Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018
Fitness trackers helping seniors become more active
Do you wear a fitness tracker? If so, you might be one of more than 2.7 million active older people who are achieving 7,500 steps or more.
New findings from the Pew Research Center show that older people are more likely to use a wearable fitness monitor such as those made by Fitbit, Garmin, Motiv and other manufacturers. These bracelets and clip-on devices are increasingly popular with older folks. Read Full Entry
Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Older Americans Month celebrates engaged living
Happy Older Americans Month! While we acknowledge the value of older Americans every day, the month of May is a special time to celebrate the fact that older Americans contribute in many ways that make a difference in their communities. Read Full Entry
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Questions about life plan communities you never thought to ask
You’re ready to take the next step in your life and move from your house to a continuing care retirement community (also called life plan community). You’ve started investigating nearby communities that provide retirement living, and you’ve asked the obvious questions, but you wonder if there are other questions you should be asking.Read Full Entry
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018
Research-based tips for staying well all year long
Forming good health habits in winter gives you a head start in staying healthy and well all year long. Incorporating a few good habits into your daily routine can help boost your immune system and help you fend off virus- and bacteria-borne illnesses and fight chronic diseases.Read Full Entry
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
When is the right time to move to a retirement community?
It’s early on a snowy morning, and you are dreading the task of taking your trash to the curb for collection. As you sip your coffee, putting off the job just a little bit longer, you think about the sidewalk that needs to be shoveled. You look up and see the burned-out can light in your kitchen ceiling that needs to be changed.
It’s not that you can’t accomplish these household chores. It’s just that they seem more and more burdensome. It makes you wonder how much more time you’d have to do the things you want to do if you didn’t have to deal with that constant home maintenance. Read Full Entry
Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018
Lifelong learning conveys physical, mental and social benefits
We’re often asked whether Westminster at Lake Ridge offers opportunities for lifelong learning. The answer is a resounding yes.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that there are cognitive and physical benefits to continued learning. Nancy Merz Nordstrom, a lifelong learning specialist and author of “Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years,” says there are also less tangible benefits that can affect all areas of our lives. Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry
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.Read Full Entry
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. Read Full Entry