August 2014
Join us for our grand opening!
Guest speaker: John T.
McFadden, MDiv,...
services draws on the latest research for
providing a comfortable and secure environment
for people experiencing memory lo...
Joan McLeod, RN, has been named resident care manager of Touchmark, overseeing the new memory care
and CBRF-Level services...
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  1. 1. THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT August 2014 Join us for our grand opening! Guest speaker: John T. McFadden, MDiv, will present Person-centered memory care in a dementia-friendly community Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 1 pm at Touchmark. The public is invited to attend and be among the first to see The Meadows at Touchmark, designed specifically for Memory Care and CBRF-Level Assisted Living. Please call 920- 832-9100 by July 30 to RSVP. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, tours, a release of butterflies, and prizes. Each attendee will receive a copy of John McFadden’s book, Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities. A resident-only event will be held that morning from 10 to 11:30 am. The new building includes 46 private rooms with full bathrooms and two double- occupancy residences. They are divided among three neighborhoods, providing a warm, comfortable setting in an open-plan environment that includes electric fireplaces, bookcases, carefully selected artwork, and other touches that evoke the familiarity of home. Each neighborhood has its own kitchen, living room, and areas for dining, activities, music and art. A beauty salon/barber shop, spa baths, and family meeting room are shared by the three neighborhoods, and there are also secure outdoor courtyards. The design for memory care (cont.) Good conversations ... and more! Members of the Spanish class celebrated and practiced their conversational Spanish at El Azteca. Residents had a lot of fun talking with the servers … the margaritas were great, too!
  2. 2. services draws on the latest research for providing a comfortable and secure environment for people experiencing memory loss. Touchmark is a certified Best FriendsTM environment, which is an industry-leading approach developed specifically to care for people with dementia. A major renovation also has been completed. All paint, furnishings, carpeting, and flooring in common areas are now updated within the existing community. Crews updated lighting, added new “transitional” finishes that feature warm earth and Tuscan colors, and remodeled the dining rooms, multipurpose room, main reception area, library, and the bank/store. There is also a café-style bistro. Berghammer Construction Corporation of Butler, Wisconsin, worked as the contractor on the one- story expansion and extensive renovation. Rick Wessell, senior vice president and director of construction for Touchmark Development & Construction, oversaw the expansion. Architects were LRS Architects and Joseph Billig, AIA, director and vice president of Touchmark Development and Construction. Watch for photos in next month’s newsletter. (cont.) Embrace your {FULL} Life Whether you’re looking for a home base while traveling, or you’re ready to enjoy a close community and local activities, Touchmark fits your lifestyle. Summer is here—and it’s a perfect season to stop by and see (and experience!) Touchmark. 138820 Nov. 2013 Apartment 207 928 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom | 1 Bath W.I.C. W/D DW DINING ROOM W.I.C. W/D DW DINING ROOM Featured: Roosevelt at 2535 Touchmark Court Offering: 1,686 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Featured: Apartment 207 Offering: Two bedrooms, one bathroom, and balcony. 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
  3. 3. Joan McLeod, RN, has been named resident care manager of Touchmark, overseeing the new memory care and CBRF-Level services. Joan has more than 30 years of nursing experience that includes supporting home therapies for Fresenius Medical Care in four regions and working in intensive and critical care at Appleton Medical Center. Most recently, she was a medical professional specialist with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “I chose a career in nursing, because I enjoy human interaction and helping people,” says Joan. “I also have a particular passion for working with older adults, especially those living with an age-related dementia,” she says, adding that her mother had vascular dementia, and her father has Alzheimer’s disease. “The Meadows at Touchmark is unique; there is nothing like it in this area. Along with the many design features of the building that make this an inviting home, we are creating a culture of partnering with those living at the Meadows,” she says. Joan is currently working on a degree in health care management and is planning to pursue certification as a Best Friends™ Master Trainer. She earned an associate degree in Nursing from Fox Valley Technical College. Touchmark hires resident care manager Longest Day honors those living with dementia Held on the summer solstice, this event called on participants to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. For Joyce Edwards, June 21 couldn’t arrive fast enough. While most people recognize June 21 as the first day of summer, it’s also the longest day of the year, and it holds special meaning for family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other age-related dementia. “The Longest Day is a time when attention is focused on dementia and what it’s like for the people living with it as well as the caregivers who are there to take care of them,” says Joyce, whose husband Don had Alzheimer’s. “Each and every day seems so long, and so that’s where the name comes from. But while it’s difficult, the caregivers are the ones who are really the lifelines to those living with dementia.” That’s why Joyce was so excited to see the events that Touchmark held this year in recognition of The Longest Day—a day when teams from around the world come together to honor those facing dementia with a full day of activities. As part of the day’s celebration, Touchmark staff members bowled at Sabre Lanes in Menasha, raising $505 in donations for the Alzheimer’s Association. At Touchmark, several activities were held, including exercise classes, dancing to a musician, and lawn games. Appetizers and beverages were also enjoyed. “It was all very positive and very inspiring,” Joyce says. “It was great to celebrate people’s lives and honor their strength and endurance.” This is the first year Touchmark participated in Longest Day activities, and Rachel Watkins-Petersen, Life Enrichment/Wellness director, looks forward to adding more events in the future as a way to celebrate and honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  4. 4. 1410037 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Full-service Retirement Community 2601 Touchmark Drive • Appleton, WI 54914 920-832-9100 • Contact a Life Enrichment/Wellness team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 am Appleton’s Last Trolley. Join historian Tom McNeely, who will talk about Appleton’s last trolley from 1930. Hear about the private owners of the rail system and how it was intended to operate. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11 am Lunch ’n Learn: The Seven Most Important Documents of Estate Planning. Chris Mares, an estate planning attorney, will talk about documents every older adult should have and why these documents are important. Lunch provided. No charge. Seating is limited. RSVP by Aug. 11. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 3 pm Speaker Series. Airplane Crash Recovery: What happens after an airplane crashes? Kelly Samples, from Myers Aviation, will share how he and his team travel within a 500-mile radius to assist with investigations. The team works closely with the Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation Safety Board. Don’t miss this riveting discussion. RSVP by Aug. 7. Thursday, Aug. 14, 3 pm What Happens in Vegas Happy Hour. Place your bets! Best Bet Casino Parties will host roulette and black jack tables while crowd favorite Steve Schultz performs his musical Las Vegas Review. Sing-a-long to his popular songs and take a spin at the tables! Grab a drink, it’s time for some fun! Tuesday, Aug. 19, 3 pm Appleton during the Civil War. Join archivist Erin Dix and hear how the Civil War affected Appleton. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 3 pm In-Home Safety, presented by Ashley Anderson, certified occupational therapy assistant, and Robin Duchow, medical social worker. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4 - 6 pm Fox Pointe Homes Neighborhood Block Party. Mingle with neighbors and enjoy picnic foods prepared by Food Services Director and Executive Chef Chip Kerscher. Thursday, Aug. 28, 3:30 pm Live music with Daniel Lovett. Enjoy acoustic guitar and favorite songs from the past. Active Aging Week coming Sept. 21 - 27 Created by the International Council on Active Aging, this week celebrates an active lifestyle. Touchmark will join the fun with a variety of activities and events. Watch the calendar for coming details. See the full event calendar online: TouchmarkAppleton. com/pdf/community-event- calendar.pdf Touchmark launches Memory Care Support Group The community recently started one of many support groups uniquely designed to provide information, education, and strategies for now or the future. All are welcome, including family members, caregivers, and friends of someone living with age-related dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. People can call Joan McLeod, Touchmark’s resident care manager, to learn more. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS