Tuckahoe Retirement Community to Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines to 72 Residents and 50 Associates Monday

(Tuckahoe, NY )  – More than 120 residents and staff members of The Fountains at RiverVue, a Watermark Retirement Community in TuckahoeN.Y., will receive the first of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 Monday. The onsite clinic by Omnicare/CVS is scheduled for a 10 a.m. launch on Monday, Jan. 25 with 72 residents and 50 associates being vaccinated throughout the day until 4 p.m. 

Among the residents is World War II veteran, Frank Caruso, and his wife of 75 years, Anne. Caruso safely celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, and he is eager to receive the first vaccine alongside his wife and friends in the community. The couple looks forward to resuming much of what they’ve enjoyed at The Fountains at RiverVue, especially the musical events.

 

Fountains at RiverVue Executive Director Monica Lafferty says excitement is high among residents as the vaccine clinic begins – a sign that the community will soon regain much of its vibrancy.  

“Our residents have shown admirable resiliency as they have taken significant precautions to keep themselves and one another safe against the virus. They deserve this gift of the vaccine so that they can have more freedom to reconnect with their neighbors and safely return to the activities that once filled their calendars.

 

For resident Barbara Vahue, that favorite activity is the community’s trivia contests, and for resident Robert Ptofsky, it’s the monthly political roundtables. Both Vahue and Ptofsky are also scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

 

At the clinic, a registered nurse will be on hand to monitor residents for reactions to the vaccine. Under Watermark’s Stay Safe. Be Well. program, staff has been trained to constantly watch residents for symptoms of the disease and will continue to do so regarding response to the vaccine. 

Meadow Park, Catonsville, MD

Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Cardio Pulmonary Care Program

CATONSVILLE, Md.,  Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Cardio Pulmonary Care Program designed to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Gosnell and cardiologist Dr. Ashok Chopra are overseeing the initiative at the 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Catonsville.

Meadow Park’s comprehensive Cardio Pulmonary Care Program aims to promote independence and quality of life through reducing symptoms and decreasing disability in heart and lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Services are tailored for individuals with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post heart and lung transplants, emphysema, acute myocardial infarctions and acute respiratory failure, among other diagnoses.

In addition to consults with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Gosnell and other board-certified specialists, Meadow Park heart and lung patients benefit from certified nurses on staff, seven days per week therapy services as prescribed, 24/7 access to lab and radiology services, and a range of additional services and therapies. Those include tracheostomy care and management, a wide range of oxygen therapies and nebulizer therapies, as well as IV Lasix and Intotrope Infusions.

“Post-hospital rehab programs are proven to reduce the chance of hospital re-admission and significantly improve health and quality of life – and prolong life spans – for patients who have suffered a cardiac or pulmonary health event,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of business development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Meadow Park and helped the facility develop the new offering. “Meadow Park’s cardio pulmonary rehab services ease patients’ transition home and also focus on creating long-term lifestyle changes, including an improved exercise and nutrition plan, and stress reduction.”

Dr. Gosnell is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and is the director of intensive care and chief of pulmonary at MedStar Harbor Hospital, regularly teaching respiratory physiology to residents. He maintains a practice in Glen Burnie, Md., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Chopra is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has been in private practice for 36 years and attending to patients at Grace Medical Center, formerly Bon Secours Hospital, where he served as the director of the ICU for more than 10 years. Dr. Chopra is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital, where he completed his medical residency and Cardiology Fellowship.

“Meadow Park is fortunate to have Dr. Chopra and Dr. Gosnell lead the Cardio Pulmonary Care Program,” noted Gachot. “They will work together with Meadow Park’s dedicated clinical team to provide for the best possible outcomes for heart and lung patients.”

Located at 1525 N Rolling Road, Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.  As part of its programming, Meadow Park offers education and training for patients and family members, and coordination of home care services. The facility also offers 24/7 admissions direct from the emergency room.
Together with Marquis, Meadow Park has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics – including cardiac rehab – of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Meadow Park can be found on the facility’s website, https://meadowparkrehabhc.com.

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

Jeffersons Ferry broke ground on a 89M expansion renovation project

$89M Expansion Begins at Jefferson’s Ferry

South Setauket, NY – ​Life plan community Jefferson’s Ferry secured tax-exempt bonds from the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation and on Dec. 10 broke ground on an $89M expansion and renovation project during a private, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket. Once completed, the 165,000 square-foot project will “enhance the lifestyle and experience for current residents and appeal to the desires and needs of a whole new generation of Long Islanders planning for retirement,” according to Jefferson’s Ferry CEO Bob Caulfield.

The expansion will add 60 new independent living one- and two-bedroom, plus den apartment homes with open floor plans to ​Jefferson’s Ferry’s existing 220 apartments and 28 cottages​. A new marketplace café, bistro-bar, destination dining room with alternating types of cuisines, and other enhanced services and amenities will cater to both current and future residents.

The new Healthy Living Center will incorporate a modern and fully-equipped gym and fitness room with access to professional trainers, plus a state of the art wellness & rehabilitation center. Residents can continue to access preventive care from a team of wellness experts in audiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dentistry, podiatry, psychiatry and ear, nose and throat specialists. Lab services and assistance with making medical appointments and filling prescriptions are also available.

“Our community is designed for aging better for longer, whether you live in independent living, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing,” explained Caulfield.

The construction project includes an addition to the existing Vincent Bove Health Center, including a new state of the art Assisted Living building specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s dementia and other memory impairing diseases. Existing dining, activities and community spaces in the assisted living and the skilled nursing center will be renovated to allow for more space and create a fresh, open-air feel.

Called “The Journey Toward Renewal,” the project is part of the award-winning community’s larger strategic initiative launched in 2018. “We’re building on a promise made by our founders in 2001,” said Caulfield. “We were the first to offer Long Islanders the all-inclusive services of a life plan community — also called a continuing care retirement community — and we’ve been delivering on our promise to help seniors thrive and age successfully ever since.”

Jefferson’s Ferry is a​n active lifestyle community that promotes dignity, privacy, individuality and independence. The physical design of Jefferson’s Ferry and the diverse programming and luxury amenities make staying active easy for residents as they age. The onsite care continuum offers security and peace of mind.

Supporting Long Island’s Economy
In August 2020, Jefferson’s Ferry was awarded low-cost energy by the ReCharge NY energy program to support a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. The state-run program supports businesses and nonprofits that commit to add jobs, expand operations, or otherwise invest in their local communities.

Jefferson’s Ferry currently employs 350 people and is expected to add 41 jobs in exchange for 435 kilowatts of power for a seven-year period. “The cost savings are significant to Jefferson’s Ferry, and, in turn, to residents living on fixed incomes,” said Caulfield. “Reducing our energy costs through this program goes a long way in helping us control the amount of fees we charge our members, giving them peace of mind about their future.”

Interest in Jefferson’s Ferry’s new apartments is high. Caulfield said total reservation deposits from prospective residents required by the New York State Department of Health to obtain approval to start construction exceed requirements prior to securing tax-exempt bonds issued through the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC).

“The Brookhaven ​Local Development Corporation is pleased to play a small part in the expansion of this outstanding residence and health care facility,” said ​Frederick C. Braun III, chairman of the Brookhaven LDC.

Elissa Gargone, vice president of sales and marketing at Jefferson’s Ferry, said the benefits of living in a life plan community became more obvious during the pandemic, especially to Long Islanders and out-of-state seniors who are used to traveling and living active, social lives.

“Our depositors miss their pre-pandemic social life,” said Gargone. “They miss their friends and they miss having access to activities and routines that give them purpose and joy. Jefferson’s Ferry provides safe access to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to living.”

According to Gargone, Jefferson’s Ferry wastes no time making depositors feel at home. There are virtual wine pairing events, Zoom get-togethers to meet current residents, and webinars to help them prepare for the move. During the lockdown, Gargone and the marketing team packed and delivered bags of food and essential supplies to their doorsteps. “Depositors may not live in our community yet, but they’re part of the Jefferson’s Ferry family,” she said.
Attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Jefferson’s Ferry’s CEO Bob Caulfield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elissa Gargone and Project Manager Matthew Moroney; Jefferson’s Ferry Board Chair Vivian Viloria-Fisher and board member and Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright; Director of Economic Development and CEO Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and CEO Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC) Town of Brookhaven Lisa M.G. Mulligan; and KBE Building Corp. Project Manager James Glaser. Additional Jefferson’s Ferry project partners include ​KDA Architects​, ​Tritec Building Company​, ​HJ Sims​ ​and ​Merlino Design​.

About Jefferson’s Ferry​ ​- Located along Long Island’s north shore at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket, New York, Jefferson’s Ferry is a nonprofit life plan community for active adults ages 62 and above. The community offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services on-site, along with programs, services, and amenities designed to enhance resident life through health/wellness activities, lifelong learning, the arts and music, spiritual development and social opportunities. Jefferson’s Ferry has been consistently named “Best Retirement Community” and “Best Assisted Living” on Long Island by the “Bethpage Best of Long Island. For more information, visit ​https://www.jeffersonsferry.org​ or call ​(631) 650-2600.

Well-Known Author and Chef Michael J. Longo, CEC, Named Executive Chef for Legend of Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO –Legend Senior Living reaffirmed its reputation for and emphasis on culinary excellence in senior living by naming Michael J. Longo, CEC to the top chef position at its new Legend of Colorado Springs Assisted Living and Memory Care residence, which opensJanuary 5, 2021. Legend of Colorado Springs will be the 40th senior living community for the Wichita-based company, with residences in six states.

“We’re exceedingly fortunate –and needless to say excited –to have a renowned chef and culinary master such as Michael Longo leading our team of chefs and staff,” said Karen Stewart, Residence Director for Legend of Colorado Springs.“Our new community in the Springs is groundbreaking in so many ways. Michael’s vision and rich, unique background will take the Legend culinary experience to heights worthy of our Rocky Mountain view.”

Longo is an award-winning Certified Executive Chef and the author of two cookbooks: Let’s Take a Leek: a book about a Chef, fabulous Soups, and a slightly different sense of humor and The St. Joseph’s Table –a Sicilian Tradition. Chef Michael has worked at such esteemed culinary venues as The Broadmoor Hotel, Glen Eyrie Conference Center, where he was instrumental in starting the wonderful Madrigal tradition. He also owned and operatedNana Longo’s Restaurant and First Impressions Catering.

“Rarely does a chef have the chance to realize a vision from the ground up and then personally see that vision materialize,” said Longo of his new position. “When you do, you call on every single skill and experience in your book. Legend has charged me with creating a unique experience for residents, in a new cutting-edge community –pardon the pun, but here it’s appropriate.”

Speaking of books, Longo has turned his experience into two popular cookbooks with unique and often humorous accounts of the chef’s life. His interests are a diverse menu: He has judged both professional and amateur culinary competitions throughout the Front Range.When he is not enjoying free time with his wife, Pam, two sons and grandchildren, Longois an avid fisherman, rod builder and fly tier, a hobby he actually turned into a mission. While Executive Chef for The Springs Rescue Mission, Longo began the ministry of “Fisher of Men” to introduce the joy of angling to people in the program.

Longo earned his status as a Certified Executive Chef, Art and Science of Culinary Preparation, from the American Culinary Federation, a distinction he has maintained for more than 25 years as a chef. “My experience in senior living goes back a decade. Legend’s mission to serve is so well-aligned with my own that it feels like it was meant to be,” said Longo. “And I’ll tell you one thing about preparing food for older adults. They have the most discerning tastes and open minds of any diners. It’s a fun and joyful experience to design a menu that covers everything from traditional American favorites to haute cuisine.”

“Besides looking forward to the leadership of this unique talent –we’re all just very anxious to taste his food,” added Stewart.

