BINGO! For seniors, it’s more than a game.

It’s almost cliché that Bingo and senior health facilities go hand and hand. Here at the Witherell, residents play the game every week, but so do millions of others elsewhere. Bingo is even played online. Pretty interesting considering the game is nearly 500 years old. We wondered, why, after all these centuries, is Bingo so…

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Prescription Drug Prices to Decrease for Medicare Beneficiaries: Here’s How the Inflation Reduction Act Can Work for You

The historic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 that was signed into law on August 16 is setting the stage for a significant reduction in healthcare costs for millions of Americans, particularly Medicare beneficiaries. It will help make prescription drugs more affordable for beneficiaries and enable others to get and keep affordable coverage on the ACA…

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Dementia: When Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Over the years, there have been several studies about the benefits humor can have on one’s health, let alone for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. But it was a chance remark from a Witherell family member that got us thinking: Maybe there was something visitors could do to brighten their visits…

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Doing Good and Doing Well: Volunteers are the Lifeblood of Nonprofit Organizations

It was five years ago that Mary Tate, Witherell’s Coordinator, Volunteer and Resident Services, decided that the corporate track was no longer for her. She wanted a change. Formerly employed in human resources by Walt Disney Co, Berkshire Hathaway and the United States Olympic Committee, Mary set her sights on the nonprofit sector. Shortly thereafter,…

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Good Advice That’s Worth One’s Salt

Yum! Hot dogs, salsa, potato chips, dips! With Labor Day and autumn BBQs on the horizon, those tasty morsels are on everyone’s menu. Yet their high sodium content should also be on everyone’s radar. According to a recent study as reported by Prevention and Science Daily – adding salt to prepared foods can actually lead…

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Call Me by My Name! Ageism and Senior Adults

The other day, we were in a supermarket and heard a small ruckus. A 40-ish woman was barking at an older woman. At first, we wondered what was wrong. As it turned out, nothing. The younger woman was merely speaking very loudly, assuming that either the older woman couldn’t hear or couldn’t understand. The incident…

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U.S. Nursing Shortage Affects Us All

You may have noticed that we’ve been advertising and posting lately for nurses: Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN). On June 12, we are also holding a Job Fair where nursing professionals are invited in to come in, tour our buildings, and meet members of the Witherell staff. Even…

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