A Guide to Aging Wisely and Living Well

Family, friends, and hobbies bring joy to our lives, and as we grow older, those bonds only increase. A University of Warwick study found we become happier as we age, and staying healthy and comfortable is a way to continue living the good life.

Get Moving 

Staying active is one of the most proactive ways of staying healthy and happy throughout the aging process. Physical exercise has been shown to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent, according to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Beyond the positive effects exercise has on Alzheimer’s, staying active is an important part of living a healthy and fulfilled life. 

According to Remedy‚Äôs Health Communities, ‚ÄúStaying active can boost vitality, help maintain strength and flexibility, improve mental function, reduce your risk for health problems, and even help relieve chronic pain.‚ÄĚ If you‚Äôre starting a new exercise regimen, find something you enjoy and start out slowly.¬† Activities like walking, swimming, biking, gardening, tai chi, and exercise classes designed for seniors are easy and effective ways to get moving.¬†

 

Exercise Your Mind 

Learning a new skill, taking a class, and doing mental exercises are great ways to work your mind as you grow older. A recent UCLA study found that memory fitness programs offered to older adults in their senior living communities helped improve their ability to recognize and recall words, benefitting their verbal learning and retention. ‚ÄúIt was exciting to see how much older adults participate in a memory fitness program and improve,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Karen Miller, the study‚Äôs author and an associate clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. ‚ÄúThe study demonstrates that it‚Äôs never too late to learn new skills to enhance one‚Äôs life.‚ÄĚ

Pet Therapy 

Along with keeping an active mind, improving and maintaining your mental health can be as easy as getting a pet. Studies have found that those with dogs are more physically active than people who don‚Äôt own a dog. Walking your pet is an easy way to fit exercise into your day, but your pet can also provide emotional support. Recent studies have found that interactions with pets and animals have significant benefits in improving physical and emotional well-being. A University of Maryland study found that interaction with dogs can preserve‚ÄĒand even enhance‚ÄĒthe mental health and physical function of people with dementia. The companionship, love, and affection of a pet can be comforting. Another study from the University of Western Australia found that pet ownership also helps to improve social networks and access to social support, as being social with your pet can help you meet other pet owners.¬†

Eating Right

Another way to prevent illness is fueling your body with proper nutrients. As you get older, changes to your body can alter eating habits. Variations to your senses‚ÄĒlike smell and taste‚ÄĒcan affect your appetite, and other bodily changes can slow digestion and metabolism, altering how you process food. With these changes, it‚Äôs more crucial than ever to maintain a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables contain fundamental vitamins and nutrients, so load up.¬†

The Benefits Of Senior Living Communities 

If you’re concerned about a loved one living alone, there are a few signs that indicate they may need a higher level of care: when they’re struggling to manage their household, forgetting to take medication, not eating well, not showering as often, and generally feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks. Senior living communities have numerous benefits including prepared meals, home care, socialization, activities, and peace of mind for loved ones. 

How, though, do you know which option is the right fit? 

Some communities, like Red Rock Senior Living in Woodbury, offer a continuum of care, so that seniors can transition from independent senior living to assisted living while staying in the same apartment; while others‚ÄĒlike Deephaven Woods Senior Living in Deephaven‚ÄĒhave a school next door and allow pets.¬†

¬†‚ÄúAlways trust your instincts,‚ÄĚ says Judy Gustafson of Auburn Homes and Services. ‚ÄúWhile you are touring, make sure you think about yourself or your loved one living in that community.‚ÄĚ How friendly is the staff? How helpful do they seem? Observe interactions, and ask residents for their honest opinions. Environment is important. ‚ÄúWe strive to make our residents feel at home,‚ÄĚ Gustafson says. ‚ÄúOur welcoming environment reflects the warmth and spirit of a small town.‚ÄĚ

 

Twin Cities Senior Living Facilities & Amenities 

 

Abiitan

abiitan.org
428 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 | 612-378-0020

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 151
  • Guest rooms: 0
  • On-site rehab services: Available
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings: Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Auburn Meadows Assisted Living

auburnhomes.org
591 Cherry Drive, Waconia MN 55387 | 952-227-0494

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 65
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services:¬†Physical, speech, occupational therapy on campus
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Chandler Place

chandlerplacesenior.com
3701 Chandler Drive, St. Anthony, MN 55421 | 612-788-7321

