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Life in Progress

Century Park exists to serve each resident that blesses us with his or her presence. We celebrate these residents through Life in Progress – a blog dedicated to highlighting the unique qualities and beautiful memories that shape their lives, along with expert tips for seniors.


Why You Should Consider Eating More This Holiday

The stress you may feel about trying to eat healthy around the holidays can be far more toxic than the food you eat.

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Got Sleep?

For most seniors, slumber can be a party!


Holiday Shopping Tips

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means you might find yourself shopping more than usual.


Holiday Travel Guide – Travel Smarter, Not Harder

To help you prepare for the holidays, our teams across the country have compiled a list of holiday travel tips for you!


Five Nutrition Tips to Power and Protect Your Brain

Here are some simple nutrition tips that promise optimal brain health and strengthen the preventive power against Alzheimer’s disease.


Home safety tips for seniors

Seniors can take several easy steps to reduce their chance of falling and keep their home environment safe.


Immunizations for Seniors – A Shot at a Healthy, Active Life

Seniors should be aware of the steps they can take to stay healthy through immunizations.


Resident Voices - Halloween treats

Our residents reflected on Trick-or-treating as kids, and shared what their favorite Halloween candy is.


Anxious about anxiety?

Everyone is bound to have a little anxiety every so often, but prevention and treatment can put anxiety in its place!


World Osteoporosis Day

Bones play an integral role in our everyday lives, and it is never too late to seek guidance regarding your bone health.


An Evening in France

When a resident dreamed of returning to her home in Paris, France, the team at Garden Plaza decided to bring France to her.


Bill Millard: Carving a Legacy

For Bill, carving is more than a hobby. It has become a creative outlet and also has given him purpose.


Outsmarting the Storm

When Hurricane Florence slammed into the East Coast, The Bridge at Charleston was ready.


Welcome, Goldwings!

An adrenaline rush can come from anything. At The Bridge at Colorado Springs in Colorado, residents get that thrill from motorcycle rides.


Listen To Your Heart!

World Heart Day is September 29. Are you listening to your heart?


Weighing in on hydration: Eight ounces at a time

Dehydration is also the leading cause of daytime fatigue. The solution is water.


Striking Gold

All that it takes to become a national champion is a good bowling ball that fits your hand correctly and a lot of practice.


Resident Voices - Grandparents

What was the best advice you ever received from your grandmother or grandfather?


Coping with Alzheimer’s disease

Learning the signs of Alzheimer's can help get your loved one the care he or she needs.


Capture The Moment - Lynn Evans Mand

Music has allowed Lynn Evans Mand of The AbbeWood in Elyria, Ohio, to truly capture the moment.


Capture The Moment - Jack Markey

When you’re happy, the moments seem to last forever. Jack Markey lives a life full of leadership and happiness.


Capture The Moment - Bud and Bea Degnan

For two married residents at The Bridge at Garden Plaza of Post Falls, Idaho, one moment in 1926 was just the start.


Seniors and Loneliness: Combating Isolation

Throughout the aging process, seniors may begin to feel left out of social circles and are especially vulnerable to feelings of loneliness.


Bridging the Gap in Ocala

The Bridge’s intergenerational program began after the children at Kinderoo Academy created birthday cards for the residents each month.


What's In Your Coffee

Understanding how caffeine affects your brain and natural energy processes can make a difference.


Stop the Sepsis: Recognizing Symptoms and Preventing Sickness

If you are well-informed about sepsis, you will easily recognize symptoms and be aware of opportunities to prevent the illness.


Cooking to Order

Century Park’s culinary teams strive to step up retirement living dining by cooking to order.


10 Simple Tips for a Healthy Summer

Take time to remember these 10 simple yet effective tips to ensure you have a healthy summer.


Well How Do You Start The Thing?!

We at Century Park Associates thank Mr. Barnard and all of our servicemen and women for defending our freedom!


Going The Extra Mile - Regional Winners

This award recognizes outstanding associates who have gone above and beyond their job description to serve.


Aging with Ease: A Fitness Guide for Wiser Men

In honor of Men’s Health Month, here are some helpful tips for men to keep living with the same level of activity that they’re used to.


Resident Voices - The Movies

The movie-watching experience has changed quite a bit since our residents were kids. We wanted to hear about their first movie experience.


Bridgett Dallas Wins Century Park's Customer Service Award

Bridgett Dallas was awarded as this year’s Going the Extra Mile winner from among Century Park’s more than 40 communities nationwide.


