Posts by: Amy Lampert

December 17, 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 […]

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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 […]

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September 28, 2018

It’s Official – We are a Great Place to Work

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 Vriendschap Village. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over 5,800 thriving associates […]

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August 23, 2018

Fall 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 20 different classes with everything from Sports Trivia to Flower Arranging to Marion County History to Intergenerational Tea Party and even Carmel Apple Making and Decorating, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

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May 4, 2018

Summer 2018 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 20 different classes with everything from May Day Basket Making to Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to Intergenerational Tea Party to Flying Stories and even Patriotic Craft Projects, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

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January 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Intergenerational Art Classes to Making Homemade Greeting and Valentine’s Cards to Lost Towns of Marion County to Bee Keeping and Honey Harvesting and even The Thrill of Flight, we are sure […]

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December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

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 […]

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September 7, 2017

Knowledge is Power and We’re Here to Help

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. […]

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September 1, 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 20 different classes with everything from Watercolor Painting to Fall Craft Making to Essential Oils to Gingerbread House Making and Decorating and even Grape Growing and Harvesting, we are sure you will find something to pique […]

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August 23, 2017

Vriendschap Village Receives Deficiency-Free Score

The Department of Inspections and Appeals conducts the survey every other year, with the most recent survey on Vriendschap done this year. With three consecutive perfect scores, Vriendschap has been deficiency free for six years! The Pella Chronicle published an article on August 4th about our success, to read the full article please click here. “We […]

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August 22, 2017

SeniorAdvisor Review – Convenient Location & Welcoming Staff

This community was a good choice for us. The location is convenient for us to get too so we can visit. My mom likes being here she has settled into her apartment very nicely she has enough space so that she is comfortable. The other residents and staff are very welcoming and friendly. Everything seems […]

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July 26, 2017

Thrive Dining™: What sounds good to eat?

Watermark was recently featured on Senior Housing News in the article Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care published on July 25th, 2017. To view the article, please click here. Unintentional weight loss and unhealthy meals like chicken nuggets, fish sticks and French fries, all lacking any nutritional value, are a thing of the past. […]

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May 4, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 25 different classes with everything from 3D Puzzles to Smart Phones and You to Patriotic Wreath Making to Cognitive Stimulation Talk and even Laughter Yoga, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

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January 30, 2017

SeniorAdvisor Review – Good Care and Value

We are very happy with this community. The staff is very caring and attentive. The community is clean and maintained. They have a nice variety of good meals that are very appealing. The calendar has a lot of activities. We would recommend the community for the good care and value to others families.

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January 13, 2017

Vriendschap Village Residents Share New Year’s Resolutions

In an article recently featured in The Pella Chronicle, published on December 30th, 2017, residents from Vriendschap Village picked resolutions for the upcoming year. Check out the article by clicking here. With New Year’s resolutions ranging from health and exercise to mastering the computer, Lori Gerrard, Executive Director for Vriendschap Village, shared one of her own […]

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December 19, 2016

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 almost 30 different classes with everything from Smart Phones and You to Quilting Club to Art Class to Homemade Greeting and Valentine’s Cards and even Hymn Singing, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While […]

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November 22, 2016

Bon Appétit with Thrive Dining™

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 quality, freshly prepared gourmet menu items, transformed into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals. Watermark Chefs start by using the Grind Dining “patent-pending” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 27, 2016

Life Lessons Learned by Veterans

An article was recently featured in The Town Crier News, published on October 25th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. For those of us who have never served in the military, it’s hard to fathom the experience. We asked veterans living at Vriendschap Village to share the life lessons they learned and […]

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October 3, 2016

Caring.com Review – Spacious Apartments

We really liked Vriendschap Village, and it’s a newer facility. It’s in very nice shape, so it’s pretty nice. My mother-in-law liked it. The rooms are nice, and the living room is pretty big and had one fairly large bedroom and a nice-sized, eat-in kitchen where you could have a little table; my mother-in-law really […]

