Living life to its fullest at Willow Creek
Willow Creek, founded in 1997, is family owned and operated. Our communities are built on strong family values, a solid work ethic, and the best possible care for our residents.
Willow Creek's Assisted Living Las Vegas Communities are thoughtfully designed to create the environment and lifestyle you or your loved ones deserve. It was one of the first of its kind in the Las Vegas valley, and since the beginning, we have provided seniors impeccable services, activities, and amenities in luxurious and comfortable surroundings.
The Willow Creek Communities are dedicated to promoting the social, psychological, spiritual, and physical well being of all residents. Willow Creek seeks to provide the highest quality of life and to make a positive contribution to the larger community.
We believe in the dignity of each individual, recognizing that every person has physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs and rights, and that these rights must be respected. This respect is reflected in the efforts of this community to assist residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other related dementias. Our intent is to maximize capabilities and allow residents to function as independently as they are able, while providing assistance as needed.
Our community looks and feels just like home. Activity rooms and dining rooms are strategically located to encourage social interaction and involvement. We have created a balance of privacy and community. We have continuous walkways indoors and outdoors. The colors, lighting, and patterns are soothing to our residents, and our furniture has all the comforts of home.
One of the many advantages to living at a Willow Creek Community is the level of social interaction and munber of activities available to residents. We take pride in the care we take in planning our activities to ensure there is something for everyone and that residents always have something fun to look forward to in their schedules. Whatever the event, you can count on it being fun, safe, and well planned. You can invite friends and family to most of our events, and to meals as well.
Activity rooms and dining rooms are strategically located to encourage social interaction and involvement. There are planned events, resident clubs and groups, ongoing activities, and field trips to places such as Mount Charleston, Red Rock, and the Las Vegas Strip, for many forms of entertainment, all designed to provide residents an active lifestyle and interaction with others having similar interests.
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Many seniors mistakenly think of Assisted Living as a nursing home, a skilled nursing facility, or some other form of institutionalization. So it was not at all unexpected when Martha’s friends asked her, “You’re going where?” as she announced her plans to move to an Assisted Living community.
Martha was not deterred by their disbelief. She had been contemplating this move for over a year, and she had done her homework. She toured eight places, talked to family, consulted with her physician and visited her destination of choice numerous times before making the final decision. For her, it was a very emotional decision as she was proposing to leave a home where she and her husband had built many beautiful memories, raised three children, and where her husband had passed away.
Unlike her husband, however, Martha didn’t want to die in her home, alone. Now that she was on her own, she was lonely and growing a bit depressed, and found it difficult to do those things that seemed simple just a short time ago. The TV had become her closest companion and tv dinners her staple for nutrition. Martha wanted more than this for the balance of her golden years. She knew she needed to make a change.
Fast forward six months:
As I arrived at work today, I was met by a group of residents (Martha at the lead) who were boarding The Chariot (our nickname for the community bus) for a trip to the new Mob Museum, then lunch at Buca Di Peppos and a show on The Strip. Secretly I thought, “Huh, I’d kinda like to go on that trip. That sounds FUN!’’
Now when Martha’s friends ask her, “You’re going where?” she gives her reply with a smile and says “You should come too.” Martha has not only adjusted to life in Assisted Living, she is thriving…and loving it!
As Martha and many others have discovered, Assisted Living is very different from a nursing home, and is designed to allow seniors to maintain their independence for longer than would be possible if living at home without some minor assistance. In fact, many seniors are choosing to proactively move to an Assisted Living community even while they’re still 100% independent and do not yet need any special assistance. They are happy to start enjoying the convenient lifestyle they deserve – no worries or hassles of grocery shopping, preparing meals, or doing housework or laundry.
Make your plans for SIMPLE. SOPHISTICATED. LIVING. If you’d like to schedule lunch and a tour of Willow Creek Communities Las Vegas, or if you have questions or wish more information about Assisted Living, call Amy Moreno at 702-222-3600 or email.
Six months ago, Judy Olsen struggled to find her email, couldn’t tell the difference between spam messages and genuine communication, and had no idea what Facebook was.
“Spacebook?! What’s spacebook?” she replied when her daughter asked if she was familiar with Facebook, the social networking site.
But on Monday, Olsen held a certificate in her hands, having completed a computer course that is bringing together the 60-, 70- and 80-something crowd with university students in a program that is disproving the idea that technology is best left to the young.
Classes that cater to seniors and their desire to “get hip” to technology are more and more readily available – at senior centers, universities, and even in assisted living communities like Willow Creek at San Martin.
Saturday was graduation day for Judy and her fellow classmates, where the senior computer students were awarded their diplomas. One by one, the graduates walked — some leaning on canes or walkers — to a podium to receive their diplomas and say a few words.
“I just want to thank you for bringing me back to life,” said Olsen, who briefly dropped the course in frustration after her first tutoring session. But Olsen, a petite 84-year-old with snowy white curls and wide blue eyes, said she resumed the course to shake off the loneliness since her husband’s death.
“It took a while, but this is waking me up,” said Olsen as her young tutor, Heather Smith, stood at her side. It was echoed by several of the senior graduates, who spoke of the isolation of being elderly and trying to keep up with a tech-savvy world that rarely appreciates the limitations that come with age.
Smith said the course fills a need that will grow as baby boomers age, and want to stay in touch with family and friends who may be scattered across the country, and the world.
“My world has new possibilities,” said Rose Carlisle, who at 96 is one of the oldest participants in the program. “I was able to see my new great-granddaughter being born in Germany, all thanks to modern day technology,” speaking of her first foray into Skype, a video conference tool she used to speak with and see her family from the comfort of her own living room. “It gives me great joy to have these tools that allow me to stay connected even though we are thousands of miles apart,“ exclaimed Rose.
If you’d like to schedule lunch and a tour of Willow Creek Communities Las Vegas, or if you have questions or wish more information about Assisted Living, call Amy Moreno at 702-222-3600 or email.
Researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have pooled data from 148 studies on health outcomes and social relationships — every research paper on the topic they could find, involving more than 300,000 men and women across the developed world — and found that those with poor social connections had on average 50% higher odds of death in the study’s follow-up period (an average of 7.5 years) than people with more robust social ties.
That boost in longevity is about as large as the mortality difference observed between smokers and nonsmokers, the study’s authors say. It’s larger than differences in the risk of death associated with other well-known lifestyle factors, including lack of exercise and obesity. “This is not just a few studies here and there,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, lead author on the review and an associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University.
You may be asking yourself “Fifty percent higher odds of death? How is that possible?” To put their findings to my own test, I interviewed ten residents of a local Assisted Living community about their social lives. Those who cited having active and regular involvement with friends and family also claimed to be happier in general (using the tried and true “scale of 1 to 5” methodology). Additionally, it has been my experience that people who live in residential communities such as an Independent or Assisted Living property, where residents typically are more connected to other neighbors and have a wide array of social opportunities and events at their fingertips, seem to be happier than their counterparts who live on their own.
In most Assisted Living communities, residents experience a significant increase in their socialization, and overall quality of life, than they ever had living “independently” in a home by themselves. One resident I polled said, “I knew that I needed to make this move, but the biggest benefit that I didn’t realize I would have is how much more independent it would allow me to be. I have so many more friends now, and really get out and do stuff that’s fun and keeps me active. No more keeping my TV company!”
So now that you know how important it is to have a healthy social life, what are you going to do about it? Give me a call and I will help you make a plan to GET OFF THAT COUCH!
If you’d like more information about Assisted Living or would like to schedule lunch and a tour of Willow Creek Communities Las Vegas, please email or call Amy Moreno at 702-222-3600 .
At 82, Sally Ludwick is no newcomer to yoga. She can strike a warrior pose before most of her friends can grab their hankies. A veteran of 25 years, she credits yoga with giving her the strength and flexibility to remain active.
A small, sturdy-looking woman with an air of determination, Ludwick is a widow and grandmother who hikes, travels, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, helps care for a toddler grandchild, is active at her church and belongs to a book club. She also resides in a local Assisted Living community.
Her lifestyle is an example of what local geriatrics professionals call “optimal aging.” It’s their description for people 65 and older who continue to be active and engaged — both physically and mentally.
Geriatrics experts say an optimal aging lifestyle can help people live longer and stay healthier. It’s tied to “how you view the world and how you compensate” for growing older, said Dr. Christian Davis Furman, vice chairwoman of geriatric medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
The payoffs of optimal aging are fewer health problems, lower medical costs, a more enjoyable life and a decreased need for family members or professional caregivers, said Jane Thibault, a gerontologist who’s retired from U of L Geriatrics.
The concept is even more important because people are living longer. From 2000-10, the number of people in the 65-69 and 85-99 age groups grew at a rate three times faster than the population as a whole, according to U.S. Census data.
“It changes all the rules,” he said, and as a result, people need to live in as “young” a way as possible for “as long as possible,” he said.
Optimal aging can be marked simply by maintaining a “zest for life,” and is marked by two key components: 1. stay social – maintain friends and social activiites, 2. stay physically active.
On a recent morning, Ludwick joined other members of the Serenity Hiking Club and boarded a bus in Hikes Point for a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn.
In general, “I do what I like to do,” Ludwick said.
She became more active after 60, she said, when she had more free time. “As long as you’re healthy enough, then you can do something interesting,” she said.
Ludwick’s “zest for living” won her an award from the U of L School of Medicine — the new Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging. She also is pictured in the 2012 U of L Geriatrics “Optimal Aging” promotional calendar, along with 27 other honorees 80 and older.
“Older adults now are a lot healthier than they were a generation ago,” she said. “When people feel healthy, they’re more likely to be more active.” Well said!
To learn more about Optimal Aging, or if you’d like to schedule lunch and a tour of Willow Creek Communities Las Vegas, or if you have questions or wish more information about Assisted Living, call Amy Moreno at 702-222-3600 or email.
Willow Creek Assisted Living embraces a wellness philosophy known as Empowered Living, a program that both strengthens and enhances the mind, body and spirit. We look at wellness as part of everything we do, from the programs we offer to the services we provide. Wellness is truly the combination of many factors that encompass the primary aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Our Empowered Living program kicks off this October with a series of 4 wellness seminars presented by the Arthritis Foundation. These innovated lectures will cover a broad range of topics that empower and educate our residents and members of the Las Vegas Community. The lectures will be held at Willow Creek at San Martin and will take place on the following Thursdays: 10/04, 10/18, 11/01, and 11/15. Topics include: Arthritis and Active Living (Arthritis basics, Understanding Chronic disease, Living well), The benefits of exercise and nutrition and complementary therapies (this one will include an exercise demo!), and Putting Pain in its Place.
In addition, we’re developing an exercise program specifically designed for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. When you have rheumatoid arthritis, regular exercise can be beneficial. Our new exercise program will focus on: stretching, strengthening, and conditioning your body. Here are a few more reasons on why you should attend one of our exclusive exercise classes:
- People who exercise live longer, with or without rheumatoid arthritis.
- Regular exercise can actually reduce overall pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
- Exercise can keep your bones strong. Thinning of the bones can be a problem with rheumatoid arthritis, especially if you need to take steroids. Exercise helps bones keep their strength.
- Exercise maintains muscle strength.
- Regular exercise improves functional ability and lets you do more for yourself.
- People with rheumatoid arthritis who exercise feel better about themselves and are better able to cope.
Willow Creek’s Empowered Living Program can strengthen key areas of your life. Take control of your arthritis & make a personal commitment to wellness by attending one of our FREE seminars. Your joints will thank you!
For more information about the Empowered Living Program, including how to attend a seminar or exercise class at Willow Creek Communities Las Vegas, or for questions or more information about Assisted Living, call Amy Moreno at 702-222-3600 or email.