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Phoebe Allentown Resident Shares Stories for Reminiscence Project

If you’re in the market for a good story, you can find Ray Lane on the Lehigh Square neighborhood of Phoebe Allentown sharing his animated experiences about Muhlenberg basketball and Dubbs Church!  So when Dr. Tom Renaldo, Physician for Phoebe Allentown, was approached by Susan Hansen about her reminiscence project he knew exactly who to recommend.

At 90, Ray can still tell you specific details about childhood encounters –  like the time his fox terrier Mitsie followed him into a corn crib and fought off a rat! “I crawled on my hands and knees into the corn crib filled with stock for the winter,” Ray explains with palpable enthusiasm. As a six-year-old, Ray wasn’t the only creature crawling through the corn – he encountered a rat – which Mitsie then attacked! “You’re not going to hurt my pal Ray Lane!” he says, describing Mitsie’s thoughts. According to Ray, Mitsie grabbed that rat by the neck until it “squealed and squealed”. His protective fox terrier killed the rat, but Mitsie was bitten on the paw and “hobbled around for about two weeks”.

Ray’s Mitsie story was among many shared with Susan, who’s a Medical Education Evaluation Specialist for Lehigh Valley Health Network. “Reminiscing is an important process for people at the end of their life”, she says. “Their brain needs to download stories and take stock of their life.” During a formal interview process, she partnered with Ray in what would be the capstone for her Certification in Reminiscence and Life Story Work through the University of Wisconsin. “The purpose of the interview is to validate the storyteller through reflective listening”, she explains. Susan recorded twelve hours of interviews over seven visits with Ray then transcribed them into a bound book that she presented to him. In addition to completing a hands-on interview as a final practicum, the certification includes studying past contributors in the field of reminiscing and life review and learning techniques and strategies for conducting safe and successful interviews.

Susan asked Ray’s permission to present his daughter Donna Jackovitz with a copy of the 145-page manuscript entitled, “Treasures in Heaven: Memories of a Lifetime as Told by Ray Lane”. “I’ve heard these stories all my life,” says Donna. “He loves to share.” Susan explains to Donna that the manuscript facts are not important. “They may be different from what you remember. The key piece of reminiscing is that the person engaged in life review needs to share what’s important to them and how they experienced it.”

Meanwhile, Ray continues sharing his wonderful stories. If you stick around, you’ll hear about the history of his beloved Dubbs Memorial United Church of Christ in Allentown, where he played an important part in Sunday school, fundraising, and ultimately as an elder and Muhlenberg College, where he voraciously follows the football and basketball teams. While many engage in life review quietly in their thoughts, Ray Lane shares his through storytelling spreading his contagious joy with his colorful life experiences, cultural passions, and humorous wisdom.

Phoebe Terrace Korean War Veterans Featured at Steelstacks’ Veterans Day Event

Phoebe Terrace Korean War Veterans Richard “Dick” Reider, who was a U.S. Army Corporal, Louis “Lou” Wolf, a U.S. Army Sergeant, and The Rev. Wilbur “Bill” Albright, a Communication Technician First Class with the U.S. Navy discussed their personal experiences of military service during the Korean War on Monday, November 11, Veterans Day, at 7:00p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA. It was a full house for the panel discussion, “The Forgotten War: Stories from the Korean War”, which was moderated by retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel and head of Lehigh University’s Veterans Association, Frank Gunter, and followed by a screening of the feature film “Unforgettable: The Korean War.”

Check out the video below to view the full interview! 

Richard “Dick” Reider, of Steelton, served in the U.S. Army for approximately two years. A graduate of Keystone College, he was an engineer for Air Products for 42 years after which he retired and worked for AARP as a classroom driving instructor. An active 88-year old, he plays golf twice a week and exercises at the Air Products gym three times a week. He lives at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown with his wife Joan and has two grown children, Richard and Annette.

Louis “Lou” Wolf, of Northampton, served in the U.S. Army after which he pursued a career as a high school social studies teacher, coach and athletic director for over 30 years. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, he taught and coached for the Parkland School District from 1961-’67. In 1968 he returned to his alma mater Northampton High School until he retired as the beloved athletic director where a field and athletic scholarship are named after him. Wolf, who lives at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown, survives his wife Elsie who passed away ten years ago. He has two grown daughters, Jane and Kathy, who are also educators.

The Reverend Wilbur “Bill” Albright, of North Catasauqua, served in the U.S. Navy for eight years after which he worked as a fabricator. In 1967 he attended the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity Degree. Recently retired, he served as a pastor for the United Church of Christ for more than 30 years at various churches throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. He and his wife Phyllis live at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown and have two grown children, Kathy and Dale.

The event, which was free to attend, was also taped and rebroadcast on PBS39.  The SteelStacks’ Veterans Day event was presented by Embassy Bank and Phoebe Ministries and made possible through a partnership between Lehigh University Veterans Association, ArtsQuest, and PBS39.

Thank you to Frank Gunter, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, for leading the discussion, and Terrace residents Dick Reider, Lou Wolf, and Bill Albright for doing such an incredible job as members of the evening’s panel.

 

Phoebe Ministries Announces New Leadership on Richlandtown and Wyncote Campuses

Amanda Laporte, NHA, was appointed as Executive Director for Phoebe Richland in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is responsible for directing and coordinating the overall operations including: skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, personal care, and independent living.

Before her appointment with Phoebe, Laporte was a Process Improvement Specialist for Presbyterian Senior Care Network, Pittsburgh. Also, she served HCR ManorCare throughout Pennsylvania as Human Resources Director, Admissions Director, Administrator, and Regional Director of Operations.

A resident of Macungie, Laporte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Health Care Administration from Cedar Crest College. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.


Judith Williams Sherman, NHA, MSN, RN,
was appointed Executive Director of Phoebe Wyncote in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for directing and coordinating the overall operations including: skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, personal care, and independent living.

Before her appointment with Phoebe, Sherman was a Nursing Home Administrator for Bala Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, Presbyterian Senior Living, Philadelphia, and Aventura at Pembrooke, West Chester. Also, she served as Director of Nursing Services for Bala Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Genesis Eldercare, Flourtown, and Newcourtland Elder Services, Philadelphia.

A resident of Philadelphia, Sherman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

 

Pathstones by Phoebe Featured on RCN Community Spotlight

Last week, Pathstones by Phoebe was featured in an RCN Community Spotlight, discussing how they use their expertise to help you stay in your home, and create a plan that works for you and your needs.

Check out the video below to view the full segment!

Phoebe Berks Celebrates United Nations Day of Peace

For almost twenty years, Phoebe Berks has held a service for the United Nations International Day of Peace, a holiday observed every year on September 21 to promote peace and tolerance throughout the world. This year, due to renovations, the service was held on September 24 in the beautiful chapel of the Jesuit Center adjacent to the Phoebe Berks campus. Many residents attended, coming by bus to participate in the interfaith prayer service for peace. The service was led by Rev. Leah Knox, Chaplain for Phoebe Berks, while Rev. Dr. Alisha Tatem, Spirit Alive Coordinator and Associate Chaplain at Phoebe Berks, and Rev. Dr. Scott Brooks-Cope, Director of Pastoral Care took part in the service.

The keynote speakers were Anita Wood, a Christian Spiritual Director and new resident at Phoebe Berks, Sayed Elmarzouky, member of the Islamic Center of Reading, and Rabbi Brian Michelson.  They each brought a much needed message of peace and unity just like  the United Nations had while gathered in in New York City.

Thank you to everyone who came together to embrace peace throughout multiple faiths and cultures.

