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2020 Renz Scholarship Applications Now Accepted

Applications are now being received for the James E. Renz Pinecrest Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000.00 scholarship strives to honor and recognize a graduating high school senior who intends to pursue an education in healthcare, social services, or ministry studies.

Eligible graduates will be either 1) a member of a congregation within the northern region of the Illinois and Wisconsin District Church of the Brethren; 2) or an Oregon High School senior; 3) or a Pinecrest employee or dependent; 4) or a home schooled or private school student from within the Oregon school district.

The Pinecrest Board of Directors established the scholarship, first awarded in 2014, to recognize the lifetime contributions of Mr. Renz, which include 40 years on the board, 24 years as secretary.

Download more about the requirements and the application here.

Questions? Email giving@pinecrestcommunity.org or phone 815-734-1710.

The application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Previous recipients of the scholarship were: Trevor Nelson (2014), Carly Stephens (2015), Carson Buck (2016), Jacob Cox (2017), Hope Croegaert (2018), and Jaques "Jake" Mennen (2019).

CNA Class Starts March 2020! Register Now.

Interested in a NEW CAREER for the NEW YEAR? How about becoming a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)?!

Through a unique partnership with Pinecrest Community, Highland Community College will be holding a CNA course this spring at Pinecrest Grove Community Center (500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris.) 

Orientation is Thursday, March 5th from 9-11 a.m.
Class runs 3/10-4/9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Clinical runs 4/14-5/7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tu 07:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and Thursday 6:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Contact Highland Community College's admissions department today at 815-599-3414 to register or discuss costs and financial aid!

Pinecrest Issues Social Accountability Report

While Pinecrest has been serving our community since our very creation, it is counter to the values of the Brethren to boast about our good works. In this modern society where some take advantage of not-for-profit status, we must set aside this modesty and give an account of our impact on the community. For this reason we have created our very first Social Accountability Report.

Alzheimer's Providers, Caregivers, Appeal for Help

Editor's Note: Pinecrest is a primary provider site affiliated with the Southern Illinois University Memory and Aging Network. Pinecrest staff gathers data assessment information for their research center. The university asked Pinecrest, among other organizations with which they partner, to help spread the word about state budget cuts impacts to regional memory care services. A post from their website is reported in its entirety, below, with links.

April 9, 2015
'Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers Will Suffer'
Alzheimer's Providers, Caregivers Appeal to Citizens for Help
Thousands of Illinoisans could soon lose access to care and resources provided by the Memory and Aging Network, a system of providers who care for Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients, led by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD). Proposed state budget cuts totaling $1.5 million and the end of a three-year transitional payment would end clinical services for thousands of patients and educational programs to families, caregivers and health providers in extremely rural areas in 93 southern, central and northern counties.
"Without funding, not only will our dementia patients throughout Illinois suffer, but our caregivers will lose as well," said Tom Ala, MD, interim director of the SIU School of Medicine's Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in Springfield. "When our caregivers don't receive the support or training they need, patients are more likely to end up in costly assisted living or elder care facilities, which cost nearly eight times more than home health or adult day services."
Illinois residents can contact their legislators to ensure Illinois' continued support for Alzheimer's care and research. To find the names of state representatives and senators representing your area, visit http://goo.gl/tTyBDx. For more information, visit www.siumed.edu/news/actnow/alzillinois.

Pinecrest Community Launches "Color Me a Memory"

Mt. Morris – (April 23, 2015) ― Pinecrest Community, a pioneer in elder and memory care in Northwest Illinois, has launched its long-planned "Color Me a Memory" watercolor art painting program for the memory impaired. It is hoped the activity, a grant-funded pilot program, will promote more joy, less agitation, and memory retention or recall.  Anna Marie Castle CMaM 1ForWebsite

"Color Me a Memory" is led by a mix of specially-trained staff and volunteers. Sessions are observed by students from NIU who are studying in related disciplines. The pilot's success will be determined by residents' indications of interest, joy and participation as observed through a variety of cues. Staff is also monitoring participants' behavioral changes at other times.

Jamie Mayer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University's School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders, is heading a scientific study of the project, which will be the best way to ensure whether the program is beneficial. Pinecrest hopes to help facilitate its spread to other memory care sites in Northwest Illinois. Activity directors in a variety of sites have indicated interest in the program, which is conducted with specific guidelines designed to meet the emotional needs of those in memory care.

"What I find so exciting about this type of research is that it dovetails with the strides rehabilitation professionals have made in the last decade or so regarding therapy possibilities for those with Alzheimer's disease and similar dementia types," Mayer said. "We now know that there are a number of activity-based protocols that can positively impact quality of life for individuals with dementia and encourage maintenance and utilization of cognitive and communicative skills," she said.

Roger Goodspeed, M.D., retired, of Freeport, Ill., an accomplished watercolor artist, is one of the several volunteers who will be working in the Pinecrest pilot program. In March, volunteers and staff were trained by artist and Alzheimer expert Ms. Susan Frey of Golden, Colo., who runs an Alzheimer's Association project that is similar.

"With Alzheimer's much has been lost, but much remains," Frey said. "The process of painting a picture leads to reminiscing and stories. Often, out comes a memory such as 'the time I took my scout troop to visit the liberty bell' or 'oh yes, we made May baskets every year, filling them with candy and delivering them to all the neighbors,' " she added. "The process of creating can take the artist to a place beneath the dementia and express a piece of who they are."

The A. Charles and Lillemor Lawrence Foundation, based in Chicago, committed to fully funding the pilot in October.

Pinecrest Granted Money For Alzheimer's Work

For Immediate Release  Mt. Morris, IL – (November 17, 2014) ― Pinecrest Community, a pioneer in elder and memory care in Northwest Illinois, announces it has received a foundation grant to fund a specialized pilot program that seeks to help those with memory loss remember better through watercolor painting.

This memory-care residents’ activity ― called “Color Me a Memory” ― at Pinecrest Terrace, will be guided by a specially-trained art docent, Susie Frey, B.F.A., of Boulder, Colo. In addition, Roger Goodspeed, M.D., retired, of Freeport, Ill., an accomplished watercolor artist, is one of the several volunteers who will be working in the Pinecrest pilot program. Ms. Frey is trained to teach those stricken with memory issues and will lead the project. The program is one of the first of its kind in Northwestern Illinois. Read the entire press release here: Color Me A Memory Funded


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