INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Foundation
Donations & A Message from Ron Rukstad Resident Council Minutes Active Aging
THE VILLAGE AT GERMANTOWN
Photos & News Events & Trips
Healthcare & Poetry
& Fitness Oasis Day Spa & Salon, Bank & Directories
The Village at Germantown was honored to host a debate between Germantown mayoral candidates George Brogdon and Mike Palazzo on Monday, October 8, 2014. The debate was hosted by Jim Moore along with Jerry and Julie Klein. Mr. Moore led the candidates in a lively discussion of subjects important to our residents, many of whom have chosen to retire in the city they have long called home. Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, also in attendance, spoke of how much she has enjoyed her wonderful relationship with our community and emphasized the importance of the older generation choosing to remain in a thriving community such as ours. Mayor Goldsworthy is pictured above with debate moderator Jim Moore and organizer Jerry Klein. (More photos page 5)
Joy and Russell Weiner have graciously donated an exquisite work of art from their collection to display in our Grand Lobby for all to enjoy. The painting was researched by The Brooks Museum and determined to be a version of the original work of artist Cristofano Allori, (1577-1621). The beautifully framed painting is a depiction of St. Julian offer(Above, lCenter. ing hospitality to pilgrims in Pictured with our benefactor Joy Weiner (pink blouse) and the beautiful painting of the the time of the crusades. The patron saint of hospitality which she and her husband have donated to The Village are original hangs in the Pitti Palace Catherine Feldman, Jim Moore, Bettye Weathersby, Vauneida Hinton and Helen Dawson. Museum in Florence, Italy.
Foundation Contributions Through October 13, 2014
Thank You to the following individuals & organizations who generously made donations to The Village at Germantown Foundation. MEMORIALS
Cecile Acker Ellie Appling Walter & Sue Baker Betty Barton Roger & Jill Buckmaster Jeanne Campbell Bob & Jane Carl Jim Clancy Ann Cox John & Sue Dewalt Janice Fitzpatrick
A Message Ron
Rukstad Executive Director, The Village at Germantown
We just concluded an incredibly successful Active Aging Week. The seemingly endless list of daily activities were designed to include all seven dimensions of Wellness, and as our mission statement says The Village is committed to a philosophy of Wellness and Independence. The participation exceeded anything we had experienced in previous years and validated the mix of activities included on the agenda. I want to again thank the staff for the untold hours spent in planning and implementing the many activities of the week. A special thanks to all of you for the unprecedented attendance. All of the planning would have meant nothing unless it translates into joyful and
Gerre Gourley Mary & Walter Howard Jack Langenfelder Jeff & Louise Mann Mary McMullen Nancy McCraw Bill Miller Jim & Janet Moore Dan & Virginia Norton Kit Ravanel
educational experiences for our Residents. On another very happy note, we have finally received permission to proceed from the City and County and have closed on our bond issue. Nine months from now we look forward to occupying our new Assisted Living building, new commercial Laundry and Kitchen expansion. We will keep you in the loop as we move forward with the construction. This past week several members of our management staff and I, along with Dan and Virginia Norton, attended The Leading Age Conference which is the association that represents the largest group of communities in our industry. We went with the expectation of bringing back information on the largest technology programs and equipment available for our Healthcare Expansion, and we did. Along with that objective we each
Ellie Appling Nancy Bogatin Frances Kauffman OTHER
June Davidson Susan Edwards Jack Langenfelder Judy Steele Jack & Doris Williams
attended a number of workshops on how to approach the challenges we face in our communities. That is where we all celebrated being a part of The Village. Virginia Norton said, “It made me so proud of what we have here.” We all felt the same way. As I listened to communities and speakers talk about what does not or cannot work, I had the urge to stand up and say, “Do you want to see it work?” Then come to The Village at Germantown.” We will always have a goal of improving all that we do, and will always be open to new ways of doing thinks and new technology. In the meantime I will celebrate being part of this amazing community and the spirit of family that we have all created together.
Resident Council Minutes Recap
Here are the highlights of the August 27, 2014 Resident Council meeting, from the official minutes taken by Jill Buckmaster.
new Independent Living building across from the garden.
Active Aging Week is September 22 to 27. Opening Ceremony September 19th.
The Village Choir starts rehearsals September 8th at 11:00 AM. All are welcome.
The Tomato Contest winner will be announced at the Council meeting next month.
Porte cochere back lighting is on hold due to high cost. Additional parking spaces will be started soon. Fans have been installed on the Polo Lounge patio. The Betty Club has placed a bench outside the Monarch Dining Room. WiFi is available in all the common areas.