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Phoebe Richland Chaplain Officially Licensed for Ministry

Andrea Lazicki, was officially licensed for ministry in the Penn Northeast Conference of the UCC at special services at Phoebe Allentown on September 22, and Phoebe Richland on September 30. Andrea has a background in physical therapy bringing holistic perspective to ministry with residents who need physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Scott Brooks-Cope, Director of Pastoral Care, stated, “It was a joy to celebrate the milestone of her licensing for ministry in the United Church of Christ in September. We are thrilled that after years of study and volunteering with us, she has now been hired to serve as our per diem chaplain at Meadow Glen at Phoebe Richland.”

Both services were meaningful to everyone present. At the Allentown service the Rev. Viginia Heimer, Pastor of Saint Peters Church preached, and the Rev. Joanne Marchetto, conference moderator, led the licensing service.  At Phoebe Richland, the Rev. Dr. Alan Kramer-Moyer, former Vice-President for Pastoral Care Services at Phoebe, preached and led the licensing service.

Andrea is currently serving as chaplain for Meadow Glenn along with Rev. Jaime Moyer, staff chaplain at Phoebe Richland.

Andrea Lazicki Licensing Services

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CFO of Phoebe Nominated for CFO of the Year

Allentown, PA – Robert “Bob” Richards, Chief Financial Officer for Phoebe Ministries, was nominated for CFO of the Year of a nonprofit organization with over 75 people at the Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year Awards on Wednesday, September 11, at DeSales University where more than 250 people gathered to honor the top financial executives of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

“We are thrilled that Bob has been honored with this nomination. His expertise in health care financing has been instrumental in designing controls that support Phoebe’s mission of charity care while enabling us to move forward as a top provider in the region,” says Scott Stevenson, CEO Phoebe Ministries.

Richards was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance for Phoebe Ministries in 2015. Prior to that, Richards served as Vice President of Finance/CFO of Good Samaritan Health System in Lebanon, PA and Vice President of Finance at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown. He has significant experience in the capital markets, self-insurance, strategic planning, and managing strategic relationships.

A resident of Lebanon, Richards graduated from Philadelphia University (formerly known as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences) with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He is a past chair of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce and past treasurer of Cornwall – Lebanon School District’s Falcon Foundation. In addition, he serves on the Subscribers Advisory Committee for CHART, a Hospital owned malpractice risk retention group.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer to be Keynote Speaker at Phoebe Institute on Aging Spring Conference

Allentown, PA – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, world-renowned sex therapist who pioneered discussing human sexuality on radio and television, will be the keynote speaker on April 23, 2020 at the Phoebe Institute on Aging Conference – “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: Baby Boomers and Aging”.

The 91-year-old author, professor, and subject of the recent documentary – “Ask Dr. Ruth” – will present in a question-and-answer format allowing conference attendees including community health care professionals and family caregivers, the opportunity to ask about sexuality and aging.

The Phoebe Institute on Aging Conference, which will be held at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA, will focus on the 70 million-plus self-reliant, highly-educated “baby boomers” who strive to take a proactive role in their aging process.

For more information about the upcoming conference, please visit phoebe.org/picaconference.

About the Phoebe Institute on Aging

In 2001, Phoebe Ministries launched the Phoebe Institute on Aging, a forward-focused program aiming to provide forums for discussion and learning, including educational programs, cooperative ventures, and outreach activities designed to promote improved quality of life and care for the aging and their families. Guided by a community advisory board and supported by community-staffed committees, the Phoebe Institute on Aging works diligently to engage with the greater community and to ensure the availability of expert and cutting-edge resources to continually improve service to the aging and their families. For more information, visit www.phoebe.org/phoebe-institute-on-aging.

About Phoebe Ministries

Phoebe Ministries is a not-for-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in healthcare, housing, and support services for seniors. Founded in 1903 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Phoebe Ministries offers a full continuum of care to suit the diverse needs of senior adults. Located in seven Pennsylvania counties and serving thousands of seniors annually, Phoebe features four continuing care retirement communities, eight affordable housing facilities, home and community-based services and three pharmacies. For over a century Phoebe’s tradition of excellence and passion for caring have made us the leader in care for senior adults and their family members. For more information about Phoebe Ministries, call toll free 800-453-8814, visit www.phoebe.org, “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/phoebeservingseniors) or visit our YouTube page (youtube.com/phoebeservingseniors).

 

2019 Phoebe Golf Tournament Recap

The Phoebe Golf Tournament kicked off at 11:00 on Monday, August 12, with more than 275 golfers, and a reprise of the popular helicopter golf ball drop courtesy of Nolan A. Perin. The winner of the $2,500 golf ball drop prize was Denise Machin, Assistant Director of Nursing at Phoebe Richland, who will be donating $500 of her winnings back to Phoebe.

Now in its eleventh year, the Golf Tournament is one of Phoebe’s largest fund drives. This year, the golf tournament raised over $100,000 in support of charitable care at Phoebe’s communities.

Perfect weather along with two Phoebe residents greeted golfers as they made their way to their course for a fun outing! Dinner included a delicious cocktail hour and meal, concluding with an award ceremony. Towards the end of the ceremony, Miller Personal Care at 19th & Chew resident Loretta Delabar, an enthusiastic participant in community life activities and talented seamstress who lends her talents to residents and staff alike, gave a wonderful speech thanking all those who support charitable care.

View the gallery below for pictures from the Tournament!

For more information, visit Phoebe.org/Golf or call 610-794-5132 to learn how you can become a sponsor or get involved.

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Phoebe Wyncote Residents Connect with ARTZ in the Making

Among the challenges facing both those who live with dementia, and their caregivers, is the loss of every day personal connections that we take for granted throughout our lives. Phoebe’s communities work every day with memory support residents to forge connections again and again, instilling life, emotion, love, and joy into the lives of our residents. We’re especially grateful when we can partner with other organizations to achieve that goal, often with unforeseen results.

In June, ARTZ Philadelphia—a nonprofit founded to support and celebrate people with dementia as members of the wider creative community—partnered with Phoebe Wyncote to bring some new connections to residents with dementia.

Sue Brown, an “ARTZ in the Making” facilitator for ARTZ Philadelphia, met with eight residents who had reached an advanced stage of dementia, characterized by tightly clenched hands that represented certain neurological changes as a result of the disease. Brown presented the residents with a sensory experience, using balls of yarn and knitted swatches to tease and caress tired hands open.

ARTZ Philadelphia shared the story last month in their newsletter, “Only Connect”:

Sue connected with each group member, stroking the cheeks of some with soft squares of knitted fabric, encouraging others to run their hands as best they could over balls of the soft yarns that she had also brought with her to stimulate their senses.

On Sue’s second visit to Phoebe [Wyncote], she came back with the same knitted squares and the hope that she could help the participants to liberate their cramped hands and awaken some of their memories by unravelling the knitting.

As a volunteer was helping one of the ladies to unravel her square and winding the yarn into a ball, the gentleman sitting next to the “unraveller” spontaneously reached for the ball of yarn. He had been sitting—staring and seemingly unresponsive—until just then.

Everyone in the room stopped to watch this extraordinary moment of connection. Had he helped his mother or his wife many years before wind unruly yarn into a neat ball? Was this seemingly minute physical interaction at the core of past connections with those he loved?

These small moments of engagement by some in the room seemed to jumpstart others. The doors that previously seemed locked against connection swung wide open. Just one week later, the same participants started to paint.

Life at Phoebe revolves around making these kinds of connections and opportunities for residents to have positive experiences. We were pleased to partner with ARTZ Philadelphia for this experience and welcome other groups and organizations that would like to work with our memory support residents in similar ways.

Find out more about how you can get involved. Visit Phoebe.org/Volunteer to learn about opportunities at Phoebe Wyncote and all of our communities.