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2010 GAC Takes Reins at January Meeting by Joyce Morrison

the possibility of allowing use of cerNews that The tain Glenridge Glenridge opens the new amenities to serious year 92 percent occuprospects. pied, with sales through Two vehicles December totaling 27 have recently been (26 settlements and one purchased: an 8deposit in hand) stirred passenger shuttle members to applause at cart and a new the meeting of the security vehicle. Members of the 2010 Glenridge Advisory Council: (Seated L-R) Glenridge Advisory “The old security Council (GAC) January Secretary/Treasurer Betty Stewart, President Bill Cahill, Vice President Mary Lou Ludwig and Bunny Nesbit; (Standing L-R) John DeSanto, Dick Schranz, vehicle was a lemon 14 in the theater. Art Wittmer, Floyd Gammon, Shirley Williams and Dick Fleming. and the warranty “We are off to a great was running out,” said the CEO. In another sign of start for 2010,” said Life Planning Director Lisa Snyder, progress, the formal dining room ceiling will be replaced giving the Ambassadors and staff credit for the healthy stawith acoustic tiles. tistics. CEO Howard Crowell added that new marketing The Art of Living Well lecture series is expected to ideas are also being discussed, including giving people a bring at least a hundred outside visitors to each lecture and longer period to pay their initial membership fees and offerthe CEO urged all members to attend the events. ing the opportunity for seriously interested prospective “Members’ presence is very important to let our visitors members to stay in a furnished apartment for a limited periknow the vibrant lifestyle of The Glenridge,” he said. od to experience the Glenridge lifestyle. He also suggested

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Glenridge Members Respond Generously to Devastation in Haiti Responding to the tragedy now occurring in Haiti and to the fact that it is a tragedy which has touched The Glenridge personally through the 20 or so young employees who have families in that stricken land, CEO Howard Crowell and the Board have established a fund to be sent in aid. “We think this must be done as speedily as possible because the needs are many and urgent,” Gen. Crowell said. “The Glenridge has chosen to contribute through the charity Food for the Poor. Our research was corroborated by the employees, who recognized it as a good charity in that part of the world,” he added. Members may take their donations to the Concierge if they wish to contribute in any amount. Individual contributions will be recognized for tax purposes, he said. As of January 20, we had already raised over $20,000, and contributions continue to flow in. “This breaks a Glenridge precedent,” the CEO noted, “but the tragedy is so extreme and the need so overwhelming, we felt it was merited.” The Glenridge Advisory Council agreed and approved the action.


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Family Spirit Abounds at The Glenridge by Howard Crowell, CEO

This is not a medical column and I don’t pretend to be a “medic.” Nevertheless, every now and then one gets a revelation worth sharing. According to a relatively new study it is likely that two-thirds of us are vitamin D deficient. Why is that important? The study also suggests that those with extremely low levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to die or suffer a stroke as those with adequate amounts! Even though we live in Florida and enjoy more sunny days than most, our dermatologists have covered us up so much that we still don’t get adequate amounts of vitamin D. I hope this has grabbed your attention! My purpose is to alert you to an article I’m going to have placed in your box explaining more about this. Please read it! You might be very glad you did. If you will allow me to reminisce for a moment … the holiday season at The Glenridge was truly a wondrous time. It really started with the Appreciation Fund distribution party which literally emoted enthusiasm from members and staff alike. The family spirit of this community could not have been more preva-

lent. Thanks all! The Glenridge Singers put on a concert the following week bringing age and youth together for one of their finest performances. Thanks Lee! The Holiday Gala with all its finery was a model for anyone planning such an event. Thanks Social Committee! Bagels & Cookies with Santa couldn’t have been more exciting for all those kids who came to sit on his lap and get a present so generously donated by all of you. Thanks Bunny, Jack, Susan and all your helpers! New Years’ Eve demonstrated that it’s midnight somewhere no matter the actual time. What fun! Thanks Bunny! So we enter a new year with anticipation, hope and wonder! Perhaps it’s just as well we can’t predict the future. The present is exciting enough around here. Then again, remember the phrase “the future is now”? I’d like to remind all our Glenridge prospects that there is more truth to that than they realize. You know, the ones who say “not ready yet!” Not ready for what? Your patience, friendship, and moral support could not be more appreciated. Many thanks, all the best and Happy New Year! Howard

Letter to the Editor Dear George, I enjoyed your article about our non-human local residents, but our most frequently seen critters, the little lizards that we see almost every day, should be better identified. There are two types of little local lizards, geckos and anoles.

Geckos are green and nocturnal. Anoles vary in color from light tan to dark brown. Geckos have wide faces and wide bulbous toes. Anoles have narrow pointy face and toes. Geckos also sell auto insurance and operate a chain of local restau-

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rants. The next time you see a GEICO insurance ad on TV, look at that little guy and ask yourself if that is what you see running around The Glenridge. Very truly yours, Arnold Spitalny

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Around the GlenridgE

Life Long Learning Is Goal of Glenridge Group by George Measer

January 22, 2003, was the date for the beginning of one of The Glenridge’s most influential groups. It was the first meeting of the Glenridge Lifelong Learning Center, now known as the Glenridge Academy. The Academy was founded on the premise that, like aging itself, learning is a life-long process. Present at that historic gathering were Don Albertson, Jackie Pillsbury, Dick Ambrosius and Patti Coleman. Albertson was a future Glenridge Board member, Pillsbury was Dean of the Academy and Ambrosius is with PRAXEIS, Glenridge’s management team. Also invited to join the Academy committee was Shirley Foss, Dell Stifel and Estelle Barrett. Pillsbury, a graduate of Northwestern University, was the second Glenridge depositor on May 19, 1998, with a move-in date of August, 2004. “The first class was lecturer Dr. Harry R. Moody, Elderhostel National Board Chairman, at the Chelsea Center at St. Thomas More Church,” Pillsbury related. “We had over 100 participants for this first Glenridge Academy class.” “At first,” she related with a smile in her eyes, “the Glenridge Board was reluctant to establish an adult and community education center. But we made

a presentation and finally it was approved.” Ballroom Dancing was the first class offered on site in January, 2004. The first Glenridge Academy brochure issued that year included five classes: Great Books, Foreign Affairs, DiVinci: Decoding the Code, Genealogy and Ballroom Dancing. “The Glenridge Academy was then and is still today a work in progress. The curriculum, along with those to teach, was the first item of business for the new Glenridge group, just as it is today,” Pillsbury stressed. The Dean related that up to 45% of the members participate in multiple classes for the winter quarter of this year. The Academy offers 16 classes including a lecture series from the Life Long Learning Academy of the University of South Florida. “I always wanted to be affiliated with a University and now we have that very special relationship with that University,” the Dean related. This year Jackie Pillsbury retired as Dean of the Glenridge Academy. “We now have a new, very capable Dean with Bunny Nesbit, who began working with the Academy in 2003. Each year the Academy is growing with additional classes offering more life learning experiences. I’m sure, under Bunny’s leadership, this trend will continue.”

Glenridge Academy Announces Scholarship The Glenridge Academy Foundation is delighted to announce the establishment of a $600 scholarship for employees and their families. During the 2010-2011 academic year, a minimum of one $600 scholarship will be awarded. To qualify, the Glenridge employee, child or grandchild must be enrolled or accepted in a technical, associate degree or baccalaureate degree program. The recipient must be a citizen of the United States or eligible to work in the United States and have a recommendation from their

high school or academic program director/dean. Each Glenridge employee who applies for the scholarship must also have a recommendation from his or her manager. “We are very excited to share our philosophy of lifelong learning with Glenridge staff and their families,” said Academy Dean Bunny Nesbit. “With this scholarship, the Academy’s reach extends to everyone in the Glenridge family.”

Don’t miss Glenridge events Tune to TV Channel 117 or 118 (795 or 796 if you have a digital box) FEBRuary 2010

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February Brings Varied Celebrations in Health Center by Karen Radcliffe, Activities Manager

We are looking forward to a very active February in the Health Center. We begin our Walk Around the World and our first stop is Paris, France (see Anne Calvert’s article, page 20). February is Black History Month and in recognition we will have an education session on Civil Rights Monuments. February is also a big month for all our football fans, who eagerly await the Super Bowl. We will be having a Super Bowl dinner (sign-up required), complete with pizza and all the trimmings. I know quite a few people are looking forward to the kick-off while they enjoy a slice! Chinese New Year begins this month and Baila Miller will provide a program on the history of Chinese New Year. Some say the best part is when you get to find your fortune in the cookie. In cooking group on Presidents' Day we will make two presidential appetizer favorites for everyone to enjoy. The month’s festivities end with a Parisian Café complete with French vanilla coffee and crème brulee. These are just a few of the highlights for the month. Please enjoy some photos from December 2009.

Santa gets a hug from his special someone, Dee Wadle

Glenridge Singers perform in the Carroll Center during the Holidays

Santa elicits a smile from Joie Freeman

John Najjar and his daughter enjoy a visit with Santa

Dementia Specialist Teepa Snow Returns to Glenridge by Joyce Morrison

A dementia care and training specialist will be featured at the February 24 Wellness Clinic to be held at 3pm in the Theatre. Pam Overton, Director of Health Services, has announced the lecture by Teepa Snow, a Fellow of the American Occupational 4

Therapy Association. Ms. Snow has presented to appreciative Glenridge audiences in the past. Ms. Snow is both a clinician and teacher and has received numerous awards from professional associations, including the Alzheimer’s Association. She is FEBRuary 2010

adjunct faculty and consultant to the Schools of Nursing at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Previously she was Director of Education for the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association.


