Monthly Archives: August 2013

National Assisted Living Week

Homemade Happiness - National Assisted Living Week

National Assisted Living Week 2013 will be celebrated from September from September 8th-14th. This week, designated by the National Center for Assisted Living, is a great opportunity to honor, celebrate, and recognize all of our assisted living residents and the staff that remains dedicated and devoted to serving them. This year’s theme, “Homemade Happiness,” provides a perfect chance to point out the strong and lasting bonds that form in assisted living communities.

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, the theme “Homemade Happiness” was chosen because it “encompasses the connection that occurs in communities between the staff, residents, and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes.” This is precisely what we strive for at Primrose. A Primrose is more than just a building. It truly is a community made up of amazing people staff, vibrant residents, and supportive family members.

A company can have the most beautiful buildings possible (and we believe that we do), but what is most important to us are the people who fill those buildings. The people make the community great. Each resident, each person on staff, and each family member contribute in an important way to the “Homemade Happiness” that exists in all of our Independent and Assisted Living Communities.

So, in honor of National Assisted Living Week, thank you to all of those who are part of our Assisted Living Communities and help to create our “Homemade Happiness.” A building is only as good as the people that fill it, and we know that we have the best!

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

To find out more about the vibrant 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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Melanie Soupir Joins Primrose Home Office as Regional Operations Manager

Melanie Soupir

Melanie Soupir joins Primrose Regional Operations Team

ABERDEEN, SD – Primrose Retirement Communities has announced that Melanie Soupir has joined the Home Office Team as a Regional Operations Manager. In this role, Soupir will provide ongoing support, direction, and management to the five Primrose Communities she will oversee. She will also conduct site visits to various Primrose Communities. Soupir began in this capacity on August 26th.

Soupir brings with her years of experience in the field of Senior Living, including six years in the insurance industry, specializing in Long-Term Care and Medicare Supplements. Most recently, Soupir served for seven years as the Executive Director of Primrose Retirement Community of Bismarck.

“I have a great passion for this company and its core values.” Soupir said. “I am excited for not only where Primrose has been, but more importantly, where we are headed.”

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 three under construction.

About Primrose Retirement Communities
With 28 locations in 15 states with three 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.

Grand Island Primrose's Active Residents Enjoy Outdoor Tours

Retirement Communities in Grand Island, NE

Those who call Primrose Retirement Community their home in Grand Island, Nebraska, don’t let much grass grow under their feet. We have an active group of very special residents. This summer we’ve enjoyed several garden tours, picnic outings, and an afternoon social in a country home to name a few. What fun to enjoy getting out, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and the fellowship of good friends.

by Carrie Barber
Life Enrichment Coordinator

picking mulberries

Margaret enjoyed picking mulberries.

What fun to enjoy looking at all the beautiful flowers.

What fun to enjoy looking at all the beautiful flowers.

Refreshments in a country home.

Refreshments in a country home.

Picnic fun!

Picnic fun!

picking mulberries

Another beautiful yard enjoyed by some very special Primrose friends.

To find out more about all the goings on 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!

THIS IS LIVING

Sweetwater Arts and Crafts Show

Sweetwater Resident and well known artist Marilyn Hughes Pinkerton stands next to her display of paintings.

Sweetwater Resident and well known artist Marilyn Hughes Pinkerton stands next to her display of paintings.

Sadye Arnold’s black and white oil painting.

Sadye Arnold’s black and white oil painting.

Lace wedding dress made in 1951 by Sweetwater resident Bethel Kienitz for her wedding

Lace wedding dress made in 1951 by Sweetwater resident Bethel Kienitz for her wedding.

Sweetwater Retirement Community, Billings, MT

When the call went out for residents to participate in a Sweetwater art and craft show on July 27, more than 20 people responded with an amazing array of beautiful things they had created.

Oil paintings, watercolors, wood carvings, hand crafted jewelry, ceramics and several kinds of textiles from afghans to embroidery to quilts filled the Plum Room for residents and guests to enjoy.

Among the works exhibited was an impressive collection of gold and silver rings set with a variety of gemstones created by John Hafla, who spent many years perfecting his craft when he lived in Miles City, MT.

A unique item on display was the beautiful lace wedding dress Bethel Kienitz made for her wedding in 1951.

Among those displaying their oil paintings and water colors were Marilyn Hughes Pinkerton and Eddie Schiltz, both well known artists and art teachers. Bill Arnold offered his western landscapes in oil and an oil painting by his wife Sadye who was a member of the Sweetwater community until her death last year. Virginia Evangeline’s water colors and Jennie Jamieson’s sketches of birds were also admired by viewers.

The display of quilts and afghans included a patchwork quilt made by a group at Sweetwater who worked together for weeks to get it completed. The quilt will be raffled off at the Hoedown in the fall with proceeds going to purchase supplies for another quilt. Many other fascinating and delightful items were on display at this show, including a card table inlaid with a checkerboard and other unique wood carvings, all done by Charles Schweiger.

This show of works by Sweetwater residents demonstrated the importance of the creative arts in our lives and the pleasure we have in sharing them with others.

by Betty Jean Long
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater 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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Butterfly Group at Duluth Primrose

Jean Altintop meets Jane Donovan

Jean Altintop “Butterfly Lady” meets Primrose resident Jane Donovan

Lilah and Dorothy craft butterflies

Lilah and Dorothy craft butterflies

The butterfly behind it all

The butterfly behind it all

Duluth, Minnesota, Senior Living Communities

It had to start somewhere. But who knew that our own Jane Donovan was the person who would be the instigator for Jean Altintop, “Butterfly Lady”, to start a brand new hobby that would affect her life and the lives of others for over 14 years!

On July 21, 2013, Jean Altintop was featured on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Duluth Budgeteer Newspaper, where she was pictured with several handmade butterflies that she had created. Jean said she always wanted to meet the lady who inspired her to create these beautiful butterflies.

Rewind several years: Jane Donovan jointly runs the Remer Arts & Crafts Club consignment shop in Remer, Minnesota. While out traveling at a hotel one time, Jane sees her first hand-made butterfly.

Here’s this magnificent butterfly lying on the dresser, with a note saying to leave money if anyone wanted to keep the butterfly. Jane is very happy and gladly leaves money. Then she takes it home and curiously studies how it was made.

She then starts to make her own and sells them in her consignment shop.

Fast Forward to present: Jane’s daughter, Peggy, read the article in the paper and realized that Jean had picked up the butterfly from her mother’s consignment shop, and started to investigate to see if they might be able to meet.

Peggy called Altintop’s sister who lives in Duluth, and Jean actually answered the phone. Jean was visiting her sister in Duluth as she now lives in California — what a coincidence she was still visiting the Duluth area!

After a quick conversation the ladies realized their connection and Jean made her way to Primrose to meet Peggy’s mom Jane, where the inspiration all began.

The ladies had a great conversation and decided to spread the joy with residents of Primrose by having a “Butterfly-Making” day.

A group of 13 attended, all making a butterfly of their own with great success. The group has discussed getting together in the future and trying to make some more butterflies.

by Kim Grogan,
Marketing Director

To find out more about the butterfly effect 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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Sing Like Nobody's Listening

Wayne Henderson singing his favorite song

Wayne Henderson singing his favorite song

Lancaster, Ohio, Retirement Communities

A new sing-along group has formed here at our Primrose community in Lancaster.

What started as a small group of four has expanded into an assembly of about twenty residents! When the sing-alongs first began, we were singing a capella. Without music, the songs were fun, but we were all a little self-conscious about our singing. That’s when we decided to make a list of all of our favorite old but well-known songs, download them, and put them on a CD. We then put books together with all of the lyrics to the songs.

The rest is history.

The music brought residents, resident family members, and even the Primrose staff into the café to sing their hearts out. “Sing-alongs seemed like a silly idea, but they turned out to be so much fun and me and my friends never miss them,” one resident commented.

We usually start singing around 3pm and don’t stop until we get kicked out of the café for dinner! We discovered that one resident, who does not usually talk or interact with others, thoroughly enjoys singing “Take me out to the Ballgame.” The other residents were so excited that this resident was actually participating and enjoying herself that they started singing “Take me out to the Ballgame” at least ten times during our sing-alongs just to see her smiling and singing. Another resident claimed he hasn’t had this much fun singing since his singing group he traveled with in college. “You can always make someone smile with a song,” he said after a sing-along session last week.

We have just recently made a new extensive list of songs to be downloaded for our next Primrose sing-along gathering. The residents are extremely excited to start singing the new songs and invite more friends to join in on the fun!

by Traci Giles
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the musical harmony 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 Fun at Bismarck Primrose!

Lois Engler, Pat Kranz and Lillian Becker

L to R: Residents: Lois Engler (the birthday girl), Pat Kranz and Lillian Becker enjoying the evening at the campfire.

Bismarck Senior Living Communities

Bismarck sees only 3 months of summer, so that short amount of time is jam-packed with summer activities. Primrose residents have taken a few summer outings, but this past month we brought the summer fun to Primrose!

We started the month out by celebrating the 4th of July. Primrose in Bismarck is located right up the hill from the ND State Capitol, so we were able to see their large fireworks display from our front yard! Residents could also view the fireworks from our upper commons area.

We also hosted a campfire complete with s’mores, cold beverages, and a campfire sing-along, with local talent Jerri Lindteigen. It turned out to be perfect weather for the occasion.

Residents Clem Fleck and Fred Kaelberer helped with the fire, and staff members roasted marshmallows and served the s’mores. Jerri played some favorite tunes and took requests from the residents. Jerri even sang her version of “Happy Birthday” to resident Lois Engler who turned 92 that day.

The following week, we celebrated National Ice Cream Month by having an Ice Cream Social. Residents took the afternoon to relax, visit with friends, and enjoy some refreshing ice cream.

We are very blessed to be able to fit in all these fun summer activities. We hope your summer is treating you well, too!

by Emily Bivens
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the celebrations 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!

THIS IS LIVING

Mansfield Primrose Hosts Grandmothers' Day Style Show

Gorgeous Grandmothers Katie Strohl and Mary Ellen Ester

Gorgeous Grandmothers Katie Strohl and Mary Ellen Ester

Mansfield, Ohio, Retirement Communities

I contacted Cato’s clothing store which is a clothing chain that offers plus size, misses and junior clothing to see if they would be interested in providing outfits for the staff models to use for the show. They were very willing and were wonderful to our staff as they clothed them from head to toe with accessories and shoes to boot.

The outfits included everything from jewelry, shoes, hats, purses and sunglasses.

On top of the outfits provided, I also worked with Apex cosmetology academy students to do up-do’s and makeup on all volunteering staff models.

The show started with our 2012 Primrose Queen, Mary Ellen Ester, modeling her gown for the crowd and then our 2013 Primrose Queen, Katie Strohl. Next we crowned our Miss Gorgeous Grandmother, Maddie Harter, for having the most grandchildren.

The lineup of models included everyone from residents’ great grandchildren and grandchildren to staff’s daughters and staff of Primrose. Descriptions of the outfits were narrated for each style while fun upbeat background music played while the models danced and worked it down a runway adorned with hot pink flowers.

Lunch and snacks were provided to our volunteers and models.

The style show event was a huge success. All participants received a Cato’s bag and purse mirror and also were offered 10% off their clothing if they decided to purchase it.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the gorgeous grandmothers residing 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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Austin Residents Celebrate July 4th

Austin, Minnesota, Retirement Living

Austin MN Primrose voted best Assisted Living in Mower County

It was fun and games at Primrose for the July Celebration. Bean Bag Toss, Spin the Wheel, Drop the Puck, Bingo and Tic Tac Toe games were played. To top the day, we ended the party with John Ulland entertaining along with Blueberry Pie and Ice Cream.

To find out more about all the celebrations 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!

THIS IS LIVING

Primrose Relay for Life Filthy Fun Run

Primrose Filthy Fun Run

Primrose Filthy Fun Run Information

Primrose will host a Filthy Fun Run on August 24, 2013 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This is a Relay for Life fundraiser that is open to adults and children with all abilities. It is a 2.5 to 3 mile fun run that includes obstacles such as running through tires, climbing hay bales, swimming and crawling through the sand. It is a great reason to get up in the morning, get some exercise and support a great cause.

Registration is open now! Participants that preregister will receive an event t-shirt. There will be awards for the craziest costumes! Adults who sign up before August 19th can register for $25, children 12 and under are $15. Adults who sign up after August 19th can register for $30, children 12 and under will then be $20. We encourage preregistration so that everyone receives a t-shirt. (We cannot guarantee t-shirts for those who register the day of the event.)

The time line for the August 24th event will be as follows:
7:00-7:45 Registration
7:45-8:00 Announcement of Craziest Costume Award Winners
8:00 Start

The event will start at the flag pole at Wylie Park in Aberdeen, SD. The course will wind around the park and end at the beach.

For more details and registration, please follow this link www.primroseretirement.com/filthyfunrun/.

Any questions, please email Jaela Johnson at jjohnson@primroseretirement.com or Stacy Miller at smiller@primroseretirement.com or call us at 605-226-3300.

We hope to see you there!

To find out more about the active 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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