August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day. The holiday was established in 1988 as a day to recognize the wisdom, leadership, and achievements of our senior citizens. Of course, we don’t need a national holiday for an excuse to show appreciation to the seniors in our lives. But if you’re looking for a way to do something special for your loved one to celebrate National Senior Citizen’s Day, we have a few ideas.
There are many misconceptions about assisted living—perhaps unsurprisingly, since it’s only been around for about 25 years. Assisted living is often associated with outdated terms like “nursing home” or “retirement home.” However, today’s assisted living facilities differ significantly from the nursing homes of previous generations. They’re designed to provide a high quality of life for older adults who still are still largely independent but require some extra support.
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.