Rabbi Martin Hinchin will lead the Vesper Service Sunday, September 14th.
VaGF Board will hold its annual meeting September 4th. A food box will be left in the Activities Room for donations of single serving foods for the hospitality room at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
Four boxes of coupons have been sent to Turkey for use of our overseas military families.
A donated mirror was sold for $300 and the money was donated to the VAGF. Two lamp shade were The Worship Committee annual report is with the Council Minutes in the library. The Bistro will now serve resident favorites weekly instead of monthly. We were reminded that Styrofoam containers are NOT recyclable. Ron Rukstad introduced Eddy Manning who is with Methodist Health Systems. He will be overseeing our construction for the next couple of years. He will attend our Council meetings each month to update us on the progress and what the next steps will be. Jason Allison, Construction Project Manager from Flintco and Tony Flow, Construction Superintendent were introduced. Management is moving forward on plans for
We have 40 people on the waiting list. TH VAG is now on Facebook. Our new Rehab Director, Jamie Leathers, was introduced. We must let the Village know when we need to go to the hospital so they can save us a room in Skilled Nursing if we should need it when we are dismissed from the hospital. There will be polo shirts, short and long sleeved, and a light jacket with our logo imprinted, for sale.They will be displayed in the Oasis Spa. Ron brought up the major transition we have had in our Environmental Service area. Three Directors will have people reporting to them from Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Security. Ashley will report to Ron. A flow chart will be provided to help us understand the new alignment. Brittany Legens, the Clinic Receptionist, is leaving the VAG and she introduced her replacement, Tia Keith. We received a quarterly check from Kroger for $889.16 for the VAGF.
Jill Buckmaster Council Secretary Remember, the complete minutes are in a dark blue binder, located in the library on the lowest shelf just left of the entrance as you walk in.
We are still accepting donations of individually wrapped snack items for the families at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Deacon Jack Conrad gathers the items and takes them to the hospital. The basket is in the Activities Room, or you can leave a check with Susan or Mr. Tilly.
All Saints Day Memorial Prayer Time Honoring Our Beloved Friends
Friday, October 31 Card Room 2 - 4 pm
Friday, November 7 Auditorium 7 pm
Tuesday, November 17 Auditorium @ 7 pm
Golf Cart Parade 10:30 am
Forever Young Senior Wish Auditorium @ 2 pm
Friday, Nov. 21 Auditorium 7 pm
Rhythm & Blues
Friday, Nov. 14 Auditorium 7 Pm
Christian Vocalist From Nashville, TN
Music of he Greatest Generation
Friday, Nov. 28 Auditorium
Here is the information about the upcoming trips on The Village Bus. You must sign up in the mail room for each trip that you would like to go on. Trips that are handicap accessible are indicated with this symbol -
Please remember: You must cancel 48 hours before departure or you will still be charged for the transportation plus any ticket purchased at your request that cannot be resold. Thursday, October 23 Historic Tour of Oxford: Tour of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s Home and Lunch LOCATION: Oxford, MS COST: Historic Tour: $3.75; Tour of Rowan Oak $5; $25 Transportation Lunch-on your own DEPARTS: 8:30am
Thursday, October 23 “The Heiress” Theatre Memphis LOCATION: Theatre Memphis COST: Season Ticket holders already have tickets. If you are not a season ticket holder you must purchase your own ticket $25; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 6:45pm
Saturday, October 25 Holiday Shopping at Rosebriar and Brunch LOCATION: Eads, Tennessee COST: FREE Admission; $5 Transportation Brunch and shopping-on your own DEPARTS: 9am
Sunday, October 26 Memphis Camarata LOCATION: Sanctuary on the Square, Collierville, TN COST: FREE ; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 6:15pm
Thursday, October 30 Tea and Tour: Soulful Creatures LOCATION: Brooks Art Museum COST: $3; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 1:15 pm
Saturday, November 2 “Jerusalem in 3D” at the IMAX Theatre LOCATION: The Pink Palace COST: $8 a ticket; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 3 pm
Friday, November 7– Bud Hisky’s North Memphis Lunch and Tour LOCATION: Downtown Memphis COST: Lunch on your own. TRANSPORTATION: $5 DEPARTS: 9:30am
Saturday, November 8 Rhodes Master Singers Chorale with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra LOCATION: Evergreen Presbyterian Church COST: $15 Tickets ; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 6:45 pm
Monday, November 10 “I Love America” Veteran’s Day Concert and Coffee Social LOCATION: Riverdale Elementary School COST: FREE—We are currently looking for volunteer drivers, please sign up if you can drive! Monday, November 20 - Dinner Meeting of the Military Officers Association LOCATION: Naval Support Activity in Millington COST: $17 Dinner; $5 Transportation DEPARTS: 5pm
Sunday, November 16 “Tintypes” Theatre Memphis LOCATION: Theatre Memphis COST: Season Ticket holders already have tickets. If you are not a season ticket holder you must purchase your own ticket $25; $5 Transportation
As one Bulldogs delighted Gomez’s
of our many avid Mississippi State fans, Nancy Randall was especially with Village Executive Chef Jorge latest fruit creation.
If you have a suggestion for a movie that you would like to see in the Village Theater, there is a suggestion box in the mailroom, or simply tell one of the following members of our movie committee: Janet Moore Vivienne Seeley Alice Gottlieb
Call the Village Dining Department for all your catering needs!
Your Dining Staff Jesse Crittendon
Director of Dining
752-2521 Maria Wyatt
Take Out Orders 752-2527 Reservations for Parties of 7 or more
Please Leave a Message, we will return your call with any questions about your reservations.
Dining Hours Café
Monday - Saturday 11 am - 7 pm Sunday 2 - 5 (snacks)
Assistant Dining Director
Frances Hawthorn Bud Hisky Norm Stringer
Monarch Dining Room Monday - Saturday 5 pm - 7 pm
Monday - Saturday Opens at 4 pm Food Served 5 pm - 7 pm
11:30 am - 2 pm
Below: Healthcare residents gathered for story time with Nancy Randall (standing). Pat Cooper (not pictured) is also a volunteer for the group. Pictured left to right are: Guion Parotte, Betty Askins, Doris Van Pelt, Jean Rose and Helen James.
Above: Pictured with the St. George’s School Cooking Class are Evelyn Rossman and Mr. Elfair Bealer. The class made a cookie pizza and played bingo with residents.
Don’t Let Your Parent’s Grow Old and Be Lonely Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely Get them out and about— don’t let them sit home and pout And not–be a burden—to you They should not be told—they’re getting too old They’re just waiting—for something—to do Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely Look around and just try—to find a place near by That’s nice—and convenient-to you The “Village” is close by—it’s a place you might try Where it’s safe—with plenty to do Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely The “Village” –has places to stay— with more on the way Decorated—just the way— you might plead All the people working there— are the best any where They’ll give help—if ever— there’s need
Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely The “Village” is just the place— they can grow old with grace With good friends—they will meet—every day There’s a place to sit and talk— or just take a nice walk Exercise—eat food—and games—to play Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely A “Village therapy room is near—to be used without fear Where experts—repair things—that are broke They have exercises for you— or special treatments—that are due For broken bones—or maybe a stroke Children—don’t let your parents grow old and be lonely When days come to an end—just being with a new friend Is better—than the day—gone before When you bring God along—you can sing your life’s song In heaven –as He opens the door
May God Bless Billy Miller October 2014 THE
& Brain Fitness Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Brain Fitness By Mark Stibich, Ph.D. Brain fitness has basic principles: variety and curiosity. When anything you do becomes second nature, you need to make a change. If you can do the crossword puzzle in your sleep, it's time for you to move on to a new challenge in order to get the best workout for your brain. Curiosity about the world around you, how it works and how you can understand it will keep your brain working fast and efficiently. Use the ideas below to help attain your quest for mental fitness. 1. Play Games Brain fitness programs and games are a wonderful way to tease and challenge your brain. Suduko, crosswords and electronic games can all improve your brain's speed and memory. These games rely on logic, word skills, math and more. These games are also fun. You'll get benefit more by doing these games a little bit every day -- spend 15 minutes or so, not hours. 2. Meditation Daily meditation is perhaps the single greatest thing you can do for your mind/body health. Meditation not only relaxes you, it gives your brain a workout. By creating a different mental state, you engage your brain in new and interesting ways while increasing your brain fitness. 3. Eat for Your Brain Your brain needs you to eat healthy fats. Focus on fish oils from wild salmon, nuts such as walnuts, seeds such as flax seed and olive oil. Eat more of these foods and less saturated fats. Eliminate transfats completely from your diet. 4. Tell Good Stories Stories are a way that we solidify memories, interpret events and share moments. Practice telling your stories, both new and old, so that they are interesting, compelling and fun. Some basic storytelling techniques will go a long way in keeping people's interest both in you and in what you have to say. 5. Turn Off Your Television The average person watches more than 4 hours of
television everyday. Television can stand in the way of relationships, life and more. Turn off your TV and spend more time living and exercising your mind and body. 6. Exercise Your Body to Exercise Your Brain Physical exercise is great brain exercise too. By moving your body, your brain has to learn new muscle skills, estimate distance and practice balance. Choose a variety of exercises to challenge your brain. 7. Read Something Different Books are portable, free from libraries and filled with infinite interesting characters, information and facts. Branch out from familiar reading topics. If you usually read history books, try a contemporary novel. Read foreign authors, the classics and random books. Not only will your brain get a workout by imagining different time periods, cultures and peoples, you will also have interesting stories to tell about your reading, what it makes you think of and the connections you draw between modern life and the words. 8. Learn a New Skill Learning a new skill works multiple areas of the brain. Your memory comes into play, you learn new movements and you associate things differently. Reading Shakespeare, learning to cook and building an airplane out of toothpicks all will challenge your brain and give you something to think about. 9. Make Simple Changes We love our routines. We have hobbies and pastimes that we could do for hours on end. But the more something is 'second nature,' the less our brains have to work to do it. To really help your brain stay young, challenge it. Change routes to the grocery store, use your opposite hand to open doors and eat dessert first. All this will force your brain to wake up from habits and pay attention again. 10. Train Your Brain Brain training is becoming a trend. There are formal courses, websites and books with programs on how to train your brain to work better and faster. There is some research behind these programs, but the basic principles are memory, visualization and reasoning. Work on these three concepts every day and your brain will be ready for anything.
Need a Massage? At The Village we have our very own licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in massage for seniors!
Located in The Oasis Salon
for your massage appointment with Gwen!
FREE Monthly Hearing
The Doc Is In
Call Georgia today at
752-2577 to make an appointment!
DON’T Keep It a Secret!
Held every Second Wednesday of the Month at 3 pm in the Reading Room
All conversations are confidential!
“Is there a doctor in the house?” Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9 am - 11 am
For anyone dealing with the loss or caretaking of a loved one. With Facilitator
Tuesdays - 10 am to 3 pm Wednesdays - 9 am to 2 Call the Oasis Salon
Comfort for Healing Hearts Support Group
Monthly Podiatry Services are available in the Wellness Center
Please be sure you inform the Wellness Clinic anytime you have to go to the hospital. We like to check on you and help coordinate your care back to the Village. Most importantly, we want to be sure we save a bed for you in our Skilled unit just in case! Remember, we can’t make YOU are our priority if you don’t let us know!
Screening on the second Tuesday of every month in the Wellness Center at 9 am! FREE cleanings and FREE hearing analysis! Everything is free unless a hearing aid needs to be updated.
The Wellness Clinic Open Weekends First Sunday of the Month Open from 12:30—4:30 pm All Other Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 am—12:30 pm Come see Wellness Nurse Carol Cook with questions or concerns.
Your “Home Town Bank” is located next to the first floor elevator in C Wing .
Located in The Reed Wellness Center To make a Hairstyle Appointment with Gayle, Sophia or Julie Manicure/Pedicure Appointment with Elssy
Village Branch Bank Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 am—12 pm Tuesday 1 pm—3 pm Other Hours Available by Appointment Linda Gwin - 756-1340
Or Massage Appointment with Gwen please call the Salon at Julie in the Healthcare Salon - 752-2542 If you have a question concerning
your statement or meal tickets,
please come by during our Accounting Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 9 am til 12 pm
7820 Walking Horse Circle Germantown, Tennessee 38138
Compliance Hotline 752-2530 Directors: Ron Rukstad
Director of Dining
Director of Resident Services
Director of Sales
Director of Human Resources
Director of Health and Wellness
Rehab Program Director
This newsletter is published monthly for the residents of The Village at Germantown by the Resident Services Director. We apologize for any errors or omissions we may have overlooked. Please let us know if you find any information that is incorrect or incomplete. Contributions of photos, news, poetry, stories or announcements are both encouraged and welcomed! For publication in the next newsletter, please submit your contributions to Susan in the Resident Services Office no later than Novener 15, 2014.
Susan Berretta Edwards Director of Resident Services 901-752-2522 Kaylee Findlay, Resident Services Coordinator 901-752-2574 Brendra Olloway, Healthcare Activities Coordinator 901-752-2528 Melissa Rukstad Director of Health & Wellness 901-752-2517 Cassandra Dotson, Fitness Coordinator 901-752-2546 Wellness Office Hours Monday—Friday 8:30 to 4:30