Touchtown Equipment Options

Residents without a computer nor smart phone may find an inexpensive device for connecting to our campus Touchtown Community. Amazon has two options either at a cost of about $40 or a cost of around $100 that are easy to operate. The Amazon Fire TV stick can be attached to your TV and provide some of the Touchtown features; that is the least cost method. The Amazon Fire tablet (previously called a Kindle) can be found in a small screen size for as low as $50 but a larger screen will be nearer to $100 without commercial advertising. All Amazon devices have access to Alexa which is useful on Touchtown when asking what is going on today and may be more useful in the future as more features are added. Our campus Touchtown Ambassadors can help you get set up. Currently the Ambassadors are meeting on Thursdays in the Bistro at 2:30PM to offer their services helping residents get connected.

Leave Stress Behind with Mindful Walking

Ever wish you could leave stress behind? You can, and you don’t have to travel very far to do it.

Perhaps the easiest of all the techniques I teach is mindful walking. Although remarkably simple to do, it’s a very powerful form of walking meditation that can defuse stress within minutes. Mindful walking relaxes the body by channeling anxiety and nervous energy into physical activity and calms the mind by promoting focused awareness. And it’s versatile: You don’t need to put on hiking boots, leave civilization, or climb a mountain to experience this restorative power of walking. You only need a few minutes of time and some room to walk, as long as you’re willing to change your state of mind. The goal is to use walking meditation to gently shift the focus of your attention from worrying about the past or the future, and to focus on what is actually happening in the present moment.


Here is a simple mindful walking exercise you can practice whenever you need it:

  1. While walking, pay attention to your breathing. Use this focus on the breath as an anchor to stabilize your attention.
  2. Next, allow yourself to notice any sights, sounds, or physical sensations that may come up as you walk. Rest your awareness for a moment on that sight, sound, or sensation, then return your awareness to your breathing.
  3. If persistent thoughts distract you from your mindful awareness, simply notice them, then return your awareness to your breathing.

Here is a variation of mindful walking that uses your breathing to consciously connect you to the vast web of life on planet Earth:

  1. As you focus on your breath, following the instructions above, remember that plants release the oxygen that you’re breathing into your lungs, and that, in turn, you breathe out the carbon dioxide that the plants take in.
  2. In your mind’s eye, follow your breath as you exhale. Imagine that you can see the carbon dioxide molecules leaving your nose or mouth and flowing into the leaves on the plants nearest you as you walk.
  3. As you breathe in, envision yourself inhaling the oxygen that the plants are giving off. Picture the trails of oxygen flowing from the trees, grass, flowers and shrubs into your lungs. Take note of how your visualization of this very natural process affects your sense of the world around you.

Active Aging Week 2021

Active Aging Week… what is that?  Active Aging Week is an International celebrating week that promotes and encourages people to participate fully at any age, regardless of mental or physical capacity.  As a campus, this will be our 7th year celebrating and promoting a wide rage of activities and events that we hope you will take advantage of as you challenge yourself to a new program. 

Active Aging Week will take place Monday, October 4 through Friday, October 8th.  Each day, we will have a theme and a variety of events that anyone is welcome to join.  Raffles, prizes and moving and grooving is definitely on the agenda.  Each morning we will have a Campus Community walk beginning at 7AM in front of the Bistro.  We will walk a mile on campus together and we ask that you invite a neighbor to join you.  After Monday’s walk, head over to the Life Center to join us for our Kickoff Breakfast as we go through the week’s events.  A free buffet style breakfast will be available for you to enjoy, and trivia will be on the menu.  Tuesday we will be heading over to the 19North garden to give back to our community.  A tour will be given and we will assist will minor tasks that are needed to keep the garden flourishing. The more hands to give back, the more we can achieve.  Wednesday we will have a Paint and Wine night in the Rose Garden with Artist Vidal Duarte.  All supplies is included however, you will need to call to reserve a spot as space is limited.  Thursday we will be swinging our partners round and round as we dance around at our Western Dance Party.  A cash bar for alcohol will be available to you so don’t forget that cash, ya hear?  Friday is our big Street Fair to close out the week.  Wear your Beatitudes Gear proudly as we enjoy food, vendors and RAFFLES.  The Employee Appreciation Committee will be having a 50/50 raffle as well so don’t forget that money honey.   

The events listed above are only a few that are being highlighted.  There are many more that you can find in the Active Aging Week magazine that will be distributed to your door for viewing.  We will have guest speakers, classes and even free produce that is scheduled for you to enjoy.  If you have any questions, call Didi at x18526.  The Life Enrichment team can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

One more thing…. if you see Korry Nelson around campus, give him a huge SHOUT OUT for the BEAUTIFUL magazine that he has created for this special week.  We couldn’t do it without him!  

The Creative Corner

The Creative Corner is now open and is flourishing. We have an open workshop every Tuesday and Thursday.
Feel free to stop on by from 9:30AM-11:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring you projects during this open workshop and we will provide the supplies. All are welcome. We are also offering classes led by residents at this time. We are offering a Card Making class with Sylvia Anderson, a Decorative Painting class with Linda Danik, a Beading class with Noreen Wingham and a introduction to Stain Glass with Chuck Beaujon. You must call in to reserve a spot with the instructor.

  • Sylvia Anderson 623-975-4311
  • Linda Danik 602-544-5134
  • Noreen Wingham 602-544-5495
  • Chuck Beaujon 520-204-1639

Come Learn About Touchtown

It’s an old slogan, and a new product: TOUCHTOWN. Paper will not be going away but as a campus we continually work towards different ways to communicate with all of you. We feel touchtown is a great way to work towards reducing paper usage and a great way to keep everyone engaged and in the know! Resident touchtown ambassadors have been hard at work crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s in regards to the toucthtown app and developing a training class on the best way to utilize touchtown.

Ambassadors will be at the “touchtown help desk” every day from 11:00a-1:00p in the Bistro helping others download the app on your phone in preparation for trainings. Ambassadors will also be holding in person touchtown trainings on 9.10, 9.11, 9.12, and 9.13, you will need to sign up to attend those trainings but…..you can also do that at the “touchtown help desk”! Stop by during the help desk hours and sign up for a class, we hope all can come and visit!

Life Enrichment: Beatitudes Art Show Recap

Thank you to all the participants of this past weeks Art show which was hosted on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21. We had a great turn out with 75 people on the first day and 120 people on the second day. Our participating artist showcased there amazing talents which ranged from sculpting, painting, quilting and textiles. We had live music both days and live painters to accompany the art show.
Our campus houses some of the most creative individuals in Phoenix and this was great opportunity to display their talent for the rest of the campus to be inspired and motivated. We had a total of 15 artisans showcasing and many thanks go out to all the folks who submitted their work for the show.

‘Tis The Season of Giving!

Tis the season of giving! On Saturday, December 15th between 9AM to 5PM we will have volunteers on campus to help you wrap your Christmas gifts. Volunteers include students from Washington High School, the A-Team of Worldmark Scottsdale and multiple off-campus individuals. Please take advantage of this opportunity and get your gifts wrapped free. You can schedule a time to ensure the volunteer availability or simply walk up. We will be out at the Central Mall and Plaza Club.

On behalf of Maryland School, we would like to thank those that donated smocks to the art program at Maryland. They are still in need of more, if you are interested in donating smocks, or large T-shirts, please contact resident Sybil Eppinger at x15132. In addition, we now have five residents who are tutoring refugee students of Maryland who live at Avenue 15 Apartments across the street, after school. They are meeting them in the Bistro on Monday and Thursday afternoons (Residents Nell Bennett, Mim Hoover, Nadine Smith, Dan O’Horo, and Marilyn Lucas). Three Syrian brothers and a brother and sister from the Congo. This is such a wonderful model, and we are hoping that other residents observe this happening and might want to get involved.

There is also an opportunity to teach adult refugees right here on our very own campus. The next session starts at the end of January. The commitment is minimal and training is provided!

Lastly, we are looking for volunteers to be Roadrunner readers during the weekdays, between 8 and 8:20AM. This is a great opportunity for our residents with low vision to be able to hear the happenings within the Roadrunner and ask any questions. This awesome opportunity is put together by our Communication Committee as they are always looking for ways to get all information to you in the best way possible. We hope that you will take advantage of these readings that will start on Monday, January 7, 2019! If interested in being a reader, please contact the Communications & Media Director, Korry Nelson, at x18493.

For all other interests and inquiries, please give me a call at x18526 or email me at [email protected] *

Veterans Week Recap & November Upcoming Events

Veteran’s week started as an annual event on campus three years ago. We knew as staff that one day of honoring our Veterans was not enough and we wanted to do more. A special day within the week is our Veterans Ball. The ball includes a 12-piece band, three course meal and lots of dancing.It is admirable to see our Veterans gather in one place on a special occasion and hear them converse about their time in the service. Two gentleman from mutable came to realize that they had been on the same ship with one another while doing two different jobs and in two different branches. Hearing them walkabout the ship, their surroundings and how they prayed day in and day out for those around them, I could only imagine myself in the scene they were portraying. Every year I watch our Veterans stand up proudly for the sacrifices they have made for our country and that image will forever stay fresh in my mind. You never know ones story until you sit down with one another and listen. Some stories are less intense than others but each one of these brave men and women played a vital role in the freedoms that we have today. Thank you doesn’t seem to be a strong enough statement for what you Veterans have done but I have a grateful heart for everything you have put on the line for myself and those who live freely in America. With a grateful heart, I cannot wait to celebrate Veterans week again next year with you.

Herbert Lunchtime theater will be presenting Snow Queen.During this trip, you will bring your lunch to eat while in the theater before the show begins. Ticket price for the show is $7.00. You can purchase your boarding pass at the Welcome Center. Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 3rd. For any questions call Didi at x18473.

We will be heading to Barleen’s Arizona Opry for their Home for the Holidays show! Ticket prices range from $37-$42. Your ticket includes full meal including a HUGE piece of chocolate cake and the show. Barleen’s is family-owned and each member of the family is either entertaining, cooking or working the lights, videos etc. You will not want to miss their amazing Christmas show and great food! If you are interested in attending the show,call Didi at x18473 to put your name on the list. Deadline to sign up is Tuesday,December 4th.

Our annual Holiday Light Tour will take place on Monday,December 17th and Wednesday, December 19th at 6PM. Call x12905 to put your nameon the list for either day until the bus is full. For questions, call Transportation at x16135. Our annual Holiday Light Tour will take place on Monday, December 17th and Wednesday,December 19th at 6PM. Call x12905 to put your name on the list for either day until the bus is full. For questions, call Transportation at x16135.

If you are interested in taking part in our first ever craft sale, call Didi at x18473. The sale will be taking place on Monday,December 10 from 10AM -2PM outdoors. Therefore, you will want to plan accordingly for chilly weather. There will be a $20/table fee. For any questions, call Didi at x18473.*

Veteran’s Week

Monday, November 5, 2018 11:45AM- Sunnyslope Card Presentation- Asking for veterans to meet in the Welcome Center to be presented with a card from Sunnyslope High School and take a picture.

10AM- Faith In Living Movies (LC)-“ Maya Lin: A strong clear vision” – All are welcome to attend this Faith in Living Movie.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 10AM-Trip to Arizona Commemorative Air Force Base.

During this time, we will be heading over to the Arizona Commemorative Air Force base to take a tour of all the old warplanes.

To join this trip, call x12905 to reserve your seat on the bus.  Disabled Veterans are free and senior rate is $12.00.  After the tour, we will be heading to lunch at Milano’s Pizzeria, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.  Bring cash for the tour and lunch.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018- 11AM- Lunch with Active Military-Grab your lunch and join us in the back of the Bistro for lunch with Active Military personal.  Enjoy conversation, great company and chat about what has changed in the military since you served.

Thursday, November 8, 2018- 6PM- Our Veterans Ball is exclusively for our Veterans and one guest.  During the ball, you will enjoy a 3-course meal, 12 piece band and room for open dancing as we encourage you to dance the night away.  Tickets to the ball are $12 each and available for purchase at the Bistro. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:30AM- Veterans are invited to attend the Veterans service held at Maryland School. Transportation will be provided. Call Monica, x18526, if interested in attending.

4PM- Join us in the Bistro for Happy Hour with Valerie and Anthony as they entertain us with some Patriotic favorites. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Saturday, November 10, 2018- 9:30AM-Sunnyslope Choir (PB)

Sunday, November 11, 2018- 3PM- Join us for Worship Service as we honoring our Veterans.  All are welcome to attend.

For questions about any of the events listed, please contact Didi at 18473 or Monica at 18526.  We look forward to honoring our Veterans throughout the week and showing our appreciation as a community.*

Veteran’s Week is Coming!

Be sure to join in the events next week to be a part of our Veteran’s Week celebration.

Monday, November 5, 2018

9:30AM- Sunny Slope Card Presentation- Asking for veterans to meet in the Welcome Center to be presented with a card from Sunny Slope High School and take a picture.

10AM- Faith In Living Movies (LC)- “Maya Lin: A strong clear vision” – All are welcome to attend this Faith in Living Movie.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

10AM-Trip to Arizona Commemorative Air Force Base. During this time, we will be heading over to the Arizona Commemorative Air Force base to take a tour of all the old warplanes.  To join this trip, call x12905 to reserve your seat on the bus.  Disabled Veterans are free and senior rate is $12.00.  After the tour, we will be heading to lunch at Milano’s Pizzeria, Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine.  Bring cash for the tour and lunch.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11AM- Lunch with Active Military-Grab your lunch and join us in the back of the Bistro for lunch with Active Military personal.  Enjoy conversation, great company and chat about what has changed in the military since you served.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

6PM- Our Veterans Ball is exclusively for our Veterans and one guest.  During the ball, you will enjoy a 3-course meal, 12 piece band and room for open dancing as we encourage you to dance the night away.  Tickets to the ball are $12 each and available for purchase at the Bistro. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:30AM- Veterans are invited to attend the Veterans service held at Maryland School. Transportation will be provided. Call Monica, x18526, if interested in attending.

4PM- Join us in the Bistro for Happy Hour with Valerie and Anthony as they entertain us with some Patriotic favorites. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:30AM-Sunnyslope Choir (PB)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

3PM- Join us for Worship Service as we honor our Veterans.  All are welcome to attend.

For questions about any of the events listed, please contact Didi at x18473 or Monica at x18526.  We look forward to honoring our Veterans throughout the week and showing our appreciation as a community.*

Our New Program is Beginning!

Stop by Elaine’s on Monday, August 20 at 6PM to hear about the new “Let’s get Acquainted” program that is beginning.  We will be sharing how we see the program running and how folks can get involved.  Refreshments will be provided so be sure to make your way down!

We will be celebrating all August birthdays on Thursday, August 23 at 1PM in the Great Hall.  Gaylan Taylor will be here entertaining with cake and punch provided.  It does not have to be your birthday month to come and boogie, so please come down and celebrate with us!

Are you interested in being a part of the campus’s annual Christmas cards?  If so, submit your painting with a Christmas theme and we will be looking at having your painting published.  For any painting that is used, the owner who submitted it will receive copies of cards for their pleasure.  If you are interested or have questions, call Didi at x18473.  Deadline to submit is the beginning of November.

Do you have an interest in painting?  We have Angie’s Open Paint Class every 2nd and 4th Friday at 2:30PM in the Recreation Center. There is no sign up required, just stop by and join the class. Angie specializes in teaching painting and would love to increase her number of students.  There is no class fee other than bringing your own supplies.  For any questions, call Didi at x18473.  No experience necessary.

Be on the lookout for Active Aging Week material that will show all the events and programs we have scheduled at the end of September. What is Active Aging Week? Every year we join this National Celebration to promote Active Aging through fun, creative and interactive outlets. Learn more at: www.activeagingweek.com/about.php

6 Ways to Feel Happier Instantly

Don’t wait for a bad mood to pass. Lift yourself up with these strategies.

  1. Step Outside

Enjoying nature is a great way to put some pep back in your step. Living near green spaces is associated with better mental health. Even just looking at images of nature scenes can reduce anger, fear, and stress and stimulate the parts of your brain associated with happiness, positivity, and emotional stability.

Spending time in the great outdoors also exposes you to sunlight, which can help your body produce vitamin D. Low levels of the nutrient have been linked to depression, but soaking up even 15 minutes of sun per day can lift your spirits in the present and over the long term.

  1. Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Think about or write down what you’re thankful for. Even if there’s not time to write down everything, simply expressing gratitude creates an instant mood boost.

For a longer-term lift, Gielan suggests a 21-day gratitude challenge: Try to make thank-you emails, handwritten notes, or genuine compliments a practice for three weeks straight. “Your brain quickly starts to recognize how much social support you have in your life,” she says. And social support is the best proven predictor of happiness.

  1. Pass on Some Wisdom

“As we age, giving back one’s knowledge, wisdom, and experience is a great source of joy,” says Prudence Hall, M.D., founder of The Hall Center in Santa Monica, California. “Whether it’s sharing with grandchildren or the world at large, giving back and being in service is a natural evolution of who we are and brings almost instant belonging and happiness.”

If you’re a lawyer, for example, look for pro bono opportunities in your community. A therapist? See if there’s a health or community center that might need counseling services. Share a physical feat like taking a dance class with a friend, or spend time teaching your grandchildren to read, Dr. Hall suggests. “Become a person who is respectful, awe-inspiring, and loving. What returns to you is respect, inspiration, and love.”

  1. Think and Act Creatively

Negative thoughts have a way of spiraling, leading you to contemplate all of the ways a setback is going to bring you down. This detrimental practice is called brooding, and according to a Georgia Institute of Technology study, it sends you into a black hole of negativity.

The better option: self-reflection, or pondering an issue and taking positive steps to address it. This not only leads to feeling empowered, but it also sparks creativity. Why is that a good thing? When researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro contacted people throughout the week, those engaging in creative activities—crafting recipes, making art, or writing—were much more likely to report being happy.

  1. Do Something Nice for Someone

The fastest way to find happiness yourself? “Create it in others,” Gielan says. Being kind rewards the human brain with a release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin. Her challenge: “Do one small meaningful act for someone else each week to brighten their day.”

Surprise your spouse with a cup of coffee in the morning, hold the door for the person behind you, or find a book a friend might enjoy. Any small action counts—and comes with big mood-boosting rewards.

  1. Focus on the Here and Now

Studies find the best way to stay cheerful is to stay centered in the present—even when it’s not all that pleasant. In contrast, a wandering mind and daydreaming can bring people down.

The best way to re-center? Sit quietly for a few minutes, and try some deep, calming breaths. Focus on your breath moving in and out of your body, and gently guide attention back if your mind starts to wander.*

Upcoming Events in June

As a first announcement, the Arizona Diamondbacks game scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st, has been moved to Wednesday, August 8th against the Phillies. If you are interested in attending this game, the deadline to sign up is Friday, July 27th. Tickets price ranges from $40-45. To join this trip, call Didi at x18473 to put your name on the list.

Be sure to check out the Boy’s Christian Choir group on Friday, June 8th at 2:30PM in the Life Center. There will be 44 singers not including instrumentalist on stage. You will not want to miss it. On Saturday, June 9th, we will have a Harp Program going on as well in the LC. Kim Robertson is an internationally known harpist of great skill and finesse. She instantly connects with her audiences in a most delightful way. The program will take place at 2PM in the Life Center. All are encouraged to attend.

Hungry much? We will be headed to Red Robin for lunch on Tuesday, June 19th at 10:30AM. Enjoy burgers, salads and more! If you are interested in attending this trip, call x12905 to put your name on the list. Deadline to sign up is Friday, June 15th.

We will be heading to the Phoenix Art Museum on Tuesday, June 26th at 10AM. Enjoy taking a self-guided tour around the museum (the Phoenix Art Museum in ADA accessible). The entrance fee is $15 and you can pay upon arrival. After the museum, we will be heading to the Spaghetti Factory for lunch. The price of lunch is not included in the $15 fee. To join this trip call x12905 to put your name on the list. Deadline to sign up is Friday, May 22nd.

For more information on trips and on campus events, feel free to call Didi at x18473.*

 

Hello March!

Did you make it out to our 4th Annual Resident Art Show? If not, you missed a good one! Entertainment by Paul Sherman Thursday night had the mood set while folks walked through the show and Anthony Farias put icing on the cake with a live painting demo on Friday morning. Of course, we could not have done it without the fascinating artists we have here on campus. Marble printed pillows, scarfs and more on display, along with woodcarvings, oil, acrylic, pen and pencil pieces, handmade crafts/ cards, ceramics, quilts and much more were on display. With an estimated number of 200+ folks who walked through and purchased items, we would like to thank you for your support. I would also like to thank each of the artists who participated in the show and displayed their talent! We cannot wait to do it again next year!

Be on the lookout for the upcoming Dog Show on Thursday, April 12th. The show will begin at 10:30AM in the Dog Park. If you are interested in registering your dog for the show or being a judge for the show, please call me at x18473 to sign up. This show is all in good fun! Deadline to register your dog or to be a judge is Friday, March 23rd.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy presentations from Art All Around Us every Tuesday in the Boardrooms at 1PM. The upcoming chats include:

  • Tuesday, March 13th—50 Shades of Red
  • Tuesday, March 20th—Chinese Porcelain
  • Tuesday, March 27th—Art Over Adversity

These chats are free and open to everyone on the campus.

Our Arizona Diamondbacks regular season is upon us as well! The games are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 4th—Vs, Dodgers at 11:45AM (Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 23rd)
  • Wednesday, May 16th—Vs, Brewers at 11:45AM (Deadline to sign up is Friday, May 4th)
  • Wednesday, June 13th—Vs, Pirates at 11:45AM (Deadline to sign up is Friday, June 1st)
  • Tuesday, July 31st—Vs, Rangers at 11:45AM- Deadline to sign up is Monday, July 17.

Help us meet our 9 person minimum by encouraging your friends to join you. If we do not meet our 9 person minimum, we will gladly offer help in setting up an Uber or Lyft with your small group at your expense. It is much more enjoyable to attend with a large group, so please invite away!*