Monthly, if not twice monthly, we like to hold crafting sessions for residents. This past month, the Town Center residents wanted to pitch in and help with the centerpieces for the Independent Living dining room. They made Valentine colored paper flowers and they all looked beautiful!
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Legacy Pointe's Marketing and Community Life Departments teamed up to host this year's Sweetheart Social. The Beaver Creek Jazz Ensemble was gracious enough to create a small group from among their 35 person band to perform for us at the Sweetheart Social. Residents and prospects alike enjoyed the music, snacks, and atmosphere of the Sweetheart Social. It was […]
We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]
Gardens residents celebrated New Years a little earlier in the day and discussed new years resolutions. Each resident chose a resolution and discussed how they could accomplish it!
We recently got a Wii Bowling group together in The Inn, our Assisted Living neighborhood. The residents are really enjoying the challenge and look forward to increased hand-eye coordination and muscle strength. They enjoy helping each other learn and play this fun game.
Community Life Director, Ashley, loves to bring her French bulldog, Gigi into work. The residents love reminiscing about the days when they owned dogs and enjoy the opportunity to interact with a dog again. Residents in The Springs get the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Gigi and help brush her fur. Gigi sure loves all the attention!
It was Theresa's birthday recently and all the residents had a great time celebrating!
In November, during the week of Thanksgiving, Legacy Pointe had a bye week for the Bean Bag Baseball League. So, in the absence of a game, the residents played the staff. This is the 3rd time the staff have played the residents and the series was tied with each having won one game. This time the staff were […]
For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]
Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]
Town Center resident, Ken, is this years winner of the Legacy Pointe Annual Pool Tournament. Ken can be found almost every day playing pool with friends here at Legacy Pointe. He even helped facilitate, plan, and coordinate the event this year! Congratulations, Ken!
From Cadence the Beagle visiting to fun with hats, Gardens residents always have fun with Community Life Associate, Renee!
During Active Aging Week in September, Community Life Associates Juli and Renee, took Springs and Gardens residents out fishing. In October, Juli and two Springs residents decided to sneak out one last time while the weather was nice! Even though they didn't catch anything the residents had a wonderful time!
Community Life Associate, Juli, was dog sitting her mom's dog, Lexi, last week. Over the weekend she brought her by to visit with the residents. As you can see by their faces, and Lexi's, everyone had a great time!
September 23rd through September 29th was Active Aging Week. The Village at Legacy Pointe celebrated by hosting various activities for the residents to showcase that being active does not have to be restricted by your age or ability level! Check out some of the fun stuff we did this week!
This past week we celebrated National Assisted Living Week. Here are a few photos of some of the fun things we did to celebrate!
Gardens residents had some fun and got creative this week. Community Life Associate, Renee, likes to come up with creative crafts for the residents to do, that aren't too hard. Renee says she isn't the craftiest, but she has fun creating memories with the residents!
Inn residents enjoy their card games, we play several throughout the week, but it is always fun to have an extra game played on the weekend. Community Life Associate, Renee, led these ladies in an afternoon game of Kings in the Corner on a Saturday afternoon.
Headbanz is a fun game that Inn residents are really learning to enjoy. Not only is it fun, but this game is great for brain fitness. In this game, one person holds a card (either where they can't see it or on a headband) and everyone else gives them clues as to what the card says. It is […]
Residents are able to partake in several options for exercise class in The Town Center. This new class offers specific work on balance and posture! We will work on core strength as well. It is a fun time for all who join in and we enjoy seeing the progress residents are making.
Cadence the Beagle visited residents of The Gardens last week and residents absolutely love her! It is a nice change to their day and some even reminisced about the days when they had a dog, or the dogs they used to own, or other pets! It was a great time for residents!
Beck is a hit among The Springs residents, he will visit once a month on Wednesday afternoons!
National Nursing Home Week was in May and we finally got all of our pictures pulled together after a fun-filled week! Take a look at some of the things we did during the week!
Saturday May 19th, Bentley came back for another visit! We have Bentley and her mom Becky scheduled to come back two times in June as well! Be on the look out!
