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The Waters hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Residents and Team Members

The Waters is excited to announce that all eleven of our senior living communities have successfully held both dosage clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine. The clinics were filled with hope, relief, fun, and teamwork. Residents, and team members alike, worked together to create a memorable experience with anticipation for what life can be like in due time.


See How The Waters is Responding to COVID-19
The Waters has established policies and protocols to ensure safety, health and wellbeing of residents and staff at The Waters.

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Wally The Beer Man Hosts pre-Super Bowl Party at The Waters of Plymouth
Wally the Beer Man, who served beer at Twins baseball games from 1982 through most of 2010, hosted a pre-Super Bowl party at The Waters of Plymouth. In addition to expertly popping the tops off bottles throughout the night, Wally enjoyed sharing memories of the good old days and and signing copies of his baseball card for neighbors and fans.


Winter Carnival Royal Family Visit at The Waters of White Bear Lake
Members of the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family visited The Waters of White Bear Lake senior living community on Jan. 29, 2020, and knighted 8 residents, making them honorary members of the royal family.


Tropical Birds Visit The Waters on Mayowood
Residents at The Waters on Mayowood got up close and personal with tropical birds Wednesday afternoon.
The Minnesota Companion Bird Association brought an African gray parrot and three cockatoos to the residence for the seniors to learn about. Residents learned about the bird’s habitats, diets and behavior.

“One of the goals of the Waters Senior Living is to create communities where residents thrive, and when I learned about A Parrot Experience I thought it would be a fun activity for residents,” said Marni Harris, Active Life Manager at The Waters on Mayowood.


The Waters on 50th Celebrates the Publication of Writing Club’s Third Book
A crowd gathered around the fireplace of The Waters on 50th on Jan. 25 for the launch party of a book published by the The Waters on 50th’s writers club. With a copy of the tall paperback in hand, the writers took turns sharing their contributions. 

50th Writer's Group 3rd Book Launch

Entitled “Distinctly I Remember: More Stories We Love to Tell,” the book features a collection of memoirs, short stories and thoughts written by eight residents in the home’s Writers Group, two of whom died before the book could be printed. Themes range from notions of home to living with loss to celebrating love. The book is available for purchase at The Waters on 50th.

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Cupid the Penguin Visits The Waters of Plymouth
Cupid, a 28-year-old African penguin, was the star of the show Nov. 20 at The Waters senior living community in Plymouth. Ashley Verdeck, education specialist from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, shared the life of a penguin to a group of residents, including the environment in which the penguins live and what they eat, as part of the zoo’s education and outreach program. After the presentation, attendees were invited to get a closer look at Cupid, named appropriately for being born on Valentine’s Day.


Quilts of Valor at The Waters on 50th
Three World War II veterans at The Waters on 50th received Quilts of Valor to celebrate Veteran’s Day. See the full story from KSTP News.


The Waters of McMurray Hosts a Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Waters Senior Living broke ground for their latest community in Western Pennsylvania, known as The Waters of McMurray. The ceremony was attended by local politicians, residents, and member of the community. The community is scheduled to open in early 2021.


The Waters of Excelsior celebrates its Grand Opening with nearly 500 Guests
The grand opening celebration for The Waters of Excelsior, 723 Water Street, took place the evening of Jan. 17. Nearly 500 people accepted the invitation to tour the community, meet staff members, ask questions, and sample the food.

The day’s festivities kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new building, and included relaxing chair massages, paraffin hand wax treatments, delicious hors d’oeuvres and treats.

The Sun Sailor was on hand to report on the event.

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The Waters is piloting HeartLegacy® in Two Communities
The Waters is excited to be testing out the new HeartLegacy kiosk and app at The Waters of Excelsior and The Waters of Plymouth. Using the family app, family members can send videos or photos directly to residents at these communities. Residents can playback video greetings on the kiosk located in the lobby at each community. The kiosks use facial recognition to log the residents in, and all videos are stored in the residents account for playback in the future.

All memories can be saved on a USB HeartDrive® at the end of a resident’s stay through HeartLegacy.

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The Waters recognized amongst leaders in Senior Living and Women-Owned Businesses
The Waters was recognized by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as being the fourth largest senior living company, and the third largest woman-owned business in the Twin Cities 24-county metro area.

