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With more and more baby boomers reaching retirement age, information about rehabilitation services and elder care become increasingly relevant to a large and interested demographic. Pines of Sarasota, long a leader in these fields, and Pines of Sarasota Foundation, its fund raising arm, are important sources of information for those wanting to stay informed.

Media requests and members of the press please call Lis Begin at (727) 243-6965.

12 Residents at Pines of Sarasota Spotlighted by NBC TODAY Show, Smucker’s and Daytime

Sarasota, FL: In late summer, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community hosted Annual Centenarian Celebration Tea Party. 

Pines of Sarasota is home to 12 lovely ladies who have exceeded that magic age of 100! This is such a monumental number of centenarians residing at one senior care campus that the J.M. Smucker’s Company and the TODAY Show featured the group. This momentous acknowledgement was followed up by our gals being featured on Daytime a nationally syndicated talk show that airs in 172 cities across the United States.

It was hard to imagine that as many as 12 would share the same home. At Pines of Sarasota, we attribute our large number of centenarians to the compassionate care and innovative activities that are a part of our residents’ daily lives…and, of course, the ladies’ good genes!

“Our centenarian ladies are such a vivacious group; they are part of what makes Pines such a special place,” says John Overton. “I wonder if their spirited attitudes are part of the reason why they’ve achieved this distinction?”

MIKE WARD NAMED NEW PRESIDENT/CEO OF PINES OF SARASOTA REHABILITATION AND SENIOR CARE COMMUNITY

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Sarasota, FL—Pines of Sarasota, a non-profit rehabilitation and senior care community, has appointed Mike Ward as President/CEO. In this position, Ward is responsible for oversight and operations of Pines of Sarasota’s 25-acre campus.

Mike Ward

“We conducted a thorough search for the right person to head up our multi-faceted campus,” says Pines of Sarasota Board Chairman Peter Abbott. “Mike brings a wealth of experience to the table, and a significant understanding of the changing world of senior care. Pines is moving into a dual phase of growth and modernization, and we are confident that Mike is the professional to lead us forward.”

Ward obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and his Master’s degree from Western Governors University. He has held senior living positions with progressive responsibilities throughout his career, including Chief Operating Officer, with administrative oversight of 21 long-term care communities, four assisted living centers and three independent living communities in nine states. He is a second generation senior living professional; his parents developed, owned and operated a major skilled nursing facility in Tampa.

“Pines has such a great history in Sarasota of excellence in senior care,” says Ward. “I’m excited to join a campus with such a great tradition of service, and even more excited about continuing to grow this legacy as we look to the future.”

Charles Stewart, M.D. Joins Pines of Sarasota as Medical Director of Rehabilitative Services Programs

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Sarasota, FL— Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community welcomes Charles Stewart, M.D. to serve as the Medical Director of Rehabilitative Services Programs. Dr. Stewart’s focus in his practice is performing complex reconstruction using state-of-the-art procedures to maximize short and long-term function. Dr. Stewart’s expertise brings Pines of Sarasota an excellence in rehabilitative knowledge that enhances the existing superior level of professional senior rehabilitative care provided.

Dr. Stewart received his Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is a board certified, Johns Hopkins fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. As a third generation surgeon, his love of orthopedics has lead him to help others on a global level. He participated in Project Medishare, an effort to determine the orthopedic needs of the people of Haiti and participation in Operation Walk, a surgical team performing joint surgeries for patients who typically had no access to surgical services.

“Dr. Stewart is a significant addition to the Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation team. We look forward to the training and guidance that Dr. Stewart will bring to all of our staff and to his insightful care of our residents who are receiving rehabilitation whether they are here for a short stay or here on a long-term basis,” explains Pete Misura, Pines of Sarasota Nursing Home Administrator.

Dr. Stewart has medical appointments and admitting privileges at Sarasota Memorial Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Intercoastal Medical Group Ambulatory Surgical Center Advanced Surgery Center and Doctor’s SameDay Surgical Center.

“With so many decisions needing to be made before and after orthopedic surgery, I am confident in recommending to my patients, who need a rehabilitation facility, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation & Senior Care Community. I have consulted with and advised the Nursing staff, Therapy department, and Administration. Pines of Sarasota, specializing in senior rehabilitation, offers the best quality of care for my patient’s needs whether it is for nursing, therapy, activities, and even concierge service,” states Dr. Charles Stewart.

Dr. David Giordano Letter About Pines of Sarasota

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Posted Sep 24, 2017 at 2:31 AM

Pines provides refuge for seniors

It has been my great privilege to be involved with the Pines of Sarasota. I joined the Pines board of directors in 1993 when I retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where I had been chief of staff and chief of medicine.

Much was accomplished by the board, including construction of a new skilled-nursing building, now known as the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Pavilion. It didn’t occur to me then that the Pines and the Pavilion would one day be a refuge for my wife and me.

As Hurricane Irma approached, we knew my declining health meant that staying home was not an option. I told my doctor there was only one place I wanted to go — the Pines.

