Cooking & Baking

Apples, Cops, and a Show

October 8th, 2018

Some recent fun at Arbor Lakes Senior Living included some apples, cops, and a show!

Apple Jacks Orchards

Apple Jack Orchards visited Arbor Lakes with samples for our residents to taste.
Everyone enjoyed the educational talk followed by the apple goodies to purchase for their enjoyment.

Coffee with Cops

The Maple Grove Police Department stopped by for a visit with our residents. The residents enjoyed getting to know some of our local officers.
All of us at Arbor Lakes Senior Living appreciate our Maple Grove Police Department for protecting and serving us.

Satin Dolls

The Satin Dolls kicked up their feet for a great stage show!

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Music, Games, and a Field Trip

September 25th, 2018

Recently, Arbor Lakes Senior Living had fun with some music, games, and a field trip!

Plymouth Rockers

Our very own resident, Shirley G, is in the Plymouth Rockers Choir. We are so proud of Shirley! The choir brought joy to so many residents with their excellent performance!

Blackjack Bonanza

Arbor Lakes Senior Living hosted a Blackjack and banana split bonanza. Everyone had so much fun rolling up their sleeves to play Blackjack and enjoying a scrumptious banana split. Bill W. won the large prize in the tournament! What a great combination for a good time with friends! A special thanks to the interim staff who volunteered at this event and helped make it successful.

Fruit Pizza

Our residents made delicious fruit pizzas. This is Mary showcasing her creation!

Winery Trip

Arbor Lakes Senior Living residents took a scenic drive to the winery at Sovereign Estate in Waconia.

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Culinary Demo

April 14th, 2017

Activities Assistant, Pang Lee does an excellent job in teaching the tenants how to make Hmong Egg Rolls during her culinary demo. Everyone agreed they were delicious!

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Cupcake Contest

September 29th, 2016

Arbor Lakes Senior Living hosted a Cupcake Contest on Sept. 16 with 14 contestants competing for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place prizes. We had so much fun and were so impressed with our talented bakers right here at Arbor Lakes!

Our qualified Judge’s Lineup included: Jennifer (Pastry Chef from Maple Grove Lunds & Byerly’s), Jean Hendrickx (Our very own Chef Manager), Jessica (Operation Manager of Maple Grove Nothing Bundt Cakes) and Brianna (Baker from Maple Grove Nadia Cakes).
Our judges had the difficult task of sampling and rating each cupcake to determine the winners. They were all great recipes and worthy of winning!

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Our great judges and volunteer Joni working to find the top winners at the Cupcake Contest!

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Rita Holcomb and her daughter in-law Jeanne take First Place with their Chocolate Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup recipe, and Gloria Simonson’s daughter Amy and Granddaughter Gretchen take the 2nd Place Winning recipe of Best Lemon Cupcakes!

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Congratulations to all of the participants!


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5 Common Senior Nutrition Myths

May 3rd, 2016

It is no secret that proper nutrition can decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While eating habits and dietary needs often change as you grow older, there are quite a few misconceptions surrounding senior nutrition. Here are five of the most common myths.

  1. Seniors will stay healthy as long as they eat regularly.

Eating something is not always better than eating nothing. As seniors lose strength and mobility, cooking a meal can become difficult and time-consuming. Reaching for pre-packaged snacks and frozen dinners can be tempting, but these food options are usually high in sodium and fat and can lead to all sorts of health problems.

  1. All seniors will inevitably lose their appetites.

A slowed-down metabolism and a need for fewer calories are normal signs of aging. But when seniors completely lose their appetite, it’s often a sign of a more serious issue.

  1. Seniors at a healthy weight can eat whatever they want.

Some people seem to be able to eat anything without gaining a pound. However, maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t necessarily equal good health. High-sugar and high-fat diets can lead to diabetes and heart attacks.

  1. Eating alone isn’t a problem for seniors.

Studies have shown that seniors eat better in the company of others. Often prone to depression and loneliness, seniors are less likely to cook a healthy meal just for themselves. One of the biggest benefits of senior living communities is the friendly, social environment. These communities offer residents healthy delicious meals in a welcoming, social setting.

  1. General nutrition guidelines are the only thing seniors need to follow to stay healthy.

A healthy diet for a 30-year-old isn’t necessarily a good diet for a 75-year-old to follow. Seniors need extra calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, while antioxidants, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids can improve cognitive function. Plus, a 30-year-old is much better equipped to handle high levels of sodium and fat.

Make sure to pay attention to the eating habits of your elderly loved ones. Regular, nutritious meals can help senior citizens stay happy and healthy as they grow older.

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