Monthly Archives: July 2010

Seniors Enjoy Campfire Singalong

Residents enjoy a campfire sing-a-long

Residents gather for campfire singalong

Residents enjoy a campfire sing-a-long

Residents sing, with Jerri Lindteigen on guitar

Bismarck Primrose
A break in July’s wet weather afforded residents an opportunity for a campfire singalong at the Bismarck Primrose. After dinner, the fire was lit and residents gathered around the back garden area to listen and sing along with Jerri Lindteigen, a local artist and musician.

Jerri strummed on her guitar as she led the group through a variety of songs including traditional hymns, well-known folk songs, and even some John Denver songs that Jerri changed the words around to fit the occasion.

The residents laughed, sang along, and clapped their hands. They also enjoyed cool drinks. S’mores were roasted on the campfire and passed out to everyone.

Jerri also played song requests. Several residents suggested some German songs, a reflection of their German heritage. Jerri did her best to strum some unfamiliar songs while the residents gathered around and sang in German. The residents are all looking forward to August’s campfire sing along.

To enjoy more campfire singalongs and find out more about senior living/apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Primrose Walking Club

Primrose seniors start walking club

Walking club strolls Bob Kerry “footbridge”

Council Bluffs Primrose
What a better way to enjoy a beautiful summer morning than to take a stroll on the longest pedestrian bridge to connect two states?

The Primrose Walking Club took a journey to the Bob Kerrey “footbridge” which is the link across the Missouri River from Omaha Nebraska to Council Bluffs Iowa that opened in the fall of 2008. The bridge is great for walking and biking enthusiasts because it connects to 150 miles of trails on either side.

The Primrose Walking Club has been up and “running” since the fall of 2009 and has since doubled in size. They walk everywhere from the halls of Primrose during the winter months to the local parks in Council Bluffs when the weather is nice. Their indoor walks are a great way to recruit new members into the club, especially when other Primrose residents see the club members passing by, and join in.

To some passersby the walking club looks like nothing more than a group of people chatting, however even the ten to twenty minute walk keeps minds and bodies healthy. Primrose encourages an active lifestyle because the benefits are endless.

To find out more about senior living and senior apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and active social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Seniors Participate in Older Adult Extravaganza

Residents enjoy Older Adult Extravaganza Event

Residents enjoy senior event

Zanesville Primrose
The theme of the 2010 Older Adult Extravaganza was the “Fabulous 50’s…Rock n Roll,” where exhibitors designed their booths around the 50s theme. Being no strangers to the 50s and having fond memories of those days, the participating Primrose seniors — who were all wearing their Primrose t-shirts — then got to vote on their favorite pieces of 50s memorabilia.

Primrose residents attending the event were: Tom and Jeanne Wheeler, John and Mary Alice Marling, Blaine and Josephine Kocoloski and Hariett Chambers.

The Older Adult Extravaganza was sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, and was designed for adults over 60 and their caregivers. Participants received free health screenings and information on local agencies that provide services.

Karaoke entertainment was provided by Bill & Barb Marling (son and daughter-in-law of Primrose residents John and Mary Alice Marling), and the event also displayed exotic animals from the Columbus Zoo, and cuddly critters from the Animal Shelter. Food, games, door prizes, information and giveaways contributed to the fun atmosphere.

Jeanne was the proud winner of a beautiful hanging basket arrangement. When she got home she displayed it on her patio at Primrose for everyone to see. Everyone enjoyed the outing, but as they all said at the end of the trip “It’s always nice to go, but can’t wait to get back home to Primrose.”

To find out more about the senior living extravaganza at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Primrose takes on Bear Paw

Residents and staff attend Bear Paw Festival

Residents and staff groove at Festival

Staff participate in Bear Paw Festival

Staff finds their “groove”

PrimRosie participates in Bear Paw Festival

PrimRosie makes an appearance

Wasilla Primrose
Every year the community of Eagle River, Alaska, hosts the Bear Paw Festival, a delight of vendors, parades and events for all ages. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Bear Paw Festival, and the theme was “Groovin’ with Bear Paw”.

The Wasilla Primrose Retirement Community decided that they too, could ‘groove’ with the Bear Paw Festival and entered into the parade. A contest was held to officially name the Primrose Entry, and the winner was “Oldies but Goodies”.

Several residents and staff then made signs and decorations on the Thursday before the parade. Bright and early on Saturday, July 10th, residents and staff got out of bed, dusted off their tye-dye and drove the 20 minutes or so to Eagle River.

There they decorated the Primrose Van in style and walked in the parade with Prim-Rosie, greeting the hundreds of people lining the streets. Bright sunny smiles made the otherwise overcast day a sunny affair.

To find your groove at Primrose and learn more about senior living at its finest, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Residents Visit Whoville

Residents visit Whoville

Residents visit “Whoville”

Residents visit Whoville

Kids and donkeys greet visiting seniors

Residents visit Whoville

Seniors enjoy tractor rides

Residents visit Whoville

Open fire pit cookout

Residents visit Whoville

Homemade food tops off the day

Duluth Primrose
Primrose seniors had an exciting outing to “WhoVille,” an intriguing acreage up in Nashwauk, Minnesota.

The property belongs to a Primrose resident’s family member (Lynda Cass, daughter of Roy & Marge Johnson). The visitors were greeted by the two family dogs — advice: don’t start throwing them a ball, or your day will be gone — guinea hens, chickens and a rooster who actually does the “Moon Walk” (the rooster did not once walk forward)!

Other greeters were a cuddly farm cat, and of course, the kids and 4 miniature donkeys who were not at all shy, either.

The residents toured the 20 acre farm, enjoying tractor rides, seeing a hunting shack fit for a king and “Lake Who” which is stocked with fish for the next fishing trip.

