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Sycamore Senior Center joins forces with Mowry, Marty and Bain, Inc. for monthly financial seminar

The Sycamore Senior Center, located in Blue Ash, strives to provide stimulating community experiences by creating sustainable, outstanding opportunities for social, intellectual and volunteer experiences for the older adults they serve. One way Sycamore is able to accomplish this goal is through a monthly financial seminar sponsored by Mowry, Marty and Bain, Inc.

Each month Money Matters is held at Sycamore and is open to members and friends of Sycamore Senior Center. The courses provide insight into the many aspects of the world of finance. Class participants are given regular updates on market activity, economic indicators and may from time to time be presented with examples or ideas about financial solutions. These open discussions allow for attendees to ask a variety of questions and suggestions for upcoming classes are always encouraged. Recent topics include: Insurance 101, Retiree Financial Pitfalls, Will and Estate Planning Refresher, Charitable Giving- How you get the most out of your gifts, Everything you need to know about healthcare changes that can affect your finances, New Tax Law Changes and more!

The topic for this month is Annuities: Are they right for you? It will be held on May 28th, 2015 at10:30 am at The Sycamore Senior Center. For questions please call 513.782.2428.

The Sycamore Senior Center is owned and operated by Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider is dedicated to supporting older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives in order to live life the way they want to in retirement. The membership for Sycamore Senior Center is $30.00 annually. Other opportunities available through the Center are: Nutrition, Transportation, Social Service, Education, Recreation and Fitness, Maple Knoll Home Health Services and Volunteer Opportunities

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Medicare Fraud Forum provides access to experts in the field

The 2015 Medicare Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection Forum will take place at The Maple Knoll Village Auditorium, 11100 Springfield Pike on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 4-6:30pm. This event will feature an audience participation panel discussion at 5pm for seniors and families to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid fraud issues, identity theft and senior scams. Experts will be on hand from Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Department of Insurance (OSHIIP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Social Security Administration, Office of The Inspector General and Pro Seniors among others. The panel discussion will be recorded by WMKV Public Radio (89.3FM) for later airing on WMKV 89.3FM and WLHS 89.9FM and as a public service on-line at http://www.wmkvfm.org. Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, Caregiver Assistance Network, and WMKV have partnered with Pro Seniors in the event.

Continuing Education Units will be offered for counselors and social workers who attend. Registration for CEUs is required by March 23rd. The number to call to register for CEUs is 513-458-5505.
There will also be a an information area with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), Pro Seniors, the Better Business Bureau plus numerous other sponsors including Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider dedicated to supporting older adults in living life the way they want to in retirement. This is an important and informative event for seniors, family members, and caregivers who want to be informed. There is ample free parking on site and the 4-6:30pm time allows caregivers, seniors, and care professionals to attend.

The event offers an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with representatives of the agencies that help battle consumer and Medicare fraud, and to browse resources and vendors at the same time. A goal is to help people maintain their identity, integrity, and to help seniors and families preserve their net worth by avoiding scams and fraud. A complementary light supper is also provided. The entire event is free and open to the public.

WMKV is an independent public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio and the only station in the country owned by a continuous care retirement community (CCRC), Maple Knoll Village, and serves as a mission-oriented feature of parent Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. The station has carved a niche as a local broadcast and worldwide-streaming audio leader for nostalgia including music (now oldies, standards, and big bands), classic radio comedy and drama, and information programs. The station can be heard at 89.3FM (now also simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS in Butler and Warren Counties) and streams its programs worldwide 24/7 at http://www.wmkvfm.org.



Celebrate American Heart Health Month!

February is not only the month for Valentine’s- it’s also American Heart Month! Many of us deal with cardiac issues every day. But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women?!

The Center for Disease Control shares that every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these 600,000 people die from heart disease each year. The good news is that heart disease is not only controllable, but also preventable!

Maple Knoll Village has its very own experts regarding heart healthy diets! Lucie Ashton, RD,N,LD has been a Dietitian for 20 years- 15 of those years have been as an employee at Maple Knoll. We talked with Lucie and gathered some tips for a heart healthy diet. They are:

*Watch your portion sizes. For example: a serving of pasta should only be the size of a hockey puck; meat portions should be the size of a deck of cards.
*Eat more fruits and vegetables- fresh or frozen ones are better.
*Select whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, high fiber cereal or oatmeal.
*Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol by using skim milk, olive oil, canola oil; and by limiting saturated and transfats in your diet.
*Choose low fat protein sources: lean meats, poultry; egg whites or egg substitutes are good.
*Reduce the amount of sodium (salt) in your food! Use herbs, spices and salt substitutes instead.
*Plan ahead- you will do much better with your overall diet if you plan meals out ahead of time
*Allow yourself an occasional “treat” or “cheat”. It can’t be about limiting yourself all the time!

Lucie states that we should avoid eating at buffets/smorgasbords as they typically result in a person overeating to “get their money’s worth”. Also, she recommends limiting donuts, muffins, frozen waffles, biscuits, cakes or items in vending machines. One should also avoid hot dogs and sausages; egg yolks, liver, fried foods and breaded meats as those are counterproductive to a heart-healthy diet. Following these tips is one step towards a healthier heart!



Skilled Care Pharmacy Establishes New Partnership with Maple Knoll Communities

Skilled Care Pharmacy, the Midwest’s leading institutional pharmacy that provides caring and expert medication dispensing to healthcare facilities, and Maple Knoll Communities, one of Cincinnati’s largest senior living organizations, have established a new partnership in which Skilled Care will be the main pharmacy provider for all of Maple Knoll Communities.

Through this partnership, Skilled Care Pharmacy will become the pharmacy partner for Maple Knoll Communities,
which includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Senior Living Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, and the Hemsworth Wellness Center. Larry Galluzzo, CEO of Skilled Care Pharmacy, noted Maple Knoll is the perfect fit for Skilled Care Pharmacy’s expertise.

“The number one priority of both our organizations is ensuring the health and wellbeing of older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives,” Galluzzo explained. “We know we’ll be able to bring value to their organization, just as we know we’ll learn a great deal from their approach to care.”

One of the most valuable assets Skilled Care Pharmacy brings to the partnership is its ability to deliver significant cost savings without compromising resident quality of life or care. For every medication the company recommends adding, it recommends discontinuing eight. Those reductions—coupled with the company’s approach to substituting medications and competitively pricing its products—can save senior living communities up to $1,000 per resident annually.

With multiple sites and hundreds of seniors in its care, the opportunity to operate more efficiently and reduce patient dependency on medication was an attractive business proposition to Maple Knoll Communities. The organization will also take advantage of Skilled Care Pharmacy’s extensive training and ongoing education programs.

“We are excited to start this new venture with Skilled Care Pharmacy. The experience and expertise they bring to the table can only further our commitment to providing the best care possible to those we serve,” said Jim Formal, president and CEO of Maple Knoll Communities.

The partnership is effective as of October 28, 2014.

Skilled Care Pharmacy provides expert medication dispensing and a variety of consultative services to health care organizations across the Midwest in a partnership defined by timeliness, accessibility, and continuous improvement. Skilled Care was founded in 1981 and currently serves more than 10,000 residents every day in 100-plus facilities. Skilled Care pharmacists are among the industry’s best and are available 24-7 to address client needs and provide actionable advice – including how to reduce the medications residents take, making them healthier and saving money. For more information, visit http://www.skilledcare.com/ or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in the care and support of older adults. Since 1848, Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. has offered innovative, holistic residential and community-based programs that improve the quality of life and respond to individuals’ changing needs as they age. Find more information at http://www.mapleknoll.org.



Maple Knoll Communities Recognizes Donors and Volunteers After Successful Annual Fund Campaign

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. a non-profit, continuum of services provider in Springdale, is dedicated to supporting older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives so they can live life the way they want to in retirement.

Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, and the Hemsworth Wellness Center.

In 1989, Maple Knoll Communities started an Annual Fund Drive to support their Future Care Fund. The Future Care Fund, a benevolent care program, was the solution for some of Maple Knoll’s residents who were experiencing financial worries. No resident has ever been asked to leave if she/he has depleted their financial resources. The Future Care Fund gives residents the security of knowing they will always have a home. Throughout the years fundraising efforts have expanded to include programming support for Sycamore Senior Center, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9FM Radio and The Maple Knoll Montessori Program.

Each year a campaign theme and goal are set to raise money for The Future Care Fund. With a theme of “Soaring to New Heights” the goal was set at $1,100,000 for the 2014 campaign. John Bloomstrom, Maple Knoll Board Member and Annual Fund Chair lead staff and 22 resident, community and board member volunteers in a tireless effort to make the goal. Maple Knoll Communities is proud to announce that over 2,087 donors helped reach $1,728,076 million in contributions.
On September 9th, 2014 Maple Knoll recognized donors and volunteers with an auditorium full of balloons and an ice cream social and program announcing the campaign results. With ice cream sponsored by Cincinnati Eye Institute and music provided by WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM, a great evening was had by all. Thank you to all of those who allowed us to “Soar to New Heights” and help make The 2014 Maple Knoll Communities Annual Fund a success!
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For information on Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. or how to support the Maple Knoll Annual Fund please call 513.782.2423 or visit our website at http://www.mapleknoll.org.



WMKV Radio Station to Hold Eighteenth Annual Golf Classic

The radio station at Maple Knoll Village will hold its eighteenth annual golf tournament on Monday August 25, 2014 at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati.

With the help of sponsors throughout Cincinnati, all proceeds from the golf outing will go to WMKV at Maple Knoll Village. The cost is $175 per golfer, which covers green fees and cart, boxed lunch, cocktails and a dinner reception with a silent auction. Golfers will play in teams of four.

Lunch will be at noon, with a shotgun start following, at 1 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner, a reception and awards.

Registration can be completed by invitation, or by calling the Maple Knoll Development Department at 513-782-8629. Spots fill up fast, and registration must be completed by August 15. Individual golfers are welcome and will be placed in a foursome. Those unable to golf may make a donation to WMKV. Options to sponsor the golf outing are also available.
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Maple Knoll Communities Inc. receives 2014 Ohio Excellence Award

Maple Knoll Communities Inc., a non-profit, continuum of care services provider for older adults in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been selected for the 2014 Ohio Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).
Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Senior Living Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center, and the Hemsworth Wellness Center.

Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Ohio is renowned for.

Maple Knoll Communities Inc. has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Ohio.

The USTCI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.
Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

To learn more about The 2014 Ohio Excellence Award or Maple Knoll Village please contact 513.782.2423.