Monthly Archives: October 2010

Council Bluffs Primrose Kicks Off Assisted Living Week

Assisted Living Week at Council Bluffs Primrose

Primrose Kicks Off Assisted Living Week

Johnny Ray Gomez

Musician Johnny Ray Gomez provides music

Primrose Chef at work

Primrose Chef grills burgers and hotdogs

Council Bluffs Primrose
Primrose of Council Bluffs celebrated Grandparent’s Day on Sunday September 12th to kick off National Assisted Living Week. Residents, their families and much of the Council Bluffs community attended the celebration with great food and entertainment on a beautiful fall day. Primrose chefs grilled up some burgers and hotdogs with all the fixins, and over 250 people were served!

Not only was the food delicious but the entertainment was just as good by local musician, Johnny Ray Gomez.

Residents spent the afternoon outside on a gorgeous day with their families.

Grandparent’s Day started off the weeklong celebration of National Assisted Living week which is always celebrated the second week of September. This year Primrose held its annual bonfire on Wednesday. Participants sat around the campfire and roasted marshmallows for s’mores while singing many songs. The residents remarked how they hadn’t sat around a campfire for nearly a hundred years….joking of course!

Celebrants ended the weekend with entertainment at social hour, officially named “The Night Club” even though it starts at three o’clock in the afternoon The residents were entertained by a nephew of one of the residents while they enjoyed a glass of wine.

Grandparent’s Day along with National Assisted Living Week are wonderful celebrations that Primrose residents look forward to each year.

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 Cottages Celebrate Assisted Living Week

Irene Ragels

Irene Ragels celebrates 99th birthday!

flower arrangement making

Floral arrangement-making demonstrated

floral arrangement

Floral arrangements on display


National assisted living week for the 2010 year began on September 12th and ended on September 18th. Many exciting activities were planned throughout the Primrose communities. The residents at Primrose Cottages enjoyed a watermelon feed on Grandparent’s Day, food and flower demonstrations, an amazing birthday party, and many more. Socializing and great laughs were brought about this week with family members.

Irene Ragels, a resident at Primrose Cottages celebrated her 99th birthday on September 14th. Irene was granted “Queen for the Day”. Irene celebrated her birthday with friends and family, along with music by Lois Junker. Friends were excited to sing and dance along to the entertainment.

One more activity that the residents had greatly enjoyed was a flower demonstration by our local Kessler’s floral department. Many different types of flower arrangements were demonstrated from choosing the right vase to topping it off with a unique item of choice. Arrangements were inspired by holidays, birthdays, seasons, special events, and many more. As every resident watched an arrangement being created they were even more excited to be able to take one home at the end of the demonstration.

Assisted living week gives friends and family an opportunity to celebrate special activities with residents living at the Aberdeen Primrose Cottages.

To find out more about assisted living 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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Aberdeen Primrose Celebrates Assisted Living Week

card making

Card making demonstration

Memory Lane Music

Music provided by Memory Lane

cake decorating

Cake decorating demonstration

handcrafted quilts on display

Open House Quilt Show

Aberdeen Primrose
The week started with a family member doing a demonstration on card making. She brought enough material so each resident could make two beautiful fall cards. Everyone was busy preparing to mail their cards. Some thought the cards were too pretty to mail so they instead hung them up in their rooms.

Music for the week was performed by Memory Lane, including vocalists, guitar players and a saxophone player. The group had a foot-stomping good time.

Later in the week, a cake decorating demonstration was held. A family member came in and decorated a surprise birthday cake for her Grandma. Everyone enjoyed a piece of delicious carrot cake and coffee.

The week ended with an Open House Quilt Show. Everyone enjoyed hot cider and cookies while looking at all of the homemade quilts, many of which were handcrafted by the residents.

Primrose would like to thank all of our families for making our Assisted Living Week such a great success. That is what Primrose is all about — Family!

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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The Lemon Club

Lemon Club participants

Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil…

Council Bluffs Primrose
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Primrose of Council Bluffs is taking this meaningful saying to a whole new level. They have recently created the Lemon Club to improve the quality of life of their residents.

Why the Lemon Club, you ask? Well, a collective group of positive thinkers wanted to turn negative thinkers (who were sometimes labeled “lemons”) into positive and optimistic individuals.

There have been many studies done on positive thinking and how it can prolong life and make it more enjoyable. According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, there are many benefits to positive thinking such as increased lifespan, lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress. These benefits apply to all age groups.

Which explains why the Lemon Club was instituted. Primrose residents are encouraged to talk about sour situations that they have experienced or are presently going through, and the collective group plays a vital role in influencing a positive perspective on the matter. The result: many peoples outlooks on life are improved, and positive thinking becomes a reinforced second nature.

To find out more about positive living 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 Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

team colors

April and Mel wearing their team colors — Go Vikings!

consortium

The “Guys Table” at the Hawaiian Luau

artwork on display

Pearl showing some
of her artwork at the talent show

artwork on display

Jeanne and Martha sharing stories about their rummage sale items

Bismarck Primrose
The Primrose of Bismarck takes time each year to celebrate National Assisted Living Week. The week was filled with fun activities and special events, and each day of the week featured a special theme.

