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 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 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 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.

ARVADA — Rev up your engines and join us for a classic car show on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Enjoy food, games, and prizes, meet our residents and team members while “cruising” the impressive display of vintage automobiles. This event is free and open to the public from 9 am to noon at 8001 W. 71st Ave in Arvada.

Please note an RSVP is requested. Call 720-672-3196 or visit our website events page to secure your spot.

Note: Guests are kindly asked to park on the street.


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 welcomes residents, neighbors, and friends for the first annual “Picnic in the Park” on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Guests of all ages are invited to visit the Arbor View Senior Living campus, located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada, where they will enjoy an outdoor picnic along with an ice cream truck, lawn games, karaoke, giveaways, and more.

Opened in 1964, Arbor View Senior Living offers 54 independent living and 36 assisted living residences, featuring a choice of newly remodeled studio and one-bedroom apartments with private, walk-out patios. The 13-acre campus is nestled in a residential neighborhood surrounded by mature trees, walking paths, and gardens, offering convenient access to the outdoors.

This community event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is kindly requested. Call 720-672-3196 or visit our website events page to secure your spot.

Note: On-site parking is available at Arbor View with additional street parking nearby.


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.

Lunch & Learn Bloom Your Independence

ARVADA — Arbor View Senior Living will host Mary Lilley from Bloom Healthcare to present “Bloom Your Independence,” during a free lunch and learn on Thursday, Aug. 24 from noon to 1 p.m.

Lilley will discuss how primary care brought directly to seniors living in retirement communities can help them maintain independence, prevent falls, and ensure overall health and wellness.

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

ARVADA — Arbor View Senior Living will host a guest speaker from United Healthcare, to present “Exploring Medicare Advantage Plans” on Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 2-4 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to visit Arbor View Senior Living’s campus, located at 8001 W. 71st Ave. in Arvada, to learn more about the UnitedHealthcare® Assisted Living Plan and how to take advantage of these extra benefits designed for residents of assisted living communities.

This open house-style event is free and open to the public. 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.

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