Support Your Bones Today - They'll Support You Tomorrow

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month, a good time to evaluate your food choices and exercise lifestyle.


Lilia Rodriguez: Eager to Educate

Lilia looks back knowing that she lived a great life with her family while also leaving her legacy as a teacher.


Mother’s Day Traditions from Around the World

Learn about some of the history, traditions and fun facts about Mother's Day!


Clearing The Air About COPD

Recognizing this disease and getting help early can make a huge difference and allow a better and longer quality of life.


Going the Extra Mile Spotlight

Here are some of the inspiring stories from our January and February 2018 Going the Extra Mile winners


The Ins and Outs of Health Apps

The key is not relying solely on the device. It is your job to sustain the healthy behaviors after the device is turned off or out of sight.


The ABCs of Vitamins - Vitamin B

Up next in our series is vitamin B. Let’s explore this vitamin in detail.


The ABCs of Vitamins – Vitamin A

When it comes to Vitamin A, as with nutrition in general, simple balance is the way to go.


A Mind of Your Own

Learn 10 ways to love your brain!


How to Successfully Downsize

Know that this feeling of being overwhelmed can be turned around into a feeling of release.


Farm to Fork

With our “Farm to Fork” program, we try to paint a picture in your imagination of simpler times with better, fresher food.


The Witness: Rosa Lee Floyd

Today, Rosa Lee believes it’s her responsibility to bear witness to what life was like before and during the Civil Rights Movement.


Turning Heart Failure Into Heart Success

February is National Heart Month, a good opportunity to take inventory of your heart health.


Taking Away the Pain

The ladies at Garden Plaza at Cleveland create heart-shaped pillows for those who have undergone a medical procedure.


A Number of Reasons for Love

The Millers shared that the secret to the longevity of their love is because they have the Lord Jesus as the center of their lives.


Aging as a Sign of Strength

Strength training works to combat the signs and symptoms of existing health problems and can prevent you from developing other conditions.


Questions to maximize your next doctor’s appointment

While it seems that time with your doctor may be increasingly limited, it’s important to come into your appointment prepared with questions.


The Fall of Focus and How to Reclaim It

If you find yourself struggling with concentration or focus, here are a few things you can do to retrain your mind and rebuild your focus.


Resident Voices - Nicknames

Whether they're sentimental or funny, strange or fitting, nicknames have a history. Our residents weighed in on how they received theirs.


David Aichele - Looking To The Sky

David’s love of the sky began when he was a child, and even after retiring from NASA, the sky was not finished amazing him.


Health At All Ages: The Key to Enjoying Life’s Moments

Want the chance to spend more time with their loved ones? Simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices may help you do just that.


Happy New Year!

I love starting fresh in the new year with new goals, new resolutions or as some would say, “a do-over.”


Century Park Residents Reach Out To Community At Christmas

Amidst all the business of Christmas, many of our Century Park residents make time to give to those in need.


Nuts for Nutrition!

Some holiday favorites are rather unhealthy. We’d like to shine a light on one of the popular holiday snacks that can actually be healthy!


Navy Veteran Honored by City of Lauderhill

The city of Lauderhill, Florida, recently honored Simon Growick for his service in the U. S. military.



For a family caregiver, stress is a common mask that can alter your ability to see the joy in caring for your loved one.


Thoughts of Thankfulness

As Thanksgiving approaches, Century Park residents around the country spent some time reflecting on what they are most thankful for.


Veterans Honored at Cherry Creek Retirement Village

Multiple residents were honored on Veterans Day at Cherry Creek Retirement Village for their service to our country.


A Knight To Remember On Veterans Day

Century Park communities are honored to be home to many veterans who have sacrificed and served our country.


Halloween at Century Park

Century Park residents and associates across the country enjoyed celebrating Halloween in our senior living communities.


Don Summers – From one boat to another

The riverboats Don Summer captained in St. Louis and New Orleans were the hot spot for dancing, eating and partying.


Finding The Can In Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to start learning what you can do for this cause.


Sunny Rush Named Caregiver of the Year

On Sept. 29, the Colorado Health Care Association named Sunny Rush its Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year.


Physical Therapy: Get Back to What Matters

Ultimately, the goal of physical therapy is to help people restore or maintain their maximum level of independence.



We dedicate this tribute to those living with Alzheimer's, their caretakers and the residents in our care who may one day be diagnosed.