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“The Carroll Center is bulging at the seams,” Gen. Crowell said, “but we have arranged for the Palmer Ranch facility to accommodate our overflow for now. “Plans for additions to both the Highlands and the Carroll Center have reached the design stage,” he added. “The Glenridge will have home health care,” he said firmly. “We are about ready to sign contracts, and have decided that approximately 10 percent of the fees should go to the Glenridge Benevolent Fund.” Bill Cahill, newly elected president of the GAC, reported that ten GAC meetings had been held in the past year and noted with a laugh that “there were no fist fights or serious problems.” The two remaining officers are Mary Lou Ludwig, re-elected vice president, and Betty Stewart, secretary/treasurer. A new slate of committee chairpersons has been named and committee activity is underway, he said. Dick Fleming thanked the Ambassadors who had participated in the Art of Living Well program. “It really seemed like a very productive activity,” he said, adding that 20 to 25 members had worked at the event. Jackie Pillsbury, retiring as dean of the Glenridge Academy, said that 53 classes had served 520 students this year. The Academy is working with the Sarasota County

Adult and Community Education Center to present 15 classes – two with two sections – for the Winter 2010 Quarter. Classes will begin the week of January 25. John DeSanto, liaison to the Health & Fitness Committee, pointed out that shortage of space was the major problem of the Health Center. Health Services 101, an explanation of the health programs, is offered monthly to members as a small group session, and has proved popular, he said. George Davis, outgoing president of the GAC, was pleased with the activity of the committees last year, particularly noting the re-established Communications Committee, chaired by Betty Stewart, and Health & Fitness Committee, chaired by Paula Spitalny, as well as the formation of the Art & Décor Advisory Committee. “I’ve enjoyed working with this group,” he said, thanking his executive committee for all their efforts, “But don’t count on my fading away!” The GAC presented CEO Howard Crowell with a proclamation recognizing his “significant contributions to The Glenridge” and his important services to the community, for which he expressed his gratitude.

2009 Highlights Outgoing GAC President George Davis and Director of Member Services Kathy Mathews each provided a list of 2009 highlights during the January GAC meeting. Here are just a few of many significant events of the year: • The book Voices: Reflections on Lives Well Lived is published, featuring 52 Glenridge authors • Glenridge Development Fund established • Expansion of Carroll Center announced • Grand Award and Judges’ Choice Award received from Planet Professional Landcare Network national awards for outstanding landscaping • Policy governing motorized chairs and golf carts put into effect • Art & Décor Advisory Committee established; Communications Committee and Health & Fitness Committee revitalized • A second Glenridge cable channel with voiceovers was added.

• Member influence expanded with attendance by GAC representatives at Glenridge Board meetings • Member art gallery established on mezzanine with donated and loaned works • New speaker series inaugurated by The Glenridge Academy in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy – USF Sarasota-Manatee • Brain Fitness program launched • Campus visited by Jack the bull • Breeze text-to-voice machine donated/purchased for members with low vision •The Glenridge Singers entertained at concerts and sing-alongs • First Annual Glenridge Open Golf Tournament held FEBRuary 2010

• Scuba diver takes a dip in Glenridge aquarium • Glenridge Players produce the Follies, Second Stage and Play Readers shows • Social Committee sponsors Tropical Splendor, Oktoberfest, Kentucky Derby Party, Ice Cream Social, Western Night, A Night in Italy, Bagels & Cookies with Santa, Holiday Gala, and New Years Eve Party • Travel Committee sponsors outings to the Ringling Museum, a Tampa Bay Rays game, Southeastern Guide Dogs, the Perlman Music Program, Marina Jack dinner cruise, Mote Aquarium, Sailor Circus, the Golden Apple and more.

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HEALTHY EATING

Variety is Key to Heart Health by Melanie Miszewski, Dietary Manager

Did you know that February is National American Heart Month?

Melanie Miszewski

So let’s make the simple steps below part of your life for longterm benefits to your health and your heart.

Use up at least as many calories as you take in. Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day. Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. If you can’t do at least 30 minutes at one time, you can add up 10minute sessions throughout the day. Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories. To get the nutrients you need, choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products most often.

prepare them without added saturated and trans fat. • Select fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products. • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet. • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day. • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. • Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. Aim to eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man. • Follow the American Heart Association recommendations when you eat out, and keep an eye on your portion sizes. • Also, don’t smoke tobacco — and stay away from tobacco smoke. For more information on the American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Visit http://www.americanheart.org References: The American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

• Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber — and they’re low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure. • Unrefined whole-grain foods contain fiber that can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may help you manage your weight. • Eat fish at least twice a week. Recent research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease. As you make daily food choices: • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and 6

The Denison Hilltoppers surround Denison alum Mariann Hand after their performance in the Thistle Stop.

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Hors d’oeuvre of the Month

The Art of Living Well: An Educational Series

by Mary Manegold

Cheese Wafers

February Speakers

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 2 sticks butter or margarine, softened 2 cups flour, measure after sifting ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 cups finely chopped peanuts Preheat oven to 350. Cream the cheese and butter together. Combine flour and cayenne pepper and add to cheese mixture. Add nuts and mix well. Chill for about an hour. Form into teaspoon-sized balls and flatten to desired thickness with a fork or roll out mixture and cut into wafers with cookie cutter. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool before serving. Buen Provecho!

Bon Appetit!

February 9, 2010 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. “How to Protect Your Life Savings” Attorney Harley Gordon is a founding member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was voted One of the 100 Most Influential People in Long-Term Care by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

A Smidge of Bridge by Jean Minneman

West started with the top three diamonds. East discarded a club and declarer ruffed instinctively. After two rounds of trumps, he had no route to his hand to complete the trump draw. In desperation, he tried the club Ace and King, but East ruffed the third and easily won a spade for the setting trick. Ugh! How possibly to avoid this plight? See Solution, page 15.

