Monthly Archives: April 2010

Baseball Day at our Mankato Senior Living Community

Primrose Mankato: Many of our residents at the Mankato Primrose Retirement Community are huge Twins fans, and residents and staff alike could sense the baseball buzz in our community in the weeks leading up to the first game!

One of the surest signs of spring in the Midwest is the return of baseball season. In Minnesota, it means Minnesota Twins Baseball. The Twins not only kicked off their new season recently but also brought some nostalgia to the sport with the opening of their new, highly anticipated outdoor stadium, Target Field.

Rachel Carpenter, the Mankato Primrose Life Enrichment Coordinator, thought it would be fun to celebrate the start of the season with “Baseball Day.” Residents played baseball-themed games, enjoyed a “Ballpark” lunch, and dressed up in anything Twins-themed. Additionally, there was a prize drawing for anyone who wore baseball attire.

No umpires were harmed during the activity.

Nanny Clements celebrates Baseball Day at the Mankato Primrose
Anne “Nanny” Clements

Resident Anne “Nanny” Clements, who is relatively new to Minnesota and loves baseball, has quickly become a fan of the Twins. Nanny really wanted to participate in all of the festivities but she didn’t have any Twins apparel to wear. So Nanny got creative and made her own “Twins Baseball” shirt out of newspaper clippings and pictures of the Twins! She was very proud of her creation and the other residents got a kick out of “reading” her shirt. Says Nanny, “I wanted to dress-up so I had to make my own shirt…hopefully I will get a real one soon!”

After lunch, the residents and some of the staff went upstairs and watched the game together in the Community Room, enjoying refreshing lemonade and Cracker Jacks! It was a great day, celebrating a beloved pastime and home team of so many of our residents, even those who are new to Minnesota and Twins baseball.

Contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today — we’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities.

It’s Showtime at our Sioux Falls Senior Living Community!

Sioux Falls Primrose: If you’ve ever wished you could travel to New York or Las Vegas to see The Rockettes perform their dance routines and high kicks, you can see the next best thing — “The Dancing Divas!” — at our Sioux Falls, SD Primrose Retirement Community.

The Dancing Divas are a performing dance group consisting of 16 ladies, all over the age of 60. Their show features several different dance routines. Additionally, different themes throughout their show feature unique costumes to accompany each dance. As an added bonus, the Divas have their own pianist who performs for the crowd during costume changes. This crowd-pleasing and increasingly popular group started in June 2008 and has since performed twice at our Sioux Falls Primrose Retirement Community.

At Primrose, “The Dancing Divas” are a vital part of the “This Is Living” experience — and what better way to enjoy it than have activities and entertainment like this in your own home where you can invite friends and family to join in the excitement.

After the performance, we always encourage our guests to stay for cookies and coffee and a chance to visit with the dancers and our residents become the most gracious hosts in welcoming those who come to visit. If you have the opportunity, call or stop by for one of our activities. We know your friends and family will be talking about it for weeks to come!

Call your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today — we’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities.

Myrtle Carlson's 100th Birthday Party

Primrose Duluth: A milestone birthday for a Primrose gemstone! Myrtle Carlson turned 100 years old and she had the 100 balloons laced to her chair to prove it.

WHAT A PARTY! Residents, friends, family and members of the community all turned out for this landmark event here in the Primrose Great Room – complete with decadent dessert treats and beverages.

In celebration, Myrtle received a garden of flowers, a library of birthday cards and a lighted figurine of the Split Rock Lighthouse which ALSO turned 100 years old in 2010. In fact, the manager of Split Rock delivered her gift personally (about a 2.5 hour drive round trip)!

Also in her honor, a program was created to hand out to each visitor as they arrived, and inside the program, we had fun facts of the last 100 years on one side and on the other, the 18 U.S. Presidents that Myrtle has lived through. On the back, we had the agenda of chronological events for her special day.

We had speakers giving their tributes and heartfelt birthday wishes, including Myrtle’s pastor and family members. She was adorned with a beautiful corsage from all of her friends at Primrose and when all was said and done, it took 8 people to help take the flowers, gifts and cards back to Myrtle’s apartment. She was SO happy and felt more special than ever. Myrtle is already looking forward to 101 balloons next year and so are we!

Primrose of Bismarck Staff Nominated for Long-Term Care Awards

Three staff members from the Bismarck Primrose Retirement Community were nominated for the 2010 Caregiver of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by the North Dakota Long-Term Care Association and recognizes those in the health care field who go above and beyond to care for those they serve.

Nominations for this award come from around the state from Residents and/or family members who complete a nomination form and send it to the NDLTA office.

Stefanie Torgerson has been a housekeeper with Primrose of Bismarck for the past three years. She was nominated by a Resident who stated “Stef does such a good job cleaning my apartment. Her friendly, happy nature makes her easy to talk to and she is always there to listen.”

Laura Osse, Director of Nursing, has led the Nursing Department for nearly three years. She was nominated by a Resident who stated on her nomination form that “Laura is caring, compassionate, and hard working. She is kind to everyone she works with and cares for. The Residents know she is there for them night or day.”

Melanie Soupir, the Administrator at the Bismarck Primrose Community, has been with Primrose for over four years. She received nominations from multiple Residents who stated that “Melanie is helpful, pleasant, and kind to everyone. She treats us like family and is a friend to us all.”

One Resident has been so pleased with the care and compassion of the staff, that the nomination cited all of the Primrose staff, stating “the staff is always courteous and very caring and kind. They all do a great job!”

Happy Birthday, Freda!

Freda's 84th birthday party

Primrose Aberdeen Community resident Freda Herther’s family treated the seniors at Westin Court to cake and ice cream in celebration of Freda’s 84th birthday. To make this day special for Freda, the Activity Room was festively decorated with streamers and balloons featuring Freda’s favorite colors, lavender and purple.

Freda’s daughter-in-law, Penny, says that she’s very lucky to have such a wonderful mother-in-law. In addition to sharing the birthday celebration with her fellow residents, Freda’s daughter and son-in-law are also visiting her from out of town.

At Primrose, our residents enjoy having a wonderfully active social life, which includes meeting each other’s family, enjoying life’s experiences and never turning down cake and ice cream.

Find out more about cake and ice cream — and senior living — at Primrose Retirement Communities in Aberdeen, South Dakota

I hate winter party winner announced at Duluth

i hate winter party winner

Pat Scheer

Pat Scheer was the ultimate beach girl at our I Hate Winter! Party last month at the Duluth Primrose. If we didn’t know any better, we would have thought she just stepped off a plane in Miami! Everyone had a great time and a great BBQ lunch prepared by our fabulous kitchen staff. After lunch, seniors and guests could play Beach Bingo or bowl a few rounds of Coconut Bowling. There was also Count the Shells, with an unbelievable winning guess that missed the actual number of shells by 1! That lucky player was Dorothy Mital’s son-in-law, Don Kunze, who won a $50 gift card to the Texas Road-house Restaurant. Way to go, Don! Find out more about senior living at the Duluth Primrose

Duluth's Green Thumb

Duluth Primrose Green Thumb
Iris Gustafson

When she isn’t volunteering at Lowell Elementary School or spending quality time with her adorable pet Sophie, Iris Gustafson is keeping our Duluth Primrose Community beautiful! As our Garden Club Director, she has done wonders in our courtyard garden. The residents and staff can’t wait until the garden is in full bloom again this year so we can enjoy the bright colors and pleasant smells of springtime. Iris, along with the other members of the Garden Club have been ‘in touch’ with the flowers and plants all around the Primrose community.

In addition to her dazzling green thumb expertise, Iris is involved in many Primrose public events and helping with resident activities. She’s always ready to lend a hand where help is needed and the staff in Duluth can always count on her assistance with events like movie night and our Community rummage sale. Basically, without our active residents like Iris, it would be hard to get along!

Duluth Primrose Green Thumb
Colors are the spice of life!

book club

The Book Club is another passion for Iris. Our Duluth Primrose Book Club members look forward to every month and thanks to Iris, meeting times and locations are all set and ready to go for these avid readers.

Iris is a shining presence in our Duluth Primrose Community; she keeps our gardens blooming, our residents on track with their activities and our minds rich with new stories. On behalf of the staff and residents, we want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Iris for being an important part of the Primrose family!

Find out more about senior living at the Duluth Primrose Retirement Community

Indiana Retirement Communities

retirement communities in Indiana

Primrose retirement communities are located in two Indiana cities — Kokomo and Anderson.

Here you’ll find neighboring communities to our senior living centers, including map links showing their proximity to our senior living locations. Also, at each location you’ll find senior residence information like:

  • Senior Housing Options
  • Square Footages
  • Apartment Home Floorplans
    • Guest Suites
  • Respite Stays
  • Retirement Community Activity Calendars

Kokomo Retirement Community

Communities near Kokomo Indiana

Located in North-central Indiana, the Kokomo Primrose senior living community is near Bringhurst, Flora, Young America, Logansport, Walton, Galveston, Miami, Bunker Hill, Grissom AFB, Clay Township, Converse, Marion, Sweetser, Swayzee, Gas City, Fairmount, Greentown, West Liberty, Nevada, Sharpsville, Indian Heights, Jacksons, Tipton, Elwood, Goldsmith, Kempton, Hillisburg, Michigantown, Russiaville and Burlington. See a Kokomo, Indiana retirement community map.
Senior apartment homes (1 and 2BR), townhomes.
Kokomo apartment home floorplans
Kokomo activities calendar


Anderson Retirement Community

Communities near Anderson Indiana

Central Indiana’s Anderson Primrose retirement community is located near Chesterfield, Muncie, Yorktown, Middletown, NewCastle, Pendleton, Fortville, Fishers, Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Lebanon, Thorntown, Sheridan, Arcadia, Cicero, Frankton, Knightstown, Greenfield, Cumberland, Parker City and Albany. See an Anderson, Indiana, retirement community map.
One- and two-bedroom Senior apartment homes, townhomes.
Anderson apartment home floorplans
Anderson activities calendar


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