Monthly Archives: December 2013

14 Tips for 2014

Most people don’t know that New Year’s celebrations have their roots in ancient Babylon. Over 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians would recognize the coming of the new year with eleven days of celebrations. The tradition of making “New Year’s Resolutions” came out of these celebrations. While the Babylonians’ resolutions usually involved paying off any debts and returning any borrowed tools or equipment, today’s New Year’s resolutions can include almost anything.

So, what are your resolutions for next year? Are you going to lose weight and get back in shape, take up a new hobby or revive a lost talent, or will you kick a bad habit and replace it with something positive? If you are still struggling to figure out what you will resolve in 2014, check out our 14 Tips for 2014 below for a few ideas.

1) Laugh!
It’ll do you good!

2) Be positive
Thinking positive can decrease stress, boost resistance to colds, and add years to your life! What’s not to like?

3) Read More
Reading daily can help prevent Alzheimer’s, improve memory, and relieve stress and anxiety. So, turn off the TV, and pick up a book!

4) Spend Time with Family
Take the time to enjoy your family! Show them how much they mean to you.

5) Play with your Pet
Pets have been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels! Get out there and take Fido for a few more walks in 2014.

6) Unplug!
Technology is great, but studies have shown that it is not healthy for us to be constantly online. Unplug every now and then.

7) Sing
Maybe you’re no Elvis, but nothing feels quite like belting out your favorite tune while driving your car, cleaning your home, or the age-old favorite of singing in the shower. So let it out! You’re probably a better singer than you think!

8) Do Something a little Crazy
You only live once! Take time this year to do those things that you’ve always wanted to do. Sell your house and move! Go zip lining! Do something just a little crazy!

9) Make a new Friend
You can never have too many! Get out of your comfort zone and meet someone new.

10) Say “Thank You!”
Whether it’s to a veteran or a stranger, say “Thank You!”

11) Volunteer
Give back!

12) Go Outside
There’s a whole world around you. Get out there and enjoy it! You may see something you’ve never seen before!

13) Learn Something New
You’re never too old to learn something new! Whether it’s learning about wine or creating a work of art, take the time to learn this year.

14) Have a Little Fun!
Go ahead. You deserve it! Don’t be so serious all the time. Let yourself go! Have some fun!

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

Happy New Year from Primrose Retirement Communities

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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Mankato Primrose Hosts 'Deck the Halls' Tour and Social

Mankato Primrose residents Mildred and Mary Ann

Our first and second place winners: Mildred and Mary Ann

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

What’s December without Christmas decorations? During the holidays, many people enjoy decorating their homes (both inside and out) with Christmas decorations. Here at Primrose of Mankato, we like to share our Christmas decorations within our retirement community!

Many of our residents participated in decorating their doors over the first few weeks of December for our fifth annual Deck the Halls Tour and Social. The residents were encouraged to tour the halls of Primrose and enjoy all the beautiful decorations. In the process, our residents recorded their choices for first, second, and third place for best door decorations!

At our social, we enjoyed sipping on hot cocoa as well as munching on a beautiful assortment of Christmas cookies made in our kitchen. We sang Christmas carols together as the ballots were collected and votes were tallied. We announced the winners and awarded them with their prizes!

by Emilie Hauser
Life Enrichment Assistant

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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Pueblo Primrose Recognized for Outstanding Resident Satisfaction

Heidi Brooks and Jim Heller

Pueblo Primrose employee Heidi Brooks and Regional Operations Manager Jim Heller show Excellence in Action Award

PUEBLO, CO – Primrose Retirement Community of Pueblo has received the Excellence in Action award from the National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of excellence with regards to Resident satisfaction.

“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 am incredibly proud of our Pueblo Executive Director, Gina Drown, and her team,” said Primrose Retirement Communities Regional Operations Manager Jim Heller. “The devotion and service they provide to our Residents every day are exactly what Primrose is all about.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Pueblo, opened in 2010, consists of 40 Independent Living apartment homes and 40 Assisted Living apartment homes.

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. 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 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 30 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Pueblo
Gina Drown, Executive Director
719-543-3300
gdrown@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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Pueblo Primrose Hosts Resident Christmas Party

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

Pueblo Primrose Retirement Community Resident Christmas Party

Residents wined and dined and entertained at the 2013 Pueblo Primrose Retirement Community Resident Christmas Party

The residents of Primrose of Pueblo gathered for dinner on Monday, Dec. 16th knowing that after dinner they would retreat to the 3rd floor for the Resident Christmas Party. What they did not know is how their dining room would be transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of tiny white lights twinkling and wine being served while they toasted their friends. The staff at Primrose went into action after lunch on the 16th and completely “re-made” the resident dining room so that the Prime Rib dinner would be one that was not soon forgotten! As residents enjoyed their meal to the sound of Christmas Carols and clinking glasses, the staff hurried upstairs to set the stage for an evening of jazz, dancing and fellowship! The 4-piece jazz band that entertained has not formally picked a name for themselves yet. We suggested “Primrose”! We hope it sticks! The residents danced, laughed and in general enjoyed themselves until the wee hours (or at least 9:00 pm)!

Yes, it IS a Wonderful Life at Primrose of Pueblo!

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

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 Veterans to Hold Inaugural Flag-Raising Event

CHEYENNE, WY – The veterans of Primrose Retirement Community announced today plans to hold an inaugural flag-raising ceremony at the newly completed retirement community on Monday, December 23rd at 9:00 AM. The event will be open to the public and will be conducted by the veterans who live and work at Primrose.

“This is a very special and exciting event, not only for Primrose but for all of us veterans who live and work here,” said Primrose Director of Marketing David Sheppard. “We all have a great deal of respect for our flag and what it represents, so we wanted to be a part of raising it for the first time over this new community.”

Primrose of Cheyenne, located at 1530 Dorothy Lane, officially opened this week, and residents have begun moving into the retirement community. The three story community consists of four Townhome Villas, 40 Independent Living apartment homes and 40 Assisted Living apartments. Floor plans are available in a mix of one and two-bedroom options. Residents will enjoy an array of inviting common areas and amenities, such as a wellness center, pub and billiards/game room, chapel, business center, movie theater, bistro, and outdoor gazebo. The multi-million dollar project was financed by Wyoming Bank and Trust and is owned and operated by South Dakota based Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne
David Sheppard, Director of Marketing
307-630-4102
dsheppard@primroseretirement.com

COMPANY INFORMATION:
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. 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 1991 in Aberdeen, Primrose has grown to now include 30 locations in 15 states, with two currently under construction.

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

Cub Scouts Sing Carols to Council Bluffs Primrose Tenants

Cub Scouts Caroling

Cub Scouts sing Christmas carols

Council Bluffs, IA, Retirement Communities

Council Bluffs Primrose tenants were lucky enough to have a local Boy Scout group entertain them with Christmas carols after dinner this week. They sang seven beautiful songs and even some of the tenants sang along. After singing was over, the boys offered cookies to everyone and hot chocolate. Some of the boys sat with tenants and discussed with them what they would like for Christmas. After about an hour, the boys cleaned up everything and were on their way. We are hoping to have them back again soon. The tenants really enjoyed the boys sitting with them and holding a conversation.
Happy Holidays!

by Chris Harms
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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Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne Now Open

CHEYENNE, WY – Cheyenne area seniors can now make their reservation for the new Primrose Retirement Community. Primrose announced today that construction is complete and that residents have begun moving into their new apartment homes and townhome villas.

“We’re very excited to finally be welcoming our first residents to Primrose of Cheyenne,” said Primrose Executive Director Travis Lingenfelter. “We believe that we are the premier choice for senior living in the area, and now that we’re open, we welcome anyone who wants to stop in for a visit and see our new retirement community.”

A grand opening event is being planned for this spring.

Primrose Retirement Community of Cheyenne is located at 1530 Dorothy Lane. The three story community consists of four Townhome Villas, 40 Independent Living apartment homes and 40 Assisted Living apartments. Floor plans are available in a mix of one and two-bedroom options. Residents will enjoy an array of inviting common areas and amenities, such as a wellness center, pub and billiards/game room, chapel, business center, movie theater, bistro, and outdoor gazebo. The multi-million dollar project was financed by Wyoming Bank and Trust and is owned and operated by South Dakota based Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC.

This is the third Primrose in Wyoming. The company previously opened communities in Casper in 2004 and Gillette in 2010.

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 30 locations in 15 states, with two communities 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@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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Primrose Senior University Presents The Everyday Guide to Wine

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

Primrose Wine Tasters

Class members and Life Enrichment staff enjoying the Christmas luncheon (clockwise, from bottom left): June Hebein, Alys Venable, Barbara Case, Doris Weir, Bob Davitt, Ann Leach, Barbara Della Rossa, Heidi Brooks

Primrose of Pueblo is very proud of our Primrose Senior University (PSU) program. PSU provides continued learning on topics that are of interest to our residents.

Currently the Pueblo PSU is presenting The Everyday Guide to Wine, taught by Jennifer Simonett-Bryan, Master of Wine (M.W.). This is a 24-week series on the making of wine, different types of wine, what wines to drink with different foods, wines of different regions in the world and becoming a knowledgeable wine buyer/collector.

The class meets weekly and views a 30 minute video on the subject for the week, has discussion and then tastes different types of wine.

To celebrate the Christmas season, class member Bob Davitt set up a luncheon for the class, complete with the appropriate type of wine for the meal.

This series will last until January 28, 2014. We welcome you to join us!

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

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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Primrose Retirement Community of Stillwater Now Open

STILLWATER, OK – Stillwater area seniors can now make their reservation for the new Primrose Retirement Community. Primrose announced this week that construction is complete and that residents have begun moving into their new apartment homes and townhome villas.

“We’re very excited to finally welcome our first residents to Primrose,” said Primrose Executive Director Joe Alexander. “We plan to be the premier choice for senior living in the area, and now that we’re open, we welcome anyone who wants to stop in for a visit.”

A grand opening event is being planned for this spring.

Primrose Retirement Community of Stillwater is located at 823 Range Road. The two story community consists of 8 Townhome Villas, 36 Independent Living apartment homes and 40 Assisted Living apartments. Floor plans are available in a mix of one and two-bedroom options. Residents will enjoy an array of inviting common areas and amenities, such as a wellness center, pub and billiards/game room, chapel, business center, movie theater, bistro, and outdoor gazebo. The multi-million dollar project was financed by Stillwater National Bank and is owned and operated by South Dakota based Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC.

This is the second Primrose in Oklahoma. The company opened a community in Shawnee 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 30 locations in 15 states, with two communities currently under construction.

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Stillwater
Joe Alexander, Executive Director
405-533-3300
jalexander@primroseretirement.com

Wasilla Primrose Resident Spotlight: Eleanor Oakley

Eleanor Oakley

Eleanor Oakley

Wasilla, AK, Retirement Communities

Can you pronounce Kanankanak?

Wasilla Primrose resident Eleanor Oakley can. She should, seeing as it was her birthplace and the name of her first small schoolhouse.

Born and raised in Alaska, Eleanor can show you what downtown Anchorage looked like back in 1940. Of course, quite a bit has changed in the 70 years that have gone by, and her old school at 15th and E street is now where the Performing Arts center stands.

Eleanor loved to be outside as a child, actively skiing in the winter and climbing trees in the summer. The weather was never a problem, as she would play through the rain and snow.

When she wasn’t about in the woods outside Anchorage, Eleanor would occasionally go to 25 cent matinees at the movies, or spend a nickel for ice cream. Eleanor’s youth was a stout example of the Alaska child, her mother being from Bristol Bay and her father, originally a radio operator in Kanakanak became a solider at Fort Richardson when it opened.

Her father retired from the military when she was twelve, and the family moved to Seattle, then California. Eleanor attended high school there then went to Washington D.C to work for the Navy as a typist and clerk.

Her restless spirit raged on, and when she married her husband whom she had met at Salinas High school, they had two children.

Eleanor and her family decided to moved to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. She lived in the south pacific for a few years, as her husband worked for the world Health Organization in the studies of mosquitoes.

By 1999 Eleanor retired from 22 years of real estate, and far too much paper work. After a stay in the hospital, Eleanor was shown Primrose by her daughter who lives in Wasilla. Here she now resides as an avid resident who volunteers every night to help pick out movies for us to watch in the theater — we couldn’t be happier to have her as a part of our family.

by Maria Rodriguez
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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