Lynn Carlson Schell is the CEO and majority owner of The Waters, a senior living company that has 8 locations throughout the Twin Cities and Rochester, along with a new community in Wexford, PA. The Waters also has communities in construction in Excelsior, MN and Oak Creek, WI.

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Tami Kozikowski named chief operating officer of The Waters Senior Living
Tami Kozikowski, a woman with a long-standing career in executive leadership, is ready to make her mark on Minnesota’s 4th largest woman-owned business.

Beginning April 16, Kozikowski, who most recently served as corporate EVP and President of LifeSpa at Life Time Fitness, a $1.5 billion healthy-way-of-life company, will assume the duties of chief operating officer (COO) for The Waters Senior Living.

Having served in multiple executive positions over her career at companies that include Best Buy, Advance Auto Parts and Arthur Anderson, she is experienced in retail, real estate and service businesses in both high-growth and challenging markets. As a versatile and creative thought leader, she has consistently improved financial results, operating effectiveness and the customer and employee experience. Kozikowski resides in Wayzata, Minn., with her husband and three children. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

“We believe Tami’s skills and performance are uniquely aligned with The Waters’ commitment to creating living and working environments that are dedicated to enhancing the experience of wellbeing,” said Lynn Carlson Schell, The Waters’ CEO.

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The Waters shines at the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Waters would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, whether by walking with our team or participating in the fundraising initiatives at our communities. Between donations and t-shirt sales at the event, The Waters raised over $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association in addition to our sponsorship!

Highlights of the Twin Cities walk:

  • The Waters sponsored the 2.3 mile route water stop and volunteers handed out over 3,500 water bottles to walk participants.
  • Over 100 residents, family members, friends and The Waters team members signed up to walk on our team.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association reported they were expecting 12,000 participants for the 2017 walk.
  • The Twin Cities walk was one of the largest walks in the nation, both from the number of participants and the amount of funds raised. It was a huge success and raised over $1.2 Million from the event!

The Waters partners with the Alzheimer’s Association through several initiatives including sponsoring their walks and events. In addition to supporting these great causes, the partnership also allows our residents, their families and our team members to participate in educational programming. Check out our current scheduled educational opportunities here for more information.


The Waters Congratulates its Newly-Certified Senior Housing Managers
The Waters is proud to to share that all of our Minnesota Executive Directors have been awarded the Care Providers of Minnesota Housing Managers’ Professional Certificate, distinguishing them as professional industry leaders and helping them to provide a better experience for our residents and team members.

The latest training was completed on April 19, 2017 by the following team members:

John Beltz, Executive Director at The Waters on Mayowood
Randy Loomis, Executive Director at The Waters on 50th
Jennifer Krizan, Executive Director at The Waters of Oakdale
Laura Peterson, Executive Director at The Waters of Plymouth

Care Providers - Senior Housing Manager Training

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The Waters Senior Living and Shelter Corporation Named One of the Top Real Estate Developers in the Twin Cities Metro
(Minnetonka) – The Waters Senior Living and Shelter Corporation has earned recognition from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as one of the top real estate developers in the Twin Cities metro. “The List,” which ranks development companies by the number of square feet developed in the Metro between 2014 – 2016, was published on Jan. 13, 2017.

The senior living development company, headed up by Lynn Carlson Schell, developed 310,000 square feet of property between 2014 – 2016 in the Twin Cities Metro, and 500,000 square feet of space company-wide during the same time-period.

The latest project to open is The Waters of White Bear Lake, located at 3820 Hoffman Road in White Bear Lake, Minn. The first residents moved into the 190,000 square foot property shortly after the grand opening on June 21, 2016. The community features 106 independent living apartments ranging from 525 to 1,230 square feet and 30 memory care units.

Next up for The Waters is a 115 apartment community to be built at 723 Water Street in the City of Excelsior once final details with the City are worked out. The community will feature both independent living apartments and memory care, and is currently scheduled to open in summer 2018.

The Waters is also involved in a few out-of-state projects. Construction is underway on The Waters of Wexford in Marshall Township, Pa. The 146 apartment community is scheduled to open in April 2018. The Waters of Oak Creek, WI, a community with 135 apartments in Oak Creek, Wisc., is scheduled to open in late summer 2018.


