Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thinking Positive Decreases Stress, Adds Years to Your Life

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking = positive effects

The importance of “thinking positive” has been written and talked about for nearly 2,000 years. In the first century A.D., the philosopher Epictetus wrote, “The thing that upsets people is not so much what happens, but what they think about what happens.”

That idea has filtered down to us today. Everywhere we look we find reminders of why we should maintain a positive attitude. Now, science has even discovered that a positive attitude has measurable effects on our health.

Research is showing that positive thinking can not only improve your quality of life, but it can actually increase your life expectancy. Positive thinking has long been associated with a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced incidents from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardship and times of stress

Recently, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health released their findings from an 11 year study on the effects of attitude on aging. They found that those that maintain a positive attitude towards aging experience the ability to live independently longer and are able to recover from illness or injury much quicker than those that view aging in a negative light.

In a previous 23 year study, the group found that individuals who view aging in a positive way live an average of 7.6 years longer than those who see aging as a negative.

So, what do the experts recommend? Make an effort each and every day to stay positive and maintain a positive self-image. That, however, does not mean being unrealistic or ignoring serious age-related problems. Try to stay on the lighter side of life. Don’t let the little things get you down. Who knows, it could add years to your life!

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

To find out more about all the positives of living 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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'Summer Bash' at Kansas City Primrose

Summer Bash Begins

Summer Bash begins at Kansas City Primrose

Resident Martin and family

Resident Martin and family

Kansas City, MO, Senior Living Communities

On June 24th, from 5-7 PM in front of Primrose Kansas City, we hosted our annual Summer Bash. For the past several weeks, residents have been inviting their families and friends to join them at the picnic, and with well over 350 guests, the turnout was awesome!

Chef Phillip prepared a fantastic meal. The menu included pulled pork sliders, corndogs, coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, and Jen Ohare’s famous baked beans. Guests chose their drink from a trough filled with bottled water, lemonade, soda, iced tea, and more. Giant wedges of watermelon and strawberry shortcake were served as dessert.

Rhonda, personal banker at our in-house branch of Bank Midwest, supplied two $25 gift cards to Olive Garden and two well stocked gift baskets as door prizes. Interim Home Health and Private Duty, our on-site care agency, provided a glass beverage jug with a spout as a door prize while also handing out pens, reusable shopping bags, and other items as free giveaways. Primrose added gift cards to Panera, Wal-Mart, and Hy-Vee as door prizes as well.

Front desk staff Paula manned the barnyard themed bounce house, and boy did those kids have a blast! There were constant bouncers having a jolly time, finally exiting with giggles, smiles, and comments like, “That was fun!” Housekeepers Jennifer and Brenda made more snow cones than you can imagine, dousing them with blue raspberry, cherry, and grape flavors. Even residents were showing us their crazy colored tongues! At the same time, I was busy running the cotton candy machine. On top of the dozens of fluffy, sugary treats I produced, by the end of the night, I was covered with sticky sugar and was a sight to see for sure.

Nearby, the face painting station was busy throughout the evening. Servers Jennie and Sarah decorated the faces of nearly every child guest and many of the residents, too. Resident Harriett chose a purple butterfly to adorn her right cheek.

Conversations with nearly 20 residents between last night and this morning were filled with rave reviews for our country hoedown themed Summer Bash. Resident Bette commented, “It was a great party, so well organized and lots of fun. I can’t wait for next year.” And so the countdown begins…

by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about 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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Marie Meidal Looks Back at World War II Memories

Marie Meidal

Primrose resident Marie Meidal

Newlyweds Marshall and Marie Meidal

Newlyweds Marshall and Marie Meidal

Duluth, Minnesota Retirement Communities

Marie Meidal has lived at Primrose for the past 7 years and we are so fortunate to have Marie be part of our community.

When Marie was just first starting out as a young lady she took the Federal exam to be a secretary for the United States Government. Soon after she qualified for this position, she was called to work for the war department at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

She had just gotten engaged 3 weeks prior to the job offer, but decided to relocate from Duluth, Minnesota, all the way to the East Coast. Marie traveled by train by herself and found a small apartment in a Brownstone at Arlington Apts.

Marie remembers working for the United States Government when Pearl Harbor was attacked, which happened on a Sunday.

Marie was on her way to work that following Monday when all the traffic stopped as President Roosevelt was rushed through all the onlookers, there was no Secret Service entourage like we have today.

President Roosevelt gave a speech, declaring war against the Japanese that Monday, December 8th, 1941 at the Capitol.

All the staff before the war wore street clothes when they worked, but after war was declared all the military staff wore their uniforms designating their rank.

Marie would also see the First Lady, Mrs. Roosevelt, as she would visit the Senator of Texas who also lived in the Brownstone building where she lived. Marie found this time to be exciting and interesting for her.