February 23, 2010 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. “Try Fitness - Just for the Health of It!” Sandy Coffman has made an enormous impact educating the fitness industry on better serving older adults and serves on the International Council on Active Aging Board of Directors. Feel free to invite your friends to these educational seminars - they will enjoy them too! R.S.V.P. required Please call the Box Office at 941-552-5325 to reserve your seat. FEBRuary 2010

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Art Donations Are Welcome Additions by Jean Minneman

The Lincoln Plaque of 1907, donated recently by George A. Davis, is beautifully lighted in the Glenridge Library. The image was creGeorge Davis and the Lincoln Plaque ated by Y.D. Brenner, an immigrant from Lithuania, and served as the inspiration for the Lincoln penny. Surrounded by much controversy at the time, the Lincoln cent was the first U.S. coin to feature an image of a real person. It was initially issued by the U.S. Mint in May, 1909. George gave this historic copper-on-marble original art to The Glenridge in appreciation of the opportunity to serve on the Glenridge Advisory Council and to become its president. He fondly remembers seeing this plaque in the front hall of his grandparents’ home.

Everyone who knew Joan Measer was familiar with her magnificent needlework. Her meticulous stitching creatGeorge Measer poses with “Kimono” by ed beautiful Joan M. Measer. works of art. George Measer recently donated one of her pieces to The Glenridge, a 16”x16” silk and cotton work called “Kimono.” Stop by to see the framed needlework, displayed on the mezzanine. It is a beautiful reminder of a beautiful lady.

Important Announcements for Glenridge Members 24/7 Channel 117 or 118 (795 or 796 with digital box)

Natural Beauty is Theme of Art Exhibit by Jean Minneman

Natural beauty is the theme of Sue Anderson’s upcoming exhibition of twelve original paintings to be displayed at The Glenridge February 12-19. The show will be mounted in the Living Room. The Art & Décor Committee has arranged for a complimentary wine and cheese reception on February 12 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to celebrate the show’s opening. All works in the show are for sale. Members may purchase any painting for personal use or donate it to The Glenridge. Prices will range from $480.00 to $850.00, framed. Sue is a watercolorist with a lifelong interest in painting and a love of plants and flowers. She 8

sees that special magic in the softness of floral petals and interplay of nature’s light and shadow, all of which spark her creativity. Her background includes many classes and workshops in New England and Florida. Since 2000, her art has been exhibited in many juried and single-artist shows and is included in private collections in thirteen US states and the United Kingdom. Sue teaches an Academy watercolor class here at The Glenridge.

Congratulations to the Highlands Staff!

 The Highlands recently passed its biennial inspection by the Agency for Health Care Administration with the rare distinction of no deficiencies!

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Marilyn & Guy Berner Support School at Kenya Research Center The Mpala Research Centre in Kenya is the Smithsonian Institution's first permanent research facility in Africa. Mpala Ranch covers 48,000 acres on Kenya's mile-high Laikipia Plateau and the terrain supports an astonishing roster of "charismatic megafauna" including elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, monkeys, giraffes, hippos, zebras, buffalo and gazelles, along with ostriches, eagles, puff adders and cobras. With human populations surging and animal habitats shrinking, Kenya and other countries urgently need to find ways for people, livestock and wildlife – large mammals in particular – to coexist on the same land without destroying it or one another. The Mpala Research Centre – a joint venture of the Smithsonian, Princeton University, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Museums of Kenya and the Mpala Research

Foundation – is a living laboratory to test the ways that humans and wildlife can coexist. Marilyn and Guy Berner first ventured to Kenya more than 40 years ago and have returned several

Guy and Marilyn Berner Photo by Laurel Harvey

times to introduce a growing family to the wilds of Kenya. On one of those trips their daughter, Laurel Harvey, first fell in love with Kenya’s dramatic landscapes and wildlife. Her continued passion for Kenya has led her to play an active

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role as Princeton University’s representative on the Mpala Wildlife Foundation and Chair of the Mpala Research Trust. Over the past three years, the Berners have provided support for two new classrooms at the Mpala School. They have also provided funds for a school ‘cafeteria’ where students receive hot lunches. But even more important, they have ensured that the buildings are living learning centers through additional gifts that provide longterm support for teachers’ salaries. Education and wildlife remain priorities in the lives of the Berners. The results of their investment in the children of Mpala are beyond measure. Resources: Mpala Memos, October 2009; www.mpala.org www.smithsonianmag.com/scienc e-nature/mpala

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WOMEN’S LUNCHEON

Asolo Rep’s Hersh Reaches Outside the Box by Anne Calvert

The Glenridge Women's Club will hold their Monday, February 22, luncheon at noon in the MacIntyre Room. Our speaker, Brian Hersh, is the Asolo Repertory Theater's Education and Outreach Director, and he is finding brilliant and creative Brian Hersh ways to broaden appreciation for live theater in our community. Brian previously spent five years as the Assistant Director, Visitors Services of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. He administered the Meet the Artist program and School Series which brought in over 20,000 local students and teachers each school year with performances specifically created for young audiences. Brian is accomplishing similar feats to involve young Sarasota area students in the creative process of

the theater. In the second of a series of original ensemble works written and produced under the direction of Asolo's Education and Outreach Department, members of The Glenridge were interviewed by area high school students. The students then developed a show of vignettes expressing the thoughts and feelings of the older generation. It was truly an amazing experience for the teenagers –who have most definitely become theater-goers of the future – as well as those who attended the performances. Mark your calendars: February 22 at noon. Call your friends to fill a table and RSVP to the Concierge at 552-5315.

