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Here's to You: Movie parties perfect for winter cheer

In the midst of a ruthless winter, we could all use a few more ideas for keeping our minds off of what's happening outside.

Thoughts of spring are still a little too far away, and the blustery conditions can pose very serious risks to people of all ages, especially seniors.

Rather than risking it on slippery sidewalks, now is the time to stay indoors, get cozy and enjoy a little quiet time. Games and reading are always popular pastimes among the tenants at WindSong, but there is another little known luxury we treat ourselves to here - the WindSong Movie Theater. Old classics, new releases, holiday flicks, educational documentaries - we watch them all. The smell of buttery popcorn tempts the tenants to join in, even if they've already seen the movie several times. Our theater boasts a huge screen and a professional sound system.

But even if you're just looking for something to do at home, movies can be a great source of entertainment.

Following is a list of AARP's 2011 "Movies for Grown Ups" Awards, as taken from the AARP website:

-- Best Movie for Grownups: "The King's Speech."

-- Best Actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech."

-- Best Actress: Lesley Manville, "Another Year."

-- Best Supporting Actor: John Malkovich, "Secretariat."

-- Best Supporting Actress: Phylicia Rashad, "For Colored Girls."

-- Best Director: Danny Boyle, "127 Hours."

-- Best Screenwriter: John Wells, "The Company Men."

-- Best Grownup Love Story: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right."

-- Best Comedy: "City Island."

-- Best Intergenerational Film: "Flipped."

-- Best Documentary: "Waste Land."

-- Breakthrough Achievement: Helen Mirren, "RED."

-- Best Foreign-Language Film: "Farewell."

-- Best Buddy Picture: "Unstoppable."

-- Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: "The Karate Kid."

Whether living in a senior community or your own home, movies are always better when you share them with someone. If you're feeling ambitious, throw your own Movie Party and take the theme as far as you like. Know someone who lives at WindSong? Give them a call to find out when the matinees are playing and join us for the fun.


Interested in the apartments at WindSong? Call Marketing Coordinator Hayley McKeon, at 333-6211 to schedule a tour.