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 119
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: Interim therapies available five days/week
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Cherrywood Pointe of Savage

cherrywoodpointe.com 
5950 West 130th Lane, Savage MN 55378 | 952-808-8725

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 94
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: Coming soon
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

The Commons on Marice

commonsonmarice.com
1380 Marice Drive, Eagan, MN 55121 | 651-688-9999

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 147
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: No
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: No
  • Diabetes management: No
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: via Avinity Health Services
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Crest View Senior Community at Blaine (assisted living)

crestviewcares.org
12016 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-281-1601

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 51
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes, three meals daily
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes, emergency call system
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

Crest View Senior Community at Blaine (enhanced assisted living)

crestviewcares.org
12016 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-281-1601

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 11
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes, three meals daily
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes, emergency call system
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

Crest View Senior Community at Blaine (memory care)

crestviewcares.org
12016 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-281-1601

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 24
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes, three meals daily
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes, emergency call system
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

Crest View Senior Community at Blaine (senior market-rate independent)

crestviewcares.org
12016 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-281-1601

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 66
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes, 10 meals monthly included
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes, emergency call system
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

Deephaven Woods Senior Living

deephavenwoods.com 
18025 Minnetonka Boulevard, Deephaven, MN 5539 | 952-746-8562

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 78
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services:¬†Can be contracted to come in¬†
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

The Fountains at Hosanna!

thefountainsathosanna.com
9850 163rd Street West, Lakeville, MN  55044 | 952-435-7199

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 92
  • Guest rooms: 0
  • On-site rehab services:¬†
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

The Gardens (Nursing Home, LTC)

episcopalhomes.org
860 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104 | 651-632-8801

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: Case-by-case
  • Total number of living units: 60
  • Guest rooms: 2
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Katy’s Cottage (Assisted Living Memory Care at Iris Park Commons)

episcopalhomes.org
1850 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55104 | 651-646-1026

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 16
  • Guest rooms: 2
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Mainstreet Village of Richfield

avinityseniorliving.org 
7601 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield MN 55423 | 612-869-6584

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 160
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: No
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: 9 mos-1 year

 

Nokomis Square Cooperative

nokomissquare.org
5015 35th Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55417 | 612-721-5077

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 199
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: No
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†No
  • Housekeeping services: No
  • Diabetes management: No
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: No
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

North Ridge Independent & Assisted Living 

northridgehealthandrehab.com 
5500 Boone Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428 | 763-592-3000

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 197
  • Guest rooms: 2
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

Old Main Village

oldmainvillage.com
301 South 5th Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507-388-4200

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 72
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: Interim therapies available five days/week
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

Red Rock Senior Living of Woodbury

redrockseniorliving.com
2195 Century Avenue South, Woodbury, MN 55125 | 651-459-1400

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 77
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services:¬†Interim therapies available five days/week
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

Saint Therese of New Hope Residence

sttheresemn.org
8008 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428 | 763-531-5400

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 220
  • Guest rooms:¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: No
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list:¬†

 

Scandia Shores

avinityseniorliving.org
418 West Highway 96, Shoreview, MN 55126 | 651-415-9793

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 55
  • Total number of living units: 104
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: No
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

St. Anthony Health Center

stanthonyhealthcenter.com
3700 Foss Road, St. Anthony, MN 55421 | 612-788-9673

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 18
  • Total number of living units: 150
  • Guest rooms: 0
  • On-site rehab services:¬†Physical, occupational, and speech therapies provided
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No

 

Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake

sttheresemn.org
5200 Oak Grove Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 | 763-493-7000

  • Minimum¬†age of residents:¬†Varies
  • Total number of living units: 142 apartments, 64 skilled care units
  • Guest rooms: N/A¬†
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Sometimes

 

The Terrace (Catered Living/Independent Plus)

episcopalhomes.org
502 Lynhurst Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55104 | 651-272-4900

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 62
  • Total number of living units: 58
  • Guest rooms: 2
  • On-site rehab services: Yes
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: Yes

 

WestRidge of Minnetonka

avinityseniorliving.org
11201 Fairfield Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305 | 952-512-0547

  • Minimum¬†age of residents: 65
  • Total number of living units: 102
  • Guest rooms: 1
  • On-site rehab services: Interim therapies available five days/week
  • Full-service dining room: Yes
  • Scheduled outings:¬†Yes
  • Housekeeping services: Yes
  • Diabetes management: Yes
  • 24-hour staff and emergency call system: Yes
  • Personal care assistance: Yes
  • Beauty salon: Yes
  • Wait list: No
     

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