July 2021
Gardant-managed communities win national award, how food can be a mood-booster, how seniors describe a life well-lived, the value of assisted living vs. aging in place, and many more heart-warming and informational news stories
How Food May Improve Your Mood
Nutritional psychiatry looks at the relationship between diet and mental wellness. It suggests that certain foods may promote brain health, just like it may promote heart health. There is strong potential that food impacts happiness and mental well-being.

Elderly Man Gets Lessons on Hair and Make-up to Help His Struggling Wife
“My staff and students were so touched by his sincere wish to help his wife of 50 plus years.” A devoted husband visited Alberta’s Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics to learn how to do hair and makeup to help his wife, who’s vision was failing.

Seniors Say This One Thing – By Far – is the Definition of a Life Well-Lived
Older adults say one thing, by far, defines a life well-lived. Is it what you expected it to be?

The Dollars and Sense of Assisted Living
Rick Banas discusses the pros and cons of aging in place versus moving into an assisted living community.

Here’s What to Play if you are Over 55 and Love Having Fun
Games provide convenient ways to have fun, either alone or as part of a group. They eradicate boredom, relieve stress, and make parties and other social engagements easier, more enjoyable, and less intimidating. They also help exercise our brains. For some people, playing certain types of games might be beneficial for things like mood, memory, concentration, reasoning, and imagination. Games might be especially helpful for your brain if they require you to learn something new.

Older Adults Having Surgery Less Frequently
Surgery on older adults can be risky, so it is important to understand trends in surgical procedures over time. This shines light on which options may be the most appropriate for a more optimal result. A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine found a decreased frequency in major surgeries in older adults. It is likely that improved medical treatments and screenings could result in the reduced need for more invasive surgeries.

Hellenic Senior Living Nominated for REAL Services Business of the Year Award
Hellenic Senior Living was a Nominee for REAL Services Business of the Year Award. REAL Services hosted the annual Age of Excellence Luncheon on May 5th, 2021 where they announce nominees for Business of the Year Award. Hellenic Senior Living of Mishawaka was nominated for this award for being, “A business that displays a strong commitment to the elderly.”

Talking on Zoom Could Help Older People Stave Off Dementia
A recent study by the University of West London’s Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory suggests that video-chat programs like Zoom have helped older adults stave off dementia effects over the course of the pandemic. It has been shown that regular communication supports long-term memory. However, use of “diverse, frequent and meaningful interactions” to supplement traditional face-to-face communication have a significant impact. Therefore, use of video conferencing tools like Zoom have been helpful in preventing memory decline.

11th Annual Indiana Health Care Foundation's Golf Outing
Gardant helped support the 11th annual Indiana Health Care Foundation’s Golf Outing on June 14. The outing benefits the Foundation’s scholarship program for long-term care professionals. Participating in the outing were Josh Dodds, Administrator of the Evergreen Village at Bloomington affordable assisted living community; Kelly Drey, Administrator of the Glasswater Creek of Plainfield affordable assisted living community; and Jamie Durham and Rick Banas of Gardant.
New Research Finds Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements Can Reduce Fracture Risk
New research found that fracture risk could be cut significantly by taking vitamin D and calcium supplements together, but there were no benefits observed from supplementing with vitamin D alone.

Older Drivers
Have you been worried about your driving? Have your family or friends expressed concern? Changes in your health may affect your driving skills over time. Don't risk hurting yourself or others. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your health and driving.

Seniors Are a Growing Online Gaming Community
The online gaming community has a growing population of older adults, as they turn to video games to stimulate their mind and get social interaction.


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