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Hye Doun

A Publication of the Armenian Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Emerson, NJ July/Aug/Sept 2011

The 2011 ANRC Executive Staff

The Presidents Message

Board of Trustees
ANDREW TORIGIAN President of the Home and Chairman of the Board of Trustees TED TAKVORIAN, Esq. Vice President PETER BONJOUKLIAN Treasurer JOHN VANISKHIAN Assistant Treasurer KHOREN NALBANDIAN, RPH Recording Secretary ANNETTE TAMALIAN-ALMOND Corresponding Secretary H. CRAIG FROONJIAN, DMD Ombudsman SONIA MARDINIAN, RPH NABIL J. NOURI NORA ZABEL TOSSOUNIAN, MD Board Members GREG TOUFAYAN Alternate Board Member MATTHEW RUSSO, LNHA Administrator JAN MRANI, M.D. Medical Director

Andrew Torigian
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the officers of The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) listed to the left of this column. Each of these individuals was unanimously elected to his or her position and together they make a wonderful, cooperative team. I also wish to congratulate the newly elected and re-elected members of the ANRC Board of Trustees, Ted Takvorian, Esq., Nora Tossounian, M.D., and Sonia Mardinian, R.Ph. Welcome again to all of you. This is, in addition, the appropriate time to thank our various Committee Chairs for the outstanding jobs they have been doing and I extend my personal thanks and congratulations to Greg Toufayan (Construction Committee), John Vanishkian, (Real Estate), Peter Bonjuklian (Finance Committee), Ted Takvorian, Esq. (Legal Committee), Annette Tamalian-Almond (Personnel Committee), Craig Froonjian, D.M.D, (Ombudsman), Khoren Nalbandian, R.Ph., (Fundraising), Bill Nouri, Sonia Mardinian, R.Ph., and Nora Tossounian, M.D, (Home Care). Let me also take this opportunity to thank all the members of the ANRC who were present at our annual meeting. It was a remarkable event with good news coming from all those who made their reports. We hope to see you again next year with even better news. The care provided at the ANRC not only helps our patients recuperate and function more independently, but also makes certain they know best how to take care of their personal health needs. Our patients are cared for during their stay by a nursing staff that is second to none. Under the dedicated leadership of Matt Russo, the ANRCs Administrator, our nurses are able to devote themselves to the well being of each and every patient and do all they can to make them feel at home. Indispensible to this effort is the Director of Nursing Shakeh Bautista,RN and our Patient Coordinator Maggy Petrosian,RN who keep all our RNs, LPNs, CNAs well informed and up to date. Our nursing service is one of the reasons our ANRC once again maintained its four-star rating after a surprise inspection by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services last month. With plans for the Homes new building underway, the ANRC will further expand its ability to be the best facility of its kind in Bergen County and greater New Jersey. We thank all our Members, Friends, and Supporters who have given their constant support and encouragement, and I would like to extend special thanks to the Friends of the Armenian Home (FAH) for their tireless work and assistance. The ladies of the FAH have always been there for the Home and we are more grateful to them than words can convey. q
The Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center sits on three spacious acres nestled in wooded, suburban Emerson, Bergen County, NJ. Our Address is: Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 70 Main Street, Emerson NJ 07630 Phone: 201.261.6662 Fax: 201.261.5509 You are invited to call and make an appointment to discuss the individual needs of your loved one. Directions: By Bus: Port Authority: Bus #165 to Emerson By Car: Exit #165 on Garden State Parkway. Right turn onto Oradell Ave. Left turn onto Kinderkamack Rd. Turn right onto Main St. Follow contours of road. Home on left. From GWB: Take Route 4 to Kinderkamack Rd. Right turn onto Main St. Follow contours of road. Home on left.

Hye Doun Editorial Board

Andrew Torigian Chief Editor Louisa Janbazian Editor Matthew Russo Advisor Olia Sileo Proof Reader Howard Torossian Photographs Layout & Design by Caspian Seal Printed by PRINTSOLUTIONS Englewood, NJ 201.567.9622

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From the Administrators Desk

They Havent Paid Taxes!

