Touchmark at Harwood Groves Newsletter - July 2013


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Touchmark Choir sings for hundreds
Helping the whole person. An emphasis on mental wellness.
Check out FallProof H2O

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Touchmark at Harwood Groves Newsletter - July 2013

  1. 1. October 2011 | page 1 EVENT{FULL}Monthly updates from your {FULL} Life community TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES Touchmark Choir members decided to give back to the community—while fulfilling the dream of being on stage—and they performed a no-charge concert at the historic Fargo Theatre downtown. Last year, the group participated and won a Froggy 99 contest. With the prize money, they put on the show. This lively group of 28 Touchmark residents, ranging in age from 65 to 100 years old, began singing together in fall 2010. Since then, they have performed in area schools, other retirement communities, and for a local Kiwanis Club. The choir is directed by Dawn Papenfuss and Suzanne Schultz. Executive Director of the Fargo Theatre Emily Beck said, “It just seemed to be that perfect example of a performance that truly brings joy to both the performers and the audience.” They sang songs from Broadway shows like South Pacific, Mary Poppins, and the Lion King and by artists like The Carpenters and The Andrews Sisters and many more. The concert was a huge success with over 250 family, friends, staff, and others attending. Issue 7, 2013 | page 1 Touchmark Choir sings for hundreds
  2. 2. TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES Issue 7, 2013 | page 2 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 Anne-Marie Fitz. Support learning over the life span—whether there is universal agreement or not. Helping the whole person. An emphasis on mental wellness. In today’s media, we hear a lot about mental illness, mental disorders, and depression, but what about mental health and wellness? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of the world’s population functioning in everyday life is affected by mental illness. The basic definition of mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community,” according to WHO. Do we feel “blah” some days? Sure, but the bigger CLUB NEWSFITNESS PERSONAL TRAINER AWARD FITNESS AQUATIC (cont.) BRAIN BUILDERS Think of as many things as possible that are red, white, and blue. ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________
  3. 3. October 2011 | page 1 TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES Issue 7, 2013 | page 3 (cont.) question is how do we manage our mental health and make it a priority like our physical health? Well, the two are actually connected; try these tips: Regular exercise – helps reduce stress and anxiety and increase strength and endurance. Healthy diet – helps the body function at its best and reduces risks of chronic diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Sleep – helps with mood and aids in coping with stress. To sleep better, exercise, have a regular meal and bedtime schedule, limit caffeine and alcohol, be active throughout the day, and have a calm bedtime routine. Massage – helps with relaxation and sleep and decreases physical pain, soreness, and anxiety. Support of others – Ask for help. Counseling can help during times of conflict, loss, and stress. Discuss your mental health with your doctor as well as your physical health. Enjoy life! – Find enjoyment in your everyday life. Love. Laugh. Smile. Club team members can help create fitness plan that includes many of these tips, including exercise and massage. Talk with us today. Programs—join us! FallProof H2O is an effective aquatic balance and mobility program developed by the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. This class will help you develop strategies to recover from a loss of balance and have more confidence. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:15 am. No charge for club members. Club schedule—please note The club will be closed Thursday, July 4. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Coming soon! Active Aging Day – September 26 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Wednesday, July 3, noon Garden Picnic. We’re getting a head start on Fourth of July festivities: live music, grilled ribs, Leinenkugel’s beer from a keg, and outdoor games in our beautiful Waterford Heritage Garden. Monday, July 8, 3:30 pm Women’s winetasting. Hoyle Room. Tuesday, July 9, 6:15 pm Bus leaves for RedHawks game. Tuesday, July 9, 2 pm Gallery Talk with resident Betsy Fowler. Silver Maple Room. Thursday, July 11 Men’s Summer Beer Tasting. Hoyle Room. Friday, July 12, 2:30 pm The Visitor—Movie Review with movie critic and retired professor Tony McRae Auditorium. Monday, July 15, 2:30 pm Music by R. Tracy Myers, aka An Old Guy and a Clarinet. Auditorium. Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 pm Tour of Historic Fort Abercrombie. Thursday, July 18, 4 pm Monthly birthday party with music by Rick and Loretta. Auditorium and Prairie Rose Dining Room. Wednesday, July 24, 11 am Lunch Out to Altony’s. Friday, July 26, 3 pm Armchair Traveling to Normandy. See the full calendar of events online: TouchmarkFargo. com/pdf/community- event-calendar.pdf
  4. 4. TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES Issue 7, 2013 | page 4 Apartment 365 includes one bedroom, one bathroom, a den, and 995 square feet. The master bedroom also features a walk-in closet. Call or visit to learn more. Celebrating in your new home The Avondale floor plan includes 1,877 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, garage, and patio. Call or visit to learn more about the new cottages we’re building. Waterford at Harwood Groves 1200 Harwood Drive | Fargo, ND 58104 | 701-476-1200 | 800-715-3460 | WFN104/105, Rev. 03/09 © 2009, Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved Apartments For illustration purposes only. Square footage, actual room sizes, and features may vary. See construction documents. 995 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom | Den | 1 Bath W.I.C. DW DEN Waterford at Harwood Groves 1200 Harwood Drive | Fargo, ND 58104 | 701-476-1200 | 800-715-3460 | WFN112, Rev. 12/07 © 2007, Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved 1,880 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom | Den | 2 Bath Cottage Homes Resort-style Retirement For illustration purposes only. Square footage, actual room sizes, and features may vary. See construction documents. Enjoying the {FULL} Life Resident Cec Ellis presented The History of Rosemaling on Settende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day). Rosemaling is a Norwegian decorative sytle of painting. Cec showed examples of different Rosemaling patterns and shared stories and meanings behind certain items. She even played Norwegian Folk music on the piano. (cont.)
  5. 5. TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES 1200 Harwood Drive S • Fargo, ND 58104 701-476-1200 • © 2011 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved Resident and gladiolus enthusiast Jim Wilkins (sitting) donated 300 bulbs to the Waterford Heritage Garden, which will produce bouquets for seven weeks. On a cool, rainy day, a handful of team members and residents gathered to look over and plant the bulbs. Executive Chef Joe Volske and residents make crispy cucumber salsa. (cont.) You said it! “Touchmark is a good choice for us. We appreciate the care provided, and the staff go above and beyond to help out. The variety of Life Enrichment activities is appreciated, and the transportation service has been a great amenity.” —Verlin & Virginia Buechler, residents