Fun with Babble Budz


Fun with Babble Budz

December 2nd, 2019

Lately, whenever one of our volunteers brings her therapy dog, Solomon, she’s also been bringing Babble Budz (toys that copy whatever you say). Not only are they adorable, they also fill the room with laughter!

The Babble Budz may not have sang, but we still got lots of laughs!

More fun with Babble Budz!

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End of fall fun at The Willows

December 2nd, 2019

Get caught up on the end of fall fun we’ve been having here at The Willows of Arbor Lakes!

It’s a bit late, but we wanted to share all the fun we had for Halloween this year! In the morning, we were “treated” to some reverse trick-or-treating from families of Living Word Church. Later that afternoon, we played Halloween bingo while enjoying spider truffles, candy corn, and other goodies. And to complete the day, we played pumpkin toss with ghost bean bags!

Here’s a quick video of one resident’s ROAR at the Halloween party!

To celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13, residents here at The Willows made Kindness Cards for each of our staff members to thank them for their hard work!

To celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13, residents here at The Willows made Kindness Cards for each of our staff members to thank them for their hard work!


The residents worked hard cutting out “grateful hearts” and painting them to decorate the dining room for this month’s theme: “Give thanks with a grateful heart.”


We recently took a crack at Peanut Butter Pie. We love trying new recipes here at The Willows, and this one was a hit!

You can check out the recipe for yourself here: https://bit.ly/2XzGRIA


Our residents always enjoy having a treat together for social hour!

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Football, Family, and Fundraising

September 24th, 2019

September has been a fun and busy month full of football, family, and fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association. Check out some photos below, and don’t forget about the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, September 28!

Even though the Vikings didn’t beat the Packers, the residents had fun watching the game and cheering them on! 🏈

It’s always a party when Randy Rolloff is around! We celebrated September birthdays on the 13th with Randy’s fantastic entertainment. Happy birthday to Josie, Leroy, Muriel, and Vi! 🎂🥳🎉

Throughout the month of August, Willows of Arbor Lakes residents were hard at work making homemade bingo prizes our Alzheimer’s fundraiser. They made fall refrigerator magnets and yellow “you are my sunshine” canvases. They all turned out amazing!

The Willows of Arbor Lakes hosted a “Family Bingo Night” fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association on September 11. We received over 50 generous bingo and raffle prizes donated from businesses, which enabled us to have an evening of great fun for a great cause!

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End of Summer Celebrations

August 30th, 2019

August means end of summer celebrations, and we were sure to embrace the upcoming season change in style!

Last week Josie taught us to make her favorite recipe of Southern banana pudding. It was so delicious that it even had some of us licking the bowls!

It started out as a rainy day, but the sun came out, and we enjoyed a great “end of the summer” family BBQ last week!

This week we enjoyed music by Bobby and Christine. They really know how to get us singing along and clapping in our seats!

Two Saint Bernards visited while we set up for our August birthday party and were such a fun surprise! Nigel Egg stopped by to play some music and help us celebrate our August guests of honor: Esther, Louise, Pauline, Dorothy, and Mary.

The birds around the Willows were well cared for this month! We created homemade bird feeders out of toilet paper tubes, peanut butter, and bird seed.

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July BBQ and Volunteer Visits

August 9th, 2019

We had lots of visitors last month here at the Willows! Check out some photos from our July BBQ and volunteer visits.

We had another amazing resident and family BBQ lunch this July! 🌭🥗🍔

We are always thankful for our community volunteers! This month included a visit from Substance Church, middle school students from Lord of Life Church, and weekly visits from our therapy dog, Solomon.

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Karaoke Fun and Patriotic Parfaits at Willows of Arbor Lakes

July 16th, 2019

To say we had fun at karaoke last week would be an understatement. One of our resident’s daughters has a Karaoke business (Karaoke Paradise), and she brought karaoke to the Willows! We had a blast singing and dancing to many favorite songs. We originally planned the event for an hour, but everyone was having such a great time we kept going for a few hours! There’s a lot of talent here in the Willows community!

With the help from volunteers Katelyn and Shawna, we made patriotic parfaits with fresh strawberries and blueberries. They were delicious!

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Loren Wolfe Concert and Bingo

June 28th, 2019

We enjoyed singing along with Loren Wolfe last Friday, and are always amazed at his seemingly endless repertoire of songs!

On Thursday, June 20, we had fun playing Bingo with middle school students from Lord of Life Church.

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June birthdays and summer BBQ at Willows of Arbor Lakes

June 21st, 2019

Enjoying the season with June birthdays and summer BBQ at Willows of Arbor Lakes!

We enjoyed accordion music from Mark Stillman while celebrating June birthdays. Happy birthday to Pat and Michael! 🎂🎉



Everyone had a blast at our summer kick-off barbeque for residents and family! 🌭🍔



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An Amazing Start to Summer at Willows of Arbor Lakes

June 7th, 2019

It’s been an amazing start to summer here at the Willows!

Residents have painted flower pots with planted marigold seeds in them, planted flowers in the planters on our patio, and just relaxed while enjoying the sunshine!


On Thursday, May 23, the fourth graders from Cedar Island Elementary School came to sing for us at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. We were incredibly touched by their talent, organization, and kindness. Their singing brought smiles to all our faces, and we loved singing along to the familiar songs!


We are thankful for the warmer weather and the chance to get outdoors!


Monroe Wright’s performance on Friday was a hit!

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May Birthdays and Memorial Day at Willows of Arbor Lakes

May 24th, 2019

May birthdays and Memorial Day at Willows of Arbor Lakes! We had a great time singing along with Bill Cagley as we celebrated our May birthdays. Happy birthday to Ellie, Betty, Kenny, and Jerome!

This Memorial Day weekend, we at the Willows of Arbor Lakes remember and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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