Monthly Archives: January 2012

Happy with Move to Primrose

Art Lesage

Primrose resident Art LeSage

Duluth Senior Living Communities

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 13th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

I moved up to the Duluth area in April of 2009 after my wife had passed away. I had been living in a senior independent living complex in Alexandria for a couple of years and really enjoyed it. I moved from there to another “independent living” complex in Duluth which was spacious and nice for the first year and they decided to change things. It became more like a nursing home.

I had heard about Primrose through my daughter and so I decided to check it out. I made many unexpected visits to this place and was always welcomed. I was invited to a wine and cheese party to tour the building.

The staff was fun and nice. The apartments seemed like home to me. They have all kinds of activities here and treat us like adults with life left to live not like a place to park while we die. I love the staff and am very happy with my move.

by Art LeSage
Duluth Primrose

To find out more about the senior lifestyle at Primrose, please 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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Keeping Busy at Primrose

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Primrose resident Tory Alexander

Lima Senior Living Communities

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 12th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

Years ago as I was living here at Primrose, my husband Alex was living at home at the time. He surprised me one day.

He came over and told me he was going to move to Primrose so we could be together. He was getting tired of living alone. So why not make the change.

He soon showed Carla that he was not one to sit around as a resident. She started him painting the wood work and he was good at showing others around the building. Primrose was new and still had work to be done. He spent many hours painting halls and spent time looking for good movies for those that watch them on Saturday.

My husband liked to play pool with Al in the Pub/ Game Room. Alex was a people-minded person he wanted to do right by others.

Alex had two types of cancer and he kept that to himself, but he kept going and doing things to help keep his mind off of it. He may be gone but he loved it here. I enjoy Primrose but I see myself slowing down. I would not think of leaving here. I would tell anyone that I have been here all these years and have never had a bad moment, I love it here.

by Tory Alexander
Lima Primrose

To find out more about the beautiful people at Primrose, please 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 Butterfly Garden is Enjoyable

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Primrose resident Jane Donovan

Duluth, MN, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the eleventh installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

I do miss the good old days when I lived in my own home, but as I look out at the snow falling on the gazebo, I relish in the thought of all my new friends and my cozy apartment here at Primrose. One of my favorite things is that the Garden Club was able to have a butterfly garden — YES! We planted WEEDS! The monarchs came and we all enjoyed them!

by Jane Donovan
Duluth Primrose

To find out more about the cozy lifestyle at Primrose, please 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 is the Place to Be!

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Primrose resident Betty Britton Estes

Lima, Ohio, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the tenth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

When my husband passed away in the year 2000 I sold our home and went to a senior living condo. I only stayed there for two years, because my rent raised $400.00 a month in that 2 year period. I decided to find another place and did for practically the same thing and half the price I had been paying.

I was in that condo for nine years. Every Monday I fix meals to heat up all week in the microwave. On March 26, 2011 I went to the hospital then to the Nursing home for rehab. I was back and forth to the hospital five times and then the nursing home 4 times.

While there my family checked out retirement homes and narrowed it down to two. I chose Primrose which they said was actually their choice also.

When I left the nursing home on July 28, 2011 my family had already moved my stuff in. I am very happy here. Everyone is so kind and pleasant. The staff is wonderful as are the other occupants. I have not met anyone that is rude or mean. No longer do I eat leftovers for a week.

There is always something going on. I have learned a lot of new games which I love doing. There are music programs. We have our own ice cream parlor, movie theater, pub, hair salon, exercise room and library. I get my cleaning and washing done. So what more could you ask for?

When people ask me how I like it? I tell them if you have to be in a retirement home Primrose is the place to be!

by Betty Britton Estes
Lima Primrose

To find out more about senior apartment homes at Primrose, please 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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Wasilla Primrose Known for its Hardy Residents

Nancy Van Loon

Primrose resident Nancy Van Loon

Wasilla, Alaska, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the ninth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

The Primrose flower is a delicate flower that grows only in warmer temperatures than we experience here in Alaska. However, the residents at Primrose Retirement Community are of a hardier nature.

We have many activities to keep us busy and there are many places to visit. This past August we had a “Vegas Night”. We had belly dancers all evening that performed for us and the crowd enjoyed the show. We had food and drinks for everyone and “pretend” gambling for those who wanted to “pretend”. No money was involved just wonderful prizes. The dancing was great and we had an “Elvis Impersonator” who encouraged all the ladies to sit on his lap for a picture.

We have one resident here who celebrated her 100th birthday last year. Her family hosted a wonderful party and the local paper took pictures and reported the festivities as a big success.

We also have a group of ladies who have made it their business to knit baby hats for all the newborn babies at our local hospital. The new mothers appreciate them and I’m sure the babies look adorable as only newborns can.

On the first Tuesday of every month, we host a “Senior Breakfast”. We offer a variety of breakfast foods and if you are over 55 you are certainly welcome to join us.

We also have sponsored a “Soup and Pie Luncheon” to which the public was invited. Our cook made three kinds of delicious pies that were enjoyed by a full house.

Our Christmas party this year was dubbed “A Christmas Gala” and all residents were invited to dress up for the evening’s activities. Santa Clause took the evening off to be with us and was very popular. Several ladies got their got their pictures taken with the “big man” and he enjoyed that activity as much as the ladies.

by Nancy Van Loon
Wasilla Primrose

To find out more about the senior living lifestyle at Primrose, please 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 is a Nice Little Oasis

Margaret Carspecken

Primrose resident Margaret Carspecken

Wausau, Wisconsin, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the eighth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

Beautiful surroundings, interesting residents, helpful supportive staff, stimulating programs — these are some of the highlights of Primrose Retirement Community.

It is indeed an attractive place, with cozy little sitting rooms spotted here & there where residents can pause and visit together, or cuddle up with a good book in front of a fake (but so real looking) fireplace. The décor is first class, and gives you a pleasant feeling just looking at it.

Then I get ready to go to the attractive, classy dining room, I say to myself, “ I wonder whom I will be sitting with today,” and knowing the conversation will be interactive, stimulating and informative.

Need my hair washed and set or cut? Go to the talented hairdresser, Deb on the 2nd floor. Need a ride the doctor, or to play bridge, or a church meeting during the week? Contact Ed, the friendly, accommodating, Primrose Bus Driver. He’ll take me wherever I need to go.

Here I am at Primrose Retirement Community. I think I died and went to heaven. How lucky can I get?

Ah yes, I forgot to tell you there is a nice little oasis area with comfortable sofas, tables, an aquarium, coffee, and a variety of juices for relaxing in this heaven I now call home. Two guest rooms on the second floor will accommodate visiting residents and friends, when available. Come see us and you’ll be impressed.

by Margaret Carspecken
Wausau Primrose

To find out more about the nice oasis at Primrose, please 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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My Experience with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization

Mary Sutherland

Primrose resident Mary Sutherland

Wausau, WI, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the seventh installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

I think my Little Brother is of Asian descent. He doesn’t know that his Big Sister is part Lebanese/Dutch Irish Origin. The old saying that “East is East” and “West is West” and the two will never mix, is just not true! The United States has proven everyone wrong over the years.

My current challenge with my Little Brother is really to get him to talk; he is a quiet shy guy who doesn’t talk much at all. Sometimes I see laughter in his eyes and then I see question marks too. He is a very polite youngster and seems to be very patient as well. However, I bet he could be a little rascal too.

Forty or Fifty years from now, if the world is lucky, Penxue will help them to run it. I have faith in him. And I am lucky to have gotten a chance to know him and spend some time with him.

God Bless Penxue even more than He already has.

by Mary Sutherland
Wausua Primrose

To find out more about the senior living experience at Primrose, please 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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Wausau Primrose Contributes to Aspirus Womens' Health Organization

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Donation ceremony at Wausau Primrose

Wausau, Wisconsin, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the sixth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

Primrose Residents and staff were loud and clear this past September and October when they expressed a strong desire to become involved in local community projects.

Under the direction of Life Enrichment Coordinator, Allison Fierek, residents proudly and anxiously displayed hundreds of inexpensive pink items that included jewelry pinks, ribbons, bracelets, hats and scarves during the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sale.

Primrose’s first official fundraising project was directed to bring attention to the Aspirus Women’s Health Organization of the Wausau Area, a non-profit organization designed to bring better health options to women living within our community.

A check, in the amount of $236.00 was presented to representatives from the Asprius Women’s Health Foundation during a donation ceremony on December 7th 2011.

With our first successful fundraising event behind us, residents are anxious to begin work on another community project.

by Pat Tallmadge
Wausau Primrose Resident

To find out more about senior apartment homes at Primrose, please 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 is Nice Surroundings

Mickey Jackson

Mickey Jackson, Primrose resident

Lima, Ohio, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the fifth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

In three words: “I love Primrose”! At 89 and having had eight children I am ready to be waited on. Primrose is a beautiful place. I have always loved nice surroundings.

There are so many things available here: games, movies and a day trip to name a few. We have an entertainment director that everyone loves. She is always laughing, so we all have fun.

We all have health concerns. Nurses are here day and night and we are checked on daily.

I am very happy here.

Mickey Jackson
Primrose – Lima, Ohio

To find out more about the nice surroundings at Primrose, please 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 is Like Family

Cye Zwirn

Cye Zwirn, Primrose resident

Kokomo, Indiana, Senior Living

[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the fourth installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

No question about it! This Primrose facility is a state of the art structure, with spacious living quarters. And, with scheduled activities, a person can be as active or inactive as he or she wants to be. But the thing that is most impressive to me is the PEOPLE and family-like concern of the staff and the other residents. For example…

On one occasion, I skipped breakfast at Primrose to have brunch with one of my daughters. It was a late brunch, so I also skipped lunch at Primrose. During the afternoon, I received a phone call from a staff memeber who noticed that I had missed two consecutive meals, and called to ask if I was OK.

On another occasion, I overnighted at the home of another daughter, about 65 miles away, and before breakfast was over at Primrose, my cell phone rang. It was one of the men I usually have breakfast with.

“Are you going to come down for breakfast?” he asked.

“I’m having breakfast right now,” I replied.

His next question was, “Where are you?” So I filled him in on the details.

Both of these occasions are examples of the family-like concern that is demonstrated over and over again by both the staff and the residents alike.

by Cye Zwirn
Primrose – Kokomo, Indiana

To find out more about our Primrose family, please 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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