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Touchmark at Wedgewood - June 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark at Wedgewood - June 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. TOUCHMARK AT WEDGEWOOD THE{FULL}LIFE June 2014 Touchmark announces expansion: new addition will include memory care services Touchmark is waiting for a building permit to start construction on an expansion of its main building (The Grande) that will add 62,000 square feet of suites and common areas for people looking for independent and assisted living as well as memory care. By adding the memory care service, Touchmark will increase its array of services and provide a full continuum of care. The $18.4-million project will provide work for approximately 150 people during construction and add about 36 staff positions when completed by fall 2015. Private memory care added A new service will be located on the first floor and is designed specifically for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other age-related dementia illnesses. Thirty-two private studios with ensuites will be available. In order to provide a homelike setting, the suites will be divided between two wings—each with its own kitchen, living room, and areas for dining, activities, music, and art. The two wings will share a beauty salon/barber shop, spa baths, family meeting room, and a secure outdoor courtyard. The design draws on the latest research for providing a comfortable and secure environment for people experiencing memory loss. The warm, comfortable setting is designed as an open plan that includes electric fireplaces, bookcases, carefully selected artwork, and other touches that evoke the familiarity and comfort of home. (cont.)
  2. 2. Research on cognition and memory is finding that people who participate in more mentally stimulating activities have a slower rate of decline in memory (Wilson, et al, 2013, Journal of Neurology). Apps and websites like Fit Brains, Lumosity, Tetris, Sudoku2 all work on your computer, tablet device, or smart phone. Touchmark recently conducted a webinar with team members that covered cutting-edge ideas for activities and cognitive stimulation. We now are working to develop programming throughout Touchmark communities that takes advantage of this technology for enhancing memory. If you own or intend to purchase a computer, tablet, or smart phone and would like to participate in learning how to use it, please let us know. Also, if you have a favorite website or app that helps build the brain, please send an email to Let’s learn together what can benefit all of us as we exercise our brains and boost memory. Do you have a computer, iPad, or smart phone? Brian Pryor Executive Vice President All suites in the new addition are private and not affiliated with Alberta Health Services (AHS). All include around-the-clock staffing, and residents will have access to amenities in The Grande and the Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program™ . New independent and assisted living options, too The new three-story building also will include additional suites offering independent and assisted living services: • The top floor will offer 19 suites. Design options include one-bedroom and two-bedroom choices. Each suite will include a full kitchen with refrigerator, range, and microwave. There will also be common activity and conversation areas as well as a social room and laundry. • The second floor is designed to provide assisted living services and will offer 20 suites, a dining room, activity and conversation areas, and laundry room. Suite options include a choice of one bedroom or one bedroom with den. Each will include a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave. “This expansion and new service will benefit families who have expressed a desire to have memory care services as part of Touchmark’s continuum of care,” says Executive Director Leanne Gugenheimer. “Because families have been responding to Touchmark’s excellent value, we are maintaining wait lists for most of our services, and we are excited to be offering these additional suites.” Architects are Allan Partridge, AAA, principal with Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd., and Joseph Billig, AIA, senior vice president of Architecture with Touchmark Development & Construction. Chandos is the general contractor. Rick Wessell, senior vice president and director of Construction for Touchmark Development & Construction, will oversee the expansion. Only select few homesites remain Along with the suites and services offered in the new addition, people can opt to build and own well-appointed bungalows instead. Only a few lots remain, including some desirable ravine lots. The homes are situated in a park-like setting that includes water features and easy access to the city’s walking paths and bike trails. These stunning single-family bungalows feature spacious great rooms, master suites, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and other exceptional finishes. Designed and built by Randy Ettinger’s Celebration Homes, they are easily accessed with no steps at the front door or garage, and the entire project was recognized in 2013 as a finalist in the Mayor’s Award for Universal Design in Architecture. More information about the bungalows is available by calling Eva Marek at 780-900-0703. (cont.)
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Celebrate! Sixty residents and Edmonton volunteers were honoured during the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration Tea. Each person received a framed certificate that was custom designed by the Full Life team. This month, we’re featuring bungalow 2 with the Waterton floor plan of 1,638 square feet. This duplex is move-in ready with a fully finished basement, including a multimedia theatre room wired for full surround sound. The home features maple hardwood flooring, tile, new paint throughout, new carpet upstairs, a double-car garage with built- in workbench, central vacuum system, and rough-in security system. Visit Touchmark and take part in an event or activity—and see how being part of a community can enrich your life. To tour the Waterton bungalow, call Eva Marek at Celebration Homes at 780-920-0703. Key Largo B# Piano students, who range in ages from 9 to 84, performed. West End Seniors Choir also entertained during a well- attended event. Connect with community During Simplifying Life & Downsizing with Deborah McCarthy from TLC Transitions, people learned about sorting, donating, and passing along items that are not used anymore. Laughter and questions punctuated the end of the presentation. Audience members had several questions for Deborah, including one about the garage and tools. During another Lunch ’n Learn, a local licensed naturopathic physician talked about stress. She covered how stressors (like fatigue and fear) affect a person and how to manage stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  4. 4. 149750 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK AT WEDGEWOOD Full-service Retirement Community 18333 Lessard Road NW • Edmonton, AB T6M 2Y5 780-577-5000 • EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesday, June 3, 11 am Outing to Art Gallery of Alberta. Flora and Fauna. 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. Bring money for lunch at café. Bus departs at 11 am. Wednesday, June 4, 2 pm Guest Speaker Series: Dare to Age Well. Are you a woman aged 65 or over? Do you want to know about health issues women face that are rarely talked about? Salma Rajabali, MBBS, Msc, and Brenda Parks, RN, from the University of Alberta, will present. RSVP: May 28. Thursday, June 5, 2 pm Line dancing lessons. Second 30-minute session with Foot Notes Dance Studio. Marquis Room. Friday, June 6, 2 pm Seniors Week Strawberry Tea with harpist Hannah Elossais. Grande Hall Dining Room. Wednesday, June 11, 3 pm Glee Club full dress rehearsal: Western Songs to Remember. Can’t make the evening show? See the afternoon rehearsal. Marquis Room. Friday, June 13, 2 pm Father’s Day Putt & Suds. Gather in parking lot. Enjoy putting challenges, beer, burgers. Sunday, June 15 Father’s Day Buffet. Monday June 16, 2 pm Birthday and anniversary party. Entertainment by the Party Pals. Marquis Room. Tuesday, June 17, 11 am Stony Plain Mural Tour Outing and Lunch. Tour guide will board bus, providing descriptions of town’s murals. First stop: lunch at Multicultural Centre. Cost: $18, includes tour guide, lunch. Bus departs 11 am. Wednesday, June 18, 7 pm Western Songs to Remember by Touchmark Glee Club. Start with a western- theme supper in Grande Hall Dining Room. Performance in Marquis Room. RSVP: June 9. Thursday, June 19, 2:30 pm Guest Speaker Series: Learning for the 21st Century. Jim Moore will share his thoughts on teaching and the way curriculum has changed over the years. RSVP: June 12. Marquis Room. Monday, June 23, 2 pm Medicine River Wildlife Centre presents The Concept of Wildlife Rehabilitation. Erin Young will discuss an animal’s journey through the wildlife centre, from treatment to releasing to the wild. She’ll share examples of common wildlife injuries and share how humans affect the environment. Otis the Owl will also visit. This charity organization is supported by donations; Touchmark will be conducting a supply drive for the Centre. RSVP: June 17. See full event calendar online: event-calendar.pdf