September 2023

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News and information about Quality Awards, impact of moderate exercise and hearing loss, Medicare Open Enrollment, cancer screenings, 20th Anniversary Celebrations, and more.

2023 Excellence Awards

Recipients of 2023 Quality Awards were honored during the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s annual convention in Denver, Colorado.


Three Gardant-managed communities were among the eight assisted living communities nationally to receive Silver Quality Awards. The communities were Heritage Woods of Freeport, Heritage Woods of Minooka, and Heritage Woods of Ottawa.


Fourteen Gardant-managed communities received Bronze Quality Awards. The communities were Belvidere Senior Living of Merrillville, Bowman Estates of Danville, Evergreen Village of Bloomington, Heritage Woods of Batavia, Heritage Woods of Dekalb, Heritage Woods of Flora, Heritage Woods of Huntley, Heritage Woods of Manteno, Heritage Woods of Moline, Heritage Woods of Plainfield, Heritage Woods of Yorkville, John Evans Supportive Living, Montclare at Lawndale, and Vivera of Columbus.

Impact of Hearing Loss

A new survey conducted by The Harris Poll looked at the impact the loss of hearing has on older adults. The study revealed that hearing loss negatively impacts the ability to enjoy entertainment, their social life, personal relationships, mental health, and the ability to conduct day-to-day activities.

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A National Institutes of Health study indicates that hearing aids can slow cognitive decline in older adults.

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Outstanding Activity Professional

Beth Squires, Resident Services Coordinator at the John Evans Supportive Living community in Pekin, was presented with the Dorene Award by the Illinois Activity Professionals Association at its annual convention held earlier this month. The award honors an outstanding activity professional.

Kim Mead of Gardant was re-elected Secretary of the Association’s Board.

Cancer Screenings and Your Age

A University of Michigan national poll on health indicates that most older adults in the U.S. object to cutoffs to cancer screenings based on a person’s age.

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Future Leaders Program

Stephen Woods, Regional Director of Operations for Gardant, recently completed the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s Future Leaders Program and Kara Luca, Executive Director of Cambridge House of Maryville, was accepted into the program. The year-long program covers the latest theories and practical applications about quality, customer satisfaction, and leadership.

Health Benefits of Moderate Exercise

A moderate increase in daily walking can have significant health benefits for older adults, a study by the University of Connecticut found. For instance, an additional 3,000 extra steps a day can lower blood pressure.

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Gardant Co-President Elected to National Board

Julie Simpkins of Gardant was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Center for Assisted Living.

Most Common Advice Older Adults Ignore

The most common advice from their doctors that is ignored by older adults is revealed in a story posted in the New York Post.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Service

Two Gardant-managed affordable assisted living communities recently celebrated 20 years of service.


During the past 20 years, Heritage Woods of Batavia has served more than 1,150 older adults of all financial means. Residents Mary Bradley, who has lived at the community since 2008, and Bonnie Western, who has lived at the community since 2011, were honored. Also honored were staff members Elidia Lopez, Housekeeper, and Kim Ayala, Marketing Director, for 17 years of service and Mike Betts, Dietary Manager; Jennifer Kline, Dietary Aide; and Arturo Elizarraras-Garduno, Cook, for 16 years of service; and Ashley Finnberg, Dietary Aide, for 15 years of service.


Cambridge House of O’Fallon has benefitted 900 older adults. During the celebration, the community recognized Jackie Gilmore, who has lived at Cambridge House for the past 15 years, and honored Mary Chamberlain, Resident Services Coordinator, Karen Blackburn, Dietary Cook, and Marilyn Kollmann, Dietary Cook, for 15 years of service.

Medicare Open Enrollment

This is an important time of year for those on Medicare. The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period began on Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. There may be changes as of next year to the health and drug plans you currently have. There may be changes to costs and benefits; to the network of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers; and to preferred pharmacies and the drugs that are covered. The plans you currently have may no longer be available. There may be plans that provide better benefits and plans that can save you money in the coming year.

To learn more and compare health and drug plans that will be available in 2024, you can go to Or you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4277).


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