2018 Year in Review at Bridgeway Senior Living

What a year it’s been at Bridgeway Senior Living!

We’ve welcomed new members to our Bridgeway family, said goodbye to proud rehab graduates who were ready to return home to independent living, and lived every day to its fullest.

We’ve also grown the Bridgeway Blog, sharing with you valuable health information, news, and senior lifestyle tips every week. We’re looking forward to another year of conversation!

Here are some of the notable highlights from a year well-lived:

Important Health Studies of 2018

This year we brought to you some fascinating scientific studies that affect seniors specifically. Two studies showed us ways to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease: aerobic exercise and volunteering. Both the physical and emotional aspects involved in these activities help keep our brains healthy.

Another study focused on the financial impact of brand name over generic drugs. The study found that Medicare could save $2,500,000,000 by switching to generic drugs whenever possible.

More recently, we spoke about the impact of greenery and high-salt diets on your heart health.

Achievements for Seniors in 2018

In June, Ohio State University agreed to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit, a big win for advocates of older workers. More and more technological advances have been made in telehealth—an important player in the future of senior care.  On the insurance front, President Trump vowed to close the Medicare Part D gap by 2019, and Medicare Advantage plans have expanded to include more services.

Personalities We Lost in 2018

This year America said goodbye to a special couple—first lady Barbara Bush and her husband George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. They were married 73 years, and died just seven months apart.

Another American hero, Senator John McCain, died at age 81 after discontinuing treatment for a malignant brain cancer. Senator McCain was a Vietnam veteran who survived six years in captivity.

We also lost some famous personalities, notably:

  • Stephen Hawking, scientist and director of research at University of Cambridge, who battled ALS for years and passed away at 76.
  • Charles Krauthammer, brilliant political commentator, who died at 68 from cancer of the small intestines.
  • Reverend Billy Graham, famous evangelist, who passed away at at age 99.
  • Penny Marshall, noted actor and director, who died at 75 from diabetes complications.
  • Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at age 76.
  • Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man and The Avengers, who was 95 years old.
  • Neil Simon, legendary playwright, who died at age 91 of pneumonia complications.

Bridgeway Senior Living in 2018

As we do year after year, in 2018 Bridgeway Senior Living continued to provide excellence of care for our beloved residents. We’ve celebrated our successes and mourned our losses together as a family, and we’re eagerly looking forward to a fresh new year!

Happy New Year!