Touchmark on West Prospect - July 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark on West Prospect - July 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT July 2014 Friendship Ambassadors: residents who volunteer their time to help new neighbors get to know people and the community. “When a person moves in, we pair them with a Friendship Ambassador who’s a good fit,” says Rachel Watkins-Petersen, Life Enrichment/Wellness director. “It’s like friendship matchmaking! We really put a lot of thought into connecting people.” Each Friendship Ambassador goes through training with the Full Life team. Then, they provide tours and join a new neighbor for meals and activities, introducing them to others along the way. The Friendship Ambassador also introduces the person at the monthly town hall. It’s a purposeful, well-liked program that has helped create many friendships. “I wanted everyone to experience what I experienced when I moved in,” says Friendship Ambassador and resident Joyce Edwards, sharing why she volunteers with the group. “I loved it here from the beginning.” Friendly group welcomes new residents Friendship Ambassadors (top row, from left) Dorothy Allen and Joyce Edwards; (bottom row, from left) Hal Kesler, Jackie Bertram, Marijean Flom, Lois Mostue, Pat Broderick, and Bob Winters During a tour, Friendship Ambassador Dorothy Allen (left) and Therese Janssen talk about the events featured on one of the many calendars throughout the building. “It was wonderful moving into a community with such an established ambassador program,” says Therese. “Dorothy got me acclimated to the building’s layout, introduced me to so many wonderful people, and welcomed me to her lunch table. It helped the moving process to be much more comfortable for me.”
  2. 2. If you read the title and said to yourself, wait a minute, it’s July: July is the time to celebrate independence and unification. As countries and as individuals, we are keenly attracted to the notion of independence. Research tells us that it’s our lifestyle—things we do and choices we make—that determines how we will age. According to research done at California State University, Fullerton by C. Jessie Jones and Roberta E. Rikli, a key element in maintaining independence later in life is sustaining one’s “fitness capacity (strength, endurance, agility, and balance).” Simple, right? So why declare interdependence? Because life happens. Appointments, other priorities, injuries, and many other reasons all serve to interfere with or distract our attention from exercise. Encouragement and accountability can be essential to sticking with a fitness program. In our office, several team members go to the local YMCA to exercise at noon. Sometimes, we join a group exercise class together, and other days we each do an individual program; regardless, we check in with each other. We carpool. We rearrange schedules. During this month when we celebrate unity and independence, ask someone to start a walking group with you. Join a class. Walk around the corner and visit a friend. Ask a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member about steps you could take with others to improve your fitness capacity. Declare interdependence—and gain more independence! For more information about Touchmark’s Life Enrichment/Wellness program or the research regarding standards for maintaining physical independence in later years, email me at Declare interdependence! Brian Pryor Executive Vice President Find your {FULL} Life at Touchmark This brand new single-family home has special features, like vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, and a spacious covered patio. This Roosevelt II model offers 1,737 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car attached garage. 138820 Nov. 2013 604 sq. ft. 1 Bedroom | 1 Bath W.I.C.DW Apartment 244 includes 604 square feet, one bedroom, and one bathroom. Call today for a tour.
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS It was worth traveling 210 miles to visit The Mitchell Park Conservatory, packed with more 1,200 tropical plant species. Mitchell Park Domes (as they are often called) always have something in bloom. Bottom photo, from left: Irene Plainse, Anne Crone, Joyce Edwards, Corinne Wocelka, Jean Ormson, and Marilyn Ertel. Robert Huelsbeck stays active while enjoying the sunshine. “I really enjoy riding my bicycle. It keeps me young, and it is great exercise.” Construction update: As crews add finishing touches to The Meadows, landscapers beautify the area with plants and scrubs. The Meadows will offer memory care and CBRF-level assisted living services and will open later this summer.
  4. 4. 149957 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Full-service Retirement Community 2601 Touchmark Drive • Appleton, WI 54914 920-832-9100 • EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, July 8, 11 am Lunch ’n Learn: I’m Just Looking ... But For What? Touchmark Executive Director Barbara Pandolfo will share options and tips for addressing change, from hiring services in your home to community living and skilled nursing services. RSVP by July 6. Monday, July 14, 3 pm Nostalgia John. Former broadcaster and DJ John Korsgaard has made numerous public appearances over the years. After doing general storytelling at different communities, he found that he relates well to “prime-of-life” adults, who love his reminiscing. John is now a “nostalgia specialist.” Tuesday, July 15, 3 pm Building the Alaskan Highway. Local historian Dick Campbell will share the fascinating story of US Army engineers and civilian contractors who built the 1,500-mile supply line through the Canadian Rockies to isolated military bases in Alaska in 1942. The ALCAN Highway forever changed the landscape of northern British Columbia, southern Yukon Territory, and central Alaska. Friday, July 18, 4:15 pm An A Cappela Happy Hour. The rich tenor, baritone, and bass sounds of Street Corner Harmony will entertain as we relax on a Friday afternoon. Wednesday, July 23, 3 pm The History of the Appleton YMCA. Sue Pawlowski, membership and community relations director with the YMCA, will answer your questions about the YMCA. For example, did you know that it started in 1888 on College Avenue and consisted of only a reading room with periodicals and books? Come learn more about this important organization that continues to be an integral part of the Fox Cities. Tuesday, July 29, 3 pm Jazzy Afternoon with Tim Javorsky. Tim has a passion for entertaining people and likes to emulate jazz greats, such as Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, David Sanborn, Gerry Mulligan, Stanley Turrentine, and Grover Washington, Jr. Tim entertains people all over the country and is a crowd favorite. Wednesday, July 30, 11 am Lunch ’n Learn: Organizing to Optimize a Smaller Space. Learn tips, tricks, and tools to make any spot in your home spacious. RSVP by July 28. Thursday, July 31, 3 pm History of Lawrence University. Since the founding of Lawrence University and the growth of Appleton in the mid-1800s, LU and the city have shared a great deal of history. University Archivist Erin Dix will explore this intertwining of Lawrence and Appleton, highlighting sources from the LU archives. See the full calendar of events online: event-calendar.pdf