Our residents enjoyed an afternoon of fun during our Valentine Celebration this week! The dining room was beautifully decorated in pinks and reds and there were hearts galore. Cookies, cupcakes and punch made up the menu and music was provided by Joe Klinefelter. We even enjoyed some impromptu dancing on our makeshift dance floor!
Category: Life at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail
There is something for everyone at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail! Our residents enjoy a wide variety of fun activities and we love to celebrate holidays and special events by making our community look extra special. These ladies were crafting for Valentine’s Day and our community looks great!
Our residents had a great time celebrating at our tailgating party for the upcoming Super Bowl!
Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail kicked off the New Year with some exciting news. We were awarded a Best of Senior Living Award for 2018 by SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. According to SeniorAdvisor.com, recipients represent “the best of the best” of in-home […]
Its cold outside but there is plenty to do inside here at Vintage Hills! Check out our January events. » Click to see the January Newsletter for The Inn. » Click to see the January Community Life Calendar for The Inn. » Click to see the January Newsletter for The Gardens. » Click to see the January […]
Vintage Hills in Ankeny has sponsored a group of 8th grade girls from Northview and Southview middle schools. The girls came together to make an all female Lego League team, named “Iowaish.” The Iowish is led by two coaches: Graham Schardt and Wendy Lilly, with 7 members: Avryn, Alysa, Grace, Avery, Talia, Francesca, and Faith. First Lego League is […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Greeting Card Making to Trivia and Talk to Issues of the Day to Bracelet Making and even Valentine Creations, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing […]
Here at Vintage Hills we have been busy with all the season has to offer. The residents have enjoyed wonderful carolers from many of the local churches and youth groups. We took a trip to Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona to see the wonderfully festive display of Christmas lights. We took another trip to Altoona and enjoyed the […]
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 […]
Come see what is happening this December at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail! » Click to see the December 2017 Newsletter for The Inn. » Click to see the December 2017 Community Life Calendar for The Inn. » Click to see the December 2017 Newsletter for The Gardens. » Click to see the December 2017 […]
The residents of Vintage Hills continue their annual tradition of supporting the Meals from the Heartland program. This program is made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world. The residents of Vintage Hills did their part […]
Today was the big day! All year long, the residents and their families have been contributing each month various items for Operation Christmas Child. The residents of Vintage Hills had a “packaging party” today. Fifty gifts for needy children were packaged by the residents and will be sent on to fifty children all over the world. Bouncy balls, […]
Veteran I was a proud veteran That served my country well To those that would listen I had many stories to tell. We fought for America’s freedom In far away places on foreign land. Wherever the battle for democracy raged, American’s finest made a stand. We fought for your future And the right to remain […]
The calendars and newsletters are in for November. It is going to be an exciting holiday season here at Vintage Hills! » Click to see The Inn Calendar for November. » Click to see The Inn Newsletter for November. » Click to see The Gardens Calendar for November. » Click to see The Gardens Newsletter for […]
The residents have enjoyed this festive Halloween season with many activities for all to choose from! Residents made seasonal Halloween cards, decorated pumpkins and handed out candy during our annual trick-or-treating parade. The kids from La Petite joined us in their costumes for a parade and they enjoyed special treats and some songs with our residents. It has […]
The Vintage Hills Vipers are at it again with another season of Bean Bag Baseball. This week we hosted the Bickford Bees. It was an exciting game for the Vipers, but the Bees pulled off a 15 to 10 win over the Vipers. Everyone had a good time though and it was fun to see all our friends […]
Vintage Hills residents enjoyed the picture perfect weather on Friday as we ventured to Center Grove Orchard for a tour and a treat! We participated in the “Sweet Hop On the Bus” tour where our wonderful tour guide joined us on our bus and guided us through the orchard telling us all the interesting facts of […]
Are you mystified by all the confusing labels, terms and abbreviations used by healthcare professionals, government agencies and senior housing professionals? There are so many that we could fill a book. In fact, we did. We at Watermark Retirement Communities® created the Senior Reference Guide 10 years ago to help dispel myths and clarify facts. […]
Both staff and residents got to see the amazing effects of music today during our Social Drumming program. Joe Parrish brought his interactive drumming program to Vintage Hills. What a wonderful program! Residents who are normally quiet opened up and residents who are no longer verbal were moving to the beat and creating music. Everyone […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » Click to view the activity calendar for The Inn. » Click to view the activity calendar […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Pumpkin Decorating to Scrapbooking Memories to Photography 101 to Armchair Travels and even History of Tea, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are […]
Vintage Hills held an eclipse viewing party for all the residents. The event was televised live in the Theater. For those residents who wanted to venture outside to see the event for themselves, special eclipse glasses were provided courtesy of Dr. Sharon Rowlet of Team M.D. Many residents reminisced about the last time they had seen an eclipse […]
The Staff of Vintage Hills will be hosting a bake sale on August 10th throughout the day to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser. Please stop by The Town Center at Vintage Hills to purchase a goodie. All proceeds go to this wonderful cause. Many staff members will be taking part in the […]
The Boy Scouts of Troop 85 came Monday night and worked very hard to clean the grounds of Vintage Hills. They cleaned up the flower beds and did extensive weeding on the grounds. They did a wonderful job and our flower beds look amazing now. Two of the Scouts have family that live at Vintage Hills so it […]
Today Vintage Hills celebrated a BIG birthday for a special lady! With the help of family, friends and residents, we hosted a wonderful party for the birthday lady. Special guest musicians Paul Michael Davis and Kerrie Davis provided the entertainment. The birthday lady was serenaded by these wonderful musicians. Each resident enjoyed a champagne toast for Mary Jane!
Wine and painting seem to go hand in hand these days. The residents of Vintage Hills did a little painting and a little sipping. Bruce, our creative Maintenance Director, guided the residents into creating wonderful landscape pieces!
Everyone has read the studies on how therapy animals assist seniors in many positive ways. Research shows that dogs, cats and other animals can improve the outlook and health of seniors. Hospice facilities, hospitals, assisted living and nursing homes, senior centers, mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers, even prisons have discovered the perks of pet-assisted therapy. The […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » August 2017 Newsletter for The Inn » August 2017 Calendar for The Inn » August 2017 […]
The residents of Vintage Hills have been busy! We have hosted several groups of kids this summer. The kids and the residents painted bird houses for the residents to hang on the patio or in their rooms. The kids and residents paired up for some wonderfully colorful creations. The kids group and the residents had a lively […]
Joyce Coin moved to Vintage Hills from Missouri in January of 2017. She is very active and participates in just about everything! Joyce enjoys crafts, but especially quilting. She recently made two quilts out of her late husband, Wayne’s shirts. Wayne and Joyce were high school sweethearts and had been married for 52 years before he passed away […]
It was a busy week at Vintage Hills. Several ladies created canvas masterpieces! Each painter chose a different picture to paint. We also held a super foods taste testing. Residents tried quinoa, sprouted grains and red lentils. Sprouted grains are “seeds” that have partially started the growth process. This deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to greater availability of vitamin […]
Elvis was in the house on Thursday, swinging his hips and serenading the residents of Vintage Hills! Beverly, a resident of Vintage Hills, exclaimed after the concert, “Elvis was just wonderful and it was the best day I have had in a long time!” The residents watched as Elvis put on his blue suede shoes for a […]
What a beautiful day to celebrate Mothers! Vintage Hills hosted a Mother’s Day tea where we served various teas including earl gray, green and hibiscus tea. Cucumber sandwiches and banana bars were also enjoyed. Daughters and sons attended the tea with their mothers, some traveling all the way from Pennsylvania to spend time with family!
A group of freshman from Saydel High School completed their service project at Vintage Hills by conducting a game day with the residents. The kids and residents had lots of fun playing games and getting to know each other. This was a great group of kids! We have two former teachers in our community who enjoyed reminiscing about their […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 30 different classes with everything from Building Balance to Canvas Painting to Culinary Arts to Photography and even Hydration 101, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes are for, […]
The residents and staff wish everyone a Happy May Day!
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » Click to see the May 2017 calendar for The Inn (Assisted Living). » Click to see […]
Assisted Living Today is a premier publishing resource focused on providing high quality, trustworthy information about various aspects of senior living. The article has this to say about our community: Whilst this is a retirement community that offers assisted living, memory care, and even short recuperative stays, the feel of the place is more country […]
On March 30th, Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail hosted a Progressive Tour for the public to learn more about dementia and to see the opportunities within our community. The tour focused on three very important areas: food, quality of care and understanding dementia. At Vintage Hills we create high quality, freshly prepared menu items that are […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting activities and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest. » Assisted Living – April 2017 Calendar » Assisted Living – April 2017 Newsletter » Memory Care […]
The residents enjoyed a little Irish fun today listening to the sounds of the Paul Michael Davis band. Green punch and shamrock cookies were served. There was even a little dancing! A traditional Irish meal, including corned beef and cabbage was also served. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
The Blank Park Zoo traveled to Vintage Hills on Wednesday to present their education program with their traveling animals. Our residents learned about four very interesting animals, the Bearded Dragon from Australia, the Tenrec from Madagascar, the Burmese Star Tortoise and a Guinea Pig. The program was very interesting and we all learned a lot from the presenter. Residents had […]
The Animal Rescue League (ARL) TheraPets program brings a certified pet and their handler, as a team to visit our community several times each month. This program offers our residents an opportunity to interact with an animal and the program truly makes a difference in the resident’s physical and emotional health. It has been observed that visits from pets […]
There is plenty to do this March here at Vintage Hills! » Click to see The Inn’s March 2017 Activity Calendar » Click to see The Garden’s March 2017 Activity Calendar
It may be February here in Iowa, but the residents of Vintage Hills got a taste of tropical fun during our annual Hawaiian Luau! The residents enjoyed tropical drinks, pulled pork sliders with pineapple salsa, grilled Hawaiian chicken skewers and fruit dipped in chocolate. Russ Barlow entertained the residents with the tropical sounds of the islands. It was a […]
The residents of Vintage Hills enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s day. At lunch, each lady was presented with a red carnation and all the men received chocolate hearts. Chef Eli prepared a wonderful meal with your choice of Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or Smoked Ribs with tossed Salad, Garlic Bread and Chocolate Mousse. In the afternoon, residents enjoyed a […]
We are excited to announce that Elijah Rosenberg (Eli) has joined the staff of Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail as our new Executive Chef. Eli was born in Colorado but moved to Texas as a child. He has been living in Iowa for the past 13 years. Eli graduated with a degree in culinary arts from the Iowa Culinary Institute […]
The residents of Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail enjoyed an English High Tea on Friday. A variety of teas were served including traditional Earl Grey, Hibiscus and Peach. Sweet treats accompanied the tea. The table setting was a mix of dainty tea cups, saucers and beautiful pots. A large group of ladies (and one gentleman) enjoyed each other’s company […]
Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail hosted a celebration for Neal and Mary Jane Clemmer for an amazing milestone: 70 years of marriage! The staff, residents of Vintage Hills, friends and family of the Clemmers all raised a glass of champagne to toast this wonderful couple for their amazing milestone. The menu for the celebration was chosen […]
The physical effects of mindfulness meditation are astounding. Here are just a few of the benefits for seniors: 1.) Mindfulness boosts the immune system. 2.) Mindfulness slows the progression of disease also has a protective effect against cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. 3.) Mindfulness reduces stress and depression. 4.) Mindfulness reduces loneliness. Mindfulness teaches the […]