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  • Bullet Journals: Recording Your Thoughts Creatively

    Since their introduction in 2013, bullet journals have become popular around the world for their at-a-glance design that lets people from all walks of life collect their thoughts and schedules in one convenient location. Sometimes called a BuJo, these personal organizers are simple to try. The most basic method only requires a blank notebook and a pen.

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    5 Mobile Apps that Give Your Brain a Workout

    Brain exercise apps may help keep your mental skills sharp and help challenge the mind. With just a few minutes a day, you may be able to increase your cognitive abilities and enhance your IQ. If you enjoy playing mobile games, consider these five brain training applications you can enjoy in your assisted living apartment.1.

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    4 Benefits of Learning an Instrument as a Senior

    Whether you've never played an instrument before or you want to switch instruments and try something new, playing an instrument as a senior provides a wealth of benefits. Consider the following four benefits of learning an instrument as a senior.Keeping Your Mind SharpAccording to a study by the University of California in Irvine, learning how to play a musical instrument helps exercise parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling depression, agitation and symptoms of dementia. By...

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    Tips for Seniors to Stay Cool this Summer

    As the official start to summer, June 21st is a great day for seniors around Hickory Villa to begin making plans to safely beat the heat over the coming weeks.Though Omaha doesn't traditionally get as hot as some of our southern neighbors, temperatures can still easily soar high enough to trigger heat illnesses. To help our residents prepare, we've created this list of tips for seniors to stay cool this summer.HydrationArguably the most important tip for preventing heat illnesses is to r...

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    Finding Purpose Through Gardening

    More than just a hobby to pass the time, gardening is a satisfying activity that provides ways for seniors to enjoy working with natural elements and a purpose in caring for plants.Gardening requires forward thinking. Seniors who wish to garden have to determine the type of plants they'd prefer to handle — such as houseplants, vegetables or flowers — what they would like to achieve through gardening and how best to accomplish these goals.As seniors work toward seeing their plans ...

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    Studying the Last Supper: Messages for Seniors

    During this time of Lent and as we approach Easter Sunday, many residents of Hickory Villa assisted living community may be reflecting on the reason for the celebration. But before the stone was rolled away that Easter morning centuries ago, a lot took place in Jerusalem over the week between Jesus' triumphant arrival and His Resurrection.One of the historical activities related to what many now call Holy Week (the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) was the Last Supper. This iconic ...

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    The Benefits of Socialization for Seniors

    A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: Psalms 68:5-6aThe staff members and residents in Hickory Villa form a close-knit community which lives, works and plays together. This togetherness brings a comforting security to each day and is one of the ways that an assisted living community enriches the lives of everyone involved.The benefits of socialization for senio...

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    Getting Exercise In Indoors At Your Assisted Living Community

    With spring a few months away and cold winter winds still blowing in Kearney, seniors living in the Cambridge Court assisted living community may be looking for a way to beat the winter blues and stay active.There's a reason winter weight gain is such a cliche. As the days grow shorter, temperatures drop and outdoor environments become more inhospitable, people of every age become more sedentary. And it's no wonder: your favorite chair near a fire or a warm blanket in bed can be the best...

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    Five Ways to Read More for Your Faith

    December is Spiritual Literacy Month, and with the holidays encroaching and making schedules busy, this is a great time for residents at Hickory Villa to make a commitment to spending more time reading to support their faith.One reason to bolster your faith-based reading habit in December is because it promotes seeking some quiet, restful time during a season that can be overwhelming. Plus, with the new year approaching and the reason for the season causing many to turn toward spiritual thoughts...

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    Prioritizing Your Seasonal Time: Why Seniors Don’t Have to Say Yes to Every Holiday Party

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    Shining a Light From Your Assisted Living Apartment

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    Three Tips for Spending Time with Your Grandkids

    As we celebrate National Grandparents Day this month in Hickory Villa, let us remember the special role that God has given to many seniors. In Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV, God calls grandparents to not forget the many things they have learned in their lives and to pass them on to their families.

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    5 Sandwiches That Don't Require Cold Cuts

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    3 Phone Scams to Guard Against

    Scammers work hard to trick unsuspecting people into giving up personal information or money, and knowing how to recognize a phone scam can ensure you aren’t losing your money or risking your finances or credit. Here are three current scams to watch out for.

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    3 Reasons to Get Tech-Savvy This Summer

    Anywhere you look, technology is available to enhance — or interfere, depending on how you see it — with every aspect of your daily life. Whether you already embrace technology or simply want to develop some skills to be able to use more devices or services, consider these three reasons why you should work to become tech-savvy this summer. Then you can explore opportunities to learn more online, with lessons from friends or family or classes offered locally here in Omaha.

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    4 Outdoor Activities that Won't Make You Sweat This Summer

    Staying cool in the summer months is important, particularly if your body no longer regulates heat very well. But how can you resist the wonderful weather outside? It’s bright and sunny, you’ve been pent up inside all winter, and that means it’s time to enjoy some sunshine.

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    Meet our Health Services Director, — and join us at our networking event!

    We’re excited to host a special networking event, Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, right here at Hickory Villa on Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:00-5:30PM. In addition to enjoying some sweet treats (which everyone deserves in the middle of winter), visitors will have the chance to meet and mingle with our senior care professionals, including our Executive Director Cecil Wissink and our Health Services Director, Amber Streittmatter, LPN.We hope you’ll join us and find out more about ou...

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    Meet Chef Jane Annin and Mark Your Calendars for Our Culinary Event

    Home is where the heart is, yet as so many of us who love a good meal know, the quickest way to the heart can be through the stomach—or taste buds. Our culinary services team is dedicated to nourishing our residents, body and soul, with tasty, heart-healthy meals. To celebrate, we’re hosting a special “Caring is a Work of Heart” culinary event, and invite you to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about the benefits our residents receive from our nutritional st...

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    Hickory Villa team member makes significant impact on residents dealing with memory change.

    Our very own Cindy Koperski, Activities Director, is making a notable impact on the lives of our residents, while inspiring other staff to do the same! She is one of the many Bethesda Senior Living care givers training in Teepa Snow's POSITIVE APPROACH™ - a progressive therapy for helping seniors and their families recognize and manage the early signs of memory change. As Activities Director at Hickory Villa, Cindy Koperski is intent on meeting each resident’s needs by invo...

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    Strategically Build a Financial Plan for Your Loved One's Care

    Senior care can be a major expense. What’s worse, by the time you realize you need help, the situation may be urgent—and money is the last thing you need to be worrying about. Fortunately, planning a few steps ahead can keep you out of check and put you in a great position when it’s time to make the decision for assisted living.

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