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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017

Time to take charge of your well-being

Today’s vibrant, active older people are smashing the stereotypes of older people. They’re redefining retirement as a time of exploration, when they can follow the passions that perhaps they didn’t have time for while they were working. For some, that might even mean continuing to work, but in a different field. For others, it might lead to joining an art class and painting a landscape for the first time or taking piano lessons.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Defeating Alzheimer’s, a step at a time

Residents and staff from Westminster at Lake Ridge participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 21, 2017 in Manassas! 

WLR team leader Erin Mayhugh is proud that the team raised $3,399 during the event, exceeding its goal of $2,000. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017

The 5 most important questions to ask about a retirement community

Life Plan Communities (previously referred to as Continuing care retirement communities) offer a vibrant and secure lifestyle for people who want to pursue their interests without the hassles involved in owning a home. Communities like Westminster at Lake Ridge offer a wide range of services, support and amenities so residents can live their lives to the fullest with the added peace of mind of onsite health care as they grow older.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Exercise tops in keeping brains healthy

Could you lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by exercising regularly? Recent research suggests it’s possible. 

Increasingly, lifestyle factors are being studied to see how lifestyle changes affect the brain and may contribute to preventing dementia. Many researchers think that regular exercise is the No. 1 factor in preserving brain function. 

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Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Occoquan District Supervisor, Ruth Anderson sent a letter congratulating Westminster at Lake Ridge

Occoquan District Supervisor, Ruth Anderson sent a letter congratulating Westminster at Lake Ridge on being named Best Senior Living Community in Prince William County by insidenova.com voters!

Open letter as PDF

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017

Westminster at Lake Ridge voted Best of Prince William County

Westminster at Lake Ridge has been recognized as the Best Senior Living Community in Prince William County!

The award is the result of votes cast in Inside NoVa’s Best of Prince William 2017 poll. More than 8,500 voters registered their votes in an online survey in nearly 200 categories ranging from agriculture to shopping. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Residents have a field day for brain health

The residents of Westminster at Lake Ridge are celebrating Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by engaging in one of the best activities to keep a brain healthy—moving. 

Being active is associated with a lower risk of brain issues, and the retirement community is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association for a field day, the Longest Day, on June 21. The purpose of the day is to recognize Alzheimer’s and bring awareness about brain health. Participants are joining people across the country in The Longest Day event on the summer solstice to raise funds to fight the disease. 

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Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017

WWII vet shares harmonica skills with Prince William preschoolers

Westminster at Lake Ridge resident Jack is a harmonica virtuoso who shares his love for music and the instrument with school kids in the area. At 97, Jack is unstoppable and is a perfect example of the engaged lifestyle that Westminster at Lake Ridge supports and encourages for our wonderful residents. That’s why the Washington Post chose to profile Jack in a May 22 article, which you can view here.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Older Americans Month celebrates living out loud

Happy Older Americans Month! While we celebrate our older adults every day, the month of May gives us a special opportunity to recognize that there’s a lot to celebrate this year. 

For many Americans, getting older means getting a new or second start on interests, goals and dreams. This year’s Older Americans Theme, “Age Out Loud”, speaks to the way older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence and passion, while redefining perceptions about aging and serving as inspiration to people of all ages.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Art exhibit showcases works from Ingleside family of retirement communities

Art benefits both the artist and the viewer. Recent research has shown that making art has both physical and psychological benefits. A groundbreaking study of art’s positive effects on health as we age found that, for both artists and art appreciators, art aids relaxation, reduces depression and anxiety, encourages playfulness, improves cognitive functions, increases self-esteem, nurtures spirituality, provides social opportunities and improves communication with others. In addition, art promotes active engagement in life in positive, fulfilling ways. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

What is a continuing care retirement community?

Retirement today is a very different concept from what it was a generation or two ago. Retirement used to be thought of as a time to relax and take it easy, but now, it’s often viewed as a new beginning. Retirees are younger, healthier and sharper than ever, and retirement is about keeping busy, staying active and living life on your own terms. People are living longer than they did in your grandparents’ day—a fact that has driven huge changes in retirees’ expectations and needs.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017

WLR Home Care receives excellence award

For the second year, Westminster at Lake Ridge Home Care has been recognized as one of the best home care providers in the nation. 

Westminster at Lake Ridge Home Care WLR Home Care received the 2017 Best of Home Care®–Employer of Choice award from Home Care Pulse, an independent organization that measures quality of services and customer satisfaction with home care businesses across North America. 

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WLR Blog
Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Retirement community couple brings clean water to Kenyan children

In a few weeks, Westminster at Lake Ridge couple Mark and Diane will be leaving for a month in Kenya. The trip will be much more than a vacation, though. Mark and Diane are going to Kenya to volunteer. 

For the past 15 years, the couple has been helping to provide clean water and sanitary facilities at primary schools in the country’s highlands through Waterlines, an organization that funds and supports drinking-water projects in rural communities in a number of developing countries.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017

Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical Wellness

Over the past several months, we have been exploring the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a model of total wellness that we embrace at Westminster at Lake Ridge. The Six Dimensions of Wellness is a concept first developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute. In Dr. Hettler’s view, that total wellness is more than just physical health; it also includes components including social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual and emotional wellness. 

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