Posts by: Catherine Smit

June 15, 2017

Creating Paint from Vegetables

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Today, residents of The Inn created watercolor paint using spinach, blueberries, purple carrots and turmeric. Not only did they smell amazing, they brought vibrant colors! Cat from Community Life has a passion for making items using natural products and for a Watermark University class, taught our residents how our ancestors used to make beautiful colors. […]

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June 8, 2017

A Beautiful Day for Music

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The Award Winning Silver Steel Band is a steel drum band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios came to The Watermark 3030 Park on Saturday for a beautiful outdoor concert! You can find Silver Steel playing many of your favorite Caribbean favorites as well as Soca and Calypso […]

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April 3, 2017

Spa Time

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Pictured is one of our amazing nurses Monica, working on manicures in The Gardens neighborhood.

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April 3, 2017

Bowling at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl

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Residents of the Health Center enjoyed an outing at Uncle Bucks Fishbowl. Uncle Buck’s has an aquarium like set up for bowling and is great fun for a Thursday afternoon! There we also tried the food craze of fried pickles!

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March 20, 2017

Painting Instruction

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Residents of The Inn and Gardens enjoyed a step-by-step instruction based painting class hosted by the Giggling Pig. This lesson was painting a dandelion blowing in the breeze and residents got to take these paintings back home with them. Giggling Pig will be back on May 17th at 3:00pm in the Health Center.

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March 20, 2017

Cheesecake Factory Outing

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Residents of the Health Center went on a wonderful outing to the Cheesecake Factory (a favorite at our community). We enjoyed pineapple chicken & shrimp, burgers, shrimp scampi as well as spaghetti and meatballs! Our next few outings include, Pez Factory Tour, Bowling, Maritime Aquarium, and the Blue Spruce Farm.  

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March 20, 2017

A Visit with Garrett

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Our tiny human Garrett stopped by for some love and cuddles! Cat from Community Life is the mother of Garrett. He was born on December 26th of last year. Garrett has been the topic of many discussions as of late and residents have been waiting anxiously to see him in person! Many of our residents love […]

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February 15, 2017

Watercolors with Clare

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Our very own Art Therapist, Clare Chapman, teaches residents in our Gardens neighborhood an art class each Monday. Today was filled with vibrant watercolors. Residents copied their own take on images of flowers and birds with beautiful bright colors.

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December 19, 2016

Winter Wonderland with BuildOn

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On Friday our Auditorium was filled with singing, dancing and joy from over 20 students from buildOn, all here to entertain our residents! Pictured is Moses playing the piano, Moses comes to the Inn every Friday to participate in our buildOn volunteer program with our Health Center residents. After all the fun, the residents and […]

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December 15, 2016

Radio City Music Hall – Extreme Outing

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Residents of our Health Center enjoyed Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes Christmas Spectacular last Thursday for one of our extreme outings of the year. One of our residents had a dream to be a Rockette and to see their show in real life, and was so excited to hear that she would be able to […]

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December 7, 2016

Trimming the Tree

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Residents of our health center single handedly decorated all three of the Christmas trees in The Gardens, The Inn and The Springs lounges. Stop by and take a look, they came out beautiful!

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December 7, 2016

Caroling with Girl Scouts

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Residents of our health center received a great treat from the Girl Scouts from Stratfield. The girls brought their best singing voices to carol with our residents, and handed out Christmas ornaments to hang from our trees. It was a great way to end a Friday!

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November 11, 2016

Thanking Our Veterans

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At 2:00pm today on the 2nd floor Rotunda we will be honoring our residents who served our country. Around the rotunda you will see pictures of residents as they are today or during their time of service. It’s an honor to be able to thank these residents for the sacrifices they have made. Pictured: Just […]

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November 8, 2016

Extraordinary Outing – 911 Memorial Museum

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Residents of our Town Center went out bright and early yesterday morning to visit the National September 11 Memorial, a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,00 people killed in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, PA, and at the Pentagon as well as […]

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November 7, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art Outing in NYC

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Residents of Town Center enjoyed a beautiful cool but sunny day in NYC to visit The Met. Exhibitions included – Jerusalem 1000-1400 Every People Under Haven, Fragonard Drawing Triumphant, Valentin De Boulogne Beyond Caravaggio, Max Beckmann in New York as well as many other long running exhibitions. Upcoming museum outings include Yale University Art Gallery […]

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November 3, 2016

Thrive Dining™ Tasting A Success

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A Thrive Dining™ demo was held by our chefs to show a variety of ways food can be prepared, and still remain nutritious. Thrive Dining™ is a revolutionary dining program designed to restore the dignity and enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges. Thrive Dining™ features Watermark Communities’ Chef recipes and high […]

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November 1, 2016

Mad Libs with buildOn

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During our bi-weekly visits from student volunteers of buildOn, residents enjoyed making a mad lib and playing would you rather Halloween edition. The mad lib stories were shared with the group and a turkey dinner mad lib became a popular demand for next month! Every Wednesday and Friday, buildOn students volunteer and help run intergenerational […]

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November 1, 2016

Halloween at The Watermark

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The Watermark celebrated a safe and warm Halloween hosted by the residents and students of buildOn. Residents packed their bags of candy to hand out on Friday afternoon and distributed it on Saturday to all of the children that stopped by their apartments. A big thank-you to the buildOn students for helping and hosting Halloween Bingo in the Auditorium, and […]

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October 28, 2016

Partner Program Induction Ceremony

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On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016,  The Watermark 3030 Park held their first induction ceremony into the first level of the Partner Program. Eight associates who had been nominated, were chosen to enter the Partner Program as a Senior Level Associate. The supervisor of each associate did a brief bio and explanation as to why the associate […]

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October 28, 2016

Get Pinked! Bake Sale

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The Watermark residents and associates hosted a bake sale today to raise funds for St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound which supports Breast Cancer.

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October 28, 2016

New Britain Museum of American Art Outing

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Residents of The Town Center enjoyed a wonderful outing to the New Britain Museum of American Art with our Art Therapist and Community Life Associate, Clare Chapman. Inside they were able to view approximately 8,274 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, and illustrations by American Artists. Some works included noted illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and landscapes […]

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October 24, 2016

Halloween Prepping and Special Guest Entertainer Moses!

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This Friday, buildOn students visited our residents in the Health Center and helped out with a variety of programs. Some students helped with an exercise program in The Gardens. The rest helped the residents of The Springs make hidden message pumpkins to hand out for our Trick-or-Treating event on October 29th. For happy hour everyone […]

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October 19, 2016

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Outing

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Residents of our Health Center enjoyed an outing on a cold but beautiful day to look at fall foliage. They started their journey on at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a narrated round trip throughout the Connecticut River Valley. At Deep River Landing they were picked up by the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a cruise […]

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October 17, 2016

Autumn Wine Tasting

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Residents of the Inn enjoyed their monthly wine tasting on this beautiful autumn day! Samples of red, white, and blush wine were paired with fresh fruit and delectable cheeses. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy this beautiful Monday afternoon!

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October 11, 2016

Singing and Dancing with Mojo!

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During this cold day our residents warmed up with singing, dancing, and laughter with our entertainer Mojo! Mojo made sure every lady had a dance partner and let residents solo sing parts of their favorite songs! What a way to get ready for dinner!

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October 10, 2016

Apple Picking at Lyman Orchards

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What a beautiful day we had to pick apples, enjoy freshly baked cider donuts, and ice cold apple cider! Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut is celebrating their 275 year anniversary of their family owned orchard which covers more than 1,100 acres of land after starting with a mere 37 acre parcel in 1741. The company has […]

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September 26, 2016

Mandalas & Coffee

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Adult Coloring is a great way to relax and move into a meditative state. Benefits of coloring include: * Improved Moods * Promoting Socialization and Reminiscing * Stress Relief * Improvement of Hand-Eye Coordination * Promotes Mindfulness * Providing a Sense of Accomplishment Mandala Coloring is available throughout The Watermark on various days in the […]

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September 23, 2016

A Visit Back in Time

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Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts is a wonderful way to step back in time to early 19th-century rural Village. Costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm. Residents of The Inn and Gardens enjoyed visiting with historians, watching cows being milked, observing a blacksmith working on horse shoes, and visiting with the many horse […]

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September 21, 2016

Blue Spruce Farm Therapy Horses

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Here at The Watermark at 3030 Park, we have many avid animal lovers! Smaller animals are always coming to visit our residents. Whether it is a family member’s dog, therapy pups, or the curious creatures from Animal Embassy, we constantly have animal visitors. However, horses are a little tricky to get through our community’s doors, so […]

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September 21, 2016

Estia Greek Cuisine Visit

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Residents of the Health Center enjoyed a cultural lunch from Estia Authentic Greek Cuisine, in honor of our Ancient Greek Week. Residents enjoyed various dishes of their choice including Tzatziki, Hummus, Dolmadakia (handmade stuffed grapes leaves), Spanakopita (Feta cheese, and spinach layered between phyllo dough), and much, much more! According to the restaurant, Estia was the […]

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September 20, 2016

Moving to the Music

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Residents of The Gardens have been enjoying our new exercise scarves. How can it be exercise when we’re having so much fun?!

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September 12, 2016

Fired Up on the Go!

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Residents enjoyed their first lesson on ceramic painting from Fired Up on the Go!, a traveling instruction from Fired Up in Branford, CT. Fired Up on the Go! brings the ceramic class to our residents that may not want to travel for art instruction. All the supplies are brought in and Fired Up delivers their […]

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September 12, 2016

Lou is back at it!

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Lou has found another dance partner, Judy, one of our new caregivers! Here they are moving to his favorite dance the lindy!

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September 12, 2016

Animal Embassy

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Residents from The Inn, Springs and Gardens were able to experience feeding and interacting with some “Alien Invaders” from Animal Embassy. Animals from this included a Monk Parakeet, who should have been in Brazil, and came to live wild in Connecticut, as well as Cane Toads, a Green Iguana, a Red-eared Slider and a couple more furry […]

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September 12, 2016

Port Jefferson Ferry Outing

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The residents of The Inn, Gardens, and Springs enjoyed a Steamboat Ride on the Port Jefferson Ferry. As their website states “There’s nothing quite like being out on the open water, enjoying the fresh breeze on you face, the gentle sound of the birds above, the beauty of the blue sea and majesty of the […]

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September 6, 2016

Bottom’s Up

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Another hot day in August calls for popsicles and Bottom’s Up, a fun, easy and competitive card game!

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August 9, 2016

Beautiful August Stroll

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Walking with our friends is way more fun than walking alone! Our group enjoyed a lovely walk around our grounds this morning before the hot weather came. We relaxed in the shade before going back in for ice water and ice coffee!

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August 2, 2016

Mandala Coloring

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Residents enjoy a peaceful time of filling in Mandala pages and listening to one of the great composers, Verdi. Joining us is one of our volunteers from BuildOn, Hala, a student at Central High School who enjoys working with any art medium. We are so happy to have several BuildOn volunteers for the summer at […]

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July 25, 2016

Dancing to Frankie

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Impromptu dance parties are always the best! This morning, May and Lou decided morning stretch needed a little more pizzazz and showed off their dancing talents!

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July 13, 2016

Light Touch Hand Massage

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Every now and then our rough hands need some pampering. BuildOn Intern Simone helped give our residents hand massages with lotions filled with aloe for the men and lovely scents for our ladies. Pictured: Resident Walter enjoys a much needed hand massage. The smile says it all! Our residents enjoying every moment of it.

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July 13, 2016

A Day at the Races

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In the spirit of horse racing, residents enjoyed a fun game inspired by a day at the horse track. Each person rolls a dice to move their horse around the track with obstacles and tunnels. It is a fun game of chance! Thank you to our BuildOn interns Simone, Elizabeth and Jamie for helping out!

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June 28, 2016

Floral Arranging

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Residents had a wonderful time arranging the flowers that will be on display in their dining room this week!

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