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Why We Golf: The Seashore Gardens Foundation Centennial Golf Tournament

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.

Art Gurman, SGLC Driver with AL Resident Toni L.

Art Gurman, SGLC Driver with AL Resident Toni L.

“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

Recreation Leader Jessica Broskey with Resident Myrtle

Recreation Leader Jessica Broskey with Resident Myrtle

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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Father’s Day at Seashore Gardens Living Center ( 6/17)

Seashore Gardens 8th Annual 5K Raises 15,000 for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services

ATLANTIC CITY — Superheroes of all ages participated April 29 in the eighth annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run and Health Walk on the Boardwalk.

The event raised more than $15,000 for Seashore Gardens Living Center’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach including monthly support group meetings and case management services.

Participants raced as individuals and in teams of friends, neighbors and families.

Anthony Guiliano, 38, of Niskayuna, New York, finished first in 16 minutes and 35 seconds. Dave Favorito, 30, was second, crossing the line in 17:33. James Germano, 31, of Fredericksburg, Maryland, and a member of Team Nan Fallon, finished third in 19 minutes and 39 seconds. Germano donated back his third place cash prize back to SGLC.

Alexa Weber, 18, won the woman’s race in 19:13. She donated her first place cash prize back to SGLC. She was followed by Susan Reich,59, of Ocean City, who crossed in 20:27, and Riley Lerner, 12, of Mays Landing, who finished in 20:59.

Team Nan Fallon and Team Mary Malloy, both named for past residents of SGLC’s Comfort Care neighborhood, received special recognition at the event for largest team and largest fundraising team.

The Family of Nan Fallon and the Rundio Family both received Forever Family awards for their continuing support of Seashore Gardens Living Center.

In addition, newcomer Harry Halper, 13, raised money and walked with his team, the HarrBears, for his Bar Mitzvah Project. One of his team members was his grandfather, who has Lewy Body Dementia and was pushed in his wheelchair during the race.

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Why We Run: The Malloy Family

Malloy1The early signs were subtle. Cutting pills in half when it wasn’t necessary. Difficulty recalling the names of specific places, people or objects. Maybe these were normal signs of aging but her daughters weren’t so sure. Their mother was changing before their eyes.

Mary Malloy was fortunate in the fact that she was not alone. Her four daughters were very involved in her life, especially Jeannine, who along with her husband and children, lived with Mary for many years.  Daughters Mike, Susan, and Colleen, along with their families, were regular visitors. They all watched as slowly, over time, Mary transformed from the care giver to the recipient of care as she became increasingly forgetful and confused.

Following probable small TIAs and increasing forgetfulness, Mary suffered her first major stroke in 2004 at age 84.  The ensuing years saw increasing dementia, an additional stroke, and, at age 87, a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s. She became one of 5.7 million Americans living with the disease that slowly erodes the memory of our loved ones. In fact, every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Mary’s symptoms progressed. She had a hard time making a meal for herself. She would forget where she was and even who she was. She sometimes didn’t recognize family members. Mary stopped her beloved excursions to the senior center. She didn’t want to go on her once-loved shopping expeditions either.

 

This was unlike their active, social mother. Born and raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, Mary was always on the go. Her favorite volunteer work over the years was with Catholic Charities, taking infants awaiting adoption into her home and caring for them. She also supported youth groups in Brigantine and was an active Girl Scout leader and PTA officer. Mary was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church, and in later years she was a member of the Young at Heart Club, the Red Hat Society, and the Brigantine Senior Center. But now all Mary wanted to do was stay home and watch TV.

 

Slowly, she withdrew further into herself. After 8 years of being cared for at home, it became apparent that Mary needed more care than could be provided there.  Her daughters gathered and began the tour of nursing homes.

 

Finding a Forever Home

 

malloy4“We didn’t have a choice; we knew we had to do it,” remembers Colleen. “We’d go to these places, and they’d tell us all about the activities that they had, but the residents were just sitting around. It was depressing. We’d try to convince ourselves, well this isn’t so bad. Finally, we walked into Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) and they didn’t have to tell us anything.  We could see what they were doing. It was lively and cheerful. There were calisthenics on the Boardwalk. They had a drum circle in Memory Care. We asked, ‘are these the higher functioning residents?’ and they told us, no. These are all of our residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

 

“We looked at each other and said, this is it,” remembers Colleen. “This is home.”

 

The family moved Mary, age 92, into SGLC’s Comfort Care Residence. Comfort Care is a dedicated unit for seniors with memory loss. Comfort Care is a safe and secure environment that was carefully designed for the unique needs of these residents. Activities in the Comfort Care Residence start around 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. and go until about 6:30 p.m. They include music, bingo, cooking classes, aromatherapy, massage, crafts, games and pizza parties. When the weather is nice, they enjoy outside activities as well. Families are welcome to visit, and residents are permitted to leave for outings with family members.

 

Malloy2Alzheimer’s taught the Malloy family to live in the moment and enjoy their time with Mary on her terms. Jeannine would take her mother for long walks around the property. Colleen enjoyed painting with Mary and sitting in on the group activities. Mike loved the opportunity to bring her grandchildren to visit (Mary’s 6 great-grandchildren). The entire family enjoyed the gardens, the porch, the children’s play center, the accessible glider, and the snack bar. “We were happy; my mother was very content,” says Jeannine. “All the nurses, the aides, the social workers, and the administration made us all feel at home.”

 

“The Malloy family constantly amazed me with their positive attitude and unconditional love and devotion for their Mom,” says Sharon D’Angio, Fund Development Coordinator at SGLC. “Whether it was  playing “Cheeseburger  in Paradise” while eating a burger outside in the Gazebo, spending time in the sensory trail and garden or celebrating Mary’s Birthday on the Boardwalk complete with tiara, flowers and generations of family they are true role models for loving someone with Alzheimer’s.”

 

malloy3“The staff is ultra-caring,” says Colleen. “I was there twice after a resident had passed away and each time I saw staff members break down in tears. The staff really makes a connection with the residents. I never had a second thought about my Mom at Seashore Gardens Living Center. It’s just a wonderful place.”

 

Run for a Reason

 

The Malloy family heard about the annual SGLC 5K Run & Health Walk to benefit Alzheimer’s outreach, and it was a natural fit for them—a way to support their Mom and the home where she lived. Jeannine, because she was local, became the point person. The whole family got involved, from as far away as Florida, with their support. The local family ran and walked that first year, and it’s just evolved since then. Last year, Team Mary Malloy was among the largest teams with 35 members. This year, it will feature four generations, including three of Mary’s great grandchildren.

 

The family has continued to participate, even after Mary’s passing on Dec. 22, 2016. As a result of their contributions, the Malloys have received SGLC’s first Forever Family Award. “Seashore Gardens Living Center became my Mother’s family,” says Jeannine. “Her last years here were very good. She was very content and happy. As a result, Seashore Gardens Living Center will always be part of our family.”

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Join Us and Make a Difference

 

The 8th Annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Tropicana Casino & Resort.  Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Outreach Services at Seashore Gardens Living Center, an independent nonprofit Home for the Aged in Galloway Twp., N.J.

 

The run begins at 9 a.m. and the health walk begins at 9:01 am. The awards ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. and will feature Diane Mitchell from WAYV’s Mike & Diane Show as master of ceremonies.  Free parking is offered from 7 am to 12 noon at the Tropicana Havana Tower parking garage. Refreshments will be provided following the race.

 

Pre-registration is available until Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.  Cost is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt. Same-day registration will be available at the race starting at 7:15 a.m. for $40 per person, and does not include the t-shirt. Register online at http://seashoregardens.org/5k/. For questions, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharon D’Angio at (609) 748-4614 or dangios@seashoregardens.org.

A Wonderful Life – A Reblog from Our EnrichingElderLives Blog

*Update* Assisted Living Resident Claire just celebrated her 98th birthday on this snowy first day of spring. Happy Birthday Claire*

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Claire just celebrated her 94th birthday on the first day of spring. Seashore Gardens has a monthly group birthday party, and at March’s party you would have found Claire dancing. “I use a walker, but I hold on and dance,” she tells me. She has always loved dancing, and even entered a few contests when she was younger.

Claire called Philadelphia home for most of her life, though she would visit the beach every summer with her family. A friend had a rooming house, which is where they stayed. It’s a good thing, too, because Claire met her husband at the beach in Atlantic City. “We would all be hanging out with our friends on the beach. My mother had her friends, I had my friends, but we were all together hanging out and talking.” One day, Claire started talking to a guy who was quite taken with her. “He walked right over to my mother and told her he was going to marry her daughter,” Claire laughed, “my mother asked me who that crazy guy was.”

His name was Daniel, but everyone called him Danny. He and Claire would go dancing together on Steel Pier. They danced to many big bands, including Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa. The two got married, and had a wonderful life together. In fact, Claire tells me that her whole life has been really wonderful.

 

“My parents were wonderful people and wonderful together. Anything we wanted, we got,” she said, referring to her and her brother, Sidney. Sidney and Claire also had a great relationship, although he is no longer alive.

Throughout her adulthood, Claire loved seeing shows with her husband. One evening, the two were waiting in line and Danny tapped her on the shoulder to point out Cary Grant, only a few feet away. Once inside, Claire and her husband were seated at the table next to Cary Grant. “I missed the whole show because I was watching him,” Claire tells me. On another occasion, Claire was in the front row of a show where Frank Sinatra was making an appearance. “He got on his knee and sang right to me,” Claire recalls.

Now at Seashore Gardens for about three (seven)  years, Claire loves reading. “It keeps me sane,” she says. Her granddaughter mails her books to read, and she especially loves Danielle Steel. Claire enjoys a strong family connection with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As I finish my interview with Claire, I ask if there is anything she wants me to include in this piece. “I’ve had a wonderful life,” she says.Image

Caregivers: How to Cope This Winter

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Chances are you wouldn’t even apply for the position above. But for millions of caregivers in our country, they have no choice. They have a loved one in need, and they’re the designated caregiver.

The winter months pose an especially tough time to be a caregiver. With inclement weather and an increase in colds and flu, it’s harder to get out of the house. The reduction in sunlight also can affect our mood. Being in the same home 24/7—even with someone whom you care about—can take its toll, and lead to caregiver burnout.

Caregiver Burnout: Know the Symptoms

  • Anger at your loved one; moodiness and irritability
  • Exhaustion, preventing you from completing daily tasks
  • Sleeplessness, worrying about your loved one
  • Anxiety about how you’ll care for your loved one if he/she becomes worse
  • Social withdrawal from the activities you used to enjoy

Help is On the Way

You’re not in this alone. Reach out to family, friends and community resources. It could be as simple as arranging for someone to provide a meal or give a ride to your loved one. SGLC has a Respite/Vacation Stay program if you’d like to get away and need a safe, welcoming place for your loved one. Call us at 609-404-4848 to find out more.

Our next two free Alzheimer’s Support Groups are March 13th and April 10th at 5:30 at Seashore Gardens Living Center. Feel free to come out and join us!

Finally, take care of yourself. Exercise, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep. Remember to schedule your own health appointments. You’ll be a far better caregiver – if you take care of yourself.

 

Janice Cambron, LNHA, CALA

Executive Director

Seashore Gardens Living Center

 

Seashore Gardens 5K run returns to A.C. in April

Be A Super Hero for Alzheimer’s at

Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk April 29th

 

(Atlantic City, N.J.) Put on your super hero cape and get ready to run or walk for a good cause at the 8th Annual Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk on Sunday, April 29, 2018 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Tropicana Casino & Resort.  Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Outreach Services at Seashore Gardens Living Center, an independent nonprofit Home for the Aged in Galloway Twp., N.J.

The run begins at 9 a.m. and the health walk begins at 9:01 am. The awards ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. and will feature Diane Mitchell from WAYV’s Mike & Diane Show as master of ceremonies.  Free parking is offered from 7 am to 12 noon at the Tropicana Havana Tower parking garage. Refreshments will be provided following the race.

Participants are encouraged to run or walk in a superhero costume to “Be a Superhero for Alzheimer’s!” Costumes are not required but prizes will be awarded for the best individual costume, best family or group costume and best children’s costume. Cash prizes also will be awarded for the top three male and female runners in the 5K. First place winners receive $150; second place winners receive $100; and third place winners receive $50. In addition, there will be medals for top three male and female winners in their age group (overall winners excluded). Age groups include 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. There also will be an award for the largest team and the largest fundraising team. Wheelchair participants also are welcome.

Pre-registration is available until Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m.  Cost is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt. Same-day registration will be available at the race starting at 7:15 a.m. for $40 per person, and does not include the t-shirt.

The 5K will be run on a certified course with timing provided by AKSTS and JB Sports Timing. The Health Walk is a non-timed version of the same route. Both routes will start and end at Tropicana Casino & Resort. There will be a warm-up for the athletes with music and giveaways from 95.1 WAYV. Tropicana Casino & Resort is a sponsor of the event.

Register online at http://seashoregardens.org/5k/. For questions, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Sharon D’Angio at (609) 748-4614 or dangios@seashoregardens.org.

The Simon & Sylvia Zisman Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) is a nonprofit home for the aged, guided by Jewish tradition, law, and charity, dedicated to enriching the quality of life for its residents. The 125,000 square foot senior Living Center features a continuum of services which include assisted living, short and long term nursing care, Alzheimer’s care, respite care and full rehabilitation services all under one roof. For more information, visit www.seashoregardens.org.

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Seashore Gardens Living Center Installs Board, Recognizes Staff and Volunteers at Annual Meeting

(Galloway, N.J.) Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) held its annual meeting on January 23, 2018, installing a slate of officers and members of the board, and recognizing staff and volunteers who have gone “above and beyond” in their roles of enriching elder lives.

SGLC President/CEO Martin H. Klein presided over the annual meeting, along with Board Chair Adrienne Beinfest who renewed her one-year term. Past Chair Shirley Labov Bernstein installed the board members of Seashore Gardens Living Center. Rabbi Aaron H. Krauss delivered the invocation and closing benediction.

 The 2018 slate of officers for SGLC is:

  • Chair of the Board: Adrienne Beinfest
  • Vice Chairpersons: Michael Stark, Mark Stein, Esq. , Michael Weinraub, Esq.
  • Treasurer: Robert Hordes
  • Secretary: Sharon Harris-Zlotnick
  • Assistant Secretary: Janice T. Cambron

Rabbi Jonathan Kremer joins the board as a new member. Returning members who renewed their terms include: Cy Baltus, Janice T. Cambron, LNHA, CALA, Alan J. Feldman, M.D., Sindy O. Finkelson, Esq., Sharon Harris-Zlotnick, Robert Hordes, Michael A. Hyett, Esq., David Karp, Martin H. Klein, William Kohler, Esq., Ethel F. Levinson, Martha Morowitz, and Irvin Snyder. In addition, the Unexpired Board of Directors includes Adrienne Beinfest, Ronald L. Caplan, Rabbi Aaron H. Krauss, David R. Lieberman, Judy L. Schlank, Michael Stark, Mark Stein, Esq., Michael Weinraub, Esq.

The following Seashore Gardens Living Center staff members and volunteers were also recognized at the annual meeting:

  • Making a Difference: Nursing – Andrea Travers, LPN
  • Making a Difference: Management – Missy Rundio ADC, CDP
  • Making a Difference: Other – Emma Ramirez, Dietary Department
  • Rookie of the Year: Juliana Stipa, LPN
  • Volunteer of the Year: Suzanne Dawson

“We congratulate our award winners for their dedication to Seashore Gardens Living Center, and our mission, and we wish our board members luck as they embark on their new positions,” said Mr. Klein.

SGLC Board Officers from Annual Meeting ( Michael Weinraub, Esq., Michael Stark, Sharon-Harris-Zlotnick, Mark Stein, Esq., Adrienne Hammer Beinfest, Janice T. Cambron, Robert Hordes, Martin H. Klein)

SGLC Board Officers from Annual Meeting ( Michael Weinraub, Esq., Michael Stark, Sharon-Harris-Zlotnick, Mark Stein, Esq., Adrienne Hammer Beinfest, Janice T. Cambron, Robert Hordes, Martin H. Klein)

Volunteer Award Winner Suzanne Dawson, Making a Difference Award Winner Missy Rundio ADC, CDP, and Rookie of the Year Award Winner Juliana Stipa, LPN

Volunteer Award Winner Suzanne Dawson, Making a Difference Award Winner Missy Rundio ADC, CDP, and Rookie of the Year Award Winner Juliana Stipa, LPN

Making a Difference: Other Award Winner Emma Ramirez, Dietary Department

Making a Difference: Other Award Winner Emma Ramirez, Dietary Department

Making a Difference: Nursing Award Winner Andrea Travers, LPN with a resident.

Making a Difference: Nursing Award Winner Andrea Travers, LPN with a resident. Andrea has been at SGLC for 22 years.

The Simon & Sylvia Zisman Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) is a nonprofit home for the aged, guided by Jewish tradition, law, and charity, dedicated to enriching the quality of life for its residents. The 125,000 square foot senior Living Center features a continuum of services which include assisted living, short and long term nursing care, Alzheimer’s care, respite care and full rehabilitation services, all under one roof. For more information, visit www.seashoregardens.org.

Seashore Gardens Residents Ring in the New Year in Space Age Style

(Galloway, N.J.) Residents of the Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC) got a jump on celebrating the arrival of 2018 with a New Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 28 from 6-8 p.m.

The event’s theme was ‘Out of This World’ and decorations included planets, stars and even a rocket ship, all prepared by the SGLC activities staff. Residents enjoyed entertainment by Freddie and Friends, festive food, noisemakers and a champagne toast. Some of the residents’ family members joined them for the celebration.

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Newspaper Coverage: Shore News Today 

Seashore Gardens Resident Council Officers Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Outreach

Mary Hood knows a thing or two about fundraising. As president of SGLC’s Resident Council she helped inspire staff and other residents to donate to the Seashore Gardens 5K Run & Health Walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Outreach. Mary sat at a table on the SGLC Boardwalk, selling “feet” to support the 5K teams during three “dress down” days for the staff. The staff was able to donate both ways—once for the privilege of dressing down, and again to purchase feet to help this worthy cause.

MaryMickeyShe invited Resident Council Vice President “Meyer: Mickey Hoffman to the last dress down day table to show him how it worked. They raised the most money on that last day, and credit it to the fact that they did it together.

“Seashore Gardens is my home. It’s been my home for a while. I’ve wanted to have a way to give back, and this is it,” said Mickey. “Mary (Hood) takes this job very seriously. I’m new to all this, but I plan on doing the best I can for Seashore Gardens. It’s a nice thing what they do, raising money like this. I’m happy that I got to be a part of it and help.”

The grand total, including those funds and donations from the “dress down days” and money raised at Seashore Housing, was $304.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff and residents,” said Mary. “This will forever and a day be my home, and I’m just happy that I have a chance to give back and say thanks.