Touchmark at Wedgewood - August 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark at Wedgewood - August 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. TOUCHMARK AT WEDGEWOOD THE{FULL}LIFE August 2014 Winged visitor lands at Touchmark A representative from Medicine River Wildlife Centre gave an informative presentation on their nonprofit centre that supports injured wildlife, like featured guest Otis the Owl. Good conversations ... and more! Canada Day was celebrated with the singing of O’Canada and a piece of Canada Day cake topped with a little flag.
  2. 2. Embrace your {FULL} Life Our environment, and how we feel about it, can have a huge impact on the way we feel. For many, the first areas that come to mind when we think of environmental wellness are things like reducing and conserving energy or reusing and recycling practices. These areas should be important to all of us, and they are areas of focus for Touchmark communities. Another area to consider is the impact and benefits that house plants have on the environment and our wellness. Research at Kansas State University (2006, Park, Seong-Hyun) on indoor plants identified several therapeutic benefits, including reduced stress, lower heart rates and blood pressure, decreased pain medication, and less fatigue and anxiety. Indoor plants also add color and brighten mood, moisturize and purify the air, and sharpen focus and attention. Some Touchmark communities have outdoor gardens, which are also beneficial for your body and soul. Gardening is considered a moderate to intense form of exercise and uses all three types of recommended activities—endurance, flexibility, and strength. Gardening also provides people with a sense of personal well-being through stress relief, education, and the creation of friendships. Indoors and outdoors, plants offer many benefits. Do you have a green thumb? Would you consider teaching others how to have a green thumb? Share your thoughts and ideas with your community’s Life Enrichment/Wellness team. Help us enhance environmental wellness; consider adding indoor plants to your home environment. If you are interested in a list of safe plants, send me an email at RESOURCE{FULL} – The benefits of growing green Brian Pryor Executive Vice President CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Look for more photos on Facebook. (cont.) Glee Club performed Western Songs to Remember. The club practices for three months prior to performing. Life Enrichment/Wellness Director Joan Drake emceed the event and sang a surprise solo. Take in the southwest exposure of suite 345. This one-bedroom, one-bathroom, and 632-square-foot suite includes a balcony, vaulted ceilings, and a shower with two built-in bench seats. Call today for a tour.
  3. 3. (cont.) The community hosted a Father’s Day Putt and Suds event. Gentlemen and ladies came to putt three holes on the community’s own golf green while enjoying glasses of cold beer. Even the bronze deer out on the grounds displayed a Canadian flag for Canada Day. There was a lot of dancing going on at the June Birthday/Anniversary party. Entertainment was by The Party Pals. Grades 4 & 5 from Ecole Our Lady of the Prairies sang and played instruments. Our garden is full and thriving!
  4. 4. 1410037 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK AT WEDGEWOOD Full-service Retirement Community 18333 Lessard Road NW • Edmonton, AB T6M 2Y5 780-577-5000 • Contact a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Friday, Aug. 1, 2 pm Herbert the Entertainer. Be entertained! Herbert Maassen is a musician, ventriloquist, and puppeteer. RSVP by July 28. Marquis Room. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 11 am Picnic at Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. Sign-up required. Friday, Aug. 8, 2:15 pm Garden Social. Sip some tea and enjoy rhubarb crisp in the garden. Monday, Aug. 11, 2 pm Line-dancing lessons. East Activity Room. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1:30 pm Residents’ General Meeting. Marquis Room. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2 pm Speaker Series: 90 Ways to 90% Less Waste. Listen to a presentation by the City of Edmonton Waste Management Services. Marquis Room. Friday, Aug. 15, 7 pm Evening Garden Party. Enjoy music by The Leonard Patterson Jazz Trio. Monday, Aug.18, 2 pm Birthday and Anniversary Party with music by The Old Smoothies. Marquis Room. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 10 am Annual golf tournament. Participate in 9 holes and enjoy lunch. Lewis Estates Golf Course. Tee off at 10:30 am. RSVP at the front desk by Aug. 15. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2:30 pm Speaker Series: My Life in the Tower of London. Listen to Heather Miller share her stories of living in the Tower of London. RSVP by August 18. Marquis Room. Thursday, Aug. 21, 10 am Roman Catholic Mass. Health Services Neighbourhood Lower Level Activity Room. Monday, Aug. 25, 2 pm Line-dancing lessons. East Activity Room. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 11 am River Creek Casino Outing. Sign-up required. See the full event calendar online: event-calendar.pdf Event highlights