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Touchmark at Fairway Village - September 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark at Fairway Village - September 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK AT FAIRWAY VILLAGE September 2014 The month of September is Healthy Aging® Month, and during the last week—Sept. 21 through 27—we are again hosting many activities to celebrate Active Aging Week. This year’s theme is Aspire! Be Active Your Way to honor the joy in choosing your own path to a full life. Promoted by the International Council on Active Aging, the week focuses on the many positive things that people can do to change the way they age. A full list of events is featured in the community calendar, but one important event to start off the week is Fall Prevention Day. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. It’s officially fall—and an ideal time to learn how you can minimize your risk of falling. Exercise specialists and a licensed physical therapist will be conducting assessments at no charge. Let’s move. Join us for Active Aging Week. Joy{FULL} sounds Residents enjoy a high- energy performance by the Matsiko World Orphan Children’s Choir, composed of children from impoverished backgrounds from all over the world, including India, Liberia, and Peru. (cont.)
  2. 2. CLUB NEWS TRAINERAWARDLIFE STORYPERSONAL Welcome new team member Becky Dallum comes to Vancouver from Touchmark’s Meridian, Idaho, community. Becky holds the distinction of being the first person in Idaho to complete the Fallproof Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructor Certificate Program. While at Touchmark in Idaho, she taught several classes, including a Movement Disorder Exercise Class and Introductory Brain Aerobics. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University. Additionally, she is a certified senior personal trainer and certified Pilates instructor. She specializes in working with older adults experiencing medical challenges, such as Parkinson’s disease and other balance problems. State of Washington Honors Fall Prevention Awareness Week Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed Sept. 21 to 27 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week. In honor of fall prevention as well as Active Aging Week, the club will provide no-charge, fall risk assessments and balance evaluations for residents, club members, and the public on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. No reservations required. Read the governor’s proclamation online at http:// aging/2014FallProclamation.pdf. Discovering the joy in enjoyment! Joy! It plays a key part in the celebration and enjoyment of what we call the {FULL} Life. From spending time with friends and family to participating in events and outings, you can discover a fun, full lifestyle at Touchmark. Visit us today, and learn more. (cont.)
  3. 3. A GLANCE AT OCTOBER CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Residents, team members, and friends enjoyed Watermelon Festival events including, a photo booth, live music, watermelon eatin‘ activities of all kinds, snow cones, snacks, and watermelon- flavored drinks. At Touchmark, we think a lot about the aspects of wellness and aging well. As many know, there are some fundamental guidelines for healthy aging, such as don’t smoke, get regular exercise, eat healthy foods, control weight, socialize, and keep learning. Recent research also suggests that having a “sense of purpose” in life may help us live longer. Researchers found that individuals who reported having greater purpose in life had a 15% lower risk of death than those who said they were more or less aimless. Furthermore, the benefits of having a sense of purpose apply to all ages (Hill and Turiano). At Touchmark, we are intentionally purposeful. Each day, we endeavor to radiate Touchmark’s long-held values of teamwork, service, integrity, compassion, and excellence. These values are reflected in the Touchmark Full Life—from the homes we design and build, the programs and services we provide, and the relationships we nurture. As I reflect on the elements of a purposeful life, I recall the poem The Dash, by Linda Ellis, which can be found on the Internet. Basically, the poem describes the dash that is etched in a tombstone between a person’s birthdate and death date. The dash represents all of one’s activities and contributions. Let’s live “the dash” and make a difference. Take advantage of all Touchmark has to offer. A PURPOSE{FULL} life is filled with rewards—for you and others. A PURPOSE{FULL} Life Brian Pryor Executive Vice President
  4. 4. 1410158 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved T OUCHMARK AT FAIRWAY VILLAGEFull-service Retirement Community2911 SE Village Loop • Vancouver, WA 98683360-254-2866 • Contact a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Fridays in Sept., 10:30 am Fly-fishing lessons from resident Ed Rice, a national champion fly fisherman. Later in the month, join the fly-fishing trip and practice your new skills. Sign up. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2:30 pm Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Forum. Thursday, Sept. 4, 10 am Sternwheeler Cruise through the Columbia River Gorge. Sign up. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4 pm Soothing vocal jazz and piano music by Matthew Casey. Fireside Room. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4:30 and 5 pm September Birthday Dinner with complimentary wine. Reservations recommended for large groups. Heritage and Courtside dining rooms. Active Aging Week Sept. 21 - 27! Each year, Touchmark joins this annual celebration, created by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA). Join us for the week’s activities: See the full event calendar online: Monday, Sept. 22, 9 am - 4 pm Fly Fishing and Picnic. Join National Champion Ed Rice for a unique opportunity to use those recently acquired fly fishing skills. RSVP. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 9 am - 1 pm Complimentary fall risk assessments and balance evaluations for residents, club members, and the public at Touchmark Health & Fitness Club. No reservations required. Learn more in the club news section. Wednesday, Sept. 24 Italian-themed dinner experience, featuring live entertainment by opera singers Barbara Choltco and Douglas Webster. Staff will transform both dining rooms into Italian eateries. Heritage Dining Room: 4:30 pm. Courtside Dining Room: 5 pm. Thursday, Sept. 25, 9 am Bus leaves for Adventures at Skamania Lodge. The day’s optional activities include a zip line tour, golfing, hiking, geocaching, enjoying spa treatments, perusing art in the park, or reading a good book while taking in the beautiful views in the lobby. The group will have lunch at the lodge. Sign up for activities of interest. Bus will return by 4:30 pm. Friday, Sept. 26, 2:30 pm The Gong Show Take 2. Residents and team members welcome! Show your strange and/or serious talent and hope to survive without being gonged. Fireside Room. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS