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Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015
10 Tips for Healthy Aging

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

That’s the philosophy of Carolyn Worthington, editor of Healthy Aging® Magazine and the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month. Now in its second decade, September is Healthy Aging® Month aims to focus on the positive aspects of growing older with inspiration and practical ideas to improve all aspects of our well-being.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pickleball project earns retirement community residents a spot on TV

Bill and his team of pickleball enthusiasts are local celebrities, after a feature on Westminster at Lake Ridge’s new pickleball court aired on WJLA News 7 in July. They may have made a convert to the game in Eileen Whelan, the reporter who interviewed Bill.

Pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, is a pastime Bill discovered when he was visiting a cousin in Phoenix seven years ago.

“I’d never seen it before, but it was pretty well developed there,” Bill says. “It’s very easy to learn and play.”

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WLR Blog
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015
Don your dirndl and join us for Oktoberfest!

Did you know that the official start of Oktoberfest is in September?

Oktoberfest traditionally starts the third weekend of September, and Westminster at Lake Ridge will be celebrating this 200-year-old tradition from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept 19.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Kings Park German Band will perform in the Potomac Room, where a dance floor will be set up. Heavy appetizers, desserts and German beer and wine will be served for residents and friends of the retirement community to enjoy.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2015
Retirement community residents display art from the heart

Mary Ellen and some of her artist friends at Westminster at Lake Ridge thought the hallway leading to the Health Services Center needed some sprucing up.

“The same art had been hanging on the walls for 20 years,” she says. It was dark and dull.

But through the efforts of the Art Committee, the hallway now shines with rotating displays of residents’ artwork. The current exhibit, featuring fabric art, is on display through September, and it’s very popular. In fact, residents go out of their way to view it.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2015
8 ways to get happier right now

Happiness is a choice. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can choose how you react to it. People who are optimistic and see the good in the world dwell in a happy place more than those who approach life with a negative attitude.

Here’s just one example. You’re driving on the freeway, and traffic is at a near standstill. What do you think as you stop and go or move along at 10 mph? Some people choose to fume and get worked up about it. Others might see this as an opportunity to listen to a book on CD. If you’re in this situation and you’re going to be late for an appointment, you could stress about it, or you could call the person you’re supposed to meet to explain that you’re stuck in traffic and then enjoy singing along with a favorite album.

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WLR Blog
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Good news from new research: Light exercise benefits older people

You know you have to exercise to keep fit and healthy. But does that mean you have to do strenuous workouts? A new study from Oregon State University indicates that walking, dancing and household chores is nearly as effective as more vigorous exercise—if you do it long enough.

“You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said Dr. Brad Cardinal, a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and co-author of the study.

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