Monthly Archives: January 2014

Primrose Adds Veterans’ Lounge to Retirement Community

SHAWNEE, OK – Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee now features a space specifically focused on honoring Shawnee area veterans. Over the last few weeks, the retirement community, located on Bryant Avenue, has taken steps to convert one of the common areas in the building to become the Primrose Veterans’ Lounge. The space features uniforms and emblems of all the branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as photographs of residents during their times of service and booklets compiled by residents on various aspects of the Armed Forces.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Wednesday, January 29th at 2:00 PM at Primrose. The event will be open to the public and media. A number of elected officials and political candidates will also be in attendance.

“It’s really been a wonderful project,” said Primrose Director of Marketing Rachael Geiger, who has spearheaded the effort. “We’ve heard amazing stories, and we’ve seen some incredible friendships form as a result of this space.”

Geiger said the idea came about as a result of a resident pointing out a need for such a space in the community. The Primrose Veterans’ Lounge is open to the public and the retirement community already has plans to host a number of groups and events from within the Shawnee community in the space.

“This place is absolutely open to the public, and we invite anyone who is interested to come see this tribute to our nation’s veterans.”

Primrose Retirement Community is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day, though other times are available upon request. Anyone interested in finding out more or in reserving the space for an event can contact Geiger at 405-273-0925.

Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee, located at 1905 N. Bryan Avenue, consists of 36 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, and four townhome villas. The community opened in 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee
Rachael Geiger, Marketing Director
405-273-0925
rgeiger@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.

Barbara Ray Grateful to be Back at Primrose

Barbara Ray

Primrose resident Barbara Ray

Zanesville, OH, Retirement Communities

I was born and raised in Malta, OH. I married Kenton Ray and we made a big move across the river to McConnelsville, where we lived our entire married life. We have 3 daughters: Brenda in California, Janice in Zanesville and Karen in Florida.

My husband had cancer and was sick a long time. We finally got to the place that we needed so much more help. That is when our daughters helped us make to the decision to move to Primrose in 2010. My husband died in 2011.

I moved out of the apartment and lived with my daughter for a while. My daughter Janice and her family treated me wonderfully but I felt like I should not bother them. I decided to move to an apartment. My daughters then encouraged me to move back to Primrose in July 2013 because I was so happy living there with my husband. It is great coming back and seeing the Residents I knew from before.

I love the way the staff checks on me and helps me when I need help. I like the meals that are provided. I will not be doing anymore moving until they carry me out.

by Barbara May
Zanesville Primrose Resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 40th installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]

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Pueblo Primrose Celebrates Veterans

Veterans Wall unveiled at Pueblo Primrose

Primrose of Pueblo is proud to have the opportunity to honor the Veterans who live in our community! Our Life Enrichment Director, Barbara Della Rossa, and her assistant, Heidi Brooks, put together a magnificent program quarterly to honor those Veterans who have moved to Primrose of Pueblo in the last 3 months. They obtain a picture of the Veteran when they were in the service and they take a picture of them now. They frame the pictures side by side in a cherry frame with a burgundy mat. We hang the new pictures on the wall and cover them with a drape to be revealed at the ceremony.

Our most recent ceremony was held on Jan. 8, 2014 and it honored 5 Veterans:

Doc Blanchard
John Stoker
A.D. Criger
John Leuty
Martin Naglich

The Veterans families were in attendance as well as residents and staff. The ROTC of East High School here in Pueblo presented the colors while our Director of Nursing, Sheryl Ewton, honored our country with the singing of the National Anthem. Each Veteran was then presented with a certificate of appreciation and then the pictures were revealed.

This ceremony is such an emotional time for all of our Veterans and families and a proud time for Primrose of Pueblo. We feel so fortunate to have these fine men living in our community.

by Gina Drown
Executive Director

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Take a Break for Some Laughter

take a break for some laughter

Have you found yourself slipping into that post-holiday slump lately? Are the cold weather and shorter days getting you down? Well, you are not alone! Experts say that January is a very common month to start feeling the “Blues.” The good news is that the answer is really quite simple –just try having a good laugh.

Have you heard the expression “Laughter is the best medicine?” Well, it seems that there is some real scientific truth to that. According to recent scientific studies, laughter has been shown to:

– lower blood pressure
– improve the transport of oxygen through the blood vessels
– reduce stress hormones
– improve the immune system
– increase memory and learning
– control appetite
– increase euphoric feelings and reduce pain

Another great benefit of laughter is that it is best done with others. Studies have proven that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we are with others as opposed to on our own. Whether we find humor on our own or with others, at specific events or during our everyday lives, laughter is just downright healthy. Science has even found that those who have a good sense of humor and can laugh at everyday events are likely to live longer and happier lives than those that have a harder time laughing.

