Michael Pane was awarded the 2018 “Distinguished Educator of the Year” Award through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. This is a national recognition for his “dedication, passion and transcendent delivery of the NCCDP Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Curriculum.” We are tremendously proud of Michael for this accomplishment and his continued efforts to better the lives of our residents though education.

As AB Tech undertakes the restoration and renovation of the historic Ivy building on its Victoria Road campus, alumni and friends of St. Genevieve/ Gibbons Hall are seeking to honor their longtime teacher and headmaster Joseph M.Lalley, now a resident of Deerfield with his wife Nancy.

The Ivy was designed and built in 1936 as an auditorium/ gymnasium for the St. Genevieve schools that thrived on Victoria Road from 1908 - 1987. In 1987, AB Tech bought the property and utilized campus buildings for several years. Now, after the Ivy has stood in disuse for a number of years, AB Tech has received a state grant to finance part of the refurbishing; additional funds are being raised through contributions from alumni and friends of the schools. The building will serve as a site for meetings, lectures, and receptions and will house offices of the AB Tech Foundation.

St. Genevieve/ Gibbons Hall graduates Andrew ’76, Leonard ’78, and Robert ’81 Blum have announced a dollar-for dollar $50,000 challenge gift to name the main floor of the restored building in honor of Joe. As Leonard has noted, “We all recall that Joe took great pride in and nurtured not only the school but also each individual student. Joe cared deeply about the students and faculty as the lifeblood and mission of SG/GH. He also did everything the school needed to survive and thrive. Whenever there was a need, he was teacher, coach, bus driver, in addition to fulfilling a greater-than-full-time role as headmaster and fundraiser.”

For the 34 years of Joe Lalley’s association with the St. Genevieve schools, he taught math and coached virtually every sport, served as assistant head and headmaster of Gibbons Hall (1957-69), and as headmaster of both Gibbons Hall and St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines Academy (1969-71) and of the merged SG/GH (1971-84).

Under his leadership, the schools underwent significant changes as the Academy closed in 1971 and St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall opened as an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational day school for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Those who were part of the merged school family throughout its existence recognize that Joe’s dedicated and unflagging commitment to the school was critical; without his intense faith, unstinting energy, and perseverance to maintain high standards, SG/GH could not have survived.

The Ivy was the center of the schools that thrived on the Victoria Road campus from 1908 – 87. “The building now serves as a symbol of those schools,” notes Stuart Camblos SGP ’66 and co-chair of the Ivy Renovation Project Steering Committee. “The restoration of the ‘Ivy Building’ will continue providing opportunities for current and future A-B Tech students and the community, while weaving the important history of St. Genevieve’s and Gibbons Hall into Asheville’s tapestry.”

For more information on the Ivy building restoration project visit: https://www.abtech.edu/donate

Our residents love to participate in United Way’s School Supply Drive each year because it’s such a practical way to support local students. We filled 150 backpacks last year with supplies that would help 150 students start their year off the right way. Now in their third year participating, Deerfield residents are already looking forward to this opportunity to give back to local students in need.
“We choose to collect money, buying the supplies and backpacks ourselves,” shares Michelle Wooley, Director of Philanthropy. “We then hold a packing party and with each completed backpack we know that we are impacting student success. Coming together as a community reminds us what is possible when you work towards a common goal and we can’t wait to see how many students we can bring some love to in 2018!”
For the full story from United Way, click here: http://www.unitedwayabc.org/helping-local-students-backpack-future


Although Americans are living longer today than ever, that quantity of years can be higher in quality. People who live in the so-called Blue Zones– which researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world and include Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – have several “secrets” to their longevity. They move their bodies a lot, they have strong social circles, and they are committed to their families and communities.

The Blue Zone centenarians’ diets often look like this:
• They stop eating when their stomach is 80 percent full to avoid weight gain.
• They eat the smallest meal of the day in the late afternoon or evening.
• They eat mostly plants, especially beans, and eat meat rarely (only a handful of times per month), in small portions.
• They drink alcohol moderately and regularly–approximately 1-2 glasses per day.