The Waters Brings Awareness to Alzheimer’s Disease in a Big Way
Earlier this year The Waters set a goal of creating the largest walking teams at The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Rochester and Minneapolis. On Saturday, August 27th, The Waters accomplished its goal in Rochester with 41 members on its team. The Waters is proud to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, and was delighted to provide bottles of water to all participants at the event.

The Waters partners with the Alzheimer’s Association by sponsoring their walks and events. In addition to generating awareness, the partnership allows our residents, their families and our team members to participate in educational programming.


New Program Brings Rescued Dogs and Seniors Together at The Waters of Plymouth

Soon there will be smiles, laughter, and a little tail wagging thrown in for good measure at The Waters of Plymouth. On Sat., Aug. 20, beginning at 1 p.m., three dogs and their handlers from Second Hand Hounds will be visiting the community.

“We will be doing a walk through the community living areas where anyone can visit with the dogs, and then there will be some 1-on-1 time with select residents as well,” said Becky Willett, Director of Community Operations at The Waters of Plymouth, a senior living community located at 11305 Highway 55.

The visit is part of a new program called Second Hand Hope, which pairs companion animals with people who enjoy spending time with them on a regular basis. Over the years, numerous studies have suggested that companion animals can improve a person’s physical and mental health. The program was started up this Spring, and is run by Katie Jo Olson of Second Hand Hounds, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue based in Eden Prairie.

“The program itself is an offshoot of our hospice program. The original idea was for some of our hospice animals to come into senior living communities to visit with residents, but we quickly realized that wasn’t going to work because there was too much demand, so we decided to turn instead to our foster families to find the right dogs for the program,” said Olson.

Today, nearly 40 dogs, including breeds ranging from a tiny Maltese to a big 150 pound Great Pyrenees, participate. “We’re not a therapy animal program. Our animals don’t have special training. They are companion animals who are naturally friendly, well behaved and like attention. In fact, the animals enjoy the visits just as much as the people do,” said Olson.

The Waters of Plymouth is one of nine senior living communities in the Twin Cities where the Second Hand Hope program is being offered. Others include The Waters of Edina, The Waters of Highland Park and The Waters of Oakdale.


Eden Prairie Eagles Gearing Up for an Important Pre-Season Game

The high school football season doesn’t get underway until the beginning of September, but the kids who play for the Eden Prairie Eagles have already been practicing hard for a few weeks. So hard, in fact, they are confident they will win their first “game” of the year.

For the 8th year in a row, the Eagles will be kicking off the season with a touch football game against the management and staff of The Colony at Eden Prairie, a senior living community owned and operated by The Waters Senior Living. The kids lost last year’s game and are out for revenge; but it won’t be easy. The Colony team will once again be coached by former Vikings player Autry Beamon, who knows a thing or two about winning games.

Not only did The Colony team win last year’s game, they also beat the kids in a hotdog eating contest held afterwards. “Our staffer ate nine hotdogs in two minutes, and the closest player on the Eagles’ team ate just seven. We have a trophy to defend and people are taking it pretty seriously around here,” said Jennifer Kuhn, The Colony at Eden Prairie’s Director of Community Operations.

The trophy, which features a stuffed hotdog with mustard and a first place ribbon, sits proudly on a shelf in Kuhn’s office. She says she wants to keep it there.

The game gets underway at 1 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 19 in the backyard of The Colony at Eden Prairie, which is located at 431 Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. The game is expected to take about 30 minutes and will be immediately followed by the annual hotdog eating contest.

During the game, residents of The Colony at Eden Prairie will be watching from the sidelines, as well as from their apartment windows, and the common areas overlooking the backyard. After the game, they will help serve hotdogs to those not taking part in the hotdog eating contest.

“Everyone loves this event. It really brings our community together,” said Kuhn.

Below are photos from the 2015 Football Game at The Colony.


The Waters Rolls Out New Family Programming Initiative

The Waters Senior Living has established a strong reputation in Minnesota for its wellbeing philosophy. A key component of one’s wellbeing is, of course, building and maintaining strong connections to family and community.

In that spirit, beginning in August, The Waters Senior Living is rolling out a new Family Programming initiative featuring monthly themes designed to help people learn and grow.

