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MARCH 2010

The Second Time Around Is a First for the Glenridge Theater The Second Time Around, a comedy written by Henry Denker, marks the first professional theatrical production to be produced by the Glenridge Performing Arts Center! Our own talented Ben Turoff, Theater Manager, serves as producer. Four adult children go laughably crazy when their recently widowed parents meet, fall in love and announce they are “shacking up” instead of getting married. What follows is a hilarious journey into the generation gap. Real life husband and wife acting team Don Walker and Jenny Aldrich will play the lovebirds for director Garry Allan Breul. The Glenridge Players production team, led by Dick Montmeat, will be assisting the staff with scenery, properties and set design. It is a wonderful coming together of both thespians and theater patrons with diverse talents. Rehearsals have been underway since mid-February. “People of all ages will find this play very funny! Invite your friends and family!” recommends Kat Mathews, Director of Member Services. Performances are scheduled for 8 pm Wednesday through Saturday, March 10–13, with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday.

Jenny Aldrich and Don Walker head the cast of “The Second Time Around.” Don is currently in “The Life of Galileo” at the Asolo Rep and Jenny has performed in many shows at the Golden Apple, The Players, Theatreworks and Florida Studio Theater.

Call the Box Office to reserve your seats, 552-5325.

Calling All Artists: 4th Annual Art Show Announced by Jean Minneman

Glenridge members’ 4th annual art show will be mounted Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, in the MacIntyre Rooms. Members new to The Glenridge are especially encouraged to enter original works and to enjoy meeting their artistic neighbors. Art pieces will be received Friday, April 17, between noon and 3:00 p.m. Artists will retrieve

their objects after 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19. All objects displayed must be the artist’s own original fine art and not have been exhibited in prior Glenridge shows. Examples would be paintings of any medium such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, pencil, etc.; sculptures of metal, marble, clay, etc., jewelry, pottery, weaving, needlework.

Objects of original fine art are most welcome. Artists must transport their own works. If the artist wishes, works may be sold; 15% of the purchase price must be paid to Glenridge’s Art and Décor Advisory Committee. Artists intending to display one or more pieces or those with questions should contact the show’s director, Jane Dye, at 924-0626.


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Home Health Care is Added Glenridge Service by Howard Crowell, CEO

Our sales and marketing efforts have witnessed a new lease on life over the past several months. It is evident that the economy, if not rebounding substantially, is at least at the bottom and holding steady. Homes are beginning to sell once again and while not at previously expected prices, at least there is some movement. That movement is energized measurably by the efforts of our ambassadors and I can never express sufficiently my own appreciation for their efforts. That having been said, a combination of factors has added to our increased activity. The open houses, our new speaker series, “The Art of Living Well,” and the new advertisements on local TV and in the Sarasota Herald Tribune have all received great reviews. We’re getting people’s attention which is what it’s all about. Kudos to all who have participated in this endeavor! This should be a good year. The cold snap clobbered us in ways unexpected. Every year witnesses some cold days but this year trumped them all. One can look around our beautiful campus and see the effects of this harsh weather. Patience is the order of the day and we’ll be doing what we can at the appropriate time to trim off the dead limbs, clean out the gardens and recover as quickly as possible. Planting cold resistant shrubs and flowers is the most cost effective approach to dealing with this phenomenon since there is no way we can predict the weather from year to year. Technically, we are just inside the sub-tropical zone with a winter freeze potential ever present. This year we took a beating. Those of you who attended our Quarterly Meeting on February 11th will recall that we talked about the Glenridge Crunch Time which occurs each evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. My point in bringing that to your atten-

tion was to ask for your understanding and patience regarding our meal delivery, member transportation and take-out dinner distribution all coming at the same time. While we work at being responsive, you can well imagine that those hours present the biggest challenge. I hope you know that we will get your food to you as hot as possible given the distance it must travel, and get a vehicle to take you to dinner and back as quickly as possible. Please, in return, be patient with our drivers and make a reservation if you plan to dine in the Heather or Hawthorne dining rooms. That will help us keep from running out of the daily special earlier than planned. Finally I hope you will join me in welcoming Ms. Susanne Wise, president of Take Care Sarasota with whom we have signed a contract for non-Medicare home health services. This is one of the most reputable home health agencies in the area and we are very happy to announce our relationship and their designation as our preferred provider. While any member may choose his/her own agency and/or continue with the one presently in use, we encourage you to give serious consideration to this company. Incidentally, 10% of all revenue realized by Take Care Sarasota from Glenridge members will be donated to the Glenridge Benevolence Fund. We are about to enter a season normally called spring. Floridians are not accustomed to recognizing the transitions since our seasons usually blend together with little demarcation from one to the other. However, something seems to be different this year and most of us are tired of the unusually chilly weather of winter. El Nino’s effect has been real so I’ll join you in welcoming the warmer months ahead. Here’s to all with wishes for good fortune, good health and warm weather.

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Glenridge CNN Connection Offers Update on Haiti and Food for the Poor

Agency Dedicated to Relief, Lasting Improvements for Haiti by Moni Basu

Editor’s Note: Moni Basu is the Newsdesk Editor for CNN Wire. She just returned from a two-week reporting assignment in Haiti for CNN. She is the daughter-in-law of Glenridge members Ed and Jean Duffy. In the following article written for the Piper, she relates Moni Basu her compelling experience with Food for the Poor, the agency to which Glenridge members have donated funds for Haitian relief. We are postponing our regular “Around the Glenridge” column so that we can bring you this important story.

where the larger fish are located. Instead, they have to remain close to the coast and cast their nets in areas that are already over fished.” Chauvet was teeming with ideas on how to help the fisherman boost their catch. On the way to La Gonave, we stopped amid a pod of dolphins and watched flying fish dart over the frothy waves. I pondered what Haiti could be in the future – a tropical paradise. If it is ever to steer toward the right path, it might just be due to the efforts of Chauvet. And another man – Daniel Rouzier, also affiliated with Food for the Poor in Haiti. Bernard Chauvet came to Rouzier owns a car dealership meet us on a balmy Tuesday, in Port-au-Prince. I met him just days after the devastating at a place that no one should January 12 earthquake in ever experience. After watchHaiti. He is the coordinator ing a CNN report on of the fishing program for earthquake victims’ bodies Food for the Poor in Haiti. being dumped unceremoniOn this day, Chauvet had ously and uncovered in the arranged a fishing boat to take me and CNN correspon- Daniel Rouzier at the site of the mass burial in Titanyen valleys of the village of Titanyen, Rouzier felt comdent Ivan Watson out to La Photo by Moni Basu pelled to do something. Gonave, the big island off He arranged for bulldozers to dig mass graves. He Haiti’s mainland that is one of the poorest places in asked the bishop of Port-au-Prince and an American Haiti. We stood on a lonely pier as Chauvet filled us priest to sprinkle holy water atop the graves and say in on what to expect. prayers. Then, as the fishing boat sped over blue waters of I met him as the stench of rotting bodies tainted the Caribbean, as we left behind the devastation of the air. I could see arms, legs, entire bodies intact mainland Haiti, I thought of Chauvet’s words, his hurling through the air to their final resting place. work. Rouzier held a pair of latex gloves and his rosaries in He has been working with Food for the Poor for a his left hand. while, developing a program in coastal villages, These are the kind of people who are involved including communities on La Gonave, that promotes with Food for the Poor. I think it’s organizations like fishing as a way of life. this that will make a difference in Haiti’s future. “Accessible only by a two-hour boat ride, the It’s important that Haitians are involved in rebuildisland is isolated and many are left to die because ing of their country. Unlike some other aid agencies they are trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty,” Chauvet writes about his fishing program on the Web which do good work but lack the local involvement, Food for the Poor has strong roots in the community. site for Food for the Poor. After all, Haitians have the most at stake. “Those that have the skills, turn to the ocean for food. However, without proper boats, tools, and training, the fishermen cannot go into the deeper waters

Read my stories about Daniel Rouzier, La Gonave and other related topics at:http://www.cnn.com

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The Glenridge Benevolence Fund by John DeSanto

The Glenridge Benevolence Fund was established to provide financial aid to those Glenridge members who become unable to pay their required monthly service fees through no fault of their own. As of January 31, 2010, the fund totaled $152,500.00. The fund is currently administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which invests our funds and provides The Glenridge with quarterly reports on our account. Approval of member requests for financial assistance lies with the Glenridge Board of Directors. To date, no member has requested such assistance. Depending on future circumstances, it seems possible that as our members age there will eventually be requests for financial help. Even a relatively few requests would deplete our present fund. Now is the time to increase

member contributions and to improve the fund’s finances. There are four ways for members to increase fund resources: 1. Contribute directly to the fund. Some of our members have arranged to donate monthly to the fund, which is simply added to their monthly service fee. 2. Include a bequest to the fund in your will or trust. 3. Include in your obituary notice that “in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Glenridge Benevolence Fund.” 4. Establish a charitable gift annuity through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The charitable gift annuity requires further explanation. In exchange for your investment, the

Community Foundation will give you an annuity contract which guarantees a fixed income for the rest of your life. Your age determines the percentage income you receive. The older you are, the higher the interest rate. You will also be asked to select your annuity beneficiaries and you may choose to leave all or part of your annuity to the Glenridge Benevolence Fund at the time of your death. For further information on charitable gift annuities, contact Mr. Tom Waters at the Community Foundation at 9553000. Remember, your donations to the fund go to help your friends and neighbors. These gifts also qualify as charitable deductions which you can discuss with your financial advisor. Call Christina Sarver at 5525312 for further information on the Glenridge Benevolence Fund.

Travel Committee Offers New Adventure The Travel Committee is very excited to offer an excursion to Tampa Bay Downs for live thoroughbred racing on Sunday, March 21! Glenridge members will enjoy the races and a deluxe Sunday brunch in the elegant Skye Terrace Dining Room of the Clubhouse, which provides breathtaking panoramic views of racing action in a smoke-free, indoor environment. Betting windows are available in the Dining Room. One of the races will be named for The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, and our 4

group will go to the Winner’s Circle to present the trophy! We are limited to 32 people (the capacity of the chartered motorcoach), so don’t wait to sign up for this fun outing! The cost is $27.95, which includes deluxe brunch, Tampa Bay Downs admission and racing program, plus transportation (estimated at $16.00 per person, round trip to Tampa). Call a friend and sign up with the Concierge NOW for something different and FUN!

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New Fire Station Serves The Glenridge

Sarasota County Fire Station 15 is open for business. Serving the Palmer Ranch area, the new station is located one mile south of the Glenridge facility on Honore. Station 15 is manned 24 hours a days, seven days a week. It includes a kitchen, lounge area, workout room, beds and showers. According to Gerardo Rogazy and Jared Emmore, both cross-

trained as firemen and paramedics, the station receives, on average, 6 to 8 calls per day. “We keep very busy, responding to all types of emergencies,” Emmore stated. Rogazy added that besides the rescue truck, a 1250 gallons-per-minute pumper is stationed there.

A lieutenant and four firefighters are assigned to the station. Each apparatus carries two firemen plus the lieutenant. The firefighters switch vehicles each day. “And the guys on the pumper are the ones that do the cooking,” said Emmore with a smile.

Health Center Springs Forward by Karen Radcliffe, Activities Manager

The Oscars are not just for Hollywood! We will be having our 2nd Annual Award Ceremonies on March 4 in the Isle of Skye (Memory Unit) and March 8 in the Carroll Center & Highlands. Last year, we had several people walk the red carpet and receive awards. When you think of spring, what comes to mind? We thought it would be great fun to fly a kite. We will be making kites on the Isle of Skye on March 10. We are looking forward to taking them on a test flight soon after. We will be having a St. Patrick’s Carnival on March 11 (Isle of Skye) and March 17 (Carroll Center & Highlands). Among the many events will be a Lucky Coin Toss where the winner gets to enjoy all the chocolate coins. Our Family Nights return on the 11th with a St. Patrick’s Day theme (Isle of Skye) and the 25th with a spring theme (Carroll Center & Highlands). We continue with our exercise programs. Our goal is to get around the world by November 30th! Music, crafts and mind stimulating programs continue to be a big part of our programming in the

Health Center! Have a great month and don’t forget to turn your clocks back! Daylight Savings Time begins on March 14. (Here’s a trivia question for you: Who developed Daylight Savings Time?)

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Don’t forget! SPRING FORWARD before retiring Saturday, March 13

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Drama Class Enlivens Glenridge Players by Dick Montmeat

Seva Anthony

Dramatic Expressions class in the Theatre.

Remember Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers singing “It Started All Over Again”? That’s the theme for the Glenridge Players in 2010. The starting point for this season is the new drama class offered by the Glenridge Academy and ACEC (the Adult & Community Education Center). This class, Dramatic Expressions, features the instruction of Seva Anthony, a talented professional actor, choreographer, director and educator. It opens up workshop opportunities for current and aspiring Glenridge Players to learn and sharpen their performing skills and at the same time audition for parts in upcoming productions. Some of those planned productions might include a GPAC vaudeville show in April, a Play Readers

Players officers (L-R): Bob Anderson, Tom Fox, Kristin Collevechio and Dick Montmeat.

Café in May, the 2010 Follies in November, a Second Stage production next February, plus a Carroll Center puppet show, video productions, and an encore by The Supplementals. Based on the enthusiastic response to Dramatic Expressions, the Players are looking forward to a return of the class for the spring semester. If you are looking for enrichment and enlivenment, whether on stage or off, come join the Glenridge Players on Mondays in the Theatre! Or talk to one of the Players Committee members: Dick Montmeat, President; Bob Anderson, Vice President; Kristin Collevechio, Treasurer; and Tom Fox, Secretary.

The Second Time Around 8pm Wednesday - Saturday, March 10 – 13 Special matinee 2pm Saturday, March 13 Tickets $10.00 for members and $17.50 for guests.

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Vespers Committee Honors Art Kuehn

Helen and Art Kuehn

The Vespers Committee held a dinner recently to commemorate Art Kuehn’s retirement as chair of the committee and to thank him for his service. Roy Walters has taken over the chairmanship. Vespers services are held the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the MacIntyre Room. Glenridge members of all faiths are welcome to attend the services.

The Art of Living Well: An Educational Series March Speakers

March 16, 2010 — 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Taking Stock of the Markets Robert Stovall, a Chartered Financial Analyst, began his career on Wall Street as a messenger for Reynolds & Company. He was a regular panelist on Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser, the PBS television program of investing, since 1976 and was elected to the program’s “Hall of Fame” in 1995.

March 30, 2010 — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Why NORMAL Isn’t HEALTHY: Finding Heart, Meaning, Passion and Humor on the Road Most Traveled After seeing thousands of people as a physician, Bowen White, M.D., discovered that what we consider normal isn’t necessarily healthy. Now he conducts seminars, consults for business, and speaks to organizations around the world, sharing insights in an entertaining way. FREE! RSVP Required Please call the Box Office at 552-5325 MARCH 2010

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End-of-Year Financials Are Cause for Optimism by Joyce Morrison

The Glenridge enters 2010 meeting nearly all of its financial covenants and seeing the plans for growth become possible as the economic downturn slowly recedes, CEO Howard Crowell told members at the Quarterly/End of Year review February 10 in the Theater. Some of the proposals are already underway, with plans for additions to the Carroll Center completed and submitted. “We should hear whether we are approved by March 19,” the CEO said, adding that the two new wings would add 20 new units to the Center. Other innovations include signing a preferred provider contract with Take Care Sarasota to provide private duty home health care services at The Glenridge. “Those who already have arrangements or those who prefer another agency may, of course, proceed as they wish,” General Crowell said, “but this outstanding agency will be available to our members,” he said. Agency representatives will be on campus in a few weeks, he added.

Now being completed is a furnished model unit which will be available for short-term rental so prospective members may experience the Glenridge lifestyle. The Glenridge has introduced two Lifestyle contracts which limit or eliminate the health care provisions while at the same time offer lower entry fees, Gen. Crowell announced. “As we talked with prospective members, we realized we needed to provide a wider selection in health care,” the CEO said, “so two new contracts were added.” The Lifestyle II contract, otherwise known as a Type B contract, offers some health care, but not the whole package, and the Lifestyle I contract, known as a Type C contract, offers no health care at all. Each of these is offered at a reduced entry fee. This means there are now five contracts, offering a full range of health plans, he said. The CEO reviewed the financial status of the institution, calling it solid in great part due to the efforts of the Ambassadors and the “greatest staff of any CCRC

Members enjoyed the opening reception for an exhibit of original watercolors by Sue Anderson, on display in the Living Room and front hallway. The artist is second from left.

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anywhere.” Occupancy stands at 282, over the 281 requirement, with occupancy at 92.2%, over the 91.8% requirement. Debt service coverage, which had dropped in the fourth quarter, just meets the requirements as does the operating ratio. The reserve ratio is very close to the requirements. Operating revenues were below budget due to the lower independent residency and the fact that there was greater than anticipated use of the health services by members, limiting outside higher revenue. “We were saved by our under-budget operating expenses,” the CEO pointed out. Improvements, including new please turn to page 9


Lynn Overstake gets into the spirit of Mardi Gras.

A jovial crowd enjoyed the friends, food and dancing at the Mardi Gras party, which was sponsored by the Social Committee.

Kay Pezzillo samples the cajun cuisine at the party.

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hot water solar panels, housekeeping equipment, a new jeep for security, a new shuttle and the fitness center lobby makeover are all in use. The hip roof replacements over the garages will soon be finished and will be paid for by the builder who did the original work, General Crowell said. His favorite item, the new boom lift, has already done yeoman service, and the CEO is delighted with the purchase. Still being worked on is the new safety access area at the Fitness Center. Chairs and rugs in the Heather dining room will be redone and an acoustic tile ceiling will help with

the noise factor in the Hawthorne dining room. Thirty-seven sliding doors are being replaced in the main building due to leakage, and the Theatre sound system is due for an upgrade, he noted. Other actions included presentation of a clock to George Davis, honoring his two years of service as President of the Glenridge Advisory Council. Then a “living organizational chart” brought all Glenridge staff leaders to the stage to the applause of members. A “pictorial review of the year” presented slides of many of the events and people of The Glenridge, from the new board

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election, the Ambassadors, Glenridge Singers, the Players, Glenridge Academy, Employee Appreciation Day, and the Aquarium renovation (with mermaid). This cheerful overview from the Glenridge CEO took into account that CCRCs in general are suffering in this current economy. However, “we are doing better than most and the banks say we are viable. With 282 units occupied and our increased sales of 27 units this year and with our active marketing program, we are moving.”

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WOMEN’S LUNCHEON

Hospital CEO to Address Women’s Club The Glenridge Women’s Club is honored to welcome Gwen M. MacKenzie as the speaker for its March 22 luncheon. Ms. MacKenzie is President and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, a regional medical center consisting of an Gwen M. MacKenzie 806-bed hospital and a network of specialized medical campuses and clinics that include a rehabilitation center, home health, psychiatric hospital, walk-in medical centers and outpatient care centers. The only public hospital and the only not-for-profit hospital remaining in the 4-county Southwest Florida region, Sarasota Memorial has more than 3,000 employees, 1,000 volunteers and 750 physicians. It is Florida’s second largest acute care public hospital, and Sarasota County’s second largest employer. Despite the challenges of being the county’s only hospital for the uninsured and underinsured, Sarasota

Memorial repeatedly ranks among “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” in U.S. News and World Report and remains the only hospital in this region with “Magnet” status – the nation’s highest honor for excellence in nursing. Since joining Sarasota Memorial in May 2005, Ms. MacKenzie has successfully opened a number of new outpatient facilities while streamlining internal operations. Trained as an oncology nurse, Ms. MacKenzie worked for 25 years at the nine-hospital Detroit Medical Center, the largest health care provider in southeast Michigan. Starting as an advanced practice nurse practitioner, she worked her way from bedside care and clinical management to executive vice president and chief operating officer at DMC. Ms. MacKenzie received a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in health services administration from the University of Michigan. She also received a Master’s from the University of California, Los Angeles. Call the Concierge now at 552-5315 to sign up for the luncheon to be held at noon on Monday, March 22.

More Learning Opportunities Offered at The Glenridge In March, the Glenridge Academy and the Lifelong Learning Academy of USF – Sarasota Manatee are offering a documentary film course and two events in their ongoing speaker series for Glenridge members: Glenridge Academy Special Event Documentary Films Chronicling Glenridge Academy Special Event The Nobel Prize: Concept, Jewish History, People, Places & Science’s BIG Picture: New History, Politics Events Scientific Breakthroughs ~ New Speaker, Jan Skalny, PhD Instructor: Dr. Samuel Gross Planets, DNA Sequencing, Thursday, March 25, 10:30am 8-week course, Mondays 10amClimate Science, Biology and Glenridge Theater 11:20am, beginning March 8 More Glenridge Theater Speaker: Jeff Rodgers, Director of $65 per person; register at Education for the South Florida Lifelong Learning Academy (941) Museum and Director of the The two Academy Special Events 359-4296 or online at Bishop Planetarium are FREE. Call 552-5325 for www.thelifelonglearningacademy. Thursday, March 11, 10:30am reservations. com. Glenridge Theater

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Did you know?

Glenridge Streets Are Named for Castles by Cynthia Cudworth

Did you know…you have a taste of Scotland here at The Glenridge? Your first clue is Scotland Way. This street comes through the main gate and around by the front door. CULZEAN DRIVE (Cul-AIN): Culzean castle was built for the 10th Earl of Cassillis in the 1780s, atop a high cliff overlooking the Firth of Clyde. The top floor suite was used as a lifetime residence by Gen. Eisenhower in gratitude for his leadership to the Allied cause. Today the apartment is run as a small hotel. DAIRSIE COURT (DARE-say): Dairsie castle was built in the 18th

Century on the River Eden and was the private home to the Bishops of St. Andrews. It fell into ruin and in the 1990s was re-built. It is not open to the public.

the most northern continuously inhabited houses. Elizabeth Janson, Countess of Sutherland, opens Dunrobin Castle to the public six months of the year.

KILMORY WAY (Kil-MUR-ry): Kilmory castle is in Argyll and is used by the local council. Its 1770s gardens include 100 varieties of rhododendron.

DRUM CASTLE PARKWAY: Drum castle is a 13th Century tower house in pink and gray granite. It has a 70' tower with 12' thick walls. The castle remained in the Wm de Irwin family for 6½ centuries. It is the oldest occupied castle in Scotland.

TANTALLON COURT (TanTAL-len): Tantallon castle is near North Berwick. Built of East Lothian stone, it dates from the 14th Century. DUNROBIN DRIVE: Dunrobin Castle dates from the 1300s. It contains 189 rooms and is one of

LOW VISION GROUP Wellness Seminar Thursday, March 18 2:00 – 3:30pm ~ Mac I Living With Low Vision Guest Speaker: Michele Vandendooren

BRODIE COURT: Brodie castle lies on the coast east of Inverness. In 1645 it was damaged by fire and rebuilt with ornate corbelled battlements. It is furnished with French antiques, Chinese porcelain, Japanese artifacts and European paintings. ARMADALE AVENUE: Armadale castle is more of a mansion than a castle and is located on the Isle of Skye. In 1971, the gardens and castle were restored creating the Museum of the Isles and study center. Enjoy walking around our campus and think of all these wonderful castles.

Ms. Vandendooren is a low vision specialist and founder of “Low Vision Works,” a rehabilitation practice serving the

IN MEMORIAM

visually impaired throughout Southwest Florida since 2001. She has earned the support of over 400 physicians in the eye care community. NOTE: The LOW VISION GROUP will attend the Wellness Seminar in lieu of their regular meeting. MARCH 2010

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Health Services Helps Members Live Life to the Fullest In our ongoing series on Glenridge services, The Piper presents an overview of Health Services. In this issue we feature Pam Overton, Inez Vasquez, and Michael Sarmiento. Pam Overton, RN, NHA Director of Health Services As the Director of Health Services I am proud to say that I am surrounded by a very qualified and compassionate staff who make it very easy for me to do my job. Pam Overton Managing the Health Services department is a very challenging role. You have probably heard the analogy before: “The long term care industry is the most regulated industry next to the nuclear power industry.” So you can imagine making sure we meet all of those regulations while we are still trying to provide quality personalized care to our residents and members can truly be difficult. In all three of our Health Services areas we strive to keep our members as independent as possible. Our goal has been to introduce “Culture Change” into our units. This is the new buzz word for trying to de-institutionalize long term care facilities. So we allow members to personalize their rooms, we work around their schedules, and we let them tell us when they want to get up, when they want to bathe and when and where they want to eat. Our hope is to make this a more homelike environment while providing the highest quality of nursing care available. We want our residents to feel that coming to the Carroll Center or the Highlands or The Isle of Skye is not a place to come to wither and die but a place to leave their everyday worries behind and allow us to help them enjoy and live their lives to the fullest with a loving and caring family surrounding them. I am very happy to say that I have been here at the Glenridge for over 5 years. I am a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator. I discovered over 30 years ago that my calling in life was to care for the elderly. However I have recently developed a second calling and that is to be a loving grandma (or “Rah Rah”) to my 2- year-old granddaughter Madeline. I have been married to my husband John (who happens to be the CEO and President of the Pines of Sarasota) for 38 years. I have a daughter Melissa who is an Occupational 14

Therapist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and a son-in-law, Ryan, who is a computer whiz kid for a firm in Atlanta. My joys in life are my wonderful family, spending time at my cabin in the mountains, traveling and taking my 2 cocker spaniels for long walks. I feel very blessed to be an almost 4year breast cancer survivor and I try to enjoy and live each day with as much gusto as I can. Inez Vasquez, RN Wellness Center The Wellness Center at Glenridge provides the members early access to non-urgent nursing assistance. Our goal is to keep you well, safe and out of the hospital. We provide emergency Inez Vasquez response for sudden chest pain, shortness of breath or TIA and first aid for falls and injuries. We also monitor your hospital stay and help coordinate a possible post-discharge admission to The Carroll Center or respite care. With your written doctor’s order we can: • Organize medications into a pill organizer • Administer B12 injections • Administer allergy shots • Administer Procrit/Levolox injections • Administer the shingles vaccine (member must purchase the vaccine) • Provide wound care and daily dressing changes • Instill eye drops • Remove sutures • Remove staples Other nursing services offered include a PPD test if you are a Glenridge volunteer, annual flu vaccines, a Coumadin Clinic, routine blood work, blood pressure monitoring and assistance with finding home health care. Inez studied and trained in New York where she attained a Baccalaureate Degree in Science and a

