Arbor View Sweethearts Bob and Flossie Rowley Discuss Their 73-Year Marriage

Arbor View Senior Living residents Bob and Flossie Rowley will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary in August. The couple quickly fell in love after their first date and following a whirlwind courtship, embarked on their life together. Along the way, they faced challenges but always stayed connected by holding on to their faith in each other and God.

Flossie’s brother introduced her to Bob at a Youth for Christ event in Denver. They were very active in their respective churches and after encountering each other a few more times at faith-based events, Bob asked Flossie out on a date.

“We went rolling skating, something very popular then, and had a very good time. I was definitely interested in a second date,” said Flossie. As luck would have it, Bob was too and two months later, he proposed!

The couple opted for a simple ceremony wearing matching navy blue suits instead of traditional wedding attire. They soon started a family and Bob was offered a job in Kansas, so they packed up their belongings and headed east. The position didn’t work out and the couple soon found themselves back in Denver where Flossie gave birth to the first of their six children.

In 1957 Bob, who had served in the National Guard, volunteered for the draft and was stationed in Chicago so the family left Colorado again. After Bob was discharged, they returned to Denver and became members of Youth for Christ again and the whole family was very active in their church.

When most of the children were grown, Bob and Flossie, who had always enjoyed camping, purchased a KOA campground in Strasburg, Colorado, and started a new life there. Disappointed when their business venture did not work out as they hoped, the couple left it behind and started new careers back in Denver until they decided it was time to retire and made their way to Arbor View drawn by the beautiful views all around and the many services and amenities it offered.

Bob and Flossie’s marriage remains strong thanks to their devotion to each other and their faith in God.

“Bob still tells me he loves me often and we have always tried to put God first in all things. By trusting in the Lord we are able to keep going strong,” said Flossie.

Bob and Flossie’s love story is inspiring and we will continue supporting them with everything they need to enjoy their lives here. Our community is ideal for singles and couples with modern studio and one-bedroom apartments and services and amenities that can be customized to meet residents’ individual needs. Our community calendar offers a variety of activities and events for couples to socialize with other couples but also pursue their individual hobbies and interests.

If you and your spouse/partner are looking for the ideal place to retire, come see everything our community has to offer in services, amenities, and lifestyle. Call 303-268-4747 or visit our website to schedule a personalized tour.

For caregivers of older adults, taking a break from time to time is critical to avoid becoming overly exhausted and stressed, which can affect your personal health and ability to provide your loved one with the best possible care.

Research has found that personal timeouts or breaks, when taken regularly, can contribute to a caregiver’s overall effectiveness. Respite from daily caregiving helps to prevent burnout by allowing you to attend to your life outside of caregiving, including your career, home, family, and personal needs. Afterward, you can return to caregiving feeling refreshed and rested, physically, mentally, emotionally, and perhaps with an entirely new perspective on care.

To serve this need for respite, many senior living communities provide short, or longer-term respite stays or temporary housing and care specifically for seniors. This allows their caregiver to take a vacation or a break from their daily responsibilities. Short-term stays at a comfortable and welcoming community can also serve as a great resource for seniors recovering from an injury or a hospital stay, or for those interested in a trial stay before making a final decision about moving into the community as a resident.

Along with assisted living and specialized care services delivered by the on-site care team at most senior living communities, a respite care stay provides your loved one with the freedom to enjoy many services and amenities. At Arbor View Senior Living, the list is long and includes a furnished apartment, nutritious meals served daily, access to a full continuum of care and outside services like home health, hospice, physical therapy, housekeeping and laundry services, a beauty salon, wellness center, chapel, scheduled transportation, activities and events.

In addition to quality respite care, Arbor View has precautionary measures in place to help ensure that our residents, including short-term guests for respite stays, remain safe and healthy while staying with us. With a respite stay at Arbor View, you’ll know your loved one is well cared for, enabling you to take time for self-care, whether that means going on vacation, engaging in your favorite hobby, or meeting up with old friends.

If you’re interested in arranging a respite stay for your loved one in one of Arbor View’s assisted living apartments, give us a call today at 303-268-4747 or schedule a tour online.

Arbor View Helps Residents Stay Spiritually and Physically Active

Studies show that spirituality can benefit older adults in a number of ways, including enhanced health and well-being, greater capacity to cope, increased social support, and a deeper sense of community and belonging. The leadership team at Arbor View Senior Living recognized these positive outcomes and created a spiritual group that was inclusive of all its senior residents.

To complement its existing men’s group, The God Squad, team members reached out to Laura Heagle, who is very active in her local church, for a recommendation of a pastor who could lead the new group. When they were unable to find a pastor who could commit to regular group meetings, Laura offered up her services.

Laura was familiar with Arbor View long before she became a resident and called it home. Through her church, she had visited the retirement community several times and was impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere and liked how team members encouraged residents’ interests and hobbies. She eagerly jumped into creating a bible study group with the support of Arbor View’s team.

“There are a lot of unchurched people here but most of them have a church and bible study background and want to reconnect with it,” Laura says.

After researching a name that, if not as flashy as “The God Squad” still had a nice ring to it, the group became Bible Buddies. Laura, who has been studying the bible her entire life, chooses a devotional to read every week and then encourages members of the group to discuss what it means to them or how it relates to their lives.

Bible Buddies is open to everyone at Arbor View and residents can attend weekly or drop in whenever. Laura hopes the group will continue to grow and that they will find a pastor who can occasionally attend meetings, too.

Residents are encouraged to participate in all aspects of community life and the Arbor View team strives to support their interests and hobbies. That includes scheduling a regular time and place for groups like Bible Buddies to meet but encouraging the residents to take the lead in decision-making and run the groups themselves.

In addition to reading and studying the bible throughout her life, Laura was a teacher, and leading the Bible Buddies group came naturally. After retiring from teaching and losing her husband, Laura felt uncertain about what was next. But after moving to Arbor View, she reconnected with an important part of her past and feels rejuvenated.

“I’m never lonely because I can just go down the hall and visit someone. Now I am back to teaching, and gardening and the Arbor View team is beyond fabulous. I feel very supported here,” Laura says.

In addition to the spiritual opportunities at Arbor View, Laura is thrilled with the exercise classes and attends as many as possible. Initially, she went to help with some mobility issues but never expected them to change her life so much. She has a newfound energy and is so committed, that team members have asked her to lead some classes using her teaching skills and newfound enthusiasm for fitness.

When she’s not teaching bible study or leading a fitness class, Laura loves working in Arbor View’s gardens and is an active member of the gardening club.

“I love gardening and am having a wonderful time out in the fresh air, weeding and tending the plants,” Laura says.

Arbor View is committed to meeting the spiritual and physical needs of its residents by offering activities, clubs, and events that cater to their diverse hobbies and interests. These opportunities encourage residents to discover new passions – another reason Arbor View is a great place to retire.

At Arbor View Senior Living, we welcome residents and team members of all religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds. Call 303-268-4747 or visit arborviewsl.com to learn more about our independent and assisted living apartments and schedule a personalized tour.

Paying Tribute to Arbor View’s Veterans

Arbor View Senior Living is fortunate to have several retired veterans and their spouses living in our retirement community. As Veterans Day approaches, we want to thank those who have served in the armed forces for their commitment and sacrifice, plus share stories of two of our veteran residents, Bob Rowley and Tim Snyder.

Bob Rowley

Bob is a Colorado native who was born in Denver. He joined the Army National Guard as a young man and served for 11 ½ years after completing his basic training at Fort Carson. He chose to go active in the Army and was stationed in Chicago where he worked in records for three years. After he was discharged from active duty, he and his wife, Flossie, and their six children moved to Thornton. They also ran a campground in Strasburg and lived in Aurora until retiring to Arbor View.

Bob and Flossie chose Arbor View for the comfortable, affordable apartments, the many services offered, and the great views. Bob has always been very active and according to his wife, “never sits still for long.” At 93 years young, he is still going strong!

Tim Snyder

Tim Snyder was very close to his uncle, a Marine Corps veteran, who was like a father to him because his own father was in ill health for most of his childhood. Tim’s mother instilled in him a sense of responsibility while caring for him and his siblings mostly on her own. That desire to be responsible for more than himself and feeling a duty to serve inspired him to join the U. S. Marine Corps.

After basic training in San Diego and infantry training at Camp LeJeune in South Carolina, Tim was sent to Vietnam. It was near the end of the war, and he struggled to understand the reasons for it as a young man and dealt with survivor’s guilt when he returned home after losing friends in combat.

“I didn’t join the Marine Corps to be at war but to help make peace. I’m happy I served and even if I knew then what I know now, I would still probably choose to do so,” Tim says.

Tim moved to Westminster 10 years ago to help his older sister who was having hip replacement surgery. He ended up staying and chose Arbor View for retirement.

“I liked it so much once I got here! Right now, it is so beautiful with the fall colors,” Tim says.

One way our Arbor View team supports residents with military backgrounds is by actively encouraging them to apply for the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance Benefits*, which can significantly offset the cost of monthly rent for our assisted living residences. We also strive to maintain ties with local veterans’ organizations, so residents have a chance to give back to veterans in the community.

This Veterans Day, Arbor View will host a special lunch honoring our retired veterans and team members will present them with special certificates that include their names and military service. It’s important for us to find special ways to recognize and honor veterans for their time in service. We also strive to show our veteran residents how much we appreciate their service on Veterans Day and every day.

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.

Cooper The Therapy Dog and his owner, Howard Morton, began visiting Arbor View Senior Living in late March 2020. It was the start of the pandemic and team members hoped a friendly face would help residents adjust to the ever-changing uncertainties in the retirement community.

Howard and Cooper, who reside in the quiet neighborhood where Arbor View is located, began strolling through campus waving at folks through their windows. Later on, when it was deemed safe, many residents began coming outside on their patios to pet Cooper and chat with Howard about his canine companion.

“I saw a need for Cooper’s service in a population with the tightest restrictions and wanted to give back to people who have given so much to society already,” Howard said.

Cooper is a seven-year-old English Cream Golden Retriever and certified therapy dog with his own Facebook page. After passing a series of tests, he was certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a non-profit whose mission is to “share smiles and joy through a network of caring individuals and their special dogs.”

“I see our visits to Arbor View as a win-win,” said Howard. “We make residents smile and they make us happy, too, which fills our hearts. Some residents have told me they look forward to Cooper’s visits all week.”

A handful of residents at Arbor View have pets, and in addition to brightening up the community with their personalities, we know there are physical, social, and mental benefits to having pets. In fact, studies indicate older adults with animal companionship tend to be more active, more social, and have a lower risk of depression. These same studies have found great health benefits too, like lower blood pressure, less anxiety, and chemical body changes that lead to increased happiness!

The Advantages of Living in a Pet-Friendly Senior Community

Even non-pet owners benefit from living in a pet-friendly community like ours. While a pet may not be part of everyone’s lifestyle, being around them occasionally can boost one’s mood and encourage socialization.

Since pets naturally attract people, they often serve as a social bridge between their owners and others in the community where they live. Cooper is often a magnet for affection and social engagement between residents and neighbors as well as team members.

Pet owners living at Arbor View will find well-maintained walkways and ground-level apartments with private patios that make it easy for them to get outdoors and exercise. Arvada has plenty of veterinarian services and pet groomers, and locally owned Paws ‘n’ Play has a huge selection of food, toys, accessories, and more.

Inviting Cooper into the community during a challenging time and continuing to welcome him as a regular guest is one of the many pawsitive ways Arbor View supports the health and happiness of its residents and their four-legged friends.

If you’re considering a move to 55+ living, give us a call at 303-268-4747 or schedule an in-person tour to learn how you can make our pet-friendly community your next home.

Demand for online shopping and door-to-door delivery services increased during the pandemic. This transformation in the way many older adults shop prompted Arbor View Senior Living to expand the line of products offered on its Country Store cart. The ability to shop onsite with a mobile store that comes to them with everyday essential items greatly benefits the retirement community’s residents. It has also created opportunities for residents to get involved at the community level and fill an important role.

Arbor View’s Country Store offers residents quick and convenient access to snacks and sundries and saves them time making a trip to the store or waiting for a delivery. Residents serve as “hosts” making sure the cart’s shelves are stocked and bringing the store direct to customers to ring up purchases. The volunteer position lets residents get to know their neighbors while providing an essential service.

