By: Randy Powell, M.D., Plymouth Harbor’s Medical Director

Picture14Why should you get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease with nearly 30,000 deaths each year in the United States. Eighty-five percent of those are in people over 65 years of age. Flu season in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels. If people are willing to get it, the flu vaccine significantly reduces the amount of viral exposure.

Can you get the flu from the vaccine?

The flu vaccine has been improved to the point that there is no significant risk of illness or reaction. It is possible to get mild, short-lasting side effects from the vaccine, such as aches or soreness where the shot was given, but the vaccine cannot cause the flu. While the flu shot is preferred, people who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs can get the recombinant flu vaccine (or nasal spray), which was produced without any egg products.

How does the vaccine work?

Flu vaccines cause antibodies (cells that help fight infections) to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These serve as protection against infection from viruses that are found in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against influenza viruses that research shows will be most common during the upcoming season.

What types of vaccines are available?

Human defenses become weaker with age, which places older adults at a higher risk of severe illness from influenza. The standard flu vaccine protects you from three different flu viruses. Those who are 65 or older can receive the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, which is four times stronger than the regular flu shot. Plymouth Harbor will be offering this preservative-free, high-dose vaccine this year. The vaccination process is most effective if everyone participates. Join the team!

*Resources used for this article include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Picture11According to the 2016 Point-in-Time Census — an annual census of the homeless population required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — 497 homeless people were counted in Manatee County and 971 in Sarasota County. This represents an increase of nearly 23 percent from 2015.

Resurrection House, a faith-based day resource center for the homeless of Sarasota County, was created to help transition these at-risk individuals to a path of self-sufficiency. In its 26th year, Resurrection House has a small number of paid staff and does not accept funding from the city, county, state, or federal government. Founded by six local churches, the organization instead operates solely off donations and depends on its network of more than 180 volunteers to help serve its ever-increasing number of “clients.”

Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Resurrection House offers services that other organizations serving the homeless may not, including: locker storage, medical help, legal advice, clothing, clothes washing, transportation options, and counseling. They also offer shower and bathroom facilities, barber services, meals, and more. After completing an intake form, each new client immediately meets with a case manager to help kick-start the transition process.

At Plymouth Harbor, efforts to support Resurrection House come in many forms. Resident Bill Vernon has been a volunteer for nearly two years, ever since a friend at All Angels Episcopal Church suggested he get involved. Bill spends his Fridays from 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. manning the shower facilities, where he keeps a list of which client is up next and rations supplies. “We only have four showers, but we could use 40,” Bill says. “All in all, Resurrection House helps people who are down on their luck — and there are loads of success stories.”

Resident Buzz VanArsdale has also volunteered at Resurrection House for several years. After noticing a volunteer advertisement in the newspaper, he decided to see what he could do to help. With a passion for bicycling, he was the perfect fit for the bicycle shop — where volunteers help refurbish used bicycles that are given to clients who land a full-time job. When asked why he enjoys his time there, Buzz says, “It’s important. This place meets a large need for a very big population in our community.” 

Resident Mike Kolker got involved with Resurrection House after a suggestion by Bill Vernon. He was there for over a year, trading off Friday volunteer days with Bill before he stopped due to physical challenges. However, he does plan to look into a more administrative position. “The organization is doing a very fine job, and it is obviously needed,” he says. “I would encourage others to consider the possibility of volunteering there.” 

In December 2015, Plymouth Harbor employees also launched “Holiday Helpers” through the OnBoard Employee Wellness Program, which collected donations for Resurrection House. A total of 10 boxes of clothing, blankets, toiletries, and over $300 in cash and gift cards was gathered. It was so successful that employees have begun a permanent collection bin, where donations can be made on a year-round basis.

To learn more about Resurrection House, you can visit http://www.resurrectionhousesarasota.org/.

 

By: Addie Hurst

Have you seen an attractive lady with a winning smile and a charming foreign accent? Then you have seen Gunilla Dorsen, a newcomer who is delighted to be a Plymouth Harbor resident.

Gunilla was born in Lidingö, Sweden, a community outside of Stockholm, which accounts for her charming accent. She was the youngest of four children; her father was a professor of industrial economics and management, a position which caused them to move to Bergen, Norway, where Gunilla started school. However, when the Germans invaded, they were able to escape to Sweden where Gunilla had to start school all over.

Gunilla finished her education in Sweden and took secretarial and business courses. After a stint working for her father, she worked for the Swedish Foreign Service in San Francisco and then as a press assistant in Washington, D.C., and in Copenhagen.

It was in Washington, D.C., where she met Dr. Robert Dorsen, who was working with the Johnson Administration on family planning. He was sent to India, and she was stationed in Copenhagen. But fate decreed they were not to be separated for long, and they were married in 1967 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Dorsen worked for the Public Health Service for 26 years. Then they moved to Riverdale (NYC) where Dr. Dorsen worked for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then went into private practice. During this time, he pursued his love of theater and worked in many theater productions and several movies including “Panic in the Streets” and “Tootsie.” Meanwhile, Gunilla attended the New York School of Design and subsequently helped refurbish a cruise ship.

They traveled extensively, going to Sweden annually to visit her parents. In 1979, they took a 43-day train trip from London to Hong Kong. Then the Dorsens retired and moved to Sarasota. Sadly, Dr. Dorsen died at the Smith Care Center in 2009. Gunilla was a volunteer for the Salvation Army and served on the board of Bay Plaza. When she is totally unpacked and has sold her condo, she wants to volunteer for the Fund Shop, to try Tai Chi and Yoga, and to participate in water aerobics and to play Mahjongg.

 

IMG_3797Greg and Don Fosselman have an inseparable bond. Numbers five and six, respectively, of seven children, the two live next door to each other here at Plymouth Harbor. Of their seven siblings, they had only one sister — the oldest. While Greg and Don seem to be the closest of their siblings, they led two very different lives after leaving their hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, years ago.

After finishing high school, Greg attended the University of Iowa. As he always had a keen interest in newsprint growing up, it came as no surprise that he decided to study journalism. After graduation, however, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1950 IMG_3802until 1952. While there, he handled logistics for field engineer units in Frankfurt, and later held an administrative position in Kaiserslautern. Soon after he returned to the United States, Greg was offered a position at United Press International (UPI), a leading newswire service. Greg was at UPI for over 15 years, serving as a newspaper and broadcast editor in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and eventually Chicago. In 1968, he was offered a job at the Chicago Tribune as a headline writer and news editor, where he remained until he retired in 1989.

Don also joined the U.S. Army after he graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa). Like his older brother, he was stationed in Germany from 1953 until 1955. After Don returned to the United States, he accepted a teaching position in Montour, Iowa, for two years before he went on to attend Teacher’s College at Columbia University to earn his master’s degree. “I went to New York and never moved back,” Don says. He held teaching positions for several years in New York and Connecticut before he transitioned into a guidance counselor position, retiring in 1992. “I enjoyed my years as an educator,” he says. “But, as a guidance counselor, I felt that my day-to-day interactions were much more varied and meaningful.”

While Greg and Don lived states away from each other, their lives often overlapped. The two kept in touch as most siblings do and visited each other frequently. On occasion, even their professional lives overlapped, which is exemplified by the summer of 1958 when Don was working for a charity in New York City. The organization operated a barge called “The Floating Hospital,” which cruised around the New York Harbor, providing healthcare facilities and summer activities for underprivileged families.

The charity was in need of some publicity, so Don reached out to Greg, who was still at UPI at the time. Greg set to work on the story, sent it out over the wire, and it was picked up in no time by several media outlets in New York City. It received so much traction that the local outlets sent their reporters out to cover the story in person. Needless to say, the organization was quite impressed with Don Fosselman.

