March 2019 Setalker
HOA Board News and Information
HOA News and Information: As most residents are aware, the clubhouse is the center for many activities which occur from early morning through late night. The Great Room hosts a variety of activities some of which may only include a few people, a few examples being early morning swimmers, chair yoga participants and poker players while others include a much larger number: mah Jong players, card players, and Happy Hour participants. Still other times, there are much larger gatherings hosted by the Social Committee: Holiday Cocktail party, Children’s magic show, Comedy Shows, Book Authors etc. Even during the ‘winter’ season, a number of activities take place.
The HOA has a contract with H2O Cleaning and the Clubhouse is cleaned every Monday and Friday. However if you notice an issue, please send an e-mail to HPM by filling out a maintenance request through the HPM website, HPMLI.com. That does not preclude the fact that we as residents do our part when using any part of the Clubhouse to keep it clean and orderly.
Residents who may be interested in the final budget numbers for 2018 will find them on the Setauket Meadows website when they become available. (setauketmeadows.com).
Hopefully, this March will not be a repeat of last year’s storms which wrecked our snow budget allowance. Our ‘snow’ budget – thus far- is in very good shape! Stay warm, stay safe and Spring is on the way!
Social Committee Update
submitted by Ellen Silverman
Spring will soon be upon us and that means you can look forward to many and varied Social Committee activities. Here are a couple of dates that you'll want to put onto your calendars:
Thursday, May 16 ~ Psychic Night
6:30 or 7:00 PM, to be determined by the number of people attending.
Where: Clubhouse Great Room
How much: $40 per person will give you a private reading for 15-20 minutes and refreshments that will be provided by your Social Committee.
Check your email for more details. In the meantime, if you have questions about this event, contact me (Ellen) at Blwnklfrnd@aol.com or 631-664-1965.
Annual Memorial Day Bagel Breakfast
Monday, May 27 10AM-Noon
Clubhouse or poolside, depending upon the weather
Sunday ~ June 2 ~ Spring Fling
Contact Janice Cerullo: 631-928-5493 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Josephine Brandine: 917-833-1158 email@example.com
Wednesday Happy Hour ~ Watch your emails for Happy Hour dates, times, and details!
Our Whatever You Want to Read Book Club will resume on Thursday, April 25, at 1 PM in the clubhouse.
Chair Yoga with Sangeeta Gupta will take a winter break and resume in the spring, when most of the snowbirds have returned to Setauket Meadows.
Recipe of The Month
Submitted by Pat Dawson
TOMATO RAVIOLI SOUP
Nothing better than a bowl of soup on a cold evening!
NOTE: To make this a one-pot complete dinner, add cooked shredded chicken or mini turkey meatballs.
3/2 Joan Famularo
3/3 Janice Cerullo
3/3 Tony Forte
3/4 Marilyn Ebert
3/4 Virginia Harley
3/7 Carol Zanca
3/8 Cynthia Russell
3/8 Pat Rice
3/9 Bill Metlay
3/10 Joseph Pleva
3/12 Alice Bradin
3/12 Gerry Holly
3/14 Mario Carravetta
3/16 RoseAnne Finamore
3/17 Carole McTigue
3/19 Diane DeRosa
3/19 Nick DeRosa
3/19 Joe Sarro
3/22 Lloyd Colby
3/22 Joan DeMaio
3/24 Karen Maddas
3/24 Joe Pereira
3/26 Joe Polizzi
3/31 William Connors
3/9 Bob & Pat Rice
3/11 Frances & Alvin Miller
3/14 Bill & Virginia Ehlers
3/16 Allen & Barbara Frawley
3/16 Frank & Ellen Silverman
Security Tip of The Month
submitted by Ray Dawson
The Setauket Meadows web site, www.setauketmeadows.com, contains some extremely useful information to inform and protect you from anyone who attempts to enter our community for unlawful purposes. We live in an isolated area surrounded by light industrial facilities where repair trucks, delivery trucks and other non resident vehicles routinely enter our community. You can enhance your safety by following a few simple security and safety guidelines. These guidelines are available to you right on this web site. Just click on this blue link and you will see this valuable information. I urge you to follow the guidelines in this web site for safety purposes.
Speaking of Sports
by Joe Polizzi
What does it take for you to participate in a sport? We all possess some kind of athletic ability in some area of sports-tennis, golf, baseball, bowling, billiards, swimming, fishing, bocce, walking, pickelball, card playing and the list goes on. We are probably not as good as we once were but we play for a variety of reasons-to maintain muscle tone and agility, to meet new and varied people, to be a bit more healthy and to win. Yes, we know our limitations but we all like to win once in a while. We get a feeling of accomplishment when we roll in that putt to close out a match, dink the ball for the game point, draw to an inside straight to pull in the pot, drop the eight ball and end the competition or bury your ball in the pocket to make a winning strike in bowling. No matter how much we try to suppress it and no matter how much we try to be sportsmanlike, we get an inner sense that makes you feel like I did it and what’s next. Today’s athletes are very talented and athletic and spend a lot of time honing their skills but what does it take for them to participate in a sport. Sure everyone says winning is important but the skepticism in me leans towards the Money. Just recently a baseball player signed a 300 million dollar contract for ten years. He hit the jackpot. This is the same player who also said he doesn’t always run all out after a hit. What kind of message is this sending to hopeful young athletes. First of all only a very small number of athletes ever have the opportunity to play professional sports-so where does the true joy of sports come from? I’d like to think that it’s the young high school player who knows damn well that after this his athletic career is over, yet he gives it his all everytime and enjoys the ride and teamwork he learned along the way. Much like Setauket residents, who play for the joy of participating. It’s a great achievement to have the opportunity to play a professional sport but don’t let the Money get in the way of participating the right way, giving it your all evertime regardless of your supposedly superior talents. I think we at Setauket Meadows know and value the difference. So let’s keep getting out there and doing what gives us friendly competition and priceless acquaintances. As always stay healthy and hitt’em straight.....Joe Polizzi
Real Estate News
submitted by Phyllis Colby
Comfort is trending for 2019, a consensus of home decorators agree, with more people seeking warm colors, intimate spaces and a casual but sophisticated lifestyle.
Designers looking to pair physical coziness with emotional comfort forecast seven decor trends:
Volunteering and Other Interesting Information
submitted by Josephine Brandine
Editors note: Josephine volunteers her time to the
Good Shepard Hospice. Below are selected articles from their Volunteer Newsletter.
Why Hospice Organizations Need Volunteers
The value of hospice volunteers cannot be overstated. Volunteers are commonly perceived by hospice patients and families as ordinary members of their local community. This relationship provides a feeling of normality for patients, as well as patients’ families and friends. Volunteers often connect with patients on a deep, personal level, which provides the hospice care team with valuable insights concerning the overall impact of the level of comfort and care that is provided.
Medicare-certified hospice programs, like Good Shepherd, are also federally mandated to integrate hospice volunteers into administrative and/or patient services. The United States government requires that the total number of hours that hospice volunteers contribute must equal at least 5% of the total number of patient care hours provided by paid hospice employees and contract staff.
Alzheimer’s Disease Vs. Dementia
According to the National Institute on Aging, Dementia is a brain disorder that affects
communication and performance of ADL (Activities of Daily Living).. Alzheimer’s disease isa form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. One way to think about them as different is to think about a person with a sore throat. A person may have a sore throat, but they may not know the underlying cause of the sore throat. The sore throat is the symptom (think dementia), butthe cause could be allergies, strep throat, or a common cold (think Alzheimer’s disease).Dementia is umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, accounting for approximately 60-80% ofcases. Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include difficulty remembering recent con-versations, names or events, apathy and depression. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include impaired communication, poor judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and difficulty in speaking, swallowing (dysphasia), and walking.
Vascular dementia, also known as multi-infarct or post-stroke dementia, accounts for ap- proximately 10% of dementia cases. Early symptoms of vascular dementia include im- paired judgment or ability to make decisions, plan or organize. These contrast with thehallmark memory loss that is often associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) can present similar symptoms to Parkinson’s disease.Patients with DLB often have memory loss and thinking problems, in addition to sleep disturbances, well-formed visual hallucinations, slowness, and gait imbalance.
Mixed dementia is caused by abnormalities which are linked to more than one cause of dementia. The most common cause of mixed dementia is when abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia occur in the brain simultaneously. Frontotemporal dementia is a term which includes Behavioral Variant Frontotemporaldementia (bvFTD), primary progressive aphasia, Pick’s disease, corticobasal degeneration,and progressive supranuclear palsy. Typical symptoms include changes in personality and behavior and difficulty with language.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the most common human form of rare, fatal brain disordersaffecting people and certain other mammals. Variant CJD (“mad cow disease”) occurs in cattle and has been also transmitted to people. The disease is a rapidly fatal disorder which impairs memory and coordination, and causes behavioral changes.
Normal pressure hydrocephalus is a form of dementia that can sometimes be corrected. It is caused by fluid buildup in the brain and cause difficulty walking, memory loss and the inability to control urination (urinary incontinence). The surgical installation of a shunt in the brain to drain excess fluid can help to correct the problem.
Huntington’s Disease is caused by a single defective gene on chromosome 4. Symptoms include abnormal involuntary movements, severe decline in thinking and reasoning skills, and changes in mood which can include irritability, and depression.
Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by a severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamine B-1). The most common cause is alcohol misuse. Memory problems can be severe, while other thinking and social skills are relatively unaffected.
Chuckle of The Month
submitted by Pat Dawson
A couple in their nineties are both having some short term memory loss.
While in for a check-up the physician says that physically they’re okay but since they are having trouble remembering things, they might want to start writing things down.
Later that evening, they’re sitting and reading when the husband gets up.
“Would you like anything from the kitchen?” he asks. “Some vanilla ice cream”, his wife replies. “Okay.”
“Shouldn’t you write it down so you don’t forget it?” she asks.
“Don’t worry. I won’t forget.”
“Well”, she says. “A few raspberries on top would be great. You want to write that down?”
“I’ve got it, honey. A bowl of vanilla ice cream with raspberries on top.”
“And chocolate sauce too. Maybe you’ll forget that. Want me to write it down for you?”
A little miffed, he replies, “I’ve got it! Ice cream, raspberries and chocolate sauce. I don’t need it written down for gosh sakes!”
He waddles out to the kitchen. A half hour later, he comes back with a plate of ham and scrambled eggs, and gives it to his wife.
She stares at the plate for a few seconds, then says, “You forgot my toast!”