Beatitudes Campus Town Hall

Prior to the Town Hall Meeting, a Celebration of Life was held to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Culver “Bill” H. Nelson, D.D., LHD, the beloved founder of Beatitudes Campus. Michelle Just, President and CEO, Dosia Carlson and Leroy Calbom spoke of the outstanding leadership, vision and community service that exemplified Dr. Nelson’s life. The Life Center was filled with grateful residents honoring Dr. Nelson with their presence.

David Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, welcomed residents and especially some residents who were attending a Town Hall for the first time. He noted that years ago, when he attended national meetings, Beatitudes Campus was the standard in residential care and Dr. Nelson’s leadership was legendary.

Michelle Just was delighted with Mayor Kate Gallego’s Proclamation stating that May, 2019 is Older Americans Month. The Proclamation explained that President Kennedy recognized seniors 60 years and older in 1963. Beatitudes Campus began in 1965 and was one of the first Senior Independent Living and Health Care Residences in the nation. Beatitudes Campus has served 17,000 older adults since its beginning. The watchwords for Older Americans Month are connect, create and contribute.

During the April 10th meeting, six of the eleven standing committees and three of the six building Senior Representatives reported. Of significant interest: Community Relations reported that the Campus is providing volunteers to Maryland School and five scholarships to Washington High School students; Health and Wellness conducted a seminar “Money Matters” in March, will be doing a workshop in April entitled “Ready, Set and Go”, and have planned a five part program “Behind the Curtain” in July and August; preparations are being made for the Earth Day “Protect” march and program, April 26th.

David Ragan announced that the new battery operated leaf blowers have been ordered and will soon be seen around campus. The gas powered blowers will still be used around the edges of the campus, but responding to the wishes of residents, battery operated blowers will be used in the other areas of the campus and are a worthwhile investment.

David introduced Zack Coronado from the Mobile Valley Physicians group which will be offering an on-site clinic here on Campus, beginning July 1st. Zack explained that the group was established three years ago in the East Valley. Through strategic growth, they now have over 1000 patients and are happy to have the opportunity to show residents the quality of services they provide. For the next 60 days, we will see Zack and his associates around campus explaining the process for registering for the clinic and how it will work. The group has contracts with over 60 insurance companies and can OK your insurance when you provide them with your insurance card. Whether you currently have a physician you are happy with or not, it is advisable to sign up for the Mobile Valley Physicians clinic so that you can use it if you are ill and cannot get an immediate appointment with your own doctor. Mary Rihani, a family nurse practitioner who is board certified in Adult-Gerontology, will be the attending physician in the clinic here on Campus. If you wish, Mary will visit you in your apartment to provide medical services. The Clinic will be located in the Plaza South building where Dr. Mawyer practiced. New patient registration forms for Mobile Valley Physicians can be picked up at the Welcome Center desk.

Gabi Holberg, Assistant Director of I.L., introduced Louis Molina from Unique Lab Services who will be offering blood lab services here on campus. Louis said that his group has contracts with Labcorp and Sonora Quest and is able to take all insurances. The lab will be open from 8:30—9:30AM on Wednesday mornings in the Recreation Center. Bring your lab orders and insurance card to the Clinic. Louis is willing to go to a resident’s apartment after 9:30AM to collect blood if a resident does not want to have it collected in the Recreation Center. Call 480-765-2677 for an in-home visit or for more information. As David quipped—“if you want a nice guy to stick it to you, Louis is the guy.”

Jessica Myer, Director of Success Matters, noted that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. A handout on tips and tricks for improving your communication with hearing loss is available from the Success Matters office. Jessica said that Mark Pelkey is starting a Hearing Loss and Resource Group. If you are interested in joining this group, contact Mark at x15586. Josephine Levy, Resource Navigator for Success Matters, talked about the Tip of the Month: Living Will vs. Last Will and Testament. She explained that a Living Will is a health care document outlining your wishes for end of life care. A Last Will and Testament is a document that specifies what you want done with your assets (property). Residents should work with an attorney on this document and Josephine can assist you in finding an attorney.

Director of Life Enrichment, Jon Schilling, announced that Adi Muñoz will be the new CAREcorps Volunteer Coordinator and will be transitioning from the Welcome Center to her new position. Didi Cruz, Life Enrichment Specialist, provided residents with a list of the upcoming off campus events. They include a morning outing at the Desert Botanical Garden on Tuesday, May 14th at 9:00AM for a free self-guided tour; tour of the Prisma Printing Company on Friday, May 17th at 9:30AM. Call x12905 to reserve your seat on the bus for these tours and for the lunch outings on Friday, May 24th to IronWorks Restaurant. Didi also announced that the Gaming Connection Debut will take place on Wednesday morning, May 22nd at 10:00AM in the Life Center. For those who play games, this is your opportunity to understand how you will be able to connect with other residents who are playing the games you like to play. Don’t miss out on this awesome new amenity.

Fitness Specialist, Mike Smallwood, discussed a Silver Sneakers article on Sadness vs. Depression. When you are sad, you can usually trace the cause to something going on in your life or maybe a negative memory from the past. With depression, the negative feeling sticks around for a while, most of the day, every day, for weeks at a time. Five ways to start feeling better include, get moving through exercise, meditating, spending time outside in nature, fostering close relationships with friends and family and making daily lists of what you are grateful for. If you experience negative feelings for more than two to four weeks, it is time to talk to your doctor. Mike noted that the “Strictly Strength” class is meeting in the Fitness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00AM. Morning and Midday Motions with Mike take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30AM, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1PM in Plaza View on the 3rd floor. The Tai Chi Class with Carol-Ann is at 11:00AM on Tuesdays and 11:45AM on Thursdays in the Recreation Center. The Basketball Bounce Game meets every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30PM in Agelink 2. The lucky B-Fit winner for May is Farrell Kenimer.

David reminded residents that anyone utilizing Beatitudes Guest WiFi must use the new password which can be obtained from the Welcome Center. The new password is part of the WiFi hard-wired into resident apartments and does not require residents to make changes to their apartment WiFi. David also reminded residents that the Community Channel has been changed to 1-1. It is still the default when you turn on the TV. Residents may listen to upcoming events that are listed in the Roadrunner by dialing 19756 at any time.

Remember the Hootenanny occurs every Wednesday evening at 5:45PM in the Life Center. It’s free and a great place to bring your friends and enjoy the music. Also, Sundaes with Dave will be on May 15th from 2 to 4PM in the Plaza Bistro. Come enjoy a free yogurt Sundae and chat with David if you have thoughts to share. Again, many thanks to Gregory’s Fresh Market for their service to the Beatitudes and hundreds of people throughout the Valley. Best wishes for a happy and patriotic Memorial Day to all our residents.

The next Town Hall will be on June 5th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. Come and find out what is happening on our vibrant Campus!

March 2019 Community TOWN HALL Recap

Rev. David W. Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, welcomed residents and offered a special welcome to one resident that was attending for the first time. He urged residents to attend the Community Welcome Coffee on the fourth Wednesday of each month and meet the newest residents who have become our friends and neighbors. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton said that “the pen is mightier than the sword” and residents were entertained with humorous writings that proved this point. For example, “As the prosecution wrapped its case, Reynolds listened and knew he’d been foiled again.”

The Residents Council Report was given by Tom Denny, Residents Council President. Tom noted that during the February meeting, six committees and three building representatives reported on their respective activities. There was also a report and request regarding the on campus Transportation Survey.

David thanked the Transportation Committee for its work and also residents for the great response in turning in the transportation surveys. Save the date of Friday, April 26th for an All Day Celebration plus a “Protect” March for Earth Day. The Community Outreach Committee is urging residents to support the Scholarships for Washington High School Students project for 2019. For information, contact Jim Lefebvre at x15063 or Jim Elliott at x18328.

Joe Kane, Director of Dining Services, announced that, because attendance is down, Buckwald’s will be closing on Sundays only effective March 10th. Beginning on the 24th of March, Elaine’s Fine Dining will offer a Sunday Brunch with selected brunch cocktails and an a la carte pricing of entrees including both Bibb Lettuce and Waldorf Salads, Salmon Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Croque Madame Sandwich, Large Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Bourbon Frosting and Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Custard with Fresh Berries. If brunch popularity grows, dining services will consider adding another Sunday in the month, and if the popularity outgrows Elaine’s, moving back to Buckwald’s. The Corner Perk has now re-opened. A new Dining Guide has been printed and will be delivered to each resident.

Josephine Levy, Resource Navigator for Success Matters, announced that Success Matters will have its own website—successmattersbc.org, linked to the campus website. The website will have pictures of residents around campus, Success Matters activities, newsletters, health and wellness resources, etc. Josephine said there will be a Money Matters Workshop on Friday, March 22nd at 1:00PM in the Agelink Great Room. There will be a panel discussion of financial issues that are most relevant to residents of the campus. The Panel will consist of Allen Bloch, Campus Chief Financial Officer, Megan Selby, Laurel Peacock and Ellen Dean. Panel members are experts in money management and working with older adults in financial situations. Josephine will be the MC for this Health and Wellness Committee Workshop. Katie Holmes, A.T. Still Intern, provided the Tip of the Month—Resiliency is the ability to bounce back after a setback. It is important to identify and acknowledge strengths and supports, make a list of three things that you are grateful for, and use the list to focus your strengths and build resilience. Hang it up in your home as a reminder.

David reported that Monica De La Rosa had her baby. He announced several upcoming Life Enrichment activities including the Current Events Meeting with Bob Black every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4PM in the Administration Conference Room, and the Beginning Middle Eastern Dance every second Wednesday of the month at 4PM in the Recreation Center. The Outdoor Farmers Market at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 20th from 11AM to 1PM will include lots of walking and not a lot of seating. To reserve your seat on the bus, call 12905 and for questions, call Didi at 18473. Also, don’t forget the Tempe Arts Festival on the Light Rail on Friday, March 29th at 9:30AM. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, March 21st.

Mike Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, thanked residents for the support of Black History Month. He explained Five Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy as you Age. TIP 1 is learning to cope with change and encompasses building resilience, focusing on the things you are grateful for, finding healthy ways to process your feelings and trying to look at challenging situations as opportunities for personal growth, and stay healthy through humor, laughter and play. TIP 2 is finding meaning and joy in living by perhaps picking up a long-neglected hobby or trying a new hobby, traveling somewhere new and spending time in nature, or writing your memoirs. TIP 3 is to stay connected by maintaining your support network as a buffer against loneliness, depression, disability, hardship and loss; to make an effort to make new friends; to spend time with at least one person every day; and to find support groups in times of crisis or change. TIP 4 is to get active and boost vitality by regular exercise which can help prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia; by walking or exercising with a friend or family member; and by eating well and getting plenty of sleep. TIP 5 is to keep your mind sharp through being active and social; challenging our brain by doing things we enjoy like puzzles and games; and by attending workshops online or on campus that allow you to tackle new subjects. It’s not about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years. Mike announced a new organized recreational activity—Basketball Bounce led by Frances Califano on Mondays from 2—3PM in the Fitness Center. The March B-Fit winner is Bonnie McCulley.

Rod Bailey discussed the Groundbreaking ceremony that was improvised to an indoor location due to weather. Residents viewed a clever video that showed Michelle Just, our President and CEO, opening the ceremony on the Myrtle Avenue property. The project will build new living options and replace aging infrastructure. At completion, there will be 1000 residents on campus, making us the largest life plan community in Arizona. Every single aspect of the campus will be updated. Referring people to marketing can be rewarding with the possibility of earning $3,750 over three referrals. The money is earned when a referral has moved to the campus and been here for four months. A new program, Earn for Tours has been instituted. The first 100 residents who fill out a marketing referral form and refer someone who tours the campus with marketing will earn a $25 gift card. Twenty-nine of the new patio homes have been sold and a BVIP program is in place for the new Promenade residences. David noted that the 260 million dollar project was covered in the Phoenix Business Journal.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available for the sixth year in a row: offering free tax preparation to residents right here on campus. Aides will be available on Mondays, 3/18 and 4/01 with appointments from 9AM—2PM in the Boardrooms. Please enter through the Life Center. To schedule an appointment, please call the Welcome Center (dial “0”) and they will assist you. Bring to your appointment last year’s income tax returns, W2 and 1099 forms, etc., and a photo ID.

The Holleran Survey Report will be discussed in a Special Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27th at 10AM in the Life Center. The survey tells us how engaged and connected we are. David said that there are some things that can be done to improve and the Administration is willing to do them. Come and hear about it on the 27th!!

As always, the Hootenanny is every Wednesday at 5:45PM in the Life Center. Bring a friend and enjoy the free entertainment. Sundaes with Dave on Wednesday, the 20th in the Bistro—enjoy a free yogurt sundae with all the toppings and share your thoughts or just come for a treat. We extend a big “Thank You” to Gregory’s Fresh Market for bringing a wonderful array of fresh produce to residents.

The next Community Town Hall will be held in the Life Center on Wednesday, April 3rd at 2PM.

