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Seven years, no itch

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For seven years, Jeanine Schneider has planned and carried out the activities for residents of Vista Prairie at River Heights in South St. Paul, MN. Jeanine is busy preparing for indoor activities prior to another Minnesota winter. She’s responsible for residents on the assisted living side of the community and for the more specialized activities required in the memory care suites.

“If we’re doing an activity that not everyone can do, I’ll try to improvise,” Jeanine says. “Like maybe a memory care resident can look at a gardening book but not actually garden, or they can feel the dirt in their hands and get that tactile sensation.”

River Heights residents harvested fresh veggies this past growing season, cucumbers and tomatoes, as well as a variety of blooming flowers. The gardens also yielded lots of satisfaction.

“It’s the joy, knowing that ‘I grew this,’” for the residents. “Sometimes we do it from seeds, sometimes not.” While the tomatoes started as plants, the cucumbers came from seeds. Gardening isn’t the only source of joy at River Heights.

“I started this new thing. We give quarters if someone wins in Bingo and the residents get such a bang out of it,” Jeanine remarks. “Lately, I’ll pick one game out of the whole Bingo tournament and say, ‘If you win, all your tablemates win.’”

Jeanine also recognizes how much joy she gets out of seeing the residents joyful and having fun. “I’d want someone to take care of me and do things with me when I get older.” Fortunately for River Heights, that time is not near.

No seven-year itch for Jeanine, “I love it. This is kind of one big family.”

River Heights offers assisted living in 44 apartments in addition to its 16 memory care suites. Want to learn more about River Heights? Call Michael at 651-326-6501. He’s happy to give you a tour and introduce you to the whole dedicated staff.

Memory Skills: 5 Strategies to Improve Your Memory

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When you’re suffering from memory loss, it can be easy to feel helpless. Whether it’s the name of your neighbor’s dog, what you need from the grocery store, or where you went on family vacation when you were 12, it’s disconcerting to forget something you used to recall effortlessly. At Vista Prairie, we know how troubling those moments can feel. We’ve put together a list of strategies you can use to improve your ability to recall information you gather throughout the day.

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4 Ways VPC Communities Keep Residents Active

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Alzheimer’s is a complex puzzle that science is still working to solve. The good news, however, is that there are lifestyle changes you can develop to improve cognitive function and decrease your risk of cognitive decline. Some studies swear by the benefit of digital “brain games,” but these are only one piece of the puzzle. The best way to optimize brain function is to practice a diverse set of habits that exercise both hemispheres of your brain in interactive activities.

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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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Tips for Boosting Brainpower

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As you start warming up your muscles on spring morning walks after a long winter’s break, don’t forget to consider your memory! There are plenty of ways to keep your brain and your memory in tip-top shape. Just ask Megan Quastad, memory care coordinator at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont, MN.

While you’re daydreaming about sunshine and brighter days ahead, Megan recommends these tips for boosting your brainpower too.

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