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Enjoy fun with neighbors in our resident-led activities or a community celebration hosted by our team. There's always something to do or keep busy with at The Fields at Arbor Glen.

Imagine life at The Fields at Arbor Glen. It is Saturday morning and you are enjoying a cup of coffee from your rocking chair on the patio of your new home. Your grandkids are playing in the nearby bocce ball courts and there is a friendly game of pickleball being played with friends. Feel the warm morning sun on your face as you engage in Tai Chi in the garden. Smell the food cooking on the community grill and feel the excitement of people headed over to the neighborhood potluck. Hear the sweet sounds of a harpist, pianist, or singers during special afternoon concerts as you listen with friends and family from the comfort of your new home.

Learn a new hobby or join that “group” you have been meaning to join. Meet people with similar interests and a zest for life just steps away from your front door. Grab a friend and take a boat cruise down the beautiful St. Croix River. Or pack a picnic and take an afternoon bike ride on one of our beautiful trails. Feel the comfort and warm welcome from the people of Lake Elmo as they greet you on your afternoon walks around The Fields at Arbor Glen and our nearby trail system.

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How to Improve Your Sleep as a Senior

Sleep is an essential part of our lives and is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the CDC reports that inadequate sleep has a negative impact on mental health, often increasing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Sleep like a baby again with these helpful tips for getting a good night's rest.

Be Mindful of Lighting

Our circadian rhythm conditions all of us to sleep when it's dark and wake when it's light. If you live in the north with long sunlight hours in the summer and tedious, dark winters, this can severely disrupt your natural sleep schedule. That said, even indoor lighting can impact our internal clock. Set a reminder to begin using low lighting in the evenings, ideally 2-3 hours before bed. Ambient lighting from softer sources like table lamps can help your brain unwind and disconnect as you get ready for a good night's sleep.

Have an Early Dinner

Breakfast lovers -- you're going to love this next tip! Large meals before bed can often cause sleep disturbances that range from trouble falling asleep to poor-quality sleep. The CDC recommends avoiding large meals just before bed, as well as steering clear of caffeine and alcohol. Aim to finish your dinner at least three hours before bedtime, and keep it light. Then you can treat yourself to a large indulgent breakfast to get your day rolling.

Try Bedtime Meditation

Take 10-15 minutes before bed for mindful meditation where you relax and just focus on your breathing, giving yourself permission to do nothing. Try the 4-7-8 method by inhaling through your nose to the count of four, holding for seven, and exhaling to the count of eight. Need a little help focusing your meditation routine? Try a mindfulness app such as Calm with guided meditations and sleepy time stories for adults.

The power of a good night's sleep should never be underrated, especially as we age. Stay healthy!

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