Category Archives: Life at VPC

Character and Grit

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Irene and Lawrence Cline are a team who epitomize the character and grit of the “greatest generation.” The Clines were in the spotlight at this year’s home opener for the Minnesota Twins.  Lawrence, a World War II Army veteran who turned 100 last September, was invited to be the honorary flag raiser during the National Anthem.  Irene, 93, was by his side as she has been for all their 70 years of marriage.

The front page of the Alexandria Echo Press covered what the flag raising honor meant to Lawrence and Irene, who described their latest adventure together, “I’m a pusher. We’ve never sat around. We are always on the go.”

“You raised that flag faster than any other honoree I’ve seen,” commented a veteran Twins staffer after the ceremony. It was just the latest recognition for superlative service in Lawrence’s long life. During his deployment to Australia in the Army Signal Corp, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as an enemy code-breaker.

Our Vista Prairie Community in Alexandria, MN, has been home for Lawrence and Irene for more than three years. Their life at Windmill Ponds caps Lawrence’s post-war work experience at Northern Pacific Railroad, Western Union, Soo Line Railroad and FMC.

 

VPC Appointed Jeff Smith as Vice President of External Relations

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Vista Prairie Communities (VPC), a nonprofit provider of assisted living, independent living, memory care, care suites and respite services in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio, has appointed Jeff Smith as Vice President of External Relations. As a member of the executive team, he will be responsible for reputation management, government relations and fund development for the 20-year-old organization.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

First and foremost, we would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas from all of us at Vista Prairie Communities.

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Tips for Making the Holiday Season Special in Senior Living

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year for seniors in assisted living care, particularly those whose families don’t live close enough to make an easy visit. If someone doesn’t feel they can fully participate in the festivities—whether due to distance or due to personal limitations—it can be easy to experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. Vista Prairie Communities does a lot throughout the holidays to help seniors feel engaged in the holiday spirit by making it easy to celebrate with families and staff. There are also many things you can do to make your senior’s holiday season special, no matter if you leave near or far. Continue reading “Tips for Making the Holiday Season Special in Senior Living” »

How Seniors Stay Healthy and Happy

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Elbert Hubbard once said, “Happiness is a habit. Cultivate it.” As time passes, it’s important to not only put your health but also your happiness first. Seniors oftentimes feel isolated and can get down when they live away from their friends and their families. Nevertheless, there are many different ways to stay healthy and happy in a senior living community like Vista Prairie Communities.

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