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2019 Assisted Living & Senior Living News
Gardant E-Newsletter, Volume 1

News and information about Gardant's new world-class memory director, the Argentum Senior Living by Design Award, a 10th anniversary celebration, healthy hearts, the benefits of standing, being active and eating fruits and vegetables, diabetes risks, financial abuse of seniors and much more.

News & Blogs
Gardant Hires World-Class Leader to Fill Newly Created Memory Care Position

To help advance the mission of bringing purpose and vitality to residents of the memory care communities the company manages, Gardant has hired Rachelle Blough to fill the newly created position of Memory Care Director.

Rachelle is a certified recreational therapist, certified dementia practitioner, and certified Alzheimer's disease and dementia care trainer. She serves as vice president of corporate training for the National Council of Certified Dementia Care Practitioners.

In her position, Rachelle will provide support and guidance to the memory care communities Gardant manages. The focus will be on creating a person-centered environment that provides opportunities for residents to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging in all seasons of dementia.

She also will conduct training programs for the staff on the best ways to care for and communicate with residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

Assisted Living: Less Costly, More Preferred
A recent poll of older adults indicates that they overwhelmingly prefer assisted living over home care, and a research project by the AARP Public Policy Institute found that assisted living can be much less expensive than nursing home care.

Reducing Risk of Heart Disease
February is designated as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, reports the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Fortunately, the NHLBI says heart disease is largely preventable; there are a lot of things you can do to reduce your risk, including moving more; watching your weight, your cholesterol and salt intake; and quitting smoking.

This year, the NHLBI is encouraging us to join with others to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes as research shows that strong social support from others make it easier to stay motivated.

To be inspired by activities of others from around the country, click here.

Affordable Assisted Living Community Named Design Award Winner
Evergreen Village, a Gardant-managed affordable assisted living community in Bloomington, Indiana, was selected as one of the five 2018 Argentum Senior Living by Design Award Winners.

Evergreen opened this past summer and is designed to serve low-income older adults who need help to maintain their independence.

Argentum is a national association of companies and organizations that own, operate and support senior living, assisted living and memory care communities. The 2018 design award winners are showcased in the recent design issue of Senior Living Executive magazine.

Judges especially lauded the overall design of the community for the way in which it takes advantage of the sloping site to enable residents to enjoy beautiful views of the natural landscape. They also praised the way the exterior design mixes traditional and contemporary elements to give the community a distinctive look.

Keep Moving to Keep Your Brain Sharp
New research suggests that maintaining a physically active lifestyle may help preserve memory and thinking skills, notes a story posted on the U.S. News & World Report website by HealthDay reporter Steven Reinberg.

Standing for a Longer Life
Another story posted on the U.S. News & World Report website cites research that suggests that if you want to improve the chances of living longer, sit a bit less each day. The story by HealthDay reporter Robert Preidt notes that just getting off the sofa for a few extra minutes a day can be of benefit.

Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Older Adults Maintain Their Independence
Heritage Woods of McLeansboro, an affordable assisted living community that Gardant manages in southern Illinois, recently held a 10th Anniversary Party.

Over the past 10 years, more than 170 older adults have made Heritage Woods their home and have benefited from the lifestyle, personal assistance and support services that are available.

Especially recognized during the celebration was resident Betty Eggley, who has lived at Heritage Woods since the community opened. Also recognized were Dietary Manager Sharon Depew and Dietary Aide David Noles, both of whom received awards for 10 Years of Service.

In 2015, David was honored nationally by the Assisted Living Federation of America (now Argentum) with a Hero Award. The award recognizes individuals who are ideal representatives of the thousands of people serving in senior living.

Apples and Aging
A natural compound found in many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, onions and cucumbers, can slow down the aging process, says a report by Maria Lohut that was posted on the Medical News Today website.

Resident Engagement Director Shares Insights
Kim Mead, Gardant's Director of Resident Engagement, recently served as a panelist for a webinar on technologies, strategies and best practices for managing family expectations and creating more effective communications with families of residents.

The webinar was organized by Caremerge and Senior Housing Forum.

Kim will be serving as a panelist for a session on "Investing in Resident Wellness: Designing Cutting-Edge Programs Using Dimensions of Wellness" at the LeadingAge Illinois 2019 Annual Meeting scheduled for April 2 through 4 in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Reports of Financial Abuse of Older Adults Hits Record
With efforts having been stepped up to detect and stop financial fraud of older adults, U.S. Banks reported a record number of suspected cases of financial abuse last year, says a story by Yuka Hayashi that was posted in January on The Wall Street Journal website.

Diabetes and Landing in ER
Complications from diabetes is the most common reason older adults land in an emergency room, according to a story posted on the U.S. News & World Report website. Citing information published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, HealthDay reporter Robert Preidt says that frequent visitors to the emergency room are more likely to have more than one health care problem and were much more likely to have discontinued care.

Community Recognized as Readers' Choice Award Winner
Heritage Woods of Sterling was honored again this year as the First Place winner for favorite assisted living community and nursing home in the Sauk Valley Media Readers' Choice Awards Program. Located in Sterling, Illinois, the affordable assisted lifestyle community features 76 studio and one-bedroom apartments for older adults who need some help to maintain their independence.


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