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Sioux Falls Senior Living Community to Produce Fourth Annual Intergenerational Play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 11, 2018) – The Inn on Westport is partnering for the fourth year with the internationally-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp, July 23-28. This year’s play, “King Arthur’s Quest,” will have performances on Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Casting for “King Arthur’s Quest” will include students from the community six years of age and older, as well as senior residents from The Inn on Westport. Together, The Inn on Westport and Missoula Children’s Theatre will transcend cultural barriers between the young and young at heart by actively engaging in the arts. Participating in theatre helps to develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships.

WHEN

REGISTRATION FOR AUDITIONS
Monday, July 23
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS
Monday, July 23
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

REHERSALS (media invited)
July 23 – 27
Session 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session 2, 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

PERFORMANCES (media invited)
Friday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with the Missoula Children’s Theatre to bring creativity, camaraderie, and interpersonal communication skills,” said Kyrsten Fokken, Executive Director at The Inn on Westport. “Not only are multiple generations coming together for a good cause, but often times we see long-lasting friendships being created. It’s truly remarkable to witness.”

The intergenerational summer theatre camp experience is being made possible by The Inn on Westport’s Ages Entwined® program, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and offers opportunities for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing.

Tickets: Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Show Synopsis:
Conceived and Written by Michael McGill
Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill

King Arthur, of legend and song, strode across Medieval England with courage and confidence…or did he? What if the troubles of his kingdom threatened to overwhelm him? Watch the Damsels in Distress sound the warning of trouble. Witness the Lady of the Lake as she produces the sword in the stone. Hide with the Camelotians when the Ghost of Arthur’s father visits the castle. See the Giant tower over the questing knights. Cheer for the King when he makes friends with the terrible dragon. Listen in as Morgan le Fey and Mordred propose a better plan. Join the Knights and Squires of the Round Table as they try to do the right thing. Hope for the best outcome as your favorite characters of Camelot – Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Taleisin, The Raven, and Lancelot wrestle with the challenges faced by their people. Follow the original twist on this familiar story as it weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises!

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The Inn on Westport Joins Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dec. 15, 2017) — The Inn on Westport has recently announced that it has become a member of the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network (SPCN). By participating in this network, The Inn on Westport staff members receive training and support to maximize quality of life for individuals, care partners and families living with Parkinson’s disease.

Staff member, Lisa Howard, was trained as a Site Champion, and she will share her knowledge and skills with other staff members at The Inn on Westport.

According to Howard, “The training and support we’ve received from the SPCN has really empowered and energized our staff.”

The Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network is affiliated with the Struthers Parkinson’s Center, which is designated a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

For more information about The Inn on Westport, contact Lisa Howard at lisa.howard@innonwestport.org or 605-362-1210.

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Sioux Falls Senior Living Community to Produce Third Annual Intergenerational Play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (July 21, 2017) – The Inn on Westport is partnering for the third annual year with the internationally-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) to host a one-week multi-generational summer theatre camp, July 24-31. This year’s play, “Treasure Island,” will have performances on Fri., July 28 at 6:30 p.m. and Sat., July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Casting for “Treasure Island” will include school age students from the community entering ages six and older, as well as senior residents from The Inn on Westport. Together, The Inn on Westport and Missoula Children’s Theatre will transcend cultural barriers between the young and young at heart by actively engaging them in the arts. Participating in theatre helps to develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships.

When

REGISTRATION FOR AUDITIONS
Mon., July 24, 12:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS

Mon., July 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

REHEARSALS

Mon., July 24, 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tues. – Fri., July 25 – 28, 1:00 – 3:00 and 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

PERFORMANCES

Fri., July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Sat., July 29 at 2:00 p.m.

“We are excited to join forces again with Missoula Children’s Theatre for this special experience,” said Kyrsten Fokken, executive director at The Inn on Westport. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen that both generations really benefit from creating new relationships with each other.”

The intergenerational summer theatre camp experience is being made possible by The Inn on Westport’s Ages Entwined program, which helps bring generations together to create meaningful interactions, and offers opportunities for sharing wisdom, mentoring and socializing.

Tickets: Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the South Dakota Parkinson’s Foundation.

Show Synopsis: Treasure Island is an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his mother and six sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Revolution is in its last days. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. While waiting tables in the family Inn, Jim finds a treasure map and, with the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, sails uncharted seas with only the ragged map and a flock of Gulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s Ruffian friends say farewell to their Village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) Pirate types. Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending. Then – at last – the treasure is found and hand in hand we’re homeward bound.

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KELOLAND News Shares Meldon’s Journey with Parkinson’s Disease

Meldon is fighting against Parkinson’s disease through Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for individuals living with Parkinson’s.

There are an estimated 3,000 people in South Dakota living with PD, according to the South Dakota Parkinson’s Association. PD is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that touches nearly one million people in the United States alone. While a cure has yet to be found, there are several ways to treat and slow the effects. Recent studies suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective”, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB uses the focused movements of boxing to help improve the coordination, strength and balance of persons with PD. Workouts are designed for people of all ages and abilities, and can include punching, stretching, jumping and jogging.

View the full article here.

Photo credit: Brheanna Berry, Health Beat Reporter, KELOLAND News

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KSFY-TV Visits our Rock Steady Boxing Gym

The Inn on Westport is thrilled to announce Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This is the first RSB affiliate program in the state of South Dakota and one of only a few in the nation offering a dedicated space within an assisted living community.

Vanessa from KSFY stopped by our gym to chat with Program Director, Lisa Howard, and Executive Director, Kyrsten Fokken!

 

 

 

 

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Announcing Donna King’s New Role at The Inn on Westport

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 3, 2017) — The Inn on Westport is excited to announce that Donna King is stepping into a new role as community relations ambassador. Donna King led the senior living community as executive director since 1996 until she retired in January.

“It has been an honor to be the executive director of The Inn on Westport since its opening 20 years ago,” said Donna King, Executive Director. “I am proud to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of our beloved seniors here in Sioux Falls at The Inn on Westport.”

Donna is an incredibly inspirational figure not only to her longtime staff, but also to the many senior residents and their families in Sioux Falls who she served in her tenure.

Kyrsten Fokken transitioned into the executive director role in January. She began working at The Inn on Westport in 2004 as director of community outreach. In early 2016, Kyrsten began working alongside Donna King for a one-year administrator-in-training position. Kyrsten and Donna report they are pleased to have this new opportunity to continue their collaboration.

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Announcing Sioux Falls’ First Rock Steady Boxing Studio for Parkinson’s Opening at The Inn on Westport

An empowering program to battle Parkinson’s disease 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (March 31, 2017) — The Inn on Westport is thrilled to announce Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This is the first RSB affiliate program in the state of South Dakota and one of only a few in the nation offering a dedicated space within an assisted living community. The Inn on Westport designed and created the 770 square foot studio specifically for the program.

Classes Begin
Week of April 24th (dates & times TBD)

Grand Opening
Open to public
Thurs., May 18 (time TBD)

The Inn on Westport’s RSB Program Director, Lisa Howard, has spent the last 20 years as Director of Active Generations, developing programs in Sioux Falls for older adults to help them remain active and healthy. She is excited to bring the RSB program to the entire Sioux region and state of South Dakota.

There are an estimated 3,000 people in South Dakota living with PD, according to the South Dakota Parkinson’s Association. PD is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that touches nearly one million people in the United States alone. While a cure has yet to be found, there are several ways to treat and slow the effects. Recent studies suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective”, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB uses the focused movements of boxing to help improve the coordination, strength and balance of persons with PD. Workouts are designed for people of all ages and abilities, and can include punching, stretching, jumping and jogging.

The Goodman Group, managing company of The Inn on Westport and national leader in senior living & health care, opened its first RSB gym in Largo, Fla., in 2016. It has had tremendous success in improving the lives of individuals with PD.

The RSB method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, the first Training Camp was launched to share the RSB Method with others who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are over 90 affiliates across the United States.

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Celebrating Donna King’s 20 Year Contributions to The Inn on Westport

Donna King has led The Inn on Westport as Executive Director since 1996. She is an incredibly inspirational leader– and friend – not only to her longtime staff, but also to the many senior residents and families in Sioux Falls who she has served in her tenure. As Kysten Fokken takes on the Executive Director role, we are excited to share that Donna will continue in nurturing community relations and outreach. Kyrsten Fokken began working at The Inn on Westport in 2004 as Director of Community Outreach. In January, 2016, Kyrsten transitioned to the Administrator in Training role.

We’re excited that she will remain closely affiliated with The Inn on Westport in nurturing community relations and outreach.

“It has been an honor to be the Executive Director of The Inn on Westport since its opening 20 years ago,” said Donna. “We’ve worked very hard to modernize our programs to meet and exceed the evolved expectations our residents and their families, and we’re constantly looking to innovate with new programming and offerings. We are rightfully proud of our past, but even more excited about our future.”

Watch KDLT-TV’s coverage of Donna’s Retirement Reception here.

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Lorie Line Greets Inn on Westport Residents After Concert

It was a winter wonderland in Sioux Falls on December 16, when performing artist Lorie Line made a point of honoring six residents of The Inn on Westport with a special backstage visit following an outstanding performance! Line, classically trained concert pianist, composer, performer and Minnesota Music Hall of Famer, is celebrating her 27th year of touring the nation with her annual Christmas show.

Line’s connection to The Inn on Westport is meaningful. Line was a personal friend of John B. Goodman. Line graciously gifted the special guests with backstage passes in honor of her late friend. In return, the group presented Line with long-stemmed roses and a personalized Christmas card.

Read more about this from the Argus Leader, here.

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The Inn on Westport’s “Aladdin” Intergenerational Performance a Hit!

The Inn on Westport partnered with the world-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre to host its second annual multi-generational summer theatre camp. The one-week residency resulted in two performances of “Aladdin.” Casting included school age students from the community entering first through 12th grade and older adult residents from the senior living community. This is a partnership made possible through The Inn on Westport’s Ages Entwined program, which fosters creativity and brings generations together on a regular basis.

Together, The Inn on Westport and Missoula Children’s Theatre strived to transcend cultural barriers between the young and young at heart by actively engaging them in the arts. Participating in theatre helps to develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships.

Argus Leader article, “Intergenerational performance bridges gaps, creates relationships

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KDLT-TV

 

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