New Title for Dr. Phil

Sir Phil Nelson, M.D.(left) accepts his award from Dick Montmeat, new president of the Glenridge Players.

Dr. A. David Rossin is a Center Affiliated Scholar, Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University. He was President of the American Nuclear Society (1992-93) and served as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, USDOE, in 1986-87. He was Director of the Nuclear Safety Analysis Center at EPRI and directed and conducted research on energy and environmental problems at Commonwealth Edison Company and Argonne National Laboratory.

One of the highpoints at the January Annual Meeting of The Glenridge Players was a distinguished award conferred on Dr. Phil Nelson, the retiring president. Following theater tradition, the award conveyed both a royal title “Sir” (intended to assure his continuing performance as a thespian) paired with a unique medallion crafted to adorn formal attire and to relay his new rank and status to all friends and admiring fellow performers. 12 FEBRuary 2010


OUT AND ABOUT

Magnificent Mammals Are a Short Drive Away by Anne Calvert

Royal Lipizzan Stallions Are you familiar with the very unique snowbirds we have in our midst – the Royal Lipizzan Stallions? These world famous horses tour the world from May until October, then return to their home in Myakka City, Florida, for

Lipizzan Stallion. Photo by Beth McCaa

the winter months. At that time they undergo winter training sessions for us to view as a very beautiful horse show! The Lipizzan is a breed of horse closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, where the finest of the breed demonstrate the “high school” movements of classical dressage. This includes the highly controlled, stylized jumps and other movements known as the “airs above the ground.” The breed dates back to the sixteenth century when it was developed with the support of the

Hapsburg nobility. The horses that we are privileged to watch are descendants of the mares and stallions that were rescued by General George Patton in Europe during World War II. A Disney movie called “Miracle of the White Stallions,” depicting the rescue by Patton’s troops as well as several performances by these beautifully trained horses, will be shown Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm in our theater, February 4, 2010. Come watch the movie and you will get an appreciation for the very special residents of our neighborhood. Their workout is open for all to enjoy. The facility has bleachers, but one can take his own folding chair for comfort. They are located 17.5 miles east of I-75. Take Fruitville Road east until it ends; turn left (north) onto Verna Road and right (east) onto Singletary Road. Turn right again at stop sign. Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions Winter Training Sessions: 3 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 10 am Saturdays 32755 Singleton Road Myakka City 34251 Phone: 322-1501 Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary Our second visit this month is to the world of big cats – wild ones who have been rescued and are now part of a safe haven for rescued tigers, lions, bears, and other exotic animals. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary was founded by Kay FEBRuary 2010

Rosaire who has more than thirty years experience working with and caring for exotic animals. Their goal is to rescue the big cats and other native wildlife from situations that are not healthy for them. The Rosaires’ commitment is to double their normal life span in the wild. Each habitat has a swimming pool, toys and palm trees to provide emotional enrichment to the animals. Kay and her son Clayton provide educational training demonstrations. Clayton is one of the few men in the world who can put his head into a lion’s mouth! The nonprofit habitat is just one mile east of Interstate 75 on Palmer Boulevard – very easy access to members of The Glenridge. Turn east at the intersection of Cattlemen Road and Palmer Boulevard. Big Cat Habit and Gulf Coast Sanctuary 7107 Palmer Boulevard Sarasota 34232 For reservations: Phone 371-6377 Hours: 12:30 to 3 pm Friday through Sunday Tickets: seniors $10, adults $12, children $6

IN MEMORIAM Earl Brodhag Dorothy Neubert Gordon Roan Alexander “Sasha” Stolley “What a beautiful difference one single life can make.” 13


