For the past nine years, Art Gurman has been driving to doctor appointments, and in the process, making memories. As the concierge in Seashore Gardens Assisted Living, Art is the one that residents rely on when they need an appointment or a ride—or simply a good chat. It’s a role he enjoys thoroughly because he gets as much as he gives.
“When I first meet someone new, I ask where he or she is from,” said Art, “and then we reminisce a little. The more we talk, the more we strengthen the relationship. Over the years, I really get to know them and their families. They become part of my extended family, and while it’s tough when we lose someone, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Art is honoring those relationships in a special way this summer, by playing in the Seashore Gardens Foundation Centennial Golf Tournament. The tournament, to be held on Monday, July 16, at Ron Jaworski’s Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, will benefit Seashore Gardens Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) organization created to provide aid and support for the health care programs and supportive services provided by Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC), including Alzheimer’s Outreach Services.
“The tournament supports the programs that are so important to the residents,” said Art, who sees a lot of these activities in action. “When we have singers performing the oldies, there’s a lot of humming along, clapping and toe tapping,” he says. “I think for a moment, they are back, reliving that time in their lives.”
Other programs funded by the tournament include art and art therapy, pet therapy, cooking and baking, the It’s Never 2 Late ComputerTM or the Summer Sizzlers Youth Program. “It’s why we golf,” noted Jason S. Goldstein, co-chair of the tournament with David R. Lieberman. “We’re helping to enrich elder lives by funding ‘dream’ programs, and making a difference in the lives of our residents.”
“Make A Wish” Painting on the Patio
Dreams are a theme for the non-golf portion of the event as well. SGLC Recreation Leader Jessica Broskey will be leading Painting on the Patio and has chosen a special image.
“We’ll be painting a dandelion blowing in the wind, with the words, ‘Make a Wish’,” she said. “I wanted to choose an image to show that we are helping to make dreams come true for our residents.”
One of the dreams is the art program. In her role at SGLC, where Jessica often works in Comfort Care, she sees firsthand the role that creative expression can play. “The benefits are tremendous,” she said. “Creative projects help strengthen hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities and concentration, and also are opportunities to socialize. It’s also great fun.”
Jessica is well suited for both her role at SGLC and at the tournament. She majored in psychology and minored in studio art at Queens College in New York. She was excited to learn that some of Seashore Gardens’ Assisted Living residents will be joining her on the patio to support the tournament. “Everyone should have an opportunity have their dreams come true,” said Jessica, “and this is a chance for them to participate in the process.”
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