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Happy Fourth of July from Oak Park!

July 4th, 2016

Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at Oak Park Senior Living. We hope your Fourth is a blast!

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Circus Barbeque at Oak Park

June 30th, 2016

Our staff at Oak Park Senior Living had a blast dressing up in their zaniest circus costumes for our all-house barbeque this week. with a Circus theme!

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 19th, 2016

Happy Father’s Day to our awesome dads here at Oak Park Senior Living! We hope you all have a wonderful day!

Father's Day, Oak Park Senior Living, Oak Park Heights, MN

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Puppies and Birthdays

June 16th, 2016

Here at Oak Park Senior Living, we love to hold puppies and celebrate milestone birthdays!

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Amy & Adams Concert

June 6th, 2016

A favorite musical duo of ours, Amy & Adams, performs concerts for us a few times a year. They play catchy folk tunes for the assisted living and memory care residents to sing along to.

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Rescue Pups

June 6th, 2016

Coco’s Heart Rescue brings their rescue pups in to Oak Park Senior Living twice a month for the residents to snuggle with.

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 30th, 2016

Today, all of us here at Oak Park Senior Living would like to take the time to honor and remember the men and women who have served our country. We are forever grateful for your sacrifice!

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Mother’s Day Fun

May 12th, 2016

For Mother’s Day at Oak Park Senior Living, we hosted a tea party and a breakfast bingo in our Community Room. Here is a photo of the beautiful decorations.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8th, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Oak Park Senior Living!

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5 Common Senior Nutrition Myths

May 3rd, 2016

It is no secret that proper nutrition can decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While eating habits and dietary needs often change as you grow older, there are quite a few misconceptions surrounding senior nutrition. Here are five of the most common myths.

  1. Seniors will stay healthy as long as they eat regularly.

Eating something is not always better than eating nothing. As seniors lose strength and mobility, cooking a meal can become difficult and time-consuming. Reaching for pre-packaged snacks and frozen dinners can be tempting, but these food options are usually high in sodium and fat and can lead to all sorts of health problems.

  1. All seniors will inevitably lose their appetites.

A slowed-down metabolism and a need for fewer calories are normal signs of aging. But when seniors completely lose their appetite, it’s often a sign of a more serious issue.

  1. Seniors at a healthy weight can eat whatever they want.

Some people seem to be able to eat anything without gaining a pound. However, maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t necessarily equal good health. High-sugar and high-fat diets can lead to diabetes and heart attacks.

  1. Eating alone isn’t a problem for seniors.

Studies have shown that seniors eat better in the company of others. Often prone to depression and loneliness, seniors are less likely to cook a healthy meal just for themselves. One of the biggest benefits of senior living communities is the friendly, social environment. These communities offer residents healthy delicious meals in a welcoming, social setting.

  1. General nutrition guidelines are the only thing seniors need to follow to stay healthy.

A healthy diet for a 30-year-old isn’t necessarily a good diet for a 75-year-old to follow. Seniors need extra calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, while antioxidants, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids can improve cognitive function. Plus, a 30-year-old is much better equipped to handle high levels of sodium and fat.

Make sure to pay attention to the eating habits of your elderly loved ones. Regular, nutritious meals can help senior citizens stay happy and healthy as they grow older.

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