The Pines took us in and protected us from the storm. We were safe, and cared for with kindness and skill. The staff was attentive despite the unusual circumstances brought on by the hurricane.

Many things set the Pines apart — caring staff, great food, an open and warm environment, engaging activities — but it’s the sense of community that matters most.

The Pines has served our community for nearly 70 years. As the number of seniors needing care continues to expand, the demand on the Pines will keep increasing, especially for those who have outlived their financial resources. Our community needs to step up to the challenge and help the Pines help our seniors. If we do, the Pines will continue to be a refuge not just during storms, but every day.

Dr. David Giordano, Sarasota

Symposium to Help Educate Preventable Falls on National Falls Prevention Day

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Sarasota, FL: On September 22, 2017 (the 1st day of Fall) Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community will be holding a National Falls Prevention Symposium from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Sahib Shrine, 600 North Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Pines of Sarasota’s Ready & Steady A Plan for Better Balance joins the National Council on Aging’s Falls Prevention Day in seeking to unite professionals, older adults, and caregivers to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.  Pines of Sarasota joins more than 70 national organizations on this day who are
dedicated to the health and wellness of our seniors.

This free-to-the-public event is to learn from leading local physicians who will speak on the topic and from leading experts and resources in our community. The subject matter experts and their topics are:

The subject matter experts and their topics are:

  • Dr. Jason Collins, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dean Sutherland, MD, PhD, Neurologist
  • Charles Stewart, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Amanda Harrison, Program Director Ready & Steady Falls Prevention
  • Carson Sanders, Sarasota Fire Chief, EMS Division
  • Kathy Black, PhD, Age-Friendly Sarasota
  • Gail Pettit, Tai Chi Instructor

“Falls have become an epidemic in our senior population. At Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care community, hundreds of people have taken our Free Ready & Steady Falls Risk Assessment. But what I am really excited about is that among those who are at risk for falling – so many have taken our physical therapy programs… dramatically improving their balance and their strength so they can have an independent and good quality life for as long as possible The Ready & Steady balance therapy outcomes are the true success story of this program,” explains Joel Amistoso, Director of Rehabilitation Services – Pines of Sarasota.

“Whether you are at risk for falling or a loved one is at risk, this symposium will address important information that can help mitigate preventable falls. If you ask yourself these 4 simple questions and answer yes, then this might be an opportunity to learn more,” says Amanda Harrison, Program Director Ready & Steady Falls Prevention.

  • Have you had a fall in the last 12 months?
  • Do you take three or more types of medication daily?
  • Do you worry about falling?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable in a busy place with people walking quickly around you?

For reservations please call, 941.552.1882. To schedule an interview with one of the Symposium experts or with one of our Ready & Steady experts, please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist 727-243-6965.

PINES OF SARASOTA WELCOMES NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Adrian Torres, MD, CMD,
brings his geriatric specialization expertise 
to Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community 

 Sarasota, FL—Pines of Sarasota, a rehabilitation and senior care community, has appointed a new Medical Director, Dr. Adrian Torres, MD, CMD. Dr. Torres joined the organization in May 2017. As the new Medical Director of Pines of Sarasota, Dr. Torres provides excellence in quality and patient care and will consistently provide the best medical care with compassion to our residents and make Pines of Sarasota a center of excellence for post acute and geriatric care. 

Dr. Torres completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Puerto Rico, and his Residency at Nassau County Medical Center in New York. He is triple Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director through the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. 

“Dr. Torres brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of geriatric medicine,” says Nursing Home Administrator, Pete Misura. “Since his very first day on our campus, Dr. Torres has embraced Pines’ culture and has become part of our family. He quickly rolled up his sleeves and got right to work taking care of our residents. And along with that care, he is also helping to guide and teach our staff as well as spending time with family and friends of our residents.”

Dr. Torres will prove to be an invaluable resource for Pines' patients and the organization as he includes developing standards of care and meaningful programs that emphasize wellness within the facility, advising on quality of care, assisting with the implementation and review of policies and procedures, and providing staff education.

Until recently, Dr. Torres served as the Medical Director at Moorings Park Community in Naples, Florida. He is also Medical Director for First Physicians Group Post-Acute Services of Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

 Adrian Torres MD web “My philosophy is to take every opportunity to listen and learn   from all the people I meet,” says Dr. Torres, “and that’s how I work with my Pines patients. Paying attention to their needs and listening to them, as well as to their family members and the rest of the staff here, makes it much easier to give them the very best of care.”
Dr. Adrian Torres    

12 Residents at Pines of Sarasota Spotlighted by NBC TODAY Show and Smucker’s

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Sarasota, FL: On August 11, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community hosted Annual Centenarian Celebration Tea Party.

Pines of Sarasota is home to 12 lovely ladies who have exceeded that magic age of 100! This is such a monumental number of centenarians residing at one senior care campus that the J.M. Smucker’s Company and the TODAY Show featured the group August 24th.