The saying goes, “You are what you eat.” So are you ready to make some simple changes to your diet in order to increase your odds of making it to 100? Here are few of the common foods (which are available at American mainstream grocery stores) that were popular among the centenarians in the Blue Zones:
• Legumes (especially chick peas, lentils, and fava beans)
• Eggs
• Goat and sheep milk and cheese
• Almonds
• A variety of fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal
• Small amounts of fish or other lean meats
• Herbs and spices like turmeric, fennel, and garlic
• Green tea, soy milk, and red wine

With delicious foods like these, the “Blue Zone diet” is one that just about anyone can follow! Improved nutrition and eating habits can reduce the incidence of preventable, obesity related conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Deerfield’s Health & Wellness Center is an integral part of life in our community. Making fitness a way of life is an attainable goal with our spacious aerobics room, weight room, a café/deli with healthful, delicious food choices, and the Riverwalk Spa. Our state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot glass-enclosed Aquatic Center provides beneficial year-round therapy and relaxation.

Here at Deerfield you’ll find your place to thrive, and incorporating some of the Blue Zone residents’ secrets to longevity can contribute to your overall health and well being in body, mind and spirit.

This article was written by Brad Breeding of http://www.mylifesite.net and is legally licensed for use.

Deerfield has just concluded the five year annual site visit for our CARF Accreditation process. The site visit is the culmination of a tremendous amount of deliberate hard work by staff, residents, contract providers, and our Board of Directors to assure that we are meeting the over 1300 standards that are established for high functioning Aging Service Providers. I am pleased to announce that at the exit review on April 25th the survey team cited that they were extremely impressed with our community, services, amenities and great value that we provide to our residents. The end result was that we received no recommendations for needed improvements! This is highly unusual and another confirmation of the dedication and commitment to continue to advance our mission to unprecedented levels. Only about 10% of all communities are CARF accredited and I am proud to be a part of the meaningful work that we do, and thankful for the unselfish commitment of our team.

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Providers that meet their standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Robert F. Wernet, Jr., President & CEO

Brian King, Deerfield Director of Health & Wellness, is very pleased to announce our recent Medicare annual clinical survey resulted in zero deficiencies! “We are incredibly grateful to our staff for their hard work and dedication resulting in our latest Medicare deficiency-free survey. We recognize that our success in this area is incredibly rare for the industry and appreciate the culture that has fostered this degree of recognition from our regulatory agencies. Our residents are, and will continue to be, the object of all our efforts, and in recognizing the success of our labors we are ultimately paying tribute to those under our care.”

Deerfield residents Marilyn and Bill Hubbard are actively involved in the vibrant Asheville community, known for its restaurants, galleries, shops, performance venues, outdoor activities, and breweries. Having lived in the area for nearly 20 years before moving to Deerfield in 2013, the Hubbards decided that volunteering for the Deerfield Relations Committee was the best way they could share their knowledge with new residents to help relieve their anxieties about the city, and enable them to enjoy its offerings. “I want them to be aware of what our local businesses and creative culture has to offer and how to take advantage of the opportunities,” said Bill. “I invite them to join our residents only ‘Local Music Scene’ email list which includes openings and events at music venues, museums and art galleries.” The Hubbards also created what they call “R and D” – Ride and Dine. By sharing rides with their new neighbors, eating together, and then enjoying an event, new residents become better acquainted with one another, as well as find new things to do in the area. “We provide them with a five-page introduction to Asheville that includes some history, maps and a list of our favorite area attractions, including brochures from several of the venues,” said Marilyn. “It’s sort of our version of Welcome Wagon!” The Deerfield community is known for its warm and hospitable atmosphere, and the Hubbards are an integral part of making that happen. They are passionately involved in the local area and eager to share that passion and knowledge with others who have chosen to make Deerfield their home.

You’re Invited!
Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 PM
Blue Ridge Room

Each Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until April 15, AARP Tax Aide is offering free tax preparation services in the Business Center in Haden Hall near the Riverwalk Café. No appointment is necessary. Phone 828-210-4542.
Please bring the following with you:
• Social Security cards for all who will be listed on the return
• Picture identification
• Last year’s return
• W-2 forms
• All 1099 forms
• Other tax forms including form 1095-etc.
• Detailed lists of receipts for any itemized deductions
• All college expenses and your 1098-T
• Complete brokerage statement
• A blank check for direct deposit or payment information