Author: The Prime Living Team

Fitness & Physical Therapy for Seniors at Your Doorstep!

Senior wellness is at the core of Prime West Knoxville’s vision, which is why we built our new community with active seniors in mind. Catch a game of pickleball with friends or enjoy a leisurely round of golf on the 18-hole putting green. For more traditional workouts, a hydrotherapy treadmill and 24-hour fitness center are readily available. What’s more, our professional physical therapy team from AGEILITY is ready to help new residents who need extra care and attention reach their full fitness potential.

Physical Therapy for Knoxville Seniors

Senior fitness expert John Wheeler has a clear goal for physical therapy services at Prime West Knoxville: to empower our independent living residents to maximize their strength, balance, and endurance. 

As Director of Personal Fitness and Training for AGEILITY Physical Therapy Solutions, John’s mission to ensure seniors from the Prime community have all the support they need regardless of their age or current fitness level.

John Wheeler, Director of
Personal Fitness and Training for
AGEILITY Physical Therapy Solutions

Prime’s AGEILITY clinic includes a rehabilitation director, several therapists, and a personal trainer. The team of licensed professionals help residents with a variety of age-related issues such as fall prevention, chronic and acute pain management and prevention, strength and flexibility training, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Seniors receive one-on-one treatments on-site at Prime West Knoxville to build their strength and endurance levels or join group workouts. 

Independent Living Designed with Health & Wellness in Mind

At Prime West Knoxville, we’ve built our community with fitness and wellness at the top of our minds. From the pickleball court and 18-hole putting green to the 24-hour fitness center and hydrotherapy treadmill, there are a number of ways for residents to get the physical activity they need to thrive. Schedule a tour today to see all our community has to offer active older adults.

Debra Maynard Participates in ICAA Forum

5 Trends for senior living in 2021 emerge during ICAA Forum

Debra Maynard, Prime Independent Living’s Director of Operations, joined industry thought leaders to develop a future-proofed model for a new, sustainable senior living community.

The extraordinary efforts made by the staff and leadership in senior living communities were successful in keeping many older adult residents safe and healthy. While the fundamental services offered in independent living, assisted living and memory care continued to be provided, by the end of 2020, leaders in senior living were imagining the optimal community that offers the lifestyle and services current residents desire, and the quality-of-life future residents will seek.

Debra was one of the 85 thought leaders at the International Council on Active Aging Forum in November 2020 who gathered to construct a philosophy and infrastructure that would enable senior living organizations to withstand future stresses that could impact operations. The mutual goal was constructing a resilient community.

Debra joined this forum to ensure that Prime Independent Living remains at the forefront of innovation and responsible business.

Five future-proof trends recap the major themes that will direct the next normal of senior living.

  1. Redefine the meaning of “community.” Repositioning the senior living community as an accessible neighborhood within the larger community provides sustainability by making it easier to expand services to older adults residing off the property, and to open on-property services and amenities to nonresidents. Providing affordable housing for staff and their families is an option that helps solve staffing challenges for the community and economic challenges for staff.
  2. Expand the built and unbuilt environment. The outdoor features of sidewalks, gardens, paths and nearby parks and recreation become equal in importance to the indoor spaces, redesigned to allow for quick resets depending on purpose. Large and small spaces with moveable walls and “tiny house” features like flip-up table tops build in flexibility. Purpose-built virtual health care locations are designed for technology and privacy. Patios and balconies are accessible places for active and passive pursuits.
  3. Integrate technology through all operations. Future demand means internet connections, software and hardware are available in all areas of a building, as well as outdoors. Tech-enabled spaces will be used by upskilled staff and residents who have easy access to training and troubleshooting. Personal technologies, such as activity trackers and heart rate monitors, will be widely used, and rooms equipped with smart utilities, remote monitoring, voice-activated systems and in-house channels will be embedded in living and service areas.
  4. Strengthen workforce quality, growth and retention. Along with updated recognition of the importance of frontline staff to the existence of senior living comes compensation-building benefits that might include access to on-site health care, dining and other amenities. Well-defined career paths from frontline to other roles, and serious professional development opportunities beyond those required by regulations, build the quality workforce. Flexible work schedules and options for affordable housing near or on the property relieve staff turnover while providing safety for residents by reducing travel time and need for second jobs.
  5. Emphasize wellness culture and lifestyle. Wellness is the philosophy that guides the actions of everyone in all areas of a community. Woven into all areas of the residents’ lives, wellness in all the dimensions is the sales pitch that invites new residents and the lifestyle that retains them (remember that health care is a component of the physical dimension of wellness). A hybrid model combining virtual with in-person opportunities uses the technologies pervasive throughout the community.

