Monthly Archives: June 2014

Aloha, Kansas City Primrose!

Kansas City Primrose Summer Bash 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 in keeping with tradition at Primrose KC, the residents and staff kicked off the annual Summer Bash. While the day began with cloudy and rain-heavy skies, the sun broke through in the early afternoon and began shining, bringing with it temperatures in the low 80s. It was the perfect day for a Hawaiian luau, Primrose-style! Spreading over the front lawn and through the parking lot, the tropical decorations set the stage for what was the best Summer Bash ever. Guests began arriving a bit before 5:00 PM and stayed until after 7:00 PM.

Executive Chef Phillip Martin outdid himself this year. First thing in the morning, two whole hogs were placed on the grill for roasting, later to be served with a choice of two sauces drizzled over it. The buffet line also featured a braised asparagus and tomatoes, corn and cheesy potato side, and fresh fruit displayed in shark-carved watermelons. Dessert was the sweet favorite pineapple upside-down cake topped with fresh whipped cream.

A party simply isn’t a party without entertainment, and what a show there was! The Overtones of Kansas City, known for their vast repertoire of big band dance music ranging from Glenn Miller to contemporary tunes, kept toes tapping and a song of the lips of each guest from the beginning of the luau to the end. Playing such favorites as “Over the Rainbow”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, and “Kansas City”, the band enchanted party-goers. While the band was taking a short break, the Aloha Punehana Polynesian Dancers (which means, “we come to you with much warmth and affection”) performed several traditional island dances much to the audience’s delight.

The youngest of guests enjoyed a variety of fun activities such as the bean bag toss and washers games, a bounce house moonwalk with a double slide for racing, and henna tattoos provided Primrose server Molly. Decked out in a plethora of colorful leis, the children were a flurry of energy and fun as they raced about from activity to activity throughout the evening.

With nearly 300 guests present, the Summer Bash was a success. Longtime resident Harriett Watson said, “I don’t know how you do it, but even the weather was cooperative! Thanks for another wonderful Summer Bash!” It’s one of the highlights of the season in Kansas City, and this luau will be talked about for a long time to come! Aloha!

by Abigail Lancaster
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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Stephania is a True American Patriot

Patriotic Stephania

Patriot Stephania

Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

Stephania (Stephanie) Wagner loves the United States of America. She gets teary-eyed when she hears our National Anthem, and sentimental on Independence Day, Memorial Day and other American holidays.

But unlike most of our other residents, Stephanie was not born in our country.

As a young girl during WWII, Stephanie and her family were moved to Nazi Germany where she and her sister were placed in separate work camps. It is her understanding that her parents then went to Argentina and she never saw her family again.

As a “war bride,” she came to the United States after WWII where she has thrived ever since. She managed the Ft. Findlay Hotel and the Carriage House Restaurant for many years and raised two very successful children.

Stephanie loves living at Primrose and is very grateful for having the opportunity to live in our free country!

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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Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin

Norma Kemerling

Norma Kemerling is enjoying a nice day outside in the gazebo at the Wausau Primrose Retirement Community

Thursday, June 12th 2014 is Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin. As temperatures increase now that it’s officially summer, everyone wants to enjoy outdoor activities but sometimes that combination can be dangerous.

According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one weather related killer in the United States.

State emergency leaders are reminding everyone of the dangers of extreme heat. They say seniors and children have a higher risk of heat related illness.

Here are some tips on staying cool for the summer.

  • Keep your living space cool
  • Slow down and limit physical activity
  • Drink plenty of water and eat lightly
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light colored clothing
  • Don’t stop taking medications unless your doctor says you should

Here at Primrose Retirement Communities our residents are using these tips to stay safe and healthy this summer — we are going to beat the heat this summer!

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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Fighting Childhood Cancer – One Day at a Time

Alex, founder of the Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex, founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex Lemonade Stand Fundraising for cancer cure at Aberdeen Primrose Cottages

Inez & HA Poindexter, Brooklyn Bossly (daughter of Nurse Manager Tara Bossly), Adeline Kolb and LEC Janet Nelson raise money for cancer cure

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra Scott (Jan. 18th of 96—Aug.1st of 04). At the age of 4 Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

Since Alex held that first stand, the nonprofit foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope, and also her missions to encourage and empower others to make a difference for children with cancer.

On June 6th, during lemonade days, residents and staff at Primrose Cottages joined in this movement and held their own “Alex’s Lemonade Stand.”

For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand, click here.

by Michelle Hagan
Executive Director

Ruth Clark Waxes Poetic On Mansfield Primrose Lifestyle

Ruth Clark

Correspondent-Resident Ruth Clark

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

I came to Primrose after surgery from Lima, Ohio. My husband was an Air Force Captain and after service worked as an Engineer for the state. I was a happy, busy homemaker from the country making sugar and spice cookies for two growing boys and apple pies for a busy husband. I was active in our women’s fellowship serving in various offices including being the president. I was a “brave” den mother for twelve active boys.