What Fall Means To Me: Family, Food And Fond Memories

Growing up in upstate New York, I have some great memories of our family coming together during the fall to celebrate many things.


Family is Forever - Joseph Kordek

For Joseph Kordek, working with the land and tending to the soil is not a burden but a blessing.


Family is Forever - Jack and Frances Abbott

Jack and Frances Abbott, 89- and 88-year-old residents at Westside Garden Plaza in Indianapolis, have made family everywhere they go.


Family is Forever - Selma Bird and Lillian Roll

Century Park Associates is excited to kick off National Assisted Living Week 2017 with Grandparents Day.


Beautifully Balanced: Preventing Falls Among the Elderly

Following these tips can help you avoid painful and costly falls. That may enable you to stay active and enjoy a long and injury-free life.


Fighting Alzheimer’s with Selfies

Cascade Park Retirement Community recently hosted a luau as part of an effort to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.


A House of Wishes

This summer, Westside Garden Plaza resident Mina Collier had her wish granted.


Managing Your Medications

Medicine is definitely a blessing. Used correctly, it can correct physiological problems, save lives and generally make us feel better.


The Doors God Opens

When Martin shares the stories of how she came to be chaplain of Cottesmore, she sees how one open door always led to another.


The Avid Gardener

Once a farmer's daughter, always a farmer's daughter.


Keep It Moving!

For overall wellness, activity is a must. Find something you enjoy, and just do it!


A Heads-Up On Headaches

What are headaches and migraines, and how can we lessen the effect they have on our lives?


Margaret Christenson

Christenson is constantly engaging her mind and finding innovative solutions for her friends at The Bridge.


Father's Day Advice

Our residents shared memories of their own fathers and the best advice they received over the years.


Down To Earth: The Benefits Of A Garden

Gardening strengthens muscles and bones, relaxes muscles and helps prevent diseases such as osteoporosis.


Kristie Tucker Goes the Extra Mile for Her Residents

This year, Kristie Tucker was chosen as the overall winner of Century Park’s Going the Extra Mile award from more than 40 communities.


A Bridge of Honor: How A Century Park Community Pays Tribute to Those Who Served

Century Park Associates is incredibly proud of all of our veterans and thankful to those who gave their lives in service.


Inside an Aurora independent living community, the Happy Hookers knit for the needy

A love for knitting and crafting is the common thread that has pulled a group of Aurora women together for several hours each day.


Mother's Day Advice

Our residents shared memories of their own mothers and the best advice they received over the years.


The Many Faces of Arthritis

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, a time for advocacy and education on the topic.


Emily McDonald: A Journalist's Heart

Journalists live a life full of networking and finding out the details, but they each do it in their own way.


Occupational Therapy: Live Life To Its Fullest!

April is Occupational Therapy Month! With spring in full swing, it’s a great opportunity to learn how occupational therapy can help you.


Live Longer, Live With Purpose

It’s possible that a healthy dose of purpose and self-determination could have a significant influence on your longevity.


Jerry and Elaine Ramsey

Over time, things have certainly changed for Jerry and Elaine, but they have found their way to keep connected: technology.


Graham Witherspoon: Author, Poet and Artist

Witherspoon is not just a sailor, but someone who continues to write, paint, philosophize, care, share and believe.


Become An Educated Buyer: A Guide To Food Labeling

It’s national nutrition month and a great opportunity to learn how to become an educated buyer.


Cold or flu?

Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them.


Antioxidants - Fad or Friend?

We've all heard about the wonders of antioxidants. But what are they? What do they do?


Shining A Light on Depression

Like a late-night fog, depression can roll into your life without warning, enveloping your mind with anxiety and uncertainty.


Loving Your Heart On Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating with loved ones or on your own, don’t forget to show your own heart some love, too.


Reprogramming Cravings

It is possible to reprogram your cravings. You don't have to change all at once. It's all about your small choices every day.


Know your thyroid

Ever wonder how your body temp is regulated or how you gain the correct amount of energy from your food? Go ahead and thank your thyroid.


Make A Decision To Protect Your Vision

This month, Glaucoma Awareness Month, Century Park Associates wants to help prevent the progression of this devastating disease.


Harbor Place at Cottesmore resident reflects on adventure as World War II medic

At Okinawa, Hart's battalion rendered aid to casualties as the 27th attacked another ridge not far from Hacksaw Ridge.


3 New Year's Resolutions For Seniors

Your later years present different challenges that can be combatted with tangible goals and resolutions.

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