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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016

Tai Chi offers benefits from preventing falls to peace of mind

Modern medicine has given us many gifts that help us stay healthy and active as we grow older. In the last couple of decades, however, some medical researchers have been examining older approaches and therapies that have stood the test of time. One of them is Tai Chi, and one of the researchers who has extensively examined the benefits of Tai Chi is Dr. Peter Wayne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville, Mass., and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, published in 2013 by Harvard Health Publications. 

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional Wellness

No matter how much time we spend with others, we spend more time with ourselves. That is why awareness and acceptance of our own feelings is such an important part of emotional wellness. 

An emotionally well person is able to manage thoughts and feelings, and the behavior that stems from them. Emotional health determines to a large extent how successful we are with interpersonal relationships, how effectively we make personal choices and take responsibility for them, and how willing we are to take on challenges. 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Westminster at Lake Ridge Skilled Nursing earns top rankings

Westminster at Lake Ridge’s Skilled Nursing has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best skilled nursing centers in the United States. 

Nursing Home Finder, which offers comprehensive information about facilities and allows users to compare them. The facilities that earned the Best Nursing Home designation represent about 13 percent of all U.S. facilities. 

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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. A state of well-being involves multiple factors that take into account our lifestyle and interaction with the environment that surrounds us. Achieving total wellness is an ongoing process that enables us to achieve our full potential and highest quality of life. 

At Westminster at Lake Ridge, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness. This holistic model, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, a cofounder of the National Wellness Institute, includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Intellectual and Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at the retirement community. 

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Westminster at Lake Ridge Team Walks for Alzheimer's Awareness

Staff and family members from Westminster at Lake Ridge participated in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Manassas, VA.

The team took part in the walk to raise awareness in the community for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Exercise at the right time can boost your memory

We all know exercise is good for our bodies, and new research is showing that aerobic exercise—the kind that gets you breathing hard and your heart pumping—can reinforce learning and play a role in storing information in long-term memory. 

A recent study at Radboud University in The Netherlands and the University of Edinburgh found that exercise performed four hours after a learning task boosted the subjects’ ability to remember the learned material. 

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Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Vocational Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. It encompasses multiple dimensions that include lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and a self-directed and evolving process that enables one to achieve full potential. 

At the Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ingleside Board Member Robyn Stone To Receive Prestigious Honor from the Gerontological Society of America

One of the things that makes our Ingleside family of communities so special is the incredible quality and dedication of the members of our Boards of Directors. A case in point: Dr. Robyn Stone, who is vice president of research at LeadingAge and will be honored this fall with a prestigious honor from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016

It’s a good time to reach across generations

We hear a lot these days about conflicts between generations. But we all have much in common, and young and old alike can benefit from knowing people of different ages. 

That’s why some forward-looking folks designated September as Intergeneration Month, a worldwide celebration that encourages people to connect across generations. It’s a time to get together, learn from one another and share the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth. 

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Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Team WLR competes in Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

The residents of Westminster at Lake Ridge are active, interesting folks from many walks of life who are engaged in a wide range of interests and pursuits. Did you know that some of them are Olympic athletes? 

Nineteen Westminster at Lake Ridge residents are competing in the annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, being held this year from Sept. 10 through 21. The games attract entrants from all over the area to compete in more than 50 events that also include swimming, tennis, handball, cycling, scrabble and dominoes. Four new events have been added this year: a spelling bee, orienteering, rummikub and Sudoku. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners. 

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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

Wellness is more than just going to the gym. It encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and is an evolving process whereby we achieve a vital, fulfilling and balanced life. 

At Ingleside communities, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a holistic model that includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Intellectual as well as Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re delving into each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at each Ingleside retirement community. 

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Talking with your doctor for better health care

Doctors and other health care professionals are so busy that it can feel like they don’t have much time to listen to you. 

Communication with your doctor is a vital part of getting good health care. But communication is a two-way street, and it’s important for both you and your doctor to make an effort. 

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Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016

Fight the bite! 8 ways to repel mosquitoes

Are you a mosquito magnet? Some people are, and research has now determined why.

Dr. James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says that some people naturally produce fragrances that attract mosquitoes, while others emit chemical smells that repel the insects.

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Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016

Turn back the pages of time with fun Facebook sites

Our memories of growing up fade, but thanks to the Internet, they can be brought back to life. 

A number of sites on Facebook feature mini-visits to the past, and the folks who have liked these pages obviously have a lot of fun on the trips. Besides posts ranging from funny to serious, the best thing about these posts are the stories people share in response to them. Little communities form around, for example, reminiscences about a favorite doll. 

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Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Coloring can make you feel like a kid again!

Remember how much fun you had as a child with your coloring books? Recapture that feeling—and draw some health benefits as well—with adult coloring books! 

Researchers have been studying the benefits of coloring for more than a decade, and they’ve found that short coloring sessions can help focus and stimulate creativity. That’s why you might see a high-powered executive spend a few minutes coloring before tackling a thorny problem he or she needs to solve.

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Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual Wellness

All of us search for meaning and purpose. Spirituality takes many forms, whether it means participating in an organized religious group, finding solace in nature or exploring spiritual concepts in discussions with others. Spiritual wellness is embracing core values that guide you, examining your beliefs and actively practicing those values and beliefs. Spiritual wellness brings peace and harmony to our lives. 

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Posted: Friday, June 3, 2016

10 ways to love your brain

You can reduce your risk of declining memory and thinking skills by making some key changes in your lifestyle.

Alzheimer’s is one of a group of conditions that causes cognitive decline, especially in older people. More than 5 million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and developing dementia is one of the greatest fears many people have as they grow older.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

9 ways to make your home safer this spring

According to AARP, about 18,000 Americans die from accidental injuries in their homes each year. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, take a look at your home or apartment for hazards that can cause injury or illness.

