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86-Year-Old Dancer Shares Her Wit and Wisdom – Atria Crossgate

Doing it for the joy of it: An 86-Year-Old Salsa Dancer Shares Her Wit and Wisdom


Posted on February 10, 2015 by Taylor Rhea


“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes DeMille, dancer and choreographer

86-year-old Atria Crossgate resident Angela C., who’s been dancing more than 50 years, has known the power and glory of this graceful art form all her life.  (more…)


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Everybody Loves a Clown – Atria Copeland

Everybody Loves a Clown


Posted on December 18, 2014 by Taylor Rhea


Charlie Chaplin became a worldwide icon in the silent film era through his screen persona as the silent “Tramp” clown. Red Skelton, one of America’s most well-known clowns, starred in more than 20 movies and had his own radio and television show. And Patch Adams, a young doctor in the ‘70s, began clowning for hospital patients and was portrayed by late comedian Robin Williams in a Hollywood film.

What was it about these clowns that made them great? Was it their exaggerated facial expressions? (more…)


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Active Lifestyle: Creating a Sense of Purpose

Creating a Sense of Purpose


Posted on December 4, 2014 by Sulekha Zaug


“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Setting and achieving goals is key to maintaining a sense of purpose. Fortunately, age has nothing to do with one’s ability to achieve (more…)


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76-Year-Old Says Aging is an Adventure – Atria Seville

76-Year-Old Says Aging is an Adventure


Posted on October 26, 2014 by Taylor Rhea


“You’re too old.”

“You’ll get hurt.”

“Your body can’t do what it used to.”

“Don’t risk it.”

These are just a few myths about aging that society supports – the notion that as we age, we weaken. We decline. That somehow we are less of a person, with limited value.

Lilias G., an Atria Seville resident, refuses to adopt this mentality. (more…)


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The Value of Intergenerational Programming

The Importance of Intergenerational Programming


Posted on October 3, 2014 by Chad Adcock


The residents of our community absolutely love young people. Sometimes I joke that they only like young people, puppies, and babies. Of course, that's an exaggeration but there is an element of truth there. Whenever I bring young people into the community, even the most introverted residents come out of their shells and light up with joy. (more…)


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87-Year-Old Deep-Sea Diver and Shark Enthusiast | Atria Woodbridge

Deeper Waters: 87-Year-Old Diver and Shark Enthusiast Stays Active


Posted on September 19, 2014 by Michele Macmartin


Being underwater in the ocean is like entering a new world – just you and the creatures of the deep blue. Some people are drawn by adventure and discovery. After all, who knows what can be found beneath the waves? To see a coral reef for the first time, to share crystal clear waters with a slow-moving sea turtle, to look out into the open sea and gain a fresh perspective on how vast this planet truly is – these experiences have no age limit. You’re never too old to explore!

Just ask Atria Woodbridge resident James S., aka “California James.” (more…)


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Active Aging: Movement Is Your Best Medicine

Active Aging : Movement Is Your Best Medicine


Posted on September 6, 2014 by Colleen McCutchan


“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.”

Having worked for 32 years as a physical education teacher for people with disabilities, I connect with this statement by health coach Carol Welch. During my career I’ve taught individuals with a variety of special physical, emotional and cognitive needs, and I’ve witnessed firsthand how exercise improves not only their health and well-being (more…)


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Making Time to Play Every Day | Atria Senior Living Blog

Enjoy! Make time to P.L.A.Y


Posted on August 12, 2014 by Kerrie Anastassatos


In the month of August, Atria’s Well-Being Coach, Billie Jean King invites us all to “play every day!” I bet you haven’t received an invitation to come out and play since you were a child, but making time to play is something we should continue to do throughout our lives. (more…)


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