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.

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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:

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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:

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View Dr. Grindal’s full presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykdfRPl0f0c

 

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

 

Picture7“My position as Admissions Coordinator often times allows me first contact with potential residents desiring short-term rehab, long-term care, or a respite stay. I strive to ensure and coordinate a smooth transition into SCC. By working closely with all parties, including the resident, their family, physicians, and hospital representatives, a solid foundation for the excellent care our residents receive upon admission and throughout their entire stay is established. Attention to detail and a thorough education about our community and care standards help residents adjust appropriately to their new environment.”

 

Plymouth Harbor is excited to announce Mary VanSant as our new Admissions Coordinator. Mary came to Plymouth Harbor in October 2015.

In her role as Admissions Coordinator, Mary is the first point of contact for those interested in coming to the Smith Care Center (SCC), whether it be for short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, or respite stay. Specifically, she is responsible for the admission process and the coordination of a smooth transition for residents (and their support network) into SCC. This includes maintaining a positive professional relationship with members of Sarasota’s medical community, and serving as an effective facilitator in guiding family members and decision-makers to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on behalf of incoming residents.

Mary has extensive experience in the marketing and admissions field. Prior to joining Plymouth Harbor, she served as the Admissions Director at Sarasota Point Rehabilitation Center, as the Marketing and Admissions Director at The Inn at Sarasota Bay Club, and as Manager for Dr. Joseph R. Lowe, D.M.D., P. A.

Most recently, Mary served as Sales and Business Development Director at AutoXotic. In each of these roles, she was responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of marketing strategies to increase community awareness. Mary attended Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in child development.

Plymouth Harbor is thrilled to have Mary join our team, and we look forward to the continued growth of Smith Care Center admissions.

 

 

Picture6In 2004, Harry E. Hobson was recruited and hired as the President/CEO of Plymouth Harbor, succeeding Stan Clouse. During this decade, Plymouth Harbor conducted a general “sprucing up” of the campus, and each year brought a new project. The buildings received a fresh coat of paint, Mote Marine installed an aquarium on the main floor, the fitness room received a facelift and new equipment, the North Garden atrium project was completed, and the Mezzanine was expanded and renovated for resident gatherings and informal get-togethers. In 2006, our 40th anniversary year, a new strategic plan was approved that focused on six key initiatives, including insuring Plymouth Harbor’s long-term success and providing modern and updated accommodations.

 

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Ann and Ray Neff had occasion to spend a good deal of time with Bobby Broderick before he passed away. Over time, Ray learned of Bobby’s career in the laundry business and heard stories of how he began that business as a job and how it blossomed into a fulfilling and successful career. Remembering this important part of Bobby’s life, and the role it played in his family life — taking his children to work with him on Saturdays and how they would play in the laundry bins and conveyors — it seemed most fitting to Ann and Ray that when our own Plymouth Harbor laundry room was being renovated, to do something to honor Bobby and his contributions to life at Plymouth Harbor.

The Neffs have made a gift to support the purchase of the large industrial-sized washer and dryer (roughly half the cost of the equipment) in memory of Bobby Broderick. A memorial plaque will be installed by the end of the February. Please join us in thanking Ann and Ray Neff for their thoughtful gift to remember our longtime friend, neighbor, and colleague Charles “Bobby” Broderick.

 

 

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We are excited and honored to welcome Cade Sibley as our new Chair of The Foundation Board. Cade has served as a member of The Foundation Board since its inception in 2013. She and her husband Whit are residents of Longboat Key, having moved here in 2010 from Denver. In Denver, Cade was involved in advanced estate, business-transfer, and investment-planning strategies. She was a longtime member of several of the Lincoln Financial Group’s most prestigious honors societies, and served as Vice Chair of Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Board for The Denver Foundation, and on the Denver Arthritis Foundation Board.

Cade assumed her new role as Chair in January of this year. Bill Johnston will continue as a Foundation Trustee as a resident of Plymouth Harbor, as he and his wife Betsy became residents in December of 2015. Harry Hobson continues as Vice-Chair of The Foundation Board, and Garry Jackson continues in his role of Secretary/Treasurer.

 

In December 2015, three members of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees reached the end of their term, and in January 2016, the Board gained three new members. Below please find biographies introducing these new members.

 

KATHRYN ANGELL CARR

I am looking forward to serving on the Plymouth Harbor Board because it is a facility I have admired since moving to Sarasota in 1983, and the more I learn about Plymouth Harbor, the more I treasure such a valuable resource in our community.”

Kathryn Angell Carr is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She has been involved in the representation of both purchasers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate, including several shopping centers, hotels, apartment complexes, restaurants, and office buildings. Kathryn also has experience in the leasing and financing of both residential and commercial projects, including securitized financing and bond financing. Kathryn has represented developers of residential projects in all stages of development, including acquisition, financing of the land, and platting of the property, and has advised clients as to the effects of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the Florida Land Sales Act.

Kathryn received a BS degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and earned her law degree from the University of Florida. In addition to Plymouth Harbor, Kathryn previously served on several community Boards, including, but not limited to, The Argus Foundation and the Animal Rescue Coalition. She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to 27. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys cooking, having learned much from her husband who was a page boy in the Ringling Hotel in the 1940s while his father was the manager.

 

Grindal 4x5 300 dpi (4) CropALAN B. GRINDAL, M.D. 

As a Sarasota physician​, I have long admired Plymouth Harbor as a model for providing a successful aging lifestyle.”

Dr. Alan B. Grindal is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his Medical degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Grindal obtained his Neurology training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also served on the medical faculty.

For over 30 years Dr. Grindal was in private practice in Sarasota, and he is currently on the Clinical Faculty of Florida State University. He also works with the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is a volunteer at the hospital’s Community Clinic. In addition, Dr. Grindal often teaches at the University of South Florida Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Springs Academy. He was selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America from 1997 to his retirement in 2004. Dr. Grindal and his wife will be                                                                                                     celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with their three children and six                                                                                                    grandchildren.

 

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I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees at Plymouth Harbor. As the premier vertically integrated care facility in Florida, Plymouth Harbor affords me the opportunity to continue my life of service with an institution that does so much for its residents and the community at large.”

Ambassador James D. McGee spent the majority of his 30-year Foreign Service career overseas working in support of U.S. Government policy. His professional skills include political-military affairs, crisis management, and international negotiation and management. He was nominated and confirmed as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland 2002-2004, Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 2004-2007, and Zimbabwe 2007-2009. He then returned to the National War College in Washington D.C., as the senior advisor to the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. At his last assignment, Ambassador McGee opened the first political-military office to provide diplomatic advice and guidance to the Commander of U.S. naval forces Europe, Africa and the 6th Fleet. Ambassador McGee served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years during the Vietnam conflict and earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 16 Air Medals while flying on 471 combat missions.

In addition to his military honors, Ambassador McGee was presented the Palmer Award for Diplomatic Excellence in 2011, the Diplomacy for Freedom Award in 2008, and numerous Presidential Pay and Superior Honor Awards. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe and the Committee for the Community of Democracies. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Defense Language Institute, and speaks French and Vietnamese.

 

Terry and Maureen Aldrich have been married for 16 years. They met in 1999 when she walked into his antique shop, and it was love at first sight.

Throughout his years, Terry has held two very different careers. First, he spent 20 years as a psychotherapist on active duty in the Air Force and as a program director for civilian mental health clinics. Second, he spent another 20 years as a business owner focused on the import and export of Western European antiques and furniture in Sarasota, Atlanta, and Italy. Maureen on the other hand began as a ballerina with the New Orleans Opera. She also studied world dances, ranging from SW Native Americans, Haiti, Brazil, Ghana, Hawaii, and 17th century France. In her career she choreographed ballets, became an associate professor of dance therapy at the University of Illinois, a professor in the history of dance at Vanderbilt, and has published three books on the subject.

What made Terry decide to make the move from a career in psychotherapy to running an antique shop? And how did Maureen turn her passion for dance into a career?

View their January 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 resident Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

In 1999, Mildred (1897-1996) and Bernard (1898-1997) Doyle established the Doyle Charitable Trust Scholarship. Since then, more than 25 scholarships have been awarded to Plymouth Harbor employees and their children.

A result of the deep admiration the Doyles developed for Plymouth Harbor employees during their residency, the trust was established as a means to provide ongoing educational assistance to “a worthy and needy child of an employee of Plymouth Harbor” or “a worthy and needy employee seeking to increase their skills or to obtain a higher education.” Each year, a scholarship committee at Northern Trust Bank, including former Plymouth Harbor executive director Jack Smith, selects two recipients for the $5,000 scholarships.

 

 

 

By: Becky Pazkowski

Picture5As of this writing, we have experienced quite a year in our history of The Foundation. So far, we have over $1,200,000 in current gifts, from more than 500 gifts and pledges. In addition, we welcomed nine new members to the MacNeil Society (those who named The Foundation in their estate plans), totaling over $231,000 in new deferred gifts this year.

We are so very grateful for all who have made these contributions! We will detail these gifts and stories in the 2015 Impact Report, coming out in March of 2016.