Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail

The Best Value in Ankeny Senior Living

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail, located in Ankeny, Iowa is a retirement community offering Assisted Living and Memory Care on an intimate senior campus. Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail is located just minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment and healthcare.

In this small, but friendly atmosphere we offer extraordinary cuisine, fun events, interesting classes and unsurpassed customized care. Choose from studio apartments to spacious two-bedroom suites, wonderfully appointed with a kitchen, large living room and bathrooms.

Residents of Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail enjoy services and amenities that support a carefree, fun-filled lifestyle. Our on-site amenities include a courtyard with walking path, library and computer center with high speed internet, full-service beauty salon and barber shop, billiards room, movie theater, country store, fitness and wellness center as well as an elegant dining room with private dining available.

Life at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail


Painting with Friends!

Today the residents enjoyed both canvas and watercolor painting. Inspired by photos of flowers, landscapes and fruit, the residents created their own artwork. Everyone enjoyed the painting and the conversation! It was a great time with friends!

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Summer 2015 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 25 different classes with everything from Beginners Gardening to Book Club to European Travels and even Culinary Arts, you’re sure to find a class that piques your interest. While these amazing classes are for, and […]

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Canvas Crayon Art

Canvas Crayon Art, the newest Pinterest sensation? Well, you might be wrong because a few of these ladies did these when their kids were growing up!

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Corn shucking on a warm August day!

On Thursday, August 13th the residents of Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail enjoyed the Hot Dog Days of Summer Festival. Prior to lunch being served, residents pitched in to help shuck the sweet corn. Everyone enjoyed shucking corn and chatting with their friends. After all the corn was shucked, the residents and guests enjoyed hot dogs, sweet corn and potato […]

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Baking with Stephanie – Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Today during our Watermark University class Baking with Stephanie, we made Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls. We had many busy hands rolling the popcorn balls! Join Stephanie for a fun afternoon of baking every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 3:00pm. We will explore different creative baking ideas and use the convection oven right in the neighborhood to […]

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Thrive 5 Granola Recipe

Ingredients: 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 4 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (do not use quick oats) 1 cup raw almonds, chopped coarse 1 cup cashews, chopped coarse 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup dried […]

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Out and About

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What a day for art!

The residents headed out for an afternoon at the Des Moines Art Center today! We explored the wonderful art exhibits and enjoyed the beautiful landscaping around the Art Center. On our way home, we took the “back roads” and drove by the Governor’s mansion and through downtown Des Moines to take in the sights. Everyone had a great […]

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Des Moines Art Center Field Trip

Look where we are going! Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the not-for-profit Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists of the 19th and 20th century, each through […]

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Out and About: All About Fall

A simple ride through the country today to see the beautiful fall foliage.

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On Aging

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Aging Gracefully

While aging is inevitable, there is no reason why pain, disability or mental decline should result from growing older. However, in his book Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, Dr. Andrew Weil believes there is no evidence “that particular foods, supplements or other substances have anything to do with our living […]

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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. Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail’s Memory Care program borrows traditions […]

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Walking Towards Better Health

Physical inactivity increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Luckily, this is a modifiable risk factor and improving it is as easy as going for a walk most days of the week. One of the most effective forms of exercise to achieve heart health is walking. Walking does not require any special skills. It is […]

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SeniorAdvisor Review – The transition has been seamless.

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail has an inviting atmosphere and its just perfect for my mom who needs assistance in her daily living activities. Once a guru in the kitchen, she has adapted well to being pampered receiving three meals each day. Mom is enjoying meeting new people, adapting to her new apartment, planned activities […]

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Facebook Review – Friendly staff!

A beautiful, well maintained building! Warm & inviting! Friendly staff!

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Facebook Review – A wonderful, caring community.

Vintage Hills is a wonderful, caring community. Happy New Year to a fantastic staff!

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