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Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. She began her clinical experience in orthopedic nursing at New York University Medical Center. Her interests in cardiac monitoring led her to seek a position in a cardiac intensive care unit. After five years in the ICU she was recruited by a physician to an outpatient cardiac stress testing facility. She came to The Glenridge after 10 years of occupational nursing at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. She credits her emergency nursing skills to the diverse experiences obtained in occupational outpatient settings as well as the hospital in-patient experience. Michael Sarmiento, PT Aegis Rehabilitation Therapies Aegis Therapies is one of the leading providers of contract rehabilitation therapy in the U.S. Our therapists currently provide quality therapy services in over 1,000 facilities across 37 states Michael Sarmiento and we continue to grow. At Aegis Therapies, we draw on decades of experience providing physical, occupational and speech therapies, including some programs unique to Aegis. Our rehabilitation team is managed by Michael Sarmiento PT, with 21 years experience, along with Roger Nishioka PTA, David Graber OTR, and Linda Murillo SLP. Aegis Therapies has a diversified team skilled at providing a wide variety of treatments through our core programs: complex disease management (such as cardiac, pulmonary and neurological/stroke/CVA), falls and balance (such as orthopedics, vestibular disorder and Parkinson's), dementia management (such as Alzheimer's, brain injury and organic brain disorder), pain management (neck, back and painful joints) and dysphasia and swallowing disorder. Our service extends from the Carroll Center to the Highlands and Independent Living for out-patient and home health. We work hand in hand with the Wellness Center and Fitness Center to meet the needs of Glenridge members who require rehabilitative.

We’ve received a number of suggestions from members that the guest rooms be upgraded. That’s exactly Part of the donated bedroom suite what we’re in Guest Room 1. doing! Kat Mathews, Director of Member Services, is working with Linda Bishop, Options Coordinator, to refurbish the three rooms. Management of the guest rooms is in Kat’s bailiwick. Guest Room #1 has been significantly improved thanks to a member’s donation of a beautiful bedroom suite, including a 4-poster king bed, armoire and night stands. All rooms will receive new linens and window treatments, and all will be painted, so please “excuse our dust” while we remodel. The guest rooms are popular for overnight stays by members’ visiting family and friends. For reservations, please call the Concierge at 552-5315.

A Smidge of Bridge by Jean Minneman

West leads the spade 7. Which spade should be played? And, regardless of which one, East plays the Q. What should declarer play? And then, how to make 9 tricks? Play this one out prior to looking. Solution, page 17.

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Welcome New Members by Jane Goehrig

Leon and Grace Greene Leon and Grace Greene are now settled in Apartment 2203. They lived in Turtle Rock for 10 years, and before that they lived in Center Gate. Leon and Grace Grace grew up in Scarsdale, Greene NY, and Lee in Rochester, NY. They met at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and will attend their 60th reunion there in June. They are also planning to attend a meeting of Florida Denison grads in Naples in the spring. Lee received his doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania. He was vice president of R&D for Glaxo Smith Kline. He travelled all over the world monitoring clinical trials of new medicines. He headed the development team for Tagamet when the project was awarded the Nobel Prize. Lee has authored some 50+ scientific publications. Grace does beautiful stained glass work and will be teaching a class here. She also enjoys sewing, knitting, flower arranging and other creative work. Lee is interested in ornamental gardening. Both like to swim and both volunteer as tutors at the Church of the Palms. The Greenes have three children: a daughter in La Grange, Georgia, and sons in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Medford, New Jersey. They also have five grandchildren. We are happy to have the Greenes at The Glenridge and wish them joy in their new home.

Weston, Massachusetts. Sadly, she has lost one son. Dottie likes reading, bridge and tennis. When living in Prestancia, she was a golfer. She particularly likes people and is looking forward to a happy life at The Glenridge. And we are very happy to welcome her to The Glenridge. Jack and Nancy Sheldon Apartment 2308 is the new home of Jack and Nancy Sheldon. When Jack retired from The Ford Motor Company in Bloomfield, Michigan, they Jack and Nancy moved to The Plantation in Sheldon Venice, then to Durham, NC , and then to Lakewood Ranch. Nancy grew up in Newark, NJ, and Jack grew up in Fremont, Ohio, down the street from President Hayes’ home, where the former President is buried next to his horse. Nancy and Jack met when they both attended Ohio State University at the end of World War II. They have been married for sixty years. The Sheldons have four children, three girls and one boy. One daughter is in Oakville, Canada, one in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one in Naperville, Illinois, and their son is in Park City, Utah. They also have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Nancy was a stay-at-home mother who did a lot of volunteer work and was very involved with her church. She enjoys needlepoint, rug hooking and reading. Jack‘s hobbies are art work and wood working. Both love to travel. Welcome to The Glenridge, Nancy and Jack.