Marie’s future husband, Marshall, came to Washington D.C. three months after she moved. He worked for the Capital Transit Company, driving the street cars and buses. Marie and Marshall got married July 3rd, 1941.

They spent a nice weekend in Baltimore during cherry blossom season for their honeymoon. Shortly after marrying, Marie became pregnant and decided to move back to Duluth where they had three wonderful children and a very happy life living in Hunters Park!

by Kim Grogan
Marketing Director

To find out more about historical events 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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Duluth Primrose a 'Landmark' for Family Events

Laura and Frank Shunk

Laura and Frank, “the happy couple”

Laura and Frank saying their vows

Laura and Frank saying their vows

Duluth, MN, Retirement Communities

When Frances Myrtle Shunk moved into Primrose Retirement Community of Duluth a few months ago, she never expected the community would become a landmark for major events in her family.

Before she moved to Primrose, she did not know what “assisted living” meant: she had no idea of the ease she would experience, the opportunities she would have, and the wonderful environment in which she would live. Her son Frank and his fiancé Laura were also impressed by atmosphere and community at Primrose. As they spent time with Frances in her apartment home, in the common areas, and enjoying community breakfast, they came to particularly love the Woods View Commons space.

They were so impressed, in fact, that they chose the Woods View Commons at Primrose as the site of their wedding ceremony and reception.

So, on June 9th, 2013, as Frances smiled proudly, Frank and Laura were married in the presence of 25 of their family and friends.

It is in times such as this that we at Primrose are proud and humbled to be able to not only provide a place for our residents to live but also to become an integral part of their families and their lives. It is proof that we are not just a building — we are a community that cares for each other, celebrates with each other, and pulls together to be a part of something greater than ourselves.

Best of luck to Frank and Laura! We’re glad we can be a part of this new life they are beginning together!

by Primrose Staff Writers with special contributions from Duluth Marketing Director Kim Grogan

To find out more about the exciting events 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 Celebrates 4 Year Anniversary

Deb and Zoey serving snacks on the patio

Deb and Zoey serving snacks on the patio

Wally Engel and John Webb sipping on Vodka and Lemonade

Wally Engel and John Webb sipping on Lemonade

Entertainment by Jerry Duginski

Entertainment by Jerry Duginski

Retirement Communities in Wausau, Wisconsin

On Thursday, June 13th, Primrose Retirement Communities of Wausau celebrated their 4 Year Anniversary Party on the Primrose Patio for the tenants and staff!

The past four years flew on by but we have so many great memories that we will forever cherish in our hearts.

For refreshments we served different flavored pastries along with a variety of cookies. We offered a choice of lemonade, lemonade with vodka or a variety of specialty hot teas. We served our tea in antique china that afternoon.

Jerry Duginski entertained us with his guitar while singing a variety of music for the tenants and staff to enjoy! We all had a wonderful time and the weather was beautiful!

We can’t wait until we celebrate our 5 year anniversary! Plans are already in the works!

by Melina Rodriguez
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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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Margaret Artz Joins Primrose Aberdeen as Marketing Director

Margaret Artz

Margaret Artz

Retirement Communities in Aberdeen, SD

ABERDEEN, SD – Primrose Retirement Community of Aberdeen has announced that Margaret Artz has joined the Primrose team as the Aberdeen Marketing Director. She began her duties on June 17th. In this capacity, Artz will oversee all the marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for the Primrose community located in Aberdeen, which includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and townhome villas.

A Eureka native who attended Northern State University, Artz brings with her ten years of experience in the banking industry and 25 years of experience in owning her own small business in the Aberdeen community. Artz is the mother of three adult children.

“I am very excited to be working in this field and for such a great company,” Artz said. “I like working with and helping people and am really looking forward to the opportunity to help people find the right home to suit their needs.”

“Margaret is a wonderful and welcome addition to the Primrose team,” said Primrose Regional Operations Manager Jim Heller. “We’re very excited to have her. Margaret’s knowledge, experience, and passion for this area of the state will help Primrose continue in our mission of providing the best living experience and highest quality of life for our residents.”

Artz’s office will be located in the Primrose of Aberdeen Independent Living Community, located at 1701 3rd Avenue SE, which also holds the distinction of being the first-ever Primrose community, opened in 1991. Primrose Retirement Communities, headquartered in Aberdeen, has grown to include 28 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction.

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states with two currently under construction, Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC is a provider of independent and assisted living communities. Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities mission is to create a healthy, happy living environment for seniors. For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

Primrose Relay for Life Team

Primrose Relay for Life Team

Over the past year the Primrose Teams have been busy sponsoring races, chance drawings, “jails,” and picnics — to name just a few — all to help raise money for the Brown County Relay for Life event that took place May 31st until the morning of June 1st.

The Primrose home office has been involved in this event for a number of years in Aberdeen by not only raising money but also helping those employees who have been affected with cancer themselves.

The Survivor lap this year included four Primrose employees walking hand-in-hand to show their support of each other and those other survivors in attendance.

This year the Primrose teams raised a total of about $7,700. Besides donating this amount of money to Relay for Life, Primrose is also a Corporate Sponsor for the event.

This year’s event included many games and entertainment to include Zumba, Roller Derby demo/races, and a videotaped Harlem Shake that was started by the Max & Erma characters from the Max & Erma’s restaurant.

Primrose is already involved in next year’s fundraising by sponsoring a mud run on August 24th at Wylie Park in Aberdeen. This will be the third year for this event that includes obstacles, running/walking, water, sand, and other surprises. Wylie Park is a premier venue in Aberdeen and a great area to have this event.

Thanks for being a part of our Brown County TEAM!

by Scott Wherry
Relay for Life

Gerdes Joins Primrose Retirement Communities as Executive Nurse Manager

Kathy Gerdes

Kathy Gerdes

Primrose Retirement Communities Home Office

ABERDEEN, SD – Primrose Retirement Communities has announced that Kathy Gerdes has joined the Home Office Team as an Executive Nurse Manager. In this role, Gerdes will provide ongoing support to nursing staff and assist the Operations Department in any matters related to nursing throughout the 28 operational Primrose Communities across the country. She will also conduct site visits to all the Communities to review all resident care. Gerdes began in this capacity on May 20th.

Gerdes brings with her years of nursing and management experience. Most recently, she managed a skilled nursing community, two assisted living communities, a home health and hospice program, and several support departments. Prior to that, she spent four years working in an administrative role in the Bowdle, South Dakota Hospital.

“I was impressed with the philosophy and Primrose story. I wanted to stay in a leadership position, and I saw Primrose as a growing, changing, and exciting company,” Gerdes said. “On a personal note, my husband and I wanted to get back to this area, where we both have family.”

“I love working with our residents, and I am passionate and competitive about setting high goals for excellence in care,” said Gerdes. “So, I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 28 locations in 15 states, with two under construction.

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states with two currently under construction, Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC is a provider of independent and assisted living communities. Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities mission is to create a healthy, happy living environment for seniors. For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

Congratulations Kokomo Primrose on Deficiency Free Survey

Kokomo, IN, Primrose Retirement Community

Kokomo Primrose Team

Congratulations to Primrose Retirement Community of Kokomo for receiving a Deficiency-Free Survey from the Indiana Department of Health.

“We know how much work it takes to achieve a deficiency-free survey, and we couldn’t be prouder of Team Kokomo,” Regional Operations Manager Tami Davis said. “The teamwork, attention to detail, and, most importantly, care and concern for our residents that the staff at Primrose of Kokomo display each and every day make them wonderful examples of what a quality retirement community should be.”

Primrose of Kokomo, opened in 2008, is one of two Primrose communities in Indiana and one of 28 locations around the country, with two currently under construction.

To find out more about the phenomenal people working 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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David Sheppard Joins Cheyenne Primrose as Marketing Director

David Sheppard

David Sheppard

Senior Living Communities in Cheyenne, WY

CHEYENNE, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne has announced that David Sheppard has joined the Primrose Team as the Cheyenne Marketing Director. Sheppard joins Primrose of Cheyenne Executive Director Travis Lingenfelter. He began his duties on May 31st. In this capacity, Sheppard will oversee all the marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for Primrose of Cheyenne.

Sheppard, a Cheyenne Central High School graduate, attended Laramie County Community College and Regis University. He was also a member of the Wyoming National Guard for fourteen years, which included deployments to Louisiana, the U.S. and Mexico border, and Iraq. Most recently, he worked as the Sales Manager at The Gill Window Company.

“I am excited to help build a community and lifestyle that Cheyenne has never seen before,” Sheppard said. “Primrose has done an incredible job building an amazing product, set with deep-rooted principles. It is now our job in Cheyenne to build a solid foundation of care and compassion to really prove that our community is the premier choice for senior living in the Cheyenne area.”

“We’re very excited to have David on the team,” said Primrose Regional Operations Manager Jen Ohare. “His enthusiasm and drive will help Primrose continue in our mission of providing the best living experience and highest quality of life for our residents. We’re confident that he and Travis will do great things for Primrose of Cheyenne.”

The Primrose of Cheyenne Community, located at 1530 Dorothy Lane, consists of four townhome villas, 40 independent living apartment homes, and 40 assisted-living apartment homes. Currently under construction, the community will be completed and open this winter.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care. From the opening of the first Primrose community in 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to include 28 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction, including Cheyenne.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne
Travis Lingenfelter, Executive Director
307-634-1530
tlingenfelter@primroseretirement.com

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states and two under construction, Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC is a provider of independent and assisted living communities. Founded in 1989, Primrose Retirement Communities’ mission is to create a healthy, happy living environment for seniors. For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.