Autumn’s Promise – Hobbies – March 2017

Hobbies help to live life to the fullest.

Finding and developing hobbies allow seniors to continue living their best life.

As we age, we often find ourselves with more time on our hands. Make the most of your free time by picking up a hobby or two.

There are an endless number of hobbies to choose from. Not only do they fill your days, but they also keep your brain engaged and give you a sense of accomplishment.

Live your best life. Try one or more of these hobby suggestions:woman listening to music with headphones


Play music.
Playing an instrument—the piano, flute or other instrument—is not only a great hobby to keep your mind sharp, it also improves hand-eye coordination. For many, music requires practice but effort is well worth it.

Get crafty. Painting, scrapbooking, knitting and sewing are a few crafty hobbies that allow you to create something while keeping your mind alert. There is great satisfaction in crafting, whether done alone or socially with friends or family. All forms of art stimulate the brain and improve quality of life.

Exercise. Exercise has physical and mental benefits as we age. It helps to strengthen bones, improve balance and maintain independence. Choose to walk, swim or sign up for a yoga class.

Garden. Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits—reducing stress, increasing mobility and serving as a form of exercise. The hobby is also beneficial because it gets seniors outdoors as they tend to the fruits, vegetables and flowers in the garden.


Put on your dancing shoes.
For many, dancing is not only fun, it’s a chance to socialize with fellow seniors
while getting exercise. Classes are available at many gyms. Grab a partner or embrace the opportunity to meet someone new.

Play cards or pick out a game. Pick a hobby that is mentally stimulating. Cards and games keep the mind sharp and can be one player or multiple. Try solitaire, bridge, cribbage or Scrabble. Call up a group of friends or head to an area community center and join a game.

Learn something new. You’re never too old to try something new. Community centers, health facilities, area gardens and more offer countless programs on everything from cooking and gardening techniques to learning French.

Hobbies and strong social connections contribute to living longer and prevent feelings of loneliness. Find a new passion and live your best life now.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the best assisted living communities in Green Bay, offers a wide range of activities and social opportunities to help residents live life to the fullest. We also offer all the comforts of home while providing the level of care residents need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

March 2017 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

March 2017 at Autumn’s Promise!

Thank you to all who attended the Dessert Party in February. There was a wonderfully delicious selection of sweets! It was very nice to have some time to talk and to get to know some of our newer families.

This Month in Activities….

Residents will be exploring the country of Ireland through geography, slide shows of its attractions and beautiful country side and learning about traditions and history. On the lighter side, we will be doing many craft and cooking activities with an Irish or St. Patricks Day theme. If there is anyone that has been to Ireland that is interested in presenting some information or pictures to our Residents, please call Bethany and we will schedule your visit.

A study of Israel and the Holy Land is planned for the Month of April. Ginger will be presenting a slide show and other information during the month from a recent trip. If anyone else has made this same type of journey and would like to share their experience, you are welcome to attend. In addition, we are asking that if you or anyone you know would like to share about a trip or adventure you have experienced, that you contact Bethany and let her know your ideas and when you are available. We would love to have a different presenter every month and explore as many different countries and states as possible!


What’s New?!

Happy Birthday!

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03/13 — Jeff Goza

03/25 — Adeline Phillips

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Trivia

 

  •   St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, he was born in Great Britain.
  •   1st St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, it was held in Boston.
  •   Chicago dyes the main river green every year on March 17th.
  •   Leprechauns are actually fairies/shoe makers in Irish Folklore.
  •   There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are actual people in Ireland.
  •   For every one 4 leaf clover …. You will find 10,000 more 3 leaf clovers.

 

Autumn’s Promise – Senior Love – February 2017

Ageless love

Keeping love and romance alive as we age requires a little effort and creativity

February is the month of love. For centuries, couples have celebrated Valentine’s Day, giving gifts and expressing their devotion to loved ones. Love knows no age limits—it’s just as important to show your affection as you age.
Whether you’re in a long-term marriage or just starting to date, senior love is worth celebrating. Here are a few tips to keep you love and romance alive.

  1. Show your love. Kiss your partner. Hug them. It’s natural to be affectionate when you first fall in love, but over time many couples stop expressing their feelings through touch. Hugs, kisses, cuddling or a gentle hand squeeze is a simple, yet meaningful, demontration of how much someone means to you.
  2. Spend time together. Find common interests and cherish the time spent doing something together. Play cards or pull out a favorite board game. When the weather warms up, spend time in the garden together. Or, try something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to take dance lessons or paint. Get creative and search out activities you’d both enjoy.
  3. Express your feelings. Remind your partner how much you love them—don’t assume they know how you feel. Write a sweet note. Never leave without a kiss goodbye. Say “I love you” every day.
  4. Laugh together. They say laughter is the best medicine—laughter allows you to connect with your loved one and keeps the playfulness in your relationship. Recall amusing memories from your younger days. Watch a funny movie and share a chuckle together.