International Team Creates Nutritious, Delicious Menus In our ongoing series on Glenridge services, we again focus on Dining Services. In this issue we feature our dietitian team. years; she traveled much of the world, for free! Melanie Miszewski She and her husband Herb, a retired NYC fireman, Certified Dietary Manager and their bird, Orville, a Jenday conure, moved to Melanie Miszewski was born, reared and educated in England. She has a Hotel & Restaurant Management Sarasota in 1996. A friend told Kelly about the wonderful new place degree and a Certified Dietary Manager degree, and where she was working called The over thirty years experience in the Glenridge. Kelly has now been food and beverage service industry. with us for five years. She worked Melanie moved to Sarasota in as a Dietary Aide in the Carroll 1983 and watched Lake Point Center until 2006 when she decidWoods being built outside her front ed to go back to school for her door. She worked there for nine Certified Dietary Manager degree years: five years as the so she could advance in this field. Independent Dining Room She has been the Assistant Dietary Manager and four years as the Manager/Supervisor for the last Assistant Food Service Manager in two years. (L-R) Cleda Sweetland, RD, LD; Melanie the assisted living facility. It was Kelly is responsible for staff during that time that she went back Miszewski, CDM, CFPP; Kelly Welsh, scheduling and supervising, memCDM, CFPP. to school and got her Certified ber/resident nutritional assessments Dietary Manager degree. The next and care plans. For special functions, birthday parten years she spent working as a Dietary Manager in ties, private dinners and special requests in the Health nursing homes. Center, she is the “go-to” person. And she always has She began working at The Glenridge in February a special treat ready for all of our canine visitors that 2004 as the Certified Dietary Manager for Health Services. As such, Melanie is responsible for the food stop by the Dietary Office. service operations for the Carroll Center, Highlands Cleda Sweetland, R.D, L.D. and the Isle of Skye (memory unit), serving three Consultant Dietitian meals a day in each area. Her job encompasses menu Cleda graduated from the University of Rhode planning, sanitation, continuing education of staff and Island in 1977 with a degree in Food Science & members, quality control, and compliance with all Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics. She obtained her state and federal regulations. Masters Degree from the University of Rhode Island She has a wonderful staff (some of whom have been here since The Glenridge opened) to take care of in 1982 while starting a family. She has two grown any food service needs our members might have. “We children and a lovely nine-month-old granddaughter. Cleda relocated to Florida in 1996. have to provide the highest quality of food possible She has been a consultant dietitian in long term within the guidelines of each person’s diet,” Melanie care facilities since 1980 and also worked as a renal says. “Our food has to exceed people’s expectations of institutional food and our service has to be the best dietitian in a dialysis unit for two years. In March 2004 she was hired as The Glenridge’s Consultant that can be provided each day.” Dietitian. Kelly Welsh As a part of the Dining Services team in the Dietary Assistant/Supervisor Health Center she interacts with Melanie, Kelly, Kelly Welsh grew up in Toronto, Canada, in a Director Garry Franko and Chef Tim Pheasant on her hockey environment. She lived in Long Beach, New weekly visits to assure an optimal nutritional care York, where she was a flight attendant for sixteen Please turn to page 15 14

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plan for each member in the Carroll Center. Cleda says “My focus is to assess any member identified with high nutritional risk (e.g., significant weight loss, skin breakdown) and to provide the care team with recommendations to present to the physician.” With her expertise in nutrition and her love of

recipe development and testing, Cleda has played a major role over the past six years in helping Chef Tim, Melanie and Kelly develop a wonderful set of menus for our members that are nutritionally sound and well balanced.

Emergency Services Is Men’s Club Topic Want to learn more about Sarasota emergency services? The February 15 Dr. William Colgate meeting of the Glenridge Men’s Club will feature Dr. William Colgate, Medical Director

of Emergency Services and Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Colgate served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (1999-2003) and as President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (2000-2001). Colgate is also active in many other medical organizations.

Nancy Maldonado Takes On New Responsibilities by Anne Calvert

Almost four years ago, Nancy Maldonado arrived from Bogotá, Colombia, eager to study and to become an American citizen. She was hired by the Housekeeping Department at The Glenridge, worked two other jobs, and went to college at night to study accounting. Our staff was aware of her diligence and success in her studies and persuaded her to interview for a Nancy Maldonado part-time job in our accounting department. Nancy continues to work two days a week in Housekeeping, but if you meet a staff member wearing a broad smile and walking with a lighter step, introduce yourself to the newest member of the accounting staff, Nancy Maldonado.

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You may recall that Dr. Colgate was scheduled to speak at the December Men’s Club luncheon. He regrets that a scheduling error kept him from attending. We are pleased that he will be here to speak to the group and tour our health center on February 15. For reservations for the 11:30am luncheon, call the Concierge at 552-5315.

Bridge Solution from page 5

It’s easy with hindsight. On the third diamond, just discard a spade. Then a spade ruff is the road back to declarer’s hand. Draw the remaining trumps, and the clubs are good. (If the club queen doesn’t fall, it’s not makeable.)

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Furniture Donation Procedure Explained Q. Whom do we (Glenridge members) call if we want to donate furniture? A. If it is a spectacular piece of furniture that you think would complement the décor of the Village Commons, please call Linda Bishop, Options and MoveIn Coordinator, at 552-5304. Linda will arrange to visit you in your home and determine if it is something we can utilize. She will take a photo of the piece and then consult with the Art & Décor Committee. If accepted, your furniture will be picked up at a mutually convenient time. If the furniture is something

that you would like to donate in general to the Glenridge please call Oscar Martinez, Housekeeping Manager, at 5525356 to arrange for pick-up. Oscar needs sufficient notification to coordinate the staff that can move furniture so please give him enough time to do so. For any donation, you will be sent a thank you letter from the Director of Member Services. The letter may be included in your tax return documents. Please note, The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch is not permitted to state a value of your donation within the letter. Finally, you may call direct to

LOW VISION GROUP Friday, February 12 1:30 pm – Art Room

The Breeze and the Topaz Herb Zimmer will explain how and why to use each of these machines.

