March 25, 2022
My name is Jenna Larson, and I’m the memory care director at Rock Creek Ankeny Senior Living. In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to take a moment to celebrate Mary, one of our neighborhood residents!
Mary was an early childhood educator at a local college. She divorced in the 1980s, but was a strong single mom. She loves Starbucks Frappuccinos. Mary enjoys singing, and can sing ANYTHING. Although she is losing her vision, she remains the happiest, most pleasant woman. Mary has the gift of gab and can chitchat for days. She loves to laugh and often cracks jokes with the other residents. One of her favorite things to do was to call the Bingo games.
I feel it is important to honor the stories and history of individuals with dementia because we tell the stories they can’t. In the Rock Creek neighborhood, we try to connect individuals living with dementia by knowing their previous routine. That knowledge helps us to guide them towards meaningful and purposeful days.
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Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, Iowa offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Nestled in the Boulder Brook Park subdivision just north of 5th Street, residents of Rock Creek enjoy a close connection with the surrounding neighborhood with tree-lined walking paths that connect directly to local family homes; just minutes away from local shopping and attractions.
May 6, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally celebrated in 1949. That was 73 years ago! The goals of the sponsoring organization, originally the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now Mental Health America), were to improve attitudes toward mental health/illness, improve services for mental health clients, and promote mental health. Older adults are more at risk for […]
April 28, 2022
The last week of April is a special time for the culinary department at Rock Creek Senior Living Ankeny, IA. In honor of Earth Month, we will be celebrating and embracing the Farm to Table concept. While the terminology is often overused, the idea is a basic one that stems from the days when the […]