Monthly Archives: February 2014

Zanesville Primrose Receives Deficiency Free Survey

Zanesville, OH Retirement Communities

Zanesville Primrose Team

Congratulations to the staff of Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville on their Ohio Department of Health Deficiency Free State Survey. We are proud of the teamwork it takes to attain this accomplishment, providing why our residents say this is living!

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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Beach Party at Mankato Primrose

Mankato Primrose Beach Party

Beach partiers Daisy, Ernie, Maxine, and Irene enjoying the pool under the shade of our palm tree

Mankato, MN Retirement Communities

Here in Mankato, Minnesota, we’ve had an extraordinarily harsh winter. We’ve experienced subzero temperatures, as well as large quantities of snow and intense winds. Needless to say, this winter has been a much too long winter.

In an attempt to get our minds off of this Minnesota winter, we decided to throw a beach party right here at Primrose! We encouraged our residents to dress in summer and beach-themed clothes for the party. Many residents participated, and it was fun for everyone to see each other wearing something other than our warm winter clothes.

The Beach Boys music playing in the background and all the decorations helped to put us in the mood to enjoy mojitos, as well as beach-themed snacks: chips and salsa! We had a few different kinds of salsas to sample and we had a vote at the end for the favorite kind. The homemade fruit salsa was a hit!

After our refreshments, we shared stories about trips to different beaches. It was interesting to hear about all of the different places around the world our residents have been. We shared lots of memories and funny stories. We all left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and maybe even showing a little bit of a sun tan!

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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Ernestine Dailey at Zanesville Primrose

Ernestine Dailey

Ernestine Dailey

Zanesville, OH Retirement Communities

Ernestine was born and raised in Zanesville. Her family steeled in the north part of Muskingum County in what is called the Mattingly Settlement on Creamery Road. She attended St. Mary of the Spring College (Ohio Dominican) and Ohio University.

Before retiring she was the Administrator of the Mental Health Center on Bell Street. Since she lost her husband 25 years ago, she has enjoyed traveling and doing volunteer work at Good Samaritan Hospital, Genesis Hospice, John McIntire Library and St. Thomas Church. She enjoys in her spare time reading, knitting and playing cards (mostly bridge). She has one daughter and son-in-law that reside in New Jersey and one granddaughter that resides in Rhode Island.

She has lived at Primrose since the doors opened in October 2008, and she has enjoyed living here. She also brought 3 of her friends along with her to live here as well.

by Christine Ross
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Primrose Retirement Community Announces New Marketing Director

April Mangett

Marketing Director April Mangett

Findlay, OH Retirement Communities

FINDLAY, OH – Primrose Retirement Community of Findlay has announced that April Mangett has joined Primrose as the Direct of Marketing. In this role, she will oversee all the marketing and sales efforts as well as public relations events and community outreach for Primrose. Mangett brings with her previous marketing experience and almost ten years of service in various health care industries. She began her duties on February 17th.

“I love working with our senior population, so Primrose is natural fit for me,” said Mangett. “Making any career move can be a huge decision, but, given my past experiences and knowledge, I hope I can be a useful resource for those considering Primrose.”

“We are incredibly lucky to have April on our team,” said Primrose Executive Director Heather Petersen. “She brings with her some great experience, and she has a true passion for our residents.”

Mangett replaces Petersen, who was promoted to Executive Director earlier this month.

Primrose Retirement Community of Findlay, located at 8580 Township Road 237, consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 32 assisted-living apartment homes, and twelve townhome villas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Findlay
Heather Petersen, Executive Director
419-422-6200
hpetersen@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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Friends Enjoy 'Elvis in the House' at Anderson Primrose

Dianne White, Elvis, and Karen Bathauer

Dianne White, “Elvis,” and Karen Bathauer

Anderson, IN Retirement Communities

On Friday, February 14th, 2014 we celebrated with “Elvis in the house”!! Residents Dianne White and Karen Bathauer enjoyed Valentine’s Day at Primrose in Anderson dancing the afternoon away, listening and singing to some “Jailhouse Rock”.

Dianne was a resident at Primrose first and then Karen moved in and they became instant friends. With several common interest, they have built a great friendship while living at Primrose.

The two of them share lots of time together discussing their lives, children and grandchildren. (You can always venture to guess that if you see one, the other is not far behind!) They can always be found singing and dancing anytime an activity involves music. They say “they are glad they found each other to hang out with and want to keep having fun.” Just another fun day at Primrose in Anderson!!

by Lori Bottomley
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Friendships are Blossoming at Primrose

Jane Smith and Connie Strouse

Jane Smith and Connie Strouse

Cinni and Boccelli

Cinni and Boccelli are not what you would call “typical” pets!

Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

Jane Smith and Connie Strouse had never met before they became neighbors in the “A Wing” here at Findlay’s Primrose in 2012. Connie recalls their conversation being about their pets. They enjoyed talking with each other and soon found out they had the common bond of being an only child.

Primrose is a pet-friendly community, and one day Jane and Connie decided to introduce their own pets. Now, cats and dogs are typically stereotyped as arch enemies; but then Cinni and Boccelli are not what you would call “typical” pets!