Don was the first to move to Sarasota. After retiring in Westchester County in New York, he spent his winters traveling to many different areas in Florida. A neighbor in New York owned a home on Longboat Key and ended up sharing the Longboat Observer with him. He answered an advertisement for a two-month Lido Key rental and the rest was history when he moved here in 2000. In 2011, he moved into Plymouth Harbor.

In contrast, Greg spent his winters on the West Coast, namely in California and Arizona, but a visit to Don convinced him to move to Plymouth Harbor in 2013. Today, the two are located on the fourteenth floor, with only a short walk down the hallway between them.

At Plymouth Harbor, the brothers enjoy dining together and exercising in the Wellness Center. Greg attends the Sit Fit class every Monday and Wednesday, while Don participates in Tap class on Wednesdays. Outside of Plymouth Harbor, Don spends his time volunteering as an usher at various venues around Sarasota. The Van Wezel, Sarasota Opera House, Historic Asolo Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and the Players Theater are among the many places you might find him.

In addition to his appreciation for theater, Don has a passion for traveling. “I’ve been to almost every place I ever dreamed of going. I’ve never left Earth though,” he jokes. “Maybe if I were younger.” This year, Don went on a tour of the American National Parks, and in a few short weeks he’ll be on a Danube River Cruise through Europe. When Greg was asked about traveling, he laughed and said, “I’ve never been much of a traveler — I let Don do it for me.”

While the Fosselman brothers certainly have a  mix of fascinating interests, you’ll be sure to find these two enjoying dinner together almost every night in the Plymouth Harbor restaurant.

 

By: Celia Catlett

phillipsMarjorie and Bernard “Bernie” are a dynamic couple, and they parlayed their energy and intelligence into useful and interesting careers. Both born in New York City, they met at Cornell University when she was an undergraduate and he was working toward his doctorate in sociology.

Marjorie went on to get her master’s in education from Boston University. Hired at Middlesex Community College, she initiated a course to teach parents how to choose a preschool. The class went from eight to 35 students and then developed into a two-year Early Childhood Teachers’ Training Program. She founded a second similar program at the Minuteman Vocational Technical School in Lexington, Massachusetts. When asked to teach a trilingual first grade (French, Spanish, and English) in Lowell, she discovered that most of the pupils were Cambodian! After that adventure, she enjoyed teaching science from kindergarten to fourth grade for a number of years.

During this time, she was also busy with two sons, David who is now a professor of humanities at Wake Forest, and Michael who works in Atlanta’s City Planning Department using computer applications for geographic information systems. Looking back on it, Marjorie says that she wonders how she managed it all.

Bernie also has brought a creative force to his work in academia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colombia University, crossed the country to get his master’s from Washington State University (where he enjoyed riding a motorcycle through the rolling hills of the area) and then it was back to the East Coast to pursue his Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana), and, for the greater part of his career, at Boston University. He has written a number of books, from textbooks like Social Research: Strategies and Tactics to a book entitled Worlds of the Future, which combined fiction and nonfiction.

He founded and directed the Sociological Imagination Group in 2000 and has just finished collaborating with three co-authors on Invisible Crisis: Toward an Interdisciplinary Scientific Method, a book that they will use for a textbook for their Academy for Individual Evolution (www.individualevolution.org). Its focus is on how each individual can evolve. Interaction versus isolation is the key concept in their approach.

But life has not been all work for the Phillips. They enjoy classical music and jazz, art and travel, the latter two well combined in some Japanese art in their apartment. In the seventeen years they were on Longboat Key, they became involved in the local arts culture. They are readers and film lovers, and, by the way, Bernie would like to find a ping-pong partner. As I said, they are a dynamic duo.

 

By: Lee Yousri

GaylordWhen I invited Dee Gaylord to my apartment for her “bio” interview, she immediately said, “Why don’t you come to mine and you can see my artwork?” That was my first clue: I was dealing with a genuine, gracious person—dedicated to her home and her art. Welcome, Dee.

