Spices have been used for centuries in order to fight disease and infection and to enhance physiological and emotional well-being. We often forget the nutritional significance of the herbs and spices we add to our food. If this is a new area for you, here is a safe place to start. The following are extremely beneficial to your health and very mild on the palate.
Turmeric: An aromatic and healing spice with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also known to lower triglycerides and free fatty acids, dietary therapy resulted in significant weight loss and potential for increasing base metabolic rate.
Add this colorful spice to rice, potatoes, soups and salads!
What happened to Maple Bay Café over the last few years? In my opinion three factors converged to diminish this wonderful destination’s popularity; a pair of very hot summers, the emergence of Danny’s Grill and the constant battle for shady areas at Maple Bay. With the addition of an awning and renewed vigor to revive The Café, we’re confident this cool, laid back spot will again become our prime summertime destination. This quest is certainly very dear to me.
On Saturday May 4th, our friend Robyn Whittaker will stop by The Maplewood at 11:45am to share with our residents information about Relay For Life, an annual community event benefitting The American Cancer Society. The event in our neighborhood will this year be held at Webster Thomas High School on June 1 starting at 6:00pm.
There are many things about those who give themselves to volunteering that inspire me. And there’s one inspirational element in particular I’ve found to be common among volunteers: modesty. Volunteers don’t seek out the limelight. The gaining of recognition is not a condition for their contribution.
But the spotlight does indeed shine at times, for all the right reasons. Maplewood volunteer William “Bill” Ratigan has been recognized by New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) as District Volunteer of the Year in their Senior Adult Category. NYSHFA is a statewide membership organization of more than 230 licensed nursing facilities, and its Volunteer of the Year Awards Program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in skilled nursing facilities. To commemorate this recognition, Bill was awarded with a plaque at a special presentation at NYSHFA’s April 19 District meeting.
Bill has spent a lifetime in service of others. As a firefighter for the City of Rochester, NY (now retired), Bill dedicated his life to the safety of others. He has pledged the past 20 years to volunteering through programs at his church. For the past four years, We’ve been privileged to have Bill as one of our dedicated volunteers. Bill visits The Maplewood on a weekly basis, and has made significant connections with many of our residents.
I jogged out of The Maplewood on my lunch break and headed toward the garage, barely containing my excitement. Like a preschooler on Christmas morning, I found Steve, one of our maintenance men, and went toward him. “Did they come?” I asked. “Are they here?”
Congratulations are in order for Laurie Zazzara who was recently promoted to Assistant Administrator. For over six years as our Business Manager, Laurie was the “go-to person” for everything from computer questions to bookkeeping. Now, she is expanding her role to help The Maplewood look to the future.
Working Together to Advance The Maplewood
Laurie says her new position will allow her to be more of a support to Administrator Greg Chambery than she already is. Since she will take over some of his day-to-day tasks, he can continue to expand his vision for The Maplewood and promote new ventures like Maplewood Home Care. Greg explains, “As our organization continues to strive to be relevant in the changing healthcare landscape, it is important that we have the right people with the right set of skills to be efficient and effective in running the business. Everyone knows how fast paced the world has become. Spreading out the chain of command and the decision-making authority assures that we can move forward and respond in a timely manner to whatever comes our way.”
Each year brings the launch of new projects at The Maplewood. We're always looking at innovative and exciting ways to continuously improve the quality of life for our residents and families.
We're kicking off the warmer months with the addition of a beautiful awning for Maple Bay Café. The protective covering will shade our residents and guests while still allowing those wonderful Rochester spring and summer breezes to pass through. The combination of elements creates the welcoming and relaxed Maple Bay atmosphere that we've all grown to love since its grand opening.
Certain oils contain wonderful health benefits. But just like any other food, care is to be taken when cooking with oils. For example, the biggest health risk when frying with olive oil occurs when it’s heated beyond its smoke point. The resulting smoke contains harmful compounds, some of which are even harmful when inhaled. Also, free radicals have been implicated in degenerative diseases like cancer.
Over the next year the U of R will conduct staff surveys and interviews and will collect information from our quarterly assessments in order to find trends, identify success stories and look for ways to improve end-of-life care. The ultimate goal of the study is to provide guidelines and protocols that any nursing home can follow to improve quality of care.