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HCK's Mission calls upon us to Celebrate Life and Honor the Soul. We serve a wide variety of resident needs from independent living up through skilled care and rehabilitation services. We strive to provide a superior depth and range of programs that address those needs from clinically focused programs that improve the quality of care to equally well-designed programs that enrich the quality of life.

Our programs and Kalamazoo Senior Services are designed to engage our residents and are tailored to each individual's needs:

September 2016 Employee of the Month - Brianna Wertz


Please congratulate Brianna Wertz, the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo September Employee of the Month.  

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Why It’s Important for Seniors to Exercise

Assisted Living Facility

Regular exercise is important for any age group, but it is even more so for seniors. Everyone knows that leading a very sedentary lifestyle has serious negative effects on your health and even your immune system. A large majority of seniors over 65, between sleeping and sitting down, spend most of their time completely inactive. As people get older, it becomes harder to move around because of arthritis and joint issues, but continuously incorporating fitness into your daily routine can slow down the progression of weakening muscles and bones. In this post we will look at specific reasons why exercise is so beneficial for seniors.

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Building a Sense of Community with Communal Cooking

Senior Apartments

Maintaining a sense of community is one of our primary focuses at Heritage Community. Accomplished in a number of ways, including regular games of Bridge, an on-site salon and spa and scheduled reading groups, we aim to provide our senior residents with a wealth of fun, engaging activities that help them hold on to their sense of community. Among these things, many of our communities offer an open kitchen and weekly cooking events. These events are a great way for our residents to get together, spend time among friends and participate in an activity that benefits their peers. In this post, we’re going to look at a few ways that communal cooking helps to build – and maintain – a sense of community.

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Staying Healthy in the Summer Heat, a Few Tips for Seniors

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As we grow older, the risks of heat stroke, dehydration and heat-related illness increase. In fact, many seniors, wary of the cost associated with cooling their homes, adjust their thermostats to avoid using their air conditioning. As a result, the summer months can be particularly difficult for many seniors and, if they aren’t careful, can lead to severe discomfort and even outright illness. Because of this, we wanted to compile a list of tips that will help you stay cool, comfortable and – most importantly – healthy during these warm summer months.

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The Positive Effects of Music on Cognition and Memory Care

Music Therapy

Psychologists and the general public have known it for years: music is a powerful agent that boosts creativity, raises spirits and enhances memory. As a result of this, music is a great tool for individuals with memory impairments. Useful in combating the effects of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, music has been shown to help recall memories based on the emotional response that it evokes.

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Rachel Olmsted joins Heritage Community of Kalamazoo as Chief Financial Officer

Heritage Community

Kalamazoo, Michigan March 14, 2016 – Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, a leader in nonprofit senior living in West Michigan, announced today the appointment of Rachel Olmsted as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Olmsted joins Heritage Community of Kalamazoo from Beacon Hills at Eastgate, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was Finance Director. Olmsted brings with her an extensive background in public accounting, strategic planning, and the auditing of non-profits, schools, and government entities.

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Support the Kalamazoo Growlers by Playing Baseball Bingo!

Baseball Bingo

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is a proud sponsor of the Kalamazoo Growlers' annual promotion, "Baseball Bingo." A fun, exciting way to support your favorite local baseball team, Baseball Bingo can be played by anyone who has a little time and a standard pen or pencil. With the chance to win Growlers Prize Packs, assorted merchandise and Miller Lite Party Zone tickets to a future game, you're certain to have a blast!

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Staying Active During the Long, Cold Winter Months

Dining Out

When winter comes, we often fall into a state of hibernation. Sitting inside, we wait out the cold, huddled beneath a pile of blankets with a warm cup of tea in hand. But, it’s important to remain active during the winter months, to get our blood flowing and keep our minds engaged. Whether it’s through social interaction, physical activity or mental gymnastics, the benefits of staying active are well-documented. In this post, we’re going to cover five ways that you can beat winter boredom – and stay healthy! – despite cold weather and snowy roads.

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Spotting Alzheimer’s, Five Signs to Look For

Senior Citizen

If you’ve noticed changes in your loved one’s behavior, you may be harboring concerns about their memory. Are they suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s? Do they have another form of dementia? For most people, these questions can be difficult, both to answer and to struggle with. One of the first things that you should do is consult with a doctor and, to help them draw an accurate conclusion, present them with notes about your loved one’s behaviors. Your notes will help them accurately assess the situation and, hopefully, get your loved one the help that they need. But, what notes should you be taking? What signs should you look for? In this post, we’re going to cover five signs that your loved one may suffer from Alzheimer’s and need memory care.

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Heritage Community’s Second Annual Wyndham Winter Wonderland Party

Winter Wonderland Party

As the holiday season approaches, Heritage Community lights up with cheer, festivities and a Christmas spirit not to be missed. Join us for our second annual Wyndham Winter Wonderland party! The residents of our senior living community always have a wonderful time and, this Christmas, you can be a part of the fun.

This year we will be featuring Heritage Community's own Thom Britton and his personal collection of Nutcrackers from around the world, each with their own story that he will be sharing with you and our senior residents throughout the evening.

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