Alzheimer’s Association’s Proactive Brain Health Habits

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Brain Health

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


Nutrition Programs for Children through Three Square in Nevada

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Three Square

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.

Seniors Flocking to Low-Tax States Like Nevada

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Thomas Jurbala received a bachelor of science in marketing from Purdue University and later earned his MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas Jurbala has nearly 20 years of experience in managing development projects from the ground up, including senior housing facilities, hotels, and condominiums.

As of 2016, Nevada has the eighth lowest property tax rate in the United States. While trends suggest young people are moving to states in the Northeast and Midwest with high property tax rates, the value of homes in those states have not risen as rapidly as those in low-tax states. New Jersey, for example, leads the nation with an average annual tax bill of $8,477, but the state’s average home value has only risen five percent in the recent national housing recovery effort. In comparison, Colorado has seen home values increase by 59 percent, all the while maintaining the nation’s third lowest property tax rate.

Markets in the West and Southeast with lower property taxes are luring more buyers. In particular, senior housing has become a lucrative market in Nevada. United Van Lines’ 2016 National Movers Study found that approximately 32 percent of the people surveyed cited retirement benefits as the main reason for their move to the state, whereas only 20 percent of movers cited the lifestyle benefits. Consequently, over 57 percent of the people who moved to Nevada in 2016 were over 55 years old. Overall, Nevada was the ninth-ranked state for inbound moves.

Three Underrated Travel Destinations in Brazil

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Ilha do Mel

Based in Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala leverages a diverse background in real estate development to oversee senior housing investments at The Calida Group. Away from the office, Thomas Jurbala enjoys travel, and one of his favorite countries is Brazil.

Geographically, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. The 2016 Olympics Games in Rio brought a great deal of attention to the nation, highlighting its landscape and rich culture. Yet much of Brazil often goes unnoticed. Consider the following relatively unknown Brazilian travel spots.

Ilha do Mel (Honey Island). Located in the state of Paraná, the island offers a remote getaway where most people travel by bike or on foot. Local authorities try to limit the number of tourists who visit, so plan ahead.

Ouro Preto. In this friendly mining town, tourists find locals who enjoy visiting with guests. The town also features a selection of religious architecture filled with artwork. The drive from Sao Paulo to Ouro Preto takes just a few hours.

Farol de Santa Marta. This village in Santa Catarina features some of the best beaches and waves in the area, making it ideal for surfing enthusiasts. The village also provides a backdrop of peace and simplicity that many people look for in a vacation spot.

A Brief History of Ice Hockey

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Ice Hockey

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

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

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.