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1.10.18

Hyde Park Herald

Montgomery Place Resident Uses Art, Journaling to Retain and Share Inspirational Reflections

Montgomery Place resident Bill Gnatz uses art and journaling as inspirational memory aids. His works are on display in the art gallery at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive.

In the 1960s, Montgomery Place resident Bill Gnatz saw the transformation of Woodrow Wilson Junior College from a school enrolling mostly Caucasian students to Kennedy-King College, now serving students of all races. During the civil rights era, he became instrumental in transforming the curriculum to include African-American history as well as other social science courses focusing on African-American issues.

He also marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., here in Chicago and in, Selma, Ala. “It was a very exciting time,” said Gnatz, who retired from a 30-year career as an assistant professor for City Colleges of Chicago. He also taught in Ghana for one year.

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Montgomery Place Resident Uses Art, Journaling to Retain and Share Inspirational Reflections

1.1.18

Messenger

January Montgomery Messenger

A poet welcomes 2018, asking “Who turns the page?” There are 11 bus outings, days of live musical performances in the East Room and evenings of music on CD in the Lounge. The new Director of Resident Engagement is introduced. The Wellness Staff promotes good health with, “wash your hands!” A resident describes the Japanese love of cleanliness.

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12.27.17

Hyde Park Herald

Montgomery Place Carolers

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park entertained residents at Montgomery Place by performing Christmas Carols selected by Montgomery Place Resdients.

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Montgomery Place Carolers

12.20.17

Hyde Park Herald

Montgomery Place Resident Shares Knowledge of Skincare and Fragrance Industry Tips for Holiday Gifts

Have you ever wondered who writes up the information printed on folded slips of paper that come in boxes containing bottles of fragrance or moisturizers or other cosmetics?

Montgomery Place resident Anne Cifu spent a good portion of her life interviewing scientists to understand active ingredients in Estée Lauder products so she could describe the benefits on these ubiquitous slips of paper. She also wrote ads for magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio. When she wasn’t writing for all these media, she was hiring or working with copywriters who were. At one point, she exerted sway over decisions concerning free handbags offered with Estée Lauder products.

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Montgomery Place Resident Shares Knowledge of Skincare and Fragrance Industry Tips for Holiday Gifts

12.1.17

Messenger

December Montgomery Messenger

A recent arrival reflects on her transition to Montgomery Place. Twelve musical events in the East Room, from children’s choirs, to the lighting of Hanukkah candles, to a classical concert, are planned for the holiday season. One contributor explains the importance of the common earthworm, and another explains the importance of the uncommon linguist, Noam Chomsky.

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11.22.17

Hyde Park Herald

Sleep Expert Shares Tips to Help Older Adults Address Insomnia

Unlike many working adults and young parents who experience sleep deprivation, many older adults have plenty of time to sleep yet they experience insomnia. For this group, sleeping pills and nightcaps definitely are not the answer, according to Lisa Medalie, PsyD, CBSM, who five years ago, established the clinical program for insomnia at The University of Chicago Medicine. “Sleeping pills increase the risk of falling and cognitive problems for older adults. And, alcoholic beverages disrupt the sleep cycle.”

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Sleep Expert Shares Tips to Help Older Adults Address Insomnia

11.3.17

Hyde Park Herald

Montgomery Place Resident Inspires Coffee Hour for Veterans, Urges Empathy and Respect for Men and Women Who Serve

Shantha Monippallil M.D. will be leading a discussion titled “Coffee, Conviviality and Courage: A salute to our neighborhood’s veterans” on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. During the event, Monippallil, a Montgomery Place resident and a physician who has treated over a thousand veterans, will welcome all veterans living and working in the Hyde Park area and express her gratitude for their dedicated service.

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Montgomery Place Resident Inspires Coffee Hour for Veterans, Urges Empathy and Respect for Men and Women Who Serve

Chicago Tribune

The Call of Duty | Veterans Share Their Wartime Experiences

Stan Moore, 88, a resident of Chicago’s Montgomery Place retirement community, didnt know that gathering intelligence on an enemy country would lead to a growing interest.

After graduating from Beloit College in Wisconsin in 1951, Moor, formerly of Minneapolis, enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a corporal stationed in Bad Aibling in Bavaria, Germany. As a voice intercept officer, he gathered military intelligence on the Russians during the Korean War.

To Help Moore, the Army sent him for Russian language classes.

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The Call of Duty | Veterans Share Their Wartime Experiences