Life for Dee started in Peoria, Illinois. It really started when she attended Bradley College there and met her husband-to-be. Welcome, Jim. In the early years of their marriage, Dee taught first grade and Jim was a real estate developer. In 1969, they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Jim had purchased a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. It was a magical progression after that as Jim developed a chain of restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Dee took advantage of their domicile, a university town, by continuing her education. She took classes in art, clinical psychology, and gerontology, and received a post-graduate degree.

But Dee’s first and all-consuming love was painting. She dedicated considerable time to it, participating in many shows. Photos of her paintings were included in books on watercolor. Their first exposure to this area was at a meeting held in Sarasota where Jim was appointed as the Upper Midwest Franchise President. They stayed at The Colony on Longboat Key, now defunct, but at that time reputedly the top tennis resort in the country—and as tennis buffs, they enjoyed it so much they actually purchased a condo on this very first visit. It was a “had to rent” deal that permitted them to spend only one month yearly there. They sold it a few years later and purchased a condo that allowed them to stay as long as they chose. For 25 years, they were snowbirds. Dee had the pleasure of owning a gallery in downtown Sarasota and she studied with many great artists who came here to conduct workshops.

Upon retirement in 1995, Jim served on many boards and enjoyed being a lecturer at the University of Nebraska’s business school. He lectured on entrepreneurship, and in 1997, was selected by the university as Entrepreneur of the Year. While all this was going on, they raised three children: Tim, John, and Missy. This of course progressed into grandchildren—four to be exact. In 2008, the Gaylords bought a home in Lakewood Ranch and subsequently became Florida residents.

Through friends they heard about Plymouth Harbor and they find it ideal. They love their beautiful Tower apartment where they are surrounded by Dee’s art, and at the same time, Jim deals with his health issues as a resident of the Smith Care Center.

 

mural1If you’ve stopped by the Smith Care Center’s (SCC) Therapy room recently, you might have noticed a change of scenery. In July, the SCC Therapy team welcomed a new mural on one of its walls, depicting a colorful and inviting beach scene.

The mural is the work of self-taught artist Carol Roman, who is also the mother of Tony Roman in our Dining Services department. Carol is a talented local artist, having produced artwork for Bradenton Healthcare and Peach’s Restaurants, in addition to specializing in artwork for individual homes, pool areas, furniture, and more.

The mural illustrates a beautiful shoreline with fencing along the beach, an anchored boat, islands off in the distance, and palm trees seemingly extending into the therapy room. While at first glance it may seem mural2like your typical beach scene, you may want to take a closer look. Each member of the SCC Therapy team has a personalized item incorporated into the mural. And if you are lucky, they just may give you a clue behind the meaning.

This mural is only the start for the SCC Therapy team. In the coming weeks, they hope to add inspirational quotes to the room’s remaining walls. With no
windows to the outside, the team felt this was the perfect way to incorporate the unique location and atmosphere of Plymouth Harbor. After stopping multiple visitors in their tracks and receiving several comments from residents, it seems they were right. If you are interested in viewing the new mural, simply stop by the SCC Therapy office and take a look.

 

By: Isabel Pedersen

NimickGeorge “Gus” Nimick is one of five Pittsburgh brothers who, each in his turn, marched off to study at Princeton University. His father had gone there, too.

It is no surprise that Gus, when they moved to Sarasota 30 years ago, looked for the Princeton Club. And, for 30 years, he has been the glue which kept that club alive: doing the boring stuff; maintaining lists, collecting dues, sending out notices, and making sure that someone besides Gus Nimick would be president. He did serve as president of the Ivy League Club but not “his” club.

Meanwhile, Deborah “Debbe” was cutting her own swath. Her presidency of the Child Protection Center and her private practice as the “teacher of last resort” for trouble
d and learning disabled children are the latest manifestations of a lifetime commitment to children. Her first child-centered job came at eleven, teaching swimming.

After finishing her classics major at Brown University, she added a master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Debbe started two pre-schools, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and in Houston, as they moved back and forth. Then she added some more courses in Houston and spent several years as a psychologist in the Houston schools. While in Pittsburgh, she had developed a fifth-grade curriculum for the gifted, all of this while raising three children.

The Nimick’s 59-year-old marriage involved moving from Gus’ native Pittsburgh where,  as a chemical engineer, he worked on product quality at Gulf Oil to managing Information Technology for Gulf’s trading branch in Houston. Then Pittsburgh, then Houston again. Gus’ early adoption of the computer to industry’s uses made him early in the IT work. He also served as Secretary to the Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.

Now, after studying economics at the University of South Florida and being elected to their honorary society, he does a bit of work as a Certified Financial Planner and tax preparer.

Between tap dancing classes, painting (which has become Debbe’s passion), Gus’ club work, their three children, three grandchildren, and their other volunteer activities, let us hope they can find time to relax here, just a bit, so we can enjoy this energetic pair.

 

MotepicMote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (Mote) is not only an icon of Sarasota, but also a world-class marine research institution. An independent, not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans, Mote brings the local community together, educating and reminding us of the vital importance of protecting our local marine habitat and beyond.

Plymouth Harbor residents have always been strong supporters of Mote — committing years of service and acting as volunteers, board members, and patrons. Resident Ted Rehl and his late wife, Fran, were volunteers for almost two decades, where he served as “head volunteer cashier,” responsible for filling all volunteer slots each week. Similar to the Rehls, many residents, including Larry Coffey, BJ Peters, Gerda Maceikonis, Molly Moffatt, Hank Gieseler, and many more, spent numerous years at Mote as loyal and devoted volunteers.

Resident Nancy Lyon is currently a 19-year volunteer of the organization. “My late husband, Bob, and I got involved when we were new to Sarasota,” she says. “He always liked fish, and we thought it would be a nice way to meet people.” It has turned into so much more for Nancy, who volunteers at Mote every Wednesday. Over the years, she has helped take care of mammals, assisted researchers, and helped guests in the gift shop.

Today, Nancy sells admission tickets. Her favorite part of volunteering there? Giving back to the sea and to the community. “What I always find so interesting is that a lot of people don’t realize that Mote is only 25 percent aquarium — the other 75 percent is devoted to science,” she says.

Resident Bobi Sanderson has volunteered as an aquarium guide at Mote for 22 years. Now volunteering on an as-needed basis, she works about three hours per week. Bobi was always passionate about ecology and marine life, so getting involved with Mote was a given. When asked what she enjoys most about her volunteer work, she almost immediately responded with “education.” She went on to say that she respects the staff, who consistently keep volunteers informed while collaborating with other laboratories and working on new discoveries. “You can’t help but be enthusiastic when you’re working there,” Bobi says. “You’re not only teaching, but you’re learning.”

Resident Dr. Lou Newman, a retired veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology, has also worked with Mote since he moved to the area years ago. Because of his professional background, Dr. Newman’s role is different than your average volunteer. Over the years, he has participated in training programs in order to aid in the rescue of marine animals, and later he assisted in the rehabilitation of these animals. He has also assisted in the cataloging of microscopic specimens and consulted with researchers on several projects. Today, Dr. Newman is consulting with researchers on biomarkers (substances indicative of disease or infection) related to fertility in several species of animals and fish.

There is no doubt that Mote is an organization unlike any other, and our residents are extremely dedicated to their service. To learn more about Mote’s efforts, visit www.Mote.org.

 

new-york-city-828776_1920On June 30, 2016, Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay live-streamed its first-ever Broadway musical. Thanks to resident Arthur Ancowitz, M.D., She Loves Me – a romantic comedy with “a soaring score” – was presented onscreen in our newly upgraded Club Room through an online streaming service provided by BroadwayHD.

Dr. Ancowitz first saw the play live in New York City, where his great nephew, Nicholas Barasch, plays the part of Arpad in the show. Inspired by the performance, he wanted to share the experience with friends and family down in Florida. Suffice it to say that the 52 residents and friends of Plymouth Harbor who attended the event are certainly glad he did.