So, if you are feeling a little down this January, or if you just want to get together and have a good chuckle, call up that friend or relative that can always seem to get you to laugh, find a good comedy and invite someone to watch it with you, or swing by Primrose and see what’s on our calendar. After all, living on the lighter side of life may be just what the doctor ordered!

by Dylan Kessler
Primrose Staff Writer

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Rapid City's Mayor Visits Primrose

Mayor Kooiker visits Rapid City Primrose

Rapid City Mayor Kooiker going over the Rapid City progress report

Rapid City, SD, Retirement Communities

Mayor Kooiker took time out of his busy schedule to meet with Primrose residents over coffee and cookies in December, 2013. The Mayor presented the years progress in Rapid City, highlighting all the new construction that was taking place around the community. Rapid City is growing!

After his presentation he opened the floor to questions. Many residents inquired about points of personal interest in the community. Mayor Kooiker was excellent in his response and then stayed after the Q&A to enjoy the rest of his coffee and catch up with a resident from his home town!

The residents of Primrose enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Mayor during our coffee hour and look forward to his next visit. For more information on the exciting activities that take place at our Rapid City Primrose visit www.primroseretirement.com.

by Suzette Cuny
Marketing Director

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Primrose Retirement Community Announces New Staff

Nissa Stump

Marion Primrose Marketing Director Nissa Stump

Marion, OH, Retirement Communities

MARION, OH – Primrose Retirement Community has announced that Nissa Stump has joined the team as the Marketing Director for the independent and assisted living community. She began her duties on December 30th.

“I love working with people, so the opportunity to meet all of our residents, prospects, and network out in the Marion community is very exciting.”

“Nissa is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Primrose Executive Director Sandra Rowe. “She brings with her years of experience in customer service and sales, and has certainly shown a passion and great enthusiasm for our residents.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Marion, located at 1550 Wellness Drive, opened in 2006 and consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 12 Townhome Villas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Marion
Sandra Rowe, Executive Director
740-389-6300
srowe@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.

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 Two Visits with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell pose with a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr, shaking hands with Maurice

By Maurice Caldwell

My first conversation with Dr. King took place in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957. I was a missionary in Mexico, invited to speak in Montgomery at a Church of God convention.

After the convention, I went to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, near the State Capitol. Pastor King was out of his office, but I was able to reach him at home. The King family lived in a neat, white house that had been repainted after being bombed. (After the successful yearlong Montgomery bus boycott, the buses were integrated in 1956.)

Dr. King showed personal interest in the Church of God Peace Fellowship, and my being a charter member. He expressed appreciation for the work that Dondeena and I were doing — starting “La Buena Tierra,” the first Church of God Bible Institute in Latin America. And of course I was fascinated to meet the leader of the U.S. civil rights movement, and to hear him describe the tremendous struggles going on. Segregation and discrimination had to be resisted actively, but always in a spirit of nonviolence and reconciliation.

He asked me to write to him when I returned to Saltillo, Mexico, which I did. Dondeena and I became supporting members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, organized in New Orleans in 1957, with Dr. King as president. We received regular newsletters from SCLC.

My second visit was in Atlanta in 1963. I was the secretary of the Church of God Home Missions Department, and I coordinated work with minorities all across North America. I visited Dr. Harry V. Richardson, a Drew Seminary classmate of mine, who directed the United Christian Center in Atlanta. He was a colleague of Dr. King, and helped make arrangements for me to spend a Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. King and his father.

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” was one of the hymns we sang during an inspiring worship service. Dr. King’s mother, Mrs. Alberta King, was the choir director. (Later, she was shot and killed while playing “the Lord’s Prayer” on the church organ.) Co-Pastor M. L. King, Jr. who had just returned from Selma, Alabama, preached a stirring gospel message. He also reported on the confrontations in Selma with “Bull” Conner, and the police dogs and fire hoses used to harass the demonstrators. But Dr. King spoke with no hatred or vengefulness, only a stronger commitment to nonviolent resistance and to the creation of the Beloved Community. God met with his people at Ebenezer that morning, and the entire service was a celebration of praise.

Dr. King invited me to his home that afternoon and introduced me to his wife, Coretta Scott King, and to their three little children: Yolanda, M. L. King III, and Dexter. I felt that they were a model family.

Just before the evening service, a photographer took pictures of Dr. King and me, in his study. He showed me a letter on his desk, and said that it was an invitation to speak in the Anderson School of Theology. He regretted that he had a prior commitment on that date.

We talked while he put on his hip boots for the baptismal service. Then we went into the sanctuary for another memorable worship experience. The service began with the baptism of a dozen or more candidates, three of whom were white persons. Dr. King’s father preached the sermon, and again I felt that I heard the pure gospel.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. W. E. Reed, Dr. Louise P. Meyer, Dr. Edward L. Foggs, and I participated in the historic “March on Washington.” On the eve of the march, we met with Church of God people from all across the country in a solidarity rally in the National Memorial Church of God. The next morning we joined 250,000 persons on The Mall to hear the famous “I have A Dream” speech. We realized that “the dreamer” was also “a doer.”

A year later, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. I was impressed by his donation of the $54,000 prize to the civil rights movement. He stated that the award was “a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time — the need for humanity to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.”

My life has been immeasurably enriched by personal acquaintance with the 20th Century’s great American Apostle of Nonviolence. Dr. King understood that the triple evils of our time are racism, poverty, and war. We realize that they are part of our unfinished agenda. And “We Shall Overcome” because, as Dr. King reminded us, “The universe is on the side of justice!”

*Originally published in “Church of God Peace Fellowship” Magazine, Autumn 2004.

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Kansas City Primrose Welcomed 2014 in Style

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Kansas City Primrose New Year's Celebration 2014

We closed another chapter with the end of 2013. The New Year’s Eve meal and party was very different from any in the past here at 8559 N Line Creek Parkway, but by no means was it any less fun or enjoyable!

The evening began with a shrimp cocktail treat at dinner which was a great start! The main entrée was prime rib, which was, naturally, a big hit especially when paired with melt-in-your-mouth twice-baked potatoes and scrumptious green bean almandine. It was a fine meal to end the year. A special New York-style cheesecake rounded out the meal nicely.

There was no live band this year, but there was a great mix of Glenn Miller and more recent hits over the speakers which gave a nice atmosphere.

Residents and staff shared a few hopes and aspirations for the new year as well as releasing a few things that have been weighing us down. Some favorites were Jim Myers’s wanting a red Lamborghini while another resident thought this would be the year they would stop playing with their food.

I did my usual strutting of the “official clock”. Of course, what’s New Year’s Eve without the bubbly?! The champagne toast and countdown could be heard throughout the community! Streaming silly string and exploding party-poppers finished the evening with a bang of color and sound!

The entire staff and I were so pleased and honored to share another fine year with all the Kansas City residents. Many sentiments during and after the meal were along the lines of looking forward to this coming year with the completion of the remodeling and opening the next great chapter of good times at Primrose Retirement Communities Kansas City, and I couldn’t agree more! We are, myself in particular, all excited to get into a nice new dining room and full commercial kitchen.

Here’s to an exciting 2014! Thank you so much for allowing me to share another New Year’s Eve with you and may this year be your best one yet! Namaste!

by Chef Phillip Martin

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Primrose Resident Headed to Purdue Hall of Fame

Carol Mertler

Carol Mertler

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Carol Mertler, Primrose resident was honored along with eight others to be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics hall of Fame in September.

A 1955 graduate of Mansfield Senior, Mertler went to Purdue in 1975 as a field hockey coach and assistant athletics director, supervising the development of women’s athletics for the Boilermakers. In 1982 she was promoted to associate athletics director.

Mertler helped stage several Big Ten championship events and the 1987 NCCA Volleyball Championship at market Square Arena in Indianapolis. She left Purdue in 1988 to return home to Mansfield as the director of therapeutic activity services at Richland Hospital.

From there she went to Ashland University as a full time professor and received the Taylor Excellence award in 2000. Before going to Purdue, she worked at Ashland as a volleyball, basketball and softball coach.

The Kent State (1959), Oregon (1962) and Ohio State (1974) graduate retired in 2001. She was inducted into the Ashland University Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Carol Lives in a villa at Primrose with her cocker spaniel Gracie for 6 years now.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Santa Visits Lancaster Primrose

Santa’s Grand Entrance

Santa’s Grand Entrance

Betty testing out Santa’s beard

Betty testing out Santa’s beard

Mary Lou told Santa how good she was this year!

Mary Lou told Santa how good she was this year!

Lancaster, OH, Retirement Communities

Our Christmas party was a huge success this year at Lancaster’s Primrose! Over forty residents came down to celebrate the holiday together. Our dietary manager, Jana Lehman, provided us with wonderful treats such as cheese and crackers, an elaborate veggie tray, chips and salsa, and even Christmas cookies.

As holiday music played in the background, Santa made his grand entrance through the front doors taking all of the residents by surprise! Everyone was ecstatic to see Santa and all took turns telling him exactly what they wanted for Christmas. One resident declared, “All I want for Christmas is my front teeth, and not just two of them — all of them!” which made everyone laugh.

After the residents had enjoyed their treats and made sure Santa’s beard was real, the party began to wind down. Just as Santa was about to leave, the residents started singing Christmas carols together. Santa, staff members, and friends all joined the residents in their singing, making for a wonderful end to a wonderful party.

by Traci Giles,
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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