Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host October classes on history, public policy and environment

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its October Academy classes, which will feature educational discussions on world explorers, public policy and one of the ocean’s most abundant marine turtle species. Classes will take place on Oct. 8, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first discussion, entitled “How Columbus Almost Did Not Discover America,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, exploring the life and legacy of Marco Polo. Florida SouthWestern State College professor Adrian Kerr will discuss the many setbacks suffered by Polo, how perilously close he came to failure and the great impact he had on the young Genoese sailor, Christopher Columbus.

 

Shell Point will also present “Amendments on the Ballot for Florida’s Midterm Election” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, led by Clara Anne Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Lee County. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. During the 90-minute presentation, Graham will share an understanding of major public policy issues and proposed amendments that are slated for the upcoming ballot.

 

The final Academy class for October, entitled “Sea Turtles,” will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, led by Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Attendees will learn about the loggerhead turtle; the Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which spends its juvenile years in the sea grasses of Pine Island Sound; and a very rare, 700-pound leatherback that chose Sanibel’s beach for a nesting event just a few years ago. Anders’ presentation will also incorporate new information acquired from a sea turtle geneticist.

 

Ticket to attend each session are $10, and can be purchased by calling 239-489-8472. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org.


The Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative that provides approximately 80 classes each semester, and encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults, from computer technology to financial, travel, artistic, entertainment, historical, and more. 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 (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host September classes on history of Iran, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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CUTLINE: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a two-part series on “Iran: Its History and Today” and “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” taking place in September at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its September Academy classes, which will feature informative discussions on some of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations and archaeological history. Classes will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Sept. 27 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

The first two-part series, entitled “Iran: Its History and Today,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 18, tracing some of the world’s oldest settlements dating back to 4000 B.C. The first session will introduce the Indo-Europeans and uncover the rise and fall of the nation of Iran. The second session will discuss how the Islamic conquest of A.D. 650 was a turning point in Iranian history. Kerr will conclude this two-part discussion with a look at recent times and the major shift in Iranian leadership.

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  Shell Point assisted living residents donate handmade onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community’s assisted living residents recently crafted and personally delivered handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 2: Shell Point resident, David Ammerman, decorates a newborn onesie to be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Photo 3: Residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently decorated onesies for newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Assisted living residents of Shell Point Retirement Community recently gifted handmade onesies to newborn children at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only pediatric hospital of its kind located between Tampa and Miami, opened a new building just over a year ago at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center. The 128-bed, seven-story facility is designed to make children feel like they are in a fun, safe space – rather than an institutional setting. The building is filled with bright colors, activities and interactive stations for both patients and visitors.

“We appreciate when members of our community give back in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital, especially when it is intergenerational,” says Carly Majewski, Golisano Children’s Hospital NICU nurse manager. “To have Shell Point residents spend time decorating and personalizing these outfits to give to our smallest and most vulnerable patients speaks volumes to their kindness and generosity.”

This project is part of Shell Point assisted living’s Giving Back program series, which connects assisted living residents with ways to participate in community and social involvement initiatives that benefit local nonprofit organizations.

“Few activities offer as much happiness and fulfillment as using our time and efforts to help when needed,” said Amanda Pendergast, assisted living activities leader at Shell Point. “Many of our residents have worked with children in the past and were passionate about continuing that admirable work.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point’s average age drops drastically for Shell Point Summer Splash children’s cam

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Photo 1: More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

 

Photo 2: Shell Point’s golf instructors hit the course during Shell Point Summer Splash to teach children the fundamental tools needed for the game.

 

Photo 3: Shell Point Summer Splash campers welcomed special guests from the Iona-McGregor Fire Department for a special demonstration and chance to use a real fire hose.

 

Photo 4: Shell Point Summer Splash campers brushed up on their shuffleboard skills with resident, Vicki Waterstradt, during a day of outdoor activities and yard games.

 

Photo 5: Shell Point resident, Carol Ashley, stepped out of retirement for the week as she taught Shell Point Summer Splash campers dance moves from her days as a professional ballroom dancer.