It was hard to imagine that as many as 12 would share the same home. At Pines of Sarasota, we attribute our large number of centenarians to the compassionate care and innovative activities that are a part of our residents’ daily lives…and, of course, the ladies’ good genes!

“Our centenarian ladies are such a vivacious group; they are part of what makes Pines such a special place,” says John Overton. “I wonder if their spirited attitudes are part of the reason why they’ve achieved this distinction?”

 

Dorothy Robbins - 100, August 26th

Dorothy Krueger - 100, August 14th

Aletha Paterson - 100, May 7th

Katherine Cardwell - 100, July 7th


Marie Brandstatter - 100, December 21st


Thelma McKahan -101, May 22nd


Edith F. Laws - 101, June 27th 


Helen Callahan - 102, June 13th 


Eleanor W. Landow - 102, November 3rd 


Gertrude Tocco - 102, March 12th 


Thelma Rollins - 103, April 26


Henrietta Daytz - 105, September 28th

12 People at One Senior Care Residential Community Are Celebrating 100+ Years of Life

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Sarasota, FL: On Friday, August 11, 2017 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community will be hosting our Annual Centenarian Celebration Tea Party.

Yes, Pines of Sarasota is blessed to be home to 12 lovely ladies who have exceeded that magic age of 100! On August 11, we will host a Tea Party to honor these cherished residents. Our 100+ years residents, their families, Pines staff and volunteers, local dignitaries and media attend this annual celebration.

It was hard to imagine that as many as 12 would share the same home. At Pines of Sarasota, we attribute our large number of centenarians to the compassionate care and innovative activities that are a part of our residents’ daily lives…and, of course, the ladies’ good genes! Our centenarians may not be able to live with their families anymore, but they have found a family and a home at Pines of Sarasota.

“Our centenarian ladies are such a vivacious group; they are part of what makes Pines such a special place,” says John Overton. “I wonder if their spirited attitudes are part of the reason why they’ve achieved this distinction?”

Pines of Sarasota has been serving our community for nearly seven decades. Today, we are the preeminent not-for-profit provider of assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care in our area. Some of Pines of Sarasota’s exceptional attributes include:

  • Two on-site child care centers, which allow for a multitude of intergenerational activities that benefit the children and our residents. Not only do the children bring great joy to the seniors—who they call their Grandmas and Grandpas—the children learn to love and accept all people with differences, just as they love and accept the differences age and illness have brought to our residents.
  • An Education and Training Institute that provides educational materials and seminars for at-home and professional caregivers for those with dementia in 37 countries around the world.
  • The distinction of caring for the largest number of seniors who have outlived their resources than any senior care facility in Southwest Florida. All Pines’ residents are cared for equally, no matter their financial position. And we continue to care for them, despite the cost, because Pines is their home.

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Dorothy Robbins  - 100, August 26th

Aletha Paterson - 100, May 7th

Katherine Cardwell - 100, July 7th

Henrietta Daytz - 105, September 28th

Gertrude Tocco - 102, March 12th           

Marie Brandstatter - 100, December 21st

Thelma Rollins - 103, April 26

Dorothy Krueger - 100, August 14th

Thelma McKahan -101, May 22nd

Helen Callahan - 102, June 13th

Edith F. Laws - 101, June 27th

Eleanor W. Landow - 102, November 3rd

Summer Symposium: Falls Prevention and Wellness for Seniors with Diabetes

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Sarasota, FL: On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota will be holding a free-to-the-public event “Summer Symposium: Falls Prevention and Wellness for Seniors with Diabetes.  

“According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. Those aged 60 and older with diabetes are 1.6 times more likely to experience a fall and twice as likely to have falls with injuries. There are things you can do to prevent falls to stay fit, active, and healthy,” explains Amanda Harrison, Business Development and Ready & Steady Program Director at Pines of Sarasota.

Diabetes and Falls Prevention experts will address these topics:

  • “READY & STEADY—A PLAN FOR BETTER BALANCE” - Amanda Harrison, Program Director
  • “DIABETES & ORTHOPEDICS” - Charles Stewart, MD - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • “HEALTHY COOKING DEMO” - Paul Evans, Food & Nutrition Services Director, Executive Chef
  • “MONITORING, PROBLEM SOLVING, & REDUCING RISKS” - Sandra Uhran, RN, CDE - Dir. of Ed
  • “HEALTHY EATING & YOUR DIET” - Rebecca Henson, MPT, MN, RD - Licensed Dietician
  • “HEALTHY COPING WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS” - Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN
Director of Behavioral Health at Serenity Place

Registration begins at 9:30AM – Lunch is provided. Special thank you to Ready & Steady – A Plan for Better Balance community partners; the YMCA, Friendship Centers and 20 Minutes to Fitness.

To schedule an interview with one of the Symposium experts or with one of our experts, please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist 727-243-6965.

