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Local Artists featured at The Village of Bedford Walk’s Weekly Social Hour

On Friday, September 21, residents from The Village of Bedford Walk gathered in the Piano Lounge for their Friday Night Lights social hour sporting their black and gold for Mizzou. On display in the lounge, were several art pieces from Tigers on the Prowl, an organization that partners artists with sponsors to raise money for local charities.  One of the artists, Kaye Gray-Manolov, was even in attendance at the event.

After Tigers on the Prowl partners artists with sponsors, they raise money for local charities by auctioning off the decorated tiger statues at an annual dinner. This year, the program accepted tiger-themed artwork in different mediums, and two of these pieces were featured at Friday Night Lights.

One of the featured pieces was a wooden tiger head carved by chainsaw from artist, Cheryl Campbell. The other featured piece was a white tiger face created by Kaye Gray-Manolov using recycled materials like dog fur, paint chips, white feathers, rocks and even a petrified banana peel. The residents seemed most impressed by the banana peel and were excited to find out where it was used in the artwork. Kaye answered all of our questions and the residents thanked her with a round of applause.

The Village of Bedford Walk residents and staff loved having the chance to speak with a local artist and feature her artwork!

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The Village of Bedford Walk Sets Sail on Annual Cruise Ship Week

Continuing the annual tradition, The Village of Bedford Walk residents spent a week on a “cruise” through different locations across the world. This year’s Cruise Ship Week ran from July 16 to July 20. Each day of the week was based on a different cruise destination, including Jamaica, Japan, Iceland, London and Milan.

There were many themed activities, events and foods each day to coincide with the day’s destination. Some of the favorite events included yoga on the “beach,” sand art, a Set Sail Party, napkin folding, themed movie nights, knitting lessons, Botanical Gardens trip, afternoon tea, meditation and a Captain’s Dinner.

The residents were so happy that they were able to participate in another Cruise Ship Week!

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The Village of Bedford Walk Two Year Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, June 9, The Village of Bedford Walk staff and residents gathered to celebrate the community’s two year anniversary.

Residents dressed in their cowboy boots and hats for the western-themed party. The community was also decorated to fit the theme, including outlaw posters of the residents, a resident-made Bedford Saloon booth, country music and more.

We cannot believe that The Village of Bedford Walk has already been open for two years! Our amazing residents and staff have helped create a beautiful and enriching community.

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Summer Safety for Seniors

As the summer heat increases, don’t forget about your health! lists several safety tips for seniors to remember in the summers.

  1. Stay Hydrated: Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age and can become less aware of their thirst. Remember to drink water often, especially if you go on trips or spend time outside.
  2. Talk to Your Doctor: Check with your medical team to make sure any medications you are on will not be affected by higher temperatures. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than room temperature (approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit), and the last thing anyone wants is for a preventable medical condition to become aggravated due to high temperatures.
  3. Stay in Touch: Communication plays an important role in ensuring safety for seniors. Make sure you let friends, family or caregivers know if you plan to spend an extended period outdoors.
  4. Protect Your Eyes: Vision loss can be common for seniors, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.
  5. Know the Risks of Hyperthermia: During the summer, be particularly cautious about abnormally high body temperatures – a condition known as hyperthermia. Heat stroke is an advanced form of hyperthermia and can be life-threatening. Make sure to know the warning signs and get medical attention immediately if you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms:
    • Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
    • A change in behavior, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
    • Dry, flushed skin
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Headache
    • Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
    • Not sweating, even if it is hot out
    • Fainting

Read more of’s tips here!

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Habits for Healthy Aging

Oftentimes as you or your loved ones age, it is difficult to keep up with all of the necessary health needs. A Place for Mom outlines many useful tips to help manage aging in a healthy way.

Focus on Prevention: Preventative care visits, including health screenings for cholesterol levels, heart problems, colon cancer and more are important appointments to complete.

Medication Management: Review your medications with your physician on a regular basis. Do not be afraid to ask questions and take notes on your reactions to medications.

Visit the Dentist Every Six Months: Our risk of cavities increases with age. Plus, many mouth infections can be linked to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Stay Physically Active: Exercise not only increases energy, but it also improves memory and alleviates depression. Short strolls, long walks or an exercise program approved by a physician can keep seniors healthier longer.

Socialize: Time spent with friends, children and grandchildren help seniors feel connected, especially if they have mobility issues. Visits can make seniors feel more upbeat and laugh, which helps them fully enjoy their lives.

Read the full entire article here.

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Resident Spotlight: Leading Life with Alzheimer’s

Photo credit to the Columbia Missourian

Pat Etienne, resident at The Village of Bedford Walk, was recently featured in an article by the Columbia Missourian for how she confidently lives her life while having Alzheimer’s.

Pat was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s seven years ago, and ever since, has been determined to live a full, determined life despite her diagnosis. Not only does Pat lead a very active social life at The Village of Bedford Walk, but she also uses her vigor to volunteer. She actively advocates for funding and research for the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as volunteering for the Greater Foundation of Women’s Clubs, the League of Women Voters and the Columbia Newcomers Club

We are continually inspired and impressed with Pat and are so lucky to have her in our family at The Village of Bedford Walk!

Read the full article here.

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