Summer camp brings kids, fun to the community

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2018)More than 40 children, ages 5 to 12, recently attended Shell Point Summer Splash, a weeklong Vacation Bible School program created for the children and grandchildren of Shell Point employees and residents.

A joint effort between Shell Point Retirement Community and The Village Church at Shell Point, this free, five-day summer program was designed to provide children with a fun-filled week of indoor and outdoor recreational activities, Bible lessons, team games and more.

“This is our first time hosting a Vacation Bible School at Shell Point and we couldn’t be more thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make it possible,” said Laura Slack, director of resident life at Shell Point Retirement Community. “It has given both residents and campers an opportunity to learn from one another and explore all of the resort-style amenities that surround our community.”

Throughout the week, campers were treated to boat rides, nature tours, golf lessons with Shell Point’s golf professionals, a Sub-Zero ice cream tutorial and obstacle courses. Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Iona-McGregor Fire Department also stopped by for some demonstrations and a chance for the kids to tour the inside of their patrol vehicles.

On the final day of camp, Shell Point residents and employees filled The Village Church at Shell Point for a musical performance and dance routine put on by the kids. Clapping hands and cheerful sounds were heard throughout the auditorium as the program came to an end.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s summer camp and so are our residents,” Slack said. “Shell Point Summer Splash has definitely made waves across campus.”

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

Shell Point welcomes Trillium Piano Trio Aug. 16 for final 2018 Summer Concert Series performance

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 24, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community will conclude its 2018 Summer Concert Series with a performance by Trillium Piano Trio at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $21 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Featuring Susannah Kelly on cello, Yoko Sata Kothari on piano and Ruby Berland on violin, the Trillium Piano Trio’s musical act will introduce classical music with a modern twist. Founded in 2003, Trillium Piano Trio has been inspiring the South Florida musical community and captivating audiences for more than a decade. The trio’s highly personal approach to their performance includes a signature talk to explain the stories behind each piece, resulting in a relatable performance that connects the audience to the artistry of the music.

To learn more about the upcoming performance by Trillium Piano Trio, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-454-2067. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Emily Rose, Public Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or emilyrose@shellpoint.org

 

Shell Point’s 2018 Summer Concert Series welcomes Wild Coffee Duo July 19

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2018 Summer Concert Series with a performance from the Wild Coffee Duo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 21, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2018 Summer Concert Series will welcome a performance by Wild Coffee Duo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $20 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Wild Coffee Duo will perform “Back in Time: A Musical Retrospective of a Century Ago.” With the end of World War I and the birth of Leonard Bernstein in 1918, audiences will celebrate music from this milestone year, including popular songs such as “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and selections from “West Side Story.”

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point to host June classes on history, successful writing practices

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CUTLINES: Photo 1: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a series on “Vietnam: Its History and Culture,” taking place June 4, June 11 and June 18 at Shell Point.

Photo 2: The Academy of Lifelong Learning will welcome award-winning author and historian, Robert Macomber, for a workshop on successful writing, taking place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Shell Point.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 29, 2018) – The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the Southwest Florida community to attend its June Academy classes, which will feature informative discussions on Vietnamese history and successful writing practices. Classes will take place on June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 23 at Shell Point in Fort Myers.

“Vietnam: Its History and Culture” will trace the origins of the Vietnamese people and their heritage during a series of lectures, presented by Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr. The first session, “Prehistory & Early Northern Kingdoms,” will delve into the foundation of the early northern kingdoms, colonization and the rise of communism. The second session, “The French War, American War, and Present-day Vietnam,” will utilize a sequence of photographs to depict how the Viet heritage has produced a vibrant, colorful and unique religion. The series will conclude with “Da Nang and the Ancient Capital Hue,” illustrating the still-evident divide between the North and South.

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Shell Point 2018 Summer Concert Series welcomes Southwest Florida String Trio June 13

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 14, 2018) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2018 Summer Concert Series will welcome a performance by Southwest Florida Symphony’s Southwest Florida String Trio at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane, Fort Myers. The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $20 online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The Southwest Florida String Trio will perform an array of musical selections from great composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert and Piazzolla, in “Baroque and Beyond, Part II.” Listeners will be introduced to insightful background on each composer and will have an opportunity to meet with the musicians following the concert.

To learn more about the upcoming performance by Southwest Florida String Trio, visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call 239-454-2067. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be held for pick-up at will call on the night of the performance.

About Shell Point Retirement Community                                                                              Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,400 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point Retirement Community recognized for 50 years of leadership by Lee County Board of Commissioners

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 CUTLINES: Photo 1: The Lee County Board of Commissioners recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry. (Left to right): Row 1: residents Richard Uhleman, Jim Rudolph, David King, Peter Nanfelt; Row 2: residents Dona Ferrell, Susan Uhleman, Dottie Rudolph, Sara King, Lynne Castellano, Cathy Miskell; Row 3: Adam Hinds, Senior Director of Operations; Karen Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources; Tim Lochridge, Vice President of Finance; Shell Point President Martin Schappell; Joe Smith, Senior Director of Hospitality; Kelli Meyung, Senior Director of Healthcare; Ronette Icso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

 Photo 2: Shell Point Retirement Community, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2018) – The Lee County Board of Commissioners recently recognized Shell Point Retirement Community with an official proclamation, honoring its 50 years of leadership in the senior living industry.

 Founded in 1968 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Shell Point is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing to senior adults in an active, resort-style environment located in Fort Myers along the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island.

“This recognition is an opportunity for the county to recognize somebody that stands out in the community and Shell Point has stood out in the community for several decades here in Southwest Florida,” said Chairman Cecil Pendergrass. “The quality of life they provide for their residents is unbelievable.”

 County Commissioner Larry Kiker’s reading of the proclamation highlighted Shell Point’s numerous awards earned and the prestigious national attention that has brought positive recognition to Lee County and to the senior living industry. He also commended the level of quality and excellence Shell Point has demonstrated for the past 50 years.

The resolution underscored Shell Point’s ability to deliver a vibrant lifestyle to more than 2,400 residents, fulfilling opportunities for volunteer service, and numerous recreational and social pursuits. Shell Point was also praised for being one of the leading employers in Lee County with more than 1,100 employees and also for its commitment to conserving, enhancing and protecting the natural resources of its location along the Caloosahatchee River.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary year, it is a great honor for Shell Point to be recognized for its leadership and unwavering dedication to our residents and employees,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “We are grateful to the Lee County Board of Commissioners for this recognition and look forward to many more years of service here in Southwest Florida.”

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Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point offers May classes on history, environment and politics

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CUTLINES: Photo 1: Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will join the Academy of Lifelong Learning for a presentation on waves, tides and currents of the sea, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 at The Woodlands at Shell Point.

Photo 2: The Academy of Lifelong Learning will welcome Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle for a presentation at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 on The Island at Shell Point.

Photo 3: Florida SouthWestern State College Professor Adrian Kerr’s Academy of Lifelong Learning class will highlight The Viking Age at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 in The Woodlands at Shell Point.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2018)
– The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to attend May classes that will discuss the environment, politics and history.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, Kristie Anders, education director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will present “Tides and Currents” in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. This presentation will explore waves, tides and currents of the sea. During the lecture, Anders will explain not only what influences the tides, but also how they affect Southwest Florida residents. A short film by the Captiva Island Historical Society, entitled “Santiva,” will also be shown.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning will also welcome Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle for a free presentation at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Social Center on The Island at Shell Point, 15101 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. During his class, entitled “Lee County Supervisor of Elections Preparing for Mid-Term Elections,” Doyle will focus on politics and upcoming elections. As a lifelong resident of Lee County, Doyle has a deep-rooted passion for the county’s history and traditions. His fundamental belief in a representative form of government led him to run for office, and he was elected Supervisor of Elections in 2016.

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