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November 21

Giving Thanks for Affordable Assisted Living

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions, Inc. This Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In our house, the day will be filled with watching parades and...

November 16

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is recognized as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It is a time for increased awareness and support for over 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. It is important to recognize memory loss is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease include:

November 7

Finding the Best Medicare Plans for Next Year

For individuals on Medicare, this is a very important time of year. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period runs through Dec. 7. During Open Enrollment, you can look at and compare the health and drug plans that will be available in 2024 and pick the plan or plans that best meet your needs.

October 31

Learning Something New at 92

It's never too late to learn something new!

October 30

AALC Spelling Bee and Wii Competition 2023

Spelling Bee and Wii Bowling Championships from the AALC convention 2023

August 29

Consequences to Living Alone

What is it about the United States? Older adults in the U.S. are much more likely to live alone than their counterparts elsewhere in the world. In the United States, 27 percent of individuals 60 years of age or older are living alone. So says the Pew Research Center. The figure for the 130 countries and territories that were part of the Pew study was 16%. Worldwide, 38% percent of those 60+ live wide extended family. In the U.S., only 6%.

August 17

Inflation Continues to Hit Older Adults Hard

I keep hearing glowing reports about our economy here in the United States. Our economy is strong. Wages are up. Inflation is decreasing. Everybody is doing well. Yet reports note that the increases in wages have failed to keep up with inflation. Other reports describe how older adults, especially those who are retired or are contemplating retirement, are being hit particularly hard.

July 6

Affordable Assisted Living Community a Saving Grace

Last December, Ron Hicks was in deep trouble. A year earlier, he’d lost his wife, and the radiation and chemotherapy that helped him beat oral cancer had left him weak and bedridden.

July 3

Older Adults and the Dog Days of Summer

Today marks the first day of what is commonly referred to as the Dog Days of Summer. The days from July 3 through Aug. 11 are usually the hottest days of the summer season for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. The reason is that the tilt of the earth at this time of the year causes the rays of the sun to hit us at a more direct angle and for a longer period of time throughout the day. The resulting impact is longer hotter days.

June 19

Residents Add Special Touch

With Heritage Woods of Freeport in the midst of a redecorating project, two residents of the affordable assisted living community located in Stephenson County, Illinois, came up with an idea for adding a special touch. They wanted to brighten up the Activity Room by painting a mural on one the walls.