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Signature Recipes To Enjoy This Easter

March 29, 2021

In celebration of Easter, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you four of their Signature Recipes to enjoy on your Easter! The delicious recipes include a Honey Mustard Baked SalmonScalloped Potatoes Au Gratin, Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms and Coconut Molasses Pie. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.


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Our Signature Honey Mustard Baked Salmon

Signature Recipe for Honey Mustard Baked Salmon


Our Signature Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin


Our Signature Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms


Our Signature Coconut Molasses Pie

 

Easy Stretches that Alleviate Pain for Seniors in Independent Living Jacksonville

March 24, 2021

Even the smallest of tasks can begin to feel painful for older adults – feeling stiffness when you turn your head, getting painful sensations in your extremities, and so on. With improved flexibility, it is possible for many seniors to find a better quality of life again as they fight against the pain of aging! According to the CDC, roughly 50 million adults live with chronic pain which is proven to lead to depression, stress, and loss of sleep. By doing these stretches from the comfort of our Jacksonville independent living facilities, you can relieve pain and live better!

Overhead Side Stretch

First, stand with your feet firmly hip width apart, then raise your arms overhead and interlace your fingers. Keep your torso straight and gently lean to one side, holding that pose for 10 to 30 seconds before returning to center and repeating on the other side. This stretch strengthens the intercostal muscles, which support the ribs and facilitate comfortable breathing. Make it easier by sitting in a chair if necessary.

Shoulder Stretch

Do you often feel tension in your neck and shoulders? Stand tall with feet hip width apart again, then reach one arm across your body. With your opposite arm, grab the extended arm and slowly draw it closer to your body until you feel your shoulder stretching. Hold that for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat the process with your other arm.

Hamstring Stretch

For this exercise, keep one leg straight while extending your opposite heel outward with toes up. Then, without rounding your lower back, gently lean forward from your hips until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold that pose, then switch legs and repeat. It is important to never do more than what you are comfortable with so be sure to not push yourself too hard or you can risk injury.

Supine Knee to Chest Stretch

Lay on your back with your legs straight first, then lift one knee toward your chest as far as you can comfortably without lifting your upper body. Grasp the back of your thigh to draw your leg closer to your chest, then hold it there for 10 to 30 seconds. Release, then repeat with your other leg. This stretches your hip and lower back muscles and creates more space for nerves as they exit your spine, which relieves pain.

Cat-Cow Stretch

This popular yoga pose is said to improve posture and balance and it is an easy way to relieve back pain as well. Start on all fours with your hands below your shoulders and knees below your hips. Gently round your back up towards the ceiling – much like how a cat arches its back – while tucking your chin toward your tailbone. Then reverse your movement by arching your back downwards (like a cow) while lifting your hips and head. Alternate between these two positions for 10 to 30 seconds.

Again, it is always important to only do what you are comfortable with! By using these simple stretches, your muscles and joints will find relief in flexibility and your quality of life will be riddled with less pain. At Westminster Woods, an active lifestyle meets a beautiful, wooded campus with convenient access to cosmopolitan Jacksonville. Just outside your door, additional wellness opportunities abound, from yoga to our exclusive My W Life program. Contact us today to learn more about our Jacksonville independent living facilities and see how easy we make it for residents to pursue long and healthy lives.

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

March 23, 2021

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, March 23, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Rev. Jeffrey A. Parkkila, Sr., Chaplain at Westminster Winter Park.

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Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

March 16, 2021

Join Us For A Shared PrayerWe are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, March 16, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Rabbi Stanley Garfein, Resident at Westminster Oaks.

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Signature Recipes To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

March 12, 2021

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the Westminster Dining Services team brings you three of their Signature Recipes to celebrate the holiday and it's traditions! The delicious recipes include a classic Corned Beef and CabbageBeer and Cheddar Bread, and Irish Apple Cake for dessert. You can download the entire recipe book by clicking on the cover image or each individual recipe below.


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Our Signature Corned Beef and Cabbage

Signature Recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage


Our Signature Beer and Cheddar Bread


Our Signature Irish Apple Cake

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

March 8, 2021

Join Us For A Shared Day of Prayer

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, March 9, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Rev. Richard M. Walsh, Pastor, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church of Winter Park.

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Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

March 2, 2021

Join Us For A Prayer

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, March 2, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Guinevere Grier, resident at Westminster Winter Park.

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Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

February 23, 2021

Join Us For a Shared Day of Prayer

We are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, February 23, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by George Fong, resident at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee.

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5 Self-Care Tips for Independent Living Seniors Jacksonville FL

February 17, 2021

Taking care of oneself goes beyond bubble baths, decadent desserts, and picturesque getaways. Real self-care involves taking some crucial steps towards fostering a more desirable level of physical and mental health to ensure a long and enjoyable life. If you need help looking for a place to start, why not begin with some activities that are backed by research to provide results? Read on for our 5 self-care tips and learn how to truly care for yourself!

Get Some Fresh Air

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping! Studies show that spending time outdoors offers a plethora of benefits to both our health and mood, such as reduced blood pressure and heart rate, while also cutting down our levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A little bit of fresh air can go a long way, so get out there and explore the beautiful, wooded campus of Westminster Woods! 90 minutes of walking outside is all it takes to cut down on stress and negative thoughts while boosting health.

Spend Time with Friends

Humans are social by nature and that is because our brains are wired to release positive chemicals during social interaction. High-fives and handshakes are all it takes to produce oxytocin – a feel-good chemical in the brain that reduces stress. Furthermore, studies have shown that having close friends later in life may even help prevent mental decline. Seniors are at an increased risk for social isolation compared to other age demographics, so it is worth it to reach out to friends!

Work Those Muscles

Apart from the obvious physical health benefits of exercise, it is also proven to be good for mental health too. Aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging causes our brains to release endorphins, our body’s natural positive hormone. This is where the term “runner’s high” comes from! No matter what you enjoy doing – swimming, dancing, yoga, or even gardening – exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. Exciting wellness opportunities await right outside your door at Julington Creek.

Stay Hydrated

Can you believe that something as basic as drinking water is proven to foster long-term health? Dehydration can produce headaches and negative moods. One study shows that drinking fewer than two glasses of water per day increases the risk of depression by 73% in men and 54% in women. Drinking plenty of water each day will help our bodies stay regulated while keeping our brains operating like a well-oiled machine.

Reach Out for Help

It is estimated that roughly 20% of adults over the age of 55 experience mental health concerns but this age group is also the least likely to seek treatment due to stigmas and shaming. The reality is that mental health disorders are nothing to be ashamed of. If you experience depression, anxiety, or loneliness, turn to a doctor or therapist for much-needed support. These experts have access to special tools and techniques that are sure to lift your spirits and get you feeling back to normal.

Enjoy convenient access to all the resources you will need for lifelong physical and mental wellness at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek! Our independent living facilities offer an active lifestyle without compromises. We handle all the maintenance so that you can commit your time to kicking back and enjoying fantastic amenities and services, such as our My W Life wellbeing program and fitness center. Westminster Woods is the natural choice for seniors looking to spend more active time amidst nature!

 

Join Us In A Shared Prayer Today at 2 p.m.

February 16, 2021

Join Us For A Shared PrayerWe are continuing to pray for the health of all of Westminster, and the world. As we move forward in this journey together, we are reminded that in the face of uncertainty, we must join together in our efforts and put our faith in God. We must look to the power of faith, hope, and love through all of this. Join us today, February 16, at 2 p.m., for a shared prayer. The prayer is provided by Kathy Menser, Chaplain Westminster's affordable Rental Retirement Communities, Westminster Village, located in Pensacola.

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