Resident Jerry D. learned about the Country Store from Jay, who was one of the first new friends he made after moving to Arbor View. Jay was a host and Jerry was looking for ways to get involved in community activities. He has a lot of retail experience to offer and thought it would be fun to run the store part-time.

“I like to stay busy,” Jerry says. “I don’t like just sitting around and I really enjoy doing it.”

The Country Store started out small with just a few snack items but has expanded its offerings to include toilet paper, hearing aid batteries, toothpaste, laundry soap pods, and many more food and beverage products. The most popular items residents have requested are stocked on the cart and their feedback guides the community in deciding what to offer in the future. If a resident asks for something the store doesn’t have, Jerry lets Arbor View’s team members know about the requested item and they do their best to get it in stock.

Jerry moved to Arbor View because of the great location and for more opportunities to spend time with his peers and people who share his interests. Now he is a regular for bingo and Yahtzee and has a couple of good friends he plays cribbage with when he is not hosting the Country Store.

At Arbor View, residents are encouraged to participate in every aspect of daily life. Providing support for resident-run clubs and organizations encourages community engagement and residents become more than neighbors and form new friendships through common interests. Listening to what the residents want, like the modern-day convenience of the Country Store, and collaborating with them to provide it, is one of the many reasons Arbor View is a wonderful place to retire.

Ready to start shopping for your dream retirement? Call Arbor View Senior Living at 303-268-4747 or schedule a tour online. You can also keep up to date on any special promotions and events by signing up for our monthly newsletter and following us on Facebook.

Location Matters When Choosing a Retirement Community

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.

Senior men relaxing in armchairs at their retirement community and sharing a laugh while they socialize together

One of the best ways for older adults to improve their physical health, mental well-being and overall happiness is by socializing and making new friends. Studies show friendships and socialization benefit older adults’ health in a variety of ways, including:

A longer lifespan

Friendships can play an important role in helping seniors live longer. Having close social ties can strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Motivating healthy habits

A good friend can also be a good influence! Friends can help encourage one another to stick to healthy habits, maintain an active lifestyle and keep an eye on each other’s mental and physical well-being.

Fighting loneliness and depression

Studies show that loneliness is a leading cause of depression in older adults. Avoiding isolation, getting involved in social activities and pursuing friendships can play a positive role in helping seniors maintain the connections necessary for good mental health.

Protecting cognitive health

Neuroplasticity means that, throughout a lifetime, the brain can continue changing, reorganizing and creating new neural pathways. The social interaction associated with new friendships helps to change the brain, strengthen memory and improve cognition.

When it comes to building a social circle, life in a senior living community improves the chance of making friends and meeting new people. Residents need only walk outside their apartment door to feel like part of a close-knit community — and to encounter opportunities to meet people. In this way, senior living communities offer so much more than just a place to live and find help when and if it’s needed — they’re places where residents can make connections, explore activities, and share experiences.

At Arbor View Senior Living, not only do residents have a healthy community of peers to connect with — they also have a wealth of resources at their fingertips: the tenured team members support their health and fitness goals, the life enrichment director organizes engaging social, cultural and educational activities, and the wellness director oversees their personal wellness plan. Residents also have access to a range of quality amenities and services, including an exercise space and wellness center, an on-site chef to prepare healthy meals, a beauty salon, a chapel and a library. With spacious and comfortable indoor spaces to gather, walk-out patios and outdoor seating with views atop Hackberry Hill, residents have many opportunities to socialize with their friends and neighbors.

Considering a move to senior living for yourself or a loved one? Call 303-268-4747 or contact us online to learn more about our studio and one-bedroom apartments and how moving to Arbor View offers seniors access to a built-in community of friends.

Arbor View Senior Living is more than just a building. It is a community our residents call home, a place built on friendship and a sense of family with residents, their families, the leadership team, and team members. Every day we come together to support each other and renew our bonds for a better future.

Renewal is happening everywhere, all around us, with the return of spring and the construction is underway to enhance our community. With modern upgrades throughout the community and newly remodeled independent living and assisted living apartments ready for move-in, now is the perfect time to see for yourself how we are upgrading the look and feel of Arbor View.

A Modern Community with Old-Fashion Values

The newly remodeled apartments will have upgraded flooring, countertops, and modern appliances in an open floor plan ready to be personalized, just like the services and amenities our community offers. What will never change is the way we nurture our residents in mind, body and spirit. With an abundance of dining options, fitness classes, activities to engage with other residents who share their interests, personalized wellness plans, and inviting indoor and outdoor community spaces, we offer the best in modern senior living with old-fashion hospitality.

The Arbor View Way of Life

Situated atop the best spot in Arvada, Hackberry Hill, with beautiful sweeping views of the city in one direction and the mountains in the other, Arbor View is surrounded by natural beauty but still close to cultural and entertainment venues like the Arvada Center for the Arts, shops, restaurants, and community centers. Within the community there is something for everyone; delicious dining options, numerous activities and events scheduled every week and different ability level fitness classes for everyone. Residents can live an active, full life among friends but with privacy and the support and companionship of our caregiver team.

Our dining experience offers quality food, variety, and most importantly, taste. Every meal is served by attentive team members so residents can relax and enjoy meals with their friends. There are lots of opportunities for residents to gather to enjoy board games, arts and crafts activities, live music, and take local trips off campus. Sharing their interests and hobbies creates a sense of belonging for residents, encourages socialization and keeps them engaged in community life.

Arbor View residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle supported by kind and caring team members who have been with us for many years, providing the continuity of care they would want for their own family members. Our team is dedicated to the well-being and happiness of our residents every day to ensure they have the best quality of life possible. Our remodeling project is one more way we continue to strive to always provide a safe, thriving, modern community for seniors to live life to the fullest.

Want to learn more about Arbor View Senior Living, give us a call at 303-268-4747 or schedule a tour.

Four Common Myths About Assisted Living

What is assisted living? At senior living communities like Arbor View, assisted living provides residents with lifestyle options designed to help them thrive independently, along with access to safe, comfortable surroundings, a supportive environment of friendly peers and caring team members, healthy, chef-prepared meals, and a schedule of stimulating events and activities. Let’s take some common misconceptions about assisted living and debunk them one by one.

Myth #1: I’ll lose my independence

Assisted living residents do not need around-the-clock help, but at many senior living communities, services and amenities are available, if needed, to ensure residents enjoy a simplified, maintenance-free lifestyle. Arbor View offers private studio and one-bedroom assisted living residences with access to household services for every need, including housekeeping, maintenance, laundry and concierge services. Residents who prefer a break or need help with cooking, have access to three nutritious, gourmet meals daily, served restaurant-style in our dining room. We also offer scheduled transportation to nearby points of interest and medical appointments so residents can venture off campus when desired.

Myth #2: Assisted living = nursing home

Assisted living services are designed to keep residents actively engaged for as long as possible while living as independently as possible. Arbor View residents—and their loved ones—have peace of mind knowing that we offer a full continuum of care services, and our professionally trained team members are on hand 24/7 if their health needs change. We assist residents who need extra help with daily activities such as medication management, dressing, bathing, cooking or cleaning.

Myth #3: I can’t enjoy my favorite hobbies

The hassle-free lifestyle of assisted living allows residents more time, energy and freedom to exercise their independence and pursue the activities and interests they love. Most senior living communities, including Arbor View, offer a range of daily activities, such as exercise and cooking classes, game and movie nights, informational presentations, trips to local attractions and other programs and activities. Arbor View has an array of campus amenities, including a fitness room, chapel, library and beauty salon. Residents also enjoy our walk-out patios and outdoor seating areas.

Myth #4: I’ll be lonely

Assisted living residents have access to communal spaces that encourage socialization and residents are invited to join groups and campus clubs to help them meet people, including peers and service providers. At Arbor View, we employ a full-time Life Enrichment Director and a Wellness Director, who organize our scheduled social events and activities, providing plenty of opportunities for residents to make new connections with friends and neighbors.

Want to learn more about Arbor View’s supportive assisted living services? Give us a call at 303-268-4747 or go online to schedule a tour.

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