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ManorCare Salutes Our Veterans

Enlistment in the armed forces has long been considered a selfless act of service to our country. Through military service, enlisted service members temporarily set aside their civilian lives to bring peace, stability, and protection to our nation and our international allies. Respect and gratitude for service members are common in those of us who […]

Essential Wellness Pharmacy: New Life for the Apothecary

By Alexander Germanis Apothecaries, or pharmacies as they are now known, were once standalone landmarks in most communities. Now it is all too common for them to be no more than closets inside big box stores. Thankfully, there are still some places that hold to the notion of the old apothecaries—maintaining their place in the […]

Taking a Walk Is Not Working Out

By Karen Tucker A good workout should feel hard — that’s why it’s called a workout. How often have you heard that you can get all the benefits of exercise by simply living an “active lifestyle?” Experts recommend strength-building activities two days a week, plus a minimum of 2½ hours of moderate aerobic activity or […]

Participating in Activities You Enjoy – More Than Just Fun and Games

Submitted by Meadows at Mercy Creek Assisted Living June feels great. She enjoys gardening, playing cards with friends on Tuesdays and Fridays at the senior center, and taking a water aerobics class at an indoor pool. She turns 78 this year, but she feels like she’s still in her forties. Does June’s active lifestyle have […]

Four Questions to Ask Before You Open Your Wallet

By Krista McBeath, McBeath Financial Group Even if you have the best of intentions, it’s easy to overspend. According to a Gallup poll conducted June 9 to 15 in 2014*, 58 percent of people who had shopped during the previous four weeks said they spent more at the store than they originally intended to. Even […]

VA Benefits for Assisted Living

By Linda Snyder, Senior Care Advocate, Villas of Holly Brook Every day, people just like you are confronted with important decisions about the care of their elderly loved one while keeping in mind their comfort, safety, dignity, and wellbeing. You are not alone in this process. If your loved one needs assistance with daily activities, […]

Breast Reconstruction Katie’s Story

By Becky Wiese Being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 was not on Katie’s radar. In fact, in May of 2011, she and her husband were facing questions caused by infertility when Katie found a lump in her right breast. A visit to her obstetrician resulted in a sonogram that showed no […]

Are You on the Healthcare Conveyor Belt?

By Steven Buttice, Founder and President, Living By Your Design, Inc. Emma and George are from a larger town in northern Illinois. Emma’s husband is age 89 and had a urinary track infection. As he became sicker, he became weak and did not eat. He was losing weight, also coughing as he ate when he […]

Food, Flowers, and Fond Memories

Submitted by Lutheran Hillside Village A garden started as a hobby by former Lutheran Hillside Village resident, Merwyn French, in 2003 has been named in his honor. This garden produces food used in the kitchen at Lutheran Hillside Village (LHV) and is a source of great joy for the dozens of residents who cultivate it. […]

Building Self-Esteem Through Self-Defense

By Craig W. Armstrong Growing up can be tough, and most young people could use a boost when it comes to self-esteem. There are many ways to improve self-esteem, and one is through learning the martial arts. In June, young people participating in Goodwill’s GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring program learned that the martial arts can teach […]