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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:

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

summer heat

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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A Few Surprising Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease

In the United States, over 5 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, one in every nine people who are over the age of 65 suffer from the disease. With those numbers, it is becoming increasingly important that people be aware of the disease, its affects, risks and indications. In this post, we’d like to go over a few of the facts – some of which may surprise you – so that you can educate yourself and those close to you.

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5 Tips for Fun and Healthy Senior Living

Happy, Healthy seniors

If you think that healthy senior living healthy has to be boring, think again! There’s a whole host of fun, exciting and rewarding activities that won’t just keep you entertained, they’ll keep your mind sharp and your body strong. Whether you’re looking for something that you can engage in on your own or you’re interested in a fulfilling group activity, we’d like to give you five tips that will help to keep you happy, healthy and well.

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Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Hosts Chamber Connect Event


This Thursday, August 27th, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is proud to host Southwest Michigan First’s Chamber Connect event. An organization of privately funded economic development advisors, Southwest Michigan First is passionate about the success of small businesses in our area. Offering a number of opportunities for your local business to network, educate and advocate for itself, these events are an amazing resource for local business owners that are looking to grow.

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