FORT MYERS, FL (October 7, 2010) — Gail Sheehy, world-renowned author and literary journalist, will offer a presentation sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:00pm in The Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community.  Tickets for this presentation are $10 each, and the proceeds benefit the Rehabilitation Facility being added to the Larsen Pavilion Skilled Nursing.  To purchase tickets, please call (239) 454-2067.

Sheehy has authored fifteen books, including Passages which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages.  She was a contributor to the New York Times as a literary journalist, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.  Sheehy has received numerous awards for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders including both president Bush’s, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, and Mikhail Gorbachev.  Her newest book has something to say to everyone.  She says, “No one really expects it but at some time or another, just about everyone has been – or will be – responsible for giving care, for a sustained period, to someone close them.”

“Gail Sheehy offers such wonderful insight into the world of caregiving, and how it affects everyone differently,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “In this presentation she will share with us the journey and wisdom that she has gotten from her experiences.  Caregiving for a loved one is something that not everyone thinks about until the time is here, and Sheehy can offer a viewpoint on the trials, fears, and joys of caregiving.”

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 115 classes each trimester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), 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, 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 which is open to the public, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.

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