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Mar
11

Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Whether you are a dog person or a cat person, a bird, reptile or rodent lover, one thing is certain: WE LOVE OUR PETS. Ask any pet owner and most of them will tell you they consider their pet to be part of their family. In the United States, over $70 billion was spent in the pet industry in 2018. That's right, 'b' for BILLION! That includes all the...
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Feb
25

Vitamin D and Why Seniors Need It

Vitamin D is sometimes known as the "sunshine vitamin" and it is a vital nutrient in helping our bodies be healthy and strong. We call it the sunshine vitamin because our bodies can't produce it unless our skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is not found in a lot of foods we consume, thus it can be a challenging nutrient to find. While Vitamin D...
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Feb
18

Seniors & How to Prevent Falls

Seniors & How to Prevent Falls One of the greatest areas of concern impacting seniors' safety and independence is falling. As strength, mobility and balance change with age, the elderly population becomes more vulnerable to falls. In fact, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) identifies falls as the number one cause of senior injury ...
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Jan
09

Welcome to Evergreen Place in Champaign!

It is with great pleasure that Heritage Operations Group welcomes the families and residents of Villa of Champaign into our community of care. As of January 1, 2019, Villa is now named Evergreen Place Assisted Living and is located at 4114 W. Springfield Avenue in Champaign. You can call them directly at (217) 530-4300, or visit our website to see ...
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Dec
12

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Care at The Legacy

Alzheimer's disease, as defined by the Alzheimer's Association , is "a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills." It differs than dementia, although many people think they are the same thing. It is reported that more than 50 million people across the globe live with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of deme...
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Nov
29

Planning for Assisted and Supportive Living Expenses

Planning ahead for senior care is a topic many of us don't want to think about. Moving from a home filled with memories into a senior living community can be very emotional. However, the majority of people will have to make a decision about additional care and support at some point in their lives. It is crucial to start your planning now to avoid u...
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Nov
14

Practice Proper Hand Washing to Stay Healthy This Winter

Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. It is a ritual drilled into all of us since we were children. Year round, washing your hands is a healthy habit to keep. It's even more important as we march toward winter weather and the inevitable onslaught of cold and flu season. Colds and the flu have a huge impact on Americans. Did you know a ...
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Oct
08

Breast Cancer Risks & Warning Signs for Seniors

In recent years, the prevalence of the color pink during October has become a nationwide symbol of the fight to end breast cancer. In the 1950s, the NY Times refused to print an ad for a breast cancer support group. They did not want to print the words, "breast" or "cancer". The fight to bring this disease into the spotlight has made huge strides s...
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Sep
26

Regulating Body Temperature in the Elderly

The official onset of fall has brought with it daily fluctuations in temperature. The mornings are cool but the day warms up to summer-like temps by the afternoon. It's a time when the windows being open invite in crisp fall air, until it gets too hot, then we crank the AC back on. The ebb and flow of Mother Nature's temperature can make it difficu...
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Sep
14

Hypertension & High Blood Pressure

There are many different kinds of heart disease, but hypertension (long-term high blood pressure) is one of the most common heart issues. According to the American Heart Association , one out of every three adults in the United States has high blood pressure. Twenty percent of adults with hypertension don't know they have it. Because it has no obvi...
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Aug
29

Here’s Why You Should Consider Assisted Living Now

For many seniors, living in the home where they raised their children holds years of wonderful memories. It can be a tough decision to move into an assisted living apartment, but the right choice for lots of older Americans. There are lots of reasons why older people move to smaller living spaces. They may not have the energy, desire or physical ab...
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Aug
15

What is the Difference Between Independent Living and Assisted Living?

Our society is very fortunate that we have multiple living options for people as they age. As children move out and the upkeep of a large home, garage and lawn become too much trouble for older adults, they have many choices. It may also be that seniors want more freedom to travel, or simply want to downsize to save expenses. Independent living, su...
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Jul
25

Caregiving & Respite Care Options at Evergreen Senior Living

Caregiving Caring for an elderly or ill loved one is a major responsibility. It is one of the most rewarding, complicated and exhausting jobs a person can undertake. The Pew Research Center reports that there are over 40 million unpaid caregivers in the United States. Most of those people are providing care to relatives age 65 and older. As the sil...
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Jun
14

The Importance of Hydration in the Elderly

With the warm days of summer now here, a reminder about the importance of staying hydrated is warranted. Staying hydrated is crucial to our overall health, and especially so for older Americans. Water is the best fluid for our bodies – whether we are ill, trying to stay cool or just trying to stay healthy. In the summer months when the temperatures...
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Jun
05

Tips for Downsizing Your Home

For many seniors, there will likely come a time when the decision to move out of their home and into an assisted living community or apartment becomes inevitable. The need for such a move can happen for many reasons. Whether the move is medically necessary due to changes in health or a desire to minimize costs, downsizing can be a challenge. Reason...
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May
28

Senior Living: Healthy for Life

On May 30 th , the 25 th annual "Senior Health & Fitness Day" will take place. The common goal of this special day is to encourage older Americans to remain healthy and fit. While this is one day officially set aside, at Evergreen Senior Living , we want our residents to experience this every day! At Evergreen, we believe that a fulfilling life...
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Apr
21

Celebrate Supportive Living Week

The week of April 23-27 has been set aside to celebrate Supportive Living Week. This week recognizes the residents and staff members that make these communities thrive. The Supportive Living program is Illinois' model of affordable assisted living, and falls under the purview of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) . This program makes t...
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Apr
04

Important Health Screenings for Seniors

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a volunteer panel comprised of national experts in the fields of evidence-based medicine and disease prevention. The organization is an independent unit that works to improve Americans' health by making recommendations for clinical preventative services. As we age, and the list of potential comp...
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Mar
21

What is Supportive Living?

If you are searching for a compassionate senior care community, look no further than Evergreen Senior Living . Our communities provide compassionate care and support to seniors in a beautiful setting with a variety of upscale amenities. What is a supportive living community, and how does it differ from the more commonly understood assisted living o...
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Mar
06

Healthy, Green Foods

It's March! That means spring is starting to peek through the veil of winter and little green shoots are nudging their way toward the heavens. Spring means a new beginning for nature, and as we celebrate National Nutrition Month, we look at brightly-colored foods (green, yellow, orange and red!) that will give us a fresh start this spring, too. Mos...
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