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Keeping Up with Our Seniors

Judy Hinze, Attic Angel's nurse manager of independent and assisted living apartments, greets changing times to keep up with the lifestyle of today's seniors.

This Executive Q&A from the Jan. 8, 2017, edition of the Wisconsin State Journal is reprinted here with permission.

Nurse enjoying life's work caring for seniors

Thirty years ago it may not have been important that Attic Angel Place have a sophisticated IT setup.

But today, according to Judy Hinze, residential care apartment complex manager, seniors are asking for different types of services to handle aging.

“They want and need more options for how and when they do the things they want,” she said. “Advancements with medical treatments, pharmacology and people living longer with chronic conditions make the provision of services diverse.”

Hinze said it is important that seniors continue to enjoy all life has to offer on every level. “As we all do, they, too, have more electronic devices. Just like me, they often times require more support with this technology. We have a wonderful IT department that provides all kinds of support.”

Hinze has been a nurse at Attic Angel Place for 20 years, starting as a staff nurse on the night shift and moving up to eventually manage residents in 74 apartments with personal services and 56 assisted living apartments.

Question: You have a staff of 51 full-time and part-time people reporting to you. What’s the hardest part of managing that many people?

Answer: The staff is a joy to work with and manage. I am in awe of them. They do make magic happen. I have a considerable amount of support. We have a director of nursing, a full-time staff enrichment RN, RN shift supervisors and a strong human resources department. The support provided helps immensely. I am able to get to know the staff.

Getting to know the staff for who they are and what makes them tick is fun. It is easier to manage situations when you know the people you are managing. Even the president of Attic Angel, Mary Ann Drescher, and COO Derek Buckley visit our units and residents often.

Q: You have been an Attic Angel Place employee for 20 years. What’s the biggest change in client demographics that you’ve witnessed?

A: The enhancement of technology and advancement with the treatment of disease processes has changed how people approach their own health. They expect, as they should, more options with how conditions are treated. Clients are more informed of their health conditions and treatment options through electronic communications. My Chart, the Internet and email have supported them with communicating with their providers in a more efficient manner.

Q: Attic Angel Place offers four levels of care—apartment living with services, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. What’s the difference?

A: Here, our residents have access to four levels of care, providing a safety net of both comfort and security for residents. In addition, our skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation therapy programs also accommodate the short-term stays of hospital patients transitioning to living at home again. We can also provide respite care for short-time living needs and/or relief of home caregivers.

Each level of care offers a host of services that can support a person to live the most independent life as possible. There are several things that are universal within this community no matter where a resident lives. Access to activities, the Art Studio, continuing education opportunities and a variety of meal options makes moving for increased services happen more naturally. Residents move through the continuum. Each decision to move is very individualized and need-based.

The apartments offer a more independent lifestyle with options for scheduled services such as medication management, assistance with activities of daily living. That can also include licensed nursing services. The assisted living households support unscheduled needs while allowing the highest level of independence and choice. Residents may need help getting up and moving to another location in their unit or the building, for example. Our memory care is committed to enrich the lives of those affected by memory loss. Skilled nursing offers rehabilitation and long-term care support for a variety of individualized needs.

Q: Do you think social media and the Internet have changed the way people handle their later years?

A: It has changed greatly. Being able to tap into Netflix and being able to DVR programs makes life more fun. Podcasts, audio books, iTunes, reading the newspaper online, YouTube and online games are definitely a part of the culture. Family photos downloaded onto devices for immediate viewing bring everyone closer together. Seniors and their families are using this avenue to be better informed and more closely connected.

Q: Do you find that older people are younger than they were 20 years ago?

A: I have heard that. As I age, I’d like to think that is true. I have had the fortune of watching our residents in their 80s and 90s move here and develop new skills and talents they never knew they had. Many have discovered artistic talents such as charcoal etchings, water colors, making jewelry in our studio. Also, many residents have fine tuned their leadership skills working on various committees. They wish to remain active, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and psychologically. I find them to be very inspirational.

Q: What do you do to relax?

A: I enjoy devotional reading, musical genres from classical to classic rock and a variety of exercise classes. Spending time with our granddaughter takes me to a great place.

Q: If you had to pass on one bit of wisdom, what would it be?

A: For those considering a nursing or caregiving field, consider geriatric. It is incredibly rewarding and full of challenges. Never underestimate the power of embracing each moment. The lives you can touch will change the lives of others and ultimately yours. I have a retired nurse friend who, when she looks back on her career at Attic Angel, remembers this time spent as one of the good things in life, working with the best while being able to care for others.



Title: Residential care apartment complex manager at Attic Angel Place, part of the Attic Angel Community, a not-for-profit continuum of care facility for seniors on Madison’s far west side

Personal: Married to Kent for 28 years. Two children; Vanessa (27) and Zach (18).

Education: Registered Nurse

Experience: I grew up in Madison. One of my first jobs was as assistant manager of Brat and Brau. Shortly after high school, I moved to Minnesota and worked at Rochester Methodist Hospital as a dietetic technician. Upon moving back to Madison, I worked as a certified nurse assistant at Meriter Health Center and later transferred to Meriter Hospital while going to school for my nursing degree. I have been a nurse at Attic Angel Place for 20 years.

I started in the Attic Angel Health Center as a staff nurse on the PM shift, transferred to the day shift, and then to the night shift while raising my family. I worked in the Attic Angel Health Center for 11 years before accepting a position in the assisted living apartments as resident services coordinator. Seven years ago, I was promoted to manager of the state-certified residential care apartment complex.

Company: Attic Angel Place

Address: 8301 Old Sauk Road, Middleton

Founded: 1889

Description of company: Attic Angel Place offers 194 full continuum senior living options and services including apartments, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing/rehabilitative care. Our love for serving seniors at Attic Angel grew from a longtime commitment to filling the unmet needs of Madison families. Back in 1889, Elva and Mary Bryant descended from their attic, armed with goods to share with children less fortunate. When their father called them his “attic angels,” history was born.

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Contest Rules

Contest Rules for Attic Angel Association's WIN ICE CREAM FOR A YEAR drawing

1. Eligibility. A) Eligible Individuals: One entry per person and one winner per family. Multiple entries by the same person may be discarded and deemed cause for disqualification. In the case of two names from the same family drawn as prize winners, only the first name drawn will receive one of the two prizes. Any subsequent name from the same family will be disqualified. B) Ineligible individuals: Employees and board members of The Playing Field early learning center (beneficiary of the Attic Angel 130th anniversary fundraising project), salaried employees and board members of any Attic Angel Association corporation and their respective immediate family and household members are not eligible to win the drawing. C) Eligible Entries: Entries will be accepted between March 1, 2019, and December 15, 2019. Entries received outside of the Entry Period and incomplete entries, duplicate or multiple entries are void. Attic Angel Association is not responsible for any delay in receipt of entries caused by the mail system or internet providers.

2. Winners. A random drawing will be held Monday, December 16, 2019. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The two winners will be notified immediately by phone and/or email. Winners will also be announced on social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attic Angel Association may further request winners to be photographed for social media and news announcements as part of its 130th anniversary celebration.

3. Prizes. A) Here’s the Scoop: Each of two prizes includes 52 coupons good for a free scoop of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream every week of the year, with a total retail value of each prize at $200. Prizes are good at any of the seven (7) retail Chocolate Shoppe locations in the Madison area. Prizes are not valid at events, are not transferable, and are limited to 1 per customer per day. B) Pickup: Prizes must be picked up by Dec. 31, 2019, during NORMAL business hours, Monday-Friday at the Attic Angel Association headquarters at 640 Junction Road, Madison, WI 53717. It is the responsibility of the winner to claim the prize within 15 days. C) Ya Get Whatcha Get: Winners may not request substitution or other consideration from the Free Ice Cream for a Year prize from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. Attic Angel Association or Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream will not be responsible, or be held liable, for prizes awarded that go unused within the timeframe allowed on the coupon, or that become unusable due to circumstances beyond our control. Attic Angel Association, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and representatives shall not be liable for any claim, injury or damage that may result from the prize awarded.

