Monthly Archives: August 2014

Zentangle Brings Out the Artist in Sally Holward

Sally Howard enjoying Zentangle

Sally Howard enjoying Zentangle

Marion, OH, Retirement Communities

Sally Howard and her husband, Vince, like working jigsaw puzzles “just to keep the mind working” she said.

When a new art class was introduced, Sally said at first she would pass it by because of her severe arthritic fingers.

“I’m no artist,” she said, “but decided to try it for fun.”

It is Zentangle. Zentangle is easy to learn and do, a fun and lighthearted way to relax. With the Zentangle methodi, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and easy to do as you follow a specified series of steps. The process can include drawing a series of lines, symbols and shapes that transform into beautiful works of art. The tools are simple: a No. 2 pencil, sharpie pen, and rubbing stubs for shading.

Sally noted her first attempt at a flower design didn’t go as she had expected. “I didn’t do well even though I followed her (Instructors) instructions,” she said. “I made a different kind of flower but I liked it just as well as the others. It’s really pretty easy.”

The Zentangle class is offered once a month but Sally has taken such a liking to it, that she asks for extra copies of the design and works on them on her own.

“If you are going to the class to be a perfectionist, it takes all the fun out of it,” she said, explaining that others in the class keep saying it’s too hard. “It’s pretty amazing at the end of the class to look at each other’s work and how different they each look.”

Sally offers this advice to others who might take up the craft: “You just have to listen when she (instructor) talks. If I can’t finish a step before she goes to the next one, I get frustrated with myself. It’s not the instructor’s fault.”

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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Hattie and Delores Reflect on Retirement…and Rootbeer Floats

Hattie Williams and Delores Dill

Hattie Williams and Delores Dill reflect on retirement

Lancaster, OH, Retirement Communities

I ran into these two ladies in the Ice cream Parlor shortly after lunch. They had just fixed themselves a root beer float (as they do every day). We were talking about the previous night’s entertainment and how Hattie Williams’ (seated, left) daughter Melissa was up dancing in front of the crowd.

I had stated that I commend her in doing that. She tried to get Delores Dill (seated, right) out there as well.

Hattie said that before moving to Primrose, getting older really didn’t matter to her. Then she met some Primrose residents who are in their 90s. She likes their outlook on life and she admires their spunkiness. Hattie and Delores both love it at Primrose. Hattie wishes everyone would come and stay a couple of months to see how wonderful it is here. This is Living!

by Bobbie Arnold
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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Mansfield Primrose Residents on Fishing Outing

Fishing from dock

Primrose residents fish the Clear Fork River Reservoir

Fishing from bridge

Hunting for a good fishing location

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Residents boarded the bus wearing their sunscreen and fishing hats and carrying their tackle boxes, fish bait and fishing poles for what now seems to be an annual summer event at the Mansfield, Ohio Primrose.

We take a nice country drive to Clear fork River Reservoir to the handicapped fishing deck where we have special permission by the park rangers to drive right up to the deck and unload the residents and gear.

Then the fun begins.

Everyone catches at least a few fish, hopefully no snakes this year.

Oh what a day, and the fun doesn’t stop there. We are now seasoned fishermen and women as we were caught in a rain downpour. That didn’t stop the stories, though, on the ride home. They were all troopers and earned the “Official Fisherman” awards. Rose Pfeil caught the first fish of the day. Good times at Primrose.

by Angela Gardner
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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Findlay Primrose Residents 'Brush Up' on Artwork

Senior Living

Pat Loveridge’s “Sunflower”

Senior Living

Summer Wreath-Making Class

Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

“Awakening Minds” is an art class that meets in our café once a month. They recently learned many tricks of watercolor painting — the artwork turned out beautiful. Pat Loveridge painted an exceptionally lovely sunflower. We are in the process of making note cards using their artwork on the front.

In July some of the ladies participated in a “Summer Wreath Making” class. They all did a wonderful job and have them hanging on their doors throughout the community.

by Karen Barchent
Hospitality

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Ying and Family Celebrate Freedom at Sweetwater

Ying holding her citizenship party cakes

Ying holding her citizenship party cakes.

Ying with her mother, daughter & husband at her citizenship party

Ying with her mother, daughter & husband at her citizenship party

Ying being presented with a U.S. citizen t-shirt

Life Enrichment Coordinator Betty Jean presents Ying with a United States citizen t-shirt

Sweetwater Retirement Community

June 19th, the day that Ying Wang Julian became a naturalized United States citizen, her daughter Xiao Fan got her Montana driver’s license, so it was a double cause for a family celebration. Ying works in food service at Sweetwater Retirement Community. The next day the family, including Ying’s husband Dean Julian and her mother Shu Hua, came to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at Sweetwater celebrating Ying’s citizenship.

Ying and her husband Dean met in Beijing in 2008 when Dean was working in China. The two were introduced by Ying’s younger brother who lives with his family in North Carolina and who is a friend of Dean. Ying and her daughter came to the U.S. in 2010 and she and Dean were married in Billings.

In China, Ying taught art, Chinese and math in a middle school. She had taken some English classes in college, but didn’t study it seriously until she came to the United States and began studying English with a computer program. As her English improved, she looked for employment and soon found a job as part of the food service crew at Sweetwater where she is popular and appreciated by staff and residents. Ying went back to China for several weeks when her father was gravely ill and passed away. In March, she was able to bring her mother back with her to stay for a while. Ying still has an older brother in Beijing.

