When deciding where to live, location is paramount. While those pursuing careers and raising families might concentrate on public transportation and schools, older adults are often focused on access to good health services, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

When searching for a senior living community, it’s important to focus on the type of retirement lifestyle you desire, which will help determine what location will make you the happiest and set you up for success.

Here are a few things to consider when searching for the best location for your retirement:

Neighborhood

Are you looking for an urban environment within walking distance of downtown or a calmer area that’s off the beaten path? Many retirees seek a community that offers the best of both worlds, one that’s away from constant traffic and noise, but still close to stores, art venues, and recreational opportunities.

Arbor View Senior Living is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood situated atop Hackberry Hill far removed from the hustle and bustle of Denver. Surrounded by trees, walking paths, and gardens, residents enjoy sweeping views of the foothills with convenient access to the outdoors. A quick seven-minute drive away, Olde Town Arvada is home to quaint stores that sell pottery and jewelry, craft breweries, and the Sunday Farmers’ Market, making it a great place to spend the day, grab a meal, or catch a free summer concert.

Lifestyle

Is your ideal day spent playing a leisurely round of golf? Or do you prefer to frequent art galleries and attend live musical performances? Maybe you like spending your time equally on active outdoor pursuits and cultural outings.

Just down the street from Arbor View, the Indian Tree Golf Club is part of the Apex Park and Recreational District, which includes several nearby recreational centers and swimming pools. Seniors get discounted memberships and passes, too.

For those who enjoy the performing arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is nearby and with frequent theater performances, concerts, art shows, dance and art classes, there is no end to the educational and cultural activities you can enjoy.  It’s also a great place to take visiting family members or plan a fun outing with friends.

Community

Once you’ve found a location that appeals to your pace, lifestyle, and the things you enjoy doing, it’s time to evaluate what your new retirement community has to offer in day-to-day living. Studies link our surroundings to our level of happiness. Being close to nature in a peaceful environment reduces stress and boosts your mood for better overall physical and mental health.

Arbor View offers comfortable and quiet community areas to relax, and all apartments are located on ground level with private patios for easy access to our beautifully maintained outdoor spaces. Residents also benefit from our full calendar of life enrichment activities and social programming designed with residents’ interests in mind.

A move to Arbor View meets the needs for a quiet setting without compromising good access to culture and healthcare, the best of all worlds.

Considering a move to senior living? See for yourself what Arbor View Senior Living has to offer in location, services and amenities. Call 303-268-4747 or schedule a tour online today.

Five Benefits of Living Smaller

Thinking about redefining your retirement lifestyle? Considering a retirement community can be an arduous task. Yet, it presents a unique opportunity: embracing a simpler lifestyle can yield a richer experience, especially when streamlining your living space within an active senior community.

For example, many people understand the importance of aligning your lifestyle with your core values and priorities. In this context, downsizing your living space within a senior community might initially seem like a step backward, but it’s a stride toward new advantages. By downsizing your living space, you’ll open doors to a plethora of expanded benefits. Below, we dive into just a few perks of upsizing your retirement lifestyle by living smaller. 

1. Liberating Your Time – A Boon for Retirement Living

With streamlined, maintenance-free living spaces, residents in a 55+ community gain precious time for what truly matters. Participating in community wellness programs, fostering friendships, or pursuing personal hobbies without the hassle of home upkeep. In addition to more time, residents don’t have to worry about cluttered spaces, losing their most valuable items, and the carefree attitude that comes with a minimalist lifestyle. You’ll spend time doing things you enjoy, not maintaining a home.

2. Practical Living – Simplifying Retirement Spaces

In downsized apartments, you create a space that reflects your personality without overwhelming clutter. At Arbor View Senior Living, our detailed studio and one-bedroom floor plans can assist in visualizing and designing your cozy haven.

3. Accessible Care – Vital for Retirement Living Peace of Mind

Enjoy peace of mind with easy access to amenities that support good health, including fitness facilities, activities, and connections with others. Imagine being able to hit the gym within a short walk away. No more treadmills or weights gathering dust in your garage. The best part? If you do need help, it’s close by.

4. Tailored Lifestyle – Crafting Retirement Community Connections

Embrace a social lifestyle within a lively community. Inviting places like the theater, library, and outdoor patios foster connections, ensuring you’re never alone unless you choose to be.

5. Enriched Living Experience – Elevating Retirement Living Beyond Space

At Arbor View Senior Living, downsizing isn’t merely about space; it’s a gateway to a fulfilling life. From communal dining to a diverse calendar of social and cultural events, residents can discover the perfect environment for a successful senior move

Selecting the Ideal Retirement Residence for You

Discovering the beauty of downsizing isn’t just about physical space—it’s about expanding horizons and embracing a lifestyle that matters to you. More than relinquishing square footage; it’s about gaining the freedom to immerse yourself in meaningful connections, activities, and a carefree existence.

