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Working to Prevent Dementia

Alzheimers.net recently published an article discussing a new study that recognizes the power of lifestyle choices in dementia prevention.

The article discusses that over one-third of all dementia cases may be preventable due to positive lifestyle choices. Encouraging public health strategies, such as regular exercise, protecting hearing and staying in school, can have large impacts on the numbers of people afflicted with dementia.

In their study, the researchers found that avoiding the below risk factors would reduce the global prevalence of dementia by 35 percent.

  • Discontinuing education before the age of 15
  • Untreated hearing loss in middle age
  • Smoking after the age of 65
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Physical inactivity
  • Social isolation
  • Diabetes in adults over 65

While there are many risk factors related to dementia that researchers are still trying to understand, they believe that working on reducing the known risk factors is a good start to prevention.

Read the full article here.

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Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

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In the cold weather, sometimes the ice, snow and freezing temperatures can interfere with safety for everyone. Care.com has many helpful suggestions for preventing common winter dangers that seniors face.

Avoid Slipping on Ice: Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for seniors during winter months because of ice and snow. To try avoiding falls, make sure to wear shoes with good traction and non-skid soles, stay inside until roads and sidewalks are clear, replace worn cane tips to make walking easier and take off shoes as soon as you return indoors to avoid slippery conditions.

Dress for Warmth: Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia, so if you venture outside, make sure to wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and a scarf. In very cold temperatures, make sure to cover all exposed skin and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Additionally, make sure to not let indoor temperatures get too low!

Fight Wintertime Depression: Because it can be more difficult to get around in colder months, many seniors have less contact with others. To help avoid these issues, make sure to have family members check up on you and meet up with neighbors and friends frequently.

Check the Car: Driving during the winter can be hazardous for everyone, but it is especially dangerous as you get older, do not drive as much and have slower reflexes. Make sure you get your car serviced before wintertime hits and take advantage of family members or senior services that can give you rides to where you need to be.

Eat a Varied Diet: As people spend more time indoors and eat a smaller variety of foods, nutritional deficits – especially Vitamin D deficiency – can become a problem. Make sure to talk to your doctor about your diet to ensure that you are getting all your nutrients!

Read more about winter safety tips here.

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The Village of Bedford Walk Sponsors the Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr. Heart & Stroke Ball

The 15th annual Hugh E. Stephenson, Jr. Heart & Stroke Ball was held in Columbia, Missouri on January 27, 2018. This event celebrates the mission of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. As heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women in the United States, and strokes are number five, these organizations are very important to The Village of Bedford Walk and many others.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s goals are to fund research and education of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Families in every Missouri community have benefited from research nationwide that has led to many lifesaving discoveries.

The Village of Bedford Walk is proud to help fund this mission and show support of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association!

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Senior Living: Why Retire in a College Town

As more and more baby boomers approach retirement, a new trend is emerging. Many in the 55+ community are looking at college and university towns for retirement living. In some cases, this decision means a return to their alma mater, while other individuals strike out for a college town that is entirely new to them, but still offers a combination of factors that suits their personal lifestyle choices.

One common thread that runs among college towns is the vibrant and energetic community atmosphere, one which embraces an intellectual curiosity and provides opportunities for cultural enrichment.  When combined with the presence of an academic environment and access to life-enhancing health care, reasonable cost of living, affordable housing and natural scenic beauty, the lure of living in a college town is proving to be a highly desirable option for a growing number of boomers searching for senior independent living.

Columbia, Missouri is no exception, offering lifelong learning for the 55+ community through organizations like OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri.  World-class healthcare is readily available at Boone Hospital Center, an affiliate of BJC Healthcare and the University of Missouri’s academic health center, MU Health Care, with a broad range of options for private health care available to seniors as well.

JES | Prime Senior Living appreciates everything that college towns have to offer for older adults, and that is why we chose to create our flagship property, The Village of Bedford Walk, in the vibrant community of Columbia, Missouri. The Village of Bedford Walk is a retirement community designed around everything that makes living in a college town great: opportunities for physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth. Whether it is using our private transportation for a doctor’s appointment or joining other Bedford residents for a football game at Faurot Field, our residents can take advantage of our concierge, service-driven lifestyle.

To learn more about what The Village of Bedford Walk and all Columbia, Missouri has to offer, call 573.303.7252 to schedule a tour. We look forward to meeting you!

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Senior Living: Swimming for Seniors

Exercise offers numerous benefits to people of all ages, including improving heart health, bettering flexibility and strengthening muscles. An exercise that is especially beneficial to seniors is swimming. Water exercises allow a way to optimize health without putting added stress or strain on the body.

In an Australian study of 1,700 men age 70 and older, those who regularly swam were 33 percent less likely to suffer a fall during day-to-day activities. “Unlike [with] land-based sports, swimmers are required to create their own base of support and, at the same time, to produce a coordinated movement of both upper and lower extremities,” said Dafna Merom, an associate professor of physical activity and health at the University of Western Sydney in Australia and author of the study.

The Village of Bedford Walk is a firm believer in the physical, emotional and mental acuity benefits that come from exercise. Because water is such an excellent medium for the senior community to preserve health and maintain their independence, our senior independent living community features a resistance swimming pool. The Swim-Ex hydrotherapy pool is used by residents for water aerobics, strengthening exercises and private swimming, and it is located in the main building, just a short elevator ride away from our independent senior living apartments. Don’t like to swim? Not a problem! Activities Coordinator, Laura Roeder, has created a calendar with plenty of other opportunities to enhance your physical well-being, including: trips to the Fitness Company, Walking Club, Tai Chi and more.

To learn more about ways that The Village of Bedford Walk can help maintain your independence with our robust activities program, call 573.303.7252 to schedule a tour.

The Village of Bedford Walk’s hydrotherapy pool and hot tub are frequently used by residents for recreation and relaxation.
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United Way’s Night of Honor for Jeffrey E. Smith

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, The Village of Bedford Walk hosted an evening in honor of Jeffrey E. Smith, JES Holdings President and CEO. Due to his immense support of Heart of Missouri United Way, Mr. Smith was presented with the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Bo Fraser Leadership Award.

This award is given to individuals who have donated exceptional financial and personal support to United Way. As a donor in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Mr. Smith continually demonstrates his commitment to philanthropy by encouraging other individuals and companies to financially support United Way. Additionally, his commitment to bringing individuals together to advance the common good and providing assistance and opportunities for those in need led to his nomination for the award.

“Jeff Smith’s support of United Way and work in our community illustrates all of the criteria for the award. It was an honor to present the award to him and to recognize not only his support, but also the support and commitment provided by the Smith family and the employees at JES Holdings to United Way,” said Andrew Grabau of United Way.

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