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.

Talking with Loved Ones About Assisted Living

When it comes time to talk with a loved one about assisted living, the way you go about it will determine if the conversation goes well. Downsizing from a house full of memories, leaving a familiar neighborhood, fearing the loss of autonomy and control of their lives can make many seniors hesitant to even discuss the subject. Allowing them to voice their concerns rather than being dismissive of them and being a good listener when you mention the topic will help make it a positive conversation.

Getting the Conversation Started

It’s best to broach the subject of assisted living well before your loved ones need it. Try mentioning it in casual conversation by asking if they have thought about it or are considering it for the future. Ask open-ended questions and really listen to what your loved one has to say about how they see their lives in the next two, five, or ten years.

Don’t be surprised if the first attempt at discussing assisted living is rebuffed and even met with resentment. If that is the case, drop the subject and give it time before you bring it up again. An opportunity may prevent itself to restart the conversation if your mom falls and sprains her wrist or your dad complains about the endless chores involved with maintaining the house.

Unless your senior loved one’s situation is urgent, keep in mind the saying, “patience is a virtue” and don’t press them into talking about or making a big life decision like moving into assisted living if it will cause hurt feelings or anger.

Have Some Prepared Responses

When your loved one is ready to talk about assisted living have some prepared responses if they express doubts about their finances, losing their independence, or leaving a familiar place.

Offer to go with them to speak with a financial adviser who specializes in helping seniors prepare for the transition to assisted living. Having a professional lay it out for them will be helpful in their decision-making process.

If they are worried about losing their freedom point out how liberating it will be to not have constant home-upkeep to manage or endless lists of chores for cooking and cleaning. Muse with them about how they can use their free time to pursue their hobbies, try new things, and focus on doing the things they enjoy instead. Remind them they deserve to be unburdened by heavy responsibilities and focus on what they really like to do.

If they are worried about leaving a familiar place offer to join them on a tour of Arbor View Senior Living so they can see what the living accommodations look like, all that our menu has to offer, and the fun activities we have scheduled like live entertainment, scenic outings, pet therapy and more. This will give them an opportunity to meet and talk to residents already living and thriving here.

Keep It Positive

Always emphasize the positive when it comes to their decision regarding assisted living. Offer support and be a sympathetic listener as they work through their concerns about it. Keep reminding them it’s their turn to focus on having fun pursuing their hobbies and interests with new friends and experience the things they’ve never had time for.

If you would like to learn more about independent living, assisted living, or our specialized care services, we’re here for you as a resource and glad to answer your questions. For a personalized tour, visit or call us at 303-403-3129 and let your loved ones see for themselves all our community has to offer.

Three of the Most Beneficial Exercises for Seniors

Working up a sweat on a regular basis is important at any age but becomes even more essential to overall health as we get older. Seniors who exercise regularly are more likely to stay mobile as they age and are less susceptible to falls, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension and other illnesses. It also helps ward off cognitive decline: a recent study found regular exercise reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia by nearly 50%.

Older adults can gain significant benefits just by exercising moderately on a regular basis, and at Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, we are equipped with a designated wellness center where residents have the equipment and support to reach and even exceed their fitness goals. Arbor View offers access to some of the most popular and beneficial exercise regimes for seniors, listed below, to help our residents stay active, independent and prevent injuries.


Walking promotes a healthy lifestyle, while strengthening muscles and lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and colon cancer. It’s also one of the least stressful and most accessible forms of exercise there is. Whether you’re on one of our treadmills in our fully equipped wellness center or touring our beautiful grounds, Arbor View offers all the resources you need to make walking your preferred form of fitness.

Stationary bicycles

Stationary cycling is a great form of aerobic exercise and doing it doesn’t exert any significant impact on your joints, so there’s a minimal chance of injury. At Arbor View, our wellness center features recumbent exercise bikes with an ergonomic seat and backrest for extra support, so residents can pedal while sitting comfortably.

Chair yoga

Chair yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that improves muscle strength, mobility, balance and flexibility but provides less stress on muscles, joints, and bones than more conventional forms of yoga. Chair yoga classes, which are offered at Arbor View, have been shown to improve mental health in older adults. In fact, regular participants have better quality sleep and lower instances of depression.

At Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, we’re committed to helping our residents live well and age well. We hear regularly from residents who enjoy our fitness center and designated wellness programming, full calendar of events and activities, support from our caring team, companionship with peers and more. If you have questions about what our community offers, call (303) 403-3129 to speak a member of our team.

