Monthly Archives: November 2013

Caldwells Sing 'Updated' Love Song


Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell

Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell

Anderson, IN, Retirement Communities

With someone like you
a pal so good and true,
I finally left it all behind
to go and find
a place that’s known
to loved ones at home,
just a spot to call our own.
We’re finding perfect peace
where joys will never cease
‘Neath a great Midwestern sky.
We’ve built a sweet little nest–
in Primrose we have the best–
and invite the rest of the world
to stop by.

Maurice and I grew up in families and churches that loved to sing in four part harmony. Even now when our children and grandchildren gather around our table, we sing our blessing in harmony. And when on trips across the United States, Mexico, or Brazil (where we lived), we sang everything from fun songs to hymns in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

One of the songs we harmonized on was “Let the Rest of the World Go By.” When we moved into Primrose Retirement Community, Maurice began substituting words to fit our new situation. Since both of us have experience as editors, we kept changing a word here and there until it expressed our feelings about our new home.

Written by Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell
Anderson Primrose residents

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Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC Begins Construction in Jefferson City

Jefferson City, MO, Retirement Communities

Primrose breaks ground at Jefferson City, MO

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – South Dakota based Primrose Retirement Communities began construction today on an 84-unit independent and assisted living community in Jefferson City. The multi-million dollar project is expected to be open in the winter of 2014. It will be built by Omni Construction Company, Inc. and is being financed by Central Bank in Jefferson City. When open, the retirement community expects to employ approximately 30 people.

Primrose Retirement Community of Jefferson City will be situated on ten acres at 5408 Old Lohman Road. The community will consist of 36 independent living and 40 assisted living apartment homes in the main two-story building and eight independent living townhome villas. The apartments will be available in one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Residents will enjoy an array of public areas including a wellness center, pub, billiards room, chapel, movie theater, bistro, and business center.

“This is an exciting time for us, and we are looking forward to becoming a part of the Jefferson City community,” said Primrose Retirement Communities President BJ Schaefbauer. “It is obvious that there is a need for this kind of senior living opportunity in the area, and we are looking forward to partnering with the community to make this a reality.”

This will be the second Primrose in Missouri. The company acquired a community in Kansas City earlier this year.

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; Racine, WI; and Jefferson City, MO currently under construction.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dylan Kessler
573-634-5408
jeffersoncity@primroseretirement.com

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Lima Primrose Veterans Share Memories

Don Dieringer

Don Dieringer

Ryan Tellez and Don Coats - Marines

Ryan Tellez and Don Coats – Marines

Ross Stober Sharing His Experience

Ross Stober Sharing His Experience

Primrose Veterans

Primrose Veterans

Lima, OH, Retirement Communities

On November the 11th, 2013, Lima Primrose Honored their Veterans with a program of memories and music. Marketing Director Jason Risner put together a video presentation that was exceptional. The music and the pictures went so well together. All the Primrose Veterans were given a chance to share a memory from their time of service. The Patriotic music by Jane Fiedler went right along with the theme of the program.

by Larrain Benroth
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Primrose Findlay Goes 'Back to School'

School in session

Students being attentive

Primrose Findlay has begun finishing up its first ever session of Primrose Senior University.

Twenty five seniors 55 and older have been coming for this six week course. The course participants are a mix of residents and people from the Findlay and Hancock County Community.

We started out the first week talking about the history of the American Flag and Flag protocol.

The second week we welcomed in motivational speaker, trainer and columnist Bruce Boguski. Bruce is from here in Findlay and is president of The Winner’s Edge, a peak performance consulting firm in Findlay. Bruce spoke on Keeping your Brain Alive. This was such a great session that we will have Bruce back again!

Week number three we welcomed in Pat Bauman from the Hancock County Historical Society. Pat, along with Primrose resident Linda Paul, have co-authored 3 books about the history of Findlay. In the class, we talked about the history of downtown Findlay and took a trip down memory lane.

Week four was all about how things work. Topics included: How pearls are made from Oysters, Murphy’s Law, Todays Radio, The Rubik’s Cube, Roller Coasters and how Crayons are made. There was so much to cover, we had to cover Roller Coasters and Crayons the following week! Many participants said this was their favorite Class so far!

