A Publication of Wexner Heritage Village
September & October 2016
Village eNews
 
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Understanding & Preventing Financial Elder Abuse
Jake Greenberg learned a lot from his great-uncle, the late Larry Schaffer.
 
He learned about the real estate business. He learned to be a leader. He learned to value family. And he learned to give back to the community.
 
But there is one lesson in particular he is hoping to pass on in order to spare others the heartache his own family experienced after learning their beloved patriarch had been financially exploited by people he had trusted in his elder years.
 
"It was so easy to take advantage of Uncle Larry because he was such a good and giving person. If there was a way he could help someone, he would," said Greenberg, a senior at Bexley High School. "Plus, he was so smart and so sharp all his life that when he developed dementia, it became progressively harder for him to realize what was going on."
 
Schaffer's story is not uncommon, said David M. Kessler, an investigator with the Fairfield County Prosecuting Attorney's Office with more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement.
 
"Crimes against the elderly are highly underreported in every community across the United States," Kessler said. "The true numbers are through the roof and 90 percent of the time the victimization comes from people in a trusted position in their lives, such as an attorney or accountant - people who are already in their comfort zone and behind the defense mechanisms."
 
Kessler will be the featured speaker on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Lawrence D. Schaffer Memorial Lecture: Preventing Financial Elder Abuse. The free event, coordinated by Greenberg in his great-uncle's memory, is open to the public and will take place at 7 pm at Wexner Heritage Village's Huntington Education Center, 1151 College Ave., Columbus. To RSVP, contact Debbie Melser at dmelser@whv.org or 614-559-0331.
Happening at WHV
In Christy's Shoes & High Holy Days 2016/5777
In Christy's Shoes
Steps Up with Continued Support
 
Representatives of Zusman Hospice benefactor In Christy's Shoes delivered the second installment in the organization's five-year, $50,000 pledge of support to care for hospice families.
 
The organization's latest $10,000 contribution brings its total gifts to Zusman Hospice to $65,000 since it was founded in 2009 by the twin sister of a former patient.
 
"We genuinely cherish long-term relationships like the one we have with In Christy's Shoes," Wexner Heritage Village President and CEO David Rosen said. "Their commitment is so deeply meaningful because it was truly born out of the hospice experience."
 
In Christy's Shoes was founded by Katrina Levy Zidel in memory of her sister, Christy Levy Peters, who was a Zusman Hospice patient for six months before succumbing to brain cancer at age 34. Donations from the organization support care for patients and their families in their homes and at Zusman House, a five-bed, in-patient unit on the campus of Wexner Heritage Village.
High Holy Days 2106/5777
Please Join Us - All Are Welcome
 
Wexner Heritage Village openly embraces all faiths and seeks to demonstrate respect for eachHolidays individual's unique spirituality. As an organization founded on and guided by the values and lessons of the Jewish faith, observance of Jewish holidays and festivals is an important part of our mission.

During these holy days it is customary to abstain from certain activities. Out of respect for that tradition and to maintain the sanctity of the holiday, the beauty shops, cafes and gift shop located on the WHV campus will be closed on the dates listed below. There may also be some changes in therapy and activity schedules.
 
As always, WHV is offering a complete schedule of High Holy Day services, from Erev Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah. We welcome all to attend and worship with us at no cost. If you have any questions regarding observance of the Jewish High Holy Days, please contact Rabbi Debbie Lefton at dlefton@whv.org or 614-559-0243.
Volunteers
Celebrating the Impact of WHV Volunteers and Auxiliary
Auxiliary of Wexner Heritage
House Hosts Volunteer TeaVolunteers

In the past 12 months, Wexner Heritage Village volunteers donated a total of more than 8,300 hours of service to the organization. And, according the national network representing thousands of nonprofit organizations and foundations, Independent Sector, those hours represent a a total cost savings to WHV of nearly $157,000.

