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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Art exhibit showcases works from Ingleside family of retirement communities

Art benefits both the artist and the viewer. Recent research has shown that making art has both physical and psychological benefits. A groundbreaking study of art’s positive effects on health as we age found that, for both artists and art appreciators, art aids relaxation, reduces depression and anxiety, encourages playfulness, improves cognitive functions, increases self-esteem, nurtures spirituality, provides social opportunities and improves communication with others. In addition, art promotes active engagement in life in positive, fulfilling ways. 

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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017
What is a continuing care retirement community?

Retirement today is a very different concept from what it was a generation or two ago. Retirement used to be thought of as a time to relax and take it easy, but now, it’s often viewed as a new beginning. Retirees are younger, healthier and sharper than ever, and retirement is about keeping busy, staying active and living life on your own terms. People are living longer than they did in your grandparents’ day—a fact that has driven huge changes in retirees’ expectations and needs.

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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017
WLR Home Care receives excellence award

For the second year, Westminster at Lake Ridge Home Care has been recognized as one of the best home care providers in the nation. 

Westminster at Lake Ridge Home Care WLR Home Care received the 2017 Best of Home Care®–Employer of Choice award from Home Care Pulse, an independent organization that measures quality of services and customer satisfaction with home care businesses across North America. 

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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Retirement community couple brings clean water to Kenyan children

In a few weeks, Westminster at Lake Ridge couple Mark and Diane will be leaving for a month in Kenya. The trip will be much more than a vacation, though. Mark and Diane are going to Kenya to volunteer. 

For the past 15 years, the couple has been helping to provide clean water and sanitary facilities at primary schools in the country’s highlands through Waterlines, an organization that funds and supports drinking-water projects in rural communities in a number of developing countries.

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Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017
Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical Wellness

Over the past several months, we have been exploring the Six Dimensions of Wellness, a model of total wellness that we embrace at Westminster at Lake Ridge. The Six Dimensions of Wellness is a concept first developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute. In Dr. Hettler’s view, that total wellness is more than just physical health; it also includes components including social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual and emotional wellness. 

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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2016
Tai Chi offers benefits from preventing falls to peace of mind

Modern medicine has given us many gifts that help us stay healthy and active as we grow older. In the last couple of decades, however, some medical researchers have been examining older approaches and therapies that have stood the test of time. One of them is Tai Chi, and one of the researchers who has extensively examined the benefits of Tai Chi is Dr. Peter Wayne, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Somerville, Mass., and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, published in 2013 by Harvard Health Publications. 

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Posted: Monday, December 12, 2016
Six Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional Wellness

No matter how much time we spend with others, we spend more time with ourselves. That is why awareness and acceptance of our own feelings is such an important part of emotional wellness. 

An emotionally well person is able to manage thoughts and feelings, and the behavior that stems from them. Emotional health determines to a large extent how successful we are with interpersonal relationships, how effectively we make personal choices and take responsibility for them, and how willing we are to take on challenges. 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Westminster at Lake Ridge Skilled Nursing earns top rankings

Westminster at Lake Ridge’s Skilled Nursing has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best skilled nursing centers in the United States. 

Nursing Home Finder, which offers comprehensive information about facilities and allows users to compare them. The facilities that earned the Best Nursing Home designation represent about 13 percent of all U.S. facilities. 

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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2016
Six Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

Total wellness involves more than just physical health. A state of well-being involves multiple factors that take into account our lifestyle and interaction with the environment that surrounds us. Achieving total wellness is an ongoing process that enables us to achieve our full potential and highest quality of life. 

At Westminster at Lake Ridge, we promote the Six Dimensions of Wellness. This holistic model, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, a cofounder of the National Wellness Institute, includes Spiritual, Social, Emotional, Vocational, Intellectual and Physical Wellness. In this series of posts, we’re exploring each of those dimensions and how they are supported and practiced at the retirement community. 

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Westminster at Lake Ridge Team Walks for Alzheimer's Awareness

Staff and family members from Westminster at Lake Ridge participated in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Manassas, VA.

The team took part in the walk to raise awareness in the community for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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