The last few weeks of summer are always a busy time filled with parties, barbecues, reunions, weddings, and celebrations of all kinds. Vista Prairie Communities are no exception! Our senior living communities find any and all excuses to celebrate throughout the summer. Here’s a preview of some of the upcoming events on Vista Prairie Communities social calendars.
Chris Carter, Executive Director of Vista Prairie at Windmill Ponds, is an experienced organizational leader. She has held many positions of leadership over the years, first in higher education and then in senior living, making her uniquely qualified for the role of Windmill Ponds Executive Director.
By the time summer finally rolls around, you’re antsy to get outdoors and replenish your vitamin D after the long Minnesota winter. Daily doses of sunshine are crucial to mental and physical wellbeing. Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. Sunshine also strengthens your immune system and can lower blood pressure. However, overexposure can be harmful. But as long as you keep a few simple precautions in mind, you can enjoy the summer sunshine carefree.
Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness month, dedicated to increasing public knowledge of this often-misunderstood disease and raising funding for Alzheimer’s research. The more we understand about the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the more support we can provide to the 47 million Americans who live with the disease.
With an ever-growing array of senior living options available—independent living, adult day care, home health care, senior apartments, and skilled nursing, just to name a few—the prospect of choosing the community that’s right for you can be daunting. And that’s after you make the decision to move to a senior community, not an easy thing to do in its own right.