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Westminster Towers Summer School strengthens community wellness-582

Westminster Towers Summer School strengthens community wellness

In a dining room full of lively chatter, two people sit to the side talking about their interior design class and how much they are looking forward to next week’s class—one is a resident and the other, a server at Westminster Towers active living community in Orlando, Florida. Both are participants in Westminster Towers Summer School 2007 program.

Westminster Towers is part of Westminster Communities of Florida, a not-for-profit active living housing and healthcare-related organization in the Sunshine State. Founded in 1954 in Bradenton (just south of Tampa) and now headquartered in Orlando, Westminster Communities of Florida includes 21 active living and rental communities providing services to more than 5,000 people statewide. These communities promote wellness and encourage active and healthy lifestyle choices.

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Brain games: Can they improve memory and cognition? by Marilynn Larkin, MA-575

Brain games: Can they improve memory and cognition? by Marilynn Larkin, MA

By all accounts, the time is ripe for interventions to improve brain health. Nearly nine out of 10 people think it is possible to improve brain fitness, according to the 2006 American Society on Aging-MetLife Foundation’s Attitudes and Awareness of Brain Health Poll, which aimed to “take the pulse of the [US] public” with regard to brain health. Fifty-three percent of respondents to the poll believed brain health could improve “a lot,” while 35% believed it could improve “a little.”

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University-based retirement communities on the rise by Marilynn Larkin, MA-531

University-based retirement communities on the rise by Marilynn Larkin, MA

In the United States, university-based retirement communities (UBRCs) already exist at more than 60 campuses nationwide, and their number is predicted to increase significantly over the next two decades.1 “We have about 4,000 institutions of higher learning,” says Andrew Carle, MHSA, assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. “It would not be unreasonable to think that within 20 years, one out of 10 will be associated with a retirement community.”

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Libraries complete the mental wellness picture by Judith Tapiero-356

Libraries complete the mental wellness picture by Judith Tapiero

For centuries libraries have played an important role in society as sources of knowledge and places of learning. In small towns or large cities, libraries are frequently at the center of the community, providing friendly and familiar environments for reading, learning and exchanging ideas. So, too, a library service is a valuable asset in today’s adult communities.

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