Matthew L. Russo, LNHA, Administrator ur quest for township approval to our amended the Armenian history. As a site plan began to unfold before the Emerson medical facility, we too can Land and Uses Board this past quarter on July be viewed as intellectuals to 21st and September 1st.. While neighbors objections some degree; its apparent. were being voiced aloud intermittently to deter progress, Highly educated physicians, it was the Armenians who were once again being nurses and therapists, as well as other accomplished attacked for their advancement. Gripes from neighbors about increased traffic, noise professionals up to and inand additional storm water damage to area homes were cluding our Board Members, easy to come by. However, one complaint in particular are routinely here. Additionthat evening occurred numerous times, stirring my ally, negative propaganda emotions and fortifying my convictions: Quite a few of has been vented with false and misleading claims through a small local newspaper. Public opposition is the grumblers cried out, They havent paid taxes! When township residents rebuked us by hollering being rallied and the Armenian way is being viewed as a threat to the welfare of many this battle cry, I felt that our nine Our founders had little once more. Ultimately, the seFounding Mothers were being maligned. Our founders had little when this home originated lect group of people would like to eradicate the problem. Does when this home originated but but we grew over the years, this sound familiar to you? we grew over the years, caring Thankfully for us and unfortufor thousands within this commu- caring for thousands within this nately for them, the rule of law nity, with noble, self-sacrificing community, with noble, selfand order will prevail this time. dedication. Many times over, it sacrificing dedication. Support for our cause has been was done without pay back then, and still occurs to this very day. Now, our 68 years of recognized by the renewed prevailing legitimacy of our charitable service were being narrow-mindedly dimin- operation, as well as the potential for improved community services and the character of the people behind ished. The protests are not based against Armenian eth- our history. The matter of Armenians and taxes paid nicity or religion this time around, but similarities do should not be used as a means for criticism. Converseexist between this battle, the past of our home and ly, it should hold a rallying point for us all. q

ANRC Elects Four New Members at the Annual Meeting

Last month at their annual meeting, the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) members elected Nora Tossounian, MD; Sona Mardinian, RPh; Greg Toufayan; and Bill Nouri to the ANRC Board of Trustees. They bring good experience from their various disciplines to the Board. At the annual meeting, plans were disclosed on the new building that will replace the current 95 year old structure. A very good team has been formed to carry out these objectives.
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Come Walk With Us! Come Walk With Us!

s reported in the last edition of the Hye Doun, the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is participating in the Alzheimers Associations Walk to End Alzheimers being held at Van Saun Park on Sunday, October 21, 2011. With the help of our staff, family members, and members of the community, we have raised $680 towards our $1,000.00 goal! We are always looking for more people to participate in the walk to help us reach our goal. If you are interested in walking with us please visit our designated team website at and click on join our team. There is no cost to sign up but a donation of any amount is encouraged. If you have any questions, contact me at (201) 261-6662. Come join us for a walk in the park to help this wonderful cause! q

Beth Aymar, MSW, LSW

GET MOVING! Alzheimers Join the ANRC team and walk to fight
What: Alzheimers Association Walk to End Alzheimers When: October 23, 2011 from 9 am 12 pm Where: Van Saun Park, Paramus, NJ

Lets work together to put an end to this devastating disease that is affecting millions, including many of our residents!

To donate or join please visit:

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Healthy Hydration
hile summer is here and we are spending a large amount of time outdoors, we must always be mindful of one important key to our health: Drink more water. Having a sip or two at the water fountain doesnt cut it. Each individual is different, but doctors often recommend the eight by eight rule of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to maintain or achieve optimal health. Drinking two 8-ounce glasses before every meal can help dieters shed pounds, likely because the water provides a feeling of being full. Eating foods high in water includes fruits, vegetables, soups and shakes that help fill the stomach and take longer to absorb than drier foods. Drinking water helps the skin remain elastic, giving it a more youthful appearance. Hydration helps your system remove toxins, stay regular, digest food, maintain proper body chemistry and temperature as well as helping to prevent high cholesterol. In short, water keeps you alive and kicking. Pain can be a sign that youre not getting enough water, too. This is due to the fluids not lubricating your joints well enough to keep them bending and turning smoothly. Drinking H2O before, during and after exercise can also stave off fatigue. When moms tell sick children to lie down and get lots of fluids, they know what theyre talking about. Staying hydrated strengthens the immune system, reduces the risk of infections and even helps protect against heart attacks. So drink up! q

Drink water to keep your body going

Maggy Petrosian, RN, Patient Care Coordinator

Received with Thanks

Donations to the Armenian Home Mr. Charles Babikian Montclair Beach Club, Inc. Total $ 325.00 In Memory of Seran Kazaian Mr. & Mrs. John Damergy Mr. & Mrs. Robert Damerjian Mr. & Mrs. James Dowling Mr. Richard Farishian Ms. Victoria Farishian Mr. & Mrs. Sarkis Fenarjian, Jr. Ms. Arleen Hintlian Mr. & Mrs. Donald Kafafian Dr. & Mrs. Melven Silverman Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sofia Mr. & Mrs. Christian Wymbs Ms. Eva Yazidjian Total $ 825.00 In Memory of Berge Talanian Mr. & Mrs. Christian Kasparian Total $ 500.00 In Memory of Alice Nazarian Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Boyajian Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cicchelli Mr. & Mrs. James Haddad Ms. Andrea Halejian Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Postian Total $ 210.00

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Activities Corner

Quiver Farm Traveling Animal Show

Sandy Cortelyou, Director of Activities and Linda Amerkanian, FAH Member

n the most beautiful, picture-perfect day of a after a rainy week, our Hye Doun hosted Farmer Eric Mart and the Traveling Quiver Farm Animal Show on Friday, August 12th. Taking place under a shady tree on the lawn of the home, the interaction between the residents, guests and employees was amazing. Animals small and large were available for the residents to see and pet. The farm brought a variety of farm animals including baby chicks, bunnies and goats as well as a donkey, one turkey and one sheep. Guinea pigs could be found, and a few ducks frolicked in a makeshift duck pond. A hen, as well as some roosters played along and a piglet spent most of the visit rooting in the dirt. A little golden rabbit was cuddled by resident Helen Taylor. The love she showed was truly heartwarming. She even asked me to please give her a picture that I had L to R: Linda Amerkanian, Bertha Vaniskhian & Maggy taken, so she could keep it in her room. There was another interaction with a special gobbler turkey. Our Petrosian. Patient Care Coordinator, Maggy Petrosian, held a conversation in Armenian with farmer Eric, giving way to many laughs and smiles. Funding for the Farm Show was provided by the Friends of the Armenian Home (FAH) and resident Barbara Boothbys son-in-law, Michael Sofia. Mr. Sofia donated his time and talent to create greeting cards available at the home for purchase. Proceeds from the greeting cards are directed to fund Activity program functions for the benefit of our homes residents. Mr. Sofia is also responsible for taking many of the pictures shown of the farm show viewed in this edition! Thanks to the members of the FAH and Michael Sofia, a memorable day was made. q

Chef Alan Fass petting a black baby goat.

L to R: Resident Helen Taylor holding a golden colored rabbit and Rose Costanzo.
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(background) Anna Illipronti, Helen Taylor, Rose Costanzo, (foreground) Zepure Mardekian, Rose Ghelibolian.

L to R: Rose Costanzo, Rose White, Zivart Bohossian, Zepure Mardekian. Tom the Turkey stands in the foreground.

Jerry Belmonte.

Miss Piggy.

L to R: Miriam Khatchadurian, Kenneth Buchner, Anne Hoydicz, Elizabeth Ufholz, Alma Sallustro, Jerry Belmonte, Gregory Chuzhin.

Miriam Khatchadurian and Kenneth Buchner look on. Photos courtesy of Michael Sofia
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In The Kitchen

5 Vegetables That Deserve a Second Chance

Alan Fass, Director of Dietary Services roccoli, carrots, corn, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoesall healthy vegetableswere each eaten by at least half of Americans at least once a week in the past month. Thats one of the findings from a recent nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The vegetables Americans eat leastartichokes, bok choy, eggplant, parsnips, swiss chard, turnips or rutabagas, and othersalso have a wealth of nutrients. Artichokes

Brussels sprouts An excellent source of folate and vitamins A, C, and K, as well as a good source of fiber, iron, and potassium. They are a great choice for children and pregnant women. Mustard greens

An excellent source of folate and vitamins A, C, and Especially high in fiber, folate, and vitamin K, they are a K, as well as a good source of calcium and fiber. They good source of magnesium and vitamin C as well. They are another good choice for children and pregnant or are a smart option for pregnant women or those trying menopausal women. to become pregnant, and for older adults concerned about blood pressure and blood sugar. Swiss chard Bok choy An excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, they are also a good source of calcium, folate, and potassium. Especially good choice for children and pregnant or menopausal women. One cup cooked has more iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E than any vegetable listed above. Again, it is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K and a good source of calcium, fiber, and vitamin E. Its nutrients are key for growth and immune system support. q

