Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018
Ann Arbor, MICH – Kickshaw Theatre presents Milvotchkee, Visconsin by Laura Jacqmin, a fascinating story about a woman’s journey through dementia , September 13 through October 7, 2018, at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth located on Airport Boulevard just off of South State Street in Ann Arbor.
Subtitled “a comedy about a tragedy,” Milvotchkee, Visconsin tells a surreal and eye-opening story from the perspective of Molly, a woman living with a hole in her head. Molly’s lifetime of memories are falling right out of her head, and fast. Her surroundings become unfamiliar and distorted as she comes to grips with the challenges of her disease. Working with healthcare professionals she doesn’t always understand and a family that doesn’t always understand her, can she find a way to carry on with dignity and peace?
“The stories we tell are really resonating, and our audience is growing, along with our connections in the community,” says Kickshaw Executive Director Jane Griffith. She continues, “ Milvotchkee, Visconsin, for example, creates an opportunity to increase awareness about the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, and some truly visionary organizations are partnering with us to make this an impactful event for the community.” Connectivity is a core value of Kickshaw Theatre, as they seek to engage artists, audience, and community deeply in the questions and topics raised by the play. Kickshaw Theatre is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Turner Senior Resource Center’s Silver Club Memory Programs, and Ypsilanti Senior Center on events and programming that enrich the production, increase empathy, and raise awareness about the effects of dementia on patients and their loved ones.
Connectivity programming will include: a panel discussion by experts from Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System following the 4pm performance on Sunday, September 16; a panel discussion and reception in partnership with Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Ann Arbor’s Alzheimer’s Association following the 8pm performance on Thursday, September 20; and a small exhibit of artwork by residents of local memory care facilities curated by Registered Art Therapist and Gerontology Specialist Margaret Wielbut on display in the performance space for the run of the show. Milvotchkee, Visconsin is presented through the generous support of Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
Milvotchkee, Visconsin runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm, September 13-October 7, 2018, at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
The production is directed by Kickshaw’s founder and Artistic Director Lynn Lammers. The cast includes Nancy Kammer * , Michael Hays, Dave Davies, Brenda Lane, Sonja Marquis, and Aral Gribble *. Paige Conway * stage manages, with scenic design by Gabriella S. Csapo, properties design by Rebecca MacCreery, costume design by Camille Charara, lighting design by Alex Gay and sound design by Will Myers.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.kickshawtheatre.org , by phone through Showclix at 888.718.4253, and at the door with cash or credit card.
About Kickshaw Theatre Kickshaw means “rare delight.” And that defines what Kickshaw Theatre offers.
Founded in 2015, Kickshaw Theatre has become known for uncommon stories and stylistic daring. Kickshaw Theatre excites curiosity with plays that represent humanity in all its complexity and multitudes, seeking out stories that increase empathy, artistic literacy, intellectual stimulation, and a sense of social connection.
Kickshaw is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional theatre, operating under an agreement with Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
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Friday, June 22, 2018
At an evening gala this June, LeadingAge Michigan presented Project Outreach with the “Group Volunteer of the Year Award.” Each year, the award goes to a group who has provided distinguished service to a LeadingAge Michigan Member.
Since 1968, LeadingAge Michigan has been proudly representing mission-based providers who serve frail seniors and adults with disability through the full array of post-acute and long-term services and support. The 320 member organization is the only statewide association in Michigan that represents the entire continuum of post-acute and long-term services.
The University of Michigan’s Project Outreach program has impacted Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for over 13 years. Project Outreach is a course, offered at the University of Michigan. The course combines classroom learning with practical experience in a healthcare setting. Each student invests 40 hours per semester with our residents. Approximately 60 students are assigned to Glacier Hills each semester. Over the years, Project Outreach has become an integral part of Glacier Hills’ volunteer program.
Project Outreach students volunteer all over campus. They visit one-on-one with residents, help with games, discussion groups and crafts. They accompany residents to concerts, religious services and programs. Project Outreach has expanded over the past three years to include a music section. Now musicians come and perform right in the households five days per week.
Activities staff say that it is rewarding to watch the “light come on” as new volunteers begin to understand how to best connect with our residents. We can depend on Project Outreach volunteers to support professional activities staff so that the day goes smoothly. Their helping hand makes such a difference. Their friendly, patient interaction with residents is a calming influence especially in memory care households. This team of volunteers increases our ability to provide that important one-to-one attention.
We are especially grateful to the leadership of Dr. Jerry Miller, the Faculty Coordinator for Project Outreach. Jerry says “Students often comment that Project Outreach is the most memorable course of their academic experience.” The commitment the University of Michigan Project Outreach program has made to our community helps Glacier Hills continue to provide extraordinary service to our seniors.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community honored one of its finest volunteers on March 30th at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. The Volunteer of the Year Award is the highest honor that goes to an individual who stands out among all volunteers and is an example of what is means to serve our community. This years’ honor was bestowed to Tom Gaffield, Glacier Hills 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
Tom is known by many at Glacier Hills for his series “Piano with Tom” that takes place the 2nd Friday of every month. He performs the residents’ favorite songs and goes out of his way to play music he knows the audience wants to hear. One resident commented, “You made me feel 20 years younger! The music took me back in time and I was dancing with my husband.” Gabby VanderMolen, Glacier Hills Volunteer Coordinator thanked Tom for “Beautifully demonstrating what it means to make the world a brighter place.”
Others long standing volunteers were also honored at the Volunteer Recognition Night, Bryce Messmann received the Youth Service Award, the University of Michigan’s Project Outreach Program received the June Bennett Teamwork Service Award, Gloria Welsh received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Cyndy Pollard, received the Ruth Monahan Spiritual Service Award. Ayush Arora won the Tom and Jeanette Gaffield Gift of Music Award. Glacier Hills thanks all of volunteers for the countless hours donated to our community.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Steve Kastner, President & CEO of Trinity Health Senior Communities, parent company of Glacier Hills since July, has announced the appointment of Reed Vander Slik as the new President for Glacier Hills, succeeding Ray Rabidoux who will retire after 18 years at the helm and a career in the senior services spanning over 43 years. Reed will join Glacier Hills in March.
Reed comes to Glacier Hills from Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services in Grand Rapids where he has served in executive positions since 2004, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Major from Aquinas College, East Grand Rapids, MI and a Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI. Prior to his tenure for Porter Hills, Vander Slik held several financial executive positions over a 22 year period in both domestic and international settings.
Reed’s priorities during his first few months will include establishing a firm foundation of relationships with residents, staff and Board members as well as reaching out to local business and health system leaders in the Ann Arbor markets.
“I am excited to pass the leadership of Glacier Hills to a colleague of Reed’s stature” noted Ray Rabidoux, departing President & CEO of Glacier Hills. “The organization will be in great hands for the future!”
About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for over 43 years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, senior living and care provider. Our mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills’ has both pioneered and continually renewed its commitment to a premier senior lifestyle through transformative change. Glacier Hills joined Trinity Health Senior Communities in July of 2016.
About Trinity Health Senior Communities
Trinity Health Senior Communities is a non-profit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation THSC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Health Senior Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.
Friday, July 01, 2016
The Board of Directors of Glacier Hills has finalized an agreement to become a subsidiary of Trinity Senior Living Communities (TSLC) of Livonia, Mich., effective July 1, 2016.
Glacier Hills, a full-service senior campus in Ann Arbor, includes a continuum of short-term and long-term rehabilitation and wellness services as well as senior living options. It will maintain its governance by a community board of directors.
TSLC, a non-profit senior housing and nursing care organization, currently owns and manages more than 45 communities offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long term care and rehabilitation services for seniors. TSLC is a member of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is also a member of Trinity Health.
Ray Rabidoux, President and CEO of Glacier Hills, described the decision to join TSLC as an extension of Glacier Hills’ vision to help meet the needs of aging persons in the Ann Arbor area.
“Aligning with TSLC will preserve our mission into the future,” he explained. “It enhances the continuum of care in the region for seniors and aligns Glacier Hills to meet the needs of healthcare reform, deepens the existing relationships with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and enables us to continue providing quality care and service to our residents and their families. It also assures our continuing relationship with the University of Michigan Health System.”
TSLC’s goal of creating a sustainable regional model with other Trinity Health Regional Health Ministries made Glacier Hills an attractive community to seek out a relationship with, and eventually, align. This structure will bring together the focus of both organizations people-centered care, providing streamlined communication for residents, guests and families as
they navigate through a health care event.
“We are proud to finalize this agreement with an organization dedicated to outstanding high quality care, employee satisfaction and excellence,” noted Ken Robbins, President & CEO of TSLC, in the acceptance of the agreement which was signed by TSLC and Glacier Hills on June 21, 2016. “We are invested in and committed to the people of Ann Arbor, and know this opportunity will enhance care delivery across our system for those we serve.”
Rabidoux and Robbins also announce that Glacier Hills and TSLC will establish The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, to focus on supporting the future needs of seniors in Washtenaw County. The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund program development and funding process will be completed in 2017.
TSLC owns and operates Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village, an independent and assisted living community, and Huron Woods, a memory care community, on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. In addition to enhancing the care continuum within the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Glacier Hills will continue working with patients and families from the University of Michigan Health System.
“It’s an exciting time to be in care delivery for seniors,” said David Brooks, President & CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. “We are looking forward to enhancing our relationships through a common ministry providing people-centered care together in Ann Arbor.”
“We are ecstatic for what this means for Southeastern Michigan,” added Rob Casalou, Regional President & CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “As we come together to deliver senior care and services within Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, we eagerly welcome Glacier Hills as an important part of our regional health ministry.”
About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for 42 years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, non-sectarian senior living and care provider. Our mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills’ has both pioneered and continually renewed its commitment to a premier senior lifestyle through transformative change.
About Trinity Senior Living Communities
Trinity Senior Living Communities is a non-profit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation TSLC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Senior Living Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.