Alzheimer’s Association’s Proactive Brain Health Habits

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As director of senior housing for The Calida Group in Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala recently worked toward the development of the new 121-bed Horizon Ridge Rehabilitation Center. In addition to developing assisted living facilities throughout Las Vegas, Jurbala is an active supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Beyond fund-raising and advocating for resources at the state and federal level, the Alzheimer’s Association promotes a variety of habits spanning four categories as proactive measures to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The four main categories are physical health and exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, and diet and nutrition and, on its website, the non-profit organization offers a number of examples of each.

Formal classroom-based education is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy brain, while other mentally-challenging activities such as word-based strategy games or high-level reading material can help. In regard to social engagement, simply joining a volunteer group or a book club can reduce the risk of depression. Better yet, joining a walking group can fill the need for social engagement and physical activity. Finally, two diets in particular have shown to reduce the risk of dementia and heart disease, one of which is heavy in whole grains and poultry, while the other limits red meat and emphasizes fruit, vegetables, and nuts.

For a complete list of proactive mental health measures, visit www.alz.org/brain-health/brain_health_overview.asp.

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Nutrition Programs for Children through Three Square in Nevada

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Thomas Jurbala serves as director of senior housing for The Calida Group in Las Vegas. A civic-minded resident of Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala enjoys supporting local organizations, including the Three Square food bank system.

Three Square, a member of Feeding America, is the food bank serving Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda, and Clark Counties in Nevada. Three Square works in cooperation with 1,300 local partners, allowing the organization to assist community members in three interrelated ways: 1) traditional food banking, 2) reclaiming surplus food through its food rescue program, and 3) providing ready-to-eat meals to people in need.

Three Square also maintains a focus on childhood hunger and nutrition in southern Nevada. More than 117,000 area children regularly experience hunger, which can cause them to struggle in school or face chronic health concerns that follow them into adulthood. To help, Three Square operates programs like BackPack for Kids and Kids Cafe.

BackPack for Kids provides area students with food for the weekend when they do not have access to school meals, and Kids Cafe serves children during the summer months. These programs ensure that local kids have access to food throughout the entire year.

A Brief History of Ice Hockey

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Thomas Jurbala is a leading developer of senior housing facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada. Serving as the director of senior housing for the Calida Group, Mr. Jurbala leverages his extensive experience to find and manage acquisition and development projects. In his free time, Thomas Jurbala of Las Vegas enjoys playing ice hockey.

The most accepted history of ice hockey begins in the 1800s in Canada. Boys from King’s College School in Windsor created the game as a new form of hurley, a well-known field game.

During winter, the boys adapted hurley to be played on ice. Originally called ice hurley, the sport was soon adopted by Fort Edward soldiers and carried on to Halifax.

Over the decades, ice hurley became known as ice hockey. The first official games were played in the 1850s, but a set of rules for the sport was not established until the 1870s.

By 1880, Canada had established its first amateur hockey league, which helped the sport’s popularity grow throughout the country. By 1893, ice hockey had spread to the United States.

Hockey leagues and tournaments began cropping up throughout North America, and hockey organizations started forming in the early 1900s. Since then, ice hockey has grown into a wildly popular sport in countries all over the world.

Three Tips for Grilling Vegetables

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Grilling Vegetables
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Serving as the Calida Group’s director of senior housing since 2015, Thomas Jurbala of Las Vegas, Nevada, oversees asset management and underwriting in regard to potential nursing, memory care, and assisted living facility acquisition. At home, Thomas Jurbala enjoys firing up the barbecue and grilling, and he also loves vegetables.

Grilling vegetables gives them that distinct barbecue flavor but presents its own set of challenges. Follow these three tips to ensure your barbecued vegetables are both delicious and easy to cook.

1. Use Oil – Coating or tossing your vegetables in oil before putting them on the grill prevents them from drying out. The oil will also help any seasoning you use stick to the veggies. Coat them lightly; dripping oil may cause the fire to flare up.

2. Pre-Cooking – Some vegetables grill better if you precook them in the kitchen. For harder vegetables like carrots and asparagus, simmer them in a pan for a few minutes to help them soften up before you throw them on the grill.

3. Smart Cutting – When cutting your vegetables for the grill, think about what cuts would maximize the surface area exposed to the grill’s hot surface. For example, instead of cutting a zucchini or eggplant into chunks, try rounds or strips.

Chicago Bears Close in on New Running Backs Coach

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Curtis Modkins
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As the director of senior housing for the Calida Group, Thomas Jurbala of Las Vegas, Nevada, identifies and oversees development opportunities for memory care, nursing, and assisted living facilities. Outside of his career, Thomas Jurbala is a fan of the Chicago Bears NFL team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, who revealed the news via Twitter, the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff is set to welcome Curtis Modkins, who will serve as the team’s running backs coach. Modkins was most recently the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Before his work in California, Modkins spent the 2013 to 2015 seasons as the running backs coach for the Detroit Lions.

Modkins has also worked on the coaching staff for the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. Before coaching in the NFL, Modkins worked multiple college coaching positions at his own alma mater, Texas Christian University, home of the Horned Frogs.

Modkins’ role in Chicago will primarily center around developing Jordan Howard, the star rookie who broke the team’s previous rookie rushing record during the 2016 season. Modkins replaces Stan Drayton, who left the team’s coaching staff to become the assistant head coach for the University of Texas.