Category: Life at The Fountains at Bronson Place

May 10, 2019

Celebrating Mothers

As spring turns toward summer and Mother’s Day draws nearer, our thoughts turn to those who have nurtured, loved and supported us throughout our lives. Let’s take a moment to reflect, celebrate and remember with a look back on the women who have helped us become who we are today. We offer thanks to Paul […]

May 9, 2019

The Joy of Music

When the Portage Senior Band drops by to perform for us, the whole community finds itself having a grand time. During their most recent visit they had all of us clapping, singing and smiling ear to ear as we enjoyed musical selections from Broadway favorites to patriotic tunes. Our Gardens and Springs residents particularly loved […]

April 29, 2019

Talented Young Musicians Delight Residents in a Special Concert

The Kalamazoo Kids In Tune provided a beautiful concert for residents this month. Working hand in hand with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Public Schools, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra offers this innovative after-school orchestra and youth development program serving 1st - 9th grade students. The concert they presented was both challenging and engaging, […]

April 29, 2019

Summer 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

April 28, 2019

Life Storytellers Program Features Reminiscences of Life in France

One of our favorite ongoing Watermark University programs in the Town Center is the Life Storytellers program. Initiated by former resident, Mary Ida Hunt in 2016, this class has now featured dozens of our residents sharing stories from their lives. Recently, Monique Coyne shared a beautiful story of her life growing up in France. Through tales of […]

April 16, 2019

Young and Old Enjoy Hunting for Eggs at The Fountains at Bronson Place

On Sunday, April 13, Mother Nature gave the state of Michigan a break and blessed us with sunny weather for an Easter Egg Hunt in our courtyard. Hosted by the local Quota Club, (an organization dedicated to serving hearing impaired children), we stuffed nearly 800 plastic eggs with candy and hid (or rather distributed) them […]

March 12, 2019

Bronson’s Got Talent…And We’re Not Afraid To Show It!

Last month the residents and associates at The Fountains at Bronson Place showed off their talent in the fifth annual Bronson's Got Talent showcase. The acts ranged from corny jokes and farce from our host and Readers Theatre troupe, to instrumental and vocal numbers by both associates and residents. The highlight of the evening was […]

February 21, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

February 12, 2019

Soup-er Bowl Fun

More than 50 residents, along with some family members and friends came out for our annual Soup-er Bowl Party. Feasting on delicious soups and chili, plus sides and other snacks, the gang had a super time together watching the game on the big screen and enjoying some quality time in the warm comfort of our […]

February 11, 2019

Welcome Ken Dettloff, New Personal Trainer for The Fountains

The Fountains at Bronson Place is pleased to announce the newest addition to its programming staff. Personal Trainer, Ken Dettloff, has joined The Fountains as an on-site trainer and fitness instructor. In just two short weeks, Ken has made the fitness room the popular place to be! Residents have already begun participating in Ken's classes and setting […]

February 11, 2019

Resident Lunch & Learn – Justice for Our Neighbors

One of our most well-attended resident-led Watermark University classes lately has been our Resident Lunch & Learn. Featuring a free sloppy joe lunch for all, this program allows residents and outside speakers to present programs that inform, educate and sometimes entertain. This month's guest speaker was resident Molly Clements, who delivered an inspiring and informative […]

January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

January 29, 2019

New Resident Welcome Party

A great time was had by all as we welcomed six new residents/resident couples to The Fountains at our quarterly New Resident Welcome party. The event featured introductions and opportunities for residents who have moved in over the past four months to say a few words. Our team of floor representatives, directors and others enjoyed […]

January 28, 2019

Watermark University – Engage Your Passions and Sign Up for a Class Today!

Our Spring 2019 Watermark University program is off to a great start with some new and unique classes being held each month through April. In January, Community Life Associate Tania Kazanjian shared a tasty bit of her Armenian heritage by demonstrating the art of making Pakhlava. Another week featured a Winter Crafting class that inspired us […]

December 17, 2018

Residents & Associates Enjoy a Community-Wide Holiday Celebration Together

One of the greatest events of the year for all of our residents and associates is the annual Holiday Mixer. Residents enjoy getting a chance to mingle with associates who are happy to be dressed in their holiday best and available for casual conversation as all enjoy a delicious array of appetizers and desserts throughout […]

December 17, 2018

Silvertones Bring Holiday Cheer to The Fountains

The resident Silvertones chimes ensemble gave a lovely concert on December 12th in the Town Center Auditorium. Nearly 80 residents, family members and friends attended the concert--the sixth annual event for this dedicated group of musicians. The program consisted of both sacred and popular holiday tunes, and the mood was festive throughout. Thank you, Silvertones, […]

December 12, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

November 14, 2018

Halloween Fun!

Halloween was a blast this year at The Fountains campus. It began with delightful family events in The Inn and Gardens, where family members came in costume and enjoyed live music and (of course) candy treats with the residents. Then on Halloween Day more than 70 residents from the Town Center, Inn and Gardens dressed […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]

November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veterans' Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

October 17, 2018

WMU Occupational Therapy Students Interview Town Center Residents

What a treat we had this week as 30 students from the Occupational Therapy program at Western Michigan University met with us to learn more about the elder population before entering their careers. 16 of our residents participated in the event, which consisted of breaking up the group so that about 4 students could interview […]

October 17, 2018

Intergenerational Learning – Magical Moments with Children from the Kalamazoo Christian Academy

Residents of The Inn and Gardens have struck up a new partnership with students at Kalamazoo Christian Academy. On the first Friday of each month, beginning in October, students visit with residents to share what they are learning, as well as to learn about us! In October the kids brought in books to share as […]

October 4, 2018

Centenarian Featured at Resident Lunch & Learn Program

We keep telling our residents that you're never too old to become a Watermark University instructor. Town Center resident Mary Ida Hunt takes this philosophy seriously, as she showed us yesterday at our Resident Lunch & Learn Program. Mary Ida presented a program that was both informational and humorous in front of an audience of nearly […]

September 14, 2018

Farm Day at The Springs

The farm came to the residents at The Springs on Wednesday, September 12th. The residents enjoyed petting and feeding animals including bunnies, goats, a rooster and a chicken. Not only did we have animals, but we also had games such as bean bag toss and balloon volleyball. Staff assisted in playing games and petting animals, […]

February 8, 2018

Winter Pizza Party!

Due to the cold and snowy weather, we decided to warm things up in The Gardens with a Pizza Party! Who doesn't love pizza? In The Gardens, most of us love pizza! We ate pizza with different toppings and listened to Italian music. It's always a great time with the folks in The Gardens.