The Waters’ Director of Resident Engagement, Anne McDonald, has designed this dynamic program using her 15 years of experience in healthcare. With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and additional certification in Gerontological practice, McDonald has a deep understanding as to how family dynamics can help or hinder major life transitions.

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Excelsior City Council Approves Construction of The Waters of Excelsior

The Waters of Excelsior Rendering

It’s official. The City of Excelsior will soon have a new living community for seniors who want to continue to live in the city they love.

At its July 18 meeting, the Excelsior City Council voted in favor of building a new senior living community with over 100 apartments at 723 Waters Street. Construction of The Waters of Excelsior will begin by the end of the year, with an anticipated opening in early 2018. The community will replace the closed Excelsior Grill restaurant and a blighted apartment building that exist on the property now.

Jay Jensen from The Waters Senior Living said, “For the past 18-months we have been working with Excelsior to create its premier senior living community. We want to thank the Excelsior City Council and staff for their support. Now on to the ground breaking!”

No date has been scheduled yet for the first turn of the shovel.


Grand Opening Party Held for The Waters of White Bear Lake 

(White Bear Lake) – The grand opening party for The Waters’ latest community, The Waters of White Bear Lake, took place on June 21, and according to staff it was the biggest launch party in company history.

More than 700 people, young and old, came to the brand new community, located at 3820 Hoffman Road in White Bear Lake for the party that began in the afternoon and continued on into the evening. The festivities kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony in which White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson, The Waters President Kyle Didier and The Waters CEO Lynn Carlson Schell participated.

After Didier and Emerson thanked the community and Chamber of Commerce for supporting of the project, guests were invited to tour the building. At each of the onsite restaurants, there were food and drink samples available. Attendees also got a good sense of the programming being offered at the wellbeing studio in partnership with The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, and in the spa they were able to sample some of the services that will be provided, including a Paraffin Wax Experience.

Those who attended the party also had the opportunity to tour some of the available apartments, and meet the staff that will serve residents. There were team members from all nine of The Waters properties in attendance, including chefs, concierges, personal assistants and members of the wellbeing staff.

“Many of our guests stayed for quite a while, and as I walked the halls everyone seemed to be having a great time!  It was great to have so many visitors tell me The Waters is a breath of fresh air compared to other communities they have experienced,” said Didier.

The Waters of White Bear Lake offers many living options, from studios and 1-bedrooms to spacious 2-bedroom models. Floor plans range from 525 to 1,230 square feet. Apartments have elegant 9-foot ceilings, in-unit washer and dryers, ample storage and closet space. Rent starts at $1,500 per month and includes gas, electric, water and trash, as well as access to community Wi-Fi and the onsite wellbeing studio. The building has 106 independent living apartments ready for occupancy now. Thirty memory care units will become available for rent in about six months.

To arrange a tour of The Waters of White Bear Lake, located at 3820 Hoffman Road in White Bear Lake, call 952-358-5108 or send an email to to schedule a meeting.


The Waters to Present New Renderings to The Excelsior City Council

There has been a setback in the effort to bring an independent living community to the City of Excelsior; but it’s not a done deal yet.

At its June 20 meeting, The Excelsior City Council voted against allowing a 3-and-a-half or 4-story version of The Waters of Excelsior to go up at 723 Water Street, saying they needed to see actual drawings of a three-and-a-half story building before they could make a decision.

The Waters Senior Vice President Jay Jensen agreed to provide an elevation of what the 3-and-a-half story building would look like, and will present it to the City Council as soon as it becomes available.

About a dozen community members attended the meeting. A strong majority of those who spoke said they are overwhelmingly in favor of the building of an independent living community that will allow them to stay in Excelsior when it comes time to downsize.

The next step in the process will be for The Waters to provide the new elevation rendering to The City Council for review.  The drawing should be ready in 1-to-3 weeks.

After last night’s City Council meeting, Jensen from The Waters said, “A lot of developers would have walked out after being turned down on a four story, but we really want to be in Excelsior so we’re willing to try and work with the Council.”


Grand Opening Celebration Planned for The Waters of White Bear Lake
The grand opening of The Waters of White Bear Lake, a brand new independent living community, is scheduled for Tues., June 21, 2016, beginning at 3 p.m.