Full details of these trends are found in the ICAA Forum report, “Future-proof your senior living community.

Baseline strategies and tactics are captured in “Creating a path towards the ‘next normal’ in senior living,” the results of the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Task Force held in May 2020.

The ICAA Forum brings together thought leaders from many organizations—both private and public—to form a think tank that develops strategies to turn the challenges facing senior living providers into opportunities. Launched in 2005, the meetings forge connections among industry leaders while promoting understanding and cohesive action around the ultimate goal: health and quality of life as people age.

Organizer: Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging,

About International Council on Active Aging

ICAA is a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This support includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging—an approach that helps older adults live as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness—and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies.

Advice for Seniors: How to Transition into Retirement

Making the transition into retirement can seem daunting, but carving out a careful plan for the future can help take away any stress. Starting with small steps is a great way to feel positive about the future.

Plan Your Finances

The first step to a happy retirement is working out your financial plan. What assets and income do you have and what expenses will you need to cover? When working out your retirement finances, you’ll also need to take into account your tax liabilities. You might find it helpful to use an online retirement income calculator. If the uncertainty of a global pandemic makes you anxious, think about ways you can protect your retirement savings during the coronavirus scare, such as diversifying your portfolio.

Less Work, More Play

Ending your daily 9-to-5 too abruptly can feel disconcerting, but cutting back your hours to part-time allows you to gradually introduce more leisure time into your schedule. Sign up for talks or webinars or try out a yoga or Zumba class. Websites such as Facebook and Meetup regularly post events like hiking get-togethers and online language classes. 

Embrace Your Passions

Any change in life can be overwhelming, so find peace and joy in the things you love. Gardening and being outside in nature are well documented for reducing stress. Research also shows that volunteering later in life can result in good mental health and well-being. What are the things you’ve always wanted to do and where are places you’d like to go? Can you begin your senior years writing, recording music, or making your own wine?  

Find Your Community

Many seniors find a new lease on life and their social life revitalized when they join a retirement community. At Prime West Knoxville, we’ve made it our mission to create a vibrant independent living community with a philosophy of fun. From pickleball and putting tournaments to book clubs, quilting groups, and cooking classes, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep busy.

Enjoy a Smooth Transition into Retirement at Prime West Knoxville

Interested in finding out more about life in our friendly community? Reach out to us today to arrange a tour. Scheduled virtual tours are also available. Call (865) 219-2910 to learn more.

Meet Christina Hampton, Sales & Marketing Director of Prime West Knoxville

Have you heard the latest buzz about Prime? Whether you found us from our Facebook page or saw our special Prime car cruising around town, there’s a team behind every effort to get the word out about our new independent living community in West Knoxville. Prior to joining Prime West Knoxville as its founding Sales & Marketing Director, Christina Hampton worked as an activity program director in the assisted living field, as well as a caregiver. The sales and marketing approach she brings to independent living in Knoxville, TN, comes from the heart.  

Hampton’s Heartfelt Approach to Independent Living in Knoxville

As Hampton takes the reins as Prime West Knoxville’s Sales and Marketing Director, she’s focused on helping older adults live their best lives and spreading that sentiment far and wide in the community. 

“I’m super passionate about this work,” says Hampton, a mother of three, who was born and raised in Knoxville. “Before I moved into marketing, I was a caregiver and an activity program director for memory care. In my experience, seniors benefit from being social and active, and that is at the heart of Prime’s vision. They believe the residents deserve the best and that’s very evident in what’s being built here.”

Prime’s West Knoxville Independent Living will open later this year, offering seniors access to a vibrant community at budget-friendly prices. With a focus on fun, residents can choose to spend their time mingling with friends at the courtyard cafe, fitness center, hair and nail salon, or tending to the hydroponic garden.

“The amenities are amazing,” says Hampton. “Everything residents need is here, including a hydrotherapy treadmill and a pickleball court! I want to move in and I am 33!”

Sales & Marketing Director, Christina Hampton enjoying her new office.

Staying Active in the Knoxville Community

As Hampton works hard to get the message out about Prime, you can expect to see her out and about in Knoxville chatting with active seniors. 

“It’s been good meeting folks,” she says. “I’m having fun talking to people. It’s important for seniors to know this is not a scary time. It’s an exciting time to get the most out of your retirement years. People are surprised by how affordable Prime is, especially as it is all inclusive with food and utility bills included in the price.”

Monthly prices at Prime West Knoxville start at $2395 for a one-bedroom apartment with utilities and basic cable. Residents will be treated to complimentary garden-fresh meals in the all-day dining area and can stop by the courtyard café for unlimited coffee or soft-serve ice cream. The monthly fee also covers an array of activities and amenities such as movie nights, an 18-hole putting green, and a Bark Park exercise area for dogs, since Prime is pet-friendly.

As the mid-2020 launch approaches, Hampton is counting down the days until the doors open to the first residents.  

“I can’t wait to get people here,” she says. “I love seniors, and every day I’ll get to go to grandma and grandpa’s house and hang out! It’s going to be like Disneyworld for seniors. I am so excited!”

Come See What All the Buzz is About

Prime West Knoxville is now open for tours and accepting deposits. Call the office today to learn about our modern apartments and fun community amenities.

Knoxville’s Newest Senior Living Community Opens for Tours as Construction Takes Shape

The walls are up and the leasing office is open at West Knoxville’s newest independent senior living community. Fun-loving seniors are touring Prime West Knoxville and falling in love with the possibilities of all-inclusive (and affordable) retirement living. 

Many have started placing deposits to secure their ideal apartments in our retirement community. With a focus on friendships and fun, residents will find all they need at their doorstep and beyond.

Breathtaking Interior Design for Senior Living

As the main building takes shape, Prime has been busy scheduling tours for seniors who want to pick the apartment that they’ll call home. While each apartment comes equipped with amenities like a full-sized gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, there are some options that are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We have beautiful views available of the Smoky Mountains and the river,” says Teresa Ingram, Executive Director of Prime West Knoxville. “Everybody has unique wants and needs. Some people want the views from the third floor and some want a short walk to the dining room. I just enjoy watching them go through and pick.”

Never a Dull Moment at Prime

Outside of their apartments, seniors are encouraged to stroll the courtyard, hit the 24-hour fitness studio, or get a new look at the hair and nail salon. Pickleball and an 18-hole putting green are perfect for some friendly competition, while the Bark Park is the ideal place to connect with other seniors and their fur babies. 

Even with so much to do right on campus, our residents still have lots of options for exploration beyond our grounds. Take a day trip to the mountains or go on a local shopping excursion. The opportunities for fun and recreation are truly endless.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Become a Charter Member

For a limited time, early-bird future residents who put down a deposit will receive Charter Memberships with exclusive perks such as a reserved parking space and their first pick of apartment locations and views.

“We already have people putting their deposits down and picking out views,” adds Ingram. “I just find it wonderful when I see that smile on their faces as they say, ‘This is exactly what I want right here and I’m putting my money on it right now.’”

Pick Your Perfect Senior Living Apartment at Prime West Knoxville

We are booking tours and accepting deposits prior to our mid-2020 launch. Contact us today to learn about our modern apartments for older adults and our community amenities and activities.

Have you heard the buzz about Prime?

As the mid-2020 launch of Prime West Knoxville draws ever nearer, our vibrant new senior community is already the talk of the town.

Prime Time in West Knoxville

Ever since construction began on Prime West Knoxville’s new senior living apartments, the excitement has been building – so has the media buzz!

Our President Of Operations, Debra Maynard, has been busy sharing her vision for a bold new era in senior living in West Knoxville, Tennessee. Her goal? An affordable, vibrant community focused on fun, wellness, and top-notch amenities.

Lifestyle perks at a fraction of the cost

 “People have a mindset they have to downsize but are unaware there is a social model that can reduce isolation and provide services for an affordable cost and improve their lifestyles,” Debra told Senior Living News. “When we can get people engaged and meet others who made that choice, the residents are our greatest sales tool.”

Debra, who brings more than 25 years of independent living, assisted living, and memory care expertise to Prime, also outlined her dream of building an abundant, inclusive community in a podcast interview with the publication.

Something engaging and different

“We’re looking to create something different,” she told the Senior Housing News podcast Transform. “We offer meals and high-functioning activities. We have a putting green and are adding pickleball. We want to build communities where active people find engagement and something to do.”

When technology company Wellzesta took a deep dive into Prime, they found that our altruistic approach to marketing led to great recipient engagement.

Rather than concentrate on the hard sell, an email campaign provides potential residents with useful content relevant to their lives, complemented by interesting insights to the community. This helps generate the kind of positive buzz Prime needs without having to pass the increased costs on to the residents.

Want to learn more about Prime?

Stop by Prime West Knoxville any Tuesday for FREE coffee and snacks with our team! You’ll find us at 1932 Falling Waters Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922.

5 Fun Exercise Ideas for Active Seniors in West Knoxville

If you’re already an active senior, you know that regular physical activity is one of the foundations for aging well, thanks to both the health benefits, and the social benefits if it’s a group activity. Here are five ways for active seniors to get the exercise they need while living at Prime West Knoxville.

1. Golf Time

Head out to Prime’s 18-hole putting green to enhance your health and socialize with friends. A 2016 study from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh revealed that playing golf can help prevent chronic illness, boost mental health and extend life expectancy.

2. Hike it!

The stunning mountain views from Prime’s apartments are an instant motivation to get out and hike, but did you know walking is great for your health too? Numerous studies show the link between a regular walking regime and good heart health. Try Visit Knoxville’s hiking guide for inspiration.  

3. Pickleball Pursuits

Have you heard about Pickleball? It’s a fun sport best described as a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Check it out at Prime, where we have our own court for you to meet up for a game with friends. MUSC Health recommends Pickleball as a great light aerobic workout that can prevent hypertension, strokes, and heart attacks. It’s also a fun way to get to know your neighbors!

4. Green Thumbs

A number of studies have shown that getting physical with a spot of gardening can help to lower blood pressure and being outdoors in the sunshine will give you a dose of vitamin D, which is great for bone health. Head to Prime’s hydroponic garden for some light exercise, twisting and bending as you connect with nature. 

5. Happy Pooch, Healthy Owner

It is recommended that seniors take 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a day, which is a great reason to head to Prime’s on-site bark park with your four-legged friend. 

Discover Why Active Seniors Love Living in Knoxville

At Prime West Knoxville, we have built our community with wellness and social health in mind. Schedule a tour today to visit our community for active seniors.

Why You Should Retire to West Knoxville

It’s never too early to plan where you’ll spend your retirement years. If you’re an older adult looking for an independent living community in a desirable location, with a budget-friendly price, and ample amenities, Prime West Knoxville checks off all of these boxes and more. Here are some reasons why the Knoxville area might be the perfect place for you to retire.

Ranked Best Place to Retire

U.S. News & World Report ranked Knoxville No. 13 among its list of the 125 best places to retire in 2020. By spending your retirement years in Knoxville you gain access to a better quality of life and can save money in the long-term. Who doesn’t love that? Knoxville also ranks high with seniors for its desirability, low cost of living, low taxes, and access to quality healthcare.

Enjoy Budget-Friendly Living

Knoxville is included in the list of  5 best places to retire on $35,000 a year. Imagine spending your retirement years more worry-free, knowing that your money will stretch far into your golden years. Knoxville seniors have an 18% lower cost of living than the rest of the country, enjoy no state or local income tax, have below-average health care costs, and have access to 12 hospitals, including the prestigious University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Abundant Amenities 

Knoxville boasts stunning outdoor scenery with year-round community events, courtesy of its moderate climate. West Knoxville is home to great shopping and restaurants within minutes of your doorstep. Be sure to take advantage of Prime’s complimentary local transportation.

Experience West Knoxville Independent Living

With affordable, all-inclusive living options like Prime West Knoxville, seniors can truly live the good life with a carefree retirement. Prime hosts social events like cooking classes, quilting groups, movie nights, and book clubs. Residents also enjoy the 18-hole putting green, pickleball court, fitness classes, and exercising with their canine companions at the Bark Park. Discover the good life when you contact us to schedule a tour today.

Senior Super Bowl Party

Join your friends at Prime on February 02, 2020, to enjoy the game with great food and even better company! Prime West Knoxville is hosting a Senior Super Bowl Party at Staybridge Suites Knoxville-West. Come for the game and stay for the free food AND the chance to win a free 55” flat-screen TV!

The fun starts at 3:00 pm and lasts until the Super Bowl LIV ends.

Are You Game? RSVP Today for Our Senior Super Bowl Party!

We can’t wait to see you on Game Day. Space is limited, so RSVP today by calling 865-219-2910 or fill out the form below:

6 Ways to Make Holiday Memories with Your Grandkids

Are you looking for fun things to do with your grandkids this season? Holidays are the perfect opportunity to introduce new traditions and to make deeper connections with the little ones. Prime West Knoxville wishes you and your family a happy holiday! Here are six suggestions to make the season more festive with unforgettable holiday memories.

1. Create a Family Cookbook Featuring Holiday Memories

Preserve your holiday recipes in a keepsake cookbook that can be passed down to your grandkids — and their grandkids. Collect recipes from family members and enlist your grandchildren to help make the special dishes.

2. Visit a Tree Farm

Kick-off the holiday season with this old-fashioned tradition. Enjoy the great outdoors while taking in the scent of fresh pine cones and the brisk winter air. Top it all off by drinking apple cider or hot chocolate to warm up those cold hands and noses.

3. Bring Back Caroling

This vintage holiday ritual is making a comeback. Travel around your neighborhood and share your holiday cheer. It’s a great opportunity to bond while also warming the spirits of your community.

4. Volunteer Your Time

Find a volunteer opportunity that allows all ages to participate, so your grandkids can be involved. Donate new toys to a charitable organization, serve meals at a homeless shelter, or deliver a basket of food to a family in need.

5. Make Holiday Crafts

Kids of all ages can join the fun of creating a holiday gift or decoration. Find inspiration, photos, and instructions from Pinterest, Personal Creations, and Crazy Little Projects. Many of them are inexpensive and easy to assemble.

6. Attend a Local Winter Event

Knoxville is a perfect home base to spend the holidays with your grandkids. Take a day trip to Gatlinburg or Dollywood for holiday festivals, lights, and yuletide activities. In downtown Knoxville, enjoy an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, Peppermint Trail, and the city’s Holidays on an ice skating rink.

Making New Holiday Memories at Prime West Knoxville

You don’t have to go out into the cold to have a good time with the grandkids! Fun can be made right at home when you live at Prime West Knoxville. Stop by our holiday parties for some fun and then head back to your apartment where your full-sized kitchen and stainless steel appliances make the perfect pair for whipping up your favorite seasonal cookies and cakes with the ones you love most.

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