Archive for June, 2013

Floyd “Mr. Showman” Andrew entertains at the Timbers

Floyd Andrew performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Classical pianist Floyd Andrew will perform for residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the grand ballroom at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd.

Andrew has been playing the piano for more than 35 years. He combines his classical music training with a unique style that captures the hearts of his audience. Known as “Mr. Showman,” Andrew performs standards including Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, nostalgic classics and music from times gone by with a perfected art form of glitter and glamour.

He has performed across the United States and Canada including at the Special Olympics and the Toronto Winter Fest. Andrew holds a Licentiate from Trinity College of Music in London, England.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Aid & Attendance seminar with Robert Hart at the Timbers

An Aid and Attendance seminar will be presented by Robert Hart at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Robert Hart of the American Association for Wartime Veterans (AAWV) will present a free informational seminar titled, “Aid and Attendance,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd.

Hart will explain the benefits which are available to qualifying veterans, widowed spouses or disabled adult children.

Once awarded Aid and Attendance or Housebound status, veterans may obtain as much as $1,732 a month, surviving spouses $1,113 a month, and existing couples $2,054 a month. Two veterans married to each other may obtain as much as $2,676 a month. In addition to income, veterans and their spouses may qualify for free medications, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, glasses and hearing aids.

Hart will explain eligibility and how to initiate a claim. For example, the claimant’s physician must declare the veteran as housebound and in need of assistance from another individual which may include services offered by assisted living. Also the veteran must have served at least 90 days active duty with one day of the 90 during a war period.

Founded in 2002, AAWV is a privately held community outreach service formed to provide information about the improved pension program to wartime veterans and surviving spouses. To date, approximately $2.6 million a month is being paid in benefits as a result of AAWV’s efforts. There is no charge for AAWV’s services.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669 or visit http://www.timbersofshorewood.com

What is Aid and Attendance? A veteran who is determined by VA to be in need of the regular aid and assistance of another person, or a veteran who is permanently housebound, may be entitled to additional compensation or pension payments. A veteran evaluated at 30 % or more disabled is entitled to receive an additional payment for a spouse who is in need of the aid and attendance of another person.

Basic Qualifications:

•    Discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions
•    Served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war
•    Monthly income is less than the Aid and Attendance benefit
•    Less than $80,000 in countable assets (doesn’t include home, life insurance or prepaid funeral plans)
•    Have a diagnosis that requires supportive care
•    65 years of age or older
•    Surviving spouse (if married at the time of death)

Periods of Service:

•    WWI – 04/16/17 to 11/11/18
•    WWII – 12/07/41 to 12/31/46
•    Korea – 06/27/50 to 01/31/55
•    Vietnam (inside) – 02/28/61 to 05/07/75
•    Vietnam (outside) – 05/07/57 to 08/05/64

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Randy Walker Sings and Plays Guitar at the Timbers

Randy Walker performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Randy Walker, a guitarist and vocalist, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Walker specializes in entertainment for seniors, providing music from the ‘30s through the ‘60s such as “Five Foot Two,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Up a Lazy River,” “Dream a Little Dream,” “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land.”

“Having a relative with dementia, I understand the value of music therapy,” Walker said. “I want senior audiences to identify with the songs which can take them back to a younger time in their lives.”

Walker started playing the guitar after hearing the Beatles for the first time when he was 11 years old. He was no stranger to music before that, however, as both his parents sang in barbershop-related choruses and quartets.

By high school he was one of the top players in upstate New York playing in bands like Ripple and the popular trio Shenandoah. He went to Kent State University where he often performed as a solo act in local coffee houses and with the popular Cleveland ‘50s band, The Fabulous Blue Moons.

Most recently he was leader of the band One2Many and lead guitarist and vocalist with The Incognitos. He is well-schooled in both electric and acoustic guitar and is particularly adept at electric slide guitar.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Bob Kalal Sings Broadway Tunes at the Timbers

Bob Kalal performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Vocalist Bob Kalal will perform for residents and the public at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, in the ballroom at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

With more than 40 years of professional musical experience, Kalal plays the guitar, banjo, ukulele and keyboards. At the Timbers he will be performing Broadway and Mardi Gras tunes as well as love songs.

Kalal entertains at numerous venues throughout Chicago and the suburbs including over 180 senior centers, and he also runs a teaching and recording studio.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Quality of Life Seminar: Healthcare Fraud

Healthcare Fraud seminar at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will present a free program titled “Healthcare Fraud” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. The public is invited.

Senior citizens are often targets of Medicare schemes for a variety of reasons, such as that they are most likely to have a nest egg, own their own home and/or have excellent credit. In addition, people who grew up in the 1930s – 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting, making it easier for con artists to persuade them.

Examples of health care fraud and waste include:

•    equipment or insurance plan providers tricking seniors into giving up personal information (including Medicare numbers) on “sign in” sheets
•    Medicare summary notices showing billing for services or supplies that were never received equipment supplies providing expensive “scooter” wheelchairs not ordered by a physician or needed by the beneficiary
•    luring beneficiaries into providing their Medicare numbers for “free” services only to later bill Medicare
•    kickbacks – paying beneficiaries to receive service from a particular provider or company

Statistics indicate that 10 cents of every dollar spent on health care goes toward paying for fraudulent health care claims. Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know who to report it to or are embarrassed by having been scammed. In addition, because it may take weeks or even months before a fraud is realized it is difficult to recall details making which makes for a weak case.

It is important people understand how to:

•    protect their identity
•    read their Medicare summary notices
•    avoid falling for scams

People should never sign blank insurance claim forms or give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered. Also people should never do business with door-to-door or telephone salespeople who offer free services or medical equipment. Records should be kept of all health care appointments and people should maintain awareness of any equipment ordered by a physician.

