On Thursday, March 31, family caregivers are welcome to come and enjoy an afternoon focused on relaxing entertainment and camaraderie to help offer a break from the normal routine of caregiving.

“We are pleased to offer a special event like Caregivers and Cupcakes to encourage caregivers to have fun while enhancing their social support network,” said Dotty St. Amand, Executive Director of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. “Social support, and staying connected, is essential to everyone’s good health and wellness. The Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center is committed to helping caregivers maintain their own wellness. Too often caregivers neglect their own needs as they become consumed with caregiving duties. This event is an opportunity to encourage caregivers to focus on their needs, even if only for one afternoon.”

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, a United Way partner agency, provides information, education, and support to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and their caregivers in Lee County.


SHELL POINT TO HOST A WELLNESS SEMINAR Presentation to focus on Healthy Bones….Healthy You!

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2010) — Shell Point Retirement Community will host a wellness seminar focused on the Osteoporosis on Friday, June 4, at 2pm.  The general public is invited to come learn more about this topic, and what can be done to improve your health.  Lynne Fraser, Shell Point personal trainer, will be the presenter, and the event will take place in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point Retirement Community.

“As we get older, our bodies get weaker, especially our bones,” said Mary Franklin, Resort Services Manager at Shell Point. “This presentation is helpful because it focuses on the affects of Osteoporosis and arthritis, and how to improve your health with either or both of these ailments.  No matter who you are, as we age, most of us will be presented with this health issue, and being prepared for it and learning ways to improve it are good to know at any age.”

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FORT MYERS, FL (February 16, 2010) – Shell Point Retirement Community presents Dr. Harold G. Koenig, Founding Co-Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, as the final speaker in the 2009-2010 Speaker Series. The presentation will take place on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00pm in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required.

“The Shell Point Speaker Series has proven to be a very popular event for our residents, as well as members of the Southwest Florida community,” said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. “This is our second year offering a speaker series, and we plan to continue to offer this as an annual series. Dr. Koenig will offer a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Religion, Spirituality, and Health as part of our Mind, Body, and Soul Speaker Series, and we are glad to have him as our final speaker for this season.”

Shell Point Academy Offers Seminar On The Changes In Medicare And Healthcare

FORT MYERS, FL (June 3, 2009) — The public is invited to attend a seminar on the changes in Medicare and healthcare sponsored by the Shell Point Academy at Shell Point Retirement Community. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 23, beginning at 7:15pm in the Village Church Auditorium, which is located on The Island at Shell Point. The scheduled presenter will be Ronald D. Castellanos, M.D., Commissioner, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and founding member of Southwest Florida Urologic Associates, where he has practiced for the past thirty years. “Medicare and healthcare are important topics among our residents at Shell Point, as well as members of the Southwest Florida Community,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “This presentation will offer information on how changes in these areas may affect you personally and our community locally.”
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Shell Point Invites Public To Hear About Parkinsons Research

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 22, 2008) — The Academy at Shell Point will offer a presentation on “Parkinson Genetic Research” in the Village Church Auditorium on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. The event is open to the public and will begin at 7pm, and features Adriana Martinez, RN, BSN, a Clinical Project Manager at the University of Miami Institute for Human Genomics.

This presentation will focus on both the environmental and genetic changes that contribute to the development of Parkinson disease. Learn about the state-of-the-art genetic research that is being conducted at the Miami Institute for Human Genomics to discover genetic factors that contribute to the cause of Parkinson disease. Martinez will also discuss gene-environment interaction and how individuals can become involved in cutting edge studies on this topic.

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Shell Point’s Director of Behavioral Health Shares His Expertise About Memory

Dr. Bill Beckwith Publishes Book
by Fran Thomas

FORT MYERS – It was a run-in with a soliloquy from Macbeth that led to Dr. Bill Beckwith’s fascination with memory. In high school, Beckwith had to memorize the passage and recite it in class. It was, he said, a struggle of both memory and emotions. Now he is a specialist in how the human memory works. And, after some early speeches that were “absolutely terrifying,” he routinely delivers lectures on the topic of memory management. The topic is gaining considerable interest as he crosses the country with speaking engagements for groups. Academy talks draw hundreds of residents. From these lectures, the idea of writing a book was born. “People kept asking me for referrals on what was a good book to read,” Beckwith said. “I looked around and didn’t like the books that were out there.”

Beckwith’s wife, Pamela Travis, is also interested in memory from her perspective as a life historian, so the couple collaborated on Managing Your Memory: Practical Solutions for Forgetting. The book is now available at Beckwith’s website,

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Dr. Bill Beckwith Appears on WGCU

Answers Questions About Alzheimer’s

FORT MYERS – Bill E. Beckwith, Ph.D., is Shell Point’s director of behavioral health, as well as an author and nationally renowned speaker on the subject of memory. Last month he appeared as an expert panelist on the call-in show “Alzheimer’s: Getting the Answers You Need,” broadcast on WGCU, the local PBS affiliate.

The show gathered a local caregiver; an elder affairs attorney; FGCU’s Center for Positive Aging Director Dr. Linda Buettner; and Dr. Bill Beckwith, founder of Memory Management, for a discussion of the issues surrounding memory loss and its impact on families. Moderated by former CNN television news anchor Chris Curle, this production of the “Health Sense” series was produced by Jennifer Fairfield Williams.

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Southwest Florida Community Foundation Grants Shell Point $18,000

Hope Hospice Program to Benefit

FORT MYERS, FL – Shell Point was recently the recipient of a benevolent gift from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, with a grant of $18,000 for furnishings in the new hospice program located at The Pavilion. The hospice program at Shell Point was introduced to serve the residents of the community, as well as citizens from the public of Southwest Florida. The program is run under the auspices of Hope Hospice of Lee County to provide additional hospice beds in the area.

President Peter Dys accepted the gift from Mr. Paul Flynn, Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and retired Fort Myers Attorney, Mr. John Sheppard, a member of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation Board of Trustees. The grant was part of the 2002 Summer Grant Program, and was the largest grant awarded this cycle by the foundation.

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Shell Point Opens New Hospice Unit

Partnership with Hope Hospice of Lee County

FORT MYERS, FL – Shell Point has expanded its services by adding a Hospice unit to its skilled nursing center. Shell Point has reserved the entire top floor of its new skilled nursing annex to provide Hospice services. Shell Point Hospice features nine private rooms with views overlooking a manatee-filled lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River beyond. Shell Point Hospice is being introduced through a partnership agreement with Hope Hospice of Lee County. The Shell Point Hospice program will provide state-of-the-art palliative and supportive care to individuals at the end of their lives.

“We understand that quality at the end of one’s life is unique to each individual,” said Dr. Roger Hirchak, vice president of health and medical services at Shell Point. “Through our hospice program, Shell Point will provide support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease, so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.”

Hospice Philosophy and Goals
The Hospice philosophy exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care and sensitivity to the dying patient’s needs, individuals and their families may be free to attain a degree of satisfaction in preparation for death, while recognizing and supporting their unique experiences. Hospice services recognize that human growth and development can be a lifelong process and even during the individual’s last phase of life, there remains an inherent potential for growth.

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Skilled Nursing Center To Expand

Healthcare Services To Benefit

FORT MYERS, FL (February 1, 2001) – Quality healthcare has always been a foundation of the caring environment that exists at Shell Point. With full-time staff physicians available 24 hours a day, an onsite pharmacy, behavioral and psychological services, and other benefits, Shell Point frees residents from “what-if” worries by providing health and medical services at every level of the continuum of care.

(photo at right) Pavilion residents and employees, Project Development team members, and employees of Wright Construction help spread the word of The Pavilion’s expansion.

The Pavilion, Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility, serves a vital role in short-term healthcare, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and long-term nursing care. The Pavilion is now entering an expansion phase, adding a new four-floor wing onto the existing building. According to administrator Tim Kimes, this will “enhance delivery of health care to all Shell Point residents.” It will provide much needed office space for Pavilion personnel, as well as increasing the available occupancy from 180 beds to 219 beds, with more emphasis on private and semi-private rooms.

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