Honoring a Local Hero and Senior Center Host
It is with great sadness to announce the passing our our dear friend and senior center host, Warren Gehring. Warren, a sweet, kind, gracious gentleman, was a fixture at the senior center for many years. He was known at the center for his intelligent, witty conversations, being an active card and bingo player, dessert connoisseur, and his ferocious mouse hunting. Warren also swam at the local YMCA 2 times a week.
Warren, an Army veteran, served in World War II from January 1944 to January 1946. One of his first stops on his tour of duty was Utah Beach on D-Day in Normandy, France. Warren and his company, 772 Battery, traveled an incredible 8,357 miles over the course of 2½ years through Germany and Austria, helping to defeat the enemy.
After the war, Warren married his true love, Wanda. They resided in Indianapolis, where he drove a tractor trailer for over 35 years. He and his wife moved to the Monument area in 2007 to be closer to his son and daughter. Wanda passed away in 2011. They were married for almost 60 years.
Please keep Warren’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Warren was truly a one-of-a kind friend and hero. He will be greatly missed.
Purse Party A Huge Success
On May 18, the Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance Senior Center hosted its first annual Purse Party. This free event included a plethora of purses and handbags stuffed with exciting goodies. Additional fun prizes were given and all of the 24 attendees went home with a neat purse and a smile on their face. A delicious lunch was also served. A huge thank you to Dianne Meyer, who was the mastermind behind this very successful and wonderful social event. Our next fun-filled event theme will be A Day at the Races, featuring a life-sized game board and horses galore! More details to come at the end of June!
Our Furry Friends:
Plan for Them Too
Plan for Them Too
Charles Shultz, cartoonist for the famous comic strip, Peanuts, once said, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” and we could not agree more. Studies have shown that pets can have a positive impact on both the physical and psychological health of their owners and those with whom they spend time. With such positive impact, it is no wonder than over half of all U.S. households have at least one pet.
Here at Bethesda Gardens Monument, we believe this is especially true for seniors. Having a pet can decrease anxiety and loneliness while also increasing one’s sense of purpose. Additionally, having a pet that requires regular walking, like a dog, can increase one’s physical activity thereby having a positive effect on their cardiovascular health.
We acknowledge and respect the positive impact that furry friends can have on our residents and our community. Assisted living residents may have a cat or dog up to 30 pounds, and families are welcome and encouraged to bring their family pet(s) into the community to visit. We believe that pets provide an opportunity to increase socialization and to build relationships fundamental to a happy and strong senior living community.
When planning for your potential long-term care needs, consider your furry friend as well by finding a community that fits both your needs.
Here are some questions to ask:
- What are the community’s rules regarding pets?
- Is there a weight limit?
- What fees are associated with having a pet?
- Is there a safe place to walk your pet?
- Is the pet are well lit at night?
Bethesda Gardens Monument not only serves our seniors and supports impoverished children in 15 different countries through One Child Matters, we are also advocates for our furry friends through Harley’s Hope Foundation. The Executive Director from Harley’s Hope Foundation will be presenting on September 20th at 2 pm on the Importance of Having Your Pet in Your Will. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraisers supporting Harley’s Hope Foundation and for our low cost vaccine clinic in October.
Thursday, June 21st 2-4pm
June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Join us to learn more about this desease. We will have two local professionals teaching us about Dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for a loved one battling this desease. Our speakers will be from Optimal Home Care and Amada Senior Care.
Gardening in the Rockies
Friday, June 29th 3-5pm
Great News! We've rescheduled this event for June 29th. Come learn some tips and tricks for gardening in this rocky climate. While you’re here, grab a hot dog, chips and a lemonade for only $3. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Welcome Jackson Creek Senior Living!
A huge thank you to Jackson Creek Senior Living who has graciously offered to sponsor bingo at The Silver Alliance Senior Center for the next 12 months. We are extremely excited to have their support. Jackson Creek Senior Living is opening in November 2018 and is now taking reservations.
Jackson Creek has planned a beautiful Senior Living Community, thoughtfully designed for people to age well in mind, body, and spirit. The community will offer first class amenities and services for a variety of lifestyle choices.
- Select dining areas with chef-prepared culinary experiences
- Tailored activities and wellness programs
- Guest apartments, barber and beauty salon, chapel, community store
- Concierge services, optional medical, dental and podiatric services
- 24-hour staffing, short term respite care
- 24-hour on-site nursing staff
- Local transportation
Jackson creek Senior Living will offer 137 units:
- Independent Living Apartments- 1 & 2 bedroom spacious options
- Assisted Living- spacious apartment options for studio, 1 & 2 bedroom living
- Memory Care studios in a distinctive residence designed for engaged living
- Socrates Café Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
- Senior Chats Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon
- Life Circles Writing Group First and Third Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- History Buffs Fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:30-3:30p.m.
- German Conversation Group Tuesdays 3:15-4:45 p.m. A discussion group in German. Currently at capacity and looking to establish a second group. If you’re interested, call the library at 488-2370.
- Monumental Readers Book Club Friday June 15 10 a.m.-noon. This month’s book: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. All are welcome and no registration necessary.
- This month’s book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. All are welcome, and no registration necessary.
- Monumental Bookworms Tues. June 12 7-8:30 p.m. An evening book club sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Friends of PPLD. All are welcome! They’ll be discussing Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. All are welcome and no registration necessary.
- Knitting! Every Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m. This intergenerational knitting group meets the first three Wednesdays of each month. Practice materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials. Some instruction provided for new knitters.
- Spinning Group! Thursday June 28 1:30-3:45 p.m. Exploration of hand spinning.
- Pet Week: DIY Treats and Toys! Friday June 29 2-4 p.m. Celebrate Pet Week at the library by making simple dog and cat treats as well as no-sew pet toys. No registration necessary. Come create with us!
June 2018 Senior Center Activities
- Total Body Fitness (Monday 8am) : Combines a variety of low-impact aerobics, strength training, fl exibility and core conditioning. Suitable for all levels
- Step Interval and Strength (Monday 9am): Great blocks of work and cardio conditioning. Burn some extra calories and start your week off with a bang! Suitable for all levels.
- Yoga (Monday/Friday 10am): Vinyasa fl owing style combines a powerful, energetic form of yoga designed to move from one pose to the next while connecting your breathing to your movements. Suitable for all levels.
- Tai Chi Fusion (Monday Noon): Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, fl owing movements and deep breathing). Oft en described as meditation in motion. Suitable for all levels.
- Better Balance and Strength (Tuesday 9am): Using a variety of exercises, this class is designed to improve muscular strength and endurance, balance and range of motion. Suitable for all levels.
- Gentle Yoga (Tuesday 10am): A gentle, slower-moving traditional yoga class focusing on strength and alignment. Suitable for all levels
- Line Dancing (Tuesday 1:15pm): Low impact, varying intensity, but high on fun and fi tness. Th is class is suitable for all levels.
- Zumba (Tuesday/Thursday 5:30pm, Saturday, 9am): Combines motivating, high-energy Latin based music with unique dance movements and combinations. Suitable for all levels.
- Functional Fitness and Balance (Wednesday 8:15am): Using a variety of exercises, this class is designed to improve muscular strength and endurance, balance and range of motion. Suitable for all levels.
- Gentle Yoga (Wednesday 9:30am): A gentle, slower-moving traditional yoga class focusing on strength and alignment. Suitable for all levels
- Chair Yoga (Wednesday 1pm): Combined seated/standing yoga poses. Improves circulation and range of motion. Promotes stress reduction and mental clarity. Suitable for all levels.
- Power 75 (Thursday 8am): 75 minutes of cardio, weight training and functional integrated exercises. Th is is a moderate level class but beginners welcome!
- Sit and Fit (Thursday 1:15pm): A total body workout all from a chair. Light weights, bands and balls are used to build strength and endurance.. Some standing balance. Suitable for all levels.
- Down to the Core (Friday 8am): Muscle conditioning using a variety of equipment to build strength and endurance. Th is is a moderate level class but beginners are welcome!
- Total Body Strength (Friday 9am): Muscle conditioning class using a variety of equipment to build strength and endurance. Suitable for all levels.
- Pilates (Sunday Noon): Strengthen your core, improve fl exibility, balance, mobility and create a stronger mind-body connection. Suitable for all levels.
- Zumba Gold (Thursday/Sunday 1:15pm): Combines motivating, high-energy Latin based music with unique dance movements and combinations. Suitable for all level
- Bingo (3rd Wed 1-2:15pm): Open to everyone; come and make new friends, win prizes!
- Ladies Tea (3rd Thurs Noon-2pm): Open to everyone! Men are most welcome to join us. Come out and make new friends. Please call for a reservation. Pikes Peak Hospice to make presentation .For info, call Sue 719-330-0241
- Chess Nuts (2nd and 4th Tues 5-9pm: Chess enthusiasts of any skill level are welcome. Bring a board and pieces is available. Doors close at 6:30pm
- Bridge (2nd Thursday 1-3pm): Bridge enthusiasts of all skill levels welcome!