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Heritage Monona celebrated Mardi Gras with its residents and staff and the Herald Independent reported the event.


Jan Zimmerman, RN has joined Heritage Senior Living as Corporate Dementia Specialist.


I am very excited to be a part of this team as we go forward to create a dementia program second to none.

Our seniors, especially those living with dementia deserve to complete this journey of their lives with dignity, respect, comfort and quality care. I want to be a part of this dynamic adventure.

I have been a registered nurse for 30+ years with skills ranging from newborns to geriatrics. I have worked with those with dementia directly or indirectly for the past 20 years. During the last 6 years of my career, I was Administrator and Director of Nursing for an assisted living with memory care; the last year as Director of Dementia Outreach and Education. I am a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator and a Certified Dementia Specialist. I bring expertise in training new staff in cares and dementia and have presented at numerous workshops and conventions not only to licensed professionals, but also as direct support and family care partners. I believe that education is vital to providing quality care.

I will be involved in the expansion and implementation of Toddy’s Touch Approach in Heritage Senior Living memory care. There are several facets:

1. Residents and Families: Person-centered care reflecting Toddy’s Touch Approach, educational opportunities

2. Staff: Education, care tools and recruitment and retention of quality team members

3. Life Enrichment

4. Design and Environment

5. Resources for staff, families and community.

With Toddy’s Touch Approach, we will create a culture of Caring, Compassion, Competency, and Communication.

I am a strong advocate for those living with dementia and their care partners. I have spoken to our statesmen about the need for more funding for research but most importantly so that those who wish to continue living in their own homes are able to as long as possible. I was instrumental in starting the Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition to work towards Watertown becoming a dementia-friendly community. With a strong team of volunteers, we provided education to businesses and community organizations. We also established a Memory Café for those living with dementia and their care partners to meet with friends experiencing the same journey.


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Tests That Older Adults Need

“As you age, your need for regular medical testing usually increases . It may seem troublesome and expensive, but now is when you need to be proactive about your health and monitor changes in your body. Here is an outline of common tests older adults should undergo.”
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“‘More and more evidence suggests brain trauma can trigger long-term processes that may be harmful, suggesting the window for treatment after a head injury may be much greater than previously thought,’ said study author David Sharp.”

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Article: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Person With Alzheimer’s


I immediately felt sorry for her embarrassment and was disgusted with myself for having pointed out her mistake. I realized I’d just broken one of the cardinal rules for interacting with a person who has dementia. I’d just read it in The Best Friend’s Approach that very morning: “Let the person save face.”

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Article: 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Person With Alzheimer’s




“Companies such as Instacart, Uber and TaskRabbit may be known for their appeal to young, urban consumers, but they soon might influence older adults’ lives just as profoundly. Offering alternatives to traditional senior-oriented services, these companies stand to transform how the older demographic gets things done.”

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Article: The New York Times (Phys Ed Brawn and Brains By Gretchen Reynolds)


“I was quite surprised by the strength of the findings,” Dr. Steves said, “because to be honest, I am someone who has always in the past prioritized work of the mind over work of the body. This study brings home to me that the brain needs exercise to keep fit.”



With a top-quality health care system, low unemployment rate for older adults and plenty of opportunities for healthy activities, the city of Madison was rated the best U.S. city to grow old in — even when you factor in a measure of binge drinking.

The ranking comes from the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, Calif., economic think tank, which gave Madison its highest score of 100 on the large metros list of “Best Cities for Successful Aging.” The city scored 100 for people age 65-79 and 97.44 for people 80 and older.

The ratings are based on multiple factors: Cost of living, crime rate, employment growth, unemployment rate, income distribution, weather and the percentage of binge drinkers.

Of Madison, Milken said: “Home to the respected University of Wisconsin,Madison is a hub of innovation and intellectual stimulation. Economic growth gets a boost from UW’s research needs, and quality health care is a big plus. Cultural amenities attract highbrows and regular folk alike, and Madisonians also enjoy the amenities of Chicago, just 150 miles away. Cost of living, high for the Midwest, remains an issue.”

Milwaukee ranked 29th on the large metros list with a score of 90.79. Making the top 100 of the small metro list, La Crosse ranked 39th, Eau Claire was 45th and Wausau came in 94th.

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