Monthly Archives: May 2015

Comforting Canines at Mansfield Primrose

Senior resident with comforting canine

A Primrose resident enjoys time with a German Shepherd

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

John Todd and his “comforting canines” Boudie, Emma, Axel and Viola are bringing happiness to a lot of people as he brings them to Primrose for weekly visits.

John said he started the program for a couple reasons, one of which is that he loves dogs.

“Also, I’m retired and widowed, so this is really great. Its therapy for me, as well,” he said.

John loves bringing joy to people and this is what his four-legged friends do as he walks around the community and makes one on one room visits while playing soft relaxing therapy music from a portable speaker that is clipped to a pouch.

The dogs know that, when this music is played, they are in therapy mode. The residents enjoy the music as well. He also has treats for residents to give the dogs but some of them supply their own for the visitors.

His four friends consist of two German Shepherds, one large king poodle and a small Shih Tzu. Three of the four dogs John rescued and personally trained to be therapy dogs.

Residents look forward to the weekly visits from John and his friends. When residents were asked what they liked about seeing the dogs, Rosemary commented that “It makes me feel good that I have a good friend that’s a dog, I think the dogs visiting are good because they accept me for who I am.” Another resident, Ruth, said that “They are such beautiful creatures, I love how Viola, the Shih Tzu, loves to plop down on my lap and I can hold her close and give her kisses, I am so happy to see them.”

by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Senior Spotlight: Bob Canright of Mansfield Primrose

Bob Canright

Bob Canright, Primrose resident

Mansfield, OH, Retirement Communities

Bob is 84 years old and was born in Delaware, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan College with a degree in business. Bob was in the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in the Detroit Michigan Packard Motors plant. He was the Director of Purchasing of the Bi-Weekly reader then worked for Xerox in Columbus for 40 years. He then lived in Shelby with his wife until she recently passed away.

“Family members soon realized I shouldn’t be living on my own so I came to Primrose Retirement Community in Mansfield, Ohio,” Bob says. What Bob likes about living here at Primrose is “everyone is very nice and the friendliness of the staff and the people that live here are as well.”

“I like how everyone goes out of their way to help each other. They have great food offerings, and lots of activities going on. The nursing staff is fantastic. I look forward to many happy days to come here with my friends and family 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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Mankato Primrose Celebrates Mother's Day

Mother's Day at Primrose

Mother’s Day at the Mankato Primrose

Mankato, MN, Retirement Communities

The month of May includes a very important day- Mother’s Day. With so many mothers living at Primrose of Mankato, we wanted to do something special to honor the all the wonderful things mothers do. We chose to host a Mother’s Day Social on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. All female residents were invited and they were encouraged to invite their daughters as well. It was a beautiful event. Our guests enjoyed dessert plates and glasses of fruit sangria. The dining room was full of great conversation and lovely live piano music. This event attracted over 60 guests- what a turnout! It was a memorable day for all daughters and mothers.

by Emilie Hauser
Activity Assistant

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Kansas City Primrose’s First Annual Silver Prom

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

What a blast! This past Friday, Primrose of Kansas City held our first annual Silver Prom, and for two hours we had fun dancing, stuffing our face with cake and washing it down with punch. Many of our residents and dressed for the occasion, and Shawnee Country dazzled us with two hours of old time country favorites. After everyone voted, our winners are Jim Thompson for Prom King and Verde Walker for Prom Queen. They shared a dance together and we took a lot of pictures. Jim is a great dancer and asked each lady to dance with him. Verde bought a new hot pink gown that fit perfect! One of our vendors (Three Rivers Hospice) came and took glamour shots of each resident in front of a backdrop of sliver fringe and balloons, and they will send us digital copies so each resident can have a picture to keep. For many of our residents this was the first prom they have ever been to. They shared stories about high school and how the boys went off to war so no dances were held. It was a fun time to sit and talk and enjoy good music. We are all looking forward to our second annual prom next May!

Kansas City Primrose Silver Prom

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Enjoying the Kentucky Derby at Primrose

Kentucky Derby at Primrose

Donna, seated, and Georgia, on right, smile for the camera before the race as Betty raises her official Derby glass for luck

Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

On Saturday, May 2, the ladies of Findlay Primrose gathered in the Pub, clad in traditional Kentucky Derby attire, and wearing hats they had designed and decorated earlier! They all watched in eager anticipation, while sipping on Mint Julips and nibbling on delicious Derby Pie, as American Pharaoh rallied in the stretch, beating Firing Line by a length.

As shown here, Donna, seated, and Georgia, on right, smile for the camera before the race as Betty raises her official Derby glass for luck.

Betty said that she had wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby as far back as she could remember. She finally got her chance in 2010 when her friend, Cindy, invited her to go to Louisville with her. “The weather was lousy. It rained all day before and the day of the race. The mud was a-flyin,” she laughed. But despite the inclement weather she thoroughly enjoyed herself and brought home a Derby glass, which she has used every year since!

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Kokomo's Primrose Honor Flight 2015

Kokomo Primrose Honor Flight

Joe H., James W., Ed K., John P. and Cye Z. returning home from their Honor Flight

Kokomo, IN, Retirement Communities

What a fantastic day! We are truly blessed to have such a fine group of young men ready, willing, and able to venture out of the comfort of home for one day in Washington D.C.

These five men live here at Primrose, and to see the brotherhood up close was truly amazing! They were able to converse with other members of the honor flight. Smiles were contagious, and time flew by!

Joe H, James W, Ed K, John P and Cye Z were all chosen for the trip through the Gold Star Mothers Program of greater Lafayette. This trip has been in the works since November 2014. To see it come to life on April 27th 2015 was a moment like no other! The Kokomo Tribune also interviewed them, and upon their return, the men were adorned in cap and royal blue veteran tee shirts in which were given as part of the trip. It was truly an amazing honor to fly alongside these men and be a guardian for a day!

The Savvy Marion Primrose American Robin

My husband and I live in Villa 1, in the Primrose Retirement Community, Marion, Ohio. We eat our noon meal in the Primrose dining room with resident-friends we have known for years. As it happens, I almost always sit at a corner table facing a southern window looking out onto a courtyard, complete with gazebo.
robin pic
This courtyard is nicely landscaped with shrubs and colorful seasonal flowers. There is a wrought iron structure in a protected corner about seven feet tall topped with an open globe-like structure about the size of a small basketball, so placed for a climbing ivy plant. It is in the spring of 2014, within this very globe that our story begins.
robin pic
A pair of robins carefully built a very sturdy nest. From my vantage point, I watched them. They successfully raised their family and then pursued their own lives after they had reached the empty-nest syndrome as nearly all of us at Primrose had done.

Early Spring 2015

In April of 2015 from my very same seating, I took note of that strong robin’s nest that had survived the winter well. I wondered if robins ever used the same nest again the following year. Soon I noticed one scratching and pulling materials from a few piles of winter debris, then flying to the old nest, tucking and pushing in the new twigs and dead leaves. I would like to say that she was redecorating her former home. How do I know she was the same robin from last year? I don’t, who can tell one robin from another? She was a very “savvy” robin. Why go to all that trouble of building when you can find an empty nest, just do a little upkeep and move in no matter the nest’s history?

April 25, 2015

It has been a cool and wet April, but maybe robins don’t notice all that much. By April 25, I realized that a robin was quietly resting, nestled down into the cavity of the nest which I was guessing held 3 – 5 robin eggs or soon would. I watched her the whole lunch hour, she didn’t leave the nest once.
robin pic

April 27, 2015

I looked from my window as I took my seat for our noon meal. There she was at about 11:57 AM. I watched her a few minutes then I saw her fly off. Within three minutes, another robin had flown in. Or was it the same robin? This robin didn’t settle down into the nest, but seemed to be perching on the rim of the nest. Had she returned? I watched steadily while my coffee cooled more than I really wanted it to. I wanted to see what would happen next. Nothing. This robin was just standing there, not down into the nest at all. Then, it stepped out and stood on one of the supporting globe rings.

After about 15 minutes, I decided that it was the male robin guarding the nest. Finally, he flew up on the Primrose eave and started hopping up to the peak of the roof. It was very difficult to keep him in sight. I got up from the table and walked to the window to keep him in view, but he was gone. When I had reseated myself, I looked out at the nest again and there she was, all settled in. Guess she had gone out for her lunch.

I will “google” American Robins to check on the incubation time for their eggs. Don’t want to miss anything. More next time.

