Monthly Archives: October 2015

Zanesville Primrose Resident Celebrates 99th Birthday

Janice Arcuri

Resident Janice Arcuri celebrates 99th birthday

Zanesville, OH, Retirement Communities

Zanesville Primrose resident Janice Arcuri turned 99 years old on October 8, 2015 — a milestone birthday by anyone’s standards. Born in Crooksville, OH, on October 8, 1916 – Arcuri worked for the Maysville School District as the elementary school Librarian. In 1934, at the age of 19, she was wed to Joe Allen. They were married in the home of their minister and kept the wedding very small due to the effects of the great depression. Despite the economic difficulties of the time, Janice remembers that she was still able to wear a beautiful white wedding dress on her special day. Sadly, Joe passed away in 1959 after 24 years of marriage but was survived by four children – Judy, John, Jo Ann and Jim.

In 1962, Janice married Sam Arcuri in Hagerstown, Maryland. Sam was from Roseville, OH, and had a reputation for being quite the ladies’ man. In fact, his friends teased that if he ever actually got engaged to Janice, they would show up with a mule and ride him from Roseville to Crooksville. It was for this reason that Sam and Janice decided to get married in Maryland!

All marriages are memorable, but the circumstances surrounding this day were quite unique. Not only were Sam and Janice married that day, but Janice’s son, John and his wife, Darlene were as well. It was a double wedding ceremony! In fact, Darlene and Janice traveled together to apply for marriage licenses. When the wedding was over, Darlene and John went home to Crooksville and Sam and Janice drove to Florida for their honeymoon. They were married for 47 beautiful years before Sam passed away in 2009.

Some of Janice’s earliest childhood memories involve eating ice cream at age 2 ½ and going to visit her grandmother in the hospital when she was just 2 years old. In 1957, she finished 2nd in the district Mrs. America Contest after being voted Miss Crooksville the same year. Memories of her children involve watching her daughter, Judy as a majorette in the Crooksville High School Band. Daughter JoAnn played trombone in the band and son John played football for the high school team. Now, in addition to her four children, she has 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren to keep her busy.

Janice made the move to Primrose in 2011 and enjoys living there. “Nothing replaces home, but Primrose is a wonderful place to live,” Janice said. “I am more than satisfied, and I don’t think there is a better place to be anywhere,” she added.

Janice’s spirit is a real joy, and she is always among the first to greet new residents. In fact, her apartment is so beautiful that we show it to people who stop by for tours of our community. Janice’s motto is “keep moving” and we are so proud to have her among the amazing folks who live at Primrose here in Zanesville. Thank you for bringing such joy to our lives, Janice!

Findlay Primrose Hosts Annual Family Picnic

Findlay Primrose Family Picnic

Residents, friends and families enjoy the family picnic

Party tents dotted the Primrose parking lot when Findlay held their annual family picnic. Nearly 250 residents and guests of all ages enjoyed this beautifully sunny and warm fall day which could have been deemed “perfect” on the weather map.

Our theme this year was ‘Hoe Down’ which included chicken barbeque with all the fixings and super cute country centerpieces decorated with little cowboy boots and horseshoes as well as red bandana and cow patterned helium balloons. The kids had the opportunity to get their faces painted and most took home a colorful balloon as well.

Leeza, one of our Resident Assistants, runs a dance studio and brought along several of her students to demonstrate line dancing. It wasn’t long before residents and visitors joined in to Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walkin’” and other popular country singers such as Shania Twain and Dottie West.

Additionally residents had the opportunity for complementary family portraits which were taken against a red barn backdrop surrounded by straw bales, pumpkins and other autumn décor. We had lots of great compliments from residents and guests, and the staff had an exhausting, but fun day as well!

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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Oktoberfest at Pueblo Primrose

Oktoberfest Queen Ruth and King Bernie

Oktoberfest Queen Ruth and King Bernie

Pueblo, CO, Retirement Communities

Prost! Laughs and polka music were heard throughout the courtyard as Primrose of Pueblo celebrated its 3rd annual Oktoberfest last week with almost every resident, staff, several family members and friends in attendance. The event was organized by staff member Heidi, from Berlin, who made sure we had genuine German style beer and soft pretzels. The tone was set by the Al Kaly Shriner band who brought all 20 members to play polkas, waltzes and festive songs for all to enjoy. The band donates their time in exchange for contributions to help the Shriner fund to assist children who need surgery. The fun event raised almost $500.00 towards this worthy cause.

The highpoint of the event was when the crowning of the Queen and King took place. The residents voted the week prior and it was extremely close. Host Heidi presented a beautiful bouquet to Queen Ruth and last year’s Queen Ann presented Ruth with the crown. For the first time ever we had a King when King Bernie was crowned. This fall tradition is sure to stay! Many thanks to all the supporters and the Primrose Staff for making this such a success.

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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Do I Qualify for Veteran’s Aid and Attendance?

More than one third of Americans over the age of 65 are either wartime veterans or the spouses of wartime vets.  Some are in need of assistance with certain activities of daily living in order to ensure their safety and maintain their independence.  For many, the most difficult part of the process of obtaining assistance is not finding the right senior living community, but rather understanding how to pay for it.  After all, as the article “How am I Going to Pay for Senior Living?” indicates, there are many different financing options available.

Capture One Catalog1210What to know about Veteran’s Aid and Attendance:

The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs offers a pension program most commonly referred to as “Aid and Attendance.” This program benefits thousands of families across the United States in need of senior care for themselves or their loved ones – but there are thousands more who are eligible to receive it and know nothing about it.

If you or a loved one served at least 90 days in active duty during wartime and were honorably discharged, you should look into whether or not you quality for the Aid and Attendance benefit.

Understanding the Paperwork:

There are a number of forms and documents that need to be completed in order to apply for Aid and Attendance benefits, many of which have legal ramifications that can be difficult to understand.  Primrose Retirement Communities does not provide legal advice to those applying, but there are accredited VA Claims Representatives available who can assist you with legal matters.  To find a list of such representatives in your area, visit http://www2.va.gov/directory.

It is possible for seniors and their loved ones to complete the application for benefits themselves, but in many cases it can be confusing and help may be needed.  Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to provide such assistance:

  1. The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA):
    1. The VA is responsible for administering benefits for veterans and their families.
    2. http://www2.va.gov/directory
    3. 1-800-827-1000
  1. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW):
    1. The VFW is a nonprofit organization that assists veterans and their families.
    2. vfw.org
    3. 1-816-756-3390
  1. Disabled American Veterans (DAV):
    1. DAV is also a nonprofit organization that assists disabled veterans.
    2. dav.org
    3. 1-877-426-2838

At Primrose, we have also built strong relationships with our local VA representatives.  Since many of our current and future residents are veterans themselves, we often invite the VA to our communities for public seminars that talk about Aid and Attendance benefits and how to go about applying for them.  For more info, visit www.primroseretirement.com to learn when the next seminar will be in your town, or to talk to a Primrose staff member who can connect you.

Ladies Night at Sioux Falls Primrose Retirement Community

Ladies Night at Sioux Falls Primrose

Residents enjoy being pampered during ladies’ night

On Thursday night, September 17th our friends from Faith Family Church sponsored a Ladies Night. We really appreciate the church members that come and make this monthly event such a memorable one for our residents. They really look forward to the fellowship and fun!

As usual we had great response, with many people, both residents and friends, signed up for this event. Each lady got to choose her nail color and the volunteer did a manicure and a hand massage. Have you ever had your hand massaged? It feels wonderful and energizes you. They did a lot of visiting and laughing, and it was a great thing to see.

Residents Emilee and Elaine said “it was a great, relaxing time and we would do it again in a heartbeat!” I can’t say enough about the people that come and volunteer their time. That is what makes us a great community to live in. If this sound fun please come and visit us anytime we would love to see you!

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 Enjoy Clearfork Reservoir

Mansfield Primrose residents fishing at Clearfork Reservoir

A cork was bobbing in the water, a light breeze was blowing and we were receiving lots of great comments from our amazing residents as we spent a day fishing together. Rose said, “What a wonderful day for a picnic and fishing outing! I fished for the first time in my life on this very Primrose fishing outing a couple years ago, and I just love it.”

We took the scenic drive to the Clearfork Reservoir in Lexington, Ohio and began the outing with a picnic on the dock where we brought along a flowered tablecloth to cover our picnic table. Everyone enjoyed eating their lunches and they were all excited to try their hand at catching some fish when they finished up.

One resident, when asked what he was expecting to catch that day, replied with “A whole lot a fish!” Soon after that he yelled “I think I got one!” We reeled it in, hopeful that there would be a big one on the end of the hook, but all we managed to catch was a hook full of green lake moss. We all had a good laugh with that one. Our first fish was caught by Rose, and needless to say, it turned into a big fish story on the ride home from the lake. Lots of fun was had even by those that came along to watch or just bring a book and relax under an old oak tree.

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 Resident Poetic About Primrose

Ellie Gustin

Ellie Gustin, Primrose resident and poet

Findlay, OH, Retirement Communities

Hi! I’m Ellie Gustin, a Primrose Villa resident here in Findlay, OH since mid-November, 2014. I was reluctant to leave Tennessee and my good friends, neighbors and church family who had been very helpful since my husband’s sudden death a few months prior.

At my children’s insistence I am now closer to family. My son, Ken, (North Carolina) has three daughters in the area, and my son, Larry, (Clyde, Ohio) has one daughter. They are all so good to me!

I enjoy my life here. I have good neighbors, Ken and Janet. All staff and residents are very kind. I enjoy BINGO, the Poetry Society, and other activities here at Primrose. I recently wrote a poem about my new home.

Primrose
By Ellie Gustin

Primrose is the place to be
For older people – just like me!
Here there is food and also drink
And activities that make one think
Yes, Primrose is the place to be
We have become a family.

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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Gillette Primrose Resident 'Feels At Home'

Georgeen Pierre

Georgeen Pierre, living life to its fullest at Primrose

Gillette, WY, Retirement Communities

Welcome, Greetings from the Gillette Primrose. All of us that find ourselves living here had our reasons… But ALL were greeted with open arms, warm hearts and visions of finding variety in this spacious, beautifully arranged environment.

Suggestions are always welcomed. Do you need exercise equipment? A beauty salon? A garage for your vehicle? Will you need a ride to a doctor appointment? Two vehicles are available with a driver who already knows the roads and businesses available.

The apartments have everything you could want to make you feel at home. I am from the far west — CA, OR, and NV. I wasn’t here very long before I began calling this, HOME. Doesn’t that make one feel accepted and ready to get better acquainted? This summer we got to travel, visiting several different museums. All who sponsored these trips made us very happy to go. We ate lunches out and really enjoyed each other’s company. We know that are safe in their hands.

by Georgeen Pierre
Primrose resident

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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Kansas City Primrose Residents Attend Royals Game

Jack and Betty at their first Royals Game

Jack and Betty at their first Royals Game!

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

This past Sunday we were able to take Primrose residents Jack and Betty to their very first Royals baseball game. Jack, who is 92, and Betty, 82, have never been to a game. It was a very hot afternoon, 92 degrees, but we had great seats that provided plenty of shade the whole game. We enjoyed, brats, chili cheese fries, ice cold soda and pulled pork sandwiches. Even though the Royals lost the game the atmosphere was hopping.

Jack was amazed at all of the people who come to tail gate and walk around. He wondered if they even watched the game at all. They were both awarded a first Royals game certificate. The Royals are still number one in the central division and we are hoping for a repeat world series with the exception of winning the whole thing! Betty never missed a game on TV and every morning she is giving the morning report from the game the night before. She will forever be a Royal!

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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Marion Primrose Residents Travel to Lake Eerie

Marion Primrose residents

Marion Primrose residents enjoy a day touring the islands of Lake Eerie

Marion, OH, Retirement Communities

It was a cool and somewhat foggy morning when nine Marion Primrose residents boarded the bus for a trip to Lake Erie and a fun day at the islands. Also on the trip were aides Janet Akers and Daniel Simpson.

Dietary Manager Ralph prepared a bountiful breakfast box for the 7 am departure. The items included fresh fruit, a Danish, orange juice, yogurt and coffee.

Upon arrival in Sandusky where we would board the Goodtime I for the day, Brenda (our Life Enrichment Coordinator and bus driver) parked the bus as close as possible to unload and then drove to the far corner of the parking lot to leave the bus for the day.

Ohio had a very rainy summer and it posed some problems for residents and the boat crew with the loading dock. The water level was so high they had to use a shorter than usual ramp to load passengers. In fact, it took our three staff and two boat personnel to get one of our residents up the steep ramp to load the bus.

Once aboard the enclosed boat, residents began to shed their jackets and enjoy the ride across the lake. The lake was a little choppy but none of our group got seasick. It was about an hour from the Jackson Street pier to arrive at Kelley’s Island.

We had a limited amount of time to stroll the Main Street and hop into the Village Pump Restaurant for an early lunch. Residents followed the advice of Brenda and most ordered a Lake Erie yellow perch sandwich – and did not regret that decision. A few minutes for souvenir shopping and back to the boat.

By that time, the sun had cleared the fog and the waves on the lake had subdued to about one foot. It was another hour’s ride to Put-In-Bay, and upon arrival there, Brenda rented three golf carts and off we went to see the sights and sounds of the island — the Perry Victory and Peace Memorial, Heineman Winery, Butterfly Farm and just enjoying people watching.

One of the favorites of resident Howard Davids was enjoying the architecture of the unique homes on both islands as well as the immaculate landscaping. “I get my money tomorrow,” Davids said explaining he had just sold his home. “I might like to buy one of these.”

As we explored prices which ranged from $149,000 to nearly a million, he quickly changed his mind. “Oh well, it was fun dreaming,” he said and laughed.

For Faye Hamrick, it was her visit to Lake Erie and the islands. “This is absolutely wonderful,” she said. “I’m so glad I came.”

A somewhat weary group loaded the bus at 6 pm for the hour and half drive home. A stop at their favorite root beer stand for hot dogs and root beer completed the day.

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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