Starting with Monday, the residents showed their Primrose Pride by wearing cranberry and cream colored clothing. Primrose T-shirts, cranberry scarves, and all shades of maroon lined the hallways. Later in the day, they enjoyed their regularly scheduled bingo game, but with many unique prizes.

On Tuesday, everyone wore their favorite team or school colors, which got their competitive juices flowing during an afternoon game of Primrose Family Feud. The assisted living residents made up the teams and the independent residents were the “survey of 100 random people”. The game was fun and ice cream sundaes were served. At the end of the game everyone won a $100,000 (the candy bar, that is).

On Wednesday, everyone dressed up in Hawaiian to kick off the day. Before the evening meal, they had a Hawaiian Luau in the coffee room. The room was decorated with flowers, grass skirts, tropical grab bags, and luau music was playing in the background. Some yard games were set up, and once everyone arrived tropical trail mix, fruit punch and pina coladas — all garnished with pineapples and drink umbrellas — were served. Residents and their guests visited and enjoyed the treats. A polka-themed supper followed the Luau. Marv Zander, a favorite accordion player, entertained while everyone dined on traditional German foods.

Thursday marked the day for the formal 4th Annual Talent Show, where everyone wore a tie or scarf. Talents ranged from quilting, painting, crocheting, and rug making. At the end of the show Harry Berg, a former auctioneer, auctioned off an assortment of items to the group.

Everyone finished the week on Friday by wearing their pajamas to breakfast. Later in the day, they enjoyed a Gospel Tunes Concert, donuts, and coffee.

To find out more about celebrating every week 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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Elvis Visits Wasilla Primrose

Elvis tours the Wasilla Primrose

Elvis tours the Wasilla Primrose

Rockin at Primrose

Rockin at the Wasilla Primrose

Wasilla Primrose
On Friday August 13, 2010, to kick off Elvis Week, the Wasilla Primrose Retirement Community dusted off their blue suede shoes, got out their best gold sunglasses and shook, rattled and rolled with Elvis! Elvis Week is celebrated the third week in August as a celebration of the life of Elvis Presley. Elvis passed away on August 16th 1977 at his home in Graceland. To celebrate all things Elvis, fans across the world mark this week with dances, impersonations and their favorite Elvis tunes. The Wasilla Primrose was no exception.

Martin James with Alaska Professional Entertainment entertained the Wasilla Primrose seniors with a wonderful mix of 40’s-60’s music, and some great Elvis tunes. The residents had a wonderful time, as did many folks from the local community! Elvis even made an appearance; singing, dancing and taking the time to pose for pictures with everyone before he “left the building!” There was good food, great music and lots of laughter. Everyone danced their way home at the end of the evening, humming an Elvis tune and smiling.

To find out more about Elvis touring 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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Colts Tailgate Party at Anderson Primrose

Anderson Primrose
The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders stopped by the Primrose at Anderson for a photo-and-autograph event.

Contributing to the Colt’s theme: Colts’ apparel was provided by St. John’s Health Systems gift shop. Stadium-style food like brats, hotdogs, BBQ sandwiches, chips, nachos and Culver’s Colt’s Blue ice cream filled fans appetites.

DJ Mama Mia provided music for the event. Door prizes, carriage rides on the Colt’s “Fan Wagon”, dancing, vintage cars, and tours of the Primrose Community made the occasion a one-of-a-kind event.

Anderson Primrose Colts tailgate party

Tailgate Party for the Colts, and Cheerleader Photos and Autographs

To find out more about enjoyable senior living 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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Zanesville Primrose Celebrates Second Anniversary

2nd Anniversary celebration

Primrose Staff Rocks to the 50s

2nd Anniversary celebration

Poodle skirt cake

2nd Anniversary celebration

50s classic cars

Zanesville
Primrose of Zanesville celebrated their Second Anniversary 1950s style on September 15, 2010. The staff was dressed for the occasion, in their poodle skirts and saddle shoes. Poodle skirts were a popular attire for women in the 1950s because they allowed for easier dancing, by letting the skirt twirl when the woman was being spun around.

Tents were set up on the front lawn and ice cream parlor style tables and chairs were set up throughout. Everyone enjoyed cheeseburgers, fresh cut fries, root beer floats, popcorn, music, dancing and a classic car show. The crowd also enjoyed cake as a part of the celebration: the cake was molded to look like a 1950’s style poodle skirt, and was designed by Nancy Argo & Meghan Murphy from the Primrose kitchen in Zanesville.

About 340 people attended the event, including Primrose residents, families, friends, community members, people looking to live at Primrose and many more. With “Rock Around the Clock” echoing in the background, the 2nd Anniversary party at Primrose got off to a great start.

Thirty classic cars lined the front parking lot and sparked interest for everyone. The evening brought back many memories to many in attendance, especially Primrose residents.

Executive Director Shala Steinman thanked everyone for coming out and celebrating the special occasion. She shared the excitement they have in being a part of the great Zanesville community for the last two years.

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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