About Legend Senior Living:Legend Senior Living® is a privately held senior housing and services company based in Wichita, Kansas. Legend owns and operates 40residences –independent living, assisted living, memory care, and personal care–in Florida, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Legend of Colorado Springs is set to open January 5, 2021 and Windsor Pointe of Jacksonville will become Legend’s 41st community when it opens later inthe year. Legend has just been certified as a Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year

Spring Grove Rehabilitation Healthcare Center

Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Named Among “Best Nursing Homes” for Second Consecutive Year

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.,– A $4 million renovation in the works at Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center and recognition as a “Best Nursing Home 2020-’21” by U.S. News & World Report reflect the quality services and patient care at the 106-bed skilled nursing facility in New Providence. In addition to its second consecutive honor in the short-stay rehab category, Spring Grove also earned “Best Nursing Home” status in Long-term Care by achieving the highest possible rating.

Located at 144 Gales Drive, Spring Grove provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. Marquis Consulting Services provides nursing home consulting for the facility and is spearheading its multi-million-dollar renovation.

“Being recognized for both short- and long-term care, particularly during a pandemic, is a testament to the entire team’s dedication to providing patients with the highest level of service,” said Marquis’ Ugochi Opara, regional director of market development. “The extensive renovation at the facility is focused on supporting those efforts toward ensuring quality outcomes for each patient and creating a modern, home-like environment for patients and care team members alike.”

Physical improvements involved in the renovation include a full-scale retrofit of the dedicated subacute unit, expansion of a state-of-the-art rehab therapy gym and upgrades throughout the long-term care unit. Spring Grove also has incorporated Marquis’ hospitality-focused Guest Services program, offering concierge-style support and personal services. Together, Spring Grove and Marquis are developing new specialized programming in partnership with the region’s leading healthcare providers. Programs include chronic kidney disease management and physiatry-driven rehabilitation services.  

Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News “Best Nursing Homes” ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. Only 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities were recognized for 2020-’21.

A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company, Marquis currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living be

JEA Senior Living Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for all Residents and Team Members

VANCOUVER, Wash.,JEA Senior Living (JEA), a leading senior care provider, announced today that it will be making the COVID-19 vaccination available for all residents and team members as the vaccine is made available by federal, state, and local health authorities. For new residents who move into a JEA Senior Living community before December 31, 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to them free-of-charge.

Chris Belford, CEO, JEA Senior Living shared, “In order to provide the very best care for all of our residents, their families, and our team members, the leadership team at JEA Senior Living continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 updates from the CDC and WHO. This includes staying apprised of the latest developments surrounding preventative measures, recommended symptom management, and the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Belford continued, “We are encouraging all of our residents and team members to receive the vaccine to protect not only themselves but their families as well. We believe that in order to eradicate COVID-19, it is our civic duty to receive the vaccine.”

Vaccine clinics are being coordinated with JEA’s Pharmacy partners and on-site clinics will be provided in 3 visits over the course of 2 months. Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines include a series of 2 vaccinations. The initial vaccination provides about 55% of coverage, and the booster shot – which follows 21-28 days later – boosts immunity to 94-95%.

The Pfizer Vaccine has received the Emergency Use Authorization, with other vaccines to follow. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Team Members at JEA Senior Living communities will still be following social distancing and PPE protocols, even after receiving the vaccinations. This is in order to reduce exposure and the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

About JEA Senior Living

JEA is a family of companies that focuses on the development and management of senior living communities, concentrating on memory care facilities. The company and its founders date back to the early 1970s and have overseen the development and operation of independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and Alzheimer’s special care centers. JEA’s current portfolio includes more than 57 communities led by an experienced management team with experts in care, nursing, development, finance, construction, marketing, and comprehensive management.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their elves.

Drive through a Winter Wonderland at The Landing of North Haven

NORTH HAVEN, Conn.— The Landing of North Haven was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with displays and themed Christmas trees. This magical experience will benefit local nonprofit, The Italian American Youth Foundation (IYF).

An event so good, even the Grinch came to witness the holiday lights and take a peek at the magical elf village. The Winter Wonderland was a drive-thru event that engaged and delighted the entire family showcasing 50 decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and North Haven residents. There were gingerbread houses, a princess court, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and even snow!

The event was organized by Jill Dechello, editor of North Haven Magazine. She has worked on several of these events over the years.

“I create these events because I believe the world needs more kindness and I think our town is the epitome of generosity,” said Dechello. “I’m always amazed at how supportive the small business owners in our community are. It’s a difficult time for them right now, but they are stepping up and helping support this event.”

The event benefits the Italian American Youth Foundation, Inc. (IYF) who will use the funds to enhance the holidays for disadvantaged families in North Haven and surrounding communities.

“We want to help and change people’s lives for the better and help them cope with what they’re going through. Love needs no words. By giving you don’t have to say anything, you just give and help people,” said Nick Casella chairman and director of IYF.

Sponsors of the event include Shore Publishing, MedicareCT.com, Stay at Home Care, and North Haven Magazine.

Waltonwood Cary Parkway Announces New Move-In Coordinator and Life Enrichment Manager

CARY, N.C., – Waltonwood Cary Parkway, a family-owned senior living community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care, is pleased to announce Sintayehu Lenahan as the new independent living life enrichment manager and Matthew Delgado as its new move-in coordinator. Lenahan brings more than two years of experience to her new role. She most recently worked in the assisted living and memory care neighborhoods at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. Lenahan sees this new position as a great opportunity to grow as a person and find creative ways to keep residents active and engaged.

“When I was in school, I had to do a project with a senior living company, and I fell in love with the industry,” said Lenahan. “I never expected a project to turn into my career, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love to interact with the residents and associates and learn about them and what they’ve done in their lives. I feel very lucky that I have been able to work in all three neighborhoods at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. Life enrichment is such an important job. We have to continue to find creative ways to engage residents, especially now with an adjustment due to the pandemic. Our team has been instrumental in finding new ways to bring joy to residents. Whether it’s in-room activities, balcony sing-a-longs or socially distant happy hours, the change has been worth it. I look forward to growing in this new role and seeing what I will be able to accomplish in my new position.”

Helping seniors transition to their new homes is Matthew Delgado as the move-in coordinator at Waltonwood Cary Parkway. With a background in the moving industry, Delgado will provide residents and their families with all the essentials to ensure a smooth transition into the community. In his previous role, he worked with seniors and enjoyed hearing their stories and helping them through the moving process. Delgado says he had a fantastic relationship with his grandparents and knows working in senior living is his calling.

“I am excited to help seniors in the Triangle-area move into their forever home,” said Delgado. “I love that Waltonwood is a family-owned company. You can feel it in the atmosphere when you’re in the community. Each resident will remember your name and check in on you, and it warms your heart. This position has brought out the best in me, and I look forward to learning more about the industry and sharing my knowledge with others.”

“We’re thrilled to add two passionate associates to our team,” said Brian O’Hara, executive director. “Sinta and Matthew are energetic and enjoy coming to work each day. They have a fantastic understanding of our core values and know that at the end of the day our hearts are with helping residents and redefining what senior living offers. It has been a challenging year for us all, but I am proud of what our team has been able to accomplish, and I look forward to seeing what Sinta and Matthew can achieve.”

ABOUT WALTONWOOD CARY PARKWAY

Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers seniors a dignified, individualized community where residents can thrive. The community offers independent living cottages, and independent, assisted living and memory care apartments in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, creating a continuum of care where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle and receive care if they need it. The community offers many engaging amenities, including a theater, therapy pool, putting green, garden view lounge and private courtyards throughout its acreage. Residents receive the most up-to-date advances in senior living, including the specially designed Forever Fit program and life enrichment programing.

Singh is a family-owned company and for more than 45 years they have remained multifaceted in real estate development, with a strong foundation in luxury apartments, commercial properties, land development, high-end single-family homes and, for 30 years, senior living communities which have been branded “Waltonwood.” The vertical integration of the company, which provides for development, construction, finance and management under one umbrella, allows Singh to be poised for new opportunities in expanding markets. All projects are wholly owned by Singh and continue to be owned and managed by Singh.

The company is headquartered in West Bloomfield, MI and has regional offices in Cary, NC. Learn more about Singh and its Waltonwood communities at www.singhweb.com. If you are interested in learning more about Waltonwood Cary Parkway, please visit www.waltonwood.com or call 919-275-0983.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Voted ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ for Two Consecutive Years

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care celebrates their second consecutive year as winner of ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ in Indian River County as voted by the Sebastian readers of the Hometown News.

The Hometown News Reader’s Choice Awards is an annual recognition of the best businesses in the local community in various categories as voted by readers. This is the second year Pelican Landing has been chosen against dozens of competitors in senior living.

“To be named ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ is a special honor for this particularly challenging year in our country,” says Kim Sviben, Executive Director of Pelican Landing. “We are so proud of our dedicated team of associates and our amazing residents who truly make Pelican Landing a place we call home.”

Pelican Landing is a thoughtfully designed senior living residence offering 63 assisted living and 26 memory care apartments with attractive accommodations and outstanding care. The community, owned and operated by Watercrest Senior Living Group, opened in April of 2016, and was awarded the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Architectural Recognition Award and the 2019 Hometown News ‘Best Assisted Living Community.’

Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded by Marc Vorkapich, CEO, and Joan Williams, CFO, to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their upscale amenities, exceptional care, and innovative memory care programming offering unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care is ideally located at 13085 US Highway 1, in the heart of Sebastian. The neighboring area offers diverse workspaces, retail and entertainment centers, residential neighborhoods, the Sebastian River Medical Center, and a charming riverfront district with unobstructed views of the intra-coastal waterway. For information about Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, call 772-581-0366 or visit www.thepelicanlanding.com.

A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

Morning Pointe Foundation’s “Seniors Got Talent” Competition Plans Triumphant Return in 2021

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In 2019, dozens of seniors across the Southeast stepped into the spotlight at not one, but three “Seniors Got Talent” competitions presented by the Morning Pointe Foundation. From Chattanooga, Tennessee to Franklin, Tennessee to Lexington, Kentucky, local seniors performed before star-studded panels of judges. Participants were anywhere between 62 to 94 years of age and demonstrated an impressively wide range of talents, showcasing their skills in everything from singing to line dancing to baton- twirling to ventriloquism.

In Chattanooga, Morning Pointe of Hixson (TN) resident Ernestine Eldridge (92) took home the first place prize for a patriotic medley performed on the piano. Doug Smith (65) netted second place with his rendition of “My Babe” on the harmonica, and Ronnie Nicholas (71) won third place with a comedic version of “Cat’s in the Cradle” performed on the guitar.

The first place winners in Franklin were husband and wife duo Ano Missirian (86) and Raphael Missirian (94), who made the entire audience feel their enthusiasm for life and love for each other as they performed an Armenian love song. Ventriloquist Ken Karter (84) took second place, and Barbara Young (72), an accomplished baton twirler, won third place. John Oates of famed musical duo Hall & Oates served as a special guest judge.

The Prime Time Dancers (62 to 81) claimed the first place spot in Lexington. Pianist Loren Tice (80) and saxophonist Lee Patrick (81) took second place. Morning Pointe of Danville (KY) residents and musicians Ron Moroni (80) and John Hughes (89) brought home third place with their duet for piano and fiddle.

“We are so incredibly proud of all of the talented men and women who performed in ‘Seniors Got Talent.’ It is such an honor to be able to spotlight them,” said Morning Pointe Foundation executive director Audra Hopkins.
Four more “Seniors Got Talent” competitions in Chattanooga, Franklin, and Knoxville, Tennessee as well as Lexington, Kentucky were planned for 2020. However, in the interest of protecting seniors’ health during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the contests were delayed until the following year. Beginning in August 2021, “Seniors Got Talent” will make its spectacular return, showcasing local seniors’ talents in cities throughout the Southeast.
Created in 2014 by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, the Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides nursing scholarship opportunities, forms community partnerships, and supports caregiver education in its mission to advance the care of seniors.

“From our first ‘Seniors Got Talent’ showcase in Franklin, Tennessee two years ago, to our most recent competition in Lexington, Kentucky, the Morning Pointe Foundation remains committed to celebrating the talents of local seniors while supporting caregivers and nursing scholarships,” Vital said. “This is such an important cause, and we look forward to continuing to grow ‘Seniors Got Talent’ in the years to come.”


Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner, and manager of 36 Morning Pointe assisted living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence senior communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.