some sexual content; Run time: 105 min. Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, Paul Dano, Dan Hedaya, and Alicia Goranson After an embarrassing incident Louis (Dano) leaves his prep school job. He goes to New York and rents a room in the apartment of eccentric Henry (Kline) who escorts rich dowagers. A volatile relationship develops, and a series of wild adventures results in a bond that bridges their differences.
Thurs., Dec. 30, 8pm: BABIES (2010) Documentary; Rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout; Run time: 79 min. A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world – Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo.