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. Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry