Category: Life at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail

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 […]

December 17, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]

November 13, 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 9, 2018

Honoring Our Veterans

Many thanks go out to our friends at the American Legion Post 42 for a beautiful program that they presented this morning, here at Vintage Hills. He honored 14 Veterans this morning in a beautiful ceremony. We celebrated with family and friends in honoring these courageous men and women. There wasn't a dry eye in […]

November 7, 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 […]

March 20, 2018

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail Celebrates Success with Deficiency Free Annual Survey

It is with great pride and much gratitude that we share the fantastic news that our annual survey was concluded yesterday with fabulous results. We achieved a deficiency free survey! Kudos to our great associates to doing such a marvelous job every day, making Vintage Hills a wonderful place! Way to go, team!

March 12, 2018

Paper for Water

We were so blessed at Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail today to welcome Katherine and Isabelle Adams, and to hear more about their organization, Paper for Water. Paper for Water uses the proceeds from the sale of origami figures to support efforts to drill for water wells in third world countries. We were able to […]

January 9, 2018

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail Awarded Best of Senior Living Award for 2018

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, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. According to, recipients represent “the best of the best” of in-home […]

January 4, 2018

Vintage Hills Sponsors Lego League State Contenders

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 […]

December 15, 2017

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

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 […]

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 27, 2017

Vintage Hills Supports Meals from the Heartland

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 […]

November 15, 2017

It’s a Wrap!

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, […]

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween from Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail!

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 […]

October 19, 2017

Let’s Play Ball!

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 […]

August 30, 2017

Social Drumming

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 […]

August 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

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 […]

August 21, 2017

Eclipse Viewing Party

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 […]

July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Mary Jane!

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!

July 20, 2017

Wine and Canvas

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!

July 20, 2017

An Interesting Visitor

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 […]

June 16, 2017

Quilts Made of Memories

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 […]

June 12, 2017

This Week at Vintage Hills: Creating Masterpieces and Taste-Testing Super Foods

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 […]