THE ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING AT SHELL POINT OFFERS FREE AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTISTS COURSE

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 27 , 2013)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to its American Portrait Artists course on Monday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. This course is free; however, space is limited and registration is required by calling (239) 489-8472.

Shell Point resident artist and lecturer Herb Sklar invites you for a lively, visual presentation that will trace American history through the work of various artists. Some portraits are done by painters, some by photographers. Some are amusing, others eccentric. All add up to an exciting look at the likes of historical figures from Pocahontas to George Washington to the many provided by today’s contemporary American artists.

“Herb enjoys sharing his love of the arts with others,” said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy of Lifelong Learning and the Auxiliary. “An accomplished artist in his own right, Herb is also a gifted presenter,” she added. Continue reading “THE ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING AT SHELL POINT OFFERS FREE AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTISTS COURSE”

SHELL POINT ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING OFFERS JULY AMERICAN ART LECTURES

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 24 , 2013)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to its July American Art lectures. Taught by instructor Dorothy “Dottie” Magen, M.A., the classes are scheduled for July 3, 10, and 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. Space is limited and registration is required by calling (239) 489-8472. Tickets for each session are $10.

American Art: Colonial to Contemporary Session 1 on Wednesday, July 3, will focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. From the earliest itinerant portrait painters to the most current abstract artists, American painting and sculpture will be explored through slides, lecture, and discussion.

American Art: Colonial to Contemporary Session 2 on Wednesday, July 10, will focus on the 20th century, including the diversity of “The Ash Can School,” expatriates and regionalists, and “The New York School.” Continue reading “SHELL POINT ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING OFFERS JULY AMERICAN ART LECTURES”

SAVINGS ARE POPPING UP AT THE COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 20 , 2013)

On Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., customers are invited to pop a balloon for a discount tag to receive additional savings off already well-priced items during the Community Thrift Store’s second anniversary celebration. There also will be special pop-up surprises each hour for shoppers, along with complimentary theater-style popcorn and soda pop.

The Community Thrift store is located in Miner’s Plaza, next to Planet Fitness, on the corner or McGregor Boulevard and Gladiolus in the Iona area of South Fort Myers. Regular store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 225-6529.

The store features home décor, clothing, artwork, knick knacks and furniture, as well as building supplies, construction materials, appliances, and fixtures. When an individual or an organization donates items to the store, they receive a tax deductible receipt.

Shell Point Retirement Community, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors in Southwest Florida, opened the Community Thrift Store in 2011. Since the first year of operation was so successful, the store was expanded into a larger space in the same shopping center in 2012. Continue reading “SAVINGS ARE POPPING UP AT THE COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE”

SHELL POINT ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING OFFERS FREE LECTURE: THE COMFORT OF HOSPICE CARE

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 20 , 2013)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the public to The Comfort of Hospice Care, a free lecture on Friday, July 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center on the Island at Shell Point.

Join us as healthcare experts from Shell Point and Hope Hospice dispel the myth that hospice care is only for your last days. With palliative care, there is life after diagnosis. As Hope Hospice’s motto says, Each day is a gift.

“We often hear people say they wish they had known about hospice care,” said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point and the Auxiliary. “This lecture is a great opportunity to ask questions about the benefits hospice provides patients and learn more about the comfort it gives to families.”

This course is free; however, space is limited and registration is required by calling (239) 489-8472.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides approximately 80 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging, an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public, deep water boating access with free boat dockage, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING?

Shell Point Introduces Team of Assisted Living Specialists

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 19 , 2013)

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, more than one million senior adults currently live in assisted living communities. But locating and evaluating a facility can be a daunting task.

To help these individuals in their search for information about assisted living, Shell Point created a team of experienced assisted living specialists, McKenzie Millis and Vivian Ciulla, who offer guidelines that define what consumers can expect from an assisted living community as well as suggestions for locating communities and a checklist of questions to use when visiting and evaluating a potential new home for a loved one.

“When Shell Point introduced The Springs last year as its third assisted living facility within the community, we were overwhelmed with inquiries from the local community and recognized very quickly that people are searching for information,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident services for Shell Point. “Some of the inquiries we received were from people seeking information for themselves; however, the majority of people we talked to were the sons or daughters of senior adults who were concerned about their parents and their increasing need for daily assistance.”

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QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING?

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 19 , 2013)

According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, more than one million senior adults currently live in assisted living communities. But locating and evaluating a facility can be a daunting task.

To help these individuals in their search for information about assisted living, Shell Point created a team of experienced assisted living specialists, McKenzie Millis and Vivian Ciulla, who offer guidelines that define what consumers can expect from an assisted living community as well as suggestions for locating communities and a checklist of questions to use when visiting and evaluating a potential new home for a loved one.

“When Shell Point introduced The Springs last year as its third assisted living facility within the community, we were overwhelmed with inquiries from the local community and recognized very quickly that people are searching for information,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living and resident services for Shell Point. “Some of the inquiries we received were from people seeking information for themselves; however, the majority of people we talked to were the sons or daughters of senior adults who were concerned about their parents and their increasing need for daily assistance.”

Assisted Living is the long-term care option that combines housing, support services, and health care, as needed, and is an excellent choice for seniors seeking an independent lifestyle, while also receiving the help they need with daily activities. Assisted living is appropriate for someone who needs some level of assistance with everyday activities, such as meals, medication management, transportation, or bathing. Communities typically offer dining, as well as social and wellness activities designed to support a well-rounded lifestyle in a residential setting. Some residents may suffer from Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, or they may need assistance with mobility, incontinence, or other challenges.

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SHELL POINT RESIDENT WOODWORKERS’ PHILANTHROPIC NATURE DEEPLY INGRAINED

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 11 , 2013)

Shell Point residents Bill Reiff, Ken Treiber, Fuzz Farrell, Pete Bickett, and George Decelles share both a love of woodworking and a love of helping children. They have teamed up with three Vi at Bentley Village residents, Charles Rue, Peter Mattimore, and Frank Harrigan, to make wooden toy cars for children in need as part of the Toys for God’s Kids program. Last year, they produced more than 300 cars and sent them to hospitalized children in Mali, West Africa and to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Over the holiday season, they also supplied cars to the Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child programs.

The Vi at Bentley Village volunteers visited the Shell Point resident woodworkers to tour the community’s woodshop with and meet with Craig Schneider of Suncoast Contractors Supply. As part of Builders Without Borders, Schneider is preparing for a September trip to Rwanda to continue work on the Kigali Christian School. The woodworkers are giving Schneider toy cars to load into the container the Builders Without Borders group is shipping to Kigali, Rwanda in June in preparation for their trip. In turn, Schneider is donating scrap lumber from Suncoast Contractors Supply to the gentlemen to make more cars for needy children. Continue reading “SHELL POINT RESIDENT WOODWORKERS’ PHILANTHROPIC NATURE DEEPLY INGRAINED”

JUNIOR GOLF CAMP A SUCCESS WITH SUPPORT OF SHELL POINT MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 6 , 2013)

A record number of 45 young golfers ranging from age 7 to 16 participated in the free Shell Point Golf Club Junior Golf Camp that was sponsored by a generous donation from the Shell Point Men’s Golf Association. The four-day camp included range time with certified golf professionals, as well as actual course play.

Shell Point resident AJ Marinin, president of the Men’s Golf Association, said, “We felt, as a group, that is was important to support up-and-coming players. It’s always nice to get some young golfers out at Shell Point Golf Club!”

Golf Course Manager and PGA Professional Michael Raber added, “We were thrilled to welcome such a large group of young players who were eager to learn more about the great game of golf. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”

Shell Point Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course that opened in 2000 and was designed by Gordon Lewis. The course offers a grass driving range and practice green, lessons, a fully-stocked pro shop and snack bar. The course is open to the public and is located at the entrance to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida, just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel Island Causeway. Please call (239) 433-9790 for more information about the course summer schedule and tee times.

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SCOTT MOORE PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AT SHELL POINT

FORT MYERS, Fla. ( June 5 , 2013)

The Shell Point Board of Directors has promoted Scott Moore to the position of vice president of operations. A Shell Point Retirement Community employee since 2005, Moore served as assistant vice president of operations since 2011.

“Scott has become a known and trusted member of the executive team and has proven his ability to successfully manage the most senior operations role at Shell Point,” said President Peter Dys.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course that is open to the public, deep water boating access with free boat dockage, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.