At Arbor View Senior Living, downsizing doesn’t equate to sacrifice; rather, it unleashes you from the burdens of home upkeep and clutter. We envision a home as more than just a place for relaxation; it should be where shared laughter, engaging conversations, and cherished moments with friends find their space.

Ready to discuss your options for retirement? Call 303-268-4747 or visit our website and schedule a personalized tour to see for yourself everything our community has to offer.

Transitioning to a 55+ retirement community can be exciting and perhaps daunting. To ensure a well-planned and coordinated move to your new apartment, it’s important to plan for contingencies. Check out this list of best practices to help you navigate the moving process with ease.

Enlist a Senior Moving Company

Ask your realtor to recommend local businesses that specialize in later-life moves. You can also visit the National Association of Senior Move Managers’ website to find resources in your area. NASMM members specialize in helping older adults and their families navigate the process of organizing, downsizing, and relocating. They also offer services like house cleaning, auctions/estate sales, selecting a realtor, and preparing your home for prospective buyers. Utilizing a senior mover can help reduce stress and may save you money – a win-win!

Take Inventory of Your Home

Having a detailed plan can streamline the downsizing process. Start by taking inventory of your belongings and decide which items you can let go. Determine if selling or donating is the best option and create separate piles for each category; be mindful when shopping for new household items. Contact the sales team at your new senior living community and request a floor plan with measurements of your residence to help determine the layout and what pieces will fit.

Ask Family & Friends for Help

Whether you need assistance paring down and packing your belongings or finding the right senior move manager for your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends and family for help. Transitioning to a senior lifestyle community is a major life change for everyone, so it can be comforting for loved ones to take an active role in the process.

Timing is Everything

Timing can be a critical factor in planning a successful move to independent living. What if your house doesn’t sell right away? What if it sells too quickly? Take advantage of flexible leasing options and ask the sales team at your new community about any special programs they may offer residents who need additional time to sell their homes or downsize their belongings. Having a guarantee that the apartment you selected will be available when you are ready to move in can offer greater peace of mind and add an extra layer of confidence to your planning process.

Thinking about downsizing or selling your home? Call Arbor View Senior Living at 303-268-4747 to speak with a member of our experienced sales team who can help guide you through the process and ensure a successful move built around your timeline.

What’s the Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living?

As we age, the choice of where to spend our golden years becomes paramount. Arbor View offers distinct options for its residents: independent living and assisted living. Independent living at Arbor View is designed for those who wish to live life on their terms. In contrast, assisted living provides a nurturing environment for those requiring additional support, while maintaining the balance between independence and care. 

Let’s explore the unique facets of each below. 

Embracing Autonomy & Nurturing Support

Independent living is for those who relish the freedom to manage their daily lives without the additional hassles of homeownership. At Arbor View, residents reside in spacious apartments, with plenty of legroom, as they recognize the importance of an active and engaging retirement. With a large campus and spread-out amenities, residents can soak in the breathtaking views of Arvada’s mountain landscape. The independent living spaces are crafted for the 55+ demographic who might desire an environment that aligns with their values and aspirations.

In contrast, assisted living provides a compassionate solution for those requiring assistance with activities of daily living. Assisted living is designed to maintain residents’ cognitive abilities so they can thrive in an environment and actively participate in community activities while receiving the support required. 

Safety

A key distinction between independent and assisted living lies in the approach to safety. In independent living safety measures are in place, but the emphasis is on promoting self-reliance. Emergency call buttons and regular check-ins provide peace of mind while preserving residents’ autonomy. 

In assisted living, safety is approached with a more personalized touch. Arbor View ensures that residents in assisted living have access to emergency assistance buttons, accompanied by a heightened level of support. The community strives to provide not just a secure environment but also one that is tailored to the unique needs of individuals including enhanced lighting and easy-to-navigate walking paths. 

Socialization and Activities

Arbor View distinguishes itself by fostering a community where socialization and activities take center stage. From group fitness classes to art workshops, independent living options are designed for those who wish to live an active lifestyle true to its Coloradan roots. With transportation services, events, and planned social hours, there are plenty of opportunities for connection. 

In assisted living, residents still have access to a wide range of engaging activities designed to enhance their quality of life. Trained staff members will go the extra mile by facilitating meaningful interactions, ensuring every resident can enjoy a purposeful social life while receiving the support they need.

A Compassionate Environment

For those who appreciate the beauty of self-directed living, Arbor View can be a haven. The community understands many retirees are seeking more than just a place to stay – they want an environment that resonates with their values, interests, and the desire for self-sufficiency. 

