Touchmark at Harwood Groves - June 2014 Newsletter


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Touchmark at Harwood Groves - June 2014 Newsletter

  1. 1. The choir finished its fourth year by taking its talent to Broadway (Fargo’s Broadway Avenue, that is). The choir is a lively group of 30 residents as well as a volunteer, intern, and a team member, ranging in ages 22 to 101. They began singing together in fall 2010 and since then have performed in area schools, other retirement communities, and for a local Kiwanis Club. Volunteer Choir Co-Directors Dawn Papenfuss and Suzanne Schultz, who have volunteered as directors since the group formed, described the recent performance as the choir’s “greatest hits show.” “This performance featured songs about love and thinking positively. Some moments in the performance just touched the heart, and others cracked people up,” says Dawn. “One-time thing” turns into long-term dedication Dawn, the music director at St. John’s Lutheran Church, started the choir in 2010. Her mom was a resident at Touchmark, and Dawn had brought her children’s and adult’s church choirs to Touchmark to perform. A team member asked Dawn if she would coordinate a choir for Touchmark’s fine arts night. Dawn recruited her good friend Suzanne to co-direct with her. “It was going to be a one-time thing,” Suzanne says of the duo’s initial commitment. But their love of music and for the people keeps them committed. “They have brought such joy into my life by their desire to be there, their positive response to my crazy personality, and their sheer willingness to have fun,” says Dawn. “It’s as much about being together and having a good time as it is singing. ” For Suzanne, it’s one of the most rewarding things she does. “I strongly feel that everyone should volunteer in some way in the community, and this is my favorite way to do that.” For nine months out of the year, their focus is preparation, practices, props, performances— and ultimately—people. TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES THE{FULL}LIFE June 2014 Touchmark Choir wows on stage
  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. CLUB NEWSFITNESS PERSONAL TRAINER AWARD LIFE STORY PERSONAL CARE PERSON-CENTERED CARE AQUATIC June is Men’s Health Month! The goal of this month’s focus is to increase the awareness of preventable diseases and serve as a reminder for all men to get the appropriate annual health screenings. Early detection of chronic disease and corrective action can increase all men’s quality of life. Throughout June, the club will provide health information and tips on men’s health topics. Check the front desk each Friday. Men—and women!— here are some tips for better health: Exercise five days a week. Try to get at least 40 minutes of a moderate-intensity workout. Tip: Workouts can be broken down into 10-minute sessions for similar results as a full 40-minute session. Get a massage. Stress management is important for overall health and wellness.Tip: Schedule a massage every other week in June and feel firsthand the health benefits of massage therapy. Be in tune with your body. If something doesn’t feel right or you are experiencing body pain/discomfort anywhere, don’t write it off as “age” related. Tip: Keep a journal of how you are feeling: physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, etc. This information can be useful for your physician (Last tip: schedule a regular physical!) Move as a group. Benefit as an individual. Do you need motivation to continue working out during summer? Try a group exercise class. (Check out the new interactive class schedules at Some benefits of group exercise include: • provides variety and health benefits that you might miss in your own personal exercise program. • adds motiviation to your workout. • helps you maintain your workout since it’s scheduled. • adds fun and variety! Personal training: infuse your workouts with efficiency, energy, and fun! Whether you’ve exercised for years or need to learn the basics, a Touchmark personal trainer can create an effective and enjoyable fitness program to meet your needs. In designing your personalized fitness program, your personal trainer will evaluate your current level of fitness, seek input from your health care team (if necessary), assess your physical capabilities, and together determine your short- and long-term goals. Choose one session or 100 … the choice is yours! Make a choice for greater vitality, health, independence, and quality of life. Stop by the club today or call 701-526-1055 to schedule your first session with a trainer. Brian Pryor Executive Vice President Do you have a computer, iPad, or smart phone?
  3. 3. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Every other month, local artist and instructor Kaylyn Gerenz teaches an art class for residents and guests. Recently, she used MIND{FULL} as inspiration for a class on abstract painting and painting to music. Next up: printmaking with food June 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. (Please sign up.) The Lunch ’n Learn also followed the MIND{FULL} theme. Staging and Prepping Your Home with Vicki Frederickson (pictured) of Park Co. Realtors,® and I have too much stuff. I don’t know where to start! with Laurie Corliss of Lifesort. Resident and Entrepreneur Jim Bastian, 87, presented on his current invention—a magnetized holder for smart phones. Residents and staff took part in a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association: selling and noshing pizza by the slice! Throughout the year, Touchmark raises funds to support this organization with the final event being the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. As of now, Touchmark has raised more than $700. The children from Head Start returned for their monthly visit. Ray Green led the group in singing before everyone jumped into coloring and games.
  4. 4. 149750 © 2014 Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved TOUCHMARK AT HARWOOD GROVES Full-service Retirement Community 1200 Harwood Drive S • Fargo, ND 58104 701-476-1200 • EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Monday, June 2, 4 pm Progressive Cottage Dinner. Mingle with Touchmark neighbors and learn about the community’s lifestyle. Cottage residents Ray and Yvonne Green will host guests for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Residents Jan and Don Johnson will host dinner, which will feature surf-and-turf kabobs, rice pilaf, and a cream cucumber salad as well as red and white wine. For dessert, residents John and Bonne Williams will host. RSVP by May 30. Wednesday, June 4, 2:30 pm Tour of the Fargo Brewing Company. Tour and taste at Fargo’s own brewing company. Thursday, June 5, 5 pm Cruisin‘ Broadway. Kick off the summer with a classic car show and dinner from a street vendor at Downtown’s Cruisin‘ Broadway. Bus leaves right at 5 pm. Monday, June 9, 2:30 pm Music by the Depot Singers. Meet in the auditorium and enjoy music from this local favorite group as they perform classic songs. Following the performance, gather in the Waterford Heritage Garden for a wine-and-cheese social. Friday, June 13, 10 am Men’s lunch and fishing in Detroit Lakes. Gentlemen, join us for a drive to the lakes for lunch at Zorbaz and fishing on a pontoon. Bus leaves at 10 am. Monday, June 16, 2 pm Staff Dessert Bake-Off. We need your help to taste and vote for your favorite staff dessert. There’s no charge for the event, but people are invited to give a donation to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Tuesday, June 17, 2 - 4 pm Adele’s Taco in a Bag Garden Party. Nosh on great food and play games and chat with friends in the Waterford Heritage Garden. Adele Swenson is hosting the party. In case of rain, the party will be Thursday, June 19. Thursday, June 26, 2 pm Chef Cook-Off. Come and cheer on Executive Chef Joe Volske and Sous Chef Elijah Waller as they prepare dishes for judging. Enjoy a fun afternoon filled with tasteful treats—and see which dish wins. Thursday, June 26, 6:15 pm RedHawks Game. Root for the Redhawks as they play against the Saint Paul Saints at Newman Outdoor Field. Bus leaves at 6:15 pm. See the full calendar of events online: community-event-calendar.pdf Waterford at Harwood Groves 1200 Harwood Drive | Fargo, ND 58104 | 701-476-1200 | 800-715-3460 | WFN104/105, Rev. 03/09 © 2009, Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved Apartments For illustration purposes only. Square footage, actual room sizes, and features may vary. See construction documents. 1,205 sq. ft. 2 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath M. BATH W/D DW FIREPLACE Connect with community Featured (right): Apartment 174 with two bedrooms, one- and-a-half bathrooms, and 1,205 square feet as well as a washer and dryer, fireplace, and patio. Also offered: The Amherst cottage with 1,379 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. This home is available for rent or purchase. We invite you to tour Touchmark and take part in an event or activity—and see how being part of a community can enrich your life.