Veteran Journalist Chris Wallace To Speak At Shell Point

Wallace to Discuss Current National and Political Affairs

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 20, 2009) — The 2009 Inaugural Speaker Series continues at Shell Point Retirement Community with Chris Wallace, veteran broadcast journalist and host of FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, on Monday February 9 at 7p.m. in the Village Church Auditorium.

Wallace will focus his discussion on current political affairs and how the first 100 days of any presidency are critical to the direction of the country. Barack Obama’s presidency is one of the most highly anticipated in the history of our nation. The United States is at a turning point in its economics and its foreign and domestic policy, and the early steps taken by the Obama administration will determine the course of the next four years. Wallace’s presentation will provide the audience with a unique, behind-the-headlines perspective on the latest issues in Washington and will include a dynamic question and answer session.
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Parkinson’s Symposium Presentation At Shell Point

FORT MYERS, Fl. (January 20, 2009) — Residents of Fort Myers and the surrounding areas who are interested in learning more about Parkinson’s Disease are invited to attend the 6th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium, a special presentation from the Shell Point Academy. The symposium will be on Friday, February 6, from 9am to 3pm in the Village Church Auditorium on the Island. “Research on Parkinson’s is extremely important in determining how to improve the quality of life and daily living for individuals who are affected by this disease,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “This presentation will offer a wealth of insight into how this disease works and ways to help manage it.”
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The Festival Of Keyboards To Perform At The Shell Point Village Church

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 16, 2009) — The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Stephen Nielson, Ovid Young, Jeff Bennett, & Gerald Anderson, who will perform the Festival of Keyboards as part of the 2008/2009 Season of Praise Concert Series at. This performance will be held in the Village Church Auditorium on Sunday February 1 at 6:15pm.

A Festival of Keyboards brings together four of today’s most gifted pianists, writers, and arrangers who will perform sacred, classical, and popular favorites in solo, duet, and of course the thrilling quartet formation.
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Shell Point Academy Program Wins ICAA Industry Innovator Award

Award recognizes creative, high-quality approach to older-adult wellness

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 13, 2009) — The Academy at Shell Point has been named as one of this year’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness and fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Dawn Boren, Shell Point’s Director of Resident Life; and Teri Kollath, Academy and Volunteer Manager accepted the 2008 ICAA Industry Innovator Award for The Academy’s creative programming on behalf of the retirement community at a conference held in Texas.

The annual ICAA awards honor excellence and creativity in the health and wellness field. They also recognize organizations that have developed cutting-edge programs to support active aging, plus spotlight one innovative piece of fitness equipment for the active older-adult market. The award-winning offerings target any or all of the six dimensions of wellness—emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual and social.

Of the 2,000 elders who reside at Shell Point, more than half have volunteered in this continuing care retirement community—over 400 as instructors or speakers for The Academy at Shell Point, the community’s lifelong learning educational initiative. For three semesters every year, The Academy provides a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults that touch on the six components of wellness. Anywhere from 70 to 90 classes take place per semester. Areas of focus include such things as Community Enrichment; Mind, Body and Spirit (e.g., stress management, spirituality, memory disorders and testing, and chronic illness prevention and management); Computer College; and Legacy Seminars (e.g., financial, legal and end-of-life issues).

“Interestingly, despite its zero-based budget, the program has attracted the highest resident participation,” said Boren. “Nearly three out of four residents take part in The Academy, with equal representation across all of the levels of care,” she said. “We believe The Academy at Shell Point is innovative because it offers mental stimulation and lifelong learning in all areas of one’s personal well-being, while engaging residents in volunteer opportunities that enhance one’s quality of life,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services.

“Shell Point’s Academy provides an inspiring example for everyone striving to support healthy, vibrant living for adults ages 50 and older,” says Colin Milner, ICAA founder and CEO. “The Academy offers an innovative, high-quality approach to wellness—one that promotes health, well-being and quality of life for older adults and helps individuals stay independent,” praises Milner. “ICAA congratulates Shell Point Retirement Community on the excellence and creativity demonstrated in this award-winning effort.”

As an ICAA award recipient, The Academy at Shell Point received a crystal award of recognition, a one-year ICAA facility membership, and a full pass to attend the recent ICAA’s Active Aging 2008 conference in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, an in-depth profile of The Academy at Shell Point will appear in ICAA’s bimonthly Journal on Active Aging in the coming year. This article will spotlight the cutting-edge initiative for active aging industry leaders and governmental organizations.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, and recently received a 5-star rating from the Federal government for the Larsen Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on site.

Southwest Florida Residents Invite to Attend Morning or Afternoon Seminars At Shell Point

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 7, 2009) — Residents of Fort Myers and the surrounding areas who are interested in learning about retirement options and continuing care are invited to attend one of the upcoming coffee seminars at Shell Point. One of the experienced members of the Shell Point Sales Team will explain the benefits and options of becoming a Shell Point Resident. The Morning Coffee Seminars will be held in the Crystal Dining Room on the Island at Shell Point beginning at 9:00 a.m. The dates are as follows:

January 20, and 28

February 4, 11, 18, and 25

March 4, 11, 18, and 25

The Afternoon Coffee Seminars will be held in the Oak Room in The Woodlands at Shell Point, with the exception of two noted below that will be held in the Social Center on the Island at Shell Point. The afternoon sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. The dates are as follows:

January 13, 21 (Social Center Location), and 27

February 3, 10, 17, and 24

March 3 (Social Center Location), 10, 17, and 24

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FORT MYERS, FL (January 5, 2009)  – Karen Anderson, SPHR, director of Human Resources for Shell Point Retirement Community, recently became the president for the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida (HRMA), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Anderson has been an active member of the chapter since 2000 and has served on the board for three years.

Anderson joined Shell Point in 1996 as Human Resources Manager and was promoted to Director of Human Resources in 2001 where she oversees the management of human resources, strategic planning, safety, employee health, purchasing and warehouse.

Prior to joining Shell Point, Anderson worked for The Michigan Credit Union League in Southfield, MI for five years where she served as Director of Education and Training.