Arbor View also recognizes that everyone’s needs are unique, and for those who require additional support, assisted living is an option. Residents can find comfort in a community that values independence but will provide the necessary assistance for a more secure lifestyle. 

In closing, Arbor View is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where both independent and assisted living residents can thrive, and call Arbor View their home. 

Want to learn more about Independent Living or Assisted Living options at Arbor View? Call 303-268-4747 or visit our website and schedule a personalized tour to see for yourself everything our community has to offer.

November is a time to reflect and give thanks to our friends, family, and our nation’s veterans. Arbor View Senior Living is honored to have several retired veterans and their spouses living at our veteran-proud retirement community. One of those residents is Ray, who served in the United States Navy.

Setting Sail

Ray’s military journey began in the spring of 1953 when he underwent a pre-induction physical. At the time, he faced a choice: join the Army or seek a different path. Ray had a clear preference — he’d rather be in a warm bed than a muddy trench. So when the Navy offered to induct him on July 5, 1953, he seized the opportunity. 

After completing boot camp, Ray was shipped to Norman, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for cooking for his fellow sailors. This 13-week stint paved the way for his next assignment – airman training, which lasted an additional 13 weeks. After completing his training, Ray got to choose a specialty and he opted for photography, attending a three-month course in Pensacola, Florida.

Washington, D.C., and Beyond

Ray’s military service took him to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., from 1954 to 1957. During this time, he was involved in photographic imaging to test the structural integrity of various objects. This work included capturing high-speed images of airplanes flying at 600 mph and simulating scenarios involving buildings and other structures. It was during this time that he married his wife and witnessed President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration.

Ray retired from the military on July 5, 1957, and started a new chapter in Kansas. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting and worked for the State of Colorado from 1961 to 1990 after passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Life at Arbor View

In June 2023, Ray moved to Arbor View following his adult children’s suggestion. They researched various retirement communities and chose Arbor View for its exceptional value and commitment to providing an enriching environment for residents. Ray shares how the chef-prepared meals, tacos and pork sirloin specifically, are some of his favorites to enjoy with his wife with whom he shares an apartment.

“We enjoy lunch and dinner and scheduled rides to medical appointments together. We always go to each other’s appointments, every time,” says Ray.

In addition to the amenities and supportive services, Ray appreciates the exercise classes at Arbor View, noting, “I enjoy them because I can work on my balance when moving around — it’s important to keep yourself steady.”

Ray has also found camaraderie with fellow neighbors, like his friend Tom, who served in the United States Army. The men connect through their shared experiences of service and sacrifice.

Arbor View’s team members support residents with military backgrounds by helping them learn about, and apply for, the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance benefit.* Designed to provide financial assistance to veterans and their spouses who need assistance with activities of daily living, this financial benefit can significantly offset senior living expenses.

This Veterans Day, we salute Ray, Tom, and all the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country and preserved the freedom and security we all cherish.

Are you or someone you know a veteran or surviving spouse in search of a senior living community? Call 303-268-4747 or visit arborviewsl.com to schedule a personalized tour and learn more about what Arbor View’s veteran-proud community offers.

*Please note that Arbor View cannot determine eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits; only the Veterans Administration can determine an applicant’s eligibility.

ARVADA — In honor of Veterans Day, Arbor View Senior Living, located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada, proudly announces a limited-time promotion for senior veterans. Veterans and surviving spouses can secure 50% OFF* their first full month’s rent when they take possession of a newly renovated independent living studio by November 15, 2023.

“We have a number of veterans who currently live in our community, and this promotion is a salute to those who’ve served our country and a warm welcome to our veteran-proud senior living community,” said April Boh, Community Relations Director.

Arbor View Senior Living, managed by WellAge Senior Living, offers 55+ seniors an array of amenities and supportive services and removes the burden of home maintenance. Floor plans feature private, walk-out patios and residents have access to restaurant-style dining; housekeeping and laundry services; wellness programs and social activities; medication assistance; scheduled transportation; exercise and therapy spaces; a salon; storage and easy parking; outdoor walking paths, and community gardens. Additional community benefits include a theater, library, beauty salon, and pet-friendly campus.

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and just a short drive from Old Towne Arvada, Arbor View is conveniently located near restaurants, major grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail shopping. The community is near the Arvada Center for the Arts and Indian Tree Golf Club with breathtaking views of the Foothills and downtown Denver.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call April Boh at 720-672-3196. *conditions apply


About Arbor View Senior Living
Arbor View Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, and respite care services for seniors aged 55+. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood situated atop Hackberry Hill, the 13-acre campus offers a serene retirement lifestyle with breathtaking mountain views and is within a short driving distance of Olde Town Arvada’s retail shops, restaurants, parks, and performing art venues. Arbor View is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

ARVADA — Arbor View Senior Living invites guests of all ages to welcome the spirit of the season at its upcoming Parade of Pumpkins on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This festive event features guided community tours, indulgent fall treats, and complimentary pumpkins for all attendees. 

