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Touchmark on West Prospect - February 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark on West Prospect - February 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. February 2014 THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Finding joy in building dollhouses When a bad knee prevented Tom Bertram from playing golf, he started looking for a new hobby. He found one—building intricate dollhouses and barns for his great-grandchildren. Tom, who lives with his wife Jackie in one of Touchmark’s single-family homes, built his first dollhouse in 2010. Since then, he has made two more for his great-granddaughters and four barns for his greatgrandsons. “I had to find something to do when I couldn’t play golf anymore, and my son put in a nice workbench in the garage so I got the idea of doing this,” says Tom, who built additions on previous homes and enjoyed working on home remodeling projects at his previous residences. “I’ve always liked building and working with my hands.” The dollhouses and barns, which he makes using a kit, require a lot of intricate work as he carefully glues or uses an air nailer to put the different parts of the house together. “The houses have a lot of detail to them,” Tom says. Jackie says the great-grandchildren can’t wait to get their dollhouses or barns. “The houses are really sturdy. They have to be, since the kids are playing with them,” she says. “They just love them. The great-granddaughter who got the latest one couldn’t wait to take it up to her room to play with it. There’s such excitement to play with them.” Tom, who is 85, varies his work schedule depending on what else is going on and how he’s feeling, but he can spend up to four hours a day working on his projects. The finishing work includes painting the houses and using carpet remains on some of the floors. Jackie furnishes the houses. (cont.)
  2. 2. (cont.) His most recent dollhouse—a Christmas gift for a greatgranddaughter in Michigan—took four months. The cold January weather prevented him from getting into his workshop, but he hopes to get out there soon. Before he begins the next dollhouse—he has 18 greatgrandchildren, and he jokes “more on the way”—Tom hopes to make some birdhouses. “It’s amazing how fast time goes when you’re working on something. Time doesn’t go very fast when you’re sitting in a chair all day,” he says. “I also like that I can see the progress I’m making.” Join us for fun, informative groups News and Views: Monday - Friday at 10:45 am and Saturdays at 10 am Join the Full Life team for an overview of local, national, and world news. We want to hear your opinion on current events and what’s going on in the world. This is an interactive group; bring your thoughts and be ready to share. Brain Tricks and Trivia: Mondays and Thursdays at 11:15 am This is an informal cognitive exercise class. Strengthen and train your brain with this newly learned information and maximize your memory ability. Enjoying your {FULL} Life Touchmark is a community of friends celebrating and living the Full Life—and enjoying the benefits of services and amenitites. We invite you to visit and learn more about what we call the {FULL} Life! (Above) Offering: Roosevelt cottage at 2553 Touchmark Court Features: 1,712 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms (Also available) Offering: Apartment 317 Features: 604 square feet, one bedroom, one bathroom, vaulted ceilings, and balcony
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS A GLANCE AT OCTOBER Looking back at the season fun! For the holidays, the community enjoyed the Touchmark Troubadours Christmas Program. Left: Jean Ormson played the piano during the concert, accompanied by Barb Boren on the flute. Center: Steve Kurland dressed as Frosty. Right: Paul Kluge played the police officer. Miles Carlson performed a solo of The Birthday of a King. Residents enjoyed dancing into the new year.
  4. 4. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3 pm Touchmark Speaker Series: 10 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, presented by Certified Application Counselor Maria Vargas. Friday, Feb. 14, 3:30 pm Death by Chocolate Murder Mystery Happy Hour. Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 pm Musical entertainment with Bobby Solberg. Bobby has performed with members from the bands of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, and others. He has also opened for many national acts, including George Jones, Trace Atkins, Joe Diffe, and Joe Nichols. Friday, Feb. 21, 3:30 pm 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony Happy Hour. Join us for a cocktail to celebrate the closing of the Winter Olympics. Enjoy refreshments and listen to live entertainment. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 3 pm Touchmark Speaker Series: The Orphan Trains with Michael Northway. Join Michael as he embarks with us on the journey of his grandmother, who traveled on the infamous Orphan Trains. The Orphan Trains transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. Join us to hear about this riveting presentation. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 3 pm Touchmark Speaker Series: Making the Most of Retirement by Carol Bloemer from the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin. She will be at Touchmark to speak about RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program). The RSVP Volunteer Program uses people’s life experiences, skills, and know-how to meet the needs of our communities. Come and hear about how you can join in and give back through civic engagement. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2 - 4 pm Fox Pointe Homes Open House with red and white winetasting. See the full calendar of events online: Matters of the heart Marge Coalman, EdD Vice President of Wellness & Programs February is a perfect time to soak up heart-filled sentiments. Both physical and spiritual. As you enjoy the merriment of the season, take time to think about the importance of your heart health as well as your relational health and legacy. In two articles, Touchmark Vice President of Wellness & Programs Marge Coalman, EdD, discusses the importance of connecting with family (and especially creating an endof-life plan) and shares helpful information from the 50th US Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. Read more online at TOUCHMARK ON WEST PROSPECT Full-service Retirement Community 2601 Touchmark Drive • Appleton, WI 54914 920-832-9100 • 149088 © 2014 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved