If you want to see what living life to its fullest is like, look no further than Carillon resident Elvin Howell, a 103-year-old who took on the “big zip” at Palo Duro Canyon last month.
Howell and 18 other residents cruised through the canyon on a quarter-mile zip line that drops nearly 200 feet from its launch point.
“The idea to zip line through the canyon started taking shape months ago, when some of our residents were touring the High Plains,” says Lindsay Grannan, director of marketing and sales at Carillon. “So of course we wanted to make it happen!”
by Carillon resident Lucia McBrayer
For a time, I’m transported to years long past. I have taken a large box from the top shelf of my closet, a box I haven’t looked through in years, a box of family treasures. In my mind, I envision the hardships of generations past. Written on the outside of the box in large black letters is “Whitney.” As I open it and begin to see the goldmine of history stored inside, I sense how very rich I am.
There is a family tree tracing the Whitney family back to the 17th century. In the records I find evidence of one of my ancestors serving as a private in the New Hampshire unit in the Revolutionary War.
While baseball teams around the country were gearing up for their upcoming season, Carillon was doing a little spring training of their own. Carillon is the official retirement community of Texas Tech Athletics, after all.
“We have commercials for football and basketball season, so we decided to have some fun with baseball season, too,” Lindsay Grannan, Carillon’s director of marketing and sales, says. “These commercial shoots are always a lot of fun to plan, and our residents and staff have a great time getting out there and getting into the spirit of the game.”
Founded in 1995, the I’m Still Here Foundation’s mission is to develop and evaluate innovative non-pharmacological approaches to help people with cognitive challenges. For the last decade, it has focused on creating and implementing inclusive, community-based arts and culture programming.
“Carillon is proud to offer the ‘I’m Still Here™’ memory care program, and we’re the only ‘I’m Still Here Center of Excellence™’ in Texas,” says Lindsay Grannan, director of marketing and sales at Carillon. “We’ve seen first-hand how positive relationships flourish with improved communication. This groundbreaking program gives the people of West Texas who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia practical ways to grow and thrive.”
On Valentine’s Day, Carillon went all out and hosted a free screening of “The Age of Love” at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Lauded by the Huffington Post as “touching and funny” and “full of vulnerability and frankness,” the film previewed at the AARP National Expo in Boston and was awarded a Fledgling Fund grant for its potential to change American culture. And in fact, “The Age of Love” has spurred a social movement, bashing stereotypes and empowering older singles to seek new companionship.
We kicked off 2017 by asking a few of our staff and residents about the Carillon Commitment, eight statements that help guide our daily interactions with one another:
- I will greet everyone by name and with a smile.
- I will treat everyone with respect.
- I will pay attention to details.
- I will hold myself accountable and be an example.
- I will accommodate the needs of others.
- We are all equally important.
- We are ladies and gentlemen.
- We ask, “Is there anything else I can do for you?”
To some, these guidelines may seem trivial, but to us they serve as important reminders about what helps make a community truly wonderful. From administration and maintenance to dining services and residents, following is a sampling of what people had to say about the Carillon Commitment.
What does the Carillon Commitment mean to you?
Guest post by Carillon resident Fred Wagner
The Christmas season of 1936 was a most unusual one for me; not good or bad just unusual. The story needs to start with some preliminary information. My mother and dad were interested in buying and moving to a farm. My dad had worked on a farm with his family as a young man but mother had never lived on a farm although her grandparents had. In any case they were interested in moving to a farm and they did quite a bit of research over a couple of years. I remember them reading articles in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about the development of the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. They seemed to be interested. At another time they were interested in some of the development around Hereford. In 1935 or 36 I remember a day trip to near Stephenville to look at a farm. I don’t know when they visited it but they finally bought a160 acre place close to Azle, Texas in October of 1936. Thus our future was set.
The holidays mean different things to different people, but for most of us, they are very much about spending time with our family. While the holidays can be a wonderful time, they can also be a difficult or stressful time—especially if you have aging family members who are beginning to have trouble living independently, or who are becoming increasingly lonely. But there are a few ways we can make the holidays, and the months that follow, a joyful time for all.
Taken from A Place For Mom, we believe the following CHEER plan can help you make the most of your time with aging family members, and we guarantee you will leave them feeling loved! CHEER stands for:
It’s the time of year when we enjoy gathering with our loved ones and giving thanks. And November 29 is the perfect opportunity to give back to our community by supporting your favorite nonprofits on #GivingTuesday!
If you’re wondering what #GivingTuesday is all about, don’t worry: You’re not alone. It was founded in 2012 by 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York. Since then it’s been celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on holiday and end-of-year giving.
In 1983, a time when fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s, former president Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Today, the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s has reached nearly 5.4 million.
That’s why, for the month of November, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people to “Go Purple with a Purpose.” But at Carillon we’ve already been busy raising funds to support our local West Texas Chapter through a series of annual events—the Alzheimer’s Walk, a silent auction and the ever-popular spaghetti lunch. In all, the events raised $6811.