How to Stay Independent When You Have Hearing Loss

Older adults aren’t the only people living and coping with hearing loss. In fact, hearing impairment is the third most common physical condition affecting people of all ages. But people born with hearing loss may have different coping skills than those who develop it later in life, and, for those who gradually lose hearing as they age, it can be difficult to know exactly what tools are available to make life more accessible.

While some adjustments to your routine may be necessary to accommodate hearing impairment, it doesn’t mean having to forfeit your happiness or independence. At Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, our team is standing by to help you adapt to and manage hearing loss and any other medical difficulties you may experience, including declining vision, mobility issues and chronic health conditions. In addition to assistance from our team, here are three helpful tips to help you adjust to age-related hearing loss:

Maintain appropriate upkeep on hearing devices

Like any medical intervention, hearing devices require some level of upkeep, and our Arbor View team is here to help you make sure your device stays in good shape. While proper care and cleaning are necessary to prevent damage to in-ear devices, you may also need to visit an audiologist if you feel your hearing aids aren’t strong enough or are not making things easier. It’s not just about adjusting for any worsening impairment; hearing aids sometimes need to be recalibrated, especially if they’re not filtering sound appropriately or causing too much static.

Consider easy home modifications

Depending on the extent of your hearing impairment, our Arbor View team members can help you look into ways to modify things around your apartment so they’re more accessible. For example, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are available with visual elements like flashing lights to ensure you’re alerted if they go off. Your morning alarm doesn’t need to rely just on sound, either — alarm clocks with vibrations or lights are a reliable alternative to just turning the volume up on your traditional alarm.

Tell people how to better communicate with you

At first glance, someone probably doesn’t even realize you may have hearing loss. Even when you let them know, they may assume they just need to talk louder so you can hear them, which can be frustrating if you already have hearing aids that amplify sound. When asking someone to repeat themselves, give them some direction on how to better communicate with you. Simple requests like asking for better enunciation or just reminding them to turn towards you when they talk can make a world of difference.

At Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, we’re committed to helping our residents live well and age well, which means our team members are standing by to accommodate residents’ individual needs and preferences, including managing hearing loss, vision difficulties or mobility issues. Besides 24/7 support from our caring team, Arbor View residents enjoy designated wellness programming, a full calendar of events and activities, a friendly network of peers and easy access to local amenities and services.  To learn more about what our community can offer you or your loved one, call (303) 403-3129 to speak to a member of our team.

Transitioning to Senior Living: Four Tips for a Smooth Move

If you’re transitioning to a senior living community, you are probably excited to start a new chapter of life. However, you might also feel nervous at the thought of leaving a longtime home. Know that it’s perfectly normal to feel the pangs of change, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be happy in your new community. Here are four steps you and your loved ones can take to ease the transition and adjust to your new home.

Get to know your new community

Most of us have our daily routines, so the thought of changing things up and moving somewhere new may feel stressful. One way to get answers to any questions about your new community is talking to staff. At Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, we invite prospective residents to spend time with our team before moving in, which begins when you visit to learn more about our community, take a tour, and speak to our leasing department about details. You can also ask our team to put you in touch with the community’s residents, which will help you start building relationships right away.

Get involved

Frequent social activities are one of the best amenities senior living communities have to offer, so be sure to take advantage of your community’s social calendar as soon as you move in. Communities like Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living often maintain community social calendars so you can pick activities or events you’d like to attend. Be sure to look into clubs, volunteer opportunities and other community groups that may be of interest, too.

Make yourself at home

When it comes to your home space, your personal belongings tell a story and reflect who you are. For that reason, Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living allows residents to bring their personal furnishings to ensure a comfortable stay. Feel free to adorn your walls with pictures of loved ones and display favorite art pieces and other keepsakes on shelves and furniture. Decorative pillows, throw blankets and rugs will make your living space feel more comfortable as well.

Stay in touch

Senior living communities don’t host activities and events solely for residents. Communities like Arbor View also host occasional gatherings for your entire family and outside guests who may be considering a move. Invite your loved ones to these events and our team members will help you keep in touch with them on a regular basis, whether via phone, email, Zoom calls or social media. Maintaining a bond with the people who provide you with a sense of familiarity will help you continue feeling like part of the family even in a new community.

At Arbor View Independent and Assisted Living, we’re committed to helping our residents live well and age well. This means that from the moment you enter the lobby, we want to ensure you not only feel comfortable but also feel at home. If you have questions about transitioning to senior living or would like to learn more about what our community offers to help ease your transition, call (303) 403-3129 to speak with one of our team members.


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