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Assisted Living & Senior Living News
July 2017 Gardant E-Newsletter

News and information about new communities slated to open this year, the correlation between chocolate and brain function, the relationship between having a purpose in life and getting quality sleep, summer heat precautions, Decorating Contest winners, the best exercise for aging muscles and much more.

News & Blogs
Opening of New Communities Fast Approaching
Gardant is scheduled to open three new communities in the coming months.
Belvedere Senior Housing is an affordable assisted living community that is being developed near I-65 and Rte. 30 in Merrillville, Indiana.

White Oaks at McHenry is an assisted living memory care community that is specially designed to serve older adults with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

The Sanctuary at St. Cloud in Minnesota will house affordable assisted living and memory care apartments.

Affordable assisted living communities managed by Gardant recently opened in Chicago and Minooka, Illinois, and in Hammond, Indiana. We also began moving residents into the expansion of the Heritage Woods of Huntley assisted living community, which included the addition of memory care to the campus.
Affordable assisted living communities that will be managed by Gardant are under construction in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Michigan City, Muncie and New Albany, Indiana.
Chocolate and Cognitive Function
A story by Honor Whiteman, posted on the Medical News Today website, notes that eating cocoa flavanols can boost cognitive function. The study also suggests that the regular intake of cocoa flavanols may protect against cognitive decline and help lower blood pressure.
Cocoa flavanols are a naturally occurring compound
found  in cocoa beans, the story says.
Purpose in Life and Quality of Sleep
In another story posted on the Medical News Today website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites insufficient sleep as a major problem in the United States.
The story by Ana Sandiou indicates that a study by researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago shows a link between having a sense of purpose in life and better quality of sleep and lower incidences of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
2017 WEGO Health Awards
Rick Banas of Gardant is a nominee in the 2017 WEGO Health Awards program. He is a nominee in the "Lifetime Achievement" and the "Best in Show: Twitter" categories.
The WEGO Health Awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations who use their influence and voice to transform health care across the globe.
You can endorse (vote for) Rick by clicking here.
Remember to Take the Heat Seriously
Older adults are among those most vulnerable to the high heat and humidity levels of summer.
Tips for coping include avoiding heavy meals and alcohol; staying in air conditioned buildings as much as possible; drinking plenty of water; and wearing light-weight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. It also is important to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Older adults who need a place to cool off during heat emergencies can seek a nearby Cooling Center or can visit a Gardant affordable assisted living community.
Simpkins Serves as Panelist for Senior Housing Summit
Julie Simpkins of Gardant served as a panelist for a discussion on "Retention Strategies and Best Practices" at the 2017 Summer Senior Housing News Summit that was held in Chicago.
Older Adults and Drug Costs
Many older Americans who struggle to pay for their medications fail to ask for help, says a HealthDay report by Robert Preidt that was posted on the Medline Plus website.
The report indicates that two-thirds of the older adults who asked for help received assistance.
Friendships and Your Health and Happiness
Another HealthDay story posted on the Medline Plus website notes that friends are an important key to happiness as you age. They also can an impact on your health.
Decorating Contest Winners
The winners in the 2017 Gardant Spring Decorating Contest are as follows:

            First Place                   Eagle Ridge of Decatur
            Second Place              Heritage Woods of Yorkville
            Third Place                  Heritage Woods of McHenry

Physical Activity and Mobility
A study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicates that moderate physical activity can benefit older adults by helping them maintain mobility.
A report about the research posted on the NIH website cautions that reduced mobility can increase the risk of disease, disability and death.
Woman of the Year
Yvonne Peterson, Director of Marketing at Heritage Woods of Rockford, was honored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce as the 2017 Woman Manager of the Year.
Best Exercise for Aging Muscles
A story by Gretchen Reynolds that was posted on the New York Times website looks at the best exercises for aging muscles.
Readers' Choice Honors
Heritage Woods of Mt. Vernon won the Mt. Vernon Register's 2017 Peoples' Choice Award for Best Assisted Living community.
Heritage Woods of Freeport was recognized as one of the top employers in the area by the Freeport Journal-Standard newspaper.
Cambridge House of O'Fallon received a 2017 Bellville News-Democrat Readers' Choice Award as one of the best retirement communities in the area.
U.S. Needs to Lead the World in Housing for Seniors
A story posted on the Senior Housing News website highlights comments made by Ben Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), at the annual LeadingAge of Florida Convention.
The story highlights Secretary Carson's comments about the United States needing to be a world leader in senior housing and the need for affordable housing and assisted living for the growing older adult population.

Staying Young
Rapper Macklemore Gives His Grandma a
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