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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Bedford Residents’ Cardinals Outing

On April 11, residents and a few team members loaded up The Village of Bedford Walk’s shuttle and headed off to St. Louis for a Cardinals baseball game.

Our suite offered barbecue, nachos, drinks and more, along with a great view of the field. The St. Louis Cardinals took on the Los Angeles Dodgers for their fourth game that week. The game was filled with awesome plays by the Cardinals, and best of all: they won! Even our lone Cubs fan had a fun day cheering on the home team.

We love planning exciting outings and opportunities for our residents, so our monthly calendar gets pretty full! Take a look at our calendar of events to see what activities we have coming up, and call us at 573.303.7252 to learn more about our community.

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The Importance of Lifelong Learning

You have probably heard that it is important to keep your brain active, but do you know why lifelong learning is so important to your health? SixtyandMe.com explains three reasons why you should make education a priority.

#1: Lifelong Learning Improves Your Memory

Intellectual stimulation throughout your lifetime can delay the onset of memory problems and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, according to a study from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Learning something new, like a hobby, skill or activity can boost your memory by strengthening the networks in your brain.

Learning to play a musical instrument has several benefits including increasing your reaction time and strengthening your decision-making and problem-solving functioning.

#2: Lifelong Learning Lengthens Your Lifespan

Researchers David Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney suggest that a year of formal education can add more than six months to your lifespan. Their study found that the more educated you are, the lower your rates of anxiety and depression, heart disease, stroke, asthma and diabetes.

#3: Lifelong Learning Reduces Your Stress Level

You do not have to take a class or learn a new skill to receive the benefits of learning – simply pick up a book. Reading can lower your stress levels in as little as six minutes. Lower stress can lead to better cardiovascular health, a boosted immune system, lower blood pressure and decreased levels of depression.

As a retiree, you have more time than ever to pick up a hobby, read, learn a new skill or sign up for classes. Talk to Concierge Services if you would like help finding a local class or have a request for an activity.

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2019 Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff Results

Members of our Chili Cookoff Committee spent the day serving up Carol’s famous Chili and getting attendees to “Come on Down” to try their luck at spinning our wheel or playing Plinko.

On February 16th, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia participated in the 14th annual MFA Oil Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff presented by JES Holdings at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. This is one of our favorite events and we have been the Prestin’ Sponsor since 2007. In the weeks leading up to the Chili Cookoff, JES teamed up with The Village of Bedford Walk and held fundraising events within our offices as well as in the community. With everyone’s support we were able to donate a total of $6,859 at the event winning us the Third Biggest Bowl Award.

At the event itself, businesses from the community create booths and serve up their best chili recipes. This year the JES booth theme was The Spice is Right, complete with a functional Plinko Board and Wheel. Our committee and The Village of Bedford Walk residents had so much fun creating this booth, but not as much fun as the kids did playing for prizes! Check out how awesome it looked below.

We cannot thank all those who donated during this fundraising process enough; with our support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia reached their goal of $115,000 at the event. A special thank you to our sponsors from the community for their donation: Banacom Instant Signs of Missouri, Metro Electric, River City Drywall, Western States Fire Protection, Presley’s Glass Company, Meek’s, Sherwin Williams and Mid City Lumber.

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