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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.

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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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Sip & Savor at The Village of Bedford Walk

At The Village of Bedford Walk, a JES | Prime Senior Living community, our residents enjoy partaking in the finer things of life. From dinner and wine clubs to movie nights, we love watching them enjoy their lives to the fullest!

Recently, The Village of Bedford Walk team hosted a Sip & Savor event for the community. The residents were treated to wonderful wine and chocolate pairings led by a representative from PRP Wines of St. Louis.

The residents were able to sample a variety of both red and white wines from all over the world while enjoying their chocolate pairings from The Chocolate Factory. A harpist even played throughout the event to provide relaxing background music.

The residents thoroughly enjoyed the Sip & Savor event and cannot wait for more events the team has planned!

The Village of Bedford Walk hosts a Sip & Savor wine and food pairing event for residents.
The Village of Bedford Walk hosts a Sip & Savor wine and food pairing event for residents.
The Village of Bedford Walk hosts a Sip & Savor wine and food pairing event for residents.
The Village of Bedford Walk hosts a Sip & Savor wine and food pairing event for residents.
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The Village of Bedford Walk Supports Pascale’s Pals

Kelly Buchheit, Laura Roeder, Kalyn Meyer, Stephanie Piester and Jamie Cooper enjoyed their night celebrating Pascale’s Pals.

On Friday, March 9, 2018, representatives from The Village of Bedford Walk attended a dinner and auction to benefit Pascale’s Pals, a charity organization that benefits children and families staying at the MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the event, and the tickets were sold out. The silent auction featured an assortment of items donated by local businesses, paintings from local arts and signed sports memorabilia. The live auction included various vacations, sporting and musical event tickets and two puppies. The puppies raised $5,000 each for the charity!

The Village of Bedford Walk was a Gold Sponsor of the event and had a great time celebrating and showing their support.

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The Village of Bedford Walk Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

At The Village of Bedford Walk, our staff and residents are always excited when a holiday comes up because of the chance to celebrate together! For St. Patrick’s Day, the community decided to host a themed event, and residents gathered and enjoyed green beer, basil lemonade and traditional Irish cuisine.

See below for a video showing the residents enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day party:

The luck of the Irish is at Bedford Walk today! Our residents are enjoying green beer with their traditional Irish cuisine! #LifeAtBedford

Posted by The Village of Bedford Walk on Saturday, March 17, 2018

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The Village of Bedford Walk Fundraises for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia

The Village of Bedford Walk residents and staff pose in front of their Bedford Boone Saloon booth at the chili cookoff.

Recently, The Village of Bedford Walk residents participated in the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia’s 13th Annual Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff.

Residents created a saloon themed booth and spent a whole month preparing for the fundraiser. On the day of the cookoff, the Bedford Walk team dressed up and spent the day passing out chili and raising money for the club. They loved the opportunity to dress up and bond, and were even able to raise over $700 towards the cause!

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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

Photo credit to UMH

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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