Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lima Primrose Joins Marion Primrose on Ohio River Cruise

Ann Archer (daughter of Mary Hope Bryant), Mary Hope Bryant, Jean Miller and Mickey Jackson

Ann Archer (daughter of Mary Hope Bryant), Mary Hope Bryant, Jean Miller and Mickey Jackson enjoying the cruise on the OHIO River

Jan Odenweller (volunteer), Ruby Heckathorn, Kate Rimpkus and Pauline Orchard

Jan Odenweller (volunteer), Ruby Heckathorn, Kate Rimpkus and Pauline Orchard waiting on lunch

Gerri Neely, Ross Stober, Shirley Hetzler (not seen), and Ruth Power

Gerri Neely, Ross Stober, Shirley Hetzler (not seen), and Ruth Power waiting for the cruise to start

Shirley Hetzler

Shirley Hetzler won a sailor’s hat playing bingo on the cruise

Lima Primrose was invited by Marion Primrose to come along on a cruise down the Ohio River. All of us were excited to go, and had waited all month in anticipation for this day.

It started out as a dreary day, but the sun came out when we got on the boat and were getting settled at our tables. The view of the football field, baseball field, the old houses, the new houses and the beautiful fall trees came to life.

The cruise was enjoyed by all of the residents. Some even braved going up the stairs to the upper deck to see the view from there. We are looking forward to doing this again.

by Larrain Benroth
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Sweetwater Resident on Third Honor Flight

Charlie Schweiger

Charlie Schweiger in Washington, DC

Charles

A stranger welcomes Charles home at the airport.

Sweetwater Residents welcoming the Honor Flight home

Sweetwater Residents welcoming the Honor Flight home

Billings, MT, Sweetwater Retirement Communities

“It was wonderful! We broke down the barricades and everything!”

That was Charles Schweiger’s first report of his Honor Flight trip to Washington during the government shut down that had placed barriers around the World War II memorial and others.

Charlie was the third Sweetwater WW II veteran to make a Big Sky Honor Flight to our nation’s capital. Like the others, he had hesitated to go, but is glad he did.

A native of Wisconsin, Charlie entered the Navy in 1945 and was sent to radar school. Before his training was finished, the long years of war came to a sudden and unforeseen end with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. He was discharged in 1946 and began a career with the railroad, first as fireman, then as engineer.

Although he enjoyed his railroading life, he eventually enrolled in the University of Wisconsin to study geology and begin a career as a geophysicist. This would take him to twelve states and three countries exploring for oil. He was based in Calgary, Alberta for several years when he was exploring for oil in the Canadian high arctic. Today, all three of his children remain in the Calgary area, having married Canadians.

Tragedy came early into Charlie’s life when his wife died in an auto accident in 1959. His parents in Wisconsin and other family members were able to step in and care for his young family until he married again in 1963. His second wife Bonnie passed away in 2002. He had a home in Billings for several years but has lived at Sweetwater since July of last year.

Charlie has enjoyed many creative hobbies in his life, including wood carving and cabinet making. Some of his handiwork was even on display at Sweetwater’s Arts and Crafts show earlier this year. He has also enjoyed gardening, camera repair, photography, and working on various machinery. He’s obviously not a man who has spent much time sitting around idly.

In Washington, Charlie made a point of talking to all three members of the Montana Congressional delegation, particularly mentioning health care and how the Canadian system is financed. He pointed out that 91% of people in Canada say they are happy with their health care.

When Charlie came back home from the Honor Flight, he brought a piece of yellow tape saying “Do Not Cross” from one of the monuments, and many emotional memories. He says, “It was the most wonderful trip I ever made in my life. It’s etched in permanent ink.”

Written by Lorraine Collins
Sweetwater Resident

Selling Your Home in Fall or Winter

Selling Tips

Tips for selling your home

Tips to Selling: Try Listing Your Home in Fall or Winter
When is the best time to sell your house? Most people assume that they must wait until spring or summer in order to put their house on the market. While the summer months may bring slightly higher house prices, it is also the time when the market is most flooded with other listings. So, while your house may command a bit higher price in the three warmest months of the year, there is also a very real risk that your house will be overshadowed by the sheer number of other listings out there during that time. It is for precisely this reason that fall and winter can be a great time to list your house.

Listing your house in the fall or winter will capitalize on the lack of competition. With fewer listings distracting buyers, your listing can stand out and shine, potentially resulting in less time on the market and a quicker sale.

In the end, the right time to sell your house is whenever you are ready to sell your house. It is not worth waiting for a particular time of year in order to take the next step in your life.

After you have made the decision to list your house, consider these five tips that can help sell your house faster:

1) Find a Great Realtor
In today’s market, working with a good realtor is incredibly important. When looking for a realtor, make sure to find someone who is very familiar with your market. They should know what’s on the market, what’s selling, and what’s not. A good realtor will be somewhat busy, showing that they have contacts and clients and, therefore, experience, but they should shouldn’t be so busy that they can’t be attentive and responsive to your needs. Be sure to communicate your expectations to them, as well. However, you should also be willing to trust that they are the experts. Most importantly, you will likely spend a lot of time with your realtor, so finding someone you get along with and trust is very important.

2) Have a Plan
Doing a good job of marketing your home will attract buyers and other realtors, and it will drive traffic to your open house and your web listing. Work with your realtor to develop a plan. While newspaper ads used to be the best way to generate buzz in the past, today’s market is largely driven by the Internet. Talk with your realtor about which websites they recommend. A good Internet listing can do wonders in attracting the right kind of buyers. Most importantly, take photos that show the best parts of the house. Having the right photos will make your listing stand out and can convince a buyer to schedule a time to visit the house in person, instead of just passing on to the next listing.

3) Prepare Your Home Before Listing It
Before listing your home, do a complete walk-through of your property with your realtor so you can understand what updates or changes should be made to best prepare the house for sale. Often times, it is the small details that can scare away prospective buyers. Most of these issues are easily and cheaply fixed, but they can make all the difference.

4) Price It Right
Have an honest and candid conversation with your realtor about what your home is worth. Don’t just rely on what it was worth when you bought it or what it’s worth to you. Prices change. Your realtor will be able to help you price your house where it should be in order to sell. There are three important factors to consider for your area: other active listings, pending listings, and recent sales. While pending listings and recent sales show what prices have attracted offers in the past, active listings make up your main competition. Home buyers will most likely be looking at these homes in addition to yours, so you should too. Be aware of what is going on in your market, so you can price your house aggressively.

5) Have a Follow-Up Plan for All Leads
There are a lot of houses for sale, so a follow-up plan for all interest is a must. Make sure to see what your realtor has planned for follow-up. That plan should include phone calls and emails to the perspective buyers, as well as personally contacting the other agents who are working with interested buyers. Your realtor should know which other realtors are likely to have clients whose interests would be the best match for your home. Your realtor should also have a plan set up for how to follow-up with interested from the Internet listings. If your realtor isn’t willing to follow-up with interested buyers and work with other realtors to sell your home, maybe that isn’t the right realtor for you. Rarely does the right buyer come out of nowhere. Most of the time it takes having a plan and following-up with all leads.

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

To find out more about the retirement 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 Recognized for Outstanding Resident Satisfaction

Wausau Primrose Team

Wausau Primrose Team (from left): Melina Rodriguez, Deb Meisel, Cindy Davidson, Kathy Jamison, Zoey Vecellio, and Tami Davis

Excellence in Action awards

Excellence in Action awards

WAUSAU, WI – Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau has received two Excellence in Action awards from the National Research Corporation for excellence in both the Independent Living and Assisted Living categories. These honors recognize senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of excellence with regards to Resident satisfaction. The awards were presented by Primrose Retirement Communities Regional Operations Manager Tami Davis during the Primrose of Wausau Barn Dance last month.

“Every year, we are exceptionally honored to award these fine organizations for their excellent quality and care given toward their residents and employees,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research. “Every day these providers are making a difference in the lives of residents and employees to ensure they are receiving the utmost quality of care.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of our Wausau team,” said Davis. “They devote themselves to serving our Residents every day, which is exactly what Primrose is all about.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau, opened in 2009, consists of 36 Independent Living Apartments, 32 Assisted Living Apartments, and 10 Townhome Villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country which, specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors. From the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to now include 28 locations in 15 states, with communities in Stillwater, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, WY; and Racine, WI currently under construction.

For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

To find out more about the retirement 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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Cheyenne Primrose to Host Veterans' Honor Luncheon

CHEYENNE, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne has announced that it will be hosting a Veterans Honor Luncheon on November 11th to show appreciation for the service of all our nation’s veterans. The Veterans Day event, cosponsored by the Wyoming Army National Guard; Wyoming Bank & Trust; #1 Properties; and Jo-Ed Produce, will be held at the Cheyenne Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park. A complimentary lunch will be served for all veterans in attendance, and the program will feature guest speaker Colonel Timothy Sheppard.

“We’re excited at this opportunity to honor our veterans,” said Primrose Executive Director Travis Lingenfelter. “We owe them a great debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifices, and this will be a great way to show them our thanks.”

Set to open later this year, Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne, located at 1530 Dorothy Lane, consists of 40 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, and 4 townhome villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country which specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. Founded in 1989, the mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create a happy and healthy living environment for seniors. From the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to now include 28 locations in 15 states, with communities in Stillwater, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, WY; and Racine, WI currently under construction.

For more information about Primrose Retirement Communities, visit www.primroseretirement.com.

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

Julia Enjoys Retirement Lifestyle at Decatur Primrose

Julia Bright

Contributing author and Primrose resident Julia Bright

Decatur, IL, Retirement Communities

As a resident of Primrose for one year I have experienced a different and enjoyable lifestyle.

In my prior life, I made most of my decisions and activities about life. Now my decisions are made by Primrose — and I like it just fine!

Having taught school and having raised five children, along with my husband, I am used to doing activities according to a clock. However, the staff at Primrose makes it quite clear each resident is free to make their own decisions!

We have fun and creative activities such as bell ringing, bridge, hand and foot, speakers, piano players and the list is endless. They have made it so interesting I want to do it all!

God is not left out as we have services on Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoons.

by Julia Bright
Decatur Primrose resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 39th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

To find out more about the retirement 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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Sweetwater Hoe Down

Sweetwater's residents and their guests

Sweetwater’s residents and their guests attend Hoe Down

No straw in the barn

No straw in the barn this year!

Wildwood Cloggers perform

Wildwood Cloggers perform at Hoe Down

Billings, Montana, Retirement Communities

A chill rain failed to dampen the spirits of residents, friends and families who gathered in the Sweetwater barn October 3rd for our annual Hoedown to enjoy music, entertainment and the best food in the west. Boots, jeans, western hats and bandanas were much in evidence as staff, residents and guests joined in the festivities and let their inner cowboy show.

While the Memory Lane Bunch provided country and western music, the large crowd feasted on tender, delicious brisket, mac ‘n cheese, coleslaw, baked beans and apple pie a la mode (this was, without doubt, much better grub than provided by chuck wagons in the old days in the west, and everyone praised the kitchen crew who provided it).

A lively performance by nearly 20 members of the Wildwood Cloggers brought enthusiastic applause before people began reluctantly to leave the festivities and head back out into the rainy night.

All of the staff who organized and produced this event, from start to cleaning up afterwards, demonstrated that they know how to throw a good party and leave everyone with happy memories.

by Lorraine Collins
Sweetwater Resident

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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Primrose Celebrates, Thanks Clergy during Clergy Appreciation Month

October is designated as Clergy Appreciation Month, and here at Primrose, we want to take this opportunity to recognize how fortunate we are that so many pastors are active in our community on a regular basis. On any given day, we have the chance to experience Bible studies, prayer and worship time, spiritual guidance, and so much more. While we are blessed to be able to provide space for these activities, it is all made possible by the selflessness and dedication of the various pastors that serve our residents.

Primrose is incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful pastors visit our communities on such a regular basis. The time that they spend with us means so much to the residents, staff, and our entire Primrose Family, and they certainly deserve our thanks.

It’s no secret that pastors have a difficult job. They work long hours and often don’t get a chance to witness the full fruits of their labors. So, this month, we want to offer our special thanks for the time and commitment they give us. In honor of Clergy Appreciation Month, make the effort to thank those clergy members that take the time to visit and minister to us. Take a moment to offer them a cup of coffee or invite them to lunch. They spend so much time giving of themselves; let’s try to show them how much they mean to us!

We should also take time to recognize those clergy, active or retired, resident or staff, within our Primrose family. On behalf of all the lives you have changed and in recognition of all that you add to our communities, thank you!

If you have an idea on how to celebrate Clergy Appreciation Month, make sure to let us know! Leave us a comment or send us a message. After all, they do what they do every day out of love for us. What can we do this month to show our love and appreciation for them?

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

To find out more about the retirement 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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Lima Primrose Exercise Class Growing by Leaps and Bounds

Exercise Class at the Lima Primrose Retirement Community

Exercise Class at the Lima Primrose Retirement Community

Lima, OH, Retirement Communities

Lima Primrose Exercise class is growing in leaps and bounds.

There are 20 ladies and gentlemen who are dedicated to coming to the Wellness Center five days a week to exercise.

We do exercises to meet everyone’s needs by performing exercises to address coordination, flexibility and strength to facilitate safe mobility and ambulation in our facility. We also use weights and stretch bands.

The fun exercises on Fridays include bean bag toss, beach balls, bocce ball, and ladder ball. We at Lima Primrose are trying to keep our residents fit!

by Larrain Benroth
Life Enrichment Coordinator

To find out more about the retirement 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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My Most Favorite City

Jack C Allen

Contributing author and resident Jack C. Allen

Retirement Communities in Decatur, IL

Let me preface my remarks by expressing good feelings about several cities I have lived in the USA and abroad.

I believe my favorite “town” was Virden, Illinois. A small town located 25 miles west of Springfield, Illinois where I was raised. I can still see my mother hanging clothes out on the line, listening to the Cardinal baseball games. She was their biggest fan! I was allowed to ride my bike as far as I wanted…as long as I could still hear her radio playing.

However, Decatur, Illinois has to be my most favorite “City” since my family members moved here and my excellent tenure at Millikin University. My 2 daughters and grandchildren live here and visit me often.

My Motto: It’s been a good journey and it’s not over yet!

by Jack C. Allen
Decatur Primrose Resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 38th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]