Monthly Archives: March 2015

Primrosers Test Their Fitness

Paula time tests Mae in her walking and gait

Paula time-tests Mae in her walking and gait

Mary times Don on bicep curls with 8 pound weight

Mary times Don on bicep curls with 8 pound weight

Mary and Donna do bending squats together

Mary and Donna do bending squats together

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

On a recent snowy day in February, 34 Primrosers came to the Rendezvous room to participate in Legacy Healthcare Services Senior Fitness Testing, which included 6 fitness stations. Resident received a functional score at each station and were able to see how their scores measured up compared to age and gender. There was some healthy competition going on and some remarks of the benefit of attending the myriad of fitness classes offered at Primrose, as well as some lamenting of the need to attend more classes and “get back” to the Wellness Center. The residents received free blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation check-ups. Residents who completed the fitness stations received a medical information bag full of goodies from Legacy. Everyone had a great time working out, eating fresh fruit, and hydrating their bodies with water. The Senior Fitness Test measures functional movement tasks, such as standing, bending, lifting, reaching and walking which points out that being able to perform everyday activities requires the ability to perform these functional movements. Legacy’s early identification of physical decline and appropriate interventions could help to prevent functional impairments, such as walking and stair climbing, which often result in falls and physical frailty.

Pueblo Senior Living has had the pleasure of having Legacy Healthcare Services provide a variety of therapy services “in-house” since last summer. This dynamic duo consists of, Rehab Director Mary Edwards, lead therapist in occupational therapy, and Paula Montiel, lead therapist in Physical Therapy. Primrose residents love the convenience and above and beyond service they skillfully provide. They also conduct weekly exercise and brain fitness classes, and both a monthly fun event and health talk that have all been well attended. Health talks have been on topics such as fall prevention, breathing better, hydration, low vision care and pain management. The services, events, and partnership has been appreciated by residents, staff and family members. Life Enrichment Coordinator Barbara Della Rossa has nothing but praise for both these friendly pros, “They help enrich lives and keep our residents at their highest level of function, while having fun.”

In-House Therapy with Legacy Healthcare is a Win-Win for Primrose….come see why this is living at Pueblo Senior Living.

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!

THIS IS LIVING

Sweetwater Retirement Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Chinese Dragon Dance being performed by Sweetwater and Synergy employees

The Chinese Dragon Dance being performed by Sweetwater and Synergy employees

Crafting of the Dragon by Life Enrichment Coordinator and helper Megan

Crafting of the Dragon by Life Enrichment Coordinator and helper Megan.

Sweetwater resident Shirley and employee Ying holding a gift Shirley received from a Chinese relative that symbolizes long life.

Sweetwater resident Shirley and employee Ying holding a gift Shirley received from a Chinese relative that symbolizes long life.

Billings, MT, Retirement Communities

Sweetwater Retirement celebrated Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 19.

We were excited to honor Ying Julian who comes to Sweetwater by way of her homeland in China.

Ying has worked as a server at Sweetwater for over 2 years and is loved by all, especially our residents.

Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China and consists of several traditions, the first being; a Dragon Dance complete with Chinese music, our dragon was created in house by Life Enrichment Coordinator, Betty Jean Long.

In addition to the Dragon Dance at lunch time, residents were given some historical information about the Chinese New Year holiday and were encouraged to wear the color red. The significance of wearing red is to bring good luck in the New Year.

Additionally, residents were able to look at the Chinese Zodiac and see the animal for the year they were born. Rounding out the celebration was the distribution of red envelopes containing money and a bit of wisdom, similar to a fortune in a fortune cookie. It is customary to give money where even numbers are considered to be lucky.

Happy Chinese New Year to all, and may it be lucky for everyone!

by Betty Jean Long
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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!

THIS IS LIVING

Catching Up With Mansfield Primrose Events

Valentines Meal

Valentine’s Day Celebration

West African Drummer performance

West African Drummer/dancer presentation

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

We had a couple special events this month to entertain us during the cold snowy months here in Ohio.

We had an African Safari party. Residents came to the party clad in their leopard print scarves and clothing. We had a West African cooking demonstration with a tasting after the demonstration. We played African safari animal trivia and learned some cool animal facts. Residents then were entertained by Sogbety Diomande who is a native West African drummer and dancer. He changed into different outfits and brought many different drums and explained about each one of them and gave a demonstration on how to play them. Residents also got to participate by playing the drums and learning a short African dance that we got some volunteers to join in on. This event was a great success and something different at Primrose that day.

We also had a Valentine’s Day celebration. We had a chocolate theme party with chocolate martinis and chocolate mocha punch served in the pub along with various different chocolate desserts hand made by Marilyn and Tanya made some goodies too. Residents were entertained by a barbershop quartet Bravada during this event.

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!

THIS IS LIVING

Catching Up With Pueblo Primrose Events

Outside / Inside

Five Primrose Staff members walked 3 miles together in Pueblo’s “Spring Runoff” to team build, have fun and represent the “This is living” spirit of Primrose.
Barbara, Kelsey, Glinda, Teresa & Heidi
Pictured from left to right: Barbara, Kelsey, Glinda, Teresa & Heidi.

 Donna, Helen & Marnie
Left to right Donna, Helen & Marnie visit, dry and get gorgeous
It doesn’t get much better than 3 lovely Primrosers being able to dry their lovely hair dews at the same time! Our newest addition at Pueblo Senior Living is this 3rd hair dryer and it truly is the more the merrier in our Beauty Shop. There is more laughing, stories, and good information flowing under the guidance of Stylists Della Skul and Heidi Brooks. They always have an ear ready to listen, a caring touch and a kind word, not to mention a giant candy dish that is never empty. It really is the place to be. Some residents just stop by to visit and that is why this is living!

Contributed by Barbara Della Rossa

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!

THIS IS LIVING

Valentine's Day Celebration at Sioux Falls Primrose

Valentine’s Queen, Ursula Wittrock and the King Stan Dahl

Valentine’s Queen, Ursula Wittrock and the King Stan Dahl

Sioux Falls, SD, Retirement Communities

The Sioux Falls Primrose residents enjoyed a special Valentine’s Day. It started on Friday with the crowning of the Valentine’s Queen, Ursula Wittrock and the King Stan Dahl. Their names were drawn from a basket by Cheryl Hanson. Each received a crown and flowers.

On Valentine’s Day the tables were decorated and each resident received a special little treat bag to help celebrate the day.

The residents also had a wonderful Dinner meal of steak, twice baked potato, key largo vegetables, pink cake dessert.

The supper was baked pork chop, au gratin potatoes, german blend vegetables, and cherry pie salad dessert.

The day was fun for the residents and the staff enjoyed giving them a special day! We hope all of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

by Lou Clarey
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!

THIS IS LIVING