Dorothy Joseph It was a short move for Dorothy Joseph from Prestancia Dina Whitney to Apartment 2323 at The Dina Whitney now resides in Apartment 1204. She Glenridge. came to The Glenridge from The Meadows, where Dottie grew up in Cincinnati. she had lived for eight years. Actually she has lived in She attended school there and is Dorothy Joseph Sarasota for thirty years, having previously lived on a graduate of the University of Sarasota Bay near the Ringling Museum. Cincinnati. After her marriage, she moved to Dina was an “army brat.” She was born in New Appleton, Wisconsin, and later lived in New Canaan, York City and lived on army bases, mostly in the Connecticut. Midwest except for a tour in Hawaii. She is a graduRaising five children was a full-time career for ate of Butler University. Her northern home was Dottie. She had four boys and one girl. Her daughter and her husband are now living in Sarasota. She has a Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. She was managing editor son in Wisconsin, a son in Chicago and a son in Please turn to page 15 16 MARCH 2010


Palmer Ranch President to Speak at March Men’s Club Meeting What is “Palmer Ranch”? Who governs Palmer Ranch? What area makes up Palmer Ranch? Rick Barth Answers to these questions and more will be given to the men of Glenridge at the March 15 luncheon meeting of the Glenridge Men’s Club. Rick Barth, Community Manager and President of the Palmer Ranch

Master Property Owners Association, will speak at the March Men’s Club meeting. With over 30 years experience in community management, Barth has been part of the Palmer Ranch Master Association management team for 10 years, focusing on the continual cost-efficient improvement of entrances and landscaping in the Master Association areas. Recently, the Palmer Ranch Master Association has been recognized as the only entity in the State of Florida to have developed

unique environmentally-friendly grounds fertility practices. Barth’s early background includes surveying, construction, commercial and residential property management both in the Sarasota/Manatee area and Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a graduate of Riverview High School of Sarasota and the University of South Florida. Following graduation he served in the U. S. Air Force. Call the Concierge (552-5315) for luncheon reservations.

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of the medical book department at Harper and Row publisher, which was just across the state line in Hagerstown, Maryland. She has been in two movies, the better known one was “Picnic.” She presently works with the County Election Board. The mother of five daughters – two in Sarasota, one in San Antonio, one in New York and one in Philadelphia – Dina has six grandchildren and three greats. The youngest was just born in January. Her hobbies are photography, bridge, travel, writing, reading and painting. She is also interested in language groups, especially Spanish and French. Welcome to The Glenridge, Dina.

Hors d’oeuvre of the Month by Mary Manegold

Chicken Liver Pate 2 oz. onions, finely chopped 4 pats butter 8 oz. chicken livers Buen Provecho! 1 tsp. garlic salt thyme, minced Bon Appetit! parsley, minced Sauté onions in 1 ounce of butter until softened. Add chicken livers and garlic salt and cook until pink or to taste. Melt remaining butter and pour into Cuisinart with parsley and thyme and cooked chicken livers. Puree until smooth and refrigerate.

First, definitely play the J in case West holds both the K and Q. Then, unless the J holds, play your Ace and take your 9 tricks. It’s crucial to take the A on trick one because if E gains the lead and pushes through a diamond, the contract is doomed. Assuming the clubs are no worse than 3-1, it’s easy! Careful! Did you unblock the 9 and 7 and 6 of clubs in dummy? If not, Declarer cannot return to his hand for the 5th club. With the unblock, that wonderful club 4 will take dummy’s club 3. Wow!

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Giving Comes Full Circle by Bruce Jackson

Editor’s Note: The following story is excerpted from emails from Glenridge member Bruce Jackson to Glenridge Director of Life Planning Lisa Snyder. I have been seeing emails about the Ambassadors and other Glenridge folks taking an interest in marketing. I hope this energy is helpful. Here in Crested Butte, Colorado, I've been busy training to work as a volunteer at Adaptive Sports, which is an organization that helps people with disabilities participate in sports and in particular the outdoor environment here in Colorado. In the winter, the effort is mostly skiing. Not long ago someone congratulated me for working at this endeavor, in spite of my advanced age. Well, I was polite, but I delivered an impassioned description of life at The Glenridge. You would have been proud of me. Our marketing emphasizes how active Glenridge members are, and these pictures speak to that. As a volunteer at Adaptive, I accompany an instructor and a student during a ski lesson. If the student is a paraplegic or quadriplegic, they must learn to ski in a sitdown ski. We volunteers have to learn how to assist in loading and unloading the sit-down skier on and off the chair lift. As a part of that training, we take a few les18

sons in sit-down skiing ourselves – just for understanding. In the first picture, the smiles on both faces (the instructor and me) tell a story of joy for which you do not need my words. The second picture shows me actually negotiating a turn, with ski edges tipped. One of the activities at Adaptive Sports is sled hockey. The player sits on a sled with low back support and holds two short hockey sticks. The blade end of the stick is for hitting the puck. The other end of the stick has a serrated metal edge with which the player can stab the ice to propel his sled. A person with a lowor mid-spinal cord injury is a powerful sled hockey player because of his or her well-developed upper body strength. However, one of the players, Henry (shown in the third photo), has muscular dystrophy, with weakness in all of his muscles. For him, propelling the sled was nearly impossible. To level the playing field, I pushed his sled. Henry and I had an interesting problem. Whenever we came to a full stop, I was unable to get us moving again, because my feet could not get enough traction on the ice to move two men and a sled. Henry therefore stabbed both hockey sticks into the ice to propel us forward – slowly and weakly pulling him, the sled and MARCH 2010

