You are on page 1of 12


A Publication of the Armenian Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Emerson, NJ April/May/June 2011

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan visits the ANRC: Details Page 8-9

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

Welcome To Our Home

Andrew Torigian

Hye Doun Editorial Board

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

he Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) is extremely pleased to welcome two additional members to our Board of Trustees who are very qualified to serve. We welcome them with open arms knowing that they will be a great addition to the Board. This brings our Board back to its full complement. Our first new member is Sonia Mardinian, RPH, who has an extensive background in providing consulting pharmacist services to long-term care facilities. She is able to coordinate all pharmaceutical activities and provide guidance to medical and nursing staffs. Sonia has worked at various nursing homes in the New York metropolitan area. She was a teaching assistant and a laboratory instructor at AUB and has been a licensed professional since Sept. 1977. It is interesting to note that with all the nursing homes she knows, Sonia chose to bring her mother to the ANRC several years ago and visits her on a regular basis. Our other new member Nabil (Bill) J.Nouri is a senior executive with proven success in general management and operations with many clinical laboratories. He was for many years president of Nichols Institute Diagnostics, a fully owned subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics. Bill is currently Chief Operating Officer of Manhattan Physicians Laboratories and his extensive background is well suited to the needs of ANRC. Our annual meeting this year is on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 6:30 pm and we invite our members to come and meet Sonia and Bill as well as Dr. Nora Tossounian and Greg Toufayan who also joined our Board recently. The meeting agenda includes updates on our building project in which I am happy to say we are still on schedule and will have some pleasant and important news for all. In May of this year we lost a former Board of Trustees member Berge Talanian. Berge was a very active member of the Board but had to resign a year ago due to illness. He served as our Assistant Treasurer, as a Member of our Investment Committee, and as Auditor for the Home. We send our deep condolences to his wife and family and will sorely miss Berges important contributions to the ANRC. 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.

2 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011

From the Administrators Desk

Patience is a T
Matthew L. Russo, LNHA, Administrator hank you again for taking a few minutes of your day to read our newsletter. There are a lot of developing issues with our home all are geared towards progress. While the new building project has been talked about for many years, it is right around the corner. Either we build as originally proposed with the town, or build it as recently modified from the original plan and place it in our open field. One thing is for sure, groundbreaking is highly likely in 2012. Now some of you may be scratching your head and asking, Matt, I read your Spring 2010 column last year and you said groundbreaking for the future home appears less than one year away. That would be about now! Whats going on? Wheres the progress you preached? When are you going to break ground? Stop talking and start producing! I hear you. Our numerous dictionaries define patience as the quality of being patient, as the bearing or provocation,

learned a lot from the Board and I encourage all members of the home to attend our ANRC Annual Meeting on June 23rd at 6:00 p.m. where questions from the floor regarding this topic are available for discussion from members. You will like what you hear, and youll receive solid reasoning why the project is being handled with the prudent thinking and commitment to due diligence this home rightfully deserves. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didnt take a moment to say goodbye to our former Assistant Treasurer, Berge Talanian, who left us all just a few short weeks ago. I, as well as members of the Board and the home were

If youve attended our annual meetings over the past 6 years, you witnessed firsthand how well we have done clinically and financially leading to our resurgence.
annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. All of us have been waiting patiently. If youve attended our annual meetings over the past 6 years, you witnessed firsthand how well we have done clinically and financially leading to our resurgence. You also will have witnessed leadership changes throughout the years which have had a direct impact on our production, again - for the better. For anyone who may doubt, hold reservation, question, or wonder if our replacement project will occur I tell you this: The Board of Trustees at the Home exhausts every angle, will turn over every leaf, and will examine every avenue imaginable before they will officially decide to pull the trigger on our project. Its a practice everyone close to the home should appreciate and trust in. American author and Motel 6 spokesman Tom Bodett sums up my personal dealings with the Board regarding our replacement building when he said, There are differences between school and life. In school, youre taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, youre given a test that teaches you a lesson. Ive privileged and honored to work alongside him. All of us at the ANRC send our most heartfelt sympathy to the Talanian family during this hard time. Please remember him in your prayers. His quiet demeanor and methodical approach while serving the home will be sorely missed. q

Please Save the Date:

Friends of the Armenian Home (FAH) Luncheon on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, N.J. - details to follow.

HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011 3


Its Replacement Time

Ahmad Jamal, Physical Therapist

Armenian Home

Unites For A Cause

rom the last few decades, due to marked development in medical and surgical science, joint replacement is being performed frequently and successfully by the orthopedics. Out of these, the most common are Hip and Knee joints. The indication of joint replacement varies from case to case, like a complicated fracture that is difficult to heal by other measures and severe osteoarthritis with prolonged chronic pain. Few other factors are also important in consideration and future prognosis are age, other medical condition(s), motivation and prior level of function. In general, orthopedics and therapists will encourage you to use your new joint shortly after your operation and you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially you will walk with the walker, crutches or cane recommended by your physical therapist. You will also go through extensive rehab programs to strengthen your muscles and to regain your balance and functional independence that may range up to few weeks or months. Infections, blood clots, and certain movements like crossing the legs and twisting in hip replacement may put strain on the new joint and should be avoided during initial post-surgical phase. CPM (continuous passive motion) machine is also used for the first few days after knee replacement to maintain range of motion. The age span of replaced joints varies from one to few decades. All those who want to choose joint replacement as an option should first consult their medical doctor, orthopedic and post surgical rehab team. In ANRC, we are fully trained to deal with patients of joint replacement as sub-acute rehab. .q
4 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011

Beth Aymar MSW, LSW

recently attended the Alzheimers Associations 2011 Education and Research Conference for the Greater New Jersey Chapter held at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. This is an annual conference held to educate and inform those working in the medical field of new concepts and directions in Alzheimers research and care. This year, the attendees had the pleasure of listening to presentations from various speakers including author Michael Tucker & his wife Jill Eikenberry. The couple is best known for their roles on the hit series LA Law however, on this day they discussed how their family was affected by Jills mothers diagnosis of Alzheimers disease. The experience led Michael to write the book, Family Meals: Bringing Her Home. With the wonderful addition of having a real-life example of the challenges that are dealt with in the face of this disease, the conference provided an up close and personal view of Alzheimers and the steps that we, as a greater community, can take to provide support and care to the millions of patients and family members affected. In order to do our part, the Armenian Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has created a team that will participate in the upcoming Walk To End Alzheimers on October 23, 2011 at Van Saun Park in Paramus. Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 for the Alzheimers Association. We encourage everyone to get involved either by joining our team and walking with us or through donations for this wonderful cause. If you would like to help us reach our goal through donations or by joining our team, you can visit http:// We hope you will join us to honor and support the millions affected by Alzheimers disease. q


Foot Care

grows out. Afterwards, cut the nail straight, not on a curve. 4) Hammer Toe: Toe is unnaturally bent and becomes claw-like when the tendons contract causing the toe to bend down while middle joint sticks up. Intervention: Wear wide shoes with rubber or flexible soles, felt pads and padded (foam) toe sleeves can also ease the discomfort while walking. 5) Calluses: Repeated pressure causes the skin to harden forming a callus or a corn. Intervention: Soak your feet in warm water to soften skin. Use a pumice stone or callus file to remove skin. Protect the area with bandage until skin heals. Also wear proper fitting shoes.

Shakeh Bautista, RN, ANRC Director of Nursing

he average person walks approximately four to five miles every day, even more if the job requires walking. The single best thing to do for your feet is to listen to little aches and pains and seek treatment before it becomes a big problem. There are five common problems that you might be able to alleviate with simple non-medical intervention.

Important: Avoid these interventions if you are 1) Bunions: High heels and pointy shoes can diabetic. Always seek the advice of your doctor if actually change the shape of your foot. This causes you are in doubt.q the bone that sticks out to rub against the inside of your shoe forming thick, rough and painful tissue. Intervention: Wear properly fitted soft leather, low-heeled shoes with lots of toe room. You can also buy a bunion pad to ease pressure and pain.

Received with Thanks

Donations to the Armenian Home Mr. Haig Boyadjian Miss Virginia Hajeian Mr. & Mrs. Hacik Sariminasyan Total $2,040.00 In Memory of Kevork Tasciyan Mr. & Mrs. Moris Ayaz Ms. Mary Gelin Mr. Alex Joharjian Mr. & Mrs. Nurhan Kirmizioglu Mr. & Mrs. Hagop Yassian Ms. Linda Yassian Mr. Migirdic Yigikurt Total $490.00

2) Heel Pain: This pain is usually caused by inflamed ligament along the bottom of the foot. Repeated stress to the bottom of the foot tears the tissue from the heel bone causing pain. Intervention: Change to supportive, low-heeled shoes and rest to decrease the inflammation. Also massaging your feet daily and doing calf stretches can strengthen the tissue. 3) Ingrown Toenail: Pressure on the toe, tight shoes and improperly cut nails can make corners of the toenail curl down, cutting into the soft tissue and causing swelling and pain. Thus, an ingrown toenail begins to form. Intervention: Soak the toe in warm (if not contraindicated) water to soften the nail. Then using tweezers, if you can, raise the nail to insert a small amount of cotton to keep the nail from cutting the skin. If necessary, repeat this daily until the nail