“Lake Who Municipal Garage” is right beside the lake, and the Primrose seniors saw that it had farm equipment and a man’s dream of toys on display.

The lunch spread was enormous with homemade sloppy joes, baked beans, chips and fresh key lime pie (accompanied conveniently by s’mores out on the fire pit and homemade chocolate chip cookies.) In no uncertain terms, a good time was had by all. The ride home was quiet because it had been a hugely big day for everyone!

To find out more about senior living adventures and senior apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Jim Armstrong: Man-About-Town

Jim Armstrong

Jim Armstrong

Duluth Primrose
Whether you’re having lunch at Primrose, joining us for an event, or attending a function elsewhere in Duluth, chances are you’ve seen (or heard) Jim Armstrong.

Here at Primrose Retirement Community, we count on Jim to keep us entertained with his great accordion music, to make our announcements at lunchtime, to choose and play our movies twice a week, to manage our monthly pizza parties and, basically, to keep things running smoothly for our residents! (Especially after office hours.)

A Primrose resident himself since 2004, Jim is a friend to all and a real man-about-town. When he’s not taking care of his senior activities at Primrose, he’s off playing his music at other senior communities and functions. Thank goodness he lives here, so we get to share most of his time!

Before his retirement in 1990, Jim spent 38 years in the military. Upon retirement, he spent 13 years putting yearly tours together in Germany and Europe, which may explain why he knows his way around wherever he goes! Since retiring, he has continued to be active in many Air Force retiree associations as well as keeping busy in Fredenburg Township board business.

In his “spare” time, Jim is an avid walker and enjoys visiting friends and relatives. Thanks for all you do, Jim — we’re lucky to have you at Primrose!

To find out more about senior living and great people like Jim at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Seniors Attend Glenn Miller Festival

Primrose Residents visit Glenn Miller Museum

Residents visit Glenn Miller Museum

Council Bluffs Primrose
On Saturday, June 12th, five Primrose residents and two staff members took a road trip to Clarinda, Iowa, to attend the Glenn Miller Festival.

Glenn Miller was a very popular jazz musician during the Swing Era, and he was born less than a hundred miles from Council Bluffs!

What a fantastic trip it was! Laura Sutherland, the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Primrose, put together the trip and reaped the rewards when a great time was had by all.

Their first stop was at the newly-opened Glenn Miller Museum. The residents said the museum was like a “walk down memory lane!” They also took a tour of Glenn’s birth home, where he spent most of his younger years.

The definite highlight of the day was the concert provided by the Glenn Miller Orchestra Band. The evening of music was complete with a stop for dinner at a nice hometown steakhouse.

To find out more about senior living/apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Young Students Learn from Experienced Retirees

students visit Primrose Retirement Community

Students learn from older generations

Sioux Falls Primrose
Recently, students from Sioux Falls Christian Middle School visited the Sioux Falls Primrose Retirement Community to learn more about older generations. As part of the students’ service project, they learned factual accounts of South Dakota history and culture from tenants who personally experienced much of the history.

Retired seniors and students all enjoyed the opportunity to visit and share stories with each other, and one tenant’s storytelling magnetically drew many students to his side.

To end the afternoon on a perfect historical note, everyone enjoyed root beer floats in community’s 1950’s-style ice cream parlor.

To find out more about senior living and senior apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Container Gardening at Lancaster Primrose

Lancaster Primrose residents garden with containers

Residents enjoy container gardening

Several Lancaster residents were talking about all the fresh vegetables they enjoy in the summer time, so a few of the master gardeners decided to try a “container garden.” Executive Director Tom Wyszynski donated all the plants to their project.

So far they have some beautiful tomatoes, broccoli and peppers — everything seems to be growing fast. Container gardens make gardening possible for all the residents who enjoy getting their hands dirty along with the rest of the community.

The retirement community can be proud of all its flowers. The residents help with deadheading all the flowers to keep them beautiful and healthy. Not too long from now they will be eating and enjoying their harvest in their gazebo and pondering what they would like to get into for fall. Happy Gardening!!

To find out more about senior living/apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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Primrose Sewing Club Contributes to Local and Worldwide Community

Residents contribute to communities local and afar

Primrose Sewing Club

Zanesville Primrose
Their motto is “it takes a community to make a community,” and their sewing projects have benefitted the local hospital and helped wounded soldiers on the war-torn battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They’re the ladies of the Sewing Club at the Zanesville Primrose Retirement Community, and their sense of community keeps them focused on helping people locally and afar.

These retired women have always had an interest in sewing. They gather in the Primrose café a couple of times a month and also in their apartments to work on “sewing projects,” with donated fabric from Bryan’s Interiors — they always have a huge supply of donated fabric remnants on hand.

One of their most distinctive projects began when they found out what typically happened to injured soldiers on the battlefield: the wounded soldiers didn’t have any clothing to put on before being taken to the hospital — most of the time they were covered up only by a piece of paper. This was a real eye-opener for the sewing club.

The result: “Wounded Soldier Bags,” which were drawstring bags that had pockets on the inside. The bags were fairly large and were supplied with items that the troops needed — like t-shirts, underwear, socks, toiletries, slippers, and sweat pants — which were donated by the local Lions Club and Girl Scouts.

With donations of fleece fabric, the Sewing Club made blankets to send to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They did purchase some fleece so they could make at least 40 blankets. They enjoyed this project and felt rewarded every time they received a letter from a soldier thanking them for the “little piece of home.”

The latest sewing project involves making various size teddy bears for the Pediatric unit at Genesis Hospital, along with other child-connected services.

The Sewing Club looks forward to its next sewing projects, and its resident members enjoy that they are contributing to local and distant communities.

To find out more about senior living/apartment homes at Primrose, contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!

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