Submitted Betty Huffman
1550 Wellness Drive, Villa # 1
Marion, OH 43302

Dr. Cue Visits Pueblo Primrose

Dr. Cue

The famous Dr. Cue performs a trick shot

Pueblo Primrose residents pose for a photo with Dr. Cue

Pueblo Primrose residents pose for a photo with Dr. Cue (far left)

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

On Monday 4/27/15 the primrose billiards parlor was graced by world renowned Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman. He shared his jokes, trick shots and spiritual journey with the Primrose gang and had us all laughing at his many fast moves around and on the pool table. Dr. Cue volunteers his time in many outreach venues to promote “Artistic Pool” which are fancy and trick shots, one arm shooting and audience challenges. He hosts clinics and a Billiards Academy. After the show he offered technical advice and instruction for those wanting to improve their game. Often dubbed America’s favorite “table trotter,” he can be found on YouTube and at DrCuePromotions.com.

Dining Services Cook Teresa Martinez, who has been shooting pool for about five years, was instrumental in arranging this fun show for Primrose of Pueblo. She joined Dr. Cue to demonstrate one of the tricks to the delight of residents and LEC Barbara Della Rossa. Residents shared stories that centered on memories of playing pool with their families, teaching their children how to play, and playing while in the military with their buddies. We hope to have Dr. Cue and his wife Marty “Ms. Cue” return next year on their way from their hometown of Cloverdale, Indiana to Las Vegas, but were grateful for a wonderful afternoon spent together. They loved our “this is living” motto and they appreciated that “something special” about Primrose, particularly the people, the billiards room and the ice cream parlor!

by Barbara Della Rossa
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Casper Primrose Couple Active in Community

Calvin and Norma Fletcher

Primrose residents Norma and Calvin Fletcher

Casper, WY, Retirement Communities

We have several residents who are an asset not only to our Primrose Community but who also take that energy out into the Casper Community.

Calvin and Norma Fletcher truly make a difference. Here at Primrose of Casper, they are always helping their neighbors in the Villas, being motivators and friends to everyone they meet. They have been graciously willing to share their travels with our Tea and Topics group by sharing a wonderful presentation.

They have also been a vital part of Casper for many years. When Calvin retired, he joined the Gold K Kiwanis where he has held the position of editor for their newsletter. Both Norma and Calvin volunteered at the hospital for 17 years with Norma in the Surgical Department and Calvin manning the Information Desk. In addition, the Fletchers have been active with the Fall Special Olympics, the Blue Envelope Health Fairs and numerous volunteer positions for their church.

But the most rewarding volunteer post they have held has been with Meals on Wheels. For the past 22 years, they have delivered meals for this very worthy organization, which they feel has benefitted them as much as the people they serve.

We are so fortunate to have the Fletchers as well as many other residents here at Primrose of Casper who make a difference every day. May is Older Americans Month and we will be celebrating all our residents who make an impact in our community and in the lives of others.

by Lori Howard
Life Enrichment Coordinator

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Zanesville Primrose Spotlight: Christine Lofgren

Christine Lofgren

Primrose resident Christine Lofgren

June of 2014, Christine moved into Primrose to help care for her Mother, Betty. She came here from Whidbey Island, Washington where she has lived for the past 14 years and this is where she owns a home. She was born in Seattle, Washington. From 1964-1967 she lived with her family near Heidelberg, Germany and was able to travel to numerous countries, including Israel just days before the Six Day War. She graduated from Whitehall-Yearling H. S. and the Ohio State University before moving to the Zanesfield area. She worked as a cook for Marmon Valley Farm and was a house parent at Adriel School. Later she moved to Teaneck, NJ to care for her aging grandparents before settling in Asheville, NC where she learned the trade of making of custom home interiors for Interior Decorators. During her training and while owning her own business – Fabric Creations – she sewed for some of Asheville’s finest homes including the Biltmore House and Albamerle Inn. In 2001 she moved back to WA to be closer to her parents and worked as a caregiver and seamstress. For the past 8 years she has been sewing accessories for K-9 Carts, a company that makes carts for handicap animals. She enjoys living at Primrose and teaching bible study every other week. She encourages everyone to join the nondenominational bible study that meets every Tuesday at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel.

submitted by Tammy Grayson

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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