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April 2013

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

Yes, we've all heard the phrase "location, location, location" as it applies to buying real estate. But it bears repeating in the context of senior living too. When you're choosing a senior living community, the location of that community is every bit as important as the location of a purchased home. Where you live influences how you live—in many important ways.

Residents of The Meadows of Napa Valley are fortunate to enjoy living in a location that lets them stay active and involved in life. They live in a vibrant small city, surrounded by people of all ages. They have easy access to fun, interesting activities, on campus and off.

So many elements contribute to making the Meadows' location desirable. See below:

  • Small-Town Charm: The Meadows is located in Napa, California, a city of just 77,000 people.
  • Security: Napa enjoys a reputation as being a very safe place to live.
  • Comfort: a Mediterranean climate that is mild year-round, making it easy to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Cultural Opportunities: wineries, five-star restaurants, theatrical and musical venues, museums, art galleries, library, and shopping. And, it's close enough to San Francisco that residents can easily enjoy all that this world-class city has to offer.
  • Active Community: Locals of all ages enjoy the farmers and artisan markets, 50 parks of all types and sizes, hiking trails, Segway tours, and bicycle rentals, both traditional and electric.
  • Pacific Ocean: California's coast is only an hour's drive away.
  • Ongoing Learning: Napa Valley College offers a robust Community Education program and the city's Senior Activity Center provides classes, activities, and social opportunities.
  • Two hospitals: Napa Valley citizens are served by both Queen of the Valley Medical Center and St. Helena Hospital.

To learn more about the Meadows' enviable location, visit Our Community. From there, you can easily access links that will take you to the sites for many of the things we've mentioned above, and much more.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

People who have never visited the Meadows' campus often think we are exaggerating when we describe our amenities as "resort style." We don't mind at all, because we know that all it takes is one short visit to our community to understand why we chose that term to describe what we offer.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

Our thinking is this: The Meadows offers the same amenities and activities that people seek out while going on resort vacations. Relaxing in a peaceful oasis, surrounded by nature. Dining on chef-prepared cuisine. Swimming in a heated outdoor pool. Making new friends on the putting green or bocce court. Chatting over glasses of wine. Enjoying a massage in a soothing environment. Getting your hair and nails done in the salon.

That's starting to sound resort-like, right?

Many people like to remain active while spending time at their favorite resort. They enjoy working out in a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with the latest strength and cardiovascular equipment. Others enjoy taking yoga, tai chi, or aqua-aerobics classes. Still others look forward to taking a swim in a pristine pool.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

Perhaps so many people try to stay active on vacation because they know they'll be indulging themselves in food that's so good it's hard to stop eating. Delicious breakfasts, lunch, dinners, and desserts available every day. Healthful fare along with those "special occasion only" dishes. And don't forget the wine. We often host tastings in our beautifully appointed Wine Room, which residents can also reserve for small, private, catered parties.

Every single "resort-style" amenity we've mentioned in this article is available at The Meadows of Napa Valley. Why don't you call us today at 1-888-327-8111, and let us show you in person?

You can also visit our Testimonials page and listen to some of our residents tell you about our amenities and the many different aspects of being a part of The Meadows of Napa Valley.

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Adults age 55 and older are the fastest growing group of Facebook users. They're discovering it's a fun, easy way to stay in touch with friends and family members of all ages. Because Facebook is on the World Wide Web, however, we recommend users protect their personal information while continuing to grow valuable relationships. Here's how:

  • Tighten your privacy settings. When you create a Facebook account, the automatic privacy settings are actually very public. Consider limiting your information to friends and family members only.
    • Click on the padlock logo in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page. (On March 7, 2013, Facebook introduced a new design. If you use the new design, the padlock logo now appears near the top left corner of your Facebook page, near your name.)
    • People who want to set their privacy settings as tight as possible can select "Friends."
  • Don't accept all friend requests. If you don't know someone in real life, or even if you know that person but don't want to share personal information with him or her, just ignore their friend requests.
  • "Unfriend" a mistake. Did you accept a friend request you wish you hadn't? Go to his or her personal Facebook page, click on the "Friends" button and select "Unfriend."
  • Avoid attracting burglars. Consider not announcing when you'll be traveling or how your nephew just installed a big-screen TV in your home.
  • Don't reveal your age. Although you need to enter your birthdate when creating your profile – so Facebook knows you're over the minimum age of 13 – the world doesn't need to know your age.
    • On your personal Facebook page, under your name and profile photo, click on "About." Then scroll down to "Basic Info" and click on "Edit."
    • In the Birthday section, select "Show only month &day on my timeline" or "Don't show my birthday on my timeline."
  • Give yourself the evil eye. Look at your Facebook page closely and think about what a malicious person could do with any of the information you've posted. Avoid sharing your birth date, home address, phone numbers and social security numbers.
  • Be wary of Facebook applications. A Facebook application can give broad permission for whoever developed that application to access your data … and your friends' data. Think twice before you take quizzes that ask questions like "Would you make a good FBI agent?" or "Would you like to keep better track of birthdays?" Better still, you might want to go to the left margin of Facebook's Privacy Settings page to find the "Apps" link. There, you can turn off all application settings or limit them to friends.
  • Check your privacy settings regularly. Facebook has been known to alter their privacy features in the past. Hopefully strong pushback from the public will discourage them from doing the same in the future, but it's still a good idea to check on a regular basis. For more information about Facebook privacy, you may want to read this Wall Street Journal blog article and this Wall Street Journal guide.

Now that you know how to keep yourself safe, we invite you to "Like" our Meadows of Napa Valley Facebook page. With our business-style Facebook page, we cannot access your private information, we cannot see your private Facebook posts (unless you leave a comment on our posts or wall), and we promise we won't share any scary Facebook applications. Instead, we provide a safe, interactive way to experience our community.

Upcoming Presentations

  • Come join us at one of these free, no-obligation seminars to learn more about the Meadows of Napa Valley lifestyle.
  • RSVPs are appreciated but not required to 707-320-2222.
  • We often host lectures, parties and other entertaining events. Please call for information on future functions.

Schedule a Personal Tour Today!

Schedule a Personal Tour Today!

We'd love to see you! Call 1-888-327-8111 to arrange a tour of the Meadows. You can also visit to learn more about this not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community.

The Meadows Marketing Team
Local: 707-320-2222

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