Author: The Prime Living Team

Meet Teresa Ingram, Executive Director of Prime West Knoxville

High-quality senior living and a focus on friendship and connections are at the core of West Knoxville’s newest community. Prime’s executive director, Teresa Ingram, reveals how independent living in Knoxville, TN, just got fun and affordable.

Changing the Independent Living Industry for Middle-Income Seniors

After working in the senior living market for over a decade, Teresa Ingram is well aware that residing in an all-inclusive community can be a stretch financially for many people. Her determination to make outstanding and budget-friendly independent living possible for every day seniors has been a driving force as she brings Prime West Knoxville to fruition.

The charming independent living community will officially open mid-2020, offering seniors the chance to take up residence in a vibrant, active community at a budget-friendly price. 

“We are the value pricing,” says Teresa. “When people see they can actually afford to live here, I think they will be very happy. We are able to reach the people who thought this kind of senior living was impossible for them because some independent living communities cost up to $5000 a month.”

In contrast, monthly prices at Prime West Knoxville start at $2395 for a one-bedroom apartment with utilities and basic cable included. 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 fee also covers a vast array of activities and amenities such as fun, fitness classes, hydroponic garden, pickleball court, an 18-hole putting green, and a Bark Park for four-legged residents.

“Prime West Knoxville is an awesome opportunity for independent people to enjoy life,” adds Teresa. “Residents can visit the billiards room, play cards, have fun at the shuffleboard table, or pour a glass of wine and visit with friends. We will also have Zumba, pilates, and other great exercise classes. Prime is like a one-stop-shop because it’s all here for them. They can have socialization any hour of the day if they choose and not have to get out in the weather to go do it.”

Prime’s emphasis on friendship and things to do is a vital component for Teresa who believes everyone needs social interaction.

“The old-fashioned way — and I don’t mean that bad — is to live in your home until the day you pass,” she explains. “But that can be lonely. Seniors live longer if they have socialization. Prime West Knoxville is a great opportunity to continue their lives, grow in their lives, make friends, and mainly just enjoy their years as a senior.”

Discover Your New Home at Prime West Knoxville

Prime West Knoxville is now open for tours! Contact us today to learn about our modern apartments and fun community amenities.

Join Our Art of Life Painting Class

Are you a Picasso with the paintbrush or more of an amateur artist? Our Art of Life painting class is the perfect place to flex your skills or learn a new thing or two. 

Join us on January 16th at the Hobby Lobby in Turkey Creek where Bob Ross Certified Instructor® Bram Bevins will lead a painting class for seniors in Knoxville.

Registration is limited to the first 12 to sign up, so grab a friend or two and RSVP today!

Top Holiday Gifts for Grandkids in 2019

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when you’re shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for the grandkids. With thousands of toys and electronics to choose between, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. At Prime Independent Living, we love the holiday season, so we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to make your gift-giving a little easier.

Gift Ideas for Little Ones

My Very Own Name Book
This personalized keepsake introduces the most important letters in the alphabet: the ones in your grandchild’s first and last name! This gift will be a favorite with parents, too. 

Mega Bloks First Builders Bag
From tall towers to houses, these colorful bricks will excite kids’ imaginations. And, don’t forget the fun of knocking them down!

Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home
Little ones will love exploring this interactive dollhouse. Songs, sounds, and phrases encourage children to help with chores and care for pets. Even better: it folds up for easy storage!

Gift Ideas for Preschoolers 

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus
Your future rock star will love jamming to the 15-instrument “rocktopus”. This hybrid toy has three different modes of play: music, math, and game. 

Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab
This science lab introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and provides hours of hands-on playtime for curious kids.

Grandparent and Grandchild Letter Book Set
Create lasting memories with this unique set. Mail letters back and forth with your grandchild to build a permanent keepsake. Once completed, the letters can be stored in pockets of the book.

Gift Ideas for School-Age Kids

Playz Explosive Kitchen Lab
Your future Einstein can conduct more than 26 science experiments with this STEM educational lab. Follow the easy-to-read instructions for hours of fun!

Bit Coding Robot
Ozobot is a personalized, programmable robot that follows commands and acts as a Coding 101 for kids in the process. 

Kiwi Crates
These subscription-based activity boxes are intended for a range of ages and interests and get delivered to the recipient’s doorstep every month. It’s like 12 months of giving in one.

Gift Ideas for Tweens/Teens

JBL FLIP 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
For music lovers, this portable speaker connects to two smart devices for hours of listening. You can bring it to the pool parties without any worries about water damage.

Create Your Own Reel Viewer
One of childhood’s most nostalgic toys, the View-Master, has returned with a customizable twist. Share snapshots to create a ‘reel’ of your favorite family memories.

Experience Gifts

Consider tickets to a sporting event, concert, or amusement park to bond with your young adult grandchildren. Find discounts on websites like  Costco, Sam’s Club, or Groupon.

Finding the Best Gifts for Grandkids is Easy with Prime West Knoxville

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with these gift ideas and get the satisfaction of happy grandkids on Christmas morning or Hanukkah nights. At Prime West Knoxville, we wish you and your family a happy holiday!

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe Ideas

‘Tis the season for lots of treats, so you may be interested in healthy Thanksgiving recipe ideas that still taste delicious! With your fully equipped kitchen at Prime West Knoxville, you’ll have no trouble tackling everything from turkey and stuffing to pumpkin pie. Still on the hunt for the perfect recipe to impress your loved ones? Check out this list for some seasonal inspiration.

1. Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe: Healthy Pumpkin Soup

This pumpkin soup recipe only takes a few ingredients to whip up but is packed with loads of flavor and nutrition, making it the perfect kick-off to a great holiday meal. For those with special dietary needs, the coconut milk and pureed cauliflower give the soup a creamy richness without using dairy. 

2. Thanksgiving Main Course Recipe: Apple- and Shallot-stuffed Turkey
By default, turkey is a lean protein, although deep-frying the bird will definitely reduce its nutritional qualities. Opt for an herb-based recipe, or this apple- and shallot-stuffed turkey for a healthy, yet satisfying dish.

3. Thanksgiving Side Recipe #1: Brown and Wild Rice Pecan Stuffing
This wild rice stuffing with fresh sage and rosemary, dried fruits and nuts is a fresh take on the traditional bread stuffing and the perfect complement to a festive Thanksgiving. This is a great make-ahead option as well and reheats nicely the next day (or that same night, let’s be honest).

4. Thanksgiving Side Recipe #2: Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
The earthy roasted flavor and satisfying crunch of these brussels sprouts pair well with the salty pancetta. Also, this recipe calls for sundried tomatoes, which offer an acidic complement to the richness of the pancetta. Brussels sprouts reheat easily and are packed with nutrients, making this recipe a win-win.  

5. Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe: Apple Coconut Crumble Pie
You might be stuffed at this point, but no one is ever too full for dessert! You can make some subtle adjustments to popular Thanksgiving dessert recipes to ensure they’re just a bit healthier. This apple coconut crumble pie uses nuts, whole wheat flour and coconut oil in the crust for a hearty pie that still offers nutritional value. 

Plenty of Space to Cook Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Prime West Knoxville’s cozy living spaces and well-appointed kitchens are ideal for spending holidays with the family. Stainless steel appliances in each apartment and our onsite hydroponic greenhouse give you access to everything you need to cook all of your favorite dishes (and try a new thing or two!) Contact us today to schedule a tour of our new independent living community in West Knoxville.

Lessons in Tech: Interview with Jennifer Dancu, CEO of Social Media 4 Seniors

Prime West Knoxville understands technology has the power to enhance our residents’ lives. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Social Media 4 Seniors CEO Jennifer Dancu on an upcoming community event for seniors in West Knoxville. Learn how she got her start in this niche market, as well as the FAQs she covers in her classes.

The Inspiration Behind the Class

When Jennifer Dancu, a former Knoxville school principal, started teaching social media classes for seniors in 2014, her business plan was inspired by a special person: her 71-year-old mom, JoAnn.

Dancu recalls, “I learned a lot about technology through my job, and I was mom’s go-to person to learn how to use her smartphone and grasp social media. After talking to her and other friends, I realized there was very little help out there [for seniors to become tech-savvy]. Many older adults wanted to learn about technology but felt their children were too busy or grandchildren quickly fixed the problem without teaching them. What seniors really needed was a service to empower them to learn for themselves.”

In response to these observations, Dancu created Social Media 4 Seniors, making it her mission to give older adults the skills necessary to improve their digital experiences. Dancu now employs five additional coaches to assist clients in both Knoxville and Nashville.

In response to these observations, Dancu created Social Media 4 Seniors, making it her mission to give older adults the skills necessary to improve their digital experiences. Dancu now employs five additional coaches to assist clients in both Knoxville and Nashville.

What Seniors Learn with Social Media 4 Seniors

On November 21, Dancu will team up with Prime West Knoxville to host an event called Lunch & Learn: Technology for Active Aging, to be held from 11 am to 1 pm at the local Staybridge Suites. During the class, Dancu will troubleshoot common issues such as how to stop notifications, hide advertisements, and save articles via social media.

“We are teachers, so it is our goal to give seniors the independent confidence to embrace the latest technology,” she says. “We give instruction, but clients do everything themselves. Seniors often ask how to handle changes from frequent updates or [they] want tips for remembering passwords and enlarging fonts that are difficult to read.” 

Dancu continues, “The number one question I am asked is, ‘Why does my screen go dark so quickly,’ which is easy to fix by going into settings and changing the screen time-out preference.” She adds, “We also love to share useful apps such as Tile, which assists [you if] you lose your phone. Then there are Siri and Google [which let you] do everything via voice command.” 

With many clients staying in touch via social media, Dancu loves the sense of community her business brings. She says, “I have made good friends, and I have clients in their 80s and 90s who love to master all the latest technology. My work is very rewarding.”

Stay Connected at Prime West Knoxville

Prime West Knoxville takes pride in hosting fun and interesting events for seniors in Tennessee. Lunch & Learn: Technology For Active Aging will be held on November 21 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Staybridge Suites in Knoxville. We can’t wait to see you there!

Reserve your spot by calling 865-219-2910.

RSVP for Prime’s Wreath Decorating Party!

Deck the Halls with Prime West Knoxville at our wreath decorating party on December 03, 2019!

Get into the holiday spirit with Prime’s Deck the Halls event on December 03, 2019! Grab a friend and meet us at the SouthEast Bank Community Room at 2:00 pm to start the Christmas season off right with a wreath decorating party in Knoxville, TN.

Prime West Knoxville will provide all of the snacks, drinks, and supplies!

Guests are welcome to bring along personal items to add to their wreaths. Ideas for what to bring include:

  • Family ornaments
  • Meaningful sheet music
  • Family photos
  • Flowers from your garden
  • Handkerchiefs or fabric swatches

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

The Value of an All-inclusive Retirement Community

Are you looking to the future and trying to decide on the best independent living community for you? If you’re an older adult who wants to lead an active and worry-free lifestyle, there are many advantages to an all-inclusive retirement community like Prime West Knoxville.  

Enjoy Maintenance-Free Independent Living

Living your best life is simple when chores become a thing of the past. It’s much easier to spend quality time with the people you love when you don’t have to worry about home and yard upkeep. At Prime, one monthly fee covers not only your rent but all other home expenses such as utilities, TV, internet, telephone and housekeeping services.  

Treat Yourself to Garden-Fresh Meals and Sweet Splurges

Just because your Prime West Knoxville apartment features a full-sized kitchen doesn’t mean you’ll always be in the mood to cook. Instead, an all-inclusive retirement community like Prime allows residents to swing by the dining room for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with their neighbors. The kitchen staff prepares flavorful, healthy meals using fresh produce from the on-site hydroponic garden. If you feel more like sharing ice cream with your grandkids, there’s a more casual cafe, too. Ditto on unlimited coffee, which is the perfect excuse to meet up with a friend.

Participate in On-Site Events and Activities

Prime West Knoxville is designed for active seniors who partake in various sports and hobbies. Does your idea of leisure time involve playing around on the pickleball court or joining a golf tournament on the 18-hole putting green? Are you more excited by nightly movies, quilting groups, and book clubs? There’s always something to keep you engaged. Seasonal parties and holiday celebrations also help create lasting memories with friends and family.

There’s Plenty to Do Nearby

When you feel like a little adventure, take a trip into town or venture further afield on a road trip with peers who share your interests. Though some residents have their own cars, many enjoy the freedom to run errands or do a little shopping in town without getting behind the wheel. Around-the-clock concierge service can take care of travel arrangements and deliveries.

Bring Fido or Fifi Along!

Prime West Knoxville is a pet-friendly senior community. Both cats and dogs are welcome, and sociable dogs, in particular, will love the Bark Park on the grounds. It’s also a great way to meet other animal lovers for playdates.

Your Dream Retirement is a Reality at Prime West Knoxville 

Is an all-inclusive independent living community the ideal retirement option for you? Contact us at Prime West Knoxville today to discover how you can enjoy our modern apartments and fun community amenities for a monthly rate that won’t break the bank.

The Best Cars of 2019 for Knoxville Seniors

If you’re in the market for a new car, keep in mind that dealerships often run special offers and holiday sales from October to December. This means that the end of the year is typically a good time to start looking for one. If you need help deciding between the best cars for seniors, start with the type of vehicle that suits your interests and personality. At Prime West Knoxville, we encourage our residents to take their cars on short jaunts around town or to enjoy extended road trips. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful list of sedans, hybrids, and SUVs that can best suit your needs. 

Eco-Friendly Cars for Green-Minded Drivers

Honda Insight Hybrid
This compact gas/electric hybrid vehicle is one of the best cars for older drivers who are environmentally conscious. It was recognized by Green Car Journal as 2019’s “Green Car of the Year.” It has state-of-the-art safety features include a lane-departure warning system, traffic-sign recognition, and Honda’s signature Collision Mitigation Brake System to prevent accidents.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a reliable mid-size sedan with accessible, easy-to-see buttons and controls, as well as lumbar supports. It comes with a Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty, which means Hyundai will replace the lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery for free once it’s depleted. The company will also pick up the cost of the recycling fee.

Ideal Cars for Adventurous Road Trippers

Subaru Outback
This mid-size SUV has a reputation for durability and functionality. With all-wheel drive, optimized cruise control, and an automatic pre-collision braking feature, it’s the best car for seniors who like to off-road or travel on unusual terrain.

Honda CR-V
The CR-V is a sporty, compact SUV that combines comfort and innovative safety technologies, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a 2019 “Top Safety Pick.” Kelley Blue Book acknowledged the vehicle as the “Compact SUV Best Buy of 2019.”

Best Cars for Seniors with Frequent Visitors

Chrysler Pacifica
As your grandkids are getting older, a compact sedan may no longer accommodate long car rides. Instead, opt for this roomy, versatile, and fuel-efficient hybrid SUV that IIHS rated the Top Safety Pick for 2019. As an added bonus, the hands-free power liftgate and sliding doors make it easy to pack up and go when you’re wrangling multiple littles at once.

Kia Sorento
The Sorento SUV is one of the best cars for older drivers with lots of grandchildren. It comes with a third row that can fit extra passengers or be folded down to create more storage space. Additional features like all-wheel drive and the Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance safety mechanism, give drivers peace of mind.

Hit the Road at Prime

Prime West Knoxville makes an excellent home base in between exploring nearby destinations with your loved ones. Contact us today for a tour of our independent living community and its many amenities.

Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for Seniors

We never miss the chance to celebrate holidays at Prime West Knoxville. We encourage our residents to embrace their whimsical sides for dress-up parties on Halloween. Costumes for seniors can be witty, aspirational, trendy, or nostalgic. Whether you’re into couple, individual, or group costumes, we have gathered a few ideas to help you decide on this year’s look! 

Popeye and Olive Oyl

This couple’s costume ensemble is instantly recognizable to multiple generations of fans. For Popeye, you’ll need a sailor-style shirt, his iconic sailor’s cap, and a pipe. Don’t forget a drawn-on anchor tattoo on both arms to complete the look. For Olive Oyl, opt for a red sweater with a white frill, a black pencil skirt, and your hair tied back in a neat bun.

