Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village - March 2014 Newsletter

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Information about Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village - March 2014 Newsletter

Published on February 27, 2014

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March 2014 THE{FULL}LIFE TOUCHMARK AT MEADOW LAKE VILLAGE Love stories confirm marriage has its benefits Last month was Heart Month, and love stories abounded. Tales of love at first sight. Second chances. Worldly adventures. The heart of why many celebrate Valentine’s Day. Older adults are often the best sources to convey the power of enduring love, as evidenced by these Touchmark residents: A Valentine’s Day wedding Wray and Mary Scott met in high school when they were 15. Both were active in the school plays, with Wray doing sound. They dated on and off and describe themselves as true “high school sweethearts.” But after graduation, life took them in different directions. Each ended up marrying someone else and being busy with separate lives and families. When it came time for their 30th high school reunion, Wray and Mary found themselves divorced from their first marriages and living in separate states. Their 30th reunion turned out to be a 10-day trip that reunited the high school sweethearts. After a six-month courtship, they were married on Valentine’s Day … a mere 30-and-a-half years after they graduated from high school. Today, they’re again involved in stage productions; Wray still does sound; and they still describe themselves as sweethearts. Love at first sight Dorothy and Lee Davick were destined to be a couple. It began at a corner snack shop where Dorothy worked. She and a coworker were leaning against the counter looking out the window when three young men walked by. They stopped for a bit outside the shop, and Dorothy was particularly drawn to one of the young men. She told her coworker, “If that blond man were to come in here right now and ask me to marry him, I would say ‘Yes!’” Her coworker slapped her on the shoulder and told her, “You’re crazy!” She turned and headed to the back room. The man with blond hair turned and gazed into the window and said to his brother and friend, “I’m going to walk into that shop, and if that gal is single, I am going to ask her to marry me!” His brother slapped him on the shoulder and told him he was crazy. (cont.)

(cont.) Dorothy was cleaning up the work area when the young man walked in and sat down at the counter. He asked for a cup of coffee, which Dorothy poured for him. As she was about to write up the ticket for the order, he said, “I wonder if you would marry me, and if so, it would have to be this week. Dorothy said yes, and they were married on the following Sunday. They purchased a wedding suit for her and made the quick arrangements for a wedding at a small local church. When she arrived at the church door, she was shocked to see her husband-tobe in a full-dress US Marine’s uniform. She hadn’t thought to ask him if he were in the military. They lived a full life … until Lee passed away on their 50th wedding anniversary. But the love lives on. Worldly adventures Alice and Dean Boyle’s story is one that spans the world, beginning in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1963. Alice was serving in the Peace Corps in Kohat (30 miles from Peshwar) and using her training as a nurse to help others. Dean had joined the Air Force after graduating from dental school and was stationed in Peshawar. When Alice needed a dental checkup, she was sent to Peshawar, and Dean was her dentist. After several visits, Dean began to woo Alice with gifts of Velveeta cheese, chocolate, or other hard-to-attain staples. Once Dean’s tour was complete, the two returned to the US and married. Dean’s career with the Air Force took the couple to sites around the world, including Japan and Asia. They finally settled in North Dakota to raise their two children. Because they enjoyed spending time in Idaho, the couple moved to Idaho. Now, their travels routinely take them to their cabin in Stanley, where they reconnect with family and friends. These stories highlight how often the most important relationship people have is with their spouse, and indeed the benefits of marriage are many. Numerous research studies, in fact, have found that being married lengthens a person’s life span. A landmark report (The Effects of Marriage on Health: A Synthesis of Recent Research Evidence) compiles numerous studies to correlate marriage to overall health. According to research by Manzoli et al. (2007), studies show that on average, married people are about 18 percent likely to live longer than their unmarried counterparts. A bonus for these older adults, as they celebrate another month of heartfelt love. CAPTURING DELIGHT{FULL} MOMENTS Look for more photos on Facebook. Resident Jane Wilcox brought her vintage doll collection to the annual Talents and Treasures Show. At this event, residents share artwork, collectibles, paintings, and handcrafts, including items they’ve made or enjoy collecting. The event featured an amazing display of two Frederick Hart sculptures, a twoheaded brass horn, vintage paper dolls, oil and acrylic paintings, war memorabilia, and much more. (cont.)

(cont.) The annual trip to McCall for the Winter Carnival offered a perfect day of fun, ice art, good food (for both people and the elk!) Walt Ernst is getting a close encounter with a hungry cow. The Touchmark group stops for a photo at the McCall Winter Carnival in front of a 5’x5’x9’ ice block that was in the process of being carved by Touchmark Chef Rich Brown. Rich had just started his sculpture the day the group visited. Two days later, he won first place for the third year in a row. 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. Feature: Hamilton cottage at 785 S Spelman Offering: 1,963 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, wraparound patio, two-car garage, hardwood flooring in kitchen and breakfast area, built-in cabinets in great room, fireplace, dual sinks in master bathroom, upgraded closet organizers, pull-out shelving in kitchen cabinets, stainless appliances, island in kitchen, central vacuum, separate laundry room with cabinets, and laundry sink in the garage.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. Tuesdays and Thursdays in March Movement Disorder Exercise Class. Tuesdays: 2 to 3 pm. Thursdays: 12:45 to 1:45 pm. Designed to help maintain and improve mobility for those with physical challenges associated with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy by focusing on balance, agility, flexibility, and strength. Class is taught by Touchmark Fitness Specialist Becky Dallum. Grand Lodge Chapel. Saturday, March 1, 6:30 pm Outing to Centennial Performing Arts Center for Meridian Symphony Orchestra’s program, That’s Entertainment. The program will include a selection of music from Gershwin’s overture to Girl Crazy to Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Tickets are $8 for seniors. Sign up to take the bus. Saturday, March 8, 10 am Outing to Foothills Learning Center for Mammoths and Tigers and Sloths, Oh My! Walk through the Late Pleistocene age of Idaho. Travel back in time to an Idaho we will hardly recognize. No charge, but bus seats limited. Sign up early. Saturday, March 15, 10 am Casual Classics series continues with its performance at The Cathedral of the Rockies featuring Alexander Schimpf, pianist, and the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet. This is included in the season ticket package or $10 for the one-time event. Monday, March 17, 7 pm Saint Patty’s Day is celebrated with twice the fun starting with Sack of Stoats. This Boise-based Celtic group will present live traditional Irish and Scottish music (instrumentals and vocals). At 7:30 pm, enjoy the return of Idaho Dance Idaho. They’ll wear traditional Irish costumes and perform dances of the Muenster (Riverdance) tradition. Tuesday, March 25, 7 pm Another Evening of Houle-ish Musical Fun with pianist Arthur Houle. Treat yourself to the music of this acclaimed pianist, who is also the director of Keyboard Studies at Colorado Mesa University and former professor at the College of Idaho. Thursday, March 27, 7 pm What’s My Line? game. Residents will serve as panelists as well as the famous mystery guests. Learn about your neighbors’ past professions and talents. Coeur d’Alene Room. See the full calendar of events online: TouchmarkMeridian. com/pdf/community-eventcalendar.pdf 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 AT MEADOW LAKE VILLAGE Full-service Retirement Community 4037 E Clocktower Lane • Meridian, ID 83642 208-888-2277 • 149277 © 2014 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved

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