The festivities will kick off with a few words by White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson and The Waters President Kyle Didier, followed by the official ribbon cutting ceremony then tours of the community, located at 3820 Hoffman Road. Model 1 and 2-bedroom apartments will be open for tours, as will all of the community’s amenities.


What Does the Future Hold for Senior Housing in Excelsior?
At its June 20, 2016 meeting, The Excelsior City Council will discuss a proposal made by The Waters Senior Living LLC to build a 3.5 or 4 story independent living community on the site which is the western gateway to Excelsior.

If approved, the proposed independent living community will replace the closed Excelsior Grill restaurant and the blighted apartment building located at 723 Water Street.


A New Luxury Living Option Ready for Occupancy in White Bear Lake
After months of watching the construction at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Highway 61 in White Bear Lake, the time has finally come to take a look inside The Waters of White Bear Lake.

Tours are now available for the independent living community near the Gem Lake and Lake Shore Neighborhoods. The official grand opening is scheduled for June 21, 2016.


The Waters to Expand Amenities and Service Offerings at The Colony at Eden Prairie
$3 million upgrade adds 19 memory care apartments, wellbeing programs and restaurants

The Waters, which last week announced that it has partnered with Senior Care Communities and Ebenezer to purchase The Colony of Eden Prairie, announced today that it is undertaking a series of improvements to the community. Over the next nine months, The Waters and its partners plan to invest $3 million to add 19 new memory care apartments, expand the current wellbeing studio to support The Waters’ signature programs such as “Rise-n-Thrive” and “Better Balance,” and to expand the community restaurant options to include a full-service café.


The Waters of Oakdale Wins Best Senior Retirement Community in 2015 Reader’s Choice Award
The Waters of Oakdale has been named “Best Senior Retirement Community” in Lillie Suburban Newspapers’ 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards. The communtiy was recognized by readers of the Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review.

The Waters of Highland Park Hosts a Grand Opening Celebration
The Grand Opening event for The Waters of Highland Park was held Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Over 500 friends, neighbors and residents attended the event. The public was invited to take self-guided tours of the building, visit apartments, sample the restaurant and experience The Waters’ therapeutic care.

The Waters is a Proud Sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Waters will be providing free water at two locations during the event. You can join The Waters walking team at no cost, and receive a free limited edition t-shirt for participating in the walk. Learn more.

Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Waters Redefines Senior Living Communities with Commitment to Innovation and Hospitality
Chef Tasting and Happy Hour with Cooking Channel’s Celebrity Chef Bal Arneson, the “Spice Goodess,” Demonstrating Personally Crafted Indian Recipes with Bold Flavors and Health Benefits

The Waters Serves up Its Signature Infused Water to 1,400 Track & Field Athletes at the National Senior Games July 7-13 Held at the University of St. Thomas
The Waters is serving up its signature infused water, which is featured daily at its five communities.

The Waters has been selected as one of Top Work Places by the Star Tribune
The Waters is thrilled to be named one of the Top Workplaces 2015 in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. This is the first year of participation in the Top Workplaces program, which recognizes the most progressive employers in Minnesota.

Star Tribune Best Places to Work

Mary Carlson Receives Community Partnership Award
Congratulations to Manager of Community Relations at The Waters on 50th, Mary Carlson, who won the Community Partnership Award at the annual Care Providers conference. Mary has worked tirelessly to build a strong connection between the neighborhood organization and The Waters. Due to her efforts, The Waters is a recognized icon in the local community benefiting both residents and team members alike.

The Waters listed among Minnesota’s Top Women-Owned Businesses
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal recently published its annual ranking of Minnesota’s women-owned businesses. Led by CEO and Founder Lynn Carlson Schell, The Waters is a growing developer and manager of luxury Senior Communities.
Boomers & Beyond — Living to The Fullest and Thriving on The Upside of 50
Active, independent seniors as well as those needing some level of care, will find plenty to do at The Waters of Highland Park. It features a courtyard and garden, community room, guest suites, and concierge and housekeeping services. Activities offered at The Waters include exercise classes, wine and beer socials, monthly excursions to venues across the metro area and higher education classes.
The Waters of Oakdale — Building a Thriving Senior Community
For many senior citizens, making the transition from the home they raised their family in to a senior living community can be daunting. The Waters offers round-the-clock patient care services to insure you’ll always receive the care you need in the comfort of your new home.

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