me. Once we were moving, I was able to get enough traction to accelerate us to full speed. What a wonderful metaphor for giving: Henry pulled me so that I could push him. It was unseasonably cold that evening, with a temperature of minus 5° at the beginning of the match and minus 11° at game's end. Playing as hard as we were, we were very warm – that is, all except Henry, whose physical activity was less than ours because he was being pushed. Not surprisingly, Henry was getting cold and took a break in the warming hut. Because he was cold and tired, he elected to enter the warming hut crawling on all fours, rather than expending the incredible effort required for him to stand up. A young family in the warming hut watched Henry as he entered. The man brought his dog over to Henry's lap to provide heat. He told Henry to pet the dog in order to warm his hands. The puppy was bursting with joy at the attention from Henry. Once again, the eternal circle of giving: the pup gave Henry warmth, and Henry gave the pup his love. I felt compelled to tell you this story, because the richness I experienced that evening reminds me of the spirit of my Glenridge neighbors.


Glenridge Committees 2010 * GAC Committee ** Standing GAC Committee

Ambassadors* Dick Fleming, Chair

Grounds Committee** Art Wittmer, Liaison Suzie Kinder, Chair 3rd Wed., 2:30p Art Room

Art & Décor Advisory Committee* George Davis, Chair 3rd Fri., 10a, Art Room Building Maintenance Committee** Floyd Gammon, Liaison Alan Hochman, Chair 4th Thur., 2p Art Room

Health & Fitness Committee** John DeSanto, Liaison Paula Spitalny, Chair 4th Fri., 1:30 Art Room Low Vision – Suzie Hedstrom 2nd Fri., 1:30p Art Room

Communications Committee** Dick Fleming, Liaison Barbara Stephenson, Chair Saundra Overstake, Sec. 1st Mon., 10a Cypress

Library Committee* Shirley Williams, Liaison Joy Leahy, Chair Movie Committee Shirley Williams, Liaison Maje Wasch, Chair 1st Wed., 10:30a TV Room

Dining Committee** Dick Schranz, Liaison Cynthia Cudworth, Chair 2nd Tue., 10a Admin

Piper Staff George Measer, Editor 4th Mon, 3p Art Room

Finance Committee** Betty Stewart, Liaison Ed Duffy, Chair Bob Henderson, VP Colleen Darby, Sec. 4th Wed., 3p Art Room

Social Committee* Bunny Nesbit, Chair 1st Wed., 10a Card Room Travel Committee* Shirley Gilbert, Chair 1st Tue., 3p Art Room Cruise Society – Bunny Nesbit

Glenridge Academy* Bunny Nesbit, Liaison/Dean Allen Cudworth VP 2nd Mon., 10a TV Room

Tennis Committee* John Redgrave, President

GPAC Committee* Bunny Nesbit, Liaison Marvin Gross, Chair (GPR Board) Quarterly, 2p Admin. Conf.

Vespers Committee Roy Walters, Chair Welcome Committee* Barbara Dearborn, Chair

Glenridge Players* Dick Montmeat, Chair 3rd Mon., 1p Art Room Play Readers

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GPAC MOVIES FOR MARCH by Ken Bonwit

Tues., Mar. 2, 8pm: BRASSED OFF (1996) Comedy/Drama/Romance/Music; Rated R for language; Run time: 107 min. Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson & Jim Carter The future of a Yorkshire mining town is bleak with the possible closing of the mine. The men enter their brass band into a competition with little hope of winning until flugelhorn player Gloria (Fitzgerald) arrives. First mocked, she becomes their only chance. But whose side is she on?

Tues., Mar. 16, 8pm: THE HURT LOCKER (2008) Action/Drama/Thriller/War; Rated R for war violence and language; Run time: 131 min. Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes & David Morse In this intense portrayal of urban combat, Bravo Company bomb disposal unit has 39 days left on its tour in Iraq when Sgt. James (Renner) arrives. James drives by-the-book Sanborn (Mackie) and insecure Eldridge (Geraghty) to the edge as chaos explodes. They face internal issues as they disarm bombs.

Tues., Mar. 23, 8pm: THE INFORMANT (2009) Comedy/Crime/Drama/Thriller; Rated R for language; Run time: 108 min. Matt Damon, Lucas Carroll, Eddie Jemison, Rusty Schwimmer, Craig Ricci Shaynak & Tom Papa Mark Whitacre (Damon) has worked for the giant company ADM for many years and is now in upper management. He is unwillingly pressured into becoming an informant on ADM’s illegal price fixing and soon feels that he is a real secret agent. However his world crashes as a result of his incessant lies.

Sun., Mar. 28, 3pm: THE DUCHESS (2008) Biography/Drama/History/Romance; PG-13, sexual and thematic content, nudity; Run time: 110 min. Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper & Hayley Atwell Georgiana (Knightley) marries the Duke of Devonshire (Fiennes). Her only duty is to provide a male heir. The Duke soon begins a lifelong affair with Bess (Atwell). Georgiana falls in love with politician Charles (Cooper), but the Duke threatens to take her children.

Tues., Mar. 30, 8pm: AMELIA (2009) Biography/Drama; PG for sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking; Run time: 111 min. Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson & Cherry Jones Amelia Earhart (Swank) discovered aviation at the age of 23; at 35 she won the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean. At age 39 she set out to fly around the world. Her story tells how she became an aviation legend. 20

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