To honor the hard work and dedication of those volunteers, the Auxiliary of Wexner Heritage House hosted a Volunteer Recognition Tea in August. As is tradition, volunteers receive a special pin to wear after they contribute their first 100 hours of service to the organization. This year, two volunteers were awarded new pins, Teme Young and Cameran Calhoun.

Also, a small diamond is added to each volunteer's pin for every additional 150 hours of service a year they provide. This year, there were three volunteers who earned more than two diamonds, Ruth Rosenthal received three, Margie Hollander received four and Mark Weinstein received five.

Finally, during the event, new Auxiliary president Liz Kamlet was installed for a two-year term. She succeeds two-term past-president Audrey Brownstein in the role.

For a complete list of volunteers honored at the 2016 Auxiliary of Wexner Heritage House Volunteer Recognition Tea, a roster of the newly installed Auxiliary board members and photos from the event, click here.
Volunteers Sought for a Variety of Roles Across the WHV Campus
 
Wexner Heritage Village has multiple volunteer opportunities available for individuals, families and groups of all ages and sizes interested in fun, moving and rewarding experiences in a unique environment.

No experience is needed and volunteers will be interviewed and trained to match their skills with the organization's needs. Work in both administrative and direct patient/resident contact areas is available. There is no minimum time commitment and volunteers are welcome to spend as much time on the WHV campus as they like.

In particular, we are looking for volunteers who:
  • Speak Russian and other languages
  • Are familiar with current technology devices, particularly iPods and IPads
  • Are able to perform as musicians, singers and other types of entertainers
  • Can teach a class, such as Zumba, bridge, yoga, art, etc.
  • Are willing to spend time with residents talking, reading and walking
  • Can provide spiritual companionship to patients and residents
For more information about becoming a Wexner Heritage Village volunteer, contact Mark Moscardino at 614-559-5504 or mmoscardino@whv.org. If you are interested in volunteering with WHV's Zusman Hospice, please contact Dana Zager at 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org.
Bereavement Services
Zusman Hospice Bereavement PrBereavementograms Scheduled 
An important part of the work of Wexner Heritage Village's Zusman Hospice is tending to the emotional well-being of those coping with the loss of a loved one after a life-limiting illness.

With that in mind, and in partnership with Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care, the following programs are offered at no cost to the community.
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, Oct. 25
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wexner Heritage House
1151 College Ave., Columbus,  43209
Join us for a grief support group led by the Zusman Hospice social work team. This group provides those who have experienced a loss an opportunity to share their story with others on the path toward healing. We will build a better understanding of the grief process with an emphasis on building coping skills.
Registration: 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org

Art Therapy:
Forever Books
Monday, Nov. 7
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wexner Heritage House
1151 College Ave., Columbus,  43209
Come create a combination memory book and keepsake box that can hold stories, pictures and small mementos to help you remember a loved one. Open to all ages. Materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring photos, pictures, small items, poems, quotes, etc.
Registration: 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org

Conversation at Creekside
Wednesdays
Nov. 2 / Dec. 7
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Creekside at the Village
2200 Welcome Place, Columbus,  43209
Join us for a professionally run support group in a comfortable and comforting setting.
Registration: 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org
The Giving Tree
Mondays
Nov. 7 / Dec. 5
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Heritage Tower
1145 College Ave., Columbus,  43209
Join us as we gather to share stories of healing while creating various works of art to be distributed to Zusman Hospice patients and families to support them through their hospice journey. No art experience needed. All supplies provided. 
Registration: 614-255-9184 or dzager@whv.org

Creative Meditation: Zentangle
Tuesday, Nov. 8
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Mount Carmel Hospice & Palliative Care
1144 Dublin Road, Columbus,  43215
Discover a truly creative way to reduce stress called Zentangle, an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images using structured patterns.
Registration: 614-234-LIFE (5433)

Reclaiming Special Days & Seasons
Thursday, Nov. 10
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Mount Carmel Hospice & Palliative Care
1144 Dublin Road, Columbus,  43215
Learn how to handle holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other special days that no one else knows are special that may trigger feelings of loss and loneliness.
Registration: 614-234-LIFE (5433)

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