Pines of Sarasota Residents Take Down the Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club in Balloon Volleyball with an 18 to 17 Victory

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 May 12, 2017 - Sarasota, FL: Residents of Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community claim victory against the Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club in this year’s contest of the spirited Balloon Volleyball Championship.  This is an annual contest between the Ohio State Alumni Club and Pines of Sarasota residents since 2010, and Pines’ residents have remained champions since 2011. This year’s event was a close battle and Pines was again the victor with a score of 18-17.

 After the game, club members and residents enjoyed snacks provided by the Alumni Club. Pines of Sarasota residents thoroughly enjoy the competition and fellowship with the club members.

 “Our residents look forward all year to the annual balloon volleyball championship with the Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club. This year’s challenge and after party were so enjoyable, for staff members as well as residents. We appreciate the warm-hearted club members and their continued partnership with Pines of Sarasota,” explains John Overton, President/CEO Pines of Sarasota. “We would love to have other college alumni associations take OSU's lead and challenge our residents for a fun and refreshing evening,” Overton continues.

 For more information about Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community, please contact Lisabeth Begin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 For more information about Sarasota-Manatee Ohio State Alumni Club go to www.sarasotabuckeye.org.

Symposium to Educate about Falls Prevention for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

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Sarasota, FL: On Monday, March 20, 2017 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community will be holding a free-to-the-public event “Spring Forward to Better Balance” Symposium at Cullers Hall on the Pines of Sarasota campus. Pines of Sarasota’s Ready & Steady - A Plan for Better Balance joins Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s to learn innovative ways to lessen your risk of falls. Three leading local Parkinson’s experts will address these topics:

  • Orthopedic Surgeon Jason Collins, MD, “Walking Tall & Avoiding Falls”
  • Neuro Challenge's Care Advisor - Carisa Campanella, “Benefits of Community Engagement”
  • Neurologist - Ricardo Gonzalez, M.D., “Exercise and Other Therapies Improving the Outcome in Parkinson’s Disease”

 “More than 65% of people with Parkinson’s will fall within the first year of their diagnosis, according to the Parkinson’s Association. We want to educate those individuals, their families, and caretakers about exercises, therapies, strength training and balance training that may help with mitigating a fall and improving independence to have a good quality of life for as long as possible,” explains Joel Amistoso, Director of Rehabilitation Services – Pines of Sarasota.

Registration begins at 9AM – Lunch is provided. Additional information will be available from Ready & Steady – A Plan for Better Balance community partners; the YMCA and 20 Minutes to Fitness. Seating will be limited. For tickets, please call 941-309-5748. To schedule an interview with one of the Symposium Experts or with one of our experts, please call Lisabeth Begin 727-243-6965.


Transformational Montessori Methods Applied to Alzheimer’s/Dementia

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Sarasota, FL – March 16 &17, 2017 from 8:30am-4pm

Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute Institute will be hosting a two-day Seminar and Workshop presented by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D. of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. Dr. Camp is an internationally renowned research scientist, author and trainer.

Dr. Camp has taken the Montessori method traditionally used on young children and retooled it to help people with Alzheimer’s disease regain some of the skills that have fallen prey to their illness. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Dementia Programming (MDP) involves an effective non-pharmacological approach to working with older adults living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. MDP is based on the method and philosophy of famed educator Maria Montessori. Dr. Cameron Camp and his colleagues have researched the concept of using the Montessori method as a treatment for dementia for over 20 years. Among its many benefits, MDP has been shown to increase levels of engagement and functioning in persons with dementia.

Director of Education at Pines of Sarasota, JoAnn Westbrook explains, “The workshops’ intended audience is for staff working in assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, adult day centers, or similar settings that serve persons with dementia. But we wanted this release to go out to the media to have the opportunity to report on this innovative method of utilizing Montessori with persons with dementia.”

The media is invited to attend any portion of the workshops. Interviews will be available during the breaks at 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM-12:30 PM the first day.

For more information, please contact Lisabeth Begin at 727-243-6965 or JoAnn Westbrook at 941-309-5761.

Pines of Sarasota Corporate Board Welcomes New Members and Announces Officers

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Sarasota, FL:  Pines of Sarasota Corporate Board has two new directors and announces the Board officers. Pines of Sarasota Corporate Board is a volunteer board and responsible for general operating policies of Pines of Sarasota. “With so many opportunities and challenges ahead of Pines of Sarasota, I am very happy to welcome David Boyette and Jeffrey Schmidt as the newest members of our Pines of Sarasota Corporate Board,” states John Overton, President/CEO Pines of Sarasota.

David L. Boyette is an attorney with Adams and Reese since 2010, following the firm's expansion into Sarasota. David has been practicing law since 1989 with experience in business litigation, real estate litigation, construction litigation, ad valorem tax litigation and trusts and estate litigation. His clients include contractors, real estate developers, realtors, financial institutions, homeowners associations, condominium associations, trustees and individuals and businesses. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Boyette has authored Title Insurance Liability Beyond the Policy, published in 69 Florida Bar Journal 24 (1995), WHOSE SHOES TO USE: Achieving a Subrogation Footing in the Wave of Foreclosures, published in Volume 87, No. 1, January 2013, The Florida Bar Journal and What Exactly Did I Sign Up For? Legal Duties Inherent in Serving on an Association Board, published in the September 2016 issue of Community, the official journal of Community Associations Institute (CAI), West Florida Chapter. He is a former member of The Florida Bar Grade Review Panel for 2003-2004 Business Litigation Board Certification Examination former pro bono attorney volunteer for the legal aid society and past chairman of multiple committees of the Sarasota County Bar Association.

In the community, he is an active member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, Florida Land Title Association, Community Associations Institute and the Incarnation Catholic Church.

Jeffrey Schmidt was born in Minneapolis, MN but grew up and worked in Northern Michigan for many years. He moved to Sarasota in 2001 to join the Business Banking team of a regional bank, transitioning several years later to their Private Bank. In 2008, Schmidt joined BMO Private Bank where as a Senior Private Banker he specializes in providing customized credit solutions for professionals and high wealth individuals, families, and trusts. Schmidt has been in the financial and banking industry since 1982.

When in Northern Michigan, Schmidt had a long history of volunteering for arts, community, charitable, and religious organizations. After moving to Sarasota, the volunteerism continued. Schmidt is a member and past President of the Sarasota Kiwanis Club, past President of the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Treasurer for the Crystal Lakes HOA, and a past board member for the Players Theatre.

Pines of Sarasota also announces the OFFICERS for 2017 of the PINES OF SARASOTA CORPORATE BOARD:

Peter Abbott                          Chair

Jane Hunder                         Vice Chair

Howard Crowell, Jr.              Second Vice Chair 

Joyce Johnson                     Secretary

Kyle Booth                            Assistant Secretary

Carl Smith                            Treasurer

Kraig Koach, Esq.               Immediate Past Chair

For more information about Pines of Sarasota, please contact Lisabeth Begin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 727-243-6965. 

Symposium to Help Educate and Help Mitigate Preventable Falls on National Falls Prevention Day Hosted by Pines of Sarasota

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Sarasota, FL: On September 22, 2016 (the 1st day of Fall) Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community will be holding a National Falls Prevention Symposium from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at Cullers Hall on Pines of Sarasota campus. Pines of Sarasota’s Ready & Steady A Plan for Better Balance joins the National Council on Aging’s Falls Prevention Day in seeking to unite professionals, older adults, and caregivers to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

This free-to-the-public event is to learn fun and innovative ways to reduce your risk of falls from leading three local physicians who will speak on the topic and from leading experts and resources in our community who will provide a Tai Chi demonstration and share educational information. The subject matter experts and their topics are:

The subject matter experts and there topics are: 

Dr. Jason Collins, Orthopedic Surgeon - “Walking Tall & Avoiding Falls” 

Dr. Andrew Marlowe, ENT Specialist - “Your Ears: How They Relate to Hearing & Balance”

Dr. Brian Burke, Orthopedic Surgeon - “Most Common Hip Fracture is Result of Ground-Level Fall”

iTNSunCoast has graciously offered to provide free rides to the symposium to anyone in need of a ride who is sixty and older or to anyone with a vision impairment.“This symposium is so important. Falls have become an epidemic in our senior population. At Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care community, hundreds of people have taken our Free Ready & Steady Falls Risk Assessment. But what I am really excited about is that among those who are at risk for falling – so many have taken our physical therapy programs… dramatically improving their balance and their strength so they can have an independent and good quality life for as long as possible The Ready & Steady balance therapy outcomes are the true success story of this program,” explains Joel Amistoso, Director of Rehabilitation Services – Pines of Sarasota.

Seating will be limited. For tickets please call, 941.552.1882. To schedule an interview with one of the Symposium experts or with one of our Ready & Steady experts, please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist 727-243-6965 

Local Daycare to Celebrate “National Grandparents Day” With Their Grandparents and Their Surrogate Grandmas and Grandpas

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Sarasota, FL: National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 11, but Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community is celebrating a little early on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10am in Cullers Hall. “We are throwing our festivities a little early because our day care kids want to celebrate not only with their natural grandparents, but also with their surrogate grandparents,” explains Sandy de Laferna, Director of Activities for Pines of Sarasota.

“The students from the Pines of Sarasota Childcare and Learning Centers on-site day care will sing and pass out greeting cards to Pines of Sarasota residents. Many of our residents’ grandchildren don’t live nearby and the interaction with the children who attend our day care classes brings them great joy,” de Laferna continues.

“People are often surprised to hear that our senior care campus has two children’s child care and learning centers on site, but it makes perfect sense. Not only are these learning centers convenient for our employees and the community, but the intergenerational activities that we coordinate between our kids and our seniors are invaluable to the enrichment of both groups,” states Connie Snyder, Director of Child Care.

For more information please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist, 727-243-6965

11 People at Pines of Sarasota Celebrating 100 or More Years of Life

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SARASOTA, FL – Friday, August 26, 2016 – 2:30pm in the 1st floor dining room of the Goldstein Pavilion, 11 Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care community residents and their families and friends will be celebrating their birthdays with “100 Plus Club Tea Party.”

“According to the US Census in 2010, the number of centenarians in the US grew by 66% between 1980 and 2010. Pines of Sarasota has 11 residents who are more than 100 years old right here on our one campus. We are very proud that we are providing a fun, safe place to live with the best in compassionate care,” states Ivy Ruark, Director of Volunteers for Pines of Sarasota.

“We are really looking forward to honoring our centenarians. To have seen and to have lived when Woodrow Wilson was president. Our residents have lived what our history books teach us,” Ruark continues.

For more information visit www.PinesofSarasota.org or please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist, 727.243.6965

March 10th - Hilda Quaas - 102                          June 27th - Edith Laws - 100

April 21st - Pauline Carr - 104                             July 28th - Thelma Cohn - 101

April 26th - Thelma Rollins - 102                         September 4th - Frances Jester - 101

April 26th - Edith Reed - 101                              September 28th - Henrietta Daytz - 104  

May 22nd - Thelma McKahan - 100                   November 3rd - Eleanor Landow – 101

June 13th - Helen Callahan - 101

American Health Care Association’s Silver Quality Award

Pines of Sarasota Earns National Recognition

for Best Practices in Quality Care

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SARASOTA, FL – Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community is one of 70 national winners (10 in Florida) of the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) Silver Quality Award. This honor is part of the prestigious National Quality Awards program conducted by the AHCA and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). This award recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care centers and communities.

“I could not be more proud of the entire Pines of Sarasota team for their consistent commitment to excellence in caring for our residents and patients. It really does take a village to provide such extraordinary care,” explains David Sylvester, President/CEO Pines of Sarasota. “This achievement is especially gratifying considering that we are serving the largest number of seniors in southwest Florida from Sarasota through Naples,” Sylvester adds.

For more information visit www.PinesofSarasota.org or please call Lisabeth Begin, Publicist, 727.243.6965 or Bette Zaret, Director of Strategic Marketing, 941.309.5712

Pines of Sarasota Education & Training Institute presents “Communications in Dementia Care” Workshops with Teepa Snow on November 19th, 2105

Teepa Snow headshotContinuing to meet the needs of professional and at-home caregivers around the world, Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute will offer its newest two workshops “Communications in Dementia Care” on November 19th, 2015, with internationally renowned dementia care specialist Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA.

In the morning workshop (9am to 12pm) “Helping Families, Professionals & Outsiders Understand How to Help More Effectively”, attendees will learn to recognize symptoms, how to move past denial, get support for the primary caregiver, and how to maintain relationships when dementia is changing a person’s abilities.

In the afternoon workshop (1pm-4pm) “Speaking with the Person Living with Dementia – in early Days or with Early Symptoms”, attendees will learn the best communication approaches to common challenging topics, such as getting someone to agree to a screening, giving up driving and how to allow a person to accept help from others.

“Of all difficulties in dementia care, communication is the most challenging,” JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains. “Particularly family members and friends who aren’t directly involved in the care often struggle to connect with the person living with dementia, resulting in strained and possibly damaged relationships. Teepa Snow is unrivaled in her ability to reconnect caregivers and patients, which is why we’re excited to present this program to the Sarasota and Manatee communities.”

The workshops will be available on DVD at a later date to help caregivers worldwide.

For more information about the workshops please visit www.pineseducation.eventbrite.com or call JoAnn Westbrook at (941) 309-5760.

Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute Selected to Participate in Entrepreneurial Initiative

Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute Selected to Participate in Entrepreneurial Initiative

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Sarasota, FL –Monday, July 20, 2015 Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute, part of not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community, was recently selected to participate in Margin & Mission Ignition, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to boost nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned-income strategies.

The Education and Training Institute, which was one of seven area organizations selected, will participate in the 18-month consulting process with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm hired by The Patterson Foundation that will work with the nonprofits to develop and implement entrepreneurial plans for revenue-generating ventures.

JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute expands on their involvement, “We are thrilled to be selected for this initiative. This gives the Institute an opportunity to fine-tune our existing strategies and business plan. The Institute holds a unique position as the go to place for practical, skill-focused and engaging dementia care education for care providers and their families. Our programs are offered in a variety of formats, not only making our education easily accessible, but we are able to offer the highest value due to its affordable costs and remarkable benefits.”

“What this means is that aside from the traditional education format in the classroom, much of the Institute’s outreach is in a digital capacity (webinars, streaming video, DVDs and conferencing) allowing for us to reach our worldwide audience of caregivers instantaneously,” Westbrook continues.

“The additional support of Margin & Mission Ignition team will optimize our ability to achieve these education and financial goals more expeditiously allowing us to continue to grow and share this valuable information. We look forward not only to their input in traditional business practices, but to the team’s insight in the evolving digital world of e-commerce.”

“This initiate is not only a great assistance to the Institute, but it is giving Pines of Sarasota’s leadership team and our board members, Jane Hunder and Kyle Booth, an opportunity to become even further involved in helping develop the Institute’s business plan and to share their valuable insights,” states Pines of Sarasota President/CEO David Sylvester.

