"Sign-sational" Classes Begin at Primrose

By | January 27, 2011
Signing class at Primrose

Ruby Williams (ambassador), Nancy Van Loon (ambassador), Mabel Fennimore, Jean Swanson and instructor Aspen (standing)


Ruby Williams, Nancy Van Loon, Mabel Fennimore, Jean Swanson and Linda and Ken Neslund

Wasilla, Alaska, Retirement Communities
January has brought more than snow and wind to the Wasilla Primrose. We have introduced two new classes to our activities schedule: Chair Line dancing and a Sign Language class.

Chair Line dancing involves learning different line dances from a seated position. The first dance learned is the Macarena. The class practices together once a week in preparation for the upcoming Sweetheart’s Dance on February 11th, 2011. The idea for the class came from one of the residents who is in a wheelchair. She stated that she’d love to learn how to line dance but all the dances require tons of moving and jumping. So with a little bit of creative liberty, the Life Enrichment Coordinator tweaked some of the dances so that anyone can do them from a seated position or a wheelchair.

The Beginning-Level Sign Language class was added because some of the residents have difficulty speaking due to a variety of reasons. The Signing skill gives all the residents an ability to communicate with each other. The class has been super popular, with folks from all over the Matanuska Valley coming in to watch Aspen the instructor teach phrases like: “I need water, please!” and “hello, my name is _______.”

Primrose residents say that it has been so much fun to not only learn a new language but also to “practice” during regular conversation and at lunch with the staff.

To find out more about senior classes at Primrose, 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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