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Assisted Living & Senior Living News
February 2018 Gardant E-Newsletter

News and information about a recent Gardant community opening, a movement to decrease the number of medications among older adults, recently released stroke guidelines, the impact of social isolation and much more.

News & Blogs
St. Cloud Community Opens for Occupancy
The Sanctuary at St. Cloud affordable assisted living community welcomed its first residents in January.
 
Located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the community was developed by SCA Properties and houses 101 assisted living and 36 memory care apartments.
 
In addition to managing the Sanctuary at St. Cloud, Gardant will be managing the Sanctuary affordable assisted living community being developed by SCA Properties in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

 
Ribbon Cutting for Indiana Community
A ribbon cutting ceremony and preview party was held in January for Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis.
 
The affordable assisted living community will serve low-income older adults and is located on Shelby Street, near Community Hospital South.
 
The community was developed by AHEPA National Housing Corporation and features 125 private studio and one-bedroom apartments.
 
In addition to managing Hellenic Senior Living of Indianapolis, Gardant will be managing a similar community being developed by AHEPA in New Albany, Indiana. Hellenic Senior Living of New Albany is slated to open in March.
 
Deprescribing Medications
In a story posted on the U.S. News & World Report website, staff writer Lisa Esposito calls attention to a movement to eliminate excess medications among older adults. The story contends that too many older adults are taking too many medications at too high of doses.
 
Paring down can enhance health, safety and the quality of life.
 
Smart Technology and Peace of Mind
In another story posted on the U.S. News & World Report website, contributor Patrick Hearn looks at how smart technology such as video cameras, wearable monitoring and alert devices, and smart pills can provide families of older adults with peace of mind.

Celebrating 10 Years of Making a Difference
The Heritage Woods of Yorkville affordable assisted living community managed by Gardant celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Jan. 11.
 
Since opening, the community has served nearly 450 older adults who need some help to maintain their independence.
 
Five residents were recognized for having lived at the community for ten years. They were Dorothy Aspacher, Mary Ruth Cleary, Estelle Kolartis, Dolores Palshis and Elner Shoemaker.
 
Also honored were four employees for ten years of service. They were Kathy Cech, Gina Menke, Sue Smith and Alma Young.

 
New Stroke Guidelines
New stroke guidelines released in January may cut the risk of death and disability, says a report by Shamard Charles, M.D. that was posted on the NBC News website.
 
Can Social Isolation be Deadly?
Article
A story posted on the Lifecare Innovations website explores the impact of social isolation on your health and life span.
 
The story notes that living alone is a significant risk factor that is on par with smoking.

Concerned About Your Aging Parents?
The Mayo Clinic Staff has developed a guide to help you gauge how your aging parents are doing and what to do if they need help.
 
Your Heart Matters
February is American Heart Month. Did you know that . . .
  • Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It is a universal sign of love.
  • A blue whale has the largest heart; it can weigh more than 1,500 pounds. 
  • The smallest heart apparently can be found in mymaridae, an insect more commonly known as fairy flies or fairy wasps.
  • A person's heart beats on average 60 to 100 times a minute, pumping about a million gallons of blood through the body during an average lifetime.
  • On average, a woman's heart beats faster than that of a man by about eight beats per minute.
  • The heart starts beating four weeks after conception.
  • A heart can continue beating even when it is no longer connected to a body so long as there is an adequate supply of oxygen.
  • While heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, statistics show that there has been a slight decline in the number of deaths due to the disease, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The lack of physical activity is the biggest culprit.
  • Heart attack symptoms are different in men than women.
  • Excessive amounts of sitting can increase your risk of a heart attack.
  • According to The Cleveland Clinic, a strong sense of happiness and sense of emotional vitality can help lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Laughter also is good for your heart. Laughter can increase blood flow, help you manage stress and boost your immune system.

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