4. No purchase or financial donation necessary to win. While automatic entry is granted to anyone making a financial gift to the playground fundraiser, no financial gift or pledge is required to qualify for the drawing. To enter manually, please fill out an entry form at the Attic Angel Association 130th birthday event from 1 to 4 pm on July 28, 2019, held at the intersection of Junction and Old Sauk roads in Madison, Wisconsin ( In lieu of attendance, you may send a 3x5 card with your name, address, phone number, email address and birth date to:

Attic Angel Association Ice Cream Drawing
640 Junction Road
Madison, WI 53717

Any mailed entry must be postmarked by December 10, 2019, and received by December 15, 2019, to be entered to win.

5. Privacy. All contest entries become the property of Attic Angel Association. Personal information provided on the paper entry forms will not be shared with a third party and will be used solely for purposes of determining winners of the drawing. The forms will be shredded after the drawing is complete and prizes have been awarded. For anyone who makes a gift to the fundraising project, and is automatically entered into the drawing, personal information will not be shared with a third party. Attic Angel Association may use the information for follow-up gift receipts and additional giving opportunities, for which the recipient may opt out.

These rules are subject to change without notice.

Map and Activities

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Attic Angel 130th Birthday Party

Additional Celebrations that Day:

Attic Angel Prairie Point, our neighborhood of independent ranch-style homes, will host a simultaneous celebration that’s open to the public. Bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of outdoor music, fun and relaxation from 1 to 4 pm. A shuttle van will transport visitors to and from Attic Angel’s main campus event.

Attic Angel’s Health Center and Haven invite family and friends of residents at 10:30 am to enjoy entertainment and snacks to celebrate Attic Angel Association’s impact on the health and well-being of Madison. See The Carillon (resident newsletter) for details.

I want to party with the Angels!

The Playing Field

The Playing Field Poster

Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

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Thank you!

130th Birthday Playground Fundraiser

Thank you for your gift to honor Attic Angel Association’s 130th birthday! Our goal is to engage the entire community in raising $50,000 for a playground that will serve homeless children and others enrolled at The Playing Field early learning center in Madison.

For 130 years, our Attic Angels have shown that many hearts and hands can make a big impact, and we thank you for becoming part of our Madison legacy!

P.S. Gifts of $25 or more will also get a receipt in the mail for your tax records. Please note that this email will be the only documentation provided for gifts of less than $25.

List of Activities
  • UW Band members and Bucky Badger
  • Free Birthday Custard
  • Magic Shows
  • Trishaw Bike Rides
  • Zoo and Pet Exhibits
  • Anji Play Park and Musical Playtime
  • Solar Panel Magic
  • Remote Control Boating
  • Kickboxing and Tai Chi Samplers
  • Scooter Test Drives
  • Cooking as a Playground
  • Technology Exploration (including Virtual Reality)
  • Photo Fun
  • Angel Tattoos and Fan Decorating
  • Giant Lawn Games, Sidewalk Chalk, Hula Hoops
  • Health & Safety Exploration (Fire, EMS, Mounted Police, K9 Unit)
  • And More!

Download the Map

Additional Celebrations that Day:

Attic Angel Prairie Point, our neighborhood of independent ranch-style homes, will host a simultaneous celebration that’s open to the public. Bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of outdoor music, fun and relaxation from 1 to 4 pm. A shuttle van will transport visitors to and from Attic Angel’s main campus event.

Attic Angel’s Health Center and Haven invite family and friends of residents at 10:30 am to enjoy special entertainment to celebrate Attic Angel Association’s impact on the health and well-being of Madison. See The Carillon (resident newsletter) for details.