Touchmark at Coffee Creek Newsletter - July 2013


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Discovering a garden of joy and community of support
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Celebrating in your new home

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Touchmark at Coffee Creek Newsletter - July 2013

  1. 1. October 2011 | page 1October 2011 | page 1 EVENT{FULL}Monthly updates from your {FULL} Life community TOUCHMARK AT COFFEE CREEK Issue 7, 2013 | page 1 Discovering a garden of joy and community of support During a garden party, people toured the community’s Prairieview Memory Care Residences and courtyard and had a chance to make terrariums. The neighborhood—including the plant-filled courtyard—is designed to provide individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia illnesses with a supportive and structured living environment. “At Prairieview, people enjoy full days surrounded by supportive people and a pleasing environment, including colorful flowers and plants,” says Melissa Mahaffey, Touchmark executive director. “‘This was a fun event where families learned more about the services at Touchmark and the great people who live here.”
  2. 2. TOUCHMARK AT COFFEE CREEK Issue 7, 2013 | page 2 A showing of style Wearing fashions from the boutique A Flower Place, a group of residents modeled during the Resident Tea. Victoria has worked for three years as a care partner in Touchmark’s Cedar Court neighborhood in the Prairieview Memory Care Residences. You’ll often hear Victoria singing with residents, who love the friendly melodies. Victoria first came to the United States in 1975 and attended Central State University, where she received her master’s degree in Biology. She returned to Nigeria, where she worked as a teacher and principal. There, Victoria continued her studies and became a minister of the United Charismatic Healing Ministries. Soon after returning to the US, she joined the Touchmark team. Victoria, who was born in the large city of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa, enjoys reading, singing, and traveling with her husband to visit family. “I love to travel, and one of my favorite destinations has been Israel,” says Victoria. Dubai is on the top of her travel list. Meet Victoria Etuk Victoria loves spending time with her family and travels to see them as often as possible. Victoria is pictured at her son’s wedding.
  3. 3. TOUCHMARK AT COFFEE CREEK Issue 7, 2013 | page 3 Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Monday, July 1, 1:30 pm Health Matters presents Understanding Medication. North Activity Room. Tuesday, July 2, 2 pm Patriotic Hymn Sing. Grand Hall. Wednesday, July 3, 2 pm Patriotic Tea: a variety of teas and desserts along with an inspiring speaker. Grand Hall. Monday, July 8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Caregiver Support Group. Kari Suttee from Novartis will lead a discussion about communicating with family members when coping with difficult care decisions. South Activity Room. Wednesday, July 10, 2 - 3:30 pm Watermelon Festival. There are hundreds of types of watermelon, and our talented Dining staff will be presenting a food demo of many varieties. Of course, there will be samples. Grand Hall. Thursday, July 18, noon - 1:30 pm Men’s Lunch. Invite a friend to Touchmark and enjoy a special presentation by resident Leaman Harris. Game Room. Sign up at front desk. Monday, July 22 at 5:30 pm andTuesday, July 23 at 1:30 pm Living Longer, Living Stronger workshop with Certified Facilitator Gene Naukam. RSVP to 405-562-9155. Wednesday, July 31, 3 pm Armchair Traveler. Bring a friend as we travel to Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, cheesesteak, brotherly love, and much more. We’ll enjoy Philly sandwiches and beer as we tour, learn, and share. Grand Hall. See the full calendar of events online http:// calendar.pdf. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Celebrating in your new home Located in the Grandview building, apartment 338 includes 800 square feet, one bedroom, and one bathroom. The unique floor plan features a nook that can be used as a den or dining room. The home also includes a balcony and full-size kitchen with a raised dishwasher for easy access.
  4. 4. TOUCHMARK AT COFFEE CREEK Issue 7, 2013 | page 4 Book club experiences culture and world During its recent meeting, Touchmark book club members discussed A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, who wrote the bestseller The Kite Runner. This novel focuses on several women in Afghanistan. Some club members wore burqas (garments worn by some Muslim women that cover their faces and bodies). “They don’t just read and discuss each book but experience the culture, food, and lifestyle depicted,” says Life Enrichment/Wellness Director Carla Scull.
  5. 5. TOUCHMARK AT COFFEE CREEK 2801 Shortgrass Road • Edmond, OK 73003 405-340-1975 • © 2011 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved Marge Coalman, EdD Vice President of Wellness & Programs The right to question authority “In these chaotic times we must move from cognitive dissonance to inspirational dissonance by learning to live more deeply in the questions, and to ask new ones.” – Anne Dosher, Elder of the Ashland Institute and International Women’s Dialogue The headlines alone are enough to baffle us. Why would someone shoot and kill children and their teachers? How does a citizen feel empowered by sharing information that could jeopardize the well-being of others? “Why, why, why?” No one knows the answers, and some debate the questions. The question seems to be, “Does the right to be heard override the rights of others to be safe?” That challenge lies with the Supreme Court, the Canadian Ministries, and leaders in democratic countries around the world. In reality, it is important to be heard but not necessary to be right. That is the premise of the constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Canadian provincial governance, and other democratic bodies. As we celebrate Canada Day July 1 and the Fourth of July in the USA, we set aside personal preferences and biases and focus on the lives dedicated to freedom and the rights we all hold dear. In my interviews with Touchmark residents, I often pause and reflect on the wisdom, life experience, patriotism, and thoughtful observations they share. In the Lifelong Learning, Civic Engagement, and Legacy project offerings of Touchmark’s Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program, there are venues and opportunities for residents to participate and share their knowledge and opinions. To contribute and participate in the Full Life’s Lifelong Learning programs, contact Life Enrichment/Wellness Director Carla Scull. Support learning over the life span— whether there is universal agreement or not. BRAIN BUILDERSOn the second Wednesday of every month, fitness instructor Becky Major will be available at the Wellness Center at 3 pm to share helpful hints on how to effectively use equipment. Let’s move Think of as many things as possible that are red, white, and blue. ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________