Charlie Chaplin

If you’re a film buff who loves silents, Charlie Chaplin is an iconic costume pick.  You’ll need a bowler hat, black jacket, grey suit pants, white shirt, and a tie or bow tie. Don’t forget his trademark tiny black mustache and eyeliner. Tip: A cane would not be out of place with this costume. 

Queen Elizabeth

Her Majesty requires a smart, conservative dress or blouse and skirt, teamed with neat hair, as well as a tiara or formal hat. Finish the look with sensible lipstick and pearls and Lilibet’s textbook gloves and purse. Feel free to frown if your subjects fail to courtesy in your presence. Bonus points if you have pet Corgis!

Mister Rogers

Everyone’s favorite children’s TV host is topical again thanks to the upcoming Tom Hanks movie. Channel the eternally friendly neighbor with a red cardigan, dress shirt, patterned tie, blue or gray slacks, and blue sneakers. Part your hair to the side, grab a hand puppet, and you’re all set!

“Punny” Costumes

Sometimes the biggest hit at a party isn’t the most elaborate outfit, but the most humorous. Brush up on your idioms for easy play-on-words costumes such as the ‘blessing in disguise’ featuring a customized T-shirt and big-nose glasses, or the ‘smart cookie’ represented by an oversized, wearable cookie with a prize-winning blue ribbon to show off your intelligence.

The Golden Girls

Are you a Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy, or Rose? Flashback to the hit 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls with big-hair wigs, shoulder pads, and senior sass. Learn how to fine-tune your Golden Girl look with costume details specific to each character from the beloved Miami quartet.  

The “Spice” Girls

For another themed group idea, recruit four friends for a clever take on the 1990s British band the Spice Girls. Instead of dressing up as Scary Spice or Sporty Spice, you’ll play the part of cumin, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Get it? You and your gal pals can coordinate matching aprons decorated with pictures, decals, or drawings of seasonings and voila, The “Spice” Girls! 

Celebrate The Holidays at Prime

At Prime West Knoxville, we go big for the holidays. We love planning fun activities so our older adult residents can celebrate with their friends and neighbors. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our independent living community.

4 Things to Do in West Knoxville This Fall

The fall season brings cooler weather, natural beauty, and colorful foliage. It’s a beautiful time of year to go out and explore fun things to do in and around West Knoxville. Prime West Knoxville is a great home base for older adults and their families to enjoy the festivities.  

1. Celebrate an Autumn Tradition

Visit the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the afternoon of October 27 for its 10th-Annual Fall Festival. Admission is free and you can look forward to sampling local food, taking hayrides with your grandkids, and strolling through the grounds with the majestic Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.

2. Enjoy Watching a Movie Under the Stars

Bring your folding lawn chairs and a warm blanket to enjoy the free, family-friendly outdoor film screenings at the free Movies on Market Square. The season began in mid-September and runs until October 18. Get your movie popcorn ready for seasonal classics and contemporary blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the 1980s Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice.

3. Admire Fall Foliage on a Sunset Hike

Take a short drive from West Knoxville to Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN for the Fall Colors Sunset Hike on October 25. Join dozens of nature lovers for an ‘after-hours’ experience in the park, plus an informative conversation about bird migration. The autumn leaves and refreshing air make the park breathtaking this time of year. Keep in mind: pre-registration is required, and there is a $5 fee for the hike. Also, it’s pet-friendly and ADA accessible. 

4. Savor the Flavors of the Region

Sample smoky barbecue, homemade chili, and sweet treats at the Taste of the Smokies Cook-Off. The event will take place on the evening of October 25, so swing by this friendly cooking competition held a few miles north of Sevierville. With a $10 general admission ticket, you can enjoy unlimited tastings. Plus, you can feel good about your ticket purchase, since proceeds will benefit East Tennessee’s Second Harvest Food Bank.

Experience Endless Adventure and Things to Do in West Knoxville

Whether you’re into celebrating the season in town or hitting the highway for a day trip, adventure is never far away when your home base is Prime West Knoxville, the newest independent living community in the area. Contact us today for details about how you can become part of our active senior neighborhood.

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