Ying’s daughter Xiao Fan, 21, went to college in Utah for two years and is now enrolled in MSUB for the fall term. Now that she has a driver’s license, Ying hopes her daughter will be able to drive her to work at least when weather is bad. For now, Ying walks or rides her bike two miles from her house to Sweetwater and back each day. She did not drive a car in China but has passed the written part of the Montana driver’s exam so just has to learn the driving part now.

by Betty Jean Long

To find out more about the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater 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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Education Opportunities for Residents and Staff is Top Priority at Sweetwater

Kim Bailey, RN presents to nursing staff

Kim Bailey, RN presenting a power point to nursing staff on Disease/Incident Reporting

Mark Cassel, RN talking with residents

Mark Cassel, RN talking with residents Bill, Bev and Margaret for Medical Moment

Betty Harrison learned how to Wii bowl

Betty Harrison resident at Sweetwater Retirement Community says “now that I’m retired I have time to learn how to Wii bowl!”

At Sweetwater we are continually focused on the education of our nursing staff in order to better serve our residents.

Each month, there is a Nursing/CNA meeting with a topic relevant to our senior community.

For the month of July Kim Bailey, RN from Riverstone Public Health Services, presented on Disease/Incident Reports. Our nursing staff looks forward to these monthly “in-service” sessions where we expand our knowledge with topics specifically tailored to our growing senior population.

We are also committed to expanding our residents’ knowledge on topics important to them.

Each month, there is a seminar titled “Medical Moment”. This is a casual talk in our pub, and it is led by Mark Cassel, RN from Interim Health Care.

Mark always brings a topic that our residents are interested in, and sometimes he will speak on topics that residents request. For July, the subject was Atrial Fibrillation. Our residents enjoy these talks and the ability to ask questions.

Mark has been giving these talks for over 5+ years and we appreciate him so much.

To find out more about the senior living experience at Sweetwater, please contact Sweetwater 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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World Traveler Shares Experiences with Wausua Primrose Residents

Rick Lohr - world traveler

World Traveler Rick Lohr stops at Primrose to share experiences

Meet Rick Lohr, a retired teacher, world traveler and speaker who is also on the board of directors at the Marathon County Historical Society.

Rick travels all over the world with a digital camera to document people and places. When he is home he crafts informative and educational presentations for large groups. He shares breath taking photos, stories and local experiences from his travels. Primrose of Wausau is fortunate to have him speak regularly about his adventures.

This year alone we have learned about Patagonia, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Argentina, Chile, Laos, Estonia and next month he will be featuring Costa Rica! Rick has a passion for sharing his adventures.

Mr. Lohr is a former History teacher at Wausau West High School and member of the United Nations Association.

A Primrose resident said, “Rick is so interesting and he volunteers his time to teach us, he made my Christmas card list”! We can’t wait to sit back, relax and let Rick tell us about another adventure he’s been on. He makes us feel like we are right there on a journey with him!

by Zoey Vecellio
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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Butterfly Program Creates, Conserves and Protects

Residents observe Monarch butterflies

Residents Jean Ehman and Susie Tilly attending a Butterfly Release program

Anderson, IN, Retirement Communities

Last year with help from Kathy Cole we created a Monarch Waystation to provide milkweeds, nectar plants, and shelter for monarch butterflies throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration. During this process we have learned many reasons why there is a need to protect these beautiful creatures. Creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation contributes to monarch conservation and helps to assure the continuation of the monarch migration in North America.

During this process Kathy has brought butterflies to Primrose to release into the habitat we have created. Watching this process and having Kathy educate us on the life cycle of the butterflies has intrigued all of us.

by Lori Bottomley
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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Life-long Learning Abounds at Pueblo Primrose

Seniors at Retirement Community

left to right seated Ruth Klune & Ruth Von Ahlefeldt left to right standing Bob Davitt, Ann Leach, Bernie Karpinski & Alys Venable

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

Life Long Learners abound at Primrose of Pueblo through the Primrose Senior University (PSU) program. Along with Life Enrichment Coordinator Barbara Della Rossa, the class is currently studying our 8th course titled “The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites” with weekly videos in our theater through the fall. Professor Michael E. Wysession from Washington University in St. Louis allows us to be arm chair travelers as we learn the in and out, above and below, and in between of such majestic creations of nature as volcanos Santorini and Mount Fuji, Rifts, Ales, Shale from Africa to Australia and to Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, Devils Tower, Water Falls, Caves, Glaciers, Hot Springs, Tides, Floods, Fjords and finally outer space. The class has been very well attended and we look forward to field trips this fall to the beautiful Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs and the Royal Gorge Canon in Canon City.

Previous PSU courses have been on music, paintings, art, nutrition, wine history and tasting, and brain fitness. Guest speakers have included Pueblo Symphony Conductor Dr. Jacob Chi, a Family Member Geologist, Nutritionist’s from Vitamin Cottage and local Wine Experts. Classes are free for “the Primrose Family” (residents, family members and friends) and a great way to keep on learning with other like-minded seniors who are curious and love to learn. There are several residents that have graduation certificates for every course and have joked they may be entitled to an honorary degree before long.

Come see why this is living and learning at Primrose of Pueblo.

by Barbara Della Rossa
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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