NEWCOMERS ARE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND LOW VISION GROUP MEETINGS! Save the Date: Thursday, March 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm ~ Mac I “Living With Low Vision” Wellness Seminar with Michele Vandendooren 16

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any charitable organization of your choosing if you want to donate to such charities as Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. Remember to call the guard house to notify Security of their arrival. Thank you to everyone who donates to The Glenridge! We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Did you know…? by Cynthia Cudworth

 That at our Fitness Center you can have a personal massage with Christiane Duerr Arnold, LMT, who is certified in neuromuscular therapy pain relief, or Bryan Love, LMT, who specializes in deep tissue reflexology and cranial sacral massage. Kalina Shannon, AP, DOM, is our Acupuncturist and Physician of Oriental Medicine. Appointments are available at the counter in the Fitness Center.

 That Christina

Plonczynski, Accounting, has a new married name. She is now Christina Sarver.

 That all our committees

need help. One and all are welcome to sit in on a meeting as an observer and then you can decide if that committee is of interest to you. All of our new move-ins are most welcome to see some of the "inner workings" of The Glenridge!


Welcome New Members by Jane Goehrig

Dr. Stanley and Norma Cohen Stanley and Norma Cohen are now residing in Club Home 12 with their beautiful black standard poodle, Max. They came to The Glenridge from Laurel Oak. Norma and Stanley Their northern home was Cohen Syosset, N.Y., where Stanley had his dental practice. They also had a vacation home in Otis, in the Berkshire Mountains. Norma grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended NYU. She worked for the Urban League and the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. She volunteered for the Mid Island Girl Scout board, the PTSA (introducing students into the PTA Board), the Syosset United Fund, her temple and the Jewish Federation. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem for the 2nd District Court of Sarasota. Stanley grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also attended NYU and graduated from the NYU College of Dentistry. He served on the Blood Bank board for 11 years. The Cohens have one son, one daughter and five grandchildren. All live in Connecticut. Norma enjoys golf, and Stanley is a tennis player. Both are avid bridge players. We welcome the Cohens to The Glenridge. Samuel and Elaine Lieberman

Samuel and Elaine Lieberman

Elaine was active in the Sarasota Orchestra Association, and Sam was on the Board. The Liebermans will have been married thirtyeight years in February. Between them they have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Elaine plans to enjoy the Fitness Center, and Sam is a golfer. Welcome Liebermans. Anne Sbarounis Apartment 1311 is the new home of Anne Sbarounis. Anne came to The Glenridge from Canton, GA, to be near her son and daughter-in-law who live in Lakewood Ranch. Both of them Anne Sbarounis have recently retired from Georgia State University. Anne grew up and attended school in Zion, IL. After her marriage, she and her husband Bob owned a restaurant in Waukegan. Anne still owns the restaurant but leases it out. When she became a widow, Anne enrolled at Kennesaw State. While there, she spent a summer in the Tuscany region of Italy and another summer in London. She was president and later treasurer of the Adult Student Learner Organization. Anne is an enthusiastic golfer and loves to read and travel. She enjoys people and finds members of The Glenridge very friendly. We are happy to have Anne at The Glenridge.

Samuel and Elaine Lieberman, Apartment 2312, came to The Glenridge from Prestancia. Both grew up in Philadelphia. Elaine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and Sam is a Penn

State graduate. Sam served in the 2nd Armored Infantry Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was a member of the color guard at the Potsdam Conference. When he returned to Philadelphia he had a company that manufactured paint brushes and paint rollers. Both Elaine and Sam are very interested in music. FEBRuary 2010

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Dining Room Server Spends Summers in the Spotlight by Joyce Morrison

From November to May, James Arneberg is a lead server in the Glenridge dining room. “It’s the first regular job I’ve ever had,” he admits with a laugh. But when the spring breezes begin to blow, James hears the call of the road and begins preparing for the joyous, though arduous summer ahead. For James will be following the dream of his boyhood: traveling and performing all through the United States with his troupe of trained dogs. Born into a circus family in Norway, James only vaguely remembers his parents’ Flying Cossacks act of daring feats on horseback. Their lives changed dramatically when the Ringling Brothers circus offered the act a contract and suddenly they were all whisked to Florida. Their joy was short-lived, however, when James’s father fell seriously ill and was no longer able to perform. The parents ultimately decided to move to Washington State, home to large numbers of Norwegians, where they thought they could make a new life. It was here that James met a family friend who had a dog act. The friend willingly showed the eager James how he trained the animals and put an act together. And suddenly the entranced boy had found his life’s work. “I was too young to really remember the family’s act, but some kind of childhood memory must have remained,” James says. “I have always longed to perform.” He traveled to amusement parks, dinner theaters, fairs and other entertainment venues, developing his act, training his animals 18

and performing until he, too, was spotted by Ringling and signed to a contract. That association lasted eight years, until an agent for Asian tours saw his circus act. The lure of Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand was irresistible and he decided to branch out and tour internationally. Before long he had built a following and began booking his own tours, contacting amusement parks and other venues which seemed likely to want a dog

One of James Arneberg’s dogs performs a handstand.

