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Bree Baldwin, Memory Activity Specialist
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bree’s Brain Bulletin

blog-breejpgLanguage.  It is one of the most powerful tools we, as humans, have at our disposal for survival.  It is the thing that helps us detail to others our needs and desires, allows us to relay information, pass down culture to our offspring, make a powerful persuasive argument, interact with people from other parts of the world, and the list goes on and on.  Because language is so very important, we suffer when we lose the ability to use it, or use it effectively.  Not being able to communicate can cut us off from others.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Libby Bush Named Executive Director at Westminster at Lake Ridge

blog-libbyjpgAs Westminster at Lake Ridge celebrates its 20th anniversary, the continuing care retirement community welcomes Libby Bush as Executive Director. She began her new role on September. 30th. 

With more than 20 years of experience in the senior-living industry, Bush comes from Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. As a Vice President for 12 years, she was a key member of its executive team and oversaw four divisions including independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing. She joined Westminster Canterbury in 1992 as a Personal Care Unit Manager.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013

Westminster at Lake Ridge 20th Anniversary

The 20th Anniversary of the founding of Westminster at Lake Ridge, a non-profit continuing care community was held on Saturday, October 5th. Nearly 400 people came out for the celebration.


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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lake Ridge Retirement Community Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Lake Ridge, VA--September 18, 2013--Westminster at Lake Ridge (WLR) reaches an important milestone when it celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 5, 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Over 500 people are expected to circle around the community flagpole for the outdoor ceremony. During the event, a new Executive Director, Libby Bush, and new chaplain, Dawn Hager, will be introduced.

Currently, the lobby is being renovated and other recent changes such as new leadership, community- wide wireless, Gold’s Gym personal trainers in the fitness center, and resident led multi-media and landscaping projects are keeping the community moving forward.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013

103-Year-Old Leads Team at Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

blog-doris-3gifAt 103, Doris Woodring leads 13 other residents and staff from Westminster at Lake Ridge at the 2013 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) Sept. 7-19 in Northern Virginia. Ms. Woodring competes in three events—Scrabble, Dominoes and Wii Bowling.

“I never thought I’d be an Olympian being over 100 years old,” Woodring says. “I’m probably best in Scrabble, but I’ve also been practicing my Wii bowling.”

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Continuing Care Community Buzzing About Butterfly Garden

blog-butterfly-smjpgLake Ridge, VA—Residents are buzzing at Westminster at Lake Ridge, a continuing care retirement community in Lake Ridge, VA, about the latest addition to its newly restored butterfly garden. A wooden beehive with an active colony of honey bees has recently been placed next to the Westminster Butterfly Garden in a retirement community already renown for its natural beauty.

“The beehive is the crowning touch to an area of the community that already houses the butterfly garden, the vegetable garden and a large pond,” says resident Boyd Post, the head of the Landscape Committee.  “I was fishing the other day when a bald eagle swooped in and snatched a fish out of the pond!”

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013

Prince William Co. Woman Celebrates 103rd Birthday

The day after she celebrated her 103rd birthday, Doris Woodring was gifted a cake, corsage and balloons by the staff of Giant Foods in Woodbridge, Va.

"We absolutely wanted to do something for her so we threw a party for her," store manager Larry Merritt said.

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013

Westminster at Lake Ridge to Sponsor 2013 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

nvsogifThe 31st annual  Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) will take place,  Sept. 7-19 with  over 50 events at 17 venues throughout Northern Virginia. New events this year are handball and rowing. Also new this year is the elimination of onsite registration.  All participants must register ahead of time either online at or by regular mail. Online registration opens July 1.  Previous competitors will receive a registration form in the mail in late June.  Forms will also be at senior centers, community centers, senior residences or by calling 703-228-4721.

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013

Help in the Swimming Pool is the Life’s Work of One Local Senior

swimmersgifWhen Carol Cornutt was looking for a retirement community, her 'must have' feature was a swimming pool. Carol is a former physical education teacher from Eureka, California. She spent her entire career in the public school system and primarily taught swimming to high school students.
When she first retired, she moved from the Redwood Country to the California mountains. There, her home had a private swimming pool. Over the 16 years she lived in Mount Shasta, she estimates she gave swimming lessons in her backyard pool to between 200- 250 children.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Peer-to Peer Computer Training at Westminster at Lake Ridge

When Dorothy Horne arrived at Westminster at Lake Ridge three years ago, she had never used a computer. So last year when her church started sending its newsletter solely via e-mail, the 85-year-old told herself she had “better join the rest of the world.”

Fortunately, the “rest of the world” included Virginia Macpherson, a 15-year resident at the community who helped found CLIC—the Computer Learning and Information Center at Westminster at Lake Ridge. Macpherson helps mentor residents like Horne who are new to computers and the Internet.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In Prince William, free screenings allow Howard U. students to test skills, help seniors

The free screenings sought to gauge whether the seniors were safe living independently and to promote independence, Howard University associate professor Spiridon Karavatas said.

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Westminster Lake Ridge Blog
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013

Older Adults Find Their Hidden Artists

straussgifPutting the right brain to work brings balance, clear thinking and stress relief, according to local artist Kathy Strauss. After years as a photographer and marketing professional, lately she is turning to art coaching as a way to bring young and old alike into a fondness for the creative side of life.

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Kimberly Hartke
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Families Discover a Way to Create Plenty of Holiday Memories, Without All the Fuss

xmasfamilygifMost of us think of going to mom and dad's home for the holidays, but one local retirement community is the preferred holiday destination for some rather large families. Holiday traditions strengthen family ties like no other. Much family lore is shared and fond memories are made, while breaking bread together around the holiday table.

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WRL Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Weaver Receives ‘Active in Aging Award’

tomgifLake Ridge, VA -- Tom Weaver, director of dining services at Westminster at Lake Ridge, was honored with an “Active in Aging Award” from the Prince William Area Agency on Aging for his exemplary service in support of the agency’s 2012 Caregiver Conference. The award will be presented at noon on Nov. 28 at the Woodbridge Senior Center, 13850 Church Hill Dr. in Woodbridge.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

102-Year-Old Hopes for Q-Letter Day at Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

doris2gifSeptember 6, 2012--Occoquan, VA-- At 102, Doris Woodring reckons she’s the oldest participant in this month’s 2012 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO). The resident at Westminster at Lake Ridge in Occoquan, VA.  will compete for her first time in scrabble on Sept. 24 at the Lincolnia Senior Citizen’s Center.

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