 

February 2019 Town Hall Recap

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TOWN HALL Recap for December 5, 2018

Rev. David Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, called the meeting to order at 2:15PM, wishing all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyous Holiday Season. David also asked residents to be sensitive to those who may have lost a loved one recently or have other reasons to be sad over the holidays. A kind word or deed can make a big difference. He shared the spirit of the holidays by showing some pictures of staff, both now and in previous years. Staff Christmas photo cards from years past of Michelle Just, Joe Kane, Mike Smallwood, Peggy Roberts, Jon Schilling, Barbara Wood and many others brought gales of laughter from residents. How we do change over the years!! David called attention to the Welcome Coffee held the fourth Wednesday of each month, but taking a break in December, with the next Coffee on Wednesday, January 23rd.

Michelle Just, President and CEO, also wished residents happy holidays and provided updates on several items. She thanked residents for their participation in the Holleran Survey and said the findings will be used by Senior Staff, the Board of Directors and others in planning for the future. Michelle also thanked residents for their generosity in raising over $165,000 for the Employee Appreciation Fund. The staff party with be on Friday, December 7th, and employees are very grateful for the money they receive from the Fund. It will definitely make a difference for Christmas. As for the redevelopment, residents have no doubt noticed that the homes along 17th Drive and Myrtle Avenue have been demolished. Abatement will be started tomorrow in regard to the old patio homes. They will not be demolished until sometime in January and residents will be duly notified of the date so that they may party on their balconies. A new name has been given to the Courtyard buildings. It is to be called the Promenade Residences. In response to letters received and rumors, Michelle assured residents that the Mall would not be closing down for this phase of the redevelopment. That will not occur until the Promenade Residences are built 2 ½ years down the road. She has also received word that residents are very happy with the Holiday decorations and she assured us that the Poinsettia tree in the Life Center will remain lovely without watering as the flowers are silk! Michelle asked a favor of residents—that some residents (in their Beatitudes T-shirts) would attend the Alhambra Village Planning meeting on December 18th at the Washington Adult Center. More information will be available in the Roadrunner.

As Barbara Carpenter came forward to report on the Residents Council, David noted that there had been a Barbara Luncheon. Barbara said that 18 Barbaras attended and had a lovely time.

Barbara reported on the November Residents Council Meeting, noting that David Ragan welcomed the Representatives, Committee Chairs, Staff and Residents. He had updates on the demolishing of the new patio home and garden apartment sites, the Community Channel and a new loop system for the Life Center. Bylaws and Elections Chairman, Herb Komnick, reported that the elections went smoothly, each building has elected representatives, and over 60% of independent living residents voted. Dining Services Chair, Pat Dellisanti, shared the mostly positive comments that the committee had received on our dining venues. Bette Henriques, Employee Appreciation Chair, announced that the 2018 fund had broken the previous record and she, too, thanked all who participated so generously. Enviroment Chairmen, Gerald Roseberry, said that servers in Buckwald’s and Elaine’s will be offering water on request as part of our conservation effort. It was approved for the Recycling Sub-Committee to move to the Facilities Committee. Facilities Committee Chairman, Roger Benson, and his committee are working with our Director of Plant Operations on the serviceability and appearance of the campus facilities. Committees reporting in December include Communications, Community Relations, Health and Wellness, Life Enrichment, Spiritual Life and Welcome. Representative, Nils Larson, of Plaza View welcomed new representative, Dick Tucker and reported on happenings there. Kathleen Hall of Plaza South and Hollister Newlin of Central Park South each reported about good things in their buildings and all independent living areas will be celebrating the season with holiday events starting next week. Donna Ellis reported for the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Action Council, which will be working to promote these values, a part of the Beatitudes Promise. The Residents Council will be appreciating all our 2018 volunteers, electing new officers and seating our new representatives next week so join us for an exciting glimpse into 2019 on Wednesday, December 12th at 2:00PM. Cake and coffee will be served. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2018!

Jessica Meyer, Director of Success Matters, announced a Courtney Cookie Send-off to be held on Thursday, December 20th from 10 to 11AM. Courtney Ramos has completed her internship at the Beatitudes and we thank her for her work on Campus and wish her well in her upcoming career as an occupational therapist. Courtney, who has now completed her Master’s Degree, thanked the residents for being so welcoming and expressed her feeling that this is a wonderful community.

Didi Cruz and Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialists, combined forces to remind residents of several upcoming opportunities such as the Holiday Light Tour Off Campus on Monday, December 17th and Wednesday, December 19th at 6PM. Call x12905 to reserve your seat. There will be a trip to Organ Stop Pizza on Tuesday, December 18th at 3PM. Organ Stop Pizza accepts CASH ONLY and to join this trip, call 12905 by Friday, December 14th. If you plan on decorating your balcony, and don’t mind having folks stop by around 6PM on weekdays, call Didi at 18473 by Thursday, December 13th. Those who participate will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card. Free gift wrapping is available on Saturday, December 15th from 9AM to 5PM. Volunteers will be available to help wrap your gifts. All supplies are provided and please schedule a time by calling Monica at x18526. If you would like to be a Town Crier, and be available from 8 to 8:20AM to announce the events/classes going on for the day and the following day, and answer questions regarding the events/classes, contact Korry Nelson, Communications and Media Design Specialist at x18493 or talk with a Communications Committee member. You can volunteer for one day a week, or two days a week or whatever you might be able to do.

Michael Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, provided riddles and jokes along with good news about keeping fit. It seems that as Americans continue to live longer, we also are aging better and thriving more in later life. Seniors are more satisfied with their standard of living, worry less about finances, have a significantly higher sense of well-being and have reduced amounts of stress in their lives than their younger counterparts. Hawaii ranks as the #1 state for older Americans well-being, followed by ARIZONA, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Colorado. The least happy states were Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia. So stay here at the Beatitudes and join a workout and wellness class! The B-Fit winner for December is Norma Dieffenbach.

Tena Alonzo, Comfort Matters Director of Education and Research, introduced John Czaplewski, a Doctoral student, whose dissertation project involves the cognitive examination of people at least 90 years old. John said that participating in the project will require 20 to 30 minutes of activities such as puzzles, identifying pictures, remembering a short list of words, drawing pictures and connecting the dots. If residents participate, they will be a part of something that will benefit the care of others, create something new, represent individuals 90 years-old and over and impact the field of Neuropsychology. There is no other research like this in the country. If you are interested in participating in this important study, contact Tena at x16182.

David said that the DirecTV installation is complete and Cox is terminated throughout the campus. If Cox is trying to bill you for the white boxes that were in your apartment, tell them to cease doing so as they are part of the bulk account between Beatitudes Campus and Cox and this does not involve you. Always put in a work order should you have any issues involving your television or internet from now on.

The Arizona Republic is for sale in the Bistro for $2.00 a copy, including Sunday. Remember the Hootenanny takes place each and every Wednesday night in the Life Center. Bring your friends and enjoy the music. Wednesday Sundaes with Dave will take place on December 19th from 2 to 4PM in the Bistro. Enjoy a free yogurt sundae and share your thoughts with David. A big Thank You to Gregory’s Fresh Market for the bags of fruits and vegetables given to residents as they came to Town Hall on Wednesday.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL. The next Town Hall will be at 2:00PM in the Life Center on January 2nd, 2019.

November Town Hall Recap

Michelle Just, President and CEO, kicked off the Town Hall meeting at 2:15PM by showing video of the Executive Team participating in “Kar Karaoke” with a Halloween theme and to the tune of “Monster Mash”. The video was enjoyed by all! Assisted Living and Early Memory Support have been challenged to provide the next video. Many staff members and residents were wearing their orange Beatitudes shirts as they participated in the Arizona Leading Age Senior Fitness Challenge. Michelle and Rev. David W. Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, also took part and residents were privileged to see a video of Michelle performing several fitness tests with flair and finesse. Michelle also announced that the Power of the Purse raised approximately $222,000 for the Resident Assistance Fund and for resident programming. The money raised was a record amount and the number of sponsors was also a record. Over 700 purses were donated and over 350 people attended. The Power of the Purse event is quite different from the general type of fundraisers and provides another opportunity to introduce the campus to others. Michelle thanked residents for their participation and also offered a big thank you to Dining Services and other staff members who worked very hard to make the day so memorable. Michelle asked residents to participate in the Holleran 2018 Resident Engagement Study. Surveys should be out on Friday, the 9th and results from the survey are shared with the Board, Executive Team and  Program Managers. It is very important that the surveys are filled out and returned. Michelle offered a thank you to all the veterans for their service and concluded with “God Bless Everyone”.

David Ragan welcomed residents and asked them to invite their new neighbors to come and participate also. There were three or four residents at the meeting for the first time. He noted that the Welcome Coffee is held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2:00PM in the Life Center (Nov. 28th this month). It is inspiring to attend and to hear new residents tell why they have chosen this community.

Residents Council President, Barbara Carpenter, reported on the October Council Meeting. David Ragan announced that groundbreaking for the new Patio Homes should be some time in Nov., and he thanked those who attended a meeting with our new neighbors. The neighbors seemed positive and happy about the expansion. Community Chairperson, Gene Lefebvre, reported that a number of local churches are supporting Maryland School with tutors and supplies. Communications Committee Chairman, Bill Chase, reported that DirecTV is being installed throughout campus and Cox will not be available after October 31st. Other campus communications projects include a “yellow pages” directory of services and support of the HUB project. Health and Wellness Chairperson, Ruth Crowley, promoted a workshop on blood pressure and announced there would be a seminar on Pain Management in Nov.. Marge O’Horo, Life Enrichment Chairperson, reported on the many activities for residents. She urged everyone to CHECK their Roadrunner carefully so as not to miss any events. Spiritual Life Chairman, Paul Kelly, said that more than 40 residents attended the first annual retreat in September. Welcome Committee Chairwoman, Char Telleen, said that 13 new residents have been welcomed this month. Senior Area Representative Karen Shannon of CPW and Martha Trout of CPN reported about the things happening in their buildings and events coming up. New folders have been placed in each lobby containing minutes and reports from the last Residents Council meeting—please take out and read, replace, and do not remove from your lobby. New building representatives will be seated at the December Council meeting. The next Residents Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. Good ideas are those that are shared! The 2019 Residents Council Area Representatives are: Plaza North—Harry Oakes, Senior Rep and Elaine Kinnerk, Junior Rep; Plaza South—Janet Shaw, Senior Rep and Bonny Hoffman, Junior Rep; CPN and Patio Homes—Jan Upson, Senior Rep and Phil Adelman, Junior Rep; CPS—Palmer Ruschke, Senior Rep and Lois Elliott, Junior Rep; CPW—Karen Shannon, Senior Rep and Gary Gross, Junior Rep.

David announced a SOURCES AND USES (income and outgo) meeting for those interested in the financials of Beatitudes Campus is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 10:00AM in the Life Center. Michelle Just and Allen Bloch, Sr. VP and Chief Financial Officer, in the interest of transparency, will talk about where Beatitudes is financially at this time. Watch your Roadrunner for more about it!

Rev. Peggy Roberts, Sr. VP of Spiritual Life, announced that we now have a quiet place that residents can come to for meditation, to engage the senses, prayer, respite, or just for quiet. It is located off the front (closest to Glendale Avenue) of the Life Center. There will be reading materials and prayer shawls available. The hours that the room will be open are being worked out, but it certainly will be open whenever Spiritual Life staff are on campus.

Jessica Meyer, Director of Success Matters, said that there are a few spaces available for the AARP Driver Safety Course being held Nov. 8th from 9AM to 1:30PM in Agelink Great Room. Jessica also said that there are spots available for the Diabetes Self-Management classes which begin on Nov. 8th and continue for six weeks on Thursdays in Agelink 1 from 9—11AM, excepting Thanksgiving Day. Family and friends from off campus are welcome to attend the classes. Call Jessica at x16110 to sign up.

Ruth Crowley, Health and Wellness Committee Chairwoman, invited residents to attend a seminar on Pain Management Alternative to Opioids to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. Ruth noted that we are fortunate to have Dr. Cheri Dersam, MD and Courtney Ramos, OTS here to discuss pain management alternatives such as acupuncture, medical marijuana, therapies, exercise and other interventions. Dr. Dersam is the daughter of campus resident, Bill McGrue.

Mr. Variety, Dining Services Director, Joe Kane, discussed the variety in the dining menus. He said residents should look for the NEW logo on the menu to discover new items. The full menu is in the Roadrunner each week. Dining Services tries to focus on what residents want to eat and trends in the industry. The Creative Station will have cooked Sushi [this] week so give it a try! Elaine’s Fine Dining will be the next to introduce the new menu and Buckwald’s will be coming soon. Joe mentioned that servers are asking residents if their food is hot when served, in an effort to eliminate cold food. If the food is not hot, send it back!

Didi Cruz, Life Enrichment Specialist, was surprised to see a picture on the overhead of her and her husband, J.C. Cruz, taken at his graduation from basic training in Fort Benning, GA. J.C. is a former Security employee at the Beatitudes. Didi mentioned lunch trips planned to Spinato’s Pizzeria on Friday, Nov. 16th, Olive Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 20th, a trip to Harkins Theatres with lunch at Ono Hawaiian BBQ on Tuesday, Nov. 27th and a Tovrea Castle Tour on Friday, Nov. 30th at 7:45 a.m. Boarding passes for this trip are available at the Welcome Center for $15, and be aware that there is a lot of walking involved. A campus Craft Sale will be held in the Life Center on December 10th. This is an opportunity for folks who create handmade items to sell them to residents and staff in time for the Holiday Season. Residents keep all profits aside from a $20 table fee which will be donated to the Busy Bee Fund. Didi also said that a group of students from Camelback High School are coming to campus to do interviews with our residents on Monday, Nov. 26th from 10 to 11AM in the Life Center. If you are available and interested in being interviewed , please let Didi know at x18526.

Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialist, noted that there will be a volunteer orientation session on Monday, Nov. 12th at 11:15 a.m. in the Administration Conference Room. If you are interesting in volunteering for CareCorps, give Monica a call at x18526. Monica also detailed the many things that are going on to celebrate Veterans Week. Monday was a Sunnyslope Card Presentation and the movie, “Maya Lin: A strong clear vision”; Tuesday was a trip to the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Base; Wednesday residents had an opportunity to lunch with Airmen from Luke Air Force Base; Thursday was the Veterans Ball with dinner and a 12 piece band and open dancing; Friday, Veterans were invited to attend the Veterans service held at Maryland School as well as patriotic favorites played at Happy Hour; Saturday featured the Sunnyslope Choir; and Sunday a worship service honoring our Veterans.

Mike Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, said that while the Beatitudes Senior Challenge participants did not win any of the events, everyone had a fun time. Mike thanked Gregory’s Fresh Food for donating beautiful red apples to the event. The swimming pool will be open on Nov. 8th, for swim classes on the 9th and thereafter. He offered a quick reminder that Tai Chi Class with Carol Ann is held every Tuesday at 11AM and on Thursday at 11:45AM in Agelink 1. The B-Fit winner for October is Robert Berry.

David said that Direct TV has now been installed throughout the Campus. Some DVR’s do still need to be installed. Residents should have canceled any personal accounts that they may have had with Cox. If Cox tries to charge residents for the little white boxes, they are in error. Do not pay them as the Beatitudes will be returning all the little white boxes on Nov. 15th. If you have any problems with your Direct TV or Wi-Fi, put in a work order to Information Technology as the Campus Direct TV account is a commercial one and you will not be able to obtain any information by calling Direct TV. The Community Channel is still not available but Direct TV is working on getting that problem solved and it should be active by Nov. 30th. A few copies of the Arizona Republic are available for purchase in the Bistro. More will be added if there is a need for them. Remember the Hootenany takes place each Wednesday evening in the Life Center beginning at 5:45PM It is a wonderful free event to invite your new neighbors to attend with you. Also, the third Community Wednesday is Sundaes with Dave and will be on Wednesday, Nov. 21st from 2 to 4PM in the Bistro. Come enjoy a free sundae and bring your concerns or joys to Dave. As always, a heartfelt thank you is given to Gregory’s Fresh Market for bringing fresh produce for our residents to purchase and enjoy.

The next Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.*

October Town Hall Recap

Rev. David W. Ragan, Senior VP of Resident Services, called the meeting to order at 2:15PM welcoming residents and thanking Gregorys’ Fresh Market for their service and generosity in providing free bags of produce for many of the attendees. Three residents were at a Town Hall for the first time, and David encouraged residents to reach out to new neighbors and encourage them to attend these meetings and find out all that is happening on campus. David also noted that the Welcome Coffee for new residents is held at 2:00PM in the Life Center on the fourth Friday of every month, October 24th this month. All are invited to attend and meet the new residents and learn where they are from, what special interests they have, and what led them to our campus. A slide show of clever pumpkins and Halloween jokes reminded us that the holiday will soon be upon us.

Barbara Carpenter, Residents Council President, provided a report of the September Council Meeting. Director of Life Enrichment, Jon Schilling, promoted the upcoming Active Aging Week activities and also noted that Recreation and Transportation offices have been moved to the former Marketing offices in the Plaza South building. Joe Kane, Dining Services Director, spoke on the new Bistro menus and encouraged residents to communicate dining experiences through the comment cards and kiosks. Bylaws and Elections Chairman, Herb Komnick, distributed final guidelines for the elections for Building Representatives and promoted attendance at an informational session for current Representatives. Dining Services Chair, Pat Dellasanti, shared many positive and a few negative comments that the committee received. All responses are taken seriously. She advised that the Halloween dinner and party will be on October 31st. Bette Henriques, Employee Appreciation Chair, urged residents to participate in the 50/50 raffles and to remember that personal contributions to the Fund are greatly appreciated by the staff. October 31st is the final day to contribute to the 2018 Fund. Environment Chairman, Gerald Roseberry, reported that refrigerator magnets reminding us to use water wisely have been distributed and the committee continues to work to provide a more sustainable future for the campus. Roger Benson, Facilities Committee Chair, cited the new flooring in the Central Park buildings and noted that remodels will be underway in the Life Center and Care Center public bathrooms. There is new signage for the exterior trash and recycling rooms in the Central Park buildings and the new sign for the entrance is up and looking good. Fire safety is a continuing discussion item. Committees giving reports in October include Communications, Community Relations, Health and Wellness, Life Enrichment, Spiritual Life and the Welcome Committee. Senior Area Representatives, Nils Larson of Plaza View, Kathleen Hall of Plaza South and Hollister Newlin of Central Park South each reported about the good things happening in their buildings. Resident, Norma Buckwald, spoke about “Stitches of Love”, a dedicated group of both campus and outside volunteers who made new clothing, etc., for over 4,000 underprivileged children this year. Mim Hoover, Lifelong Learner’s Chairman thanked the council for their support of the HUB proposal and noted over 100 residents have already registered for fall classes. The next Residents Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at 2:00PM in the Life Center.

David Ragan called attention to the beautiful new Beatitudes Campus sign in front of the. A generous gift provided for this important addition to the Campus.

Success Matters Director, Jessica Meyer, introduced Courtney Ramos to residents. She is an occupational therapy student at A.T. Still University and will be interning with us for the next three months. Courtney said that she especially enjoys working with seniors and she is excited to be here on campus. Jessica also called attention to several Driver Safety Awareness events. First, Safety Checkups on Tuesday, October 16th or Thursday, October 18th from 1 to 2PM is offered in Agelink Great Hall. Occupation therapy students from NAU help with the workshop which helps to ensure that your driving skills are as good as you would like them to be. Also, Down the Road: Driving Decisions and Alternate Transportation Alternatives on Tuesday, October 23rd at 1PM in Agelink Great Hall. Also, the AARP Safer Driving Course is being offered on Thursday, November 8th from 9AM to 1:30PM in the Agelink Great Hall. The charge for this course is $15 if you are an AARP Member and $20 if you are not a member. Lunch is included. Finally, offered on Friday, November 16th is Carfit at Helen Drake Senior Center (27th Ave and Orangewood) from 9 to 11AM (drop in). At this event, you and your car are looked at to ensure that the mirrors are in the right position for you, the seat as well, etc. To register for the workshops in Agelink Great Hall and for additional details about any of these events, call Jessica Meyer at x16110.

Ruth Crowley, Chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee, discussed an upcoming workshop, “Listen to Your Heart: How to Make the Most of Your Blood Pressure Monitoring”. The workshop is Friday, October 12th at 2PM in Agelink Great Hall. Participants will have an opportunity to win a blood pressure gauge, learn about the latest blood pressure recommendations for older adults, and practice measuring your blood pressure for the most accurate results. There will be a presentation first and then small groups will practice. Jessica Meyer was able to obtain 3 blood pressure cuff monitors which will be used and then raffled off. Jessica is able to order these cuffs for residents at a good price.

Josephine Levy, Success Matters Resource Navigator, reminded residents that Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15th through December 7th. Ellen Dean, of Dean and Associates, will be on Campus to answer your Medicare questions on Mondays and Fridays, October 15th through November 30th. If you would like to meet with her to review your present plans and make sure they are the best ones for you, call (602) 266-9200 for an appointment.

Beatitudes Director of Dining Services, Joe Kane, discussed the changes in the Bistro menu. Many items stay permanently on the menu and many more change weekly, such as the variety of chili, the panini sandwich, the specialty sandwich and quesadilla, and specialty entree selection. The new Creative Station will serve everything from subs to Asian bowls to pizza to wings and much more. The menu is printed in the Roadrunner weekly. Joe asked that residents keep communicating through the comment cards and the kiosks. Tell Dining Services what you want and they will put it on the menu. Variety is the name of the game!! Town Hall attendees gave Joe a hand in appreciation for the new menus.

Life Enrichment Specialist, Monica De La Rosa, thanked residents for their spirited participation in Active Aging Week. A gift card and fish bowl was won by Earl Geller, a new resident. A thank you was extended to all of the many staff members who worked very hard to make the week a success. Monica announced a lunch outing on Friday, October 12, at 10:45AM to Joe’s Diner and another outing on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:45AM to Zookz. There will be a trip to Harkins Theatres and lunch at CC’s Pizza on Tuesday, October 23 at 10:00AM. Movies will be determined Thursday, October 18th and will be posted in the Recreation Room. For any of these trips, please call transportation at #12905 to reserve your seat on the bus. Check the Roadrunner for details about Veterans Week, Monday, November 5th through Sunday, November 11th.

Bill McGrue, Campus resident, informed attendees about the Singles group which is in the process of forming. The second round of the Let’s Get Acquainted Program will be a “Singles Mingle” on Monday, October 22nd at 6PM in Elaine’s Fine Dining. Refreshments will be provided and we hope to see you there. The concept is new, so you are invited to provide your feedback. Come have some fun at the first “Mingle”.

Mike Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, provided a Brainsavers Update. Class A on Tuesday and Friday at 11AM in the Recreation Room will be covering Leisure Activities and Socialization, Sleep Research, the History of Exercise, and Energy in Energy out. Class B which meets on Mondays and Wedsnesdays at 10AM in the Recreation Room will be covering Aquatic Fitness, Nutritional Supplements, and Connecting with the Past, Present and Future. Walk-ins are welcome. No signup or registration necessary. Beatitudes Campus has become a SilverSneakers location. “Fitness Foundations” and “Functional Fitness” classes will now be titled “Strength and Balance”, the SilverSneakers name for this type of exercise. In conjunction with SilverSneakers, we will now have an additional class “Walking Outdoors” which will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:15AM beginning in the Recreation Room. Beatitudes residents will be able to attend all fitness classes as normal regardless whether they decide to become a SilverSneakers member or not. SilverSneakers will pay Beatitudes Campus $2.50 each time a SilverSneakers member participates in our class. Why??? Research has proven that insurance companies save millions of dollars in health care costs if they were to pay for older adults to participate in Fitness classes. Sign up at SilverSneakers.com or call Mike at x18482 and he will help you sign up. David noted that membership in SilverSneakers allows residents access to any SilverSneakers location. There are over 14,000 such places. It costs nothing to join as Medicare pays the costs. Mike also told residents that Mary Colosimo will be instructing the Water Aerobics class on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30AM. The Tai Chi class with Carol Ann meets at 11AM on Tuesdays and 11:45am on Thursdays in Agelink Classroom #1. The B-Fit winner for October is Lidia Runge.

David Ragan advised that the Arizona Republic newspaper is now available for sale at the Plaza Bistro for $2. Five copies have been ordered on a trial basis. Residents can become informed about the upcoming Arizona ballot measures on the November 6th ballot from the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan group dedicated to voter education. The event will be held on October 16th at 10AM in the Life Center. Don’t forget the Power of the Purse on November 4th from 2 – 5PM in the Plaza Bistro and on the Central Park Mall (CM). Resident tickets are $45. Please call Barbara Wood in the Foundation Office if you want to purchase a ticket (#16136). On Thursday, October 25th at 7PM in the Life Center, PFLAG Phoenix and Beatitudes Campus invite you to a special screening of the movie, Real Boy. It is a documentary about a son’s transition and a mother’s transformation. David said that the video is a story of a genuine struggle, and is powerful and educational. Viewers will come away with a greater sensitivity to the subject. David also said that we have staff people on Campus who are exactly what this documentary is about.

Don’t forget the Hootenanny every Wednesday at 5:45PM. Bring your friends and enjoy the free entertainment. Sundaes with Dave will be on Wednesday, October 17th from 2 to 4PM in the Bistro. Get a free yogurt sundae and share your thoughts or just enjoy the sundae!

The next Town Hall will be November 7th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. Come and stay up-to-date on what is going on right here at Beatitudes Campus!

August 2018 Town Hall Recap

Rev. David Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, called the Town Hall to order at 2:15PM and welcomed residents. There were several residents who were attending Town Hall for the first time and David encouraged all residents to join us at Town Hall and catch up with what is happening here at the Beatitudes. The next Welcome Coffee will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2:00PM in the Life Center. Come to meet and learn about our new friends on Campus. Residents watched a segment from The Gong Show featuring our own resident, Igor Glenn, performing as a “cowboy aviator”. Residents were also treated to a series of quotations by famous people. For example—“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible” (George Burns) or “We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress” (Will Rogers).
David introduced Michelle Just, President and CEO, and congratulated her for being named as one of the Most Influential Women of 2018 by the Arizona Business Magazine. Michelle talked about an upcoming Power of Women panel to be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 5-7PM in the Life Center. The panel will include Kate Wells, CEO of Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Chief Jerri Williams, Phoenix Chief of Police, and our own Michelle Just. The panel will be moderated by Letitia Frye, our Power of the Purse auctioneer. The Power of the Purse will be held on November 4th with a goal of $125,000. Sponsorships have already brought in $92,000 toward that goal. Title Sponsors are Weitz Construction and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Michelle noted that there will be a Special Campus-Wide Town Hall on Wednesday, August 29th from 2:00 to 3:00PM in the Life Center to provide residents and staff with the latest redevelopment update. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. Last, but not least, Michelle congratulated David Ragan on being accepted to the eleventh class of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy. The Academy consists of 45 leaders across the nation coming together to learn and share ideas.
Barbara Carpenter, President of the Residents Council, reported on the June Council Meeting. David Ragan opened the meeting and reported that the patio home pre-sales are going well, reminding residents of the opportunity to earn money through successful referrals to Marketing. By-Laws and Elections Chair, Herb Komnick, said the committee is recommending two by-law changes, one concerning filling vacancies on the council and the other opening the choices for secretary. A vote will be taken at the August meeting. Dining Services Chair, Pat Dellisanti announced an upcoming Western theme lunch in August and Halloween dinner on October 31st. Her committee looks at each and every comment card and works to improve the dining experience for all of us. The committee bid farewell to Chef Brian Rocco and a welcome back to Chef Cosmin Barbu. Bette Henriques, Employee Appreciation Chair, said the committee has been holding 50/50 raffles at theme dinners and will be promoting the fund from now until October 31st. Environment Committee Chair, Gerald Roseberry, said that a number of the Environment Committee toured the SRP marketing facility to learn ways we can conserve our water. He asked residents to look for “water tips” in the Roadrunner and on the Community Channel. Facilities Committee Chair, Roger Benson, reported on many new campus improvements including the Administration building restrooms and new carpeting for the Central Park buildings. A new entrance sign is coming soon and will include lighting for the flag. Senior Area Representatives, Nils Larson of Plaza View, Kathleen Hall of Plaza South, and Hollister Newlin of Central Park South reported about the things happening in their buildings, activities they are doing and events coming up. Please support your building representatives and committees in their work by attending our meetings. The next Residents Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at 2:00PM in the Life Center.
Andrew Moore, Associate Chaplain, discussed a retreat to be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00AM – 4:00PM in the Life Center. The retreat will allow residents to rest, recuperate, learn, grow, and come together in worship. Lunch and materials will be provided, therefore reservations are required. Please call Kimberly Bravo at 18465 by September 1st to reserve your place.
Success Matters Resource Navigator, Josephine Levy, told about a “Going Places?” session to be held on Tuesday, August 7th at 1:00PM in AG1. Josephine will be providing the basics on GoGo Grandparents and other off-Campus transportation options. She also will be providing a workshop on the ABC’s (and D) of Medicare on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00AM in Agelink Great Hall. Josephine said that Medicare is not as complicated as it might seem. She volunteers with the Area Agency on Aging answering telephone questions about Medicare, so bring your questions to the workshop.
Dining Services Director, Joe Kane, introduced our new Executive Chef, Cosmin Barbu. Chef Barbu started here at the Beatitudes in the Care Center, working up to Sous Chef before leaving for an Executive Chef position. Dining Services is very happy to welcome Chef Barbu back to the Beatitudes as Executive Chef. Joe also encouraged the use of the kiosks for commenting on dining services. Comments made on the kiosks go directly to Joe Kane via email. The Kitchen Tours continue through September and provide a great example of what is done each day. Residents were encouraged to sign up in the Bistro to take the tour on Saturdays at 2:00PM. Joe announced that Ben Ennis, Events Set-up Person, is now working for the Grounds Department, and he welcomed Asmir Smakovic who will be our new Events Set-up Person. Asmir has previously worked in the Bistro and as a Diet Aide in the Care Center.
David Ragan announced that DirecTV will be coming to the Beatitudes in September. Reasons for the change include—DirecTV is the highest ranked cable TV provider; their top tier service which includes all the movie channels will be provided at no extra cost; two drops per apartment and the DirecTV boxes will be provided at no extra cost; DVR’s will be available for those who want them for approximately $10 per month; and the change should result in a significant monthly savings if you are using more services from our current provider. In addition, we will be transitioning to Wi-Fi at no cost to residents. A letter will be sent to residents with more information. A door-to-door survey will be taken to ascertain how you are set up and what services you currently have.
Life Enrichment Specialist, Monica De La Rosa, discussed the volunteer tutoring program at Maryland Elementary School, located at 24th Avenue and Maryland. Leroy Calbom, who has headed this program for several years, talked about how rewarding the work is for volunteers. Seeing young children learn and grow is exciting. Students at Maryland Elementary speak 28 different languages and come from a variety of backgrounds. You can tutor students individually or in a group on a subject of your choice. Fingerprint clearance is provided for free by the District and a Maryland School representative will call and connect you with a teacher and student(s). If you are interested in taking part in this program, Volunteer Applications are available in the Life Enrichment office. Monica introduced Sherwin Block, Interim Chairman of the Life Enrichment Committee, who discussed lunch outings to different restaurants in the Valley. They include Black Bear Diner, Bobby Q’s, Kiss the Cook, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and others. On Friday, August 10th, the lunch outing will be to Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant and on Tuesday, August 21st, we will be going to the Cracker Barrel. The kick-off at Chompies was a big success. Look for information in the Roadrunner and on the monthly calendar. Didi Cruz, Life Enrichment Specialist, said there is a Western theme Lunch planned for Saturday, August 11th in the Life Center. Doors open at 11 AM. Short and Sweet will be providing entertainment and the Employee Appreciation Committee will be hosting a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased at the Bistro for $11.50. Didi also discussed a new program which aims to aid single seniors in finding a good friend on campus. The kick-off for this “Let’s Get Acquainted” program will be held in Elaine’s on Monday, August 20th at 6:00PM. Come and share your feedback on how we can improve the program!
David noted that the Ceramics Studio has ceramics for sale and when purchased they can be taken to the Studio for firing in the kiln. The Studio is open Thursday mornings at 10:00AM and will be open more often if there are more residents interested in ceramics. The cost for ceramic sugar-style skulls for Halloween will be $16 each, or two for $30.
Lynn Leonard, Lifelong Learning Committee member, told residents about the Second Annual Film Festival to be held in the Life Center on August 23rd and 24th. There will be four movies, two on Thursday and two on Friday. Free popcorn will be provided, and, if you wish, you may buy a lunch ticket in the Bistro and enjoy a buffet lunch between the movies. A drawing will be held for a free Harkins movie pass. Watch for more information in the Roadrunner.
Michael Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, provided residents with a Brainsavers and Workout Wellness Class update. He said that the classes are now switching to a new quarter and classes are structured so that new participants can get a fresh start in either class. Participants can choose a class that best fits their schedule. The third quarter class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11AM. The fourth quarter class is on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11AM to noon. The class is not too demanding with one-third of the class dealing with physical fitness. Some topics to be covered include Hydration and the Brain; Maintaining Healthy Bones; Cultivating Gratitude; Nutritional Supplements; Sleep Research Update; Food for Thinking; and Connecting the Past, Present and Future. There is plenty of room in both classes so feel free to join anytime. The July and August B-Fit Winners are George Krekeler and Nils Larson. Mike asked if any of the residents were members of the Silver Sneakers Program. If so, please contact Mike at 18482 or [email protected]
Rod Bailey, Sr. Vice-President of Marketing and Sales, welcomed Jaime Sackrison as our Senior Community Outreach Ambassador. Jaime will be taking the message of what we do out and about in the community. Jaime is from Wisconsin and she has a great deal of experience in community and home care. Jonathan Gibbs is now a Residency Counselor.
David reminded residents to tune in to Channel 1960 to learn all about what is going on, and gain further information about the ceramics studio. Don’t forget to go to the Hootenanny each and every Wednesday evening at 5:45PM in the Life Center. Bring your friends and enjoy the free musical entertainment. Our heartfelt thanks go to Gregory’s Fresh Market for bringing their produce to us, and also for the volunteering that they do for seniors throughout the community. As always, Wednesday Sundaes with Dave will take place on Wednesday, September 19th from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the Plaza Bistro. Enjoy a free yogurt sundae and share your thoughts with David.
The next Town Hall will be held on September 5th at 2:00PM in the Life Center. We hope to see you there!!!

Rev. David Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services, called the Town Hall to order at 2:15PM and welcomed residents.  There were several residents who were attending Town Hall for the first time and David encouraged all residents to join us at Town Hall and catch up with what is happening here at the Beatitudes.  The next Welcome Coffee will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 2:00PM in the Life Center.  Come to meet and learn about our new friends on Campus.  Residents watched a segment from The Gong Show featuring our own resident, Igor Glenn, performing as a “cowboy aviator”.  Residents were also treated to a series of quotations by famous people.  For example—“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible” (George Burns) or “We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress” (Will Rogers).

David introduced Michelle Just, President and CEO, and congratulated her for being named as one of the Most Influential Women of 2018 by the Arizona Business Magazine. Michelle talked about an upcoming Power of Women panel to be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 5-7PM in the Life Center.  The panel will include Kate Wells, CEO of Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Chief Jerri Williams, Phoenix Chief of Police, and our own Michelle Just.  The panel will be moderated by Letitia Frye, our Power of the Purse auctioneer. The Power of the Purse will be held on November 4th with a goal of $125,000.  Sponsorships have already brought in $92,000 toward that goal.  Title Sponsors are Weitz Construction and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  Michelle noted that there will be a Special Campus-Wide Town Hall on Wednesday, August 29th from 2:00 to 3:00PM in the Life Center to provide residents and staff with the latest redevelopment update.  There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.  Last, but not least, Michelle congratulated David Ragan on being accepted to the eleventh class of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy.  The Academy consists of 45 leaders across the nation coming together to learn and share ideas.

Barbara Carpenter, President of the Residents Council, reported on the June Council Meeting.  David Ragan opened the meeting and reported that the patio home pre-sales are going well, reminding residents of the opportunity to earn money through successful referrals to Marketing.  By-Laws and Elections Chair, Herb Komnick, said the committee is recommending two by-law changes, one concerning filling vacancies on the council and the other opening the choices for secretary.  A vote will be taken at the August meeting.  Dining Services Chair, Pat Dellisanti announced an upcoming Western theme lunch in August and Halloween dinner on October 31st.  Her committee looks at each and every comment card and works to improve the dining experience for all of us.  The committee bid farewell to Chef Brian Rocco and a welcome back to Chef Cosmin Barbu.  Bette Henriques, Employee Appreciation Chair, said the committee has been holding 50/50 raffles at theme dinners and will be promoting the fund from now until October 31st.  Environment Committee Chair, Gerald Roseberry, said that a number of the Environment Committee toured the SRP marketing facility to learn ways we can conserve our water.  He asked residents to look for “water tips” in the Roadrunner and on the Community Channel. Facilities Committee Chair, Roger Benson, reported on many new  campus improvements including the Administration building restrooms and new carpeting for the Central Park buildings.  A new entrance sign is coming soon and will include lighting for the flag.  Senior Area Representatives, Nils Larson of Plaza View, Kathleen Hall of Plaza South, and Hollister Newlin of Central Park South reported about the things happening in their buildings, activities they are doing and events coming up.  Please support your building representatives and committees in their work by attending our meetings.  The next Residents Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th at 2:00PM in the Life Center.

Andrew Moore, Associate Chaplain, discussed a retreat to be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00AM – 4:00PM in the Life Center.  The retreat will allow residents to rest, recuperate, learn, grow, and come together in worship.  Lunch and materials will be provided, therefore reservations are required.  Please call Kimberly Bravo at 18465 by September 1st to reserve your place.

Success Matters Resource Navigator, Josephine Levy, told about a “Going Places?” session to be held on Tuesday, August 7th at 1:00PM in AG1.  Josephine will be providing the basics on GoGo Grandparents and other off-Campus transportation options.  She also will be providing a workshop on the ABC’s (and D)  of Medicare on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00AM in Agelink Great Hall. Josephine said that Medicare is not as complicated as it might seem.  She volunteers with the Area Agency on Aging answering telephone questions about Medicare, so bring your questions to the workshop.

Dining Services Director, Joe Kane, introduced our new Executive Chef, Cosmin Barbu.  Chef Barbu started here at the Beatitudes in the Care Center, working up to Sous Chef before leaving for an Executive Chef position.  Dining Services is very happy to welcome Chef Barbu back to the Beatitudes as Executive Chef.   Joe also encouraged the use of the kiosks for commenting on dining services.  Comments made on the kiosks go directly to Joe Kane via email.  The Kitchen Tours continue through September and provide a great example of what is done each day.  Residents were encouraged to sign up in the Bistro to take the tour on Saturdays at 2:00PM. Joe announced that Ben Ennis, Events Set-up Person, is now working for the Grounds Department, and he welcomed Asmir Smakovic who will be our new Events Set-up Person.  Asmir has previously worked in the Bistro and as a Diet Aide in the Care Center.

David Ragan announced that DirecTV will be coming to the Beatitudes in September.  Reasons for the change include—DirecTV is the highest ranked cable TV provider; their top tier service which includes all the movie channels will be provided at no extra cost; two drops per apartment and the DirecTV boxes will be provided at no extra cost; DVR’s will be available for those who want them for approximately $10 per month; and the change should result in a significant monthly savings if you are using more services from our current provider. In addition, we will be transitioning to Wi-Fi at no cost to residents.  A letter will be sent to residents with more information.  A door-to-door survey will be taken to ascertain how you are set up and what services you currently have.

Life Enrichment Specialist, Monica De La Rosa, discussed the volunteer tutoring program at Maryland Elementary School, located at 24th Avenue and Maryland.  Leroy Calbom, who has headed this program for several years, talked about how rewarding the work is for volunteers. Seeing young children learn and grow is exciting.  Students at Maryland Elementary speak 28 different languages and come from a variety of backgrounds. You can tutor students individually or in a group on a subject of your choice.  Fingerprint clearance is provided for free by the District and a Maryland School representative will call and connect you with a teacher and student(s). If you are interested in taking part in this program, Volunteer Applications are available in the Life Enrichment office.  Monica introduced Sherwin Block, Interim Chairman of the Life Enrichment Committee, who discussed lunch outings to different restaurants in the Valley.  They include Black Bear Diner, Bobby Q’s, Kiss the Cook, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and others.  On Friday, August 10th, the lunch outing will be to Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant and on Tuesday, August 21st, we will be going to the Cracker Barrel. The kick-off at Chompies was a big success.  Look for information in the Roadrunner and on the monthly calendar. Didi Cruz, Life Enrichment Specialist, said there is a Western theme Lunch planned for Saturday, August 11th in the Life Center.  Doors open at 11 AM.  Short and Sweet will be providing entertainment and the Employee Appreciation Committee will be hosting a 50/50 raffle.  Tickets can be purchased at the Bistro for $11.50.  Didi also discussed a new program which aims to aid single seniors in finding a good friend on campus.  The kick-off for this “Let’s Get Acquainted” program will be held in Elaine’s on Monday, August 20th at 6:00PM.  Come and share your feedback on how we can improve the program!

David noted that the Ceramics Studio has ceramics for sale and when purchased they can be taken to the Studio for firing in the kiln.  The Studio is open Thursday mornings at 10:00AM and will be open more often if there are more residents interested in ceramics. The cost for ceramic sugar-style skulls for Halloween will be $16 each, or two for $30.

Lynn Leonard, Lifelong Learning  Committee member, told residents about the Second Annual Film Festival to be held in the Life Center on August 23rd and 24th.  There will be four movies, two on Thursday and two on Friday.  Free popcorn will be provided, and, if you wish, you may buy a lunch ticket in the Bistro and enjoy a buffet lunch between the movies.  A drawing will be held for a free Harkins movie pass.  Watch for more information in the Roadrunner.

Michael Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, provided residents with a Brainsavers and Workout Wellness Class update.  He said that the classes are now switching to a new quarter and classes are structured so that new participants can get a fresh start in either class. Participants can choose a class that best fits their schedule. The third quarter class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11AM.  The fourth quarter class is on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11AM to noon.  The class is not too demanding with one-third of the class dealing with physical fitness.  Some topics to be covered include Hydration and the Brain; Maintaining Healthy Bones; Cultivating Gratitude; Nutritional Supplements; Sleep Research Update; Food for Thinking; and Connecting the Past, Present and Future. There is plenty of room in both classes so feel free to join anytime. The July and August B-Fit Winners are George Krekeler and Nils Larson.  Mike asked if any of the residents were members of the Silver Sneakers Program. If so, please contact Mike at 18482 or [email protected]

Rod Bailey, Sr. Vice-President of Marketing and Sales, welcomed Jaime Sackrison as our Senior Community Outreach Ambassador.  Jaime will be taking the message of what we do out and about in the community. Jaime is from Wisconsin and she has a great deal of experience in community and home care.  Jonathan Gibbs is now a Residency Counselor.

David reminded residents to tune in to Channel 1960 to learn all about what is going on, and gain further information about the ceramics studio.  Don’t forget to go to the Hootenanny each and every Wednesday evening at 5:45PM in the Life Center.  Bring your friends and enjoy the free musical entertainment.  Our heartfelt thanks go to Gregory’s Fresh Market for bringing their produce to us, and also for the volunteering that they do for seniors throughout the community. As always, Wednesday Sundaes with Dave will take place on Wednesday, September 19th from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the Plaza Bistro.  Enjoy a free yogurt sundae and share your thoughts with David.

The next Town Hall will be held on September 5th at 2:00PM in the Life Center.  We hope to see you there!!!

June Town Hall Recap

David Ragan, Sr. Vice-President of Resident Services, called the meeting to order at 2:15PM, welcoming the residents in attendance and congratulating two residents who were at Town Hall for the first time. David said that he had always had a fascination for Dick Van Dyke and he showed a video of Dick, at age 90, enjoying a dance routine. The active, spry Dick Van Dyke is an inspiration to us all.

Barbara Carpenter, Residents Council President, reported on the May Council Meeting. David Ragan urged residents to stay hydrated during the summer; asked that problems or issues in a building be reported to the building representatives; noted that 17 patio homes are under contract; and asked residents to be respectful of our staff people. Community Relations Chairman, Gene Lefebvre, reported that 5 students from Washington High School were awarded $500 scholarships thanks to the great support of residents. Marc Adelman, Chairman of the Communications Committee, said his committee continues to evaluate a better hearing system and will be discussing mailbox options for the independent living buildings. Health and Wellness Chairperson, Ruth Crowley, said that the second spring seminar was well attended and important issues were addressed. Life Enrichment Interim Chairperson, Sherwin Block, urged residents to check the Community Channel and the Roadrunner for the many activities coming up this month, and he outlined a plan for expanded transportation services for residents through the transportation subcommittee. Paul Kelley, Spiritual Life Chairman, presented heartfelt thanks from our resident theologians, Michael Down and Connie Barlow, for a wonderful month with us. Welcome Committee Chair, Char Telleen, explained how her volunteers make new residents welcome by partnering for lunch, tours and information, and she encouraged residents to attend the monthly Welcome Coffee. Senior Area Representatives, Lois Pfau of Plaza North, Robert Berry of Central Park West, and Martha Trout of Central Park North/Patio Homes, reported on their current building activities. Residents asked about logos for our buses which are coming, and were advised that the Life Center is available for walking from 6:00 to 8:00AM daily. Dogs on leashes are permitted. Please see Barbara Carpenter or any of the committee chairs for more information or join a committee and make a difference in the Beatitudes community. The next Residents Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 8th, at 2:00PM in the Life Center.

Rod Bailey, Sr. Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, said that as of today, 20 out of the 34 patio homes have been sold. He noted that the atmosphere of camaraderie here at Beatitudes Campus is important to prospective new residents and sets us apart from some of the other communities. Beatitudes Campus Resident Referral Program is back in business with the opportunity for residents and family members to earn $1,000 for a first referral, $1,250 for a second referral, and $1,500 for a third referral. Call marketing at x18467 about any prospective residents and be sure to fill out a referral form.

Josephine Levy, Resource Navigator for Success Matters, talked about the seminars being held every Tuesday through July 3rd, at 2:00PM in AGR. The seminars cover Policies and Resources, Levels of Care, and a Q and A panel of Assisted Living and Health Care team members to address questions that may not have been answered in previous sessions. Josephine advised that residents should not be concerned about the need for a new AZ Travel ID Card as these cards will not be required until October 1st of 2020, 28 months away. Residents and family members who would like to receive the Success Matters email Newsletter each month should call Josephine at x16117 or email her at [email protected]

Joe Kane, Dining Services Director, said that Executive Chef, Brian Rocco has left the campus and we welcome back as our new Executive Chef, Cosmin Barbu. Chef Barbu worked here for 15 years, left to become a Sous Chef and now returns as our Executive Chef. He will be introduced to residents at the August Town Hall meeting. Joe reported that more feedback is being received from the Kiosks. They are mostly self-explanatory, but instructions on their use are available on the in-house video. Residents were urged to type in comments on the feedback to help dining staff understand why a thumbs down was given. Kitchen tours are still being given every Saturday at 2:00PM through October. Sign up for a tour in the Bistro and have a good look behind the scenes.

David reported that after careful research of all the providers, DirecTV has been chosen, and the transition will be coming in August. Beatitudes Campus will provide DirecTV’s top tier service level, including all of the movie channels like HBO, STARZ, TMC, and SHOWTIME. We will provide for two hookups per apartment and the DirecTV boxes. This will all be included with your monthly service fee at no additional cost to you. DVR’s will also be available for those who want them for approximately $10 per month. It should result in a significant monthly savings if you are currently using more services from our current provider.

Speaking for the Life Enrichment Committee, Sherwin Block, said the Life Enrichment Committee meets for an hour each month to plan events. Let Didi or Monica know if you would be interested in working with this committee.

David reminded residents of the opportunities for service available through the Beatitudes CAREcorps. Volunteers can walk dogs, feed pets, change cat litter, hand out flyers, host events, help neighbors, etc. There are many opportunities for service that encourage inclusivity and inspire purposeful aging. Call Didi or Monica to join CAREcorp and start volunteering. David also reminded residents of the opportunity to be VIP Guides or to be a guided person. Volunteers can take residents to and from campus activities, giving their regular caretakers a needed break to run errands or just take a nap. To sign up, call Monica at x18526 or stop by the office to fill out a form.

Tena Alonzo, Director of Comfort Matters, introduced Evelyn Sowell, LeadingAge Arizona Volunteer of the Year. Evelyn has contributed more than 6,000 hours of service to the Comfort Matters Dementia Care Education program and has served as a mentor to the Comfort Matters team. Tena said that Evelyn has helped to create wonderful curriculum that is used across the nation and throughout the world. She has spent much of her career guiding teachers on the best ways to teach others. Evelyn told residents that the Comfort Matters staff was easy to work with and her advice for everyone is to find something to love and do it. David noted that the campus would not be where it is today without volunteers.

Bob Telleen, LifeLong Learning Committee member, said that there would be a LifeLong Learners Film Festival on August 23rd and 24th in the Life Center. Movies will show at 9:30AM and 1:00PM. Cost of the movies is free, but residents will soon be able to purchase buffet lunch tickets for each day if they wish to. More publicity will be coming soon.

Mike Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, reported that the LeadingAge Arizona Fitness Challenge for Seniors would be Wednesday, November 7th this year. Mike hopes to add the corn hole toss and darts to the list of challenges which include basketball bounce, competitive walking, obstacle course, and Wii bowling. More specific details will be available at future Town Hall meetings. The Tai Chi Class meets with Jack Mathews every Wednesday at 4:00PM in the Recreation Room. The Life Center is open from 6:00 to 8:00AM daily through October for morning walks. The B-Fit winner for June is Nils Larson. Residents were treated to an inspiring video of Ida Keeling, a 102-year-old runner who defies age to set world records. She is the 2018 Fitness Award recipient. Her advice is for everyone to be active and get up and do something!

Keep watching the Community Channel 1960. All the latest information is posted there, so be in-the-know!! Also, our free WiFi is now accessible by using the password—“bcsummer” and will change on the first day of each new season to the season itself—bcfall, bcwinter and bcspring.

David thanked Gregory’s Market for bringing nutritious produce for residents and staff to purchase. We are grateful to them for their service.

There will be no Town Hall in July. We will take a little breather and come back rejuvenated on August 1st.

Community Town Hall Recap – June 2017

Rev. David W. Ragan, Sr. VP of Resident Services

David Ragan (@dragan), Sr. Vice President of Independent Living opened the meeting at 2:15PM with a forecast of truly melting weather.  Close to 100 residents braved the heat to attend the meeting and find out “what’s new” at Beatitudes Campus.  There were no new residents at the meeting, but David intends to corral all the new residents in September and bring them to the meeting.

First on the agenda was a heartwarming story of a grandmother who could not afford the birthday cake her little granddaughter had picked out at the grocery store.  The young man in line behind them bought the cake and convinced the grandmother to accept it as he had been the recipient of a similar kindness when he was seven years old.  When the little girl showed her grandfather the cake and a message that the young man had given her, it became apparent that the grandfather was the man who had bought the cake for the seven year old boy many years ago. The story summed up by saying that a simple act of care creates an endless circle.

Or as David put it—you never know what impact the little things you do today might have and the blessings that come back to you in so many ways.

Remember the Welcome Coffee coming up this month on Wednesday, June 28th at 2:00PM in the Life Center.  Come and meet your new neighbors!

Michelle Just (@mjust), President and CEO, complimented Mim Hoover (@mimhoover) and Dosia Carlson (@dosiacarlaol-com) (pictured at right) on the wonderful job they did in their Lifelong Learning Program Workshop at the Annual Meeting of LeadingAge Arizona, an organization of not-for-profit senior living communities.  They were the only resident presenters at the meeting, and their presentation generated interest in starting similar programs at other communities.  Michelle also celebrated two awards that were presented to Beatitudes Campus by LeadingAge Arizona. The first was for Innovation in Environmental Design and it went to Patty’s Garden, the healing garden honoring and named for Harriet Ivy’s mother. Beatitudes Campus  was fortunate to be chosen to receive funding for this garden.  Tena Alonzo (@talonzo), Director of Comfort Matters, noted that the garden provides a sensory experience for residents who may not think like they once did, but retain their feelings. The garden has a positive impact on their quality of life. It was built using solar power, LED’s, low water usage, color that does not attract bees and overall low maintenance. The second award went to the Success Matters Program, led by Jessica Meyer (@jmeyer), Director, and Josephine Levy (@jlevy), Resource Navigator. There is nothing else like this program in our peer group here in the Valley.  The program seeks to keep residents independent as long as possible and make the most of each resident’s individual potential.  They strive to make each resident’s quality of life as great as possible, and perhaps make life greater than when the resident moved to our community. Mim Hoover said she was given the confidence to feel that she could still do things as well as feel that life is still good. Michelle asked that residents join her in celebrating the Success Matters and Comfort Matters teams.  She is incredibly proud of these two Innovation Awards.  Congratulations also go to Tara Bethell (@tbethell),  Sr. Vice-President of Human Resources and Risk Management, who was named to the Class of 2017 Forty Under Forty by the Phoenix Business Journal. She finished in the top ten!!

Herb Komnick, Residents Council President

Herb Komnick (@hkomnick), President of the Residents Council, reported on the May Residents Council Meeting.  David Ragan welcomed everyone to the meeting, congratulated the Lifelong Learning Program and announced that Mim Hoover and Dosia Carlson would be speaking at the Arizona LeadingAge Workshop, and Success Matters is receiving the Innovative Health and Wellness Program Award.  The Security-focused Town Hall was a success with residents learning firsthand about emergency procedures here on campus. Holleran 2017 Resident Engagement Surveys should have been completed and turned in between May 12th and May 27th. The Community Channel is now available to all residents on channel 1966. Pat Dellisanti, Dining Services Committee Chairman, announced the Luau which was held on June 8th as part of the Marketing Program. New menus are being prepared for the Health Care Center, Plaza View and Buckwald’s. A Lifelong Learner’s class will be offered to include kitchen tours. Sunday Pizza will return when the football season arrives. Barbara Carpenter, Interim Chairman of the Employee Appreciation Committee, outlined several Committee activities including letters to new residents, all residents, groups who use campus facilities and friends of the campus; relocated Tip Boxes; possibly adding a statement on menus; and a dinner being planned for August 17th. Gerald Roseberry, Environment Committee Chairperson, reported that leak testing for all resident buildings except Plaza View and the Health Care Center has been completed with the information provided to Scott Mardian (@smardian). Roger Benson, Facilities Committee Chairman submitted a report stating that Mitch Bradshaw (@mbradshaw) had been informed of complaints about the area around the dumpster at the Northeast corner of the campus. Roger was advised that vehicle traffic between Central Park North and the Garden Apartments was necessary for resident moves and appliances stored in the Garden Apartments. Kim Shull, Grounds Manager and Color Coordinator, has resigned.  Residents are requested to help keep the campus looking neat by straightening chairs, etc., that are disarranged and calling in work orders for any obvious problems they observe. There was no unfinished business.  Under New Business, a motion to appoint Sue Lefebvre as Parliamentarian was approved; the Holleran Resident Engagement Survey forms were given to Council members for distribution; and Don Tamuty reported he had received a request to keep the 17th Drive gate open for a longer period of time during the summertime (Herb reported that since the meeting, he has been informed that because of Security concerns, this request was denied.) Bette Henriques, Senior Area Representative for Central Park North and Patio Homes; Don Tamuty, Senior Area Representative for Plaza South; and Sybil Eppinger, Senior Area Representative for Central Park South reported on the various activities that have taken place and those that are planned for their buildings.  Residents asked questions concerning window washing, use of plastic bags in dining venues, recycling procedures, and locating recycling containers near dining venues.  Jeremy was complimented on his excellent work in emptying the recycling bins.  Residents were reminded not to feed the feral cats.  The next Residents Council meeting will be on Wednesday, June 14th in the Luther Life Center at 2:00PM.

Rod Bailey,
SVP of Sales & Marketing

Rod Bailey (@rbaileybeatitudescampus-org), Sr. Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, reviewed the referral award program in which residents can earn up to $3,750 for bringing new residents to the campus—people who have not been in the system or contacted previously.  He also unveiled a new summer program that will be available through September 30th.  Residents who just fill out a referral card will receive a dinner for two at Buckwald’s.  If the referral card results in a move-in, the resident will receive three different dinners for four at Elaine’s Fine Dining in addition to the monetary award.

Congratulations were extended to Michelle Just for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. The Beatitudes is the only senior living organization that has a presence at the Chamber.

Ruth Crowley, Residents Council Chairman of Health and Wellness Committee

Ruth Crowley, Chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee, noted that the response had been so positive in the spring that three additional workshops have been planned to expand on the topics presented earlier.  The first workshop, “What’s in Plaza View” was held on Thursday, June 15th at 3:00PM in the Life Center.  Cheryl Knupp, Sr. Vice-President of Health Services, and her team from Plaza View, focused on assisted living at Beatitudes.  It was suggested that you review your contract with Beatitudes prior to the meeting so presenters can provide more specific information in answer to your questions.  In July, a workshop on Dementia and Skilled Nursing is planned, and in August there will be a workshop about the services available in independent living to help residents stay in their apartments when health issues arise.

Jessica Meyer, Director of Success Matters at Beatitudes Campus

Jessica Meyer (@jmeyer) announced that the Success Matters team is hosting a farewell for Rich and Mitch.  They will be finishing their clinical rotation on June 23rd and residents can thank them for their contribution to the Beatitudes and wish them well in the Bistro on June 22nd from 12:00 to 1:00PM.  Free cake as well!

Jon Schilling, Director of Life Enrichment at Beatitudes Campus

Jon Schilling (@jschilling) advised that planning is underway for the 2017 Active Aging Week. Residents interested in helping plan for this event should contact Jon at x10333.  Jon reported that Anthony Farias, formerly in Transportation, is now working as a Life Enrichment Specialist in the Health Care Center.  Jon reminded residents to bring suggestions for activities on campus and off campus to the Life Enrichment Committee.  The Life Enrichment Team does their best to make things happen for residents. Mike Smallwood (@msmallwood), Fitness Specialist, provided a fitness report on the BrainSavers Class which is in the 6th week of the 12 week Quarter.  Mike has made some significant adjustments to the program and has received positive feedback from the residents.  Angie Moore, Manager of the Program, observed the class last week and approved of the adjustments that were made to accommodate the needs of seniors.  The second Quarter is scheduled to start the 1st week in August.  Starting Monday, June 12th and continuing through October, there will be Indoor Morning Walks in the Life CenterResidents were reminded of the importance of staying hydrated during these hot summer days.  Residents were also reminded of the many fitness classes available, including Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold, Zumba Exercises, Memory Maker Yoga as well as Fitness Foundations, Functional Fitness, Water Exercise and Sit and Be Fit. The June B-Fit Winner of a $50 gift card is Tom Denny.  Winners have not been present at many of the Town Hall Meetings, and Mike suggested that you might have a better chance of winning if you don’t come to Town Hall!

Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialist

Monica De La Rosa (@mdelarosa), Life Enrichment Specialist, reminded residents that there are suggestion boxes in the Life Center Lobby and the Information Station in the Plaza Bistro.  Please use them to call attention to events, performers and off campus activities that are of interest to residents. Wednesday, July 5th is the last day to sign up for the Wednesday, July 26th baseball game between the Diamondbacks and the Braves.

New menus for Buckwald’s, Plaza View, and Elaine’s Fine Dining will be out in July. Look for the changes on the Community Channel, in the restaurants and in the Roadrunner. David assured residents that hot dogs and baked potatoes will not be taken off the menu.  Apparently, keeping them available was a lesson learned the hard way.

David noted that the Beatitudes Auxiliary Backstreet Boutique is in need of volunteers who can help in the Furniture Annex, moving furniture, etc.  The Annex plans to reopen in September.  Talk to your children, grandchildren and friends about this rewarding volunteer activity.

The Community Channel #1960 is now available across the Campus.  Make sure you tune in and see what is going on.  Through this Channel, residents will receive updates on last minute changes as well as ongoing information in an emergency.  If you have input to make the channel better, let David or Korry Nelson (@knelson) (x18493) know about it.

There will be a Hootenanny every Wednesday night, beginning at 5:45PM. Tell your neighbors and enjoy the enthusiastic music.  It’s free!  Wednesday, June 20th, from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the Bistro, enjoy another freebie, a frozen yogurt sundae.  Just come for the treat or share your thoughts with Dave every third Community Wednesday.

David reminded residents to take staying hydrated seriously, and to have a great June.  He looks forward to seeing residents at all of the events.  There will be no Town Hall in July and the next Town Hall will be held at 2:00PM in the Luther Life Center on August 2nd.

Community Town Hall Recap – May 2017

Below is a summary of information and news discussed at the May Town Hall meeting.

Town Hall Informant – April 2017

David Ragan opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Gregory’s Market for providing fresh produce for residents to purchase. He invited all to attend the Welcome Coffee for new residents on Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 PM in the Life Center. The Welcome Coffee gives residents an opportunity to meet their new neighbors and listen to the reasons why they chose the Beatitudes as their home. David also showed some interesting and amusing sayings and signs such as; “a clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory”, and “I went to the Air and Space Museum, but there was nothing there”.

In introducing Michelle Just, President and CEO of Beatitudes, David noted that tomorrow is Michelle’s birthday and residents wished her a “happy birthday” in song. Michelle showed pictures of the participation of the Beatitudes in the Pride Parade on Sunday morning, April 2nd. The bus was decorated for the occasion and the Master of Ceremonies called attention to the Beatitudes volunteers who enjoyed being in the parade.

Michelle announced the Shout Outs for March—Angelo Flores, Jason Corder and Niccole Daine.

Angelo joined the IT team in August of 2016 and has made great improvements to the accessibility of the department and their response time. He is being promoted to Network Administrator for the campus. Jason joined the Dining team in July of 2015 and recently took personal time to help a resident locate a lost item of great sentimental value. He goes above the call of duty in his work. Niccole joined the Nursing team back in August of 2010 as an LPN. She helped a family deal with the loss of their loved one by making everything look its best so the family could have some peace in that moment. Remember to fill out a Radical Hospitality form online or pick one up at the Welcome Center whenever you see a staff member who deserves some special recognition.

Michelle also discussed a new Holleran Satisfaction Survey which will be coming in May. The survey will be shorter than in the past and will focus on measuring engagement rather than satisfaction. Results from the survey will be used in determining whether the right programs are being provided, in preparing budgets and in strategic planning. The surveys will be distributed to Independent Living Residents the week of May 1st and completed surveys will need to be turned in at the Welcome Center by May 20th. Results of the survey will be shared at a future Town Hall Meeting.

A happy announcement by Michelle was the addition of a new bus that can transport up to four wheelchairs at one time. The bus is ours due to a grant from the Maricopa Association of Governments and the City of Phoenix. Michelle thanked the Auxiliary for also providing funds toward the purchase of this bus. It is parked outside the building and residents are encouraged to check it out as they leave the meeting.

Herb Komnick, Residents Council President, provided a report of the Residents Council Meeting on March 8th. David Ragan began the meeting with a report that a good time was had by all at the LeadingAge Senior Fitness Challenge competition. He encouraged residents to attend the Design Studio meetings to help plan our residents’ future. Dining Services Committee Chairman, Pat Dellisanti, reported that Joe Kane, Director of Dining Services, had completed his building meetings and survey distribution. The Sunday Brunch is returning on the second Sunday of each month. Staff members are being trained on CPR, chest compressions, the Heimlich maneuver, and defibrillators. Employee Appreciation Committee Interim Chairman, Barbara Carpenter, reported that a letter will be sent in August and an evening dinner event will be held in August to encourage residents to contribute to the Employee Appreciation Fund. Monthly billing for contributions can be arranged through Cammy Clevenger. Facilities Committee Chairman, Roger Benson, reported that Maintenance has posted instructions of what NOT to put into drains on campus bulletin boards. Lost items should be reported to Security at x16172. Residents are asked to completely fill a recycle barrel before starting to fill another. If the barrel(s) is/are full, please call 18492 promptly. Under New Business, Gayle Richmond was confirmed as the new Life Enrichment Committee Chair; the Resident Telephone Directory is now available on the Resident Website (www.bcampus.org); and Kathy Amend has volunteered to post bulletin board items on the Patio Homes bulletin board. Leave items to be posted there in her mail box at the Welcome Center. Area Representatives’ Reports included the Central Park North Representative, Walt Smith, advising that the water leak survey has been completed, and a Spring Fling dinner in the Rose Garden is planned for March 28th. Plaza South Representative, Don Tamuty reported that Plaza South has completed the dining preference survey and is planning a dinner meeting. Central Park South Representative, Sybil Eppinger, reported that CPS, CPN and the Patio Homes are working together on the Spring Fling plans and also working with Marketing on the Open House being held on March 23rd in the Rose Garden. In response to a concern about a master calendar, it was reported that a software program for scheduling campus activities in coordination with outside groups’ activities being held on site has been purchased and is being installed.

Josephine Levy, Resource Navigator of Success Matters, advised residents about three upcoming programs. On April 12th, at 2:00PM in the Agelink Great Room, Josephine will discuss Health Care Power of Attorney (POA) and Living Will. The program promises to incorporate humor and not be boring! On April 26th, at 1:00PM in the Agelink Great Room, there will be a program on VA benefits and a VA representative will be on hand to answer questions. The last one-hour program will be held on May 9th, at 1:00PM in the Agelink Great Hall, with a representative from the Arizona Attorney General’s office discussing Scams and Such and talking about what is happening right here in Arizona to our senior citizens.

Jessica Meyer, Director of Success Matters, introduced Mitch Sopko and Rich Fauci to residents. Mitch and Rich are Masters level occupational therapy students doing their Level II Fieldwork at Beatitudes for the next three months. They are anxious to engage with residents and get to know us better. When you see them on campus, give them a big Beatitudes welcome! Premier Hearing will be hosting a free lunch and addressing the topic of hearing aid technology and maintenance on Thursday, May 4th from 11AM to 1PM in the Agelink Great Room. If interested, you must RSVP by calling 602-279-0003. Jon Schilling, Director of Life Enrichment, and Jessica will be offering their seventh SAFER Stepping at Beatitudes, a six week comprehensive falls prevention workshop offered periodically through the year. The workshop will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30PM, starting in mid-May. Contact Jessica at x16110 to be put on the registration list.

Jon Schilling introduced Wendy White who began volunteering at  Beatitudes when her parents moved here. She spreads joy wherever she goes and now visits three floors in the Health Care Center with her wonderful therapy dog, Max. She will be presenting a workshop entitled, Happiness is a Choice, on Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 in the Motion Studio.

Michael Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, discussed a new fitness program entitled, BrainSavers (because gray matters) which will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11AM. The course will begin in May and is structured to have up to 25 students. Beatitudes is making a one-year commitment to this “trial course” that encompasses Brain and Body Total Fitness. The mission statement declares that BrainSavers will help maintain healthy minds, reducing the impact of age-related memory impairment and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The six key components of healthy brain aging include physical exercise, nutrition, cognitive exercise, sleep, socialization and stress management. Dr. Paul Bendheim, M.D. will be introducting the course in a one-hour presentation on Monday, April 17th at 3 PM More information can be found at http://BRAINSAVERS.com. The March B-Fit Winner is Jean Hiser.

Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialist, detailed some of the activities on the agenda for this month. They included a Lloyd Foundation Musical Performance in the Life Center on Tuesday, April 13th at 2PM; a movie and discussion presented by resident, Mary Harkness, on Friday, April 14th at 2PM in the Recreation Center; the Paradise Valley Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, April 15th, at 3PM in the Life Center; a trip to the Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden on Tuesday, April 18th at 9AM (tickets are $20 and available at the Welcome Center); our annual off-campus BBQ at Lynx Lake in Prescott, AZ, Tuesday, April 25th, 9:15AM departure (purchase your boarding pass at the Welcome Center for $7); Buzy Bees Spring sale on Friday, April 14th outside Elaine’s; and line dancing at 10AM on Thursdays in the Recreation Center. Synopsis sheets have been distributed to each building. Call Monica at x18526 if you need more copies.

Dosia Carlson discussed the plans for Earth Week, April 17th to April 22nd. Elders for a Sustainable Future have prepared a Triple Header. On Thursday, April 20th, at 6PM in the Life Center, Nature will be celebrated in Words and Music with vocalists, instrumentalists, visuals and reading. On Friday, April 21st, at 9:30 AM, during coffee hour in Elaine’s Fine Dining, we will discuss how we can share our environmental concerns with the younger people in our lives. Bring photos of friends and family members and we will discuss how, together, we can promote sustainability of this planet. On Friday, April 21st, at 2:30 PM in the Life Center, we will present Mother Earth is Crying: Residents and Employees in Conversation. After viewing a few startling videos and discussing our response at tables, we will exchange ideas with people who work here. Don’t miss these important events in support of Mother Earth.

Ken Fomby, Transportation Coordinator, advised residents about just how the transportation system operates. Residents call #16135 to schedule medical appointments, bank trips, RX pickups and other related trips. Residents should call #12905 for any activities/off campus events to reserve a seat on the bus. The information is then recorded on yellow pads for the medical trips and white pads for the off-campus activities. Information is transferred to an annual calendar with the date, time and address. From there, the information is computerized and trips are assigned to specific drivers. Residents are contacted the day before the trip is to take place to confirm the appointments. Residents are given a business card with phone information, and either they, or the office where their appointment takes place, can call to let transportation know that they are ready to be picked up. Ken displayed a graph showing that there are about 500 medical calls per month and as many as 700 calls last December.

David gave residents the results of dining comment cards for March. Over 76% of the comments were positive, which raises the morale of the whole dining staff! David emphasized that residents should send back a meal if they are dissatisfied. That is the best way the dining staff can be made aware of problems with the food.

David introduced Dave Johnson of Hospice of the Valley. Hospice of the Valley had its roots right here at the Beatitudes 40 years ago. Dosia Carlson, Greta Wiseman and Gerald Roseberry were instrumental in its formation. Dave noted that Hospice of the Valley is a non-profit organization, and he is appreciative of our using their services. He said there are over 50 different hospices operating in the Valley. There are flyers at the back of the room for anyone interested in Hospice of the Valley and the organization’s speaker’s program.

David called our attention to a Special Town Hall which was on April 13th. The Fire Department and Beatitudes Campus discussed emergency evacuation procedures. The fire department trains for this kind of activity and some of the firefighters have family here as well.

The Hootenanny is every Wednesday at 6:00 and is free! Bring your friends and enjoy the wonderful music.

Thanks again to Gregory’s Market. They are here for every Town Hall at the beginning of the month and are much appreciated.

Don’t forget Sundaes with Dave on each third Wednesday of the month from 2 to 4PM in the Bistro.

The next Town Hall will be held on May 3rd at 2:00 PM in the Life Center. Plan to be there!

(A quick note from David – please thank Norma Dieffenbach for the continued excellent minutes for the Informant—she does not miss a thing!)

 

Town Hall Informant – March 2017

David Ragan opened the Town Hall Meeting at 2:15PM. noting that today was special with our own athletes, The Beatitudes Bombers, competing in a Senior Challenge Day that included twelve other senior living communities.

Residents and guests were treated to two very heartwarming videos. One video followed a deaf man, Muharrem, as he walked around town and everyone he met talked with him in sign language. He was pleased and surprised at this unusual happening and very touched to learn that the intent was to give him one day with no barriers. The Samsung ad proclaimed that a world without barriers is their dream as well. The second video began with boys playing basketball. When one boy was retrieving the ball, he noted a boy in a wheelchair looking longingly at the game. The boys left a basketball for the disabled boy to find. When he returned it to the game, he found that all the other boys were playing without using their legs, in wagons and other wheeled contraptions. He happily joined the game. In keeping with the spirit of these videos, David expressed his confidence in the inclusiveness of the Beatitudes Community; the desire of both residents and staff to continue to tear down the barriers and make this a better place to live.

There were close to 100 people in attendance at the meeting with two new residents joining us for the first time. The Welcome Coffee will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd, and all residents were urged to come and meet their newest neighbors.

Tara BethelL, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Risk Management, was happy to announce the Employee Shout Outs which went to Desiree Van Egmond, Warmeedh Al-Taie, and Suzanne Lewis. Desiree is part of the Beatitudes at Home team and she has been recognized as At Home Caregiver of the Year for 2016. She has a knack for getting to know her clients with the ability to support the office team at the same time. Warmeedh has been with Security since May of 2016. He keeps a constant look out for any risks to residents and was quick to bandage a bleeding cut that he noticed when the resident was not aware of having been cut. Suzanne started at the Beatitudes in March of 2011 as a server and she has since worked her way up to Dining Room Supervisor. She has created a consistent level of high service by training her staff and jumping in to help where needed.

Tara also noted that over $135,000 was raised last year for the Employee Appreciation Fund and they are always looking for new residents to join this committee. If you are interested, contact Tara or David on staff or resident, Barbara Carpenter.

Ray Gonzales, our evening greeter at the Welcome Center, has been working on solving the problem of congestion on the phone that requires residents to have long wait times on hold before they are able to talk to an operator. The solution is to add a little “prompt” feature. With this in place, when you call the front desk you will hear an automated greeting, followed by three prompts: For Security, press 1; To place a work order, press 2; remain on the line for all other calls. This small change will have a large impact on how fast you can be helped. This update will go into effect beginning Monday, March 13th.

Herb Komnick reported on a very busy February Residents Council Meeting. The administrative report by David Ragan highlighted the importance of the Residents Council because we now have a second yogurt machine and a bulletin board for the Patio Homes, both issues having originated with Residents Council. He also advised that two residents have won $1000 each through the referral program and all our kitchens passed the latest inspection with no problems noted. Jim Elliott gave an update on the involvement of Beatitudes residents in the coming 19 North Cleanup Day event being held on Saturday, February 11th. Marc Adelman, Communications Committee Chairman, reported on the new bulletin boards to be installed soon in the Central Park buildings. He advised that Keith Hobbs, IT Director, is meeting with Cox Cable people to find a way to make the Community Channel available throughout the campus, and he noted that WiFi has been installed in the Health Care Center and Plaza View buildings for medical records purposes. Spiritual Life Committee Chairman, Marilyn Johnson, announced a Passover Seder meal will be served on Monday, April 17th. She also said that an on-going Scholar-in-Residence program is being discussed as part of the Lifelong Learner’s program. A report from Joannie Bailey advised that it will be some time before a new bus will be available since it is a custom-made item. Also, the clean-up of the Woodshop has been completed, thanks to Igor Glenn, and the Art Show resulted in a fabulous display of talent. Welcome Committee Chairman, Char Telleen, reminded residents that all volunteers can help the Auxiliary by recording volunteer hours and turning them in at the Foundation office. Environment Committee Chairman, Gerald Roseberry, reported that 73 leaks have been discovered so far and two residence buildings remain to be surveyed for leaking toilets. From the Senior Area Representative Reports, we learned that Bob Berry has been confirmed as the Junior Representative for CP West and Joannie Bailey has been appointed as Interim Chair for the Life Enrichment Committee. In addition, Lois Pfau produced a Plaza North newsletter which was appreciated by everyone and Joe Kane spoke at several building meetings and distributed dining venue preference forms to residents. Residents were reminded that smoking is permitted only outside in designated smoking areas and inside apartments if residents have paid the required smoking fee. The next Residents Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8th.

Ruth Crowley, Chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee, announced that 90 residents attended the February 21st seminar led by Cheryl Knupp, Senior Vice-President of Health Services. There were many questions, and Cheryl will hold additional seminars in the summer focused on each of the levels of care. A seminar presented by Hospice of the Valley is planned for March 21st at 3:00PM. in the Life Center. Learn how hospice supports patients, when hospice is appropriate and how the cost of care is covered. If possible, bring your adult children to this learning experience.

Speaking of hospice, David noted that our own Dosia Carlson and Gerald Roseberry were co-founders of the first hospice, Hospice of the Valley, and Greta Wiseman was the first nurse.

Beatitudes “Bombers” representing the campus at the recent LeadingAge Senior Fitness Challenge

Mike Smallwood, Fitness Specialist, having just returned from the Senior Challenge competition, was already thinking of the medals we would bring home next year. Rod Bailey was Master of Ceremonies and apparently David Ragan completed the obstacle course. At any rate, a good time was had by all, including our mascot. Pictures will be forthcoming. Gregory’s was thanked for providing fruit for the occasion. The February B-Fit Winner was Joyce Stenquist who received a $50 gift certificate.

David noted that life enrichment is taken very seriously by our staff. Didi Cruz, Monica De La Rosa and Jon Schilling are all expecting additions to their families.

One of our happy winners from the recent Resident Dog Show!

Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialist, called our attention to some of the exciting events on the agenda for March. The Dog Show will be Thursday, March 9th, at 10AM. in the Dog Park. At this time, two more judges are needed. On Friday, March 17th, at 5PM will be the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in the Life Center. Tickets are available at the Bistro. All crafters should plan on going to Pinspiration, a DIY creative studio space, to make an on-the-spot project. Relax with no hassle, no mess, no excuses and linger with friends over a glass of wine. The date is Tuesday, March 21st, leaving at 11:15AM and back in time for the Hospice seminar. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Welcome Center. The tickets for the Spring Training Baseball Game on Monday, March 27th have been sold out. The CAREcorps will hold their second Open House on Wednesday, March 29th from 1 to 3PM in the Life Center. Come and learn about the different groups and activities on Campus.

David announced that for the 4th year in a row, AARP is offering free tax preparation to our residents. Tax preparers will be here Mondays, March 6th and 20th from 9AM to 2PM. in the Library. Call x0 or go to the Welcome Center to schedule your appointment. For your appointment, you will need last year’s income tax returns, your W2 and 1099 forms, photo ID and any other information you think pertinent.

David reminded us that the Hootenanny is tonight (Wednesdays) at 6:00PM in the Life Center. A thank you was extended to Gregory’s Market for bringing their excellent produce to us at our Town Hall Meetings. Again, please do not feed stray animals. If conditions get too bad, it will be necessary to trap the animals. If you have your own animals, don’t forget to pick up after them. It is your doo-ty. Wednesday Sundaes with Dave will be held on March 15th from 2 to 4PM in the Bistro. Enjoy a free yogurt sundae, share your thoughts with Dave or just come for a treat. With two yogurt machines, yogurt sundaes are practically guaranteed.

The next Town Hall Meeting will be held on April 5th at 2:15PM in the Everett Luther Life Center.

(A quick note from David – please thank Norma Dieffenbach for the continued excellent minutes for the Informant—she does not miss a thing!)

Town Hall Informant – February 2017

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The Informant – January 2017

DAVID RAGAN, Senior VP of Resident Services, called the first meeting of the New Year to order at 2:15PM. He noted that the campus continues to be one where residents reach out and care for each other. For the New Year, David had some new definitions which served to start the year off with a laugh. For example, the word balderdash is defined as a rapidly receding hairline, coffee is the person upon whom you cough, and abdicated is when you have lost all hope of a flat stomach.

Town Hall Informant, October 2016

David Ragan, Senior VP of Independent Living, called the Town Hall to order at 2:15PM. He noted that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, has just been celebrated and in keeping with that, a short film was shown that illustrated compassion and caring. With themes of selflessness and forgiveness, we were given a chance to start all over and have a good year. Although attendance was excellent with close to 200 residents, there were no new residents at the meeting. David reminded those in attendance to invite their new neighbors to a Town Hall and be sure to attend the Welcome Coffee especially for new residents which will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at 2:15PM in the Life Center.

David introduced Michelle Just, President and CEO of Beatitudes Campus. Michelle said that she had spoken with the auctioneer for Power of the Purse. She is very impressed with the stories of giving and that is what this community is about. Michelle thanked residents for the way in which they continue to give back. She was very happy to report that the campus has received a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Atlas Program. The Atlas Program is interested in not for profit organizations that are innovative and have a strong community brand. Beatitudes is one of eight organizations participating in the program. The first four months will involve an assessment of our programs and the remaining 20 months will be focused on addressing the areas identified through the assessment.

Employee shout outs were given to Suzanne Lewis of dining services, who is responsible for suggesting special utensils that make dining easier for residents with tremors and other problems; Ella Adams of housekeeping who, in addition to a ready smile and a song, is praised for her excellent work on a resident’s floors; and Martin Medina of maintenance who put his needs aside to help make a room ready for a resident group meeting. Please continue to call attention to employees who go above and beyond by filling out Radical Hospitality forms at the Welcome Center or on line at www.bcampus.org.

Barbara Carpenter, representing the Employee Appreciation Fund Committee, asked residents to be generous in donating to the Fund which allows residents to reward our faithful employees with some extra money at Christmas time. Money will be collected until the end of October and it is hoped that we can reach our goal of $120,000 to show our employees a wonderful holiday this year. Barbara noted that the employees make a big difference in our lives each and every day.

Michelle asked that residents fill out the Resident Satisfaction Survey either on the form or on line. She assured residents that she looks at every survey and reads all the comments. If there are areas that need improvement, the administration will work on ways to make those improvements.

Jim Plaster, Residents Council President, presented his report. During the Council meeting, David Ragan announced the purchase of 200 chairs for $28,000 to replace older chairs in various locations across the campus. He also said that residents’ “B” cards will increase to $200 per month beginning October 1st. Rod Bailey, Senior VP of Marketing and Sales spoke about the Friends and Family Referral Program and the first impressions updating of the resident buildings. George Taylor, Plaza View Representative, announced the first annual Treasure and Trinket event, and Barbara Carpenter reported for the Employee Appreciation Committee. Donations are growing and there is every hope that the goal of $120,000 will be reached. The Environmental Committee report highlighted their program of toilet testing. Leaks in CPW were discovered in 9 toilets and 6 leaks were found in CPS. CPN, Plaza South and Plaza North are yet to be tested. The Facilities Committee received requests for ceiling fans to be installed in the exercise room; for the bulletin boards installed in the elevators to be removed and placed in the lobby; to limit air pollution in the use of leaf blowers and lawn mowers; and a request was made to repave the east drive, but that will not be done until the new building construction has been completed. The Wellness Committee reported good attendance at both the women’s and men’s seminars on bladder control. In addition, a seminar was held in September on “ Getting Our Affairs in Order”, and a session is scheduled in November on the subject of ”Am I Depressed or Just Tired?”

David announced that the “guru” of Medicare, Ellen Dean, would be discussing changes in Medicare and how they affect residents on Wednesday, October 19th at 2:30PM in the Motion Studio. Open enrollment begins November 1st. Dean and associates has recently added to their staff a retired Glendale policeman who will be working with the Medicare drug program and also fraud.

The Reverend Peggy Roberts was privileged to announce that Gene Lefebvre is the 2016 Recipient of the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement. The award was presented in Tucson for Gene’s work on “No More Deaths”. His wife, Sue, is writing a book on this work.

Nancy Splain, Interfaith Outreach Ambassador, announced that residents have been invited to a Sikh luncheon and tour on Wednesday, November 2nd. Call transportation at x12905 to reserve a seat on the bus!

Jessica Meyer, Director of Success Matters, reported that CarFit is offering a free event on Saturday, October 29th. To make an appointment for this service, call Jessica at x16110. CarFit has trained technicians to help “fit” senior drivers to their vehicles. Services include checking mirrors and blind spots, wheel and seat adjustments as well as guiding residents through a driver screening to assess vision and range of motion and answer questions for residents.

Ruth Crowley, Health and Wellness Committee Chairman, said that on November 7th at 3PM in the Life Center, the A.T. Still University Audiology Department is sponsoring a workshop on Communication Strategies for Hearing Loss. These strategies will be shared for those with hearing loss and their loved ones. Ruth also advised residents to mail in early ballots or vote early on Tuesday, November 8th in order to attend Dr. Catherine Lindstrom’s session on “Am I Depressed or Just Tired” at 3:00PM in the Life Center that day.

Jon Schilling, Director of Life Enrichment, thanked all the residents who participated in Active Aging Week, and he noted that the Street Fair was enjoyed by all and well attended. Jon introduced Mike Smallwood, our new Fitness Specialist, who has been leading the Functional Fitness class in the Motion Studio and will take on a larger role in the exercise classes on campus including working with residents in Health Care and in Assisted Living. Mike drew the name of Bob Malinski as the B-Fit winner of a $50 gift card this month.

Monica De La Rosa, Life Enrichment Specialist, reminded residents that a synopsis of each month’s events both on and off campus is available in each of the resident building lobbies. If more copies are needed, give Monica a call at x18473 and she will provide them. October events include the Oktoberfest Theme Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 27th in the Life Center. Entertainment will be by the Oom-pah-pah Band and tickets will be available at the various dining venues. Also, don’t miss the 2nd Annual Variety Show taking place on Friday, October 29th from 10AM to 12 PM in the Life Center. On Sunday, October 30th, the Arizona Broadway Theatre is presenting Funny Girl and tickets are available at the Welcome Center for $80. Last, but not least, there will be a trip to Lake Pleasant for lunch and a cruise on Friday, November 4th. Tickets are $22 at the Welcome Center.

Monica introduced Don Tamuty, Beatitudes resident, who encouraged residents to attend a presentation in the Life Center on Tuesday, October 25th at 10AM by a survivor of the USS Indianapolis which went down on July 30, 1945 with 1200 men aboard. Eight hundred and eighty seven of these men were drowned or eaten by sharks with only 317 saved. Those saved spent five and one half days in the water. There are 21 survivors alive today and a list of those survivors, compiled by the Smithsonian, will be available at the presentation. Come and learn how one courageous young Mexican American faced impossible odds…twice!

 Joe Kane, Director of Dining Services, provided an extensive and interesting list of “Did you Knows” concerning the restaurants at Beatitudes Campus. Some of these are: Did You Know we cook with no added salt, with zero trans fats, with no growth hormones in milk or meats, use compostable containers, record and read every comment every month, are inspected by 5 different agencies, cannot cook a hamburger under 155 degrees internal temperature by county code, our soft serve ice cream (when available) is gluten and lactose free, gluten free bread, rolls and pasta are available, you can get a split plate and half portions are available on some items, Monday night Sports Night has a themed buffet for only $6.00 with drink specials and a drawing if you have some team sports item with you, Sunday Brunch is the second Sunday of every month, many menu items can be modified to fit your needs, Buckwald’s has full meal options that cost less than the Bistro, the Bistro Lunch/Dinner menu has over 50 items to choose from and the Breakfast menu has over 40 items to choose from, and residents may eat in the Eleanor Menagh Dining Room in Plaza View where a full meal is $7 and table service is provided. The Bistro is offering large pizzas for $8.50 and chicken wings for $2.50 for delivery on Sunday. They must be preordered by 6:00PM on Saturday.

Joe also discussed the Dining Incentive increase to $200 per resident on October 1st and 15th depending upon your new month beginning. The incentive was never intended to supply groceries. Its purpose is to create relationships and socialization around meal times which goes to build the strongest families and communities. Cerreta’s candies and the convenience store items to the right of the ice cream freezer can no longer be charged to your “B” card incentive. You can, however, reasonably purchase an ice cream container, candy bars, etc. The cashiers are adjusting as well and things should be smoothing out. If there is a need to make further changes, they will be made.

Joe announced that Buckwald’s will be closed on Thursday, October 13th due to a large number of visitors on campus. Should you meet any of these visitors, do not hesitate to tell them how much you enjoy life here on the Beatitudes Campus!

David urged residents to get their flu shots. Flu shots will be available in the Honor Health Clinic on Friday, October 14th from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. Residents should bring their insurance cards. Shots will be $25 if your insurance is not accepted. He also noted several Wellness Center announcements:

Affiliated Dermatology will be on campus every 3rd Friday from 9 to 11AM, walk-ins are welcome and to schedule an appointment, call 480-556-0446 x333 and be sure to tell them that you live at Beatitudes Campus; Belton will be on Campus in October; Premier Hearing has changed their hours to every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1 – 4PM, and to schedule an appointment call 602-279-0003; Zounds Hearing will continue their current schedule of every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 9AM to 1PM, and to schedule an appointment call 602-765-7800; Revolution Health will now offer Massage Therapy in the Wellness Center every Tuesday from 8:30AM to 12:30PM at a cost of $60 per hour or $30 for 30 minutes, by appointment only, by calling 602-265-1774; Essential Oral Healthcare will give a presentation on Wednesday, October 19th at 9:00AM in the Life Center.

David noted that “The Night of the Living Will” is being presented on Saturday, October 29th from 9AM to 2PM by the State Bar of Arizona. Lawyers dressed as storybook characters will fill out advanced care directives, fill out living wills and answer questions. The Area Agency on Aging will provide Medicare enrollment assistance. The services are free. An RSVP is required to meet with a lawyer. RSVP at 480-426-2641 or [email protected] .

David also called attention to the Facebook Group, Beatitudes Social Media, and advised that the best information on campus can be found there. Join today and if you want to learn how to get on Facebook, call the front desk and we will find you a buddy to help. The Hootenanny is tonight and every Wednesday night at 6PM (except October 12th). Resident can enjoy the music and bring a friend. Gregory’s Market is on Campus during Town Hall and their service to the residents is appreciated very much.

Feral cats are becoming a problem on campus and David asked residents to follow Beatitudes Policy and refrain from feeding them. They are being fed and moved farther and farther away from Campus. Also, insects gather around bird feeders and only hummingbird feeders are allowed on Campus.

While residents were being reminded of Wednesday Sundaes with Dave, Michelle Just announced that a new yogurt machine will be purchased. Residents cheered!

David advised residents that there will be no Town Hall in November and the next Town Hall will be on Wednesday, December 7th at 2PM in the Life Center.