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    What Seniors Can Learn From the Christmas Story

    The Advent season is right around the corner, and communities are already starting to sport Christmas decor. While for many this season is a celebratory time spent with friends and family over tables teeming with delicious food or around a fully decked Christmas tree, remember to make time for the quieter elements of the holidays as December approaches. 

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    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Banana Pudding

    November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month, which we think is a great time to delve into the history and details of this favorite dessert item. Check out some fun facts about banana pudding, and then try a couple of delicious recipes you can enjoy in your assisted living apartment or whip up in the bistro for a family gathering at Autumn View Gardens.

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    Being Prepared for Life in Your Assisted Living Apartment

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    Should You Go Back to School as a Senior?

    The end of summer means back-to-school time for grandchildren, nieces and nephews, which may have you wondering if there's some way you could enrich your own life through education. It's vital to keep your mind active as you age, and the best way to do that is through continuing education. Here are some of the benefits of pursuing new subjects as a senior and how to get started.

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    5 Scripture Stories That Bring Back Sunday School Memories

    Little wooden chairs at short round tables. Hand-carved crucifixes on the wall. Old timey hymns playing on a turntable. Can’t you just picture being back in your childhood Sunday School room? Let’s take a break from the present and revisit the churches of your youth with these five scripture stories that are sure to bring back memories of Sunday School past.

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    What Is an Advance Directive, and Why Should You Have One?

    It's never too late or too early in life to get legal and financial affairs in order, and if you don't yet have an advance directive, you may want to consider if you think this form is the right step for you.

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    10 Gadgets Under $20 that Make Senior Life Easier

    Independence is important to most people, but as seniors age, they may begin to struggle with common tasks. Independence can become a key component in overall health and happiness.

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    Three Comforting Scripture Verses for Seniors Transitioning to an Assisted Living Community

    At Autumn View Gardens, we work to make every resident feel comfortable and independent, but we also know that making a major change at any point in life can be stressful. Our staff is available to make your transition to an assisted living community in Ellisville, MO, as peaceful — and even joyful — as possible.Check out the three comforting Scripture verses below, which you can hold in your heart during your transition, as well as some ways our staff strive to put these principles into action ...

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    Meet our Health Services Director, Wendy Bornfeld 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 Autumn View Gardens Ellisville on Wednesday, February 21st, from 4:30-6:00PM. 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 Tim Nye and our Health Services Director, Wendy Bornfeld.We hope you’ll join us and find out more about ...

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    Autumn View Gardens Recognized in the 2018 Best of Senior Living Awards

    The team at Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living is honored to announce our community has been recognized with a top-rated 2018 “Best of Senior Living” award from SeniorAdvisor.com. SeniorAdvisor.com is the leading consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the U.S. and Canada.

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    Autumn View Gardens Supports Local Fire Program

    As part of our community grant program, Autumn View Gardens recently donated $2,500 to the “Friends at Metro West” program through the Metro West Fire Protection District. The organization will use the money to help educate area seniors and youth in local schools on fire training and safety.“As a nonprofit organization, our mission is one of service,” said Tim Nye, Executive Director of Autumn View Gardens. “Our Metro West Fire Protection District makes such a positive contribution to our area.

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    Autumn View Gardens Donates Bus to Church in Need

    Our community was fortunate to get a new bus for senior outings this year, but our old bus was still serviceable. Because we’re always looking for service opportunities, we’re excited to report Autumn View Gardens was able to donate the bus to a good home.Jason Maylee, manager of our landscaping company, attends a small church, Connection Worship Center in Pevely, MO. Jason and his Pastor James Leach were on a mission to have better outreach for their members.

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    Meet Chef Angie Reese 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 strategy. Mark your calend...

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    Autumn View Gardens team member makes significant impact on residents dealing with memory change.

    Our very own Pam Swihart, Health Services 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 Autumn View Gardens 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 Health Services Director at Autumn View Garden Assisted Living, Pam Swihart, RN is intent on empowering the nursing...

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    Autumn View Gardens Scores Big With First Annual Kickball Game

    At Autumn View Gardens, we work hard to provide an active lifestyle for our residents and at our communities in Ellisville and Creve Coeur, Missouri, we took “active” to a whole new level with our first annual multigenerational kickball game.On a Friday afternoon last month, a crowd of team members, their families and residents assembled at nearby Vago Park for an enjoyable afternoon game.“The two communities are only about 20 minutes apart,” said Ashley Wheeler, executiv...

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    Exclusive Screening: Voices of Grief

    We are pleased to share the critically acclaimed documentary Voices of Grief on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. The film, a Britt Penrod Audience Award Winner and Roy W. Dean Film Grant Finalist, offers a fresh perspective on how to honor, transform and integrate grief.

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    Wondering what you can do to help you live longer and better? By Dr. April Goggans

    There is so much advice out there for people as they age — supplements, diets, exercise plans, anti-aging therapies! You might be interested to know that there are recommendations grounded in science that can help you live not just longer but also a healthier and happier life.   Do what moves you — not only will movement help you live longer, but it reduces your risk for heart disease, helps you get a healthy night’s sleep, decreases depression and pain, better bone strength, and fewer...

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    Schwark Honored for Excellence by Presidential Advisory Group

    Karie Schwark, Executive Director of Grand Villa Assisted Living, was selected to the Presidential Advisory Group by Bethesda Senior Living Communities. Schwark received this honor recently while attending the BSLC director’s conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bethesda’s core values are based on a SERVANT principles.

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    Grand Villa Grants $5000 to Local Non-profits

    In April 2015, Grand Villa, an assisted living community of Bethesda Senior Living located in Grand Junction, Colorado, presented a total of $5000 to two companies in their local neighborhood to help support and expand their services. Giving back to the community is one way Grand Villa is living true to Bethesda’s core value of servanthood.

    $2500 was given to Hope of the Grand Valley, a community provider focused on fostering and encouraging independence and self-sufficiency for low-income families. The company has said it will use the money to further develop programs such as budget coaching and interview and resumé preparation.

    An additional $2500 was given to Hilltops Latimer House, a company dedicated to offering counseling, advocacy and shelter for adults and children who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The money donated here will be used to further explore counseling services.

    Dani Wright, Marketing Director at Grand Villa explains, “We don’t want to reap the rewards and glorify ourselves, it’s about giving back. It’s not just about taking and taking; it’s about giving.”

    Bethesda Senior Living Communities (BSLC) operates 19 non-profit communities in six states. BSLC’s mission is to serve seniors by enriching their physical, emotional and spiritual health in a nurturing environment. Each of the Bethesda Assisted Living Communities gives a benevolent donation to their respective community each year.

    If you would like more information about Grand Villa, please call (970) 241-9706.

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    President, Larry Smith, Featured in Colorado Real Estate Journal

    Our President, Larry Smith, was recently featured in an article in the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Read the article where he discusses crucial technology updates he’s committed to making for Bethesda Senior Living Communities.

    “It’s not about cutting cost per square foot or reducing nonrevenue-generating space. It’s about creating exactly enough flexible space to support a program that meets the desires of residents and families.”

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