Don’t miss out on this autumn celebration – RSVP today and join us at Arbor View for a day filled with the flavors of fall.

Arbor View is located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Call April Boh at 720-672-3196 or visit arborviewsl.com/events to RSVP.


About Arbor View Senior Living
Arbor View Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, and respite care services for seniors aged 55+. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood situated atop Hackberry Hill, the 13-acre campus offers a serene retirement lifestyle with breathtaking mountain views and is within a short driving distance of Olde Town Arvada’s retail shops, restaurants, parks, and performing art venues. Arbor View is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

ARVADA — Arbor View Senior Living will host resident and celebrated author Robert Jordan for a literary Lunch and Learn event on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

With eight books under his belt, Jordan will share his lifelong passion for writing and storytelling, and provide insights into the world of becoming an author. Lunch will be served during the presentation followed by a guided community tour.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Call April Boh at 720-672-3196 or visit arborviewsl.com/events to RSVP.

Arbor View is located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada.


About Arbor View Senior Living
Arbor View Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, and respite care services for seniors aged 55+. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood situated atop Hackberry Hill, the 13-acre campus offers a serene retirement lifestyle with breathtaking mountain views and is within a short driving distance of Olde Town Arvada’s retail shops, restaurants, parks, and performing art venues. Arbor View is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

ARVADA — Arbor View Senior Living will host FirstBank’s Lead Personal Banker, Amie Neely, to present an informative session on safeguarding older adults from fraud and financial abuse on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Neely will provide valuable insights on recognizing financial abuse, preventive measures, and steps to take if suspected. Real-life examples will be shared, along with helpful resources.

Please join us for this crucial discussion, which is free and open to the public. Arbor View is located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada. To RSVP, call 720-672-3196 or visit arborviewsl.com/events.


About Arbor View Senior Living
Arbor View Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, and respite care services for seniors aged 55+. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood situated atop Hackberry Hill, the 13-acre campus offers a serene retirement lifestyle with breathtaking mountain views and is within a short driving distance of Olde Town Arvada’s retail shops, restaurants, parks, and performing art venues. Arbor View is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

Stepping into a Healthier Future: The Joy of Walking

As we age, staying active becomes increasingly important to maintaining our overall health and well-being. One of the most accessible and enjoyable ways to stay active is by walking. This timeless exercise has numerous benefits without being too strenuous on our bodies.

For example, a recent article from The New York Times highlighted how even walking 4,000 steps a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, Elaine LaLanne’s recent article, “Secrets to Lifelong Fitness,” highlights the profound advantages of walking for seniors.

At Arbor View, we’re especially grateful to be nestled in the heart of a serene and tranquil neighborhood where walking is so convenient. Let’s explore the benefits of walking and how it can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

1. Convenience:

Walking is the cornerstone of healthy living. It offers numerous benefits without having to make the trip to the gym. With a good pair of shoes, and perhaps a cane or walker for added stability, walking promotes wellness and enhances mobility.

2. Enhances Physical Health:

Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s gentle on the joints, making it an ideal choice for seniors. It improves cardiovascular health, helps maintain a healthy weight, and lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The great news is that it doesn’t require 10,000 steps either. A recent 7-year study demonstrated that participants who walked just 3,867 steps a day decreased their mortality by 15%.

3. Mental Well-Being:

Regular walks in peaceful neighborhoods can help reduce stress, alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and boost overall mental well-being. Such calming atmospheres offer the perfect environment for relaxation. It’s a wonderful way for residents to clear their minds and find tranquility amidst nature.

4. Social Connections:

Walking provides an excellent opportunity for social interaction. Residents can form walking groups and enjoy the company of their neighbors all while leisurely strolling through the quiet streets. This not only promotes physical health but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among residents, helping us build stronger connections with each other.

Finally, for the days when the weather doesn’t cooperate, there is the convenience of indoor walking. Our well-lit hallways allow residents to stay active and maintain their walking routines regardless of the conditions outside.

The benefits of walking for seniors are undeniable. At Arbor View, we’re committed to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for our residents. With the advantage of our peaceful surroundings and the option to walk indoors, staying active has never been more convenient or enjoyable.

Want to learn how residents at Arbor View stay active? Call 303-268-4747 or visit our website and schedule a personalized tour to see for yourself everything our community has to offer.

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