Couples need to work at their relationship for it to stand the test of time. While keeping love strong requires effort, the investment pays off in a lifetime of happiness.

Autumn’s Promise, one of the leading assisted living communities in Green Bay, offers residents a wide variety of activities to help them enjoy life to the fullest, while our professional, compassionate staff provides them with the specialized care they need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – Assisted Living Facilities – January 2017

Assisted living facilities provide residents independence as well as personalized care, although services and amenities vary.


Assisted living facilities provide residents long-term care, offering housing, support services and health care, as needed. These communities are known for offering resident-centered care that meets an individual’s daily living needs.

 

Typical services include:

  • Assistance with everyday activities, including eating, bathing, dressing and toileting
  • Medication management
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Access to health and medical services
  • Transportation
  • Social and recreational activities to enhance quality of life
  • 24-hour security

While most assisted living facilities promote independence and offer personalized care, no two assisted living facilities are alike.

Some assisted living communities have a registered nurse (RN) on staff to provide residents a more advanced level care. Others have staff with limited nursing training.

In some cases, an assisted living facility can accommodate a resident’s changing needs. Rather than requiring a senior to move to a new home when his or her care demands increase, the staff can adjust their support services so residents can age in place.

Alzheimer’s and memory care is often critical for seniors as they age. Assisted living facilities that specialize in Alzheimer’s and memory care—especially those that have designated areas within the community to meet the residents’ needs—provides peace of mind for families.

Concerned you won’t have enough space? Search for an assisted living community with suites—a separate kitchen area and/or a room in addition to a bedroom.

Or, can’t imagine saying goodbye to a beloved when moving into an assisted living facility? Some communities allow seniors to bring along a pet.

When evaluating senior living options, consider the services provided, level of care required and the type of environment that best fits your needs.

Autumn’s Promise is one of Green Bay’s finest assisted living communities. We offer residents all the comforts of home and our professional, compassionate staff can deliver the specialized care they need. Visit our website to learn more and call 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour.

Autumn’s Promise – New Equipment – May 2016

New equipment enhances resident lifestyle and promotes independence.

 

Autumn’s Promise, a top assisted living facility in Green Bay, invests in a computer system able to adapt to each resident’s unique needs and interests!

in2l_computerAutumn’s Promise recently purchased It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), a computer system that offers seniors the opportunity to interact with activities adapted to their abilities and needs. The system promotes dignity through cutting-edge technology. Autumn’s Promise residents are able to work on occupational, physical and speech enhancement, improving balance, memory, coordination, strength and more. The software is easy-to-use, with a picture-based interface.

In a world where technology plays a role in nearly every aspect of daily life, Autumn’s Promise believes it is important to keep residents connected—to offer a tool for seniors to communicate and socialize with family and friends. Our seniors are able to use this system to stay in touch with others through video chat and user-friendly email. Socialization is especially important as we age, so this is another opportunity to engage our residents as they benefit from the system’s many programs and activities.

 

Benefits to the residents include:

  • Activities customized for each resident
  • Improves socialization
  • Enhances independence
  • Stimulates cognitive function
  • Provides safe and easy Internet access
  • Increases range of motion
  • And much more!

As we age, it’s common to want to remain as independent as possible. While health conditions may demand the need for assisted living care, it doesn’t mean seniors can’t continue living a rewarding life with dignity and respect. At Autumn’s Promise, we offer the personalized care our residents need while making sure they have every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.

Meeting seniors’ wishes, including the desire to remain independent, are our top priority. The new computer equipment is one of the many wonderful amenities available at Autumn’s Promise. Learn more! Call us today at 920-465-1181 to schedule a free tour. You can also visit the It’s Never 2 Late website here: iN2L

May 2016 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

May 2016

Come one, Come all….

…to the Autumn’s Promise Family Game Night on Thursday May 26th @ 6:30PM. There will be cards and board games available but all are welcome to bring the game of their choosing to add to the fun! We will begin the evening with a short presentation of the new computer activity program called: “Its Never Too Late” (IN2L). We are very excited to announce that we will be fully integrating this system into our large group activities through the entire month of May. In June, we will further explore the use of the many sensory and brain stimulating activities included with the system. These will be enjoyed in a one-on-one and small group setting. We haven’t even cracked the surface in how this can be used to reach all the areas of wellness and interests and already, we are seeing great interest from all Residents!

Our Activity Calendar is so full of new and exciting things to do and learn that we needed to present it in a new “week by week” format. Hopefully, it will be easy to follow. I will be more than interested to hear your
feedback and to find new ways to improve it in the future!


 

Happy Birthday!

Agnes Thomson — May 8

Grace Schott — May 26

Shirley Trich — May 26

 

 


This Months Silver Star: Caroline Mraz

Autumn’s Promise Resident Spotlight Interview

newsletter_caroline_web1. What is your Name? Caroline (Connie) Mraz
2. If you could have picked your own name what would it have been? Keep the Same
3. What is your favorite thing to cook? Pie
4. What did you want to be when you were growing up? A Teacher
5. What is/was your favorite superhero or cartoon character? I didn’t really like any
6. What is your fondest memory from your childhood? Playing outside with my Dad!
7. What was your favorite subject in school? English
8. What was your most exciting trip? Florida
9. Where is your family from? Green Bay, WI
10.Do you hold a special skill? Sewing

 

 

 

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:
Place: Green Bay
Game: Cards
Candy: Chocolate
Time of the year: Summer
Animal: Dog
Plant: Roses
Quote: “Live today like its your last”

GoFundMe for our CNA, Alexis

One of our CNAs, Alexis, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Alexis is a great worker and we miss her very much! Below is a GoFundMe link if you would like to donate to Alexis’s cause.

GoFundMe for Alexis

Seniors and Easter Blog, March 2016

This Easter season, celebrate traditions and new life with seniors

CIMG1380As one of the leading assisted living facilities in Green Bay, Autumn’s Promise ensures residents have every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest

Regardless of religious beliefs, the Easter season is a great time to embrace the new life and rebirth that comes this time of year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and to observe Easter traditions. At Autumn’s Promise, we know how important it is for our residents to continue living the life they loved before requiring professional care, so we do everything possible to assist.

Autumn’s Promise always has a variety of on-site activities planned, from games and dance lessons to painting classes. Spring and Easter-themed crafts are always a hit with residents.

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As you prepare to celebrate Easter, there are many ways to incorporate a senior loved one in the festivities, including:

  • Color or decorate eggs. Seniors can participate in Easter egg decorating by coloring designs on hardboiled eggs or adding stickers to plastic eggs.
  • Make crafts or bake. Online resources like Pinterest are bursting with ideas on easy spring-inspired projects to make. Pick up the supplies and spend time crafting together. Or, celebrate the season by baking and decorating Easter cookies.
  • Pick up or plant flowers. Buy an Easter lily for a senior to put on display or plant flowers together to mark the beginning of spring.
  • Host a gathering. Keep with traditions and host a holiday brunch. Surprise your loved one with his or her favorite dish.
  • Listen to stories of the past. Invite an aging adult to reminisce about past Easters and welcome the new season together.

With Easter comes the promise of warmer temperatures. After months inside, seniors are just as anxious to get outdoors. Autumn’s Promise is set in a tranquil neighborhood, so as the weather warms residents are welcome to take a walk outside or to enjoy the lovely view from the patio.

Come check out our beautiful surroundings and meet our Autumn’s Promise team who are committed to quality care and to make sure every resident feels at home. Call us today at 920-465-1181 to schedule a schedule a free tour.

February 2016 Newsletter, Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living Center

February 2016

AUTUMN’S PROMISE ASSISTED LIVING MISSION STATEMENT

Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living places our highest priority in acknowledging and appreciating the resident as an individual. We recognize that each resident values their own routines and lifestyles. We wish to supplement and enrich their lives through providing the services and assistance the senior needs to remain as independent as possible. We pledge to provide dignity, protect privacy and ensure a safe, secure environment. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to provide the services to meet each resident’s current needs and will offer flexibility in meeting needs of the future. We strive to build trusting, personal relationships with both residents and their families. We acknowledge the unique opportunity of being included in the process of helping seniors and their family members make important and sensitive decisions. We are committed to providing an environment where families feel comfortable and informed about their loved one’s daily lives and healthcare on a on-going basis. We are proud to provide highest quality health and daily living care. We are committed to the employment of caring and specially trained staff. We will not only perform to the standard of residential care, but will be progressive and conscientious in our commitment to excellence. We will foster a working environment where staff feel valued for the knowledge and expertise they bring to our community. The Autumn’s Promise community will make every effort to ensure that each adult residing with us enjoys life to it’s fullest. We will provide continuously maintained and updated amenities. We will feature high quality furnishings and handsomely decorated interior that will cultivate a cozy and comfortable atmosphere for all. Our commitment to excellence will be evident in the delectability and variety provided in each dining experience. We will feature flexibility of schedule, choice of nutritious food preferences and hospitable “restaurant” like service. Our activity and enrichment program will be tailored to the special and varied interests of our residents. We are dedicated to providing opportunities to enrich and stimulate the knowledge, wisdom, spirituality and joy of each individual.


 

Happy Birthday!


Eileen Hamacheck—February 4

Dorothy Johnson—February 23

Jessie Davison—February 24

 

Upcoming Events

February 17th— Family Dessert Buffet Party @ 6:30-8pm RSVP by Feb. 15th

 

Activities at Autumn’s Promise

Physical… We continue to begin each weekday with a variety of fun types of exercise! Kickball, Chair Aerobics, Basketball, Parachute strength class, laughing yoga and Thera-bands… all good ways to start the day!
Spiritual… Catholic Rosary and Communion with Connie are held on Thursdays at 11:15pm in the Theater Room. Lutheran Worship Service with Vicar Nathan is held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2pm in the Great Room, by the piano. All are welcome to attend!
Social… Happy Hour is every Wednesday at 3pm! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet new people, time to talk with current friends and some fun new seasonal cocktails! The first and third Tuesday is donut day and provides a nice opportunity to socialize and choose our menus. Family Dessert Buffet Party on February 17, 2016 at 6:30pm.
Emotional… Reminisce activities this month include the topics: “First Kiss and First Date”. Residents will make Valentine’s Cards for loved ones and Tie blankets for the Child Advocacy Center.
Intellectual… Residents will be discussing current events and the primary elec-tion. We will be holding a “winter word” Spelling Bee on February 29th.
Cognitive… Word games and puzzle continue to keep our brains active! We con-tinue to read Chicken Soup for the Soul which brings laughter and tears to our group.
Environmental… Door Sign decorating and making winter décor. We are trying our skills at painting and fancy cookie decorating this month. Check out our cookies at the dessert party!
Leisure… There is always a puzzle on the table outside of the activity room and all are welcome to contribute. We will enjoy a virtual tour to the Houston zoo and to visit our most famous United States Monuments.


 

This Months Silver Star: Ruth Friex

 

Autumn’s Promise Resident Spotlight Interview

1. What is your Name? Noel (Pete) Safford

2. If you could have picked your own name what would it have been? Pete

3. What is your favorite thing to cook? Fudge

4. What did you want to be when you were growing up? Architect

5. What is/was your favorite superhero or cartoon character? The 3 Stooges

6. What is your fondest memory from your childhood? YMCA Camp

7. What was your favorite subject in school? Arithmetic

8. What was your most exciting trip? Tahiti

9. Where is your family from? England

10.Do you hold a special skill? No

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:

Place: Seroogy’s

Game: Football

Candy: Chocolate

Time of the year: Winter

Animal: Dog

Plant: Tulips

Memory books celebrate life and preserve the past

Autumn’s Promise, one of Green Bay’s top assisted living facilities, helps residents create books to record memories and leave a legacy

Memory books are an excellent way for seniors to document their memories and for families to get a window into their loved one’s lifetime of experiences.

Memory books are typically constructed in nice, quality notebooks. The books are filled with written recollections and printed photographs, from early childhood to the present day. Many people like to include memories of historic events, traditions and favorite hobbies as well as perspectives on life.

At Autumn’s Promise, we work with residents on special books called Memories for My Grandchild. This 90-page book allows residents to showcase their family tree, memories from their childhood and teenage years and much more. We find when residents recall their life stories, communication improves and they become engaged. As an assisted living facility, we’re able to honor a resident’s life and provide a positive diversion.

To get started, collect background information—name, date and place of birth, schools attended, wedding date and birth dates of children. Then, begin asking questions. These could include:

  • What was your favorite childhood memory?
  • What do you remember most about your hometown?
  • Did you enjoy school?
  • What was your first job?
  • When and where did you meet your spouse?
  • Do you remember buying your first home?
  • How did you feel when you held your first child? Grandchild?
  • What was the most significant historical event in your lifetime?
  • What do you see as your best qualities?
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment?
  • Describe any special family traditions.
  • What advice do you have for future generations?

Jot down the responses in the first person point of view. Take time and care in creating the memory book, after all, the contents come from decades of experiences.

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The finished memory books are sure to be a cherished keepsake for residents and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn’s Promise, a luxurious assisted living facilities in Northeast Wisconsin, provides residents with every opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. The staff offers the support and assistance each resident needs while allowing them to remain as independent as possible. Call Autumn’s Promise today at 920-465-1181 to find out more or to schedule a free tour.