Boccelli had never been around another animal, but much to ladies’ delight they too became friends. Since that time they get their furry friends together for “play dates” on a regular basis. And play they do, as they take turns chasing each other around the furniture in the apartment before curling up to take a nap together!

“Cinni” is short for “Cinnamon” because as a puppy her fur was similar to the color of the spice of the same name. Connie is fond of classical music and Boccelli is named after the Italian tenor, Andrea Boccelli.

This is why we say at Primrose, “This is Living!”

by Karen Barchent
Hospitality

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Duluth Primrose Button Art Show

Duluth, MN Retirement Communities

button art show

On the week of February 10th, a group of five women crafted together to form a Button Art show.

They picked a canvas that had a tree on it or they could come up with their own design. Two women came up with their own design and one decided to make a card for herself. They had many different colored buttons and sizes to pick from. They had a lot of fun coming up with an idea of what they wanted it to represent and a story to go with it.

by Cindy Hnatek
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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A 'New Reign' at Kansas City Primrose

Martin relinquishes reign to newly appointed King Ralph

Martin (l) relinquishes his sceptor to newly appointed King Ralph

Harriett, Abigail and Jayne sharing a laugh

Harriett, Abigail and Jayne share a laugh as Jayne turns over her reign to Harriet

Queen Harriett and King Ralph

Queen Harriett and King Ralph

Kansas City, MO Retirement Communities

In keeping with Valentine tradition, a new king and queen have been crowned at Primrose Kansas City. As has been the case in years past, the polls opened in the days before February 14th. All residents are invited and encouraged to vote for their neighbors (or even themselves!) through 5:00 pm on Valentine’s Day. When dinner service begins, the winners are announced.

This year, LEC Abigail Lancaster called the reigning king and queen, Martin Buckman and Jayne Edlin, to the front of the room to assist with the announcement. The first announcement was for the 2014 king—Ralph Shackelford. A surprised and jubilant Ralph made his way to the microphone where Martin passed the scepter (a 32” grabber) to his successor. Ralph patiently awaited the naming of his queen—Harriett Watson. Harriett was stunned and when asked if she had any words she’d like to share with her adoring constituents, her response was a chuckle and a “Good heavens, no!” Once 2013 queen Jayne passed the jeweled tiara to Harriett, the newest members of Primrose KC royalty posed for their first official portrait.

As always, the event was highly anticipated by the residents and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Harriett and Ralph!

by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Huffman and Field Couples Enjoy Lunchtime Fellowship

Huffman and Field couples at Marion Primrose

Huffman and Field couples dine together daily at Marion Primrose

Marion, OH Retirement Communities

I have been asked to tell a little about the years of friendship between Irma Lou Field and myself (Betty Huffman), residents along with our husbands, of Primrose, Marion. “Irm” and I are both 84, and have been friends for 84 years, so it could be a long story, but I will keep it short. Along with our husbands, Richard Field and Randall Huffman, we eat lunch together most days. Richard and Randall have been friends and working associates for 60 years or so.

Irm says that when she was born, my father brought me down to meet her. I was three months old. Neither she nor I have a distinct memory of this, but we are told that was when our friendship started. Then on the first day of school, Irm’s mother, Mrs. Wall, brought her to the first grade door to meet her teacher. However, I was watching for them and said, “It is OK, Mrs. Wall, I will take care of her.” According to Irm, I did.

These are tales that we both have been told and they are probably true. We were classmates and playmates throughout school. In the summers, I rode my pony a mile or so to her place to play with her and her brother, Bud Wall. In the winter, we skated together along with many other La Ruites when the Scioto River actually froze.

We went off to college, married and raised our families in different sections of the state. Both of our families produced serious swimmers and friendly competitors.

Irm retired, professor emeritus, from Ohio Northern and in retirement, she and her husband moved back to La Rue. I retired from Marion Technical College, from the directorship of the Medical Laboratory Technology program. The two families got together for bridge and other fun times.

The Richard Field family and the Randall Huffman family were neighboring farmers and friends. Dick’s children graduated from Elgin with our children. Later,Irm, as a widow, married Richard Field, a widower and her former high school sweetheart. And so the relationships have continued.

Currently, we all are still neighbors and friends at Primrose.

by Betty Huffman
Marion Primrose Resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 42nd 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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Primrose Reading Volunteers Participate with Kiwanis

Kokomo Primrose resident Daisy Strange enjoys going to read to the children

Kokomo Primrose volunteer Daisy Strange enjoys reading to children

Kokomo, IN, Retirement Communities

The local Kiwanis takes groups of volunteers to read to kindergarten children. Kokomo Primrose resident Daisy Strange enjoys reading to the children.

“It brings back memories of reading to my children when they were younger,” Daisy says.

Daisy also enjoys listening to the stories the children tell her. “You never know what they are going to say. Some of the stories are shocking and amazing.”

The children are always excited to pick out a book, which they get to take home with them, and are always appreciative of being read to.

Thank you to Kiwanis for letting us be a part of this wonderful program.

by Shanda Whitacre
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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