Touchmark at All Saints - August 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark at All Saints - August 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK AT ALL SAINTS August 2014 Residents, staff, friends, and family celebrated the summer solstice (June 21), which is the longest day of the year, to honor the strength of individuals—and their families—living with a dementia diagnosis. The day started at 5 am watching the sunrise at Arrowhead Park and concluded at Family Park watching the sunset at 9:03 pm. In between, people participated in activities each hour, like playing miniature golf at Thunder Road, bowling, painting, singing, strolling along Sioux Falls’ SculptureWalk, and more. “We’re thankful for those who participated and volunteered, making this a successful day,” says Life Enrichment/Wellness Director Randy Austin, who wrote the following poem in honor of the event. The Day The sun sets down in the west Knowing that we did our best To honor those we love so dear And hope to keep them ever near For the mind can play such horrible tricks And change the past with a flip of a switch For the longest day has come and gone But our passion will be forever strong To care for those with patience and grace And stand by them to win this race Residents Clair Nusser, Charline Smith, Doris Haber and Jean Lowary started their day at sunrise (5:24 am) and ended with sunset (9:03 pm). From sunrise to sunset, honoring those facing Alzheimer’s disease with Longest Day activities
  2. 2. A GLANCE AT OCTOBERCAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS You said it! “This is like going to a convention with all the activities going on in the building today.” -Barbara Bennis, resident, sharing thoughts about The Longest Day events Look for more photos on Facebook. Embrace your {FULL} Life Whether you’re looking for a home base while traveling, or you’re ready to enjoy a close community and local activities, Touchmark fits your lifestyle. Summer is here—and it’s a perfect season to stop by and see (and experience!) Touchmark. L. C. C. C. Waterford at All Saints 111 W 17th Street | Sioux Falls, SD 57104 | 605-335-1117 | 800-713-1117 | WAS099, Rev. 07/08, © 2008 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved 722 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom | 1 Bath Homes Retirement Community For illustration purposes only. Square footage, actual room sizes, and features may vary. See construction documents. Featured: Home 401 Offering: 722 square feet, one bedroom, and one bathroom Life Enrichment/Wellness assistant Vicki Bruse and residents Doris Haber, Gerrit VanDenTop, and Frances Wagner work on Sudoku puzzles while enjoying warm cups of coffee. WONDER{FULL}! Residents and staff enjoy a brain-healthy barbecue as part of The Longest Day celebration. The menu featured grilled fish, herb chicken, broccoli salad, and a variety of fresh, mixed berries. Residents Jean Lowary and Clair Nusser play mini golf. Three of the four golfers got a hole in one! The residents wait for the sun to set on the fishing dock at the Family Fishing Pond.
  3. 3. Residents and staff played various games and activities—including voting for a manager to get a pie in the face! Above left: Resident Caroline Deinema pushes a pie into the face of Life Enrichment/Wellness Director Randy Austin. Above right: Nancy McCahren “shares” pies with Building Services Manager Rick VanOverbeke. Clair Nusser tries his luck at knocking down the bottles. Doris Haber throws darts at a board full of balloons in attempt to win a prize. Brian Pryor Executive Vice President Our environment, and how we feel about it, can have a huge impact on the way we feel. For many, the first areas that come to mind when we think of environmental wellness are things like reducing and conserving energy or reusing and recycling practices. These areas should be important to all of us, and they are areas of focus for Touchmark communities. Another area to consider is the impact and benefits that house plants have on the environment and our wellness. Research at Kansas State University (2006, Park, Seong-Hyun) on indoor plants identified several therapeutic benefits, including reduced stress, lower heart rates and blood pressure, decreased pain medication, and less fatigue and anxiety. Indoor plants also add color and brighten mood, moisturize and purify the air, and sharpen focus and attention. Some Touchmark communities have outdoor gardens, which are also beneficial for your body and soul. Gardening is considered a moderate to intense form of exercise and uses all three types of recommended activities—endurance, flexibility, and strength. Gardening also provides people with a sense of personal well- being through stress relief, education, and the creation of friendships. Indoors and outdoors, plants offer many benefits. Do you have a green thumb? Would you consider teaching others how to have a green thumb? Share your thoughts and ideas with your community’s Life Enrichment/ Wellness team. Help us enhance environmental wellness; consider adding indoor plants to your home environment. If you are interested in a list of safe plants, send me an email at RESOURCE{FULL} – The benefits of growing green Thursday night birthday fun raises over $300 for Alzheimer’s Association
  4. 4. 1410037 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK AT ALL SAINTS Full-service Retirement Community 111 W 17th Street • Sioux Falls, SD 57104 605-335-1117 • Contact a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Friday, Aug. 1, 6 pm Downtown Block Party on the East Bank. Two bands will perform, and food will be available for purchase. RSVP. Sunday, Aug. 3, 11:30 am - 2 pm Annual Barbecue. Enjoy delicious food and great conversations. All residents, their families, and all staff and their families as well as invited guests. RSVP. East parking lot. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 10:45 am Sioux Empire Fair. Check out the fair exhibits, see the animals, and maybe go on a carnival ride. No charge for admission, but please bring money for food. RSVP. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch ’n Learn: Staging Your Home To Sell, presented by Deb Sorenson, owner of Declutter Design by Deb. RSVP. Limited seating. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1:30 - 3 pm National Soft Ice-cream Day. Enjoy a taste of summer with an ice-cream sundae. RSVP. North Imperial Dining Room. Friday, Aug. 22, 11:45 am Old Court House Museum concert, featuring Union Grove Pickers, Americana roots of rock and roll. No cost. Lunch available for purchase. RSVP. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 11 am Picnic in Arrowhead Park. Bus will depart at 11 am for a picnic in the great outdoors. Enjoy grilled hamburgers, potato salad, and fresh fruit. After lunch, take a walk around the park or partake in a game of beanbag toss. RSVP. Active Aging Week coming September 21 - 27! Created by the International Council on Active Aging, this week celebrates an active lifestyle. Touchmark will join the fun with a variety of activities and events. Watch the calendar for coming details. See the full event calendar online: EVENT HIGHLIGHTS