We are proud to announce that Oak Park Senior Living and ten other Southview Senior Communities raised over $23,000, more than doubling our goal! The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a nationwide fundraiser event for the Alzheimer’s Association in an effort to support lives affected by Alzheimer’s and advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
On September 15, we join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Target Field in Minneapolis. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association and Walk to End Alzheimer’s mission is to bring awareness, reduce the risk, and eliminate Alzheimer’s through research and care. You can help us by donating: http://bit.ly/2Bl2y7U or participating in the walk. Details here: http://bit.ly/2vOJVEg
Here are photos from our Alzheimer’s BBQ fundraiser! We held a silent auction with donations from staff, residents/families, and area businesses. We raised $2,353.00 for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota. It was a great event, and we served over 200 people.
Howard started a project to help the Ronald McDonald House.
We strategically placed the boxes throughout the community to encourage others to participate. Howard checks in daily to see how many pop tops we have collected. We are so proud of Howard for his thoughtfulness and generous attitude for this cause.
A group of residents from Oak Park Senior Living visited The Raptor Center. We were able to learn about raptors and saw several up close and personal. All the birds at the center were found injured in the wild. The veterinarians at the University of Minnesota work to repair all injuries so that they can return to their native habitat. Unfortunately, some of their injuries prevent this from happening, so the birds become ambassadors! This allows us to see these magnificent birds up close. The residents were amazed at how large some of the raptors were, especially the bald eagle.
Worldwide, more than 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month in June, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people around the world to learn about and spread awareness. This month, go purple and inspire action.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. The disease affects memory, thought process, and behavior, and is serious enough to interfere with daily life, progressively worsening over time. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s has no cure.
5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 94,000 Minnesotans aged 65 and older.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 123% between 2000 and 2015.
(video: Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures)
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
The Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association suggests these ways to learn more and get involved during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month:
Spread awareness of the 10 Ways to Love Your Brain – it’s never too early or too late to develop healthy habits, and combining these habits, like regular cardiovascular exercise, a balanced, healthy diet, challenging your mind, and getting enough sleep, can help reduce risk of cognitive decline.
Get inspired by powerful stories of people sharing their experiences with the disease.
Go Purple – wear the official color of Alzheimer’s awareness and turn your social media profiles purple as well.
Participate in The Longest Day event on June 21 in honor of those facing the disease. Select any activity that you love (or one loved by someone affected by Alzheimer’s), raise money to advance the cause, and share your story.
As part of the Southview Communities continuum of care, the Villas of Oak Park offers independent living for older adults. Should needs change, assisted living and Memory Care living options are available on campus at the Oak Park Senior Living facility. Contact us to learn more about our senior living programs.
Several residents from Oak Park Senior Living ventured out to CHS field on June 13th to watch the St. Paul Saints play Fargo-Moorhead. The weather was perfect, and our seats were great. Everyone enjoyed the theme, “Mr. Rogers Day”. The team arrived in a trolley and were wearing red cardigans to honor Fred Rogers. The team mascot, a pig wearing a tutu, was everyone’s favorite part of the game! Even though the Saints lost 1-7, everyone had a great time!