Category: Life at The Fountains at Franklin

August 23, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 40 different classes with everything from Aromatherapy to Internet 101 to Armchair Travel to Music Appreciation and even Decorating Desserts, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

July 10, 2017

Independence Day Barbeque

This past week, the community stepped outside and enjoyed some fun in the sun and fresh air out at the gazebo. We enjoyed great conversations while we inhaled the sweet aroma of barbeque into our lungs and ingested the flavorful offerings into our bodies. We hope that you enjoyed your holiday just as much as we did.

May 10, 2017

In-House Tea Party Fun

This afternoon, we treated some of our residents to an elegant tea party, fit for a queen! Residents enjoyed a variety of teas and had lemon and vanilla cookies for dessert – yum! Afterwards, we did some tea trivia and puzzles to test our tea knowledge and learn something new. All in all, we had a […]

March 30, 2017

Easter Pin Craft Class

We sprung into spring today with a festive “Creative Crafts” class, led by our Community Life Assistant, Emma Schultz. Our Assisted Living residents were able to personalize their cute Easter Bunny Pins with various paint colors and a splash of glitter, just in time for next month’s Easter holiday! We even played some festive jazz […]

March 30, 2017

Trinket Boxes

We decorated Trinket Boxes using paint and gemmed ribbon. We had a great time creating such glamorous boxes with using very few supplies. It was a quick and easy, fun and creative way to decorate a box! Everyone loved their Trinket Box!

February 24, 2017

Detailed Designs

Detailed Designs is a Watermark University class held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month. Sometimes all it takes is a word or two to lift your spirits, whether it’s from a friend or just a saying you stumble across. Detailed Designs is full of short but sweet inspiring messages woven into gorgeous […]

February 16, 2017

Assisted Living Residents Love the Literary Hour Volunteers Program

We like to give back here at The Fountains, and one of the many ways we do it is by helping people in our own community. Every month, our Assisted Living residents read to residents in The Gardens and Terrace, during our Literary Hour volunteer activity. We make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy […]

January 6, 2017

Spring 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 40 different classes with everything from African-American Poetry to Planting an Herb Garden to Decorating Desserts to Fitness Fun and even Cocktails with Chef, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing […]

January 3, 2017

Having Fun this Holiday Season

Here at The Fountains at Franklin, we love Christmas and all the fun that comes along with it. This December we savored the season by singing Christmas carols, decorating our trees, reading the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible, learning how Christmas is celebrated around the world, as well as a variety of Christmas crafts. […]

November 28, 2016

A Special “Happy Hour”

Today was an extremely special Friday. Normally we have outside entertainment perform, but today we decided to try something different. We enjoyed musical selections from two very special residents and also family, friends and staff participation. Robert McKenzie (vocals) and Ray Lee (bongo’s)  put together an extravagant performance for all to enjoy. Family and friends also came to support and show […]

November 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2017 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. In addition, we hope you’ll enjoy our online gallery featuring all the wonderful submissions we received this year from artists […]

November 15, 2016

Cheryl Naftel Receives National Award

Cheryl Naftel, The Fountains at Franklin’s Director of Dining, earned top honors in October when Morrison executives recognized her individually before a packed auditorium for enriching lives of seniors everyday. Cheryl accepted the “Living the Purpose” award at Morrison’s “Be a Star” celebration which was attended by Morrison executives in Orlando, Florida. This award compliments Cheryl […]

November 14, 2016

Fountains Family and Friends Holiday Feast

This past Sunday, The Fountains at Franklin enjoyed their third annual “Family and Friends Holiday Feast”. Memory Care Director Maria Blaylock, Community Life Assistant Deshina Carruthers and Morrison’s Chef Austin Jackson put together a beautiful event for the residents and family members to enjoy with their loved ones. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and […]

November 11, 2016

Tea Party

Every semester, Memory Care Director Maria Blaylock organizes her annual tea party for The Fountains at Franklin. This semester we enjoyed a wide variety of tea’s, assorted treats and conversation. Stay tuned for the upcoming dates for future tea parties.

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]

November 7, 2016

Happy Hour Celebrating Two Wonderful Residents

This past Friday, The Fountains at Franklin celebrated a few special events. Joan Bell received an amazing award for her beautiful watercolor painting “Lillies”. It was awarded a feature spot for July in “Expressions 2017″ which is Watermark’s award-winning calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Out of hundreds of submissions from resident artists at […]

November 4, 2016

Spontaneous Circles

Spontaneous Circles is a Watermark University class here at The Fountains. Residents are using the shape of a circle to make a unique piece of art. The residents are given a variety of circle shaped objects and told to trace them with colored pencils, paint, or crayons. Residents enjoyed turning simple circles into creative art.

October 17, 2016

Whimsical Lettering Class

Look at your own writing and you’ll see that it has a distinct look; it shows your personality. Combined with various creative techniques, your handwriting can be transformed and recognized as how you show yourself to the world in visual form. The Whimsical Lettering class is offered weekly to residents and staff. Everyone who attends […]

October 14, 2016

Happy Hour Celebration for Mr. & Mrs. McKenzie’s 27th Wedding Anniversary

This past Friday two of our residents celebrated 27 years of marriage. Mr. McKenzie sang a song to his wife in honor of the love they have shared throughout the years. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie on a blissful twenty-seven years down and a lifetime to go from everyone here at The Fountains at Franklin!

October 13, 2016

Celebrating Autumn with an “Indian Corn Pin” Craft

Our Assisted Living residents were treated to a special guest today, craft instructor Maggie Schultz. Mrs. Schultz has been working at The Fountains for over a decade now, helping residents create extraordinary jewelry, cards and decorations. A lot of our residents know her from her monthly craft class, and were thrilled to have her with […]

October 13, 2016

Karaoke with Sandra

Karaoke is a monthly Watermark University class taught by Sandra. The residents and staff come together to sing some of their favorite songs. No matter if you are a beginner singer or intermediate, do not be shy, it is all about the fun and enjoyment. Come join us every second Tuesday of the month in the […]

September 22, 2016

A Super Amazing September Birthday Party

Our Assisted Living residents enjoyed a fun, festive afternoon yesterday when we held our monthly birthday party for September. We enjoyed special birthday cupcakes, topped with confetti and frosting, as well as punch, balloons and puzzles! The residents that came also made sure to sing “Happy Birthday” individually to each resident that had a birthday this month, to […]

July 18, 2016

Crafty Crafters

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress. We celebrated by putting our hands to work and creating a red, white and blue three dimensional star.

July 7, 2016

Armchair Travels: The Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum

Our Assisted Living Director shared a little American history with our residents recently. As a Baltimorean, Dorothy Burgess shared photos from her recent visit back home. The photos included the Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum, as well as the home of Mary Pickersgill where she sewed the Star Spangled Banner. The flag was thirty […]

May 22, 2016

Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society at The Fountains at Franklin is a little over a year old and a half old now. The chapter started with about ten members and has grown to over twenty-five. The group is very active and one of the highlights of a thriving community here at The Fountains. The group meets […]

May 22, 2016

Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

We’re thrilled to introduce our 15th edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Complimentary copies of this beautiful, full-color wall calendar are available while they last at every Watermark community. Also, for the first time, we’re pleased to have published an online gallery featuring all the artwork. We’re delighted we […]

May 19, 2016

How to Make a Perfect Burger

Thanks to the Watermark University class “The Perfect Burger,” the residents who attended now know how to prepare and grill the perfect burger. Our Maintenance Team, John Felk, Michael Schornak and Jimmy Moore, demonstrated their cooking technique and also discussed proper food handling. Residents were able to enjoy well seasoned, juicy burgers for lunch. The […]

May 19, 2016

Operation Gratitude – Letters of Appreciation to Military Service Members

We recently began writing letters to those in military service as a way to reach out to those who are serving our country. Through Operation Gratitude, an organization that delivers letters to our troops, we’ve learned one of the most cherished items they receive are the personal letters of appreciation. We want all of our […]

May 16, 2016

Black History Month Celebration with Special Guest Naomi Long Madgett

One of the highlights of our celebration of Black History Month was the poetry reading featuring Naomi Long Madgett. Mrs. Madgett was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit by Mayor Dennis Archer in 2001. She has authored 10 volumes of poetry, an autobiography and is the editor of two poetry anthologies. We are […]