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September 13, 2016

Fall 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Laughter Club to Fall Craft Making to Bee Keeping and Honey Harvesting to Ladies Wii Bowling and even Quilting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

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July 11, 2016

We Need Your Vote – Environments for Aging Competition

Hello everyone, We would really appreciate your support. Please take a moment to click here to cast your vote. Please note: Voting closes on July 22nd. You must vote for three projects – be sure Vriendschap Village is one of your three votes. Feel free to note in the comment box that it was your top pick […]

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June 8, 2016

Experienced Iowa Fathers Share Sage Advice

Everyday, men across Iowa, the U.S. and the world become dads. We asked Iowa dads that have a lifetime of experience what the most important advice they would share. Below are our favorite tidbits from some of the fathers at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail, The Village at Legacy Pointe, Vintage Hills of Indianola and […]

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May 23, 2016

Summer 2016 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 10 different classes with everything from Beginning Sign Language to Facebook Made Easy to Barbershop Woodshedding to Chair Yoga and even Grape Growing and Harvesting, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

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May 13, 2016

Resident Julia Kamerick Turns 108!

Resident Julia Kamerick will turn 108 years young on May 19th. She plans to celebrate with the other May birthdays at Vriendschap Village as well as at an additional party planed by her nephew’s wife. When asked what was the secret to living such a long life, Kamerick replied that she did not know why she […]

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March 9, 2016

We Do Memory Care Differently

Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care […]

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December 16, 2015

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 […]

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August 28, 2015

Fall 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 10 different classes with everything from Armchair Travelogue to Alaska to Pumpkin Pie 101 to Love of Nature and even How to Crochet, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

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June 16, 2015

Summer 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

Welcome to the first edition of our Watermark University catalog. With almost 10 different classes with everything from Wine & Canvas to Animal Care to Tricks to Downsize and Declutter and even How to Make Egg Rolls, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

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February 13, 2015

Couple Offers Advice After 70 Years of Marriage

Elfrieda and Kermit DeHaai, residents of Vriendschap Village in Pella, IA had some interesting things to say about life and love when WHO-TV sat down with them yesterday. The following article was published on www.whotv.com on Thursday, February 12th, 2015. To view video of the interview with the residents and to read the full article, please click here. […]

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October 23, 2014

In Depth with KNIA/KRLS Radio – Life at Vriendschap Village

At Vriendschap Village, you’ll discover a truly extraordinary community.

The following podcast was featured on kniakrls.com, posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014. Click here to listen as Dr. Bob Leonard goes “In Depth” with Ward Phillips and Debbie Kissinger from Vriendschap Village in Pella.   How’s life in a local retirement community? Dr. Bob Leonard from KNIA/KRLS Radio as well as Ward Phillips and Debbie Kissinger from […]

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October 2, 2014

October Activities Calendars are here!

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 activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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August 22, 2014

Activities, Activities, Activities – September Activities Calendars are here!

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 activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. Check out The Town Center Activities Calendar. Check out The Inn Activities Calendar. Check out The Gardens Activities Calendar.

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May 7, 2014

It’s Tulip Time in Pella

One of the most exciting times of the year is the Annual Tulip Festival. May 1st – 3rd welcomes a series of festivities that awaken all of your senses. This year was the 79th anniversary of this vibrant festival and was just as great as all the others that preceded it. Vriendschap Village residents made their […]

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May 6, 2014

Ten Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Not even sure what questions to ask? Take a look at this article from the Alzheimer’s Association on the Ten Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association and their website www.alz.org is an invaluable resource for anybody with questions about memory related disease. Vriendschap Village’s Memory Care program affords 7 individuals a secure lifestyle […]

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May 5, 2014

Resident Kermit DeHaai – Indian Artifact Collector

The below article is featured on Pella Chronicle.com, posted on Wednesday, March, 12th, 2014. Click here for the original article published in the Pella Chronicle. Vriendschap Village Resident Shares Collection Hobby What do you collect? A collection hobby can be of anything. Comic books, glass figurines, or even old toys you played with as a child. If […]

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