By: Becky Pazkowski

For the first time, Plymouth Harbor is able to offer Workplace English to our primarily Spanish-speaking employees, as part of our OnBoard Employee Wellness Program. The course is administered by State College of Florida’s Workplace Education program.

The classes are 2 hours per week for 10 weeks, and will be offered here on the campus of Plymouth Harbor for the convenience of our employees who wish to participate. At the end of the 10 week course, which runs March 1st through May 3rd, participants will receive a certificate of completion. This course is made possible through gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation.



By: Sallie VanArsdal

Stanford Bill and Judy2 (3)The Stanfords are both Illinois natives. Judy was born and raised in Urbana where a longtime family business was located. Bill, born in Centralia, moved around the state during childhood due to his father’s profession. Both of them chose the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for college. Bill won an R.O.T.C. scholarship that gave him a Navy commission as well as his Economics degree, with honors, in 1965. Judy majored in Education and, equally important, met Bill.

Theirs was a campus romance that led to marriage in 1965. Judy’s father offered them a large wedding or two tickets to Paris. Paris won! After a family wedding, they boarded the plane for France. They came home to Bill’s return to the University of Illinois for an M.B.A. He started to work for Eli Lilly and Company in 1967, but left to fulfill a four year Navy R.O.T.C. commitment serving as supply officer on the U.S.S. Ashland, the first L.S.D. (Landing Ship Dock) built during World War II. Bill recalls, “Just keeping the 25-year-old ship running was challenging.” Judy, meantime, taught elementary school in Illinois.

Back at Lilly in 1971, Bill was sent to Dusseldorf, Germany, as financial manager for Elizabeth Arden, a Lilly subsidiary, and their business travels began: from Dusseldorf to Vienna to Sao Paulo, Brazil, overseeing Elizabeth Arden. Judy taught at the American International Schools (AIS) in all three cities, accompanied now by their two small sons who were AIS students. “It was a perfect arrangement,” she notes. “The boys learned a lot by making friends from other countries.”

Bill was brought to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis in 1981. Various rapid promotions led to his appointment as Vice President and Controller. During these years, both Stanfords were involved in civic organizations. They continued this participation after 1996 when Bill retired and they moved to Sarasota’s Bird Key. Bill served as Commodore of the Bird Key Yacht Club, Treasurer of the Van Wezel Foundation Board, and Chairman of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation during four of his fifteen years on the Health Care Foundation Board.
Living on Bird Key, Judy and Bill became good friends of Babs and Ernie Rice and Francie and Gordon Jones, all Plymouth Harbor residents later. It would seem that the Rice/ Jones influence was positive, as the Stanfords, although still getting settled, appear happy and contented to be here.



The years of 2007—2011 represent a smaller period of growth for Plymouth Harbor, as we geared up for major developments to take place in 2012 and beyond. In 2007, the Smith Care Center secured approval to open our beds to the community at large. This same year, Plymouth Harbor embarked upon a 36-month Capital Improvement Project that helped provide improvements to the infrastructure of the campus. Plymouth Harbor also expanded in areas of community outreach, dining services, and resident wellness activities.





Lee DeLieto, Sr., Trustee

“My involvement and appreciation of the composition and dedication of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees motivated me to accept an invitation to become a member of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees.”

Lee DeLieto, Sr. joined the Commercial Group at Michael Saunders & Company more than 20 years ago and he and his partner, Lee Jr., have repeatedly received the “Top Commercial Real Estate Team” recognition. Lee is an active member of various professional organizations including member and Past President of The Commercial Investment Division (CID) of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, member of Sarasota Association of Realtors and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Lee’s community involvement includes Founder and Board Member of Insignia Bank, and current Board Member and Past Chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Additionally, Lee is a Past President of the Downtown Sarasota Kiwanis Club, Past Board Chair of the Sarasota University Club, and Past President of the Sarasota Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta. Lee received a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the University of Rochester.


From traveling around the world to winning a gold medal in the Arthur Murray dance competition, Kansas City, Missouri, natives Phil and Barry Starr have lived an exiting life together.

In addition to his passion for videography and recording our monthly Insights presentations, Phil held a long and successful career in the insurance business. He graduated from Princeton, earned his MBA at Wharton, and became a certified life underwriter. He joined the Army and retired with a captain’s rank. From there, he went on to R. B. Jones Insurance Brokers in Kansas City, and took the company public before retiring after 36 years.

Barry graduated from Smith College, and having studied in Paris for a year, she tutored in French. She also served in many community positions — as a library board member, an art gallery docent, a church volunteer, and a Junior League officer.

How did these two meet? And what brought them to Sarasota?

View their February Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.


Grindal 4x5 300 dpi (4) CropOn February 16th, Alan B. Grindal, M.D. gave a Health Matters presentation, entitled “The Aging Brain: Realities and Opportunities.” Dr. Grindal is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. In January 2016, he joined the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees. Below is a summary of Dr. Grindal’s presentation.


By the age of 65, two percent of the population will have dementia, and after that, the number doubles every five years. Today, there are 7 million people with dementia. By 2050, that number is estimated to be at 14 million. The reasoning is two-fold: 1.) People are living longer; 2.) Baby boomers will move into the 85 and over age group.

As we age, our brain gets smaller, we lose connectivity, and experience neuron loss in certain areas of the brain. In normal aging, we see a decline in autobiographical memory — for instance, memories about yourself, such as what you did on a certain day or where you were. However, semantic memories, including facts and ingrained skills, such as the first president, tend to be well-retained. Also in normal aging, there is a decline in fluid intelligence, which results in slower responses, a decrease in multi-tasking, and diminished creativity.

In general, there are three stages of decline in the aging brain:

  1. Age Associated Memory Impairment – compared to younger people. As we age, we are not as sharp as we were when we were at our peak (at 30-35 years old). Our ability to remember and absorb knowledge tends to slow down. However, this particular stage suggests that we’re aging at the same level as our peers.
  2. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) – compared to peers. This stage identifies individuals whose level of function is slightly impaired. When compared to their peers, these individuals are not functioning at the same level, but they are still able to live independently.
  3. Dementia – loss of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills. This stage identifies those with Dementia — an impairment of higher cognitive mental skills that prevents people from being able to live independently. How does Alzheimer’s disease fit in? While the above are levels of function, Alzheimer’s disease is a pathology that can cause any or all of these stages.


While the reality of the aging brain is not always encouraging, there are several opportunities under our control that may help delay certain effects of aging, including:

  • Educational Attainment and Intellectual Challenges. The more educated you are, the less risk you have. In addition, continuing to challenge yourself educationally is extremely beneficial — particularly when you get engaged in something you enjoy doing, such as Sudoku, reading, crossword puzzles, etc.
  • Physical Activity. Aerobic exercise is proven to lead to an increase in brain volume.
  • Engaged Lifestyle/Social Environment. It has been shown that people can deteriorate quickly if they become socially isolated. Humans are social beings, and it is important to continue this attribute as we age.

View Dr. Grindal’s full presentation here:


In the latter part of 2013, Plymouth Harbor elected to provide a wider array of services to our residents. We wanted to emphasize the availability of private duty home care, with the thought that many residents have both short- and long-term needs for these services. We surmised that residents would appreciate the opportunity to receive these services from Plymouth Harbor staff who have been screened, hired, trained, and supervised by onsite staff. Gradually, with time and dedication, we hoped to win over residents who had relied on outside agencies for these services.

Today, Plymouth Harbor is pleased to report that we have made some headway. Shown below is the Home Health revenue for the past three years:

2013                             2014                         2015

$131,000               $411,000               $827,000

Additionally, for January 2016, we billed for approximately $103,000. We are thrilled to see residents taking advantage of the services we offer, and we truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Home Health is available whether you are in an apartment, the Callahan Center, or the Smith Care Center. We customize our services to meet your needs, from 24 hours per day to just one or two hours per day. And we are always staffed by your Plymouth Harbor team!

“The care that I get from the Home Care staff is always first rate! I have assistance both in the morning and evening, and everything goes well. Thank you so much.” Betsy Bagby

“The HOME is the key! I have had several unexpected ‘events’ in the last 10 months, and Home Care was right there when I needed them. The last event was critical enough to warrant an EMS call. The action by the team was professional, fast, and caring.”  — Weta Cannon