In Memory of Mesrob & Elizabeth Najarian Ms. Rose Najarian Total $25.00
HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011 5

Activities Corner

Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

1, 15, 29 - Barbeques 4 - Independence Day Party 13 - Mary Kay Facials

Zepyur Grigorian, Activities Assistant he Armenian Genocide took place on April 24th, 1915. It has been over nine decades and the Armenian people still feel and show their pain and respect towards the Genocide. In Armenia, hundreds of young men and women show respect with a Memorial Walk towards Dzidzernakabert. This special day is symbolized with lit torches being held up high in their hands. It is emotionally very heartbreaking for Armenians to acknowledge that many countries still do not accept and recognize the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian people do not want to be known only for the Genocide. Armenians are people of rich history, culture, language and known for their valuable trades. Our people also include many talented dancers, musicians, craftsman and highly educated professionals. We have always and will always continue to acknowledge and express great respect and honor to the memory of the innocent lives lost to the Genocide. On April 24th, 2011, in memory of the Armenian Genocide, a community of priests, along with the Hamazkayin Childrens Chior and Akhtamar Dance Group visited the Armenian Home. The Memorial included many prayers and the lighting of the incense. The Hamazhkayin Choir sang beautiful religious songs. Their delightful voices touched the hearts of the residents, staff and visitors. The Akhtamar Dance Group performs national and cultural dances which express great energy and affection for all. We are very blessed to have them visit our home to display their talents to the delight of our residents! q
6 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011

12 and 26 - Barbeques 3 - Hawaiian Luau 10 - Residents will make Ice Cream Sandwiches 12 2:30 to 4:30 Quiver Farm Animal Show

5 - Labor Day Celebration 13 - Senior Picnic 21 - Armenian Independence Day Party
Please call ahead of time if you would like to attend as dates and time may change at time of printing.

n March 13th members of the St. Gabriels Assyrian Orthodox Church youth group, Hackensack, NJ visited the home to provide support to our residents with Activities and lifted their spirits! We thank the youth group participants for the compassion and love they spread throughout our Home!

Requiem Service for the Armenian Genocide

n May 23,1965, the fiftieth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) unveiled the Armenian Genocide Monument in front of the Buildings entrance. It was the first of its kind in the Armenian Diaspora. Each year since then, the ANRC has had a Requiem Service for the 1,500,000 Armenian Martyrs who were slaughtered by the Turkish Ottoman Empire. This year the ANRC was pleased to have present for the Requiem Services, the Very Reverend Father Vasken Karayan, Pastor of the Holy Cross Armenian Church, of Union City, NJ; Reverend Father Diran Bohajian, Pastor of Saint Leon Armenian Church of Fair Lawn, NJ; Dn. Ryan Tellalian, Pastoral Intern at Saint Leon Armenian Church, and Dns. Charles Pinajian and Hacik Sariminasyan of Saint Leon Armenian Church. It was a very moving experience with many present having tears in their eyes. Andy Torigian thanked the Clergy profusely for their Requiem Service. q

Andy Torigian, President of the ANRC and Chairman of the Board giving a background of the Armenian Genocide to the Residents and Visitors before introducing from left to right; Dn. Ryan Tellalian, Pastoral Intern at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ; Very Reverend Father Vasken Karayan, Pastor of Holy Cross Armenian Church in Union City , NJ; Rev. Father Diran Bohajian, Pastor of St. Leon Church; Dn. Charles Pinajian of St. Leon Church; Dn. Hacik Sariminasyan of St. Leon Church.

his past quarter our LNHAs son, Matthew C. Russo gave a presentation to our residents on the human skeletal system. Entitled Lazy Bones, Matt drew a detailed diagram of the entire skeletal system and labeled each bone from skull to phalanges while in art class. Every bone was discussed as well as the importance of what we need to do to protect our bones and keep them healthy! Thank you Matt for bringing this important health care topic and sharing your time with our residents!

ANRCs Administrator Matt Russo with his son Matthew C. Russo

HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011 7

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan,

Prelate of the Easter Prelacy Visits the ANRC

n April, 20, 2011, four days before Easter, the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) in Emerson, NJ had the distinct pleasure of hosting once again the visitation of Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian Pastor of Saints Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, NJ; Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian Pastor of Saint Illuminators Cathedral in New York City; and Rev. Fr. Narig Terterian of Saint Sarkis Church in Douglaston, NY. The Archbishop and the Clergy began the services with the participation of the Residents singing together the Lords Prayer in Armenian. Then it became a very joyous occasion as Archbishop Choloyan began the Blessing of the Bread, Water, and the Salt. Those present knew that the message given by His Eminence was one of Hope and Salvation which gave them great gratification and comfort. Upon completion of the liturgy, Archbishop Choloyan went to each resident as each one of them was eager to kiss the Cross. Madagh and Grapes were served to all and brought an end to a very inspirational service. Andy Torigian, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ANRC expressed his deep appreciation to Archbishop Choloyan and thanked him and the clergy for their uplifting visit. q