The April issue of the AARP Bulletin contains 99 tips to keep you safer at home. Here are some ideas that anyone can accomplish easily and inexpensively:

Clear your path. Remove or anchor throw rugs. Repair loose carpeting. Make sure low furniture, such as footstools, aren’t in the middle of traffic patterns. Clear electrical cords or clutter that could cause you to fall. 

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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016

Work longer, live longer, a new study shows

More and more people 65 and better are delaying retirement. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of people 65 to 69 were still working in 2010. That same year, people 65 and older comprised 16 percent of the workforce. Those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. 

There are several reasons why older people are continuing to work. For some, it’s necessary for financial reasons. Others want to keep working because they like it. Many people find it satisfying and fulfilling to continue contributing, either with a paying job or volunteer work. Some are starting new businesses and exploring new careers.

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Posted: Monday, May 2, 2016

Art Exhibit at Retirement Community Showcases Resident Talent

Photo: Residents view the fine quilting, crewel work, embroidery, fabric embossing, a personally-designed quilt motif, and weaving in the Fiber Art Exhibit.

For the past year, the residents at Westminster at Lake Ridge have been literally stripping the walls of their hand-made art and calling up their grandchildren for that personally knitted sweater and scarf gift set from years before, all to be featured at the community’s ongoing art gallery.

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Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2016

Resident finds the perfect active, engaged lifestyle at retirement community

Westminster at Lake Ridge resident Lou Anne gave up her dream of becoming a doctor to get married and then worked for 50 years to put her six children through college. For most of her life, she did what other people wanted and needed her to do. It wasn’t an easy life, but now, finally, she is living life exactly as she wants. 

Lou Anne was raised in a traditional household where her mother wanted her to stay close to home. What she really wanted to do was to go to medical school. But the man she would eventually marry said he didn’t want a wife who was a doctor. Her mother didn’t even want her to go to college, but her father intervened and allowed her to enroll in Cardinal Stritch College. 

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Posted: Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring is a great time to declutter

Have you ever had that moment when you’re overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have? You know it’s time to declutter, but where do you start? You have a home full of things you’ve collected over a lifetime, and it can be difficult to part with your favorite items. The reality is, though, that some of those items may not serve you well any more.

Decluttering is a great first step in downsizing, or “right-sizing,” as some prefer to call it. It’s what you’ll do when you move from your large family home into a more appropriately sized residence, such as a retirement community.

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Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Meditation has benefits for minds and bodies

People have meditated for thousands of years. Regular meditators say it’s a pleasurable experience that reduces stress, frees up creativity and helps them make decisions and reach goals. We’re now finding that meditation not only leads to a better mental state but can also produce measurable improvements in health.

 

 

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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dancing proves to be good for your heart

Which do you think is better for you: fast walking or dancing?

Though fast walking is certainly good exercise, you might be surprised to learn that dancing may have even greater health benefits for your heart than a brisk stroll. Researchers at Western Sydney University in Australia followed more than 48,000 older people over a 10-year period and found that those who danced were 49 percent less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never danced. The study found that the dancers’ risk from heart disease was 21 percent less than those who regularly walked.

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Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016

Dining Services director dishes up tasty, healthy fare

From daily meals suitable for a variety of tastes and nutritional requirements, to sumptuous spreads for holidays and special occasions, Director of Dining Services Mehdi Hamzi wants Westminster at Lake Ridge residents to enjoy every bite.

Hamzi, who joined the retirement community’s staff last November, strives to create a dining environment that makes residents feel like they’re enjoying life at a resort.

“I want residents to really enjoy the quality of the food, and I would like them to enjoy it on a more frequent basis,” Hamzi says. “Dining services is not just dining, but a peak experience for staff and residents.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How the MIND diet can help protect your brain

 

Can your diet reduce your risk of developing memory problems later in life? Researchers at Rush University Medical Center found in a recent study that an eating regimen known as the MIND diet may help to slow cognitive decline. The more closely the subjects followed the diet, the better their cognitive abilities appeared to be.

The full name of the MIND diet is the Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. As you can probably tell from the name, the MIND diet is based on the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approach to Systolic Hypertension) diets. Those diets were proven to lower the risk of hypertension, heart attack and stroke but had not been evaluated in relation to brain health. The researchers developed the MIND diet using food components that have been shown to be neuroprotective.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Who’s your team? Broncos or Panthers?

There’ll be plenty of cheering and friendly rivalry as the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Fans from Westminster at Lake Ridge will gather at 5:30 p.m. in the Potomac Room to watch the game and enjoy the retirement community’s annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party.

Director of Life Enrichment Susan Lasher plans on putting out a great spread including grilled hot dogs, chicken wings, dips and chips and other tailgate and stadium-type food along with beverages for attendees. Not even another snowstorm will stop her from firing up the grill outdoors, Lasher says. She recalls that in 2010, she had to dig out the grill after a big storm, but that didn’t dampen the fun. 

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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To be more active in 2016, think NEAT

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Did you promise yourself you’d exercise more in 2016? Millions of Americans started out great, but by the second week of January, many of them were not getting the recommended minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, less than half of those who made that New Year’s resolution are still going to be exercising regularly in June.

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Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Westminster at Lake Ridge earns CARF-CCAC certification

There are many factors to consider when you’re considering retirement options for yourself or your loved ones. One of the most important is quality of services, and one of the most important indicators of quality is accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC).

Only 300 of the 1,900 continuing care retirement communities in the United States have earned the CARF-CCAC Accreditation, and we are pleased to announce that Westminster at Lake Ridge has joined this elite group with the award of the Five-Year CARF-CCAC Accreditation.

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