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Laughter is the Best Medicine

We hear it all the time, "Laughter is good for the soul!". Does laughter really have proven health benefits? Apparently, it does! In addition to laughter, having a healthy lifestyle, a positive sense of humor and a good attitude all contribute to improved health. But laughter does impact our health, because the act of laughing changes our bodies ph...
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Celebrating & Honoring our Parents

In 1994, President Bill Clinton officially established the fourth Sunday in July to be "Parents' Day". The Congressional Resolution was signed into law and reads in part, "for recognizing, uplifting and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children". This year, Parents' Day will occur on July 23 rd . While Parents' Day may be a little k...
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UV Safety Month

Summer is in full swing, which means long days of having fun in the sun!Due to the warm weather, and prolonged exposure to the sun, July is known as UV Safety Month.Let's take a few minutes to learn about UV rays, and how to protect yourself from them. UV stands for ultraviolet radiation, and is the culprit for most skin cancers.UV rays come from t...
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The Importance of Companionship

Friend, pal, buddy, confidant, companion.No matter what word you use for it, they all mean the same thing:a person with whom one spends a lot of time with and has a bond of mutual affection.Companionship is a vital aspect to human survival. People form friendships from very young ages throughout their entire life. The need for companionship in the ...
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Live Life Your Way!

July 4 th celebrates our nation's independence from British rule, known in the 18 th Century as the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Second Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2 nd , 1776, issuing the official Declaration of Independence of the 13 Colonies on July 4 th . While the American Revolutionary War waged until 1783, July 4 th ...
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Welcome, Summer!

June 21 st is the "official" date by which our calendars mark the start of the summer season. At the summer solstice, the nights are the shortest and we enjoy the longest days of the year. The temperatures are the warmest we experience during our four seasons as we are turned toward the sun more so than at any other time during the year. So while t...
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Hydration & The Elderly

Staying hydrated is vital to our overall health. We have all heard the continuing mantras to bring eight classes of water each day or to push the fluids when we are under the weather. Our bodies need water to survive; even our ability to regulate our body's temperature is dependent on our intake of water. We lose water during the day through sweati...
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Men's Health Month

Since its inception in 1994, Men's Health Month has been recognized each June. According to the Men's Health Month website, the purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy mak...
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Headaches & Migraines in the Elderly

If you have ever experienced a migraine headache, you know all too well how painful and incapacitating they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation , migraine headaches are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, and the 6 th most debilitating illness. The month of June is dedicated to migraine awareness – educating sufferers, ra...
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Active Seniors

It's that time of year … the days are becoming longer and summer break is nearly upon us. The sun is hanging around more each day and the temperatures are growing steadily warmer. With summer right around the corner, there is anticipation in the air to get out and be more active. Kids are out riding their bicycles until the twilight sky calls them ...
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Life Unrehearsed

Life Unrehearsed is our trademarked philosophy for caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. At Evergreen Senior Living, our Decatur, Orland Park and Chillicothe locations provide memory support at The Legacy. At The Legacy, residents facing these challenges The Evergreen Senior Living team wants to share their k...
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Older Americans Months

Evergreen Senior Living is devoted to providing care, support and resources to older American and their families. For nearly 20 years, our mission has been to support and maintain the dignity, independence and wellness of each senior and their family. Now, in May 2017, we celebrate Older Americans Month; a time set aside to acknowledge and honor th...
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Celebrating Volunteers

Since 1974, a national celebration of volunteers and the many services they provide has been a yearly event across the country. About one quarter of our American population volunteer in some capacity within their community. That's nearly 63 million people giving their time and energy to do something selfless that will benefit another person, animal...
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Our Evergreen Mission

For almost 20 years, Evergreen Senior Living has served the senior population across Illinois. Our first community opened in Beardstown, Illinois in 1999. This was the first supportive living community in the state! As the need for senior services has grown, Evergreen has been a leader in providing the kind of care and support that seniors and thei...
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine … we've all heard this sentiment, but is there any truth to it? It would be hard to find a person who hasn't laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes, or had a sore stomach after a particularly long laughing fit. We all feel amazing after a good laugh, but is there any actual medical benefit to laughing? Fortunatel...
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Luck o' the Irish

St. Patrick's Day – the day where people wear green, pinch people who aren't wearing green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink to their heart's desire.It might surprise some to know, that St. Patrick's Day was not always like this.Let's explore some history of this party-filled day. We should start at the very beginning, and learn who St. Patri...
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Daylight Savings: Spring Forward

Everyone looks forward to Daylight Savings Time. In the fall we receive the gift of an extra hour, resulting in a 25-hour day. That extra hour feels like a rare gift of time! In the spring, we often grumble about losing an hour of sleep, but relish that the evenings begin to last longer. As springtime moves into summer, the longer hours of daylight...
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Hypertension & Caring for Your Heart

There are many different kinds of heart disease, but hypertension, or more commonly referred to as 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, and 20% of those adults don't even know they have it. High blood pre...
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Preserving your Family's Stories

On February 26 th , we celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. While the original creator of this day is unknown, what we do know is that telling stories is an age-old tradition. Whether you are sitting around the campfire or enjoying a traditional holiday meal, stories, urban legends and tall tales are always being shared. Fairy tales, while oft...
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Don't Forget Your Yearly Checkup!

Don't Forget Your Yearly Checkup!

Things that happen every four years: Leap Year, the presidential election, the Olympics. While some things are good to wait on for a few years, there are some things that should happen yearly, which includes your annual visit to the doctor for a physical.


Medicare Part B offers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. What this means, is that within the first 12 months of being covered by Medicare part B, you are allowed a visit to check the following: certain screenings, shots, height, weight, blood pressure, calculation of your body mass index, a simple vision test, depression screening, a discussion about creating your advanced directives if you have not already done so, and a written plan to let you know which screenings, shots, or preventive services you may need. This is a one-time visit, covered completely by Medicare Part B, as long as your physician has an agreement to be paid directly by Medicare.

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