I loved challenges and taught myself to knit, making Afghans and sweaters. I did some oil painting and crafts. I refined and cupboards, tables and caned chairs and other pieces over the years. Quilts caught my eye and I made five of them for my daughters in law and granddaughters and made bears and dolls for grandchildren.

Now that I cannot thread a needle or sew a stitch I enjoy writing poetry to keep my mind sharp and my fingers busy.

Here is one of my poems I have written about Primrose:

Primrose is the place to be
When you are as old as me
Both knees hurt my shoulder too.
Can’t bend my back
To tie my shoe
The staff is good, and kind and helpful
The meals are tasty and plenty-full
There are crafts and games
And movies to view
Music, picnics, church
And ice cream too
So as you can see
Primrose is
The place for me.

by Ruth Clark
Mansfield Primrose resident

[Welcome, gentle reader. You have just finished reading the 44th 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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Mankato Primrose is 'Bloomin'

Spring flower planting

Residents Ernie, Fran, and Iva with their hand-painted pots and personally-chosen flowers!

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate spring and warm weather here at Primrose of Mankato, Minnesota than to plant some beautiful spring flowers! Early in the month, we held a craft day and hand painted some clay pots. We had everything from polka dots, to stripes, to flowers! We all had fun being creative and experimenting with different paints and color combinations to decorate our pots! Later in the month, we took a bus to a local garden center for a morning trip to pick out and purchase beautiful blooms to finish off our custom pots. Everyone found something they liked and brought it back to Primrose. Later in the day, we all got together and planted our plants in our pots with our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Haley. It was a beautiful day to be outside planting flowers!

by Emilie Hauser
Activity 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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Resident Spotlight: Jo England of Zanesville Primrose

• One daughter lives in Zanesville and one son lives in Vermont
• Jo has two granddaughters and two grandsons
• She loves to watch tv, knit, play euchre, likes to read and play golf
• She is a member of the Primrose Book Club
• Jo loves to watch football and baseball on tv
• She was an office nurse for 25 years
• Jo has been attending Coburn UM Church
• She was born and raised in E. Fultonham, OH; graduated from Lash High School; attended nursing school at Bethesda
• She and her husband lived in Zanesville until they retired in 1962 and then moved to Arizona where they lived for 25-30 years
• Jo moved back to Zanesville in November 2013 to Primrose
• She loves living at Primrose; she has met a lot of residents; Primrose feels more like a home and she loves the staff

Mt. Pleasant Primrose Retirement Community Hires Sales Director

Laura Garski

Sales Director Laura Garski

Mount Pleaseant, WI, Retirement Communities

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – Primrose Retirement Community announced today that Laura Garski has been hired as the Sales Director of the new retirement community being built on Newman Road. In this capacity, Garski will oversee all the sales and marketing efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach for Primrose. She began her duties earlier this spring.

“We’re very lucky to have Laura on our team.” said Primrose Executive Director Tracie Minorik. “The positive attitude, work ethic, and passion she brings to our growing Primrose team is invaluable.”

“I am just so excited as to what the future holds for Primrose.” said Garski. “The mission and core values of Primrose made me feel that this would be a good fit for me and for all that will work, live and play there. I am very proud to be a part of this great organization.”

Primrose of Mount Pleasant, currently underway at 1775 North Newman Road, is expected to be completed this fall. The community will consist of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and 8 townhome villas.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about Primrose can contact Garski or Minorik at 262-886-3333.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Primrose Retirement Community of Mount Pleasant
Tracie Minorik, Executive Director
262-886-3333
tminorik@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.

Stay Safe Online During National Safety Month

stay safe online

Seniors, along with every other age group, are embracing technology at an incredible rate. Today, 59% of seniors report that they use computers and the internet. It is no secret that significant dangers exist on the internet for everyone. June is National Internet Safety Month and throughout the month, private organizations and government agencies work together to raise awareness about internet safety and security for all ages.

With a multitude of scams and schemes out there, it can be extremely difficult to tell what is true and what isn’t. To help you out, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

-Avoid anything that offers a “free” gift, prize, vacation, or says “You’re a winner.”

-Avoid “discounted” prescriptions, medication, or other “can’t miss” and “last chance” deals.

-Avoid emails from people you do not know. Even if you do know the person, be suspicious if the email is written in a different style than usual, has numerous misspellings, or seems unusual. This may be an indication that their email account has been hacked.

-Never download any photos, videos, or other files from people you do not know. This is a common way to infect your computer with a virus, which could allow hackers to access your personal files and information.

-Never give any of your personal information online. Regardless of who it appears to be from, never respond to emails stating “Your account will be closed…”

-Some common scams are emails pleading for money to help victims of disasters, terminal illness, or people lost in foreign countries needing money to return home. These are almost certainly scams.

-If you suspect that you have received or fallen victim to an internet scam, contact the state Attorney General’s office right away.

So, whether you are surfing the internet, emailing with an old friend, or using your computer to show-off pictures of your grandchildren, remember these tips and help spread the word about internet safety.

Computers and the internet are amazing tools that, when used cautiously, help us to be more socially connected and make our everyday lives easier. So, this June, help spread the word about internet safety. The more informed we are, the safer we will all be!

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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