Father Daniel and the St. Nersess Seminary Youth Group visited our home on multiple occasions this summer. Prayers followed by singing, as well as sharing lunch and private time with our residents, is always deeply appreciated! We gladly thank Father Daniel and the youth group for their years of faithful support!
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Friends of the Armenian Home

The Calm After the Storm

Linda Amerkanian

n Friday, August 12, 2011, the most beautiful, picture perfect-day of a rainy week, the Hye Doun hosted the Travelling Quiver Farm Animal Show with Farmer Eric Mart. It took place on the lawn of the ANRC. Animals small and large were available for the residents to see and pet. The interaction between the residents, guests and employees was amazing. A little golden rabbit was cuddled by resident Helen Taylor. The love she showed was truly heartwarming. She even asked me to please give her a picture that I had taken so she could keep it in her room. There was another interaction with a special gobbler turkey. Maggy Petrosian, our R.N., had a conversation back and forth in Armenian and English with him. It was a riot and everyone was smiling to see this. FAH was

delighted to provide funding for this memorable day and hopes we can do it again soon. Friends of the Armenian Home will be hosting Autumn Luncheon on the Hudson on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, with cocktails starting at 11:30 am and lunch being served at 12:30 pm. We will have Heather Zwain, Fashion Editor of 201 Magazine, Bobbie Brown Cosmetics, fashion/ dcor vendors, a Chinese Auction and an interlude of music by cellist Elizabeth Kalfayan during the cocktail hour. It will be an afternoon to remember. The donation is $75.00 per person. For further information kindly call Alice Philibosian at 201/2420777 or Marilyn Bedigian at 201/664-2320. Your generosity is always appreciated with donations. Please make checks payable to FAH. q

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Friends Of Grace From The Korean Community Center, Englewood, NJ

n June 14th the Friends of Grace from the Korean Community Center in Englewood visited the home once again to conduct dance rituals and song rituals for our residents. The songs were only conducted for kings and queens of times past in Korea. The group was founded on the belief that ensuring good health and independence later in life relies on the efforts of all generations. We kindly thank the Friends of Grace for their years of support.

On June 15th three residents from the home visited the Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun Park in Paramus, NJ. Our zoo trips become a staple for our residents many times throughout the year.

Top L to R: Katie Chupak, Genovena Matos; Bottom L to R: Tom Trainor, Jack Karibian, and Rose Bedrosian.

Activities volunteer Genovena Matos, Jack Karibian, and Act. Asst. Katie Chupak.

Rose Bedrosian and Thomas Trainor.

Back in his prime, our resident Kenneth Buchner was a member of The Blue Chip Chorus of Bergen County. His son, David Buchner, assumed his fathers position along the years and brought the group to the home. Kenneth (seated, photo right) wasted no time and jumped right back in with the group performing alongside.
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On July 4th, Petty Officer James Cava visited the home for Independence Day to sing patriotic songs and salute our veterans and saluted all the different branches of the military! We thank him for his service to our country and his patriotic spirit displayed to our residents!

ANRC resident Mildred DeFrancisco was seen holding her great grandson, Greyson Michael Piccaretta, (8 mos.) this past June! Our Activities Department planned a lunch out at the Ridge Diner in Park Ridge, New Jersey, on July 13th. Pictured from left to right around the table are Zavart Bohossian, Roxy Krikorian, Cathy Haffler, Rose White, and our Activities Deirector Sandy Cortelyou.

On July 4th, Life Source Hospice visited the home and presented Army Veteran and ANRC resident Gilbert Gerard with the US Flag. This flag is certified to have officially flown above the US capitol in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2011.
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Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

70 Main Street Emerson, NJ 07630

Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Emerson, NJ Permit # 4

ANRC Board Members: Standing left to right: Craig Froonjian,DMD (Ombudsman);Nora

Tossounian,MD;Matt Russo,LNHA (Administrator); Sona Mardinian,RPh; Greg Toufayan; Sitting left to right: Khoren Nalbandian,RPh (Recording Secretary); John Vanishkian (Assistant Treasurer); Ted Takvorian,Esq. (Vice President); Andy Torigian (President and Chairman of the Board); Peter Bonjuklian(Treasurer); Annette Tamalian Almond (Corresponding Secretary). Missing from Photo, Nabil Nouri.