February 2023
News and information regarding Gardant-managed communities being certified Great Places To Work, shattering assumptions on aging, Congressman Bost's visit to a Gardant-managed community, tips for staying healthy and slowing memory decline, and more!
Heritage Woods of Yorkville Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary
Heritage Woods of Yorkville, a Gardant-managed affordable assisted living community in Kendall County, Illinois, held a 15th Anniversary Celebration on Feb. 9. Since opening, the community has served more than 550 older adults of all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence. During the celebration, two staff members – Alma Young, CNA, and Gina Jonassen, Dietary Aide, were honored for 15 years of service.

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U.S. Rep. Visits Gardant-Managed Community
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost visited Heritage Woods of Centralia on Feb. 16. During his visit, he had the opportunity to tour the affordable assisted living community and talk with residents and we were able to discuss the benefits of the Illinois Supportive Living program and the challenges assisted living communities are facing.

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Affordable Assisted Living
Provider magazine sat down with Rod Burkett, Gardant’s Chief Executive Officer, and three other assisted living leaders to discuss the workforce crisis, quality improvement, affordable assisted living, and the future of assisted living.

Shattering Assumptions about Growing Older
In her book “Breaking the Age Code,” author Becca Levy, Ph.D., highlights through data and stories why we need to combat ageism and details strategies all of us can use to bolster positive beliefs about aging.

Wearing Red
Residents and staff of Gardant-managed communities dressed in red to support National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on cardiovascular health.

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Outpouring of Support
Senate Republicans and their staffs in Illinois collected more than 45,000 homemade Valentine’s card and well-wishes and delivered them to assisted living communities and nursing homes, including many Gardant-managed communities.
Senior Yoga
Older adults are invited to join residents of Heritage Woods of Centralia on Wednesdays for a Senior Yoga class. Call 618-532-4590 for more information.
Advocating for Hoosier Residents and Staff
With the Indiana legislative session in full swing, Gardant is proud to be partnering with the Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living in advocating for HB 1461. Key provisions of the bill will help protect the viability of affordable assisted living communities that primarily or exclusively serve low-income older adults. We also are working together to ensure that legislation is adopted in regard to Medicaid reimbursement rates so the long-term viability of affordable assisted living communities is protected. Be sure to contact the State Senator and State Representative in your community to let them know the importance of supporting these two efforts. If you have any questions about HB 1461 or the legislative process currently underway, please reach out to Nick Goodwin at ngoodwin@ihca.org.
Video Games Not Just for Kids
Playing video games can help older adults keep their minds sharp, boost their mood, enjoy camaraderie with other players, and keep in contact with their grandchildren.

Top Illinois Legislative Priorities
Greg Douglas and Rick Banas represented Gardant at the Health News Legislator Roundtable on Feb. 15 in Springfield, Illinois. The event featured a panel discussion with Senators Julie Morrison and Dave Syverson and State Representatives Norine Hammond and Camille Lilly talking about their legislative health care priorities. Greg serves on the Illinois Health Care Association’s Board of Directors.
Older Adults and Junk Food
New data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 1 in 8 older adults in the United States may be junk food addicts.

Lifestyle Choices and Memory Decline
The findings of a decades-long study highlights six lifestyle choices that can help slow memory decline and reduce the risk of dementia.

Playing Golf
Playing golf may provide older adults with more health benefits than walking, research done by researchers from Finland shows.


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