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Touchmark on West Prospect - March 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark on West Prospect - March 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. March 2014 THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Singer found an accompanist for life Miles Carlson was looking for a piano player to accompany him during his singing rehearsals while attending the University of North Dakota. He found one—and a wife, too. Miles was majoring in industrial education and minoring in music. He was a singer, and he needed an accompanist. One day at the Lutheran Student Association House, a popular gathering place on campus, he asked if anyone could play the piano. “I raised my hand and said I could do it,” says Marlys. “Thinking back, I don’t know why I put up my hand, but I did.” Marlys, who was studying nursing, began playing the piano as a child. She soon started accompanying Miles during his rehearsals. “It’s not like it is nowadays. We often went out with groups, and I guess we just gravitated towards each other,” she says. Their relationship grew, and then Miles went off to fight in the Korean War. “We wrote each other lots and lots of letters,” Miles says. When he returned from Korea, they made plans to marry in September 1953. “We just marked our 60th anniversary,” says Miles, who continued singing at churches where the couple belonged through the years. “I kept accompanying him until we got into some churches where they had organs, which I didn’t play. I really don’t play the piano anymore, but he’s still singing,” says Marlys, adding she now joins him singing in the chorus at Touchmark. The couple lived near Joliet, Ill., for about 40 years before making the decision to move to Touchmark to be closer to their daughter, who lives in Neenah. Another daughter lives in West Virginia. “We love it here and all the activities,” Marlys says. “We’re definitely keeping busy.” Especially on Valentine’s Day, both enjoy thinking back to those days at the University of North Dakota. “I’m just glad I raised my hand when he said he was looking for an accompanist.”
  2. 2. Infuse your lifestyle with fun and friendships The lifestyle at Touchmark makes it easy to connect with friends and take part in activities. You’re able to enjoy the comfort and privacy of your home—and participate in what we call the {FULL} Life. Looking to infuse your lifestyle with fun, food, and friendship? We invite you to visit in person or online, including our Facebook page. (Above) Featured: Monroe at 2574 Touchmark Court Offering: 1,810 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms (Also available) Featured: Apartment 232 Offering: 975 square feet, one bedroom, and one bathroom Staying fit—and relaxed—with tai chi and chair yoga Tai Chi: March 14 and 28 at 1:30 pm Enjoy a relaxing and energizing class with instructor Meighan Stellmacher. Tai chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation, balance, and health. It can help relieve physical effects of stress, promote deep breathing, reduce bone loss in menopausal women, improve lower-body and leg strength, help with arthritis pain, and reduce blood pressure. Since tai chi requires mind and body integration through mental imagery, it enhances mental capacity and concentration while improving balance and stability by strengthening ankles and knees. Chair Yoga: Every Saturday in March at 9:30 am Are you interested in alleviating stress, increasing mobility, loosening stiff joints, improving posture, strengthening muscles, stimulating circulation, and improving balance? Then don’t miss Chair Yoga with Holly Tuyls. Sharing inspiration Recently, during a tea-tasting event, residents answered this question: “What drives (motivates) you every day?” Here are some of their responses: -“Our [Touchmark’s] exercise classes.” -“My talk with God.” -“Seeing which parts still work—and using them!” -“Having a positive attitude.” -“The free will of retirement.” -“Playing bridge and staying active.” -“The Touchmark community!”
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Mary Kesler (left) and Joan Schnettler toast each other after sampling wine during a recent Wine and Cheese Pairing event. Construction update Whether it’s snowing or clear, construction continues on our expansion. The one-story addition will offer support for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia illnesses and those needing enhanced assisted living care. Extensive updates and renovations are also being done throughout the rest of the community.
  4. 4. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, March 4, 1:30 pm Touchmark Speaker Series. Classy Ladies Who Made Things Happen: Eleanor Roosevelt. Bill Mattes from the University of Wisconsin Learning in Retirement program will share insights about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. Tuesday, March 11, 3 pm Touchmark Speaker Series. The Life of Harry Houdini. You don’t want to miss this magical presentation. Guest speaker Tom Boldt, a Houdini devotee, will talk about the famous escape artist who called Appleton his hometown. Friday, March 14, 3:30 pm Celebrate Fat Tuesday with New Orleans flair! Join us for a Mardi Gras Carnival Happy Hour. Monday, March 17, 3:30 pm St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re celebrating Irish style! Join us for drinks and appetizers. Wearing something green is optional but encouraged. Thursday, March 20, 2 to 4 pm Fox Pointe Homes Open House. Extend your St. Patrick’s celebration and come tour just-completed single-family homes. Executive Chef Chip Kerscher will be serving Irish-themed refreshments. Thursday, March 20, 2 pm Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. Open to the public. Tuesday, March 25, 11 am Lunch ‘n Learn. Change is Inevitable: How to Be Proactive in the Aging Process. Join us for the next presentation in this popular series as Executive Director Barbara Pandolfo shares a useful tool to help you identify your key values and control the changes in your life. Lunch provided. There is no charge to attend, but an RSVP is required as seating is limited. Please call 920-2251013 to sign up today. Thursday, March 27, 3 pm Musical performance by the popular, local Y-Nots. See the full calendar of events online: Connecting the Generations What’s the best thing about being a grandparent? Or what is your best memory of/with a grandparent/grandchild? Marge Coalman, EdD Vice President of Wellness & Programs Not all of us are grandparents or great-grandparents-but all of us are grandchildren. At some time in our lives, we were able to experience the opportunity to know-or know of-our family history. ...Touchmark’s intergenerational program provides opportunities to connect with children of all ages through activities and celebrations, both at Touchmark and in other settings within the community. ... Read more online at TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Full-service Retirement Community 2601 Touchmark Drive • Appleton, WI 54914 920-832-9100 • 149277 © 2014 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved