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Keeps on Ticking

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Maxine has been through her share of difficulties in the last four months, but you wouldn’t know it from her smile. The photo was taken as she had boarded a pontoon for a ride on Alexandria’s Lake Victoria. It’s again a regular activities option for Vista Prairie at Windmill Ponds.

Maxine, now 91, has been back at Windmill Ponds since June, following minor injuries from a fall. Her accident meant she’d need to go to a skilled nursing facility for rehab. While there she experienced more health problems that sent her back to the hospital in April and May.

Maxine says she needed to do “a lot of exercising” to regain her strength to be discharged from the nursing home and rejoin her friends at Windmill Ponds. “Everyone is so attentive here,” she says. It was worth the effort, “I love the staff,” she says and all the things to do.

“I’ve had a really busy morning,” Maxine remembers, “and I like that to keep busy.” The morning started with exercise for a half hour. Then she got in a little nap before lunch, followed by a worship service.

“I had never heard one of their services before and I thought he did a very, very good job.” While the service might not replicate her home church, Maxine agrees with her two daughters that it was time for her to seek a higher level of care than they could provide in her home, even though they lived on either side of her house in Alexandria. “Especially after that fall, I realized I should not be by myself anymore. I don’t think I could be in a better place.”

And as for the pontoon ride? “I thought it was great. I’ve been around Lake Victoria many, many times but you still see new things. It was a great boat ride.”

The pontoon rides are courtesy of the nonprofit Let’s Go Fishing program, with generous support from area businesses. Windmill Ponds offers assisted living in 65 one- and two-bedroom apartments, designed for seniors who enjoy an active social environment and expect high quality care.

5 Ways to Stay Fit in the Summer

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Regular exercise doesn’t become any less important as you age. In fact, making a habit of physical activity can prolong your mobility and independence, reduce the impact of chronic diseases and boost overall mood. It also increases your strength, stamina and flexibility so that you can continue doing the things you love—like holding your young grandchildren and cooking for yourself and friends.

The warm weather opens up a whole new set of ways to be active. With the official start of summer just around the corner, we’ve made a list of five fun activities to get you moving this season.

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Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

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With one person in the United States developing Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds, odds are good that you know someone affected by the disease. You also probably know the pain, heartache and stress that come with having the disease or caregiving for a loved one with memory loss. But what if you could do something today to relieve some of that anxiety and depression? The good news is that you can! There are a variety of activities you can do with your loved ones that improve their mood and memory.

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Easy Ways for Seniors to Stay Active Indoors

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Our days outside are numbered, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop being active or doing the things you love. There are plenty of easy ways for seniors to stay active inside too, most of which are beneficial for your mind and body.

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The Importance of Relationships as You Age

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Building and Strengthening Relationships

The Importance of Relationships as You Age

Relationships are important opportunities. Relationships are where you find support, learn lessons, receive advice and grow. Whether the relationship is parent-child, friend, significant other or even a stranger, it can sometimes require a bit of work to maintain and even repair these relationships. But what happens, as you get older? Do relationships suddenly become less important? Actually, it’s the exact opposite; it becomes even more important to strengthen relationships.

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