Monthly Archives: August 2015

Battling the Fear of the Unknown

“The greatest fear in life is not death, but unsolicited change.”  These words, penned by an unknown, but obviously very wise, author summarize the plight of many seniors who find themselves at a common crossroads.  Do we stay in our home, despite the fact that it may be getting difficult for us to maintain, or that we may be declining in health and in need of assistance?  Or, do we relocate to a retirement community where we can receive assistance with our health-related issues, and let someone else take care of the maintenance?

On the surface, the answer seems simple.  Give yourself a break!  Improve your health and enjoy a carefree retirement, right?  Who could possibly say “no” to that?  If these were the only factors at play, the decision would be a slam-dunk, but they are not.

Capture One Catalog0796Knowledge is Power

Many seniors who have reached this crossroads in their lives are afraid to make a move, even though they know it is the best thing for them to do, because they are experiencing a fear of the unknown.  They have spent decades in the same home, raising families and storing up irreplaceable memories.  They cannot bear the thought of leaving them behind and starting over again in a new place, surrounded by new people.

It is an understandable fear, the fear of the unknown, but one that can be conquered.  It is often said that knowledge is power.  With this in mind, it may be helpful to begin the relocation process by doing some simple, no-pressure research on the options available to you in your area.  You can utilize the internet to help.  Your local library or chamber of commerce should also have senior housing information available, or perhaps you have friends or family currently living in a community that you could talk to about it.

Another helpful exercise to bring things into perspective is to grab a piece of paper.  Divide it into two separate lists by drawing a line down the middle.  On one side, write down all of the benefits of moving, and on the other side, list the objections you have to moving.  Put the sheet away for a few days, then retrieve it and read your answers.  This will give you a fresh look and may help you to see the path you need to take a bit more clearly.

Taking these steps will help to instill confidence.  The more you know, the less you will fear.  Remember to share your feelings with a friend and/or loved one, you don’t have to go through this process alone.  Develop a short-list of communities, then go visit them.  Get to know the staff and residents by staying for lunch or a special community event.  Ask questions based off the research you’ve done and the list you’ve created.  Once you have accomplished these things, determining the path you should take at your crossroads should be a much easier task.

If you have any questions about this or any other issues, Primrose would be honored to assist you.  Just head to for more info.

Manicures and Bracelets at Austin Primrose

Ladies showing off their bracelets and nails

Ladies showing off their bracelets and nails

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

The Austin Primrose has been lucky this summer because several of the neighborhood kids have asked to come in and volunteer during their summer break. Today, we had two fourth graders help the Life Enrichment Coordinator with manicures. Our residents were pampered by getting their fingernails trimmed and filed, and then the young volunteers helped to paint the residents’ fingernails.

To top off the pampering, the residents shared their favorite colors with the volunteers who then made them each two bracelets made from colored rubber bands called looms.

We were all amazed at how fast the girls could make the bracelets, and how beautiful they looked. Near the end of the get-together, the residents invited them to come next week to show them how to make other styles of bracelets.

The girls agreed and asked if they could help with manicures again. Both parties had fun and cannot wait for next week. The residents showed off their nails and bracelets during lunch.

Primrose residents really enjoy when the younger generation takes time out of their busy schedule to spend time with them. Volunteers have come to play games, Wii, walk, crafts, and some have even came in on parlor day to help serve ice cream. Some also come on Sundays to serve for the summer. The volunteers really have fun hanging out with Austin, MN residents at Primrose.

Kansas City Primrose Residents Out and About

Senior Living Residents hamming it up for the camera

Residents hamming it up for the camera

Good food and good fellowship

Good food and good fellowship

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

Kansas City Primrose residents love going out and about to eat. They make great suggestions and we alternate choices to keep it fun. Most of the time they like to go to the “down home” cooking places, the places where you can go to get some “real” mashed potatoes and lots of gravy!

Today our group chose a restaurant called Cheddars, because they love their onion rings.

Between everyone that went, we had four orders of rings — we think they had to go to the store for more onions! We love to give each other a hard time, tell stories, and laugh, laugh, laugh! To top off the meal, our bus driver, Rhonda, made homemade cookies. She asks every week what kind everyone wants and then they magically appear. Today we had chocolate chip and peanut butter. Yummy! Next week are a headed out to Taco Tuesday at a local favorite Mexican restaurant.

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!


Austin Primrose Resident Celebrates 100 Years

Katherine and her husband

Katherine and her husband, Don, getting ready to blow out the candles!

Katherine opening cards and presents

Katherine opening cards and presents

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

On Friday, July 31st, Primrose Retirement Community of Austin celebrated resident Katherine’s 100th Birthday. Family flew in to join Katherine on her special day, along with Primrose residents, family from Austin, and many of her good friends. Katherine received lots of flowers, cards, gifts, and hugs.

Everyone enjoyed cake, ice cream, and wonderful entertainment. While cake was being delivered, an entertainer played background music, guests sang happy birthday and Katherine made a wish and blew out her candles. Once everyone was served the party continued with songs from the 30s to the 70s, everyone was singing and having a great time. In fact, everyone was having so much fun that the party and entertainment continued on for two hours instead of the originally scheduled one hour! Entertainment was great about extending the time, in fact it was their idea to continue songs, until everyone left. Katherine says, “I enjoyed my birthday, the turnout was amazing, and everyone did such a good job.”

'Elvis' Visits Kansas City Primrose

Kansas City, MO, Retirement Communities

The Kansas City Primrose recently got the pleasure of watching Aaron Shoemaker perform. He has an amazing voice, and sings just like Frank Sinatra and Elvis. Not only can he sing, but he is a great performer and can tell a love story through song. He sang to all of our ladies and they loved every minute of it. In fact, we had such a great turn out, and everyone had so much fun, they are asking him to come back! In the clip below you can see Aaron (AKA ELVIS) singing to Gerry and Betty. Gerry enjoyed him singing to her, and Betty even got to kiss him on the cheek. It was a good thing that Betty’s husband was there and said it was ok! Aaron will be back to perform at Primrose in September and again in November. He has a many different shows that he puts on, so you never see the same one twice! We hope you enjoy the attached clip, I know we did!

Summertime at Sioux Falls Primrose

Melissa and Darija

Melissa and Darija grilling burgers

Beautiful flowers are conversation piece

Our beautiful flowers are always a topic for conversation

Sioux Falls, SD, Retirement Communities

On Wednesday July 8th the Sioux Falls Primrose had a Summertime BBQ for friends and residents. It was attended by 150 people and was a great way to spend the evening. On the menu was grilled burgers, hotdogs, chips, baked beans, watermelon, and ice cream bars. Everyone had a great time enjoying the wonderful food and the socializing, and some of our residents and their friends also played bean bags out on the lawn. The social atmosphere was a lot like being together for a 4th of July holiday celebration, and we even had some folks dressed in red, white & blue. Ursie Wittrock, one of our residents, commented on the great food and would like to have it again!

Summer is in full force and having a picnic style event is one way of showing our appreciation to our residents. We are a lot like a family here in Sioux Falls, and it is fun to put a smile on our residents’ faces!

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!


Mansfield Primrose Resident Spotlight: Joan Rader

Joan Rader

Primrose resident Joan Rader

Life for Joan started on the back porch of a home on Sturges Ave. in Mansfield, Ohio in 1936. Her earliest memories are of her father from when she was just three years old, when he was trying to teach her to respect her parents and to listen to what they say.

As time went on, she learned to respect her father who taught her so many things, including how to roller skate and ride a bicycle by the time she was five.

Joan’s family lived on a farm, and she loved it. She loved the winter weather, and could actually ski off the roof of the chicken house when it snowed. She also loved the challenge of going to school. Joan says that she remembers playing with other children on the huge school playground. It was covered with black cinders, and she still has some of them in one of her knees to prove it.

Joan spent a lot of time in school earning an R.N. at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, a B.S. in education from Ohio State. Thanks to the generosity of Mansfield Rotary Club, she also went to the University Of London, England. Joan’s work experiences included stints in various health related facilities and 27 years in the Mansfield Public School System.

