Touchmark on South Hill - September 2014 Newsletter

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During September 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 fun event is Fitness Fun! Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for a sampling of fitness classes in the morning followed by an author presentation in the afternoon.
Author Kay LeClaire (photos below) will share her amazing story. Over the past decade, Kay has scaled more than 43 mountains, including climbing Mount Everest two months after she turned 60. This successful ascent put her into the record books: In 2009, she became the oldest woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits—the highest point on each continent. Still an accomplished mountain climber who scales peaks, Kay has led a full life: nurse, competitive dancer, mother, law-school graduate, professional speaker. Following her inspiring presentation, she will sign her book Journey to the Top of the World. Written by Mary Cronk Farrell as told by Kay LeClaire, the book is a compelling story for young readers (grades 5-12) and adults.

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Touchmark on South Hill - September 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. TOUCHMARK ON SOUTH HILL THE{FULL}LIFE September 2014 During September 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 fun event is Fitness Fun! Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for a sampling of fitness classes in the morning followed by an author presentation in the afternoon. Author Kay LeClaire (photos below) will share her amazing story. Over the past decade, Kay has scaled more than 43 mountains, including climbing Mount Everest two months after she turned 60. This successful ascent put her into the record books: In 2009, she became the oldest woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits—the highest point on each continent. Still an accomplished mountain climber who scales peaks, Kay has led a full life: nurse, competitive dancer, mother, law- school graduate, professional speaker. Following her inspiring presentation, she will sign her book Journey to the Top of the World. Written by Mary Cronk Farrell as told by Kay LeClaire, the book is a compelling story for young readers (grades 5-12) and adults. We hope you can join us for any or all of the events. Let’s move. Join us for Active Aging Week. EVEREST29,035 feetCAMP IV26,300 feetCAMP III23,500 feetCAMP II21,000 feetWestern CwmLhotse FaceCAMP I19.500 feetBASE CAMPLHOTSENUPTSEUsed with permision byAlpine Ascents International109 W. Mercer St. • Seattle, WA 98119
  2. 2. Featured: Cottage at 1710 E 32nd Court Offering: 1,130 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and updated kitchen. 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. Discovering the joy in enjoyment! 201672 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom | 1 BathDWDW Featured: Manito apartment home Offering: 850 square feet, one bedroom, one bathroom, and a den. A PURPOSE{FULL} Life Brian Pryor Executive Vice President 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.
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Executive Director Jeff Bair introduced the MasterClass Big Band at the Annual Party. Stan Parks enjoys a dance with retirement counselor Alisa Nickoli as Willean Lindstrom and Stella Melville visit. Residents enjoyed a sunny day hike on the local scenic trail. Earline Cochran and great-grandson Caleb joined the adventurers. Photo on right: JT Ledbetter led a poetry reading and presented some of his published poems to the group. Residents visited the Washington area of Green Bluff and specifically the High Country Orchard, where they enjoyed meeting and petting rabbits and eating lunch. Left: Hazel Abbott holds a rabbit. Right: Sheila and Vern Berkompas, Hazel Wagner, and Gary O’Dell eat lunch and finish their meal with pie!
  4. 4. 1410158 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved T OUCHMARK ON SOUTH HILLFull-service Retirement Community2929 S Waterford Drive • Spokane, WA 99203509-536-2929 • Touchmark.com Contact a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 5 pm Men’s Club. Dinner and speaker included. No charge. Forum. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 8 am - 5 pm Outing: Lake Pend Orielle Cruise and Bird Museum of Aviation. Cost: $39, plus $10 trip charge. Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:30 pm Outing to Interplayers Theater for Broadway Bound. Call for tickets at 509-455-7529. Monday, Sept. 8, 11 am Spokane Symphony talk and short performance by Music Director Eckart Preu. Lobby. No charge. Thursday, Sept. 11, 6 pm: A Jazzy Night. Head over to the Crest cul-de-sac and revel in the last notes of summer at the outdoor cottage party. Enjoy cool music, local wine, dinner with dessert, and great conversation with neighbors who live in the cottages. Call to RSVP. No charge. Monday, Sept. 15, 6:30 pm Blue Grass Concert. Lobby. No charge. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2:30 pm Women’s Tea with speaker Sherry Davis from Antioch Adoptions. Forum. No charge. Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 pm Spokane Symphony Opening Night with Silver-Garburg Duo. Call 509-624-1200 for tickets. Monday, Sept. 29, 6:30 pm Violin performance by Michael Sporre. Lobby. No charge. Active Aging Week activities: See the full event calendar online: TouchmarkSpokane.com/pdf/community-event-calendar.pdf Wednesday, Sept. 24: Fitness Fun! 9 - 11 am: Sample 30-minute versions of these popular classes: A Cup of Tai Chi, SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life), Easy Seated Yoga, and Posture and Balance. 2 pm: Author Kay LeClaire will share her amazing story. See cover story for more details. Gather in the lobby. Friday, Sept. 26: Challenge yourself 1:30 - 3 pm: Participate in Senior Fitness Testing, a series of standardized physical fitness tests for people ages 60-plus that measures strength, flexibility, balance and agility, body mass index, and cardiovascular fitness. Students from Spokane Falls Community College pursuing careers as occupational therapy assistants will perform the tests. 2 pm: Are you a golfer? Sign up for our first whiffle-ball golf tournament! Jim and Frank Swoboda have designed a nine- hole course throughout the campus. Conveniently, hole 9 finishes next to our Four Seasons Patio (aka hole 19)—just in time for happy hour at 3:30 pm. We’ll use a shotgun start, and there will be awards. Limited to 72 players; must register by Sept. 19. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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