Category: On Aging

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 […]

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 […]

September 13, 2018

Watermark’s Thrive Dining™ Program Enables Iowa’s Elderly to Dine with Dignity

An article was recently published in the Des Moines Register on August 20th, 2018. To read the full article, please click here. Put down the utensils and prepare for a meal of bite-size hors d’oeuvres that pack a flavorful punch. The innovative Thrive Dining™ program, exclusive to Watermark Retirement Communities® is geared toward residents with cognitive and […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 21, 2017

Vintage Hills Participates in Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Several employees with Vintage Hills participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday September 16th at the State Capital. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia […]

September 14, 2017

Consider the Difference You Can Make as a Volunteer

Have you considered volunteering for a local Assisted Living or Memory Care unit? Volunteering not only provides you with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that you are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond your own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing. The difference that you'll make in someone else's life will make […]

September 11, 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Vintage Hills in Ankeny has teamed up with our sister communities in Pella and Indianola to walk this Saturday, September 16th at 10:00am […]

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 2, 2017

Reminder: Dementia Caregiver Support Group Meets August 9th at Vintage Hills

This is a reminder that the Dementia Caregiver Support Group will be meeting next Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00pm in the private dining room of Vintage Hills. Vintage Hills partners with the Jewish Life Center to provide a support group for caregivers and those with friends and family who have dementia or Alzheimer's. We welcome you to come […]

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 […]

April 27, 2017

Dementia Caregivers Support Group Coming to Vintage Hills

Vintage Hills in partnership with Kindred Hospice will host a Dementia Caregiver Support Group the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm in the private dining room at Vintage Hills starting May 10th. The first meeting will focus on caregiver burnout. According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are ten symptoms of caregiver stress to be aware of. […]

April 5, 2017

“Assisted Living Today” Rated Vintage Hills as One of the Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in the State of Iowa

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 […]

November 23, 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 16, 2016

Intergenerational Programming Enriches the Lives of Seniors and Children

Intergenerational Programming occurs when seniors and youth come together to share time and experiences. “Intergenerational programming,” as defined by the National Council on the Aging, involves those “activities or programs that increase cooperation, interaction or exchange between any two generations. It involves the sharing of skills, knowledge or experience between old and young.” At Vintage Hills we open our […]

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 […]

July 29, 2016

Handling Life’s Changes

Change can be challenging. Change after living independently for all of your adult life is especially difficult. When someone moves into an assisted living community there is often a transition period. The time it takes to transition is different for everyone. Family members must have patience and understanding as they help transition their loved one. The keys to success […]

June 10, 2016

Vintage Hills adds a NuStep® to the Exercise Room!

Vintage Hills has now added a NuStep® Recumbent Fitness Trainer to our Exercise Room. The NuStep®, which is used in quality rehabilitative facilities and hospitals, is a welcome addition to our fitness room. The NuStep® offers an inclusive option to meet the unique needs of senior citizens of many ages and ability levels. Our NuStep has a wheelchair-height seat that swivels […]

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 […]

September 21, 2015

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday September 19th, several employees from Vintage Hills attended the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" at the State Capital in Des Moines. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls […]

May 14, 2015

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 […]

May 14, 2015

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 […]