Week five we talked about old wives tales.

Week number six will be our last time together and we will be learning about sports history and celebrating graduation.

Feedback has been positive for this first session, with participants saying they look forward to this every week and they will miss it when it’s over. We’ve already started planning our next session in the spring of 2014, which will be more weeks! Stay tuned. At Primrose Senior University, This is Living…and Learning!

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Bright Lights of Branson

Kansas City Tourists at Branson, Missouri

Marjory, Gerry, Abigail, Jayne and Linda at 12 Irish Tenors

Marjory, Linda, Abigail, Gerry and Jayne at Dixie Stampede

Marjory, Linda, Abigail, Gerry and Jayne at Dixie Stampede

Kansas City Tourists

Marjory, Gerry, Jayne, Linda and Julie at Lambert’s

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Monday and Tuesday of last week — November 18th and 19th — were a busy couple of days for residents Margie A., Gerry, Jayne, and Linda. At 8:00 on Monday morning, packed into a rented Chevy Tahoe, the five of us took off for an overnight adventure in Branson, Missouri, the first ever of its kind in our community’s history.

The drive south was uneventful, other than a lunch break in Springfield. Once in Branson, we had plenty of time before our first show, so we took a drive through town seeing much of the strip—theaters, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Our own accommodations at the LaQuinta Inn were ideal. The inn is located right on the busy main drag through town, nestled between two theaters and across from some great shopping.

After checking in, the gals and I headed to the Mickey Gilley Theater to see the highly-recommended group The SIX Show. While a group of brothers performing together is notable, the most incredible thing is that they make all of the music with their voices—drums, a trumpet, guitar—throughout the show without any assistance from background music, a band, or actual instruments. Amazing!

From there, we made our way back down Highway 76 to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, our evening entertainment. We arrived early and were able to enjoy the preshow: a man juggling fire while balancing on a two-legged ladder which itself was teetering on a tightrope which was also on fire!! It was astonishing and made us wonder what wonders awaited at the main attraction.

As the opening act came to a close, we filed into the main area for the headlining show. There were over a dozen horses, sequined costumes, a live nativity complete with camels and goats, and fantastic live music. If that wasn’t enough to keep the crowd entertained, the guests were divided into two groups—the North Pole and the South Pole—and there were competitions between the horses, with wins tallied throughout the evening. We were members of the North Pole and our team won!

After the show closed, we split into two groups: one that went back to the hotel for rest and the other to check out the fantastic outlet stores just down the road from the hotel. Linda found great bargains at Izod and Reebok, and Abigail picked up some specials at GAP. It’s hard to argue with a great sale!

The next morning, our well-rested group gathered for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. then headed out for the final show of the trip: the 12 Irish Tenors. The performance was filled with beautiful harmonies, traditional Irish tunes, Christmas classics, dancing, and a visit from Frosty the Snowman. After the show, Abigail got all 12 tenors’ autographs!

One might think the fun ended as we finally pulled away from the sparkling Branson strip, but we had one more stop to make: Lambert’s Café, Home of the Throwed Rolls, where we met with Primrose KC resident Bette’s daughter, Julie, for a filling and fun lunch.

The trip went very quickly as both days were filled to the brim with things to do and places to go. On the way home, we discussed where our travels will take us next!

by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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The Forgotten Holiday, a poem by Marian McDaniel

Marian McDaniel

Poet and Primrose resident Marian McDaniel

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

The Forgotten Holiday

What’s happened to Thanksgiving?
It’s fading fast away.
A day for thankful praying,
We need Thanksgiving Day.

Halloween’s exciting
With scary tricks or treats.
As many ghosts and goblins
Run from street to street.

And Christmas is a blessed time
The holiest of the year.
A time for love and peace on Earth
When came the Christ child dear.

And yet we need Thanksgiving,
A day to sing our praise
And thanks for all the blessings
God gives us through our days.

Don’t push aside Thanksgiving
Its festival renew.
Recall and name the blessings
That God has given you.

by Primrose resident Marian McDaniel

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Austin Primrose Hosts Soup and Pie Open House

Soup and pie open house

Friends enjoying great food and wonderful company

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

Each November Primrose in Austin hosts a Soup & Pie Open House. This event is popular for many! Soup is always a pleaser on a chilled November evening and pie is a favorite to all. Many come just to visit old friends and some come to check out our community. It’s always a good time! The music keeps everyone in smiles and some bring their dancing shoes. This year we served chili and potato soup with many compliments on both. We served two delicious, fall favorite pies, Dutch apple and Pumpkin. Thank you to all who enjoyed this fun event with us at Primrose Retirement Community of Austin! Many smiles, hugs and laughter was shared by all.

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Council Bluffs Primrose Residents Tour Television Studio

Council Bluffs, IA, Retirement Communities

Studio Tour

Five Shining Stars from Primrose Council Bluffs join local NBC studio for a morning

Tenants from the Council Bluffs, Iowa Primrose Retirement Community recently took a trip to one of our local news stations, WOWT Channel 6 (NBC) in Omaha, Nebraska.

We were given a wonderful tour of the facility and got to meet most of the news anchors and some of the reporters as well as seeing the room that “makes it all happen” as we were told. The room with all the computers, wires, etc. What button to push if a commercial doesn’t operate properly, how to switch from camera to camera and, most importantly, the red light! When the red light is on it means QUIET – ON AIR.

Another room which was quiet interesting and very noisy was the room where all the scanners were going off reporting all the activity happening in Omaha/Council Bluffs. There were several people in this room, each with their own scanner and as new newsworthy information came in, they were either submitting it for stories or radioing out to reporters on where to go.

The station was very active as people were moving about getting things ready for the noon newscast which we were invited to stay and watch. It was very interesting to see how times have changed and they no longer use the LARGE cameras to do news any more. It was all done from several computer screens with small cameras attached to them hanging from the ceiling and how the crew moves around the set during the cast and commercials. The ladies very much enjoyed getting to interact with the meteorologist and learn how the green screen works.

It was a cold day this day and the tenants that did tough it out had a really great time and were very anxious to get back to Primrose to share with everyone else what they missed out.

by Chris Harms
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Zanesville Primrose Welcomes Sarah Sands

Sarah Sands

Primrose resident Sarah Sands

Zanesville, OH, Retirement Communities

Sarah was born and raised in Morgan County. She has five children — four sons and one daughter. She went back to school after her children were in school, for nursing, she then worked at Sands Mining Corporation with her husband. After retirement she moved to California and sold real estate, she then returned to her hometown of Zanesville. She loves living at Primrose, she thinks the residents and staff are great! If you see Sarah around Primrose, please welcome her to our family of residents!

by Shala Steinman
Executive Director

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Marion Primrose Resident on Honor Flight

Malcom Wright

Malcolm Wright at the Korean War monument

Marion, OH, Retirement Living

Primrose Marion resident Malcolm Wright was one of 56 veterans who left Port Columbus on an Honor Flight Sept. 28. And he said it is a day he’ll never forget.

Malcolm said they were greeted by perhaps 100 folks, mostly women, when they landed in Baltimore, Md. From there, they boarded buses and headed to the Nation’s Capitol. His personal caregiver for the day was Cheryl Caliver, a registered nurse at Mt. Carmel East, in Columbus.

Malcolm said they visited the World War II, Vietnam and the newly placed Korean War monuments. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “I had been to DC before but can’t describe how that day felt.” He is pictured in a helmet and poncho worn by Korean War veterans. His memories of the monument included faces etched into the granite and life-size statues of soldiers. “It brought back a lot of memories,” he said.

The group also visited Arlington Cemetery where they witnessed the Changing of the Guard. Do you know why the guards take 21 steps behind the tomb, wait 21 seconds before turning east, then 21 second before turning north, and then 21 steps to the tomb? The answer: the highest honor that can bestowed upon a veteran is the 21 gun salute.

In addition to the sights they visited that day, he was impressed with the organization of the day’s events. “What impressed me the most was stacking all those things (wheelchairs) under the buses,” he said. “That took work doing that. Just like you doing that every time you take us out.” His last comment referred to Brenda Donegan, Life Enrichment Coordinator loading bus for local outings.

“I would go again if I could,” he said. “I didn’t mind the wheelchair. They don’t want you walking anywhere, so the wheelchair was safer.”

by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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