Category: Life at Harvard Square

May 28, 2019

May is National Luau Month

May is National Luau Month, so we made a decision to have a luau during our recent Happy Hour. Our signature cocktail was a Bay Breeze, and everyone put on their Hawaiian shirts and hats and came out to enjoy great company, great shrimp cocktail and delicious drinks. To top it all off, our performer […]

April 29, 2019

Summer 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 […]

April 17, 2019

2019 Annual Easter Egg Hunt

As children, do you remember having an Easter egg hunt at a family members house or at the park with your neighborhood friends?  We like to bring this tradition to our residents and associate families annually.  Regardless of the weather, the Easter Bunny comes and hides a ton of eggs for the kids to search […]

April 12, 2019

Volunteer in April

April is a great time to volunteer for your favorite cause and it’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new and make friends . Get involved in a local project with family and friends. You’ll be doing your part to help others–and yourself! Volunteering is great for your mental and physical health and can even […]

March 26, 2019

National Chip & Dip Day

Did you know that March 23, 2019 was National Chip & Dip Day? We sure did and everyone was ready to help celebrate this important day. Our fabulous culinary team put together some awesome dips, but we are sure that the guacamole was the favorite. We believe that if you have chips, dip and good friends, your day […]

February 18, 2019

Love Is In The Air

Valentine's Day brings us flowers, candy and most of all LOVE.  We wanted to celebrate all this holiday has to offer so we had two parties for our residents to enjoy, the All Red Happy Hour and our Valentine's Dance.  Our dance brought everyone together on a snowy Saturday afternoon for great food, great music, lots of […]

January 28, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

January 25, 2019

Red Hat Club

Red Hat Club is known throughout the world, with ladies dressing up in their red and purple, sporting their red hats and gathering for tea, trivia, luncheons, crafts and good conversation. We enjoy our Red Hat Club on Monday mornings, led by our very own Mary Beth Giesick. This past Monday we welcomed a couple […]

December 18, 2018

The Splendor of Colorado

It does not matter what time of day, what month of the year or where in Colorado you are heading, our mountains are a beautiful sight to see. We went on a joy ride this afternoon and the sky was so clear that we could see the mountains and all their splendor. The snow caps were so […]

December 18, 2018

Holiday Cookie Decorating

As we gathered to listen to a performance by Vintage, everyone participated in decorating some cookies. The cookies and frosting were everywhere! The many colors of frosting lined the tables and decorating commenced. When all was said and done, we had decorated over 100 cookies, and we are still wondering where most of those went (in some happy […]

December 12, 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 […]

November 19, 2018

Operation Christmas Child

For the past 2 months, we have been having events at Harvard Square to collect donations for a charity called "Operation Christmas Child". This charity has been ongoing since 1993, putting together shoe boxes full of items for children around the world. We decided it was our turn, as a community, to invest some time and effort […]

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 […]

November 8, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

October 31, 2018

Welcome Thomas Burke, Dining Service Manager to Harvard Square

Our new Dining Service Manager, Thomas Burke, volunteered without hesitation to carve our pumpkins this morning in keeping with the holiday spirit.  As Thomas responded to the requests of the residents, each pumpkin became an artistic expression that brought joy and delight to all. It became apparent that he has some knife skills that most of […]

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

September 21, 2018

Save the Date: Navigating the Care Maze – Saturday, October 20th at 1:30pm

There is comfort in knowing all the resources available to you and your loved ones. Join Lily & Phil Hotaling, Owers of Answers for Senior Care and Alzheimer's Association Volunteers, for Navigating the Care Maze. This educational presentation is designed to help families and individuals navigate through life's transitions, shed light on senior care options […]

September 14, 2018

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join Harvard Square as we Walk to end Alzheimer's this Saturday in City Park, Denver. Registration starts at 7:30am and the walk Starts at 9am.  Harvard Square will have an event table set up at the event. If you want to Join the Harvard Square team please go tour our team page at by clicking here. We will all […]

August 24, 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 nearly 30 different classes with everything from Spanish For All to Flower Arrangements to Abstract Painting to Wii Bowling League and even Dog Therapy, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

June 25, 2018

Father’s Day Weekend

Everyone knows what a key player that Dad's/Grandpa's/Uncle's are in a family dynamic. We wanted to make this Father's Day weekend one to remember. Casino Night started off the festivities on Saturday Night. We converted the entire living room and dining room into a Casino and a Buffet Style dining room, with live music for entertainment. The food was […]

May 30, 2018

Memorial Day BBQ

It was a perfect day for a BBQ at Harvard Square. There was just a little cloud cover and no rain, well at least during the BBQ. Residents, families and staff celebrated Memorial Day on the deck at Harvard Square with great food, laughter and fun.

March 30, 2018

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 3rd Saturday of Each Month at 10:00am

Harvard Square started a Caregiver Support Group for families and friends of those affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. Our first meeting was March 17th and moving forward will be the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00am. This support group is open to the public. At our first meeting, we had current residents of Harvard Square whose spouses have dementia. It […]

January 9, 2018

Harvard Square Awarded Best of Senior Living Award for 2018

Harvard Square kicked off the New Year with some exciting news. We were awarded a Best of Senior Living Award for 2018 by SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, recipients represent “the best of the best” of in-home care, assisted living, […]

December 19, 2017

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 12 different classes with everything from Spanish 101 to Golden Girls to Rick Steves’ Travel to Behind the Scenes Tour with Mark and even National Parks Exploration, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]

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 […]

August 22, 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 11 different classes with everything from Art 101 to History of Colorado to Wellness Round Table to Chef Demos and even a Wild Animal Sanctuary Visit, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

May 5, 2017

Putting Up Our Dux: Self-Defense 101

On Thursday, we had a non-profit personal safety group called IMPACT come to Harvard Square and teach us all about verbal and physical self-defense. The class proved to be very educational and empowering! The residents, and myself, practiced different, potentially life threatening interactions/scenarios and how we'd respond or act. IMPACT will be back to teach our employees some […]

March 10, 2017

Cocktailing for Good – Watermark For Kids Fundraiser

On Tuesday, Harvard Square hosted "Cocktailing for Good," a Silent Auction Fundraiser to support our non-profit Watermark For Kids. We had 29 donated items for auction and we raised $901.00 for Watermark For Kids. With an overwhelming amount of support, over 45 professionals attended the event. The food was amazing and so were the drinks. All the donated […]

February 16, 2017

Casino Day

Thanks for joining us for our annual Casino Day! It was a blast. We had Black Jack, Craps, Roulette tables and entertainment by Chuck Fisher. Here are some photos of all the fun.  

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 30 different classes with everything from Mimosas with Marie to Mexican Train Dominoes to Red Hat Club to Chef Demos and even Wii Golf, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

November 30, 2016

The Gardens, Our New Memory Care Neighborhood – Now Open!

Short of finding a cure for memory loss, the official opening of The Gardens, our new Memory Care neighborhood, is the best news we can possibly share. We’re proud to offer this brand new program to Denver area families touched by Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss. Our approach is distinctly different from others […]

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 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 […]

June 10, 2016

Prime Discussion: Bottle Collecting with Glen Preble

Last Friday, it was an absolute treat to have guest speaker Glen Preble share his love and knack for his unique hobby: bottle collecting, with Harvard Square's residents and granddaughter, Maddie (Harvard Square's Fitness Coordinator). Glen specifically educated us about his antique beer, milk, and medicine bottles, as well as old Tivoli trays. Most of his […]

April 25, 2016

Maddie’s Move of the Month

Watch the video below to see Jean Pierson, aka "Pump It Up Pierson," demonstrate upper body exercise with a modified bar push-up! Maddie Vincel is 23 years young, and a women of faith. She calls herself an old soul. Maddie is a native Coloradan and Harvard Squares Fitness Coordinator with a degree in Health and Fitness […]

February 29, 2016

Maddie’s Gym at Harvard Square

Welcome! I'm Maddie Vincel, your Fitness Coordinator and Personal Trainer. I graduated from Arapahoe Community College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science and also am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (the gold standard), as a personal trainer. Most recently, I became CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner) […]