“All of the organizations participating in this next level of the initiative demonstrate the leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity and culture to take on this kind of commitment," said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. "While it's not an overnight path to success, this kind of work is critical to help nonprofits thrive in a resource-challenged world."

For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

About Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute: The Pines of Sarasota Education and Training Institute, the educational department of not-for-profit Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation and Senior Care Community, provides cutting-edge, specialized education, outreach programs, support, and resources to family members and geriatric caregivers. For more information visit www.pinesofsarasota.org/education-instituteand www.DementiaCareAcademy.com.

About Margin & Mission Ignition: An initiative of The Patterson Foundation, Margin & Mission Ignition is an opportunity for local nonprofits in our region to develop and implement earned-income strategies to enhance mission impact. For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

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Sarasota, FL –Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12pm – 1:30pm

Thunder has been one of nine Therapy Dogs that has delighted Pines of Sarasota’s residents with therapy visits. This coming week, Thunder will be competing in the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in New York City.

Owners, Joan and Stephen Engel and their Curly Coated Retriever, CH Sarasota’s Intrepid Thunderbolt JH CGC (call name Thunder), will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week.

Pines of Sarasota will stream the preliminary competition for our Assisted Living residents who regularly visit with Thunder. Research has shown that a therapy dog can break daily routine, increase happiness, stimulate the mind and improve overall well being. There is a Hot Diggity Dog Menu Thunder and the Engelsof themed snacks (dogs in a blanket, dog-bone shaped cookies and treats).

The event will take place in Cullers Hall. The Pines’ residents will be joined by four of their nine therapy dogs to cheer on their comrade Thunder. Charlie DeMarco from Therapy Dogs, Inc will be on hand to discuss the benefits of Dog Therapy.

“Our residents really love the visits from their furry friends from Pines’ Pet Therapy Volunteer program. They look forward to it immensely. This program has been so successful that the Therapy Dogs and their owners devoted 396 hours of service to Pines. Visits are always a highlight for residents in our Assisted Living. Skilled Nursing and Secure Dementia/Alzheimer’s Units. Each dog has an individual personality. But they all share a love of people, a calm, quiet demeanor and a disposition. It takes a very special person to help their dog become a therapy pet,” states Ivy Ruark, Director of Volunteers - Pines of Sarasota.

Pines Education Institute Brings Leading Alzheimer’s Researcher to Sarasota

cen4appliedresearch logoInternationally renowned research scientist, author and trainer, Dr. Cameron J. Camp, is bringing his breakthrough training seminar and workshop to Pines of Sarasota

Sarasota, FL – Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida will be hosting a two-day Seminar and Workshop on March 5th and 6th, 2015, presented by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D. of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

Cameron Camp headshot 215pxPsychologist Cameron Camp has taken a teaching method traditionally used on young children and retooled it to help people with Alzheimer’s disease regain some of the skills that have fallen prey to their illness. Camp’s research has shown that this approach to learning, one based on rehabilitation principles, can benefit people in all stages of their lives, and even those with serious cognitive impairment. It enables persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia to engage in meaningful activities, have social roles as contributing members of their communities, and to live as independently as possible.

JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education at Pines, explains: “Dr. Camp has trained around the world and improved the quality of life for thousands of people with dementia. We’re excited to have him present in Sarasota.”

Professionals and family members who provide care for persons with dementia are encouraged to attend this unique opportunity. Continuing education units are available, and participants will have the option of pursuing a certification and credentialing track through the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

For more information please visit www.cen4ard.com.

Pines Education Institute publishes Hospitals & Dementia DVD with Teepa Snow

Hospital cover wrap 300px wideSarasota, Florida – Pines Education Institute of Southwest Florida announces the release of its new dementia caregiving DVD, “The Inevitable Hospital Stay – How to Advocate for Your Loved One with Dementia”.

Presented by nationally renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, this DVD provides family members of dementia patients with strategies and advice to positively impact their loved one’s hospital stay and treatment.

Teepa explains: “Hospitals are incredibly dangerous for people with dementia. And unfortunately, people with dementia visit them disproportionately often.”

“Families might not think that their loved one will need to go to the hospital. But unfortunately, most people with dementia will require even multiple stays as the disease progresses,” JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education at Pines Education Institute, explains further. “If the family isn’t prepared, crisis easily ensues. Knowing how to detect pain and find comforting solutions, which drugs can be helpful or potentially dangerous, and knowing which items need to be discussed with family is key to ensuring a positive outcome for the person with dementia.

The DVD is now available on www.DementiaCareAcademy.com as well as Amazon.com.

For more information please contact JoAnn Westbrook at 941-309-5760.