The SMP is an organization comprised of trained volunteers focused on educating consumers about health care fraud, waste and abuse. They strive to teach the public how to protect Medicare numbers, review Medicare statements to spot false charges, detect errors and report suspected fraud.

More than 30,000 active volunteers have educated nearly 27 million people since 1997 through one-on-one sessions and group seminars. To date, an estimated $106 million in savings is attributed to SMP’s efforts in healthcare fraud prevention.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Seniors’ Senior Prom: “An Evening in Paris”

The 9th Annual Seniors' Senior Prom: "An Evening in Paris" will take place at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community.All senior citizens are invited to the 9th Annual Seniors’ Senior Prom titled, “An Evening in Paris,” from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The evening will feature dancing, raffles and all the prom trimmings. The Timbers’ ballroom will be transformed into the romantic streets of Paris to fit this year’s theme – An Evening in Paris. A special moment will be the crowning of the king and queen of the prom.

In typical prom fashion, chaperones will be on hand making sure the night goes smoothly – only these chaperones are local high school students. Joliet West High School senior and National Honor Society member, Naveen Rao, has chaperoned the last three Timbers’ proms and is doing so again this year. He has invited his honor society peers (more than 50 students) to join him.

The students will be present for the entire event and will assist in serving dinner and escorting seniors onto the dance floor throughout the evening.

“It’s the first kickoff event of the summer at the Timbers, and I always have a blast on the dance floor and hanging out with the seniors,” Rao said. “You get to meet a lot of new people, and it’s so rewarding to be involved with such a community-based event.”

The Del Bergeson Orchestra will provide the music of the Big Band era. This 10-piece band has been tempting couples onto the dance floor at 35-40 gigs a year, the Timbers being a favorite.

“It’s a wonderful sight to see so many people enjoying themselves,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers of Shorewood. “Del plans an interesting mix of music to dance to – foxtrots, waltzes, cha-chas, and all the rest.”

In addition, a mime from the Actors Gymnasium will perform. The Actors Gymnasium is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Accordionist Bob Doszak entertains

Accordionist Bob Doszak will perform at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. Bob Doszak will play the accordion in a concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd.

Doszak was born in Joliet to Stanley and Dorothy (Smrekar) Doszak. His parents were of Slovenian and Polish descent which helped instill his style of music. He grew up in Joliet, and across the street from his childhood home was a tavern that always echoed of polka music. He remains a resident of Joliet.

Showing early signs of talent, Doszak began accordion lessons at the tender age of six. At seven, he had his first performance with America’s Polka King, Frank Yankovic, and a year later, he was the featured accordionist at the Baby Doll Polka Club in Chicago.

Doszak appeared on Ron Terry’s Polka Party on WGN – Channel 9. He started his own band at age 14, and within weeks, the bank was playing seven nights a week. The band continued throughout his high school years. Although his formal musical training was on the accordion, Doszak began playing drums in high school and was the drummer for the Joliet Catholic High School Concert Band and marching band.

Doszak has been in the polka music business for 42 years, and he is a proponent for his style of music. For example, for the past 14 years, he has been one of the key organizers of the annual Illinois Polka Festival now held in Naperville.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Hit-n-Miss Duo performs

The Hit-n-Miss Duo will perform at the Timbers of Shorewood Retierment Community. The Hit-n-Miss duo will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Hit-n-Miss is a lounge style male and female duo performing dance, jazz and big band music from the 1920s-1950s. Bill Ricci Jr. and Toni Ricci-Morgan have chemistry on stage that is a delight to experience.

Ricci Jr. utilizes a keyboard workstation to masterfully replicate any instrument exactly, from strings to brass. Ricci’s acquired musical expertise stems from over 20 years of performing.

Ricci-Morgan is a vocalist whose range covers everything from soft melodies to swing vocals. Also a seasoned talent, Morgan has been performing on live stages since early childhood.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Kym Frankovelgia, an Italian singer

Italian singer Kym Frankovelgia will perfom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Italian singer Kym Frankovelgia will entertain her audience, performing standards, jazz, Broadway and comedy at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Frankovelgia attributes her varied musical style to her humble beginnings as a singer in night clubs and on cruise ships. She has performed with renowned entertainers like Maxene Andrews from the Andrews Sisters and Allison McKay. She has also shared the stage with renowned big band orchestras such as the Sammy Kaye Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Band.

Though at one point she lived in Hawaii, her love of seasons drew her back to Illinois. After success both on the road and in recording studios, she has now tailored her talent specifically for private parties, seniors, social clubs and organizations.

“Born to entertain,” according to Mark Davis of the Chicago Tribune, Frankovelgia has a deep passion and respect for the music of a bygone era. Her renditions offer a modern twist to the classics from the 1920s through the 60s.

She performs hundreds of shows a year and recently released her latest album, “Bigger is Better.” Other albums include “The Secret of Christmas,” “One for the Road,” and the self-titled “Kym Frankovelgia.”

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Christine Stapleton sings Country Classics

Christine Stapleton sings country classics at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Country western singer Christine Stapleton will entertain her audience, performing classic songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd. This event is free and open to the public.

Stapleton began singing 20 years ago at an office Christmas party. After her debut karaoke performance, where she sang Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” she continued singing karaoke for several years.

A professional singer for the past six years, Stapleton has performed at the Grundy County Fair, the Grundy County Speedway and the Embassy Care Center in Wilmington. Stapleton and her husband, Dan, now own a karaoke business called “Krazy Karaoke.”

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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