Monthly Archives: July 2014

Resident Spotlight: Hanna Hagan at Zanesville Primrose

• SHE KNEW FOUR RESIDENTS BEFORE MOVING INTO PRIMROSE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY WHICH HELPED MAKE THE TRANSITION EASIER.
• SHE WAS A CLERK AND A DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR AT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL FOR 20 YEARS.
• SHE HAS TWO STEP-DAUGHTERS WHO LIVE IN THE ZANESVILLE VICINITY, 4 GRANDCHILDREN AND 6 STEP-GRANDCHILDREN
• AMONG HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: SHE WAS A MEMBER OF GOOD SAMARITAN CHARITY CIRCLE FOR 40+ YEARS AND WAS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHARITY CIRCLE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME
• HANNA STAYS ACTIVE PLAYING PHASE 10, BINGO, LIKES TO DO CRAFTS AND LIKES TO READ MYSTERIES
• HANNA SAYS SHE “LOVES LIVING AT PRIMROSE – PRIMROSE IS MORE THAN SHE EVER EXPECTED!”

Life Lessons from the Garden, with Sharon Chader

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

Senior Living

Our residents enjoyed the wide variety of beautiful flowers home-grown by Mrs. Sharon Chader. We learned how fun and easy it is to make our own floral arrangements

In July we were lucky enough to have volunteer, Mrs. Sharon Chader, do a demo on floral arrangements.

She has beautiful gardens at home and spent the morning clipping buckets and buckets of blooms to bring to Primrose.

She began her demo with two floral arrangements, making analogies to the lives of flowers with our personal lives. It was very enlightening to listen to all of her comments and her techniques for arranging flowers.

After she created her first two arrangements, she distributed the rest of the flowers to the residents and provided them with vases.

Everyone had a wonderful time creating their own floral arrangements. For days after, when walking the halls of Primrose, one could see beautiful arrangements decorating the entryways of each resident’s door. We saw so many smiles during this activity and would love to have Sharon return with her beautiful flowers next summer!

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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TransAmerica Trail Bikers Visit Pueblo Primrose

Melinda and Lisa arrive

Melinda and Lisa arrive to a huge crowd of residents and staff

Melinda, Lisa and LEC Barbara Della Rossa

Melinda, Lisa and LEC Barbara Della Rossa

Their words to America as they made the Transamerica Journey

Their words to America as they made the Transamerica Journey

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

What is more American than trekking by bicycle from Virginia to Oregon on the TransAmerica Trail? Two incredible ladies set out to do just this in April and their half way stop was in the town of Pueblo, called “Home or Heroes”, and in particular to the cheering crowd of over 50 Primrose of Pueblo residents and staff who eagerly awaited their arrival. Tuesday 6/24/14 was “Day 50” for Dr. Melinda and her sister Lisa who are riding to raise funds for “The Senior Retirement Project” a Spokane, WA based non-profit that provides counseling for seniors in Assisted Living and Retirement Communities to improve their emotional wellness. The ladies held a talk in the Garden Café describing some of the high, low, funny, and scary moments of their trip thus far before dining with the Life Enrichment Team. They carry all their own gear and not only wheeled the bikes in for all to see but did a “show and tell” of some of their special gear.

The Residents and Staff were quite enamored with the spunky duo and they both were thrilled with the hospitality provided by the Primrose Family. A night in the guest suite, a hearty breakfast, and they were back out on the trail taking highway 50 west to Canon City 35 miles down the road. 16 hours with us for rest, recovery and friendship, plus we pinned them with an honorary Primrose Emblem.

What an honor to meet the ladies and fortunate for us that they picked Primrose. The rest is history. Good Luck Ladies! We here at Primrose of Pueblo are following your blog as you continue your journey home and cheering you all the way. Hope you take some of Primrose with you in your hearts, as you sure touched all of us here.

To follow their journey click here.

By Barbara Della Rossa
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Marion Primrose Impacts Community

Primrose Bell Ringers

Unique — The Primrose Ringers, ambassadors for the Marion Primrose community, pose for a picture in the fireside lounge. The Ringers have performed 340 concerts since February 2009, when they were organized.

Annual Hog Roast

Scenes from the Annual Hog Roast — A hog roast with all the trimmings is served annually to mark another year’s celebration for the Marion Primrose Retirement Community. A huge tent is put up in the back parking lot for dining and listening to entertainment.

Serving up dinner

Serving up dinner — Volunteers in the community, including Mayor Scott Schertzer in the blue shirt, and local funeral director, Chad Snyder, work the serving line at the annual Marion Primrose Hog Roast.

Marion, OH, Retirement Communities

A community on the go would best describe Marion (Ohio) Primrose. In addition to regularly seeing the bus at doctor’s offices, pharmacies and grocery stores, the community recognizes the bus at the local theater, various restaurants — in town and out of town — local fair, cultural events, volunteering at Secret Santa in the local schools and more.

Residents eagerly anticipate several traditions in the community that include not only the resident but their families as well. Those events include the Annual Anniversary Hog Roast, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve parties, as well as Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.

