Monthly Archives: January 2011

Warm up in January

visiting Sertoma Butterfly House

A tenant approaches a tropical butterfly on an outing to the Sertoma Butterfly House.

Sioux Falls Senior Living
If you want a dose of some hot temps in the middle of a Sioux Falls winter, the Sertoma Butterfly House is the place to be. And best of all, Primrose will provide your transportation and a group of your friends to join you!

Sertoma Butterfly House is home to over 900 tropical butterflies and is open year round. Visitors can walk the trails in the conservatory and look at the amazing species of butterflies from all over the world.

Outings like this are frequent at Primrose Retirement Communities. Over the past year we have enjoyed picnics at Falls Park, taken a bus tour of Newton Hills to see the changing foliage, visited EROS data center, taken bus tours to see the holiday lights, visited the Pettigrew Museum, tried our luck at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, had pie and ice cream at the Apple Orchard, shopped at almost every venue in Sioux Falls, and much more!

Come visit us at Primrose Senior Living to learn more about the different outings, activities, events, and more that we offer every day!

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"Sign-sational" Classes Begin at Primrose

Signing class at Primrose

Ruby Williams (ambassador), Nancy Van Loon (ambassador), Mabel Fennimore, Jean Swanson and instructor Aspen (standing)

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Ruby Williams, Nancy Van Loon, Mabel Fennimore, Jean Swanson and Linda and Ken Neslund

Wasilla, Alaska, Retirement Communities
January has brought more than snow and wind to the Wasilla Primrose. We have introduced two new classes to our activities schedule: Chair Line dancing and a Sign Language class.

Chair Line dancing involves learning different line dances from a seated position. The first dance learned is the Macarena. The class practices together once a week in preparation for the upcoming Sweetheart’s Dance on February 11th, 2011. The idea for the class came from one of the residents who is in a wheelchair. She stated that she’d love to learn how to line dance but all the dances require tons of moving and jumping. So with a little bit of creative liberty, the Life Enrichment Coordinator tweaked some of the dances so that anyone can do them from a seated position or a wheelchair.

The Beginning-Level Sign Language class was added because some of the residents have difficulty speaking due to a variety of reasons. The Signing skill gives all the residents an ability to communicate with each other. The class has been super popular, with folks from all over the Matanuska Valley coming in to watch Aspen the instructor teach phrases like: “I need water, please!” and “hello, my name is _______.”

Primrose residents say that it has been so much fun to not only learn a new language but also to “practice” during regular conversation and at lunch with the staff.

To find out more about senior classes 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 Walks the Runway!

Primrose Fashions

Fashionistas Velma Jean and Chillie

Primrose fashions

A very stylish Nancy Van Loon

Wasilla Senior Living
January 14th, 2011. She nervously shifts her weight from one foot to the other. Then the cue is given to begin, and all the anxiety melts away as Nancy Van Loon struts her stuff on the Wasilla Primrose Runway for the first annual Primrose Fashion Show.

The Wasilla retirement community’s fashion show featured staff and residents from Primrose, with fashion clothing graciously donated by Younique Boutique.

A few days before the big event, Nancy Van Loon, Velma Jean McGraw, Chillie Pace, Ginny Jacobson and Bernice Vinnette went to visit Megan at Younique Boutique. They spent several hours trying on all sorts of outfits before settling on the ones used for the show. One of the gals remarked that it was like being a little girl again and playing dress up.

When the fashion show began, each lady took a turn strolling down the runway, some walking casual and free while others really gave a show!

Velma Jean looked like a natural as she mugged for her adoring fans! And Ginny Jacobson strutted like she’d been doing this for years.

One of the highlight outfits of the fashion show was Bernice’s gorgeous cream and rose dress (which she immediately purchased afterwards). Chillie Pace, the resident bargain hunter and fashionista, looked absolutelymahvelous in a shimmery black ensemble that was perfect for dancing.

Several community members came to see the beautiful ladies in their lovely outfits, and they had a great time visiting with the residents afterwards. The event proved fun and entertaining, and all of the residents wished to say ‘Thank you’ to Megan at Younique Boutique for the use of her clothing. The community is planning another fashion show for this Fall!

To find out more about senior living and 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 Senior University Opens

Primrose Senior University

PSU students study unique topics

Council Bluffs Senior Living
Class is officially in session for the residents of Primrose in Council Bluffs, Iowa! Primrose Senior University had its first class, otherwise known as “syllabus” day, which is the day both the instructor and students talk about expectations for the next four months, as well as plot an outline of the course study. (In this case, the teacher will do just as much learning!)

Not an educational institution by trade, Primrose recently created several “universities” at other Primrose community locations with the goal of teaching topics that are fun and interesting to learn — stuff that’s not normally taught in schools (especially not at the university level).

The first lesson will be on word and phrase origin: Ever wonder where the phrase “he/she is a basket case” or “till the cows come home” or “three sheets to the wind” came from? Although people use phrases like these nearly every day, the phrases’ unusual and peculiar origins are almost always unknown yet perfectly fascinating!

Another class will study the greatest presidential stories never told. Did you know that there was a U.S. president who skinny-dipped every morning before he began his day in the oval office?

To find out more about lifelong learning 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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Welcome 2011!

Primrose New Years

Primrose tenants gather for social time as they ring in the New Year

Primrose New Years

Jessi and tenant Duane show off their New Year’s Eve attire

Sioux Falls Primrose
Mother Nature decided to welcome 2011 with a huge white blanket of snow and a lot of slick roads. Living in the midwest, we come to expect that sort of weather. Lucky for us, a little blizzard wasn’t enough to stop the residents of Primrose from getting together and celebrating the New Year with a bang!

Warm and cozy in the Primrose Grand Room, a large crowd gathered to celebrate with appetizers, beverages and best of all, social time with friends.

Winners for the 2010 Christmas Door Decorating contest were recognized for their holiday spirit, along with Resident Volunteer of the Year awards for 2010. Their hard work does not go unnoticed and is appreciated by all of the residents and staff of Primrose.

A New Year’s Eve champagne toast was delivered by Lou, our activities director, welcoming in 2011. New Year’s hats and noise makers were in full force!

We look forward to another great year and are very glad that we were able to start the new year out warm and cozy inside. That’s just one of many perks of living at Primrose… Having your friends under the same roof so you never have to plan your day around the weather!

To find out more about celebrating New Years 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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Touching the Heart Through Art

artist Malia Kroh

Malia Kroh talks art

Malia Kroh producing art

Malia Kroh produces art

Malia Kroh producing art

Virginia and Joyce next to paper mache sculptures

Mankato Primrose
Art gives us a mental boost, whether by appreciating the works of others or by the self satisfaction of creating something worthwhile. Either way, art can be a powerful tool toward having fun!

With that in mind, the Mankato Primrose recently hosted an Art Exhibit by inviting local artist, Malia Kroh, to come and share her work. Malia brought in paintings as small as 8 inches tall and as large as 5 feet tall. She also brought several paper mache sculptures of life-sized children, done in various poses as if sitting in a classroom, listening to a story.

Malia’s presentation included telling the residents about her background: where she went to school, where she got her inspiration from and the different techniques she uses to produce her unique art. Afterward, Malia worked on a painting in front of the group.

To find out more about art 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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Busy Holiday Festivities for Wasilla Primrose

Mat Su Santa Cop

Two local police officers and Santa

Wasilla Primrose Staff

Wasilla Primrose Staff

Velma Jean McGraw and her son in law

Velma Jean McGraw dances with her son in law

Choir

Cantora Arctica Choir

The Wasilla Primrose had a busy December!

Friday, December 10th we had our beautiful 2nd Annual Christmas Gala to benefit the Santa Cop Program. Mat Su Santa Cop is a program that was started by Investigator Donna Anthony of Palmer to provide resources to seniors of the Mat Su valley who may otherwise be alone or unable to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Their mission is to provide gifts, food, and Christmas-day companionship to local Valley seniors who do not have family or who do not have resources to make this day a reason to celebrate and otherwise may be alone.

We had many members of the community come to celebrate with us, including several officers from both the Wasilla and Palmer Police Departments. Chef Matt and the local Job Corps students created an amazing spread of food including cheesecakes! The local band Element 47 provided the music that everyone danced to, and even Santa took time out of his busy pre-holiday schedule to come by and say hi. Above and beyond all the fun we had, Wasilla Primrose also saw a huge outpouring of donations from the community to donate to the Santa Cop Program — gifts and donations that are desperately needed this year. It is amazing and heartwarming to see our wonderful community pull together and support a fantastic organization.

Monday December 13, 2010 brought the amazing Cantora Arctica Choir to our home. Cantora Arctica was founded in February of 2001 by conductor Janet Stotts. The group of mostly Mat-Su Valley women are of all ages and backgrounds, joining energies once a week to sing! The group performs two full-length concerts every year — one at Christmas and one in the spring — and is frequently heard at various civic and community functions.

Cantora Arctica has performed concert tours throughout the State of Alaska, as well as in Europe. In the summer of 2004, the group performed in Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg and England. Cantora Arctica plans to travel to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in November of 2009 on an Advent Tour.

For the third time this year, they came to sing just for Wasilla Primrose! This time around the song selection was primarily Christmas themed, but we did get some breathtaking opera pieces, a great solo by one of the members, and a few rounds of old favorites such as “We Three Kings”, “O Holy Night” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. The entire crowd here at Wasilla Primrose sang along with all our hearts. The hour-long concert ended much too soon, but was so enjoyed by all. As everyone began to head back home, more than one voice could be heard humming the melody to one of the beautiful songs we had heard this evening.

To find out more about holiday festivities 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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Square Dancers Perform at Primrose

square dancers

Square dancers entertain

Sioux Falls Primrose
Square dancing brings back lots of memories for the tenants of Primrose Retirement Communities of Sioux Falls. Thoughts turn to barn dances, hay bales, dance callers, and even some romance!

Primrose brought these memories to life with the Shirts & Skirts Square Dance Club. Eight dancers performed to a full house in the Primrose Grand Room.

The favorite part of the evening for many of the tenants was when Community Manager Melissa and Activities Director Lou participated in a dance. New to square dancing, Melissa and Lou appreciated being cheered on by the audience!

The dancers wrapped up the evening by enjoying cookies and coffee with the tenants and listening to square dance stories. One tenant recalled that her father used to be a dance caller and she remembered attending many dances when she was young. What a great way to share memories!

To find out more about entertainment 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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