Category: On Aging

February 15, 2019

Legacy Pointe Sweetheart Social

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 […]

January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

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 […]

January 28, 2019

Wii Bowling Group

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.

December 12, 2018

Quality time with Gigi

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!

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

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 […]

November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

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 […]

October 22, 2018

Gone Fishin’

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!

October 1, 2018

Active Aging Week

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!

August 20, 2018

Saturday Card Game

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.

July 23, 2018

Brain Fitness Fun

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 […]

March 6, 2018

Therapy Animals Bring Smiles to Residents at The Village at Legacy Pointe

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 […]

January 15, 2018

Exercise For All!

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.

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

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 […]

November 22, 2016

Bon Appétit with Thrive Dining™

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” […]

November 11, 2016

Veterans offer life lessons in service, featured in Healthy Aging.

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 […]

September 26, 2016

The Legacy Walkers

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 […]

July 8, 2016

The Village at Legacy Pointe Receives 2016 Best of Waukee Award

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 To read the full Press Release, please click here. The […]

March 9, 2016

We Do Memory Care Differently

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 […]

July 15, 2015

Virtual Dementia Tour

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 […]

April 9, 2015

Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

"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: […]

April 2, 2015

Thirsty Thursday – Elderly Care: 7 Tips to Help Patients Avoid Dehydration

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 […]

April 1, 2015

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Des Moines

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: Learn more about our 2015 Walk Planning Committee. General Information Where do the funds go? All funds raised through Walk to End […]

March 24, 2015

If a senior you know is taking ‘retirement’ literally . . .

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 […]

March 9, 2015

What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing and a Nursing Home?

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 and written by Marlo Sollitto. To read […]

March 3, 2015

Looks Like An Ordinary Nursing Home, But What They Did Inside? UNBELIEVABLE

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 and […]

February 26, 2015

Virtual Dementia Tour – Do you want to experience the tour?

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 […]

February 26, 2015

A simple invention, designed to keep someone… a grandparent/parent safe.

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 […]

February 26, 2015

‘As simple as holding hands’ – Creating bonds when memory fades.

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 […]

May 9, 2014

Ten Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

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 is an invaluable resource for anybody with questions about memory related disease. The Village at Legacy Pointe's Memory Care program borrows traditions […]