act, sending videos from his American and Asian shows. The dog act was a huge success in Asia and in Europe, with many yearly repeat performances. “We performed at a Lido show in Paris often and at the Tiger Palace dinner theatre in Frankfurt,” James recalls. But after 9/11, James says, booking and traveling got much harder. “The paperwork and government restrictions finally became impossible for an individual act to meet,” he says ruefully. So the international Arneberg dogs became an all-American act. Traveling to fairs, amusement FEBRuary 2010

parks, dinner theaters and club dates in two fully-equipped vans, James, his wife Sherrie, brother Pete and their 14 dogs have a full schedule. Illusions, ‘talking dog’ acts, somersaults, handstands and individual tricks make up the act, currently billed as Kountry K-9’s. The dogs are all shelter and rescue dogs, lovingly trained by James, who takes the whole troupe with him on tour each year so no one will feel left behind. One of the team is a blind dog, rescued after the Katrina disaster, who loves to perform a handstand, James says with a smile. Explaining his unusual schedule, James says “Sarasota is a tough town for performers in the winter. Northern acts flock into town, willing to work for the sunshine and warmth here. We who live here can’t do that, so I knew I had to find another job,” he recalls. Interviewing at The Glenridge in 2004, he said at once “I don’t want a regular job,” explaining his other commitments. He was hired as a temp, but after two years was taken on as an irregular regular. It was a happy compromise for all.


GPAC MOVIES FOR FEBRUARY by Ken Bonwit

Tues., Feb. 2, 8pm: HERB AND DOROTHY (2008) Documentary; Not rated; Run time: 89 min. Herbert Vogel, Dorothy Vogel and many contemporary artists Postal clerk Herb and his librarian wife Dorothy lived in a one-bedroom apartment on Dorothy’s salary and used Herb’s salary to buy art from new artists. Their collection grew to more than 4000 pieces. In 1992 they donated their entire collection worth millions of dollars to the National Gallery of Art.

Thu., Feb. 4, 3pm: MIRACLE OF THE WHITE STALLIONS (1963) Family/Drama/War/Adventure; Not Rated; Run time: 93 min. Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Curt Jurgens, Eddie Albert and John Larch In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky (Taylor) must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and ensure they are surrendered into the right hands. Gen. George S. Patton (Larch) is something of a horse fancier and might help… if he sees the stallions perform. This Disney film is based on a true story.

Tues., Feb. 9, 8pm: FLY AWAY HOME (1996) Adventure/Drama/Family; Rated PG for opening accident scene & mild language; Run time: 107 min. Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham and Jeremy Ratchford When her mother dies, Amy (Paquin) goes to live with her father Tom (Daniels) whom she barely knows. She is miserable until she discovers an abandoned nest of goose eggs. Amy takes care of the geese when the eggs hatch. Amy and Tom must find a way to help the geese go south for the winter.

Sun., Feb. 14, 3pm: MARTY (1955) Drama/Romance; Not rated; Run time: 91 min. Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell and Karen Steele Overweight 34-year-old butcher Marty (Borgnine) feels he is unattractive but is pressured by his family to marry. At a dance he meets plain Clara (Blair) who has been spurned by a blind date. Clara has resigned herself to a loveless life. They manage, in time, to find their way to love.

Tues., Feb. 16, 7:30pm: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009) NOTE 7:30 PM START TIME Drama/War; Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality; Run time 153 min. Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger During WWII, Jewish refugee Shosanna (Laurent) sees her family slaughtered by the Nazis but she escapes. Years later she plans revenge by arranging a movie premiere at her theater to attract Nazis. The Basterds, Jewish-American guerillas led by ruthless Lt. Raine (Pitt), learn about the premiere.

Tues., Feb. 23, 8pm: THE SEARCHERS (1956) Adventure/Drama/Western; Not rated but contains violence and intense scenes; Run time: 119 min. John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Natalie Wood and Henry Brandon Ethan (Wayne) returns from the Civil War to be near the woman he loves but Comanches massacre his family and capture his niece. With his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin (Hunter) he begins a 5-year quest to find his niece and kill the Indians. Martin thinks Ethan’s hatred of Indians may spill over to his niece.

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Walk Around the World: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Expert to Speak on Memory

by Anne Calvert

The Health Center and the Fitness Center are joining together to offer a challenge to Glenridge members, residents and staff to Walk Around The World! We will be walking to different locations through our exercise! Every fifteen minutes of exercise will equal one travel mile. In February, we will be walking to Paris, France. It is approximately 4,813 miles from Sarasota to Paris. Everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun! Beginning February 1, staff, members and residents can register to participate in the Walk to Paris. Independent members can register in person at the Fitness Center. Members living in the Health Center can register in person at the Highlands front desk, the Carroll Center front desk or the Memory Unit nurses station. We will keep track of exercise times to see who gets to Paris first - the staff or members! The circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,901 miles… Let’s do this!

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Join Dr. Bill Beckwith, licensed psychologist and author, on Monday, February 8, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in the Theatre. Dr. Beckwith will provide a unique perspective on how to manage your memory. It is Dr. Beckwith’s philosophy Dr. Bill Beckwith that, no matter your age, you need to act to protect your lifestyle before your skills of problem-solving or reasoning change. He comes highly recommended by a number of Glenridge members. The lecture is free; no sign-up is required. Coffee and Danish will be served at 10:00 a.m. Newspaper Humor Submitted by Estelle Barrett

The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles. USA Today is ready by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country – if they could find the time and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

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February 2010 Member Newsletter