Activities inside the doors of the community include regular movies, ice cream treats, bingo, weekly happy hour with entertainment, chapel services for both Protestant and Catholic faith and weekly Bible study. Man Hour is observed twice a month for the men to talk “man talk” and arts and crafts opportunities.

Doors opened in June 2006 and welcomed Mary Louisa Rimbach as its first resident. Unfortunately, Mrs. Rimbach is no longer with us but frequently reminded staff she chose the apartment of 105 because of the view of the beautiful flowers and the front door from her living room window.

The community is blessed with prominent residents including former U.S. Treasurer, former County Commissioner, retired jeweler, retired senior editor and reporter for the local newspaper, approximately 30 veterans including at least 3 career military men, educators, engineer, registered nurses, firefighter and more.

Unique to our community is the Primrose Ringers. This handbell choir of 12 residents was formed in February 2009, and has performed more than 335 concerts since that time. They have a repertoire of more than 50 songs and have performed at area retirement, assisted living and nursing homes, civic organizations, the local theater, a wedding and two funerals, mother-daughter events, special music at area churches, Marion Popcorn Festival, Prospect 4th of July festival, various fairs including the Ohio State Fair four consecutive years and more.

Primrose Marion is also home to the Mary Ellen Withrow Museum which is filled with memorabilia of her 8 years as U.S. Treasurer. The Museum is open by appointment and is frequently toured by out of town tour buses.

Residents lives are enriched every day through socialization around the dining room tables, fireside chats, entertainment, walks around the driveway and rocking away in the rockers on the front porches. Many new friendships have been formed and life stories shared.

by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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June is July's Resident of the Month at Zanesville Primrose

June Burkhead

Resident of the month, June Burkhead

  • June Burkhead was born and raised in New Concord; left there when she was 19 years old and got married in Texas; 9 months later they moved to Germany where they lived for 2 years; they also lived in England 4 years
  • June was married to her second husband for 29 years – he was in the Army; they lived alot of different places
  • she was an RN at the Pentagon, Walter Reed Hospital and at the National Health Institute
  • June has two daughters who live in the states of Washington and Virginia; she has 5 grandchildren; she has two sisters that live in Zanesville;
  • She loves to read a variety of books and likes to take walks; her favorite movies are musicals and about history
  • She has gone on shopping trips with Residents on the Primrose bus and looks forward to going on future outings
  • June has gotten to know alot of Residents; she appreciates Janice Arcuri’s help in making her transition of moving to the Zanesville Primrose a lot easier and June loves living at Primrose!

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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Freedom…From Retirement Worries

Senior Living

Marilyn Henderson

Once upon a time (actually only three and a half years ago) my husband Walter and I needed freedom from household concerns: a basement that might flood again, a dependable bush trimming and lawn service, another lovely home but without any steps.

Walter, who is blind, had just fallen down seven steps in our large home near Chicago where we had enjoyed life for 47 years. His fall resulted in many damaged vertebrae that could not be repaired. It was time to look for freedom closer to our children (one lives in Indiana, two live in Maryland.)

We prayed and asked God to direct us to His choice of a home as He knew our current and future needs. Our large home was about to go on the market and within 12 hours it was sold to a couple we had never met! What freedom for us!

A Primrose villa home (only one available!) was God’s answer to us…freedom from steps, freedom to choose activities we enjoy, even freedom in our food choices (I am diabetic), freedom to have flowers of my own choice on our patio, porch, and front yard. Freedom to invite guests into our villa home or to a meal at Primrose with us. Even our health related transportation needs are cheerfully met, and Walter was able to visit me every day during the two months I was at Countryside Rehab facility after my serious heart surgery a year ago. The entire staff at Primrose willingly gives us freedom and peace in so many areas and details of our lives, and we are grateful. THANK YOU.

by Marilyn Henderson
Primrose Resident

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Scam Safety with Detective Underwood

Detective Underwood

Detective Underwood presents tips on Scam Safety

Detective Underwood with Louretta and Rita

Detective Underwood with Louretta and Rita

In honor of National Safety Month, Detective Brian Underwood of the Lancaster Police Department came to our community to speak about mail, internet, and phone scams targeting the elderly population.

The residents listened intently as Detective Underwood discussed fraudulent checks, sweepstakes scams, and phone and internet con artists. He brought official evidence from local cases in the Lancaster area so that the residents could see exactly what these checks and sweepstakes scams look like. Both residents and staff members were shocked at the lengths these scammers will go through to con people out of money.

At the end of the presentation, many of the residents had questions for Detective Underwood about their own personal experiences with con artists and what action should be taken the next time this happens to them. He gave them detailed instructions on exactly how to handle the situation and who to report it to when necessary.

“He was such a great speaker to have” one resident said after Detective Underwood had left the building. She had some previous issues with internet hoaxes and the detective went through some tips to prevent having the situation reoccur. Staff members and residents both agree having Detective Underwood come back for National Safety Month each year will be a great benefit for our Primrose family members!

by Traci Giles
Sales Director

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Freedom in Retirement

Dondeena Caldwell spells out ‘Freedom’

F inished with the rat race.
R emembering delights of the past.
E mptying the clutter of accumulations.
E njoying a simplified life style.
D istilling wisdom from former experiences.
O bserving surrounding beauty.
M aking love and peace top priorities.
Written by Primrose Resident Dondeena Caldwell.
June 17, 2014

Freedom Isn't Free

the happy family

The happy family

the Batsons

The Batsons

Gene with Harriett and Bob

Gene home on leave in June 1945, with Harriett and Bob

Gene on deck

Gene on deck

Most seniors in the United States have war stories to tell. In that regard, Harriett Watson is similar to her peers. However, the details of Harriett’s story are not ones you hear every day. Hers is a story of love and loss, of endurance and courage, of gumption in the face of life’s biggest giants. To truly understand her tale, allow me to take you back to where it all began.

When she was just a girl, Harriett moved to a new neighborhood. It was there she met Gene Batson. He lived on the corner, and Harriett walked by all the time. Perhaps it was during one of her many strolls or even at the church they both attended, but eventually, Harriett said, “He spotted me!” Their courtship began, and on January 1, 1941, they were wed. Less than one year later, Pearl Harbor was bombed, an event the changed the course of Harriett’s life forever.

In June 1942, the Watsons welcomed their son, Bob. The young family lived in Kansas City, Kansas and just 18 months after Bob’s arrival, Gene was drafted into the Navy. It wasn’t a surprise to the young couple, however. It was quite the opposite — they were expecting it.

He was at the naval station at Farragut for a year then went to radar school in San Diego. From there, he was assigned to the USS Indianapolis. The war raged on, and in late spring 1945, the men aboard the USS Indianapolis were given a one-month leave as the ship needed some repairs. Gene was home for the celebration of Bob’s third birthday but had to return to duty not long afterward.

Back on active duty in the Pacific, the USS Indianapolis made an important delivery to the island of Tinian: the parts for the first atomic bomb. After leaving their cargo behind for assembly, they reported to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, where they received orders “to join the battleship USS Idaho at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines to prepare for the invasion of Japan (U.S.S. Indianapolis).” During this solo sail, at 14 minutes past midnight on July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was struck by two Japanese torpedoes and sunk within minutes.

Of the 1,196 on board, approximately 900 made it off the ship and into the water; four days later, when rescuers finally arrived, only 316 men remained after battling constant thirst, hunger, and shark attacks (U.S.S. Indianapolis). Among the lives lost was Gene Batson. Harriett recalls receiving two telegrams: one 10 days after the sinking to report Gene as missing, the other to tell her Gene was presumed deceased. Thinking back on that time, she said she had been upset for two weeks before the telegrams arrived. “I think I had a premonition,” she said.

Harriett had already submitted her resignation to her employer, TWA, when Gene’s ship went down. “We thought the war was over,” she said. After the telegrams came, Harriett did what she had to to ensure she and Bob survived. In a time when single-motherhood was uncommon at best, she worked to provide her household’s income. She raised Bob, with help from her mother, and learned how to adapt to her new reality, a reality without Gene by her side. Today, Harriett is a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails woman who fought for a good life and won. She’s an inspiration to me in even the toughest of times. If Harriett could make it through the war and the years that followed, I can, I must, do it, too.

The sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is widely considered one of the worst maritime disasters in American history. It claimed the lives of over 800 sailors and forever altered US Naval history, the accounts of the Pacific Theater during World War Two, and the lives of Gene’s wife and son. Freedom isn’t free. The cost is so high it’s a wonder young men and women volunteer to defend it. Gene, Harriett, and Bob bought that freedom at an unfathomable price. This Independence Day, I am thankful for those brave souls who have and continue to protect American liberties and for the families of soldiers lost, for their sacrifice, too, is great, and often forgotten.

by Abigail Lancaster
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Primrose Resident and Author, Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy

Resident and author Bob Murphy

Born a true Buckeye in Mansfield, Ohio in 1920 to parents who were both descendants of Ohio pioneers. Graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1938, DePauw University in 1942 with a major in chemistry and from the naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in 1943 as an Ensign. After attending a school for destroyer gunnery officers was assigned to duty on a destroyer then in Pearl Harbor. He was married to peg on December1, 1943 while on leave from his ship which went on to serve in the south pacific in the invasion of Guam, Palau and the Philippines.

After the war, much of his married life was spent in Mansfield, although there were work related moved to Danville, California and Bucyrus, Ohio. In 1980 he moved with Peg and daughter, Megan from Bucyrus to Worthington. Five years later he and Margaret moved to northwest Columbus and retired in 1986. In 2004 after Peg was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he moved with her to Kensington Place, part of what was then Lutheran Village. In 2007 they moved to the assisted living part of that campus, then part of Summits Trace Healthcare Center. After Peg’s death in 2012, he moved to Primrose not far from where they lived for many years.

In Robert’s spare time he has written and published a book “A long Farewell” which is about his complete life history.

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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