In the News
BMA Opens Affordable Assisted Living in Charleston, IL
BMA has opened Heritage Woods of
Charleston, an affordable assisted living community in Charleston, Illinois that houses 68 studio and one-bedroom apartments. The community offers older adults a "safety net" between the lifestyle that is available next door at the Cougill Senior Apartments and a nursing home," said principal owner Don Yost at the ribbon cutting ceremony that was held on Oct. 27 to mark the opening of the community. For story and pictures, click here.
1st BMA Community in Lake County, Illinois
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 20 for the first affordable assisted living community to be managed by BMA in Lake County, Illinois. Heritage Woods of Gurnee will house 105 apartments for older adults of all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence. For story and pictures about the $20.3 million development, click here.
Heritage Woods of Plainfield Set to Open Dec. 1
Everything is on schedule for BMA to open Heritage Woods of Plainfield on Thursday, Dec. 1. The affordable assisted living community is located on the east side of Van Dyke Rd., north of Rte. 126 in Plainfield, Illinois. Click here to visit the community website.
Bowman Estates Featured on "Ask the Expert"
Kevin Jett, Director of Marketing at the Bowman Estates of Danville affordable assisted living community, is being featured on the "Ask the Expert" radio show on Tuesday mornings on WDAN 1490-AM. The show airs at 8:05 a.m. Kevin is scheduled to be featured on the show through Dec. 13. For more info and link click here.
Manteno Serves as "Toys for Tots" Collection Site
Heritage Woods of Manteno is serving as a collection site for "Toys for Tots." New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the affordable assisted living community in Manteno, Illinois, through Dec. 12. For more information, click here.
Heritage Woods of Aledo
Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Our Heritage Woods affordable assisted living community is Aledo, Illinois, celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a "50s Party." Residents and staff who have been with Heritage Woods since the community opened for occupancy in 2006 were recognized. Click here. Image right
State Rep Visits Heritage Woods of South Elgin
Illinois State Rep. Timothy Schmitz visited Heritage Woods of South Elgin affordable assisted living community in October. For story and picture, click here.
In Our Blog
Medicare & Open Enrollment
A look at Eight Things You Should Know about Medicare's Open Enrollment Period, which this year runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Click here to read the blog.
Laugh More, Live Longer?
Doug Dvorak talked about the many health benefits of laughter and positive attitudes at our Heritage Woods affordable assisted living community in South Elgin, Illinois. Click here to read the blog.
A Journey They Will Never Forget
Four residents of our Prairie Winds affordable
assisted living community in Urbana, Illinois, were among the 75 Veterans who participated in the Oct. 18 Central Illinois Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the blog, which includes videos and pictures.
Why the American Flag is Folded 13 Times
A video filmed of a Flag Folding ceremony that was part of a Veterans Day program at Prairie Winds of Urbana shows and explains each of the 13 folds. Click here to read the blog and watch the video.
The Origins of Veterans Day and
the Words to Their Service Songs
In honor of Veterans Day 2011, we look at the origins of Veterans Day and provide the words to the songs of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Click here to read the blog.
Being in the Moment & The Power of Love
Lessons about the importance of being in the moment and citing the power of love as a value from the 2011 World Series and Mark Sasscer of LeadQuesting Consulting. Click here to read the entire blog.
Recalling Her Role as a Pioneer of Television
Gladys Minier, who lives at our Heritage Woods of South Elgin affordable assisted living community, was one of the women who helped pioneer television in the Chicago. Click here to read the blog.
Telemarketing Calls & Cell Phones
This blog provides information from the Federal Trade Commission in case you receive an e-mail warning you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted with telemarketing calls. Click here to read the blog.
What's Normal as You Age
The staff at the Mayo Clinic has posted in-depth information about what to expect as you age and what you can do about it at. Click here.
Aging & the Benefits of Exercise
The National Institute on Aging notes that exercise and physical activity is good for you no matter how old you are. Physical activity and exercise can help you stay independent, do the things you want to do, reduce the risk of illness, and improve your mood. Click here to read more.
Getting Into Shape with "Chair Dancing"
You can burn calories, strengthen your muscles and improve your circulation without having to get out of your chair, says an article on "Chair Dancing" that was posted on the Healthy Aging website. Click here to read the article.
Many Alzheimer's Patients
Taking Clashing Medications
Research by scientists at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, indicates that a large number of older adults who are taking medication intended to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease also are taking at least one other medication that has the opposite effect. Click here to read the story posted on the Research Institute's website.
Residents of Nursing Homes
Face Greater Surgery Risks
A report posted earlier this month on the Reuters Health website showed indications that older adults living in nursing homes appear to suffer more complications after surgery than other people their age.
Click here to read more.
Veteran's Day Program at Heritage Woods of Huntley
At Heritage Woods of Huntley Assisted Living Community in Huntley Illinois, hosted a special Veteran's Day Program takes place. In part one Renee Swanson gives notice and praise those residents that are Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Pledge of Allegiance is sang by all those attending and the United States National Anthem is played. Al Jodi a United States War Veteran was introduced.
In part two, Al Jodi continues his Veteran's Day
Presentation in which he talks abouthis role in the US Armed Forces and his recent Honor Flight trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Here are some of the events going on this month at Senior Living Communities managed by BMA.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Prairie Winds of Urbana.
The "Singing Sheriff" will be at Cambridge House of Maryville.
Fred Railsback country music at Grand Prairie of Macomb.
Cambridge House of Swansea is hosting a Holiday Pie Social.
Eagle Ridge of Decatur is hosting a Thanksgiving Celebration.
Guitarist Steve Askins at Heritage Woods of DeKalb.
Dismal Creek Country Band at Heritage Woods of Flora.
Cambridge House of Maryville will host a Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Breakfast for Seniors at Heritage Woods of Flora.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Prairie Living in Carbondale.
Vocalist Rich Gilmore at John M Evans SLC in Pekin.
Appetizers with Andrea at Grand Prairie of Macomb.
Bowman Estates of Danville - Holiday Craft Sale & Open House.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Heritage Woods of Batavia.
Donna & Darlene at John M Evans SLC in Pekin.
"Those Funny Little People" at Heritage Woods of Dwight.