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 […]
Category: Life at The Fountains at Bronson Place
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We all had a great time this New Year's Eve listening to country music and chowing down on popcorn, cold beer and other tasty delights. Check out some of the attire our residents donned to celebrate the theme and the occasion!
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Lots of happenings this fall at The Fountains at Bronson Place - take a look!
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 […]
Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on The Fountains at Bronson Place. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over […]
German beer and wine, hot apple cider, homemade soft baked pretzel bites from our kitchen, and fresh-baked ginger cookies made for a fabulous after dinner party this month in the Town Center. With the music going, we even got some to participate in the chicken dance (albeit none were brave enough to leave the table […]
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, […]
Check out our September 2018 Calendars where you will find exciting news and engaging new programs to help everyone celebrate Active Aging Week, Assisted Living Week, Oktoberfest and more!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 60 different classes with everything from Fascinating Facts About Birds to From Book to Film to Recipes from Grandma’s Kitchen to Music with the Munchkins and even Smart Phones 101, we are sure you will find […]
Join us for more summer fun in August at The Fountains at Bronson Place!
We've got some green thumbs in The Gardens. (No pun intended!) With the beautiful summer weather we enjoy getting out in our courtyard, and in early June we took it upon ourselves to get involved in adding some colorful touches with bright, cheerful annuals. Upon completion of our task, we were asked to pose for a […]
Check out our July happenings at The Fountains at Bronson Place.
This June we will be celebrating all of the lush vegetation and beautiful wildlife while spending as much time outdoors while we can! Take a look at what's in store for the month of June at The Fountains at Bronson Place.
Sometimes the best times we've had are with no planning at all. Take last week, for example, a family member stopped by for his weekly visit with his mother. Since she was busy with her caregivers, Larry popped into the lounge where residents were gathering for exercise class and asked if he could play the […]
May is well underway. Take a look at what's happening at The Fountains!
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 50 different classes with everything from Cultivate a Vegetable Garden to Easy Flow Yoga to Food for Thought to Encouraging Words Bible Study and even Introduction to the German Language, we are sure you will find something […]
There's plenty to do, both indoors and out, as we head into spring at The Fountains!
The 4th Annual Bronson's Got Talent variety show proved to be one for the books. And by variety, we mean a true potpourri of acts that had us laughing, ahhhing, clapping, singing along, and at one standing in unison! One of the many humorous events involved resident John Whitlock sharing a personal story as the […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We've got a month full of exciting classes and we are sure you will find something to pique your interest.
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.
Check out the wonderful happenings in February at our community. Hearts, roses, and all that jazz...
Our Town Center New Year's Eve committee came up with a rather wild idea for the annual New Year's Eve Party this year--we decided to go with a beach theme. What a blast we had, with great food, rum punch and live music by John Persico. Check out the photos and you'll see that everyone got […]
Check out the wonderful happenings in January at our community.
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 80 different classes with everything from Ghost Towns of the Midwest to WMU Prof Talks to The Silvertones to Music with the Munchkins and even Tai Chi, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]
Check out the wonderful happenings in December in our community.
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
Everyone got into the act this Halloween with seasonal activities and events for all to enjoy. Residents presented creative pumpkin designs for our annual pumpkin decorating contest, and some even dressed in costume for the big Boo Bash, which included food, drinks, and a special music program by Double Play Flute and Tuba Duo (Halloween […]
Our Veterans' Day program is a time honored tradition at The Fountains. Each year the Spiritual Life Committee hosts this special service to pay homage to those veterans that live in our community, as well as the family members who helped to support our veterans while they served. This year's program featured a presentation by […]
Check out the wonderful happenings in November in our community.
Our community hasn't been the same since the "munchkins" invaded last spring. One of our most popular Watermark University classes in 2017 has been Music with the Munchkins, an intergenerational program that combines two of the things our residents love most--music and babies! The class continues this fall, meeting on the third Saturday of each […]
The original operators of the Second Impressions thrift store and residents of The Fountains at Bronson Place, Ed and Marci Muller, knew exactly what to do when Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit. 4000 items of clothing from the store’s storage barn and 60 cases of Toilet Paper donated from Walmart were loaded on a semi and […]
Check out the wonderful happenings in October in our community.
The temperature was nothing we could have expected for the last day of summer, but temps in the mid-eighties couldn't stop us from having a great time! With a big country lunch buffet, and music by the Kathy Ford Band, we couldn't ask for a better way to segue into fall.
You never know what valuable lessons you'll learn by taking one of our Watermark University classes. Last month, Inn and Gardens Program Director, Sarita Alexander wowed us all by teaching us the ins and outs of productive couponing. Not only did she explain how to take full advantage of all of the coupons out there; […]
We were delighted last week to have several students from the International Student Exchange program from Western Michigan University pay a visit to us in the Town Center. Together, we and the students shared conversation and ice cream as we learned a little bit about each other. The students were only here for three weeks, […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
Check out the great programs coming your way this month, including several new Watermark University classes!