Pines of Sarasota Earns National Recognition for Best Practices in Quality Care

PR_graphic_pines_of_sarasotaSarasota, FL – Pines of Sarasota is one of only 40 facilities that is a member of the Florida Health Care Association to recently earn national recognition for extraordinary commitment to delivering quality care to Florida’s frail elders. This honor is part of the prestigious National Quality Awards program conducted by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). Pines of Sarasota is the recipient of the Florida’s 2014 Bronze Quality Award. Pines provides Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and Elder Care Education Services.

“Pines' staff is our best asset. It’s their commitment to improve the lives of our residents with compassionate, quality care; the “care” sets us apart from other facilities, and through “word of mouth,” makes us the facility of choice.  We work as a “team” and I’m very proud of their accomplishments,” states Nina Amaral, Pines’ Nursing Home Administrator
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“What is so impressive about this accomplishment is that Pines’ nursing, rehabilitation, and support staff has achieved this fantastic national recognition for superior quality of care in spite of the fact that they are serving the largest number of seniors in southwest Florida who have outlived their financial resources,” explains John Overton, President/CEO.   “Fact is, Pines is the largest provider of skilled nursing services in all of southwest Florida from Sarasota through Naples,” Overton continues.

Florida centers will be honored along with all national recipients during the AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition in Washington, D.C., in October 2014.

Pines of Sarasota’s Volunteer Program Celebrates the Success of a Special Volunteer

Derek_LevinThe Volunteer Program at Pines of Sarasota is proud that the training, encouragement and support given to Derek Levin led to his employment at Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Derek is 23 years old and has Asperger's Syndrome. Derek has been volunteering in Pines Fabulous FindsThrift Shop sorting room for almost a year. Derek first visited Ivy Ruark, Director of Volunteer Services, accompanied by his single mother, Elizabeth, who spoke as his advocate. Elizabeth wanted Pines to give Derek a chance at volunteering in order that he learn some job skills. With full understanding of the potential challenges, Pines gave Derek a volunteer position.

Bobby Schiele, manager of the on-campus Thrift Shop, worked with Derek, bringing him gently along. Dr. Carol Chiodo, a Thrift Shop volunteer and a former special education teacher, directly oversaw Derek’s training and still works with him to this day when he needs help. “Derek has gained several skill sets that will not only aid him in a work environment, but at life in general,” explains Dr. Chiodo.

“I am so proud of Derek. How exciting for this young man. When he came to us, he was painfully shy and he needed his mother to stay with him. Derek has blossomed into a productive young man,” states Ivy Ruark.“

Through the patience and persistence of a caring staff and volunteers, Derek has succeeded. It is only natural that my staff saw this opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and rose to the occasion,” explains John Overton, President/CEO of Pines.

“Derek’s volunteering at Pines has made him feel more independent, stronger, achieve higher self-esteem than he has ever had before. For the first time he was accepted as a friend and coworker. As Derek’s mother, the positive influence Pines has had on him means the world to me,” explains Elizabeth. Derek starts work at the Hyatt in the month of July and he still plans to volunteer at Pines on his days off.

Pines Volunteer Program has opportunities for child care, pet visits, event staffing, highschool volunteer programs, thrift shop and more. To speak with Ivy Ruark and get more information on Pines of Sarasota Volunteer Program, please call (941) 365-0250

Danish student moves into senior care facility for study

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fia_photosSARASOTA, Fla. - There are many hotels here on the Suncoast. So why does a 25-year old college student from Denmark choose a 10-day stay a Suncoast senior care facility?

One young woman with a mission traveled more than 4,000 miles from Denmark to Florida to attend the International Conference on Positive Aging in Sarasota. Then she took up temporary residence at The Pines assisted living facility.

25-year old Fia Hojsleth is doing a pilot project focused on social innovation as it applies to the aging population in Denmark. "There's a lot of things happening in Denmark, but the whole creativity and life quality, we're a bit behind."

The Center for Positive Aging put her in contact with Pines of Sarasota, and she moved in for ten days.

And what did she discover there? "Creativity and life quality, it's this feeling of connection and care."

Back home, says Hojsleth, the emphasis is on health. "The main focus in Denmark is active sports."

Small exercise activities are encouraged, with little attention on connection quality and fun. But Denmark’s nursing homes lead in other categories. "The technology around it, like the toilets that we have, showers. Yes."

Volunteer of the Institute for the Ages, Tracy Lux, says another Danish student from a Copenhagen design school at the conference on positive aging focused on the experience of products and services. “They are looking at technology, they are looking at any of the things that are cutting edge that might be done for older people."

Hojsleth says spiritual and emotional well-being are promoted far more here, relatives and guests are encouraged as is interaction with residents. “It’s Wii bowling, which is very fun. I didn't get to play it because I was not good enough.”

And the butterfly garden. “Really getting working and making the garden look nice out there. So there's a huge purpose with actually sitting and doing this activity."

The biggest difference she says is a feeling she can’t describe. And Pines residents say it was a mutual learning experience.

"I think she'll take back an awful lot of good information."

“I think we learned something from her, too. But she does cheat at cards."

There are currently 69 assisted living facilities and 30 nursing homes in Sarasota County.