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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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WLR Blog
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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WLR Blog
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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