Touchmark on South Hill - June 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark on South Hill - June 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. TOUCHMARK ON SOUTH HILL THE{FULL}LIFE June 2014 This June: First-ever Touchmark Car Show! All are invited to Touchmark’s Car Show Saturday, June 21 to view custom and classic cars. The show runs from 10 am to 4 pm and will include a hot- dog lunch and music by the band Hit ’n Run. Among the various cars, attendees can see Grant Person’s restored 1931 Buick. A lifelong car enthusiast, Grant and his wife, Dixie, live in the Touchmark at Grapetree neighborhood. “I also have a 1940 Buick that was my grandfather’s. I’ve had it since I was 16 years old.” Grant received his degree in Industrial Arts and taught shop and graphic design classes for junior and high school students for five years before entering the restaurant and tavern business. Later, he moved into real estate for more than 40 years. Even with a varied career background, Grant’s passion for cars and mechanical work has stayed with him. “I have a great appreciation for cars,” says Grant, who enjoys going to the car swap meets in Portland, Oregon, and Buick car shows. He has even visited the Hershey antique car show in Pennsylvania. In addition to the two Buicks, Grant has owned some older Jeeps that he rebuilt, an older GMC pickup, a Buick coupe, and one of the first Chevy Suburbans. Join Grant and other car enthusiasts June 21 to swap stories and share the fun! Grant Person (pictured far left) and friends in front of his 1931 Buick.
  2. 2. Throughout Spokane, feet pounded the pavement. Thousands of participants gathered for the city’s annual Bloomsday run/ walk. The Touchmark community joined the festivities with a mini walk, dubbed The Spirit of Bloomsday. “I have a daughter and four great-granddaughters in Spokane, and for years, I’ve heard about Bloomsday. I realized that this was a great event,” says Mary Smith, who moved to Touchmark from California three years ago. “I thought it would be great to do something at Touchmark.” Mary connected with Touchmark Fitness Specialist Kathy Kalich to organize the event. Soon, resident and artist Audrey Haley joined the ladies and designed a promotional flyer as well as a button for participants to wear. Dozens of people turned out for the Touchmark walk. Each donned a number. “It was a delightful experience,” says Audrey. “Everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves. We all had such a good time.” The ladies are hoping for 100 participants next year. “It is wonderful to be involved in this event in the city of Spokane,” says Mary. Connect with community This month, we’re featuring the Abbey cottage at 1708 E 32nd Court (pictured). The home offers 1,208 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a newly updated kitchen. We invite you to tour Touchmark and take part in an event or activity—and see how being part of a community can enrich your life. Sharing the Spirit of Bloomsday
  3. 3. Look for more photos on Facebook Touchmark honored volunteers during a cake and punch reception. The Men’s Club focused on The Worst Hard Time, which covers the untold story from the American dust bowl, written by New York Times journalist Timothy Egan. Executive Director Jeff Bair facilitated the presentation and discussion. For Arlene Amann, the decision to move to Touchmark on South Hill came down to three things— location, location, location! The native New Yorker and retired sales assistant for a real- estate company in Virginia knew she wanted to live close to her family, but equally important was the type of place she wanted to call home. “My daughter, her husband (who is a local pulmonologist), and their two sons live in Spokane,” says Arlene. “But it took me a couple of years doing research on the local real-estate market before I decided on Touchmark. It was very important that my new home had continual care, and Touchmark offered that feature.” She chose a 1,300-square-foot cottage because of its great location on the South Hill. She loved the well- maintained look and feel of the campus and, she says, “I really fit in.” In addition, Arlene remembers the staff being helpful—not pushy—while she was making her decision. “I’m a fairly active person,” she says. “I bowl in a league with my daughter, and I rarely miss water aerobics class at Oz Fitness, which is just up the hill from here. In addition, I work out on the treadmill in the Touchmark exercise room and walk the loop—if weather permits. Birthday dinners are a great opportunity to dress up and socialize … The Touchmark shuttle even picks me up at my cottage, so I don’t have to worry about walking by myself or getting caught in the rain!” Arlene believes she made a smart choice. “Spokane is a great town with a lot to offer. But most important is I now live in a great spot, close to my family, and we can all share it together.” “It’s all here!” CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS
  4. 4. 149750© 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK ON SOUTH HILL Full-service Retirement Community 2929 S Waterford Drive • Spokane, WA 99203 509-536-2929 • EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, June 3, 5 pm Men’s Club Dinner and Discussion Group, hosted by Executive Director Jeff Bair. Forum. Friday, June 6, 8:30 am All City Wii Bowling Tournament. Cost for lunch: $5. Sign up for transportation. Bus leaves right at 8:30 am. Monday, June 9, 1:30 pm Great Northern School Student Musical Performance. Lobby. Thursday, June 12, 10 am - 4 pm Cottage Open House. Tour various floor plans. Get a taste of the Full Life. Meet at 1708 E 32nd Court. Call to RSVP. Sunday, June 15, 11 am Father’s Day Brunch by Executive Chef Steve Mitchell. Four Seasons Dining Room. Saturday, June 21, 10 am - 4 pm First-ever Touchmark Car Show. Band music, lunch, prizes. Main campus parking lot. No charge. See the full calendar of events online: event-calendar.pdf Do you have a computer, iPad, or smart phone? Brian Pryor Executive Vice President Research on cognition and memory is finding that people who participate in more mentally stimulating activities have a slower rate of decline in memory (Wilson, et al, 2013, Journal of Neurology). Apps and websites like Fit Brains, Lumosity, Tetris, Sudoku2 all work on your computer, tablet device, or smart phone. Touchmark recently conducted a webinar with team members that covered cutting-edge ideas for activities and cognitive stimulation. We now are working to develop programming throughout Touchmark communities that takes advantage of this technology for enhancing memory. If you own or intend to purchase a computer, tablet, or smart phone and would like to participate in learning how to use it, please let us know. Also, if you have a favorite website or app that helps build the brain, please send an email to Let’s learn together what can benefit all of us as we exercise our brains and boost memory.