From L to R: Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian Pastor of St. Illuminators Cathedral, NYC; Rev. Fr. Narig Terterian of St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, NY; Andy Torigian, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ANRC; H.E. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America; Linda Amerkanian. Secretary of the FAH Ladies; Matthew Russo, LNHA, Administrator of the ANRC; Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian Pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, NJ

8 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011

NRC residents were treated to the exquisite music by The Ani Kalayjian Trio. Led by Violinist Sami Mardinian, the Trio played classical music that stopped the pedestrian traffic of our Home in its tracks! We are very thankful for their performance and cannot thank them enough!

he Akhtamar Dance Group visited the ANRC on April 30th and performed Armenian dance routines and delighted our residents. We thank the Akhtamar Dance group for spending their time with us that day and we welcome them to visit us again soon!

HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011 9


n April 26th The Hamazkayin Childrens Choir visited the Home and performed for our residents. Many thanks to the group and their program coordinator, Vagharshak Ohanyan for his continued commitment to our Home. The event was received with thanks and smiles by all! n April 11th some ANRC residents were taken out to lunch and visited Empire Hunan for Chinese food in Fair Lawn, NJ. Seated left to right: Sona Doudoukjian, Rose Ghelibolian, Volunteer Genovena Matos, Activities Asst. Zepyur Grigoryan, Miriam Katchaturian, Mildred DeFrancisco, Rose Costanzo, and Gilbert Gerard. We also want to say a special thank you to Aero Ambulance for their donated service of transporting our residents on our outings! Ambulette transports can be costly and they have donated their vans for this service to our Home for many years without charge!

n April 7th the Home held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the volunteers who assist us with our day-to-day operations. Whether its assistance with feeding a resident, bringing the Good News of our Lord along with the Eucharist, or simply helping out the Activities Department with trips out of the building or turning over a bingo chip, these volunteers have earned our respect and admiration and we humbly thank them from the bottom of our hearts! Standing left to right: John Hogan, Father Miles, Nancy Petramale, Kevin Mulvenna, Rev. Rose Mary Perry, Christian Perry, Minister Carl Perry, Genovena Matos, Joan Zeman, Alice Hortian, Steve Hortian, Bob Sardanopoli, Vivian Thibou, Hugh Thibou, Karen Riede, and Ed Heaney.
10 HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011

The Way We Were Troupe visited the Home on March 13th and presented HellOOOO Ellis Island play by Hourig Papazian Sahagian. The play depicted a group of Armenian Genocide survivors in the 1920s who are climbing up the gang-plank of a ship bound for Americathe land of dreams. These voyagers hail from the towns and villages of their Historic Armenian Homeland. They are among the fortunate few who made it to steerage in this vessel bound for Ellis Island. These immigrants express themselves through song, dance and traditions.

Louis Najarian, Hourig Sahagian and Gregory Kazanjian L to R: Group picture: Last row, Louis Najarian, Helen Houri Boyadjian, Mike Fenarjian, Alice Movsesian, Levon Manuelian, Gregory Kazanjian, Lynn Mahlebjian and Mike Azarian Second row, Linda Amerkanian, Gladys Fenarian, Viktorya Sariminasyan, Hourig Sahagian, Yester Garabedian and Mary Azarian Front row: Hermine Manoukian, Araxie Boyadjian, Connor Kazanjian, Noubar Kazarian and Hachik Sariminasyan

L to R: Levon Manuelian, Hachik Sariminasyan and Mike Azzarian

L to R: Gladys Fenarjian, Lynn Connor Kazanjian Mahlebjian, Yester Garabedian, Helen Houri Boyadjian, Levon Manuelian and Mike Azarian, Seated: Gregory Kazanjian

L to R: Mike Fenarjian, Araxie Boyadjian, Linda Amerkanian, Mary Azarian, Hermine Manoukian, Hachik Sariminasyan, Viktorya Sariminasyan, Gladys Fenarjian and Lynn Mahlebjiian, Seated: Alice Movsesian and Charles Amerkanian
HYE DOUN | April/May/June 2011 11

Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

70 Main Street Emerson, NJ 07630

Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage U.S. Postage PAID PAID Paramus, NJ Emerson, NJ Permit # 246 Permit # 4

To All ANRC Members:

The Annual Meeting of the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ANRC) will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the ANRC in Emerson, NJ. Your attendance is important to ANRC. Review and an update will be presented as well as future plans of ANRC. Refreshments will be served.

Related Interests