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Resident´s Birthdays

April 17 Becky Glase (IL)
April 20 Toni Chapin (AS)
April 29 Maria Garcia (IL)

Celebrating April

Where in the world is chef Eileen April 3, Birthday Bash April 5th, Spring Fling April April 18th, First Responders Day April 23 (celebrating with local firemen and police stations)

Community Events

Spring Fling April 18th

Associate of the Month


Kayla April Associate of the Month

Kayla was chosen as employee of the month because of her ability to multitask and communicate. This really helps in a busy place. She has a calm and sweet disposition that everyone loves. She is originally from Cincinnati Ohio. She prides herself in her communication skills and her ability to get along with everyone.

The Possible future of Senior living

The Possible future of Senior living


Older adults who anticipate moving to a senior living community can look forward to maintaining their independence through “smart home” technology and wireless connectivity, according to a survey of senior living trends.

The survey provides insight into how future generations will be served in senior living communities, including expanded home health care, wellness programs, and “green” designs.

“The survey results tell us that it will not be business as usual for senior living communities in the years ahead,” said Linda Hollinger-Smith, Vice President, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. “It’s clear that with the projected decline in the 75 to 84 age population over the next decade, senior living organizations will need to identify their ‘niche’ to attract this generation prior to the arrival of the Baby Boomers.”

“The results of this survey are significant because there are few published studies that examine trends in programs, amenities, and environments among aging services providers,” said Mary Leary, President and CEO, Mather LifeWays.

Survey respondents identified the top emerging trends, including:

Maintaining Resident Independence
Incorporating “smart home” technology and wireless connectivity into senior living residences.
Bringing home health care, tele-health technology, geriatric assessment services, and non-medical home care services into senior living communities to promote quality of life as


This waterfall is located
on the south side of
Yosemite Valley. Comprised
of multiple cascades,
which range in height
from 50 to 500 feet.
(Sentinel falls)

Tips for Keeping Minds Active

Tips for Keeping Minds Active

Just as exercise improves your physical health, brain workouts strengthen your mind — boosting your memory and thinking skills. Even better, it’s never too late to begin exercising your most important muscle. Read on for 10 easy ways to stimulate your mind.

1. Stick to an exercise routine
Your mind and body are interconnected. Often, what benefits the body benefits the brain. Regular exercise, even taking a simple walk, goes a long way toward improving your memory and cognitive skills, according to Dr. Scott McGinnis, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School.

In fact, the foot’s impact during a walk sends pressure waves through the arteries, increasing blood flow and resulting in a healthier mind, according to researchers at New Mexico Highlands University. Try adding some of these physical activities to your daily or weekly routine to boost blood flow to your brain:

hiking on nearby nature trails
tennis or pickleball
walking your dog
yoga or tai chi
water aerobics

2. Make reading a habit
In a study in the journal Neurology, regular reading and writing in late life reduced the rate of memory decline by 32%.

Here are some great ways to make reading more of a habit: Join or start a book club through your church, temple, local library, or bookstore. Read to your grandchildren in person or via FaceTime or Skype.


National Park

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, spans 761,269 acre of land.

April 11 is National Pet Day

Pets and Seniors

Pets can provide important forms of social and emotional support for older adults that can reduce distress, loneliness and improve overall quality of life1234. Benefits of pet ownership for the elderly include:
Reduced stress
Lowered blood pressure
Increased social interaction and physical activity
Sparking positive memories in older people with cognitive impairment
Overcoming loneliness
Providing a sense of security and safety
Providing a sense of purpose24.

Art and Creativity

Art and Creativity

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a “mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.” The process of creating artwork can help people express their feelings while reducing anxiety and stress.
For seniors, art therapy can create a sense of well-being and help restore functioning. From managing chronic pain to helping those suffering from memory loss due to dementia, art therapy is a powerful tool that can be used to enrich the lives of senior citizens in many ways.

Art therapy is a powerful tool for improving one’s mood. For seniors who are experiencing changes in their health or symptoms relating to memory loss, hearing loss, etc., engaging in art can provide a much-needed escape and brighten their moods.

Activities that engage the senses–such as creating art–trigger the brain to release pleasure-related neurotransmitters like dopamine. This results in a boost in overall mood. Art therapy can also improve someone’s mood by giving them a sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Because art can serve as an opportunity for people to engage with each other in a non-threatening manner, it can also improve moods by helping people form relationships.


Yosemite is famous for its giant sequoia trees; these trees can grow to be about 30 feet wide and more than 250 feet tall

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Recipe Spotlight:

Spicy Fried Chicken Pasta


6 pieces cold, spicy fried chicken
6 cups cooked rotini pasta
6 boiled eggs, yolks separated
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp Creole mustard
1/4 cup minced onions
1/4 cup minced celery
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
1/4 cup minced green bell peppers
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
salt and pepper to taste

To make this dish, start by getting 6 pieces of spicy fried chicken from your favorite fast food outlet. I recommend Popeyes. Cut the bone-in chicken into cubes, keeping the skin intact. In a bowl, mash egg yolks, then add mayonnaise and Creole mustard, blending well. Dice egg whites and add them to the mixture. Combine all other ingredients except the chicken and pasta, ensuring they’re coated with the sauce. Add rotini pasta and gently mix, then add the fried chicken cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve garnished with boiled eggs or additional pieces of hot fried chicken. Feel free to personalize the dish with your own seasoning blend. The key flavor comes from the seasoning on the chicken before frying.

Resident of the Month


Eddie April Resident of the Month

Eddie is from Memphis originally. He loves to play golf and be outside. He enjoys helping out with activities and now has a full time position hosting bingo ;). He is a friend, most importantly and makes us laugh on a regular basis.


The park is best known for its waterfalls, On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park


Yosemite is home to a “firefall.” While it’s not actually fire, the Horsetail Fall on the eastern edge of El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley gives off the illusion of a fiery orange fall when the sunset hits at just the right angle for a few short weeks in February


Kaley Patterson, Executive Director | Wildcat Senior Living

Kaley Patterson

Laura Robinson, Life Enrichment Coordinator | Wildcat Senior Living

Laura Robinson

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