In the fall, The Village at Legacy Pointe was the winner of the Bean Bag World Series. This Spring, we ended up getting 4th. There were a total of 17 teams that started the season and 16 arrived to play at the World Series on Tuesday, May 15th. We took 10 residents from The Inn and The Town […]
Bentley, a toy poodle, came to visit residents on this past Saturday, and the residents really loved the visit! Bentley and her owner plan to come back May 19th and we already have a couple of dates set for June for her to come back!
A new duo, Side by Side Duo, performed at The Village at Legacy Pointe. This group has been singing together for about a year and this is their first appearance at Legacy Pointe. They played some great songs that the residents knew, loved, and sang along with! It was a great way to enjoy the afternoon!
Town Center resident Faye Smith's daughter-in-law, Angela, visited The Village at Legacy Pointe on Thursday, April 26th to hold a discussion about Rodan and Fields, a skincare company. It was very informational and the residents enjoyed sampling some of the products.
On Thursday, March 15th, we held our first Canvas Painting class with Waukee Chamber Member and owner of Sunflower Fine Art, Tingting Shao. The residents really enjoyed this hands on experience and got to let their creative juices flow!
As we age our brain health and cognitive abilities tend to decline, but there are ways we can try to combat this. Home Care Assistance is offering a 6 week Brain Fit program (Cognitive Therapeutics) at The Village at Legacy Pointe. Each week there is a different focus, so far we have had one session and the […]
At the Village at Legacy Pointe we try to offer more than just your normal, expected, selection of activities for residents to participate in. Recently, we were able to set up a weekly cat therapy visit through the ARL to visit residents in The Springs. Dennis, ARL Volunteer, brings one of his two certified therapy cats every Wednesday […]
We were excited to host our very own Olympics on February 19th! The residents and staff alike have been inspired by the athletic feats during the Olympics and decided to arrange for a senior friendly version! Residents got the chance to participate in Bean Bag Toss, Shuffle Board, or Ring Toss. Scores were tallied, and residents were […]
Legacy Pointe hosted a Mardi Gras party on Monday, February 12th. The residents enjoyed the festive decorations, the colorful treats, and the fun hats and face masks to wear!
We take being physically active very seriously at The Village at Legacy Pointe. Five days per week, each area of the community has some form of physical offering for residents. Not only does it help to keep our residents limber, but it helps to keep them alert and engaged.
We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]
Watermark was recently featured on Senior Housing News in the article Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care published on July 25th, 2017. To view the article, please click here. Unintentional weight loss and unhealthy meals like chicken nuggets, fish sticks and French fries, all lacking any nutritional value, are a thing of the past. […]
Thrive Dining™ is a revolutionary dining program designed to restore the dignity and enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges. Thrive Dining™ features Watermark Communities’ Chef recipes and high quality, freshly prepared gourmet menu items, transformed into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals. Watermark Chefs start by using the Grind Dining “patent-pending” […]
An article was recently featured in Discover Adel, published on November 9th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. It’s hard for many of us who have never served in the military to fathom the experience. We asked veterans living at The Village at Legacy Pointe to share the most important life lessons they […]
We are thrilled to announce that we have received outstanding national coverage for our Veterans Life Lessons initiative in the Healthy Aging Magazine, published on November 11th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here. Celebrating Our Veterans Around the U.S. Watermark Retirement Communities Shares Vet Words of Wisdom From practical, lifesaving advice, “You […]
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more that 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's! We at The Village at Legacy Pointe wanted to help support the association in finding a cure. The walk was hosted on September 17th, and over 2,000 participants joined up for the same cause! The Legacy Walkers was a combination of […]
The Village at Legacy Pointe was recently selected for the 2016 Best of Waukee Award in the Assisted Living Facility category by the Waukee Award Program as stated in a Press Release on June 30th, 2016. For more information about the Waukee Award program, please visit awardconnect.org. To read the full Press Release, please click here. The […]
Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care […]
At the Village at Legacy Pointe we hosted a fundraiser for those that would not be able to attend the ALZ walk in downtown Des Moines this year. We raised over $200 and had a wonderful time with great weather. Thank you to all those for attending.
Having hosted several tours, I can say this is an awarding experience if you truly want to have a better understanding for your loved ones daily struggle with dementia. Having watched people go through this very "simple" yet "difficult" task I can say I saw the emotions and questions begin. Various people who have completed this tour […]
To get the most out of exercise and physical activity, they need to be a regular part of your life. Here are some tips to help you put physical activity at the top of your "to do" list every day. Make it a priority. Remember that being active is one of the most important things […]
"Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other. In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion on the behalf of patients, families and caregivers. Discover how the two diagnoses, while related, are remarkably different." For the entire article, please click here. Article provided by: […]
For caregivers, the early warning signs of dehydration can be difficult to detect in patients. For one, elderly adults don’t feel thirst as strongly as other adults, and thirst is a common early warning sign for mild dehydration. Plus, there are a number of other reasons elderly adults face a greater risk of developing dehydration. Click […]
To Register: 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Des Moines Date: September 19, 2015 Location: State Capitol Des Moines, IA 50319 Route Length: TBD Map Coordinator: Chantelle Mathany Phone: 515.440.2722 x8205 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about our 2015 Walk Planning Committee. General Information Where do the funds go? All funds raised through Walk to End […]
Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame. It wasn’t always this way. Although Schottland, an auto racing instructor, has been hitting the gym for nearly 30 years, she credits her weightlifting skills to her personal trainer at Fit, a gym in […]
The benefits owning a pet is one of the reasons we are a pet friendly community. "For elderly pet owners, who often live alone or in group facilities, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn." "A new pet can stimulate someone to read up […]
Dread the thought of an 'old folks' home? These retirees deflate that stereotype. Helpful thoughts for those looking: No. 1: Think resort community, not retirement home. No. 2: Keep continuing care in mind but out of sight. No. 3: Get involved before you move. No. 4: Allow plenty of time to review your options. No. […]
See video below. Video posted by: George McIntyre January 25th, 2015 on wcrz.com.
Bill Moore served in Europe during WWII. Like most of the American soldiers, he wrote many letters to keep in touch with his family back home.Moore couldn’t have expected a woman to find one of his letters (almost 70 years later) in a record sleeve at a thrift store not far from where he lives […]
When it comes to senior living, many terms get thrown around: skilled nursing and nursing homes are two examples. Oftentimes, the terms are used interchangeably. The confusion leaves many caregivers asking, "is there a difference between skilled nursing and a nursing home, and if so, what's the difference? Published on agingcar.com and written by Marlo Sollitto. To read […]
"...both groups can find themselves outside of mainstream society. They may have personal issues and struggles that can only be understood by folks with similar experiences." Published on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 on Iodinews.com and written by Steve Hansen. To read the full article, please click here.
There’s something so powerful about music and the way it speaks to our souls. You’re about to watch a video about this power that made one news anchor break down in tears. Many health benefits are associated with music, especially for seniors who struggle with dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges. Published on LittleThings.com and […]
It's hard to imagine what it's like to live with memory loss as so many friends and loved ones do. That's precisely why we're inviting guests to take a walk in their shoes. When you wear these specialty earphones, glasses, gloves and more during your Virtual Dementia Tour, you'll experience everyday challenges in a whole new way. More […]
Technology In Senior Care - I admire this young man's focus on improving the lives of elders.This is a wonderful idea for those who wander. The use of technology will become very helpful for the future of caregivers. 60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients […]
Karen Chen has always been close to her mom, who was the backbone of the military family as it frequently moved. But in the last year, that closeness has been altered as Chen’s 80-year-old mother slipped into dementia. “I felt like I didn’t need therapy because I could call her," says Chen of her past […]
If you don’t find time for exercise, you might have to find time for illness. A few tips below... to see more, click here. 1. If you don’t exercise for your body type, you will never get the body you desire regardless of how long and hard you work out. 2. If you’re looking to […]
Quick Facts: • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. • By 2050, this number could be as high as 16 million. • Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease. • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. • In her 60s, a woman's estimated lifetime risk for […]
Not even sure what questions to ask? Take a look at this article from the Alzheimer’s Association on the Ten Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association and their website www.alz.org is an invaluable resource for anybody with questions about memory related disease. The Village at Legacy Pointe's Memory Care program borrows traditions […]