Joan’s most challenging and rewarding years were spent raising her two sons, Matthew and Michael. They are her pride and her joy, as are her three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Joan feels very fortunate to be living at Primrose with many of her old and new friends. She can enjoy doing what she wants, when she wants, and she never has to cook another meal!

Austin Primrose Resident 'Fishes for a Cause'

Lavonne Srock

Primrose resident Lavonne Srock pictured with her fishing trophy

Austin, MN, Retirement Communities

Lavonne Srock, a resident from Primrose Retirement Community of Austin, MN, recently spent a day fishing with her family. In the first hour she spent on Lake Mazaskia in Schieldsfield, MN, she caught a walleye that weighed 6.68 pounds and was twenty seven inches long. Lavonne said, “I thought that I just had a bunch of seaweed, but my daughter yelled, ‘mom you caught a fish!’” Lavonne was the first woman to ever place in the top three, and for her accomplishments, she took home a trophy and $200 dollars in cash. Lavonne states, “Lots of people attend this event and the fee is $25.00. I enjoy the event and spending time with my family, and the best part is that the proceeds go to help fight cancer.” Lavonne knows people who are fighting Cancer. Fishing was fun and is something that she has done for the last three years.

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!


Stillwater Primrose Residents Go Ziplining

Resident Keith McElwain

Primrose resident Keith McElwain, 90 years old, gave us a big smile before he began his journey to the top of the zip line.

Keith McElwain

Keith amazed us all by climbing the pole!

Nancy Luce

Nancy Luce getting interviewed by Oklahoma City’s Channel 9 TV

Nancy Luce

Nancy Luce zip lining down the 300 foot line

Resident Rich

Resident Rich jumping off the 25 foot platform.

Stillwater, OK, Retirement Communities

A beautiful morning in Stillwater, Oklahoma to go Zip Lining! Resident Nancy Luce loves a fun adrenaline rush! In August of 2014, Nancy jumped out of an airplane and went sky diving at the age of 83. She has been crossing many things off of her bucket list; one of them being zip lining now. As she zip lined down, Nancy was heard yelling, “HOT DIGITY DOG!” Another resident, Richard Humphries climbed up the pole like a pro and rushed down the line! He gave a big thumbs up afterward and said he enjoyed himself. Finally, 90-year-old Keith McElwain climbed up the pole and said the scariest part of it all was just having courage to jump off the tall platform. Colonel Keith served in three wars and stated that putting on the harness to zip line brought back memories to putting on parachute harnesses and jumping out of planes. All three residents had a wonderful time.

Camp Redlands, part of their Oklahoma State University Outdoor Recreation Department, hosted our zip lining trip. When Emma, the Life Enrichment Coordinator, first contacted Outdoor Adventure at Oklahoma State, they were thrilled to have interest from Primrose! They have never had seniors come out to Camp Redlands and do any of their challenge courses, let alone the zip line! Many of our residents jumped in our van to observe our two daring residents. When we arrived at Camp Redlands, there were many people with the media assembled there. We had Channel 9 from Oklahoma City, The Newspress from Stillwater, Oklahoma State TV, and representatives from Oklahoma State Wellness.

With interest from other residents that had previous plans and could not attend, Stillwater Primrose plans on taking another trip out to Camp Redlands. Who knows? Maybe this will turn into an annual trip for our residents!

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!


'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' at Anderson Primrose

baseball clan

Have fun, boys! Cherish these moments, don’t focus on the mistakes, but focus on the fact that you got up and tried. One day these days will be some of the best memories that you have. Keep up the good work!

—Denzil Regnold

If you can’t get them to the ball park you bring the ball park to them! The Anderson Primrose Retirement Community and the local Brooklyn Little League teamed up together this summer to play a “Scrimmage in the Grass” game.

The local league brought two teams from their major boys ranging in ages from 9-12. The boys showed up early to talk with the residents about a variety of topics, with residents giving them words of wisdom.

The boys and the residents indulged in favorite baseball snacks from popcorn and peanuts to cotton candy and snow cones brought over by a local fire department on their fire truck. Residents at Primrose enjoy sports of all kinds and love to watch and encourage younger generations of sports players. The “Scrimmage in the Grass” game was a huge success, and a great way to involve the community in our family here at Primrose.

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!