Immanuel Pacific Springs Rendering

Immanuel to Add Memory Support, New Amenities to Pacific Springs

OMAHA, Neb., — Immanuel, the Midwest leader in retirement living and senior living communities, announces big changes to Pacific Springs, a signature campus in west Omaha. With construction already underway, this retirement community will see new common spaces, enhanced services and a new assisted living and memory support neighborhood, opening in the fall of 2021.

“We’re thrilled and excited to begin construction at Pacific Springs, an Immanuel Signature Community,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president & CEO. “Our not-for-profit mission means we’re continuously reinvesting in our communities. The needs of residents come first, that’s the Immanuel difference.”

Pacific Springs, an Immanuel Signature Community located adjacent to the Pacific Springs Golf Club at 805 S 173rd Plaza, offers premiere independent and assisted retirement living apartments to area seniors. The renovations will connect Pacific Springs Village’s assisted living neighborhood to its independent living neighborhood while adding comprehensive memory support to the campus. Renovation plans also include enhanced common spaces including a new Thrive by Immanuel fitness center and wellness studio, onsite restaurant and lounge featuring a golf simulator, outdoor areas and walking paths, and a chapel beautifully adorned with a locally designed stained glass window donated by residents.

The new memory care apartments join Immanuel’s existing memory care communities with the latest in compassionate programming supporting those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The memory support neighborhood includes plans for an outdoor courtyard, complete with covered porch and areas for art and music activities.

Immanuel’s newest life enrichment programming is leading the way for these and other changes. Thrive by Immanuel, focuses on wellness of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Education courses, social engagement, spiritual support and wellness are all incorporated through nine Thrive principles like music, lifelong learning, connection and more.

Since 1887 Immanuel has been providing Christ-Centered Service to Seniors, Each Other and the Community. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Classic Courtyards, Lifestyle Villages, Signature and Care Communities, Lakeside Lofts, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. More about Immanuel’s brands: Immanuel owns and operates 14, 55+ active living, independent living, assisted living and long-term care retirement communities on nine campuses; Immanuel Pathways operates three PACE® Centers in Iowa and Neb.; the Immanuel Community Foundation, a Resident Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to independent living residents; and the Immanuel Vision Foundation extends financial support to non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that share purposes in alignment with Immanuel’s service centered mission. 

Brookdale Communities Take Part in Virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Events Across the Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — While this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® events will be different, they continue to be deeply meaningful. They continue to help raise awareness about the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. They continue to help raise funds that make a difference in the lives of those facing Alzheimer’s. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. continues to be one of the largest corporate supporters of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This year, thousands of Brookdale associates, residents, and patients are participating in or supporting virtual walks across the country. Many will share the impacts this disease has had on their families and friends. More importantly, they’ll also show that those living with dementia still have much to live for.

“It is essential to do what we can to combat this disease,” said Brookdale President and CEO Lucinda M. Baier. “We know the walks will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we believe in the importance of these events as part of the fight against Alzheimer’s.”

September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, and people across the globe do what they can to raise awareness and challenge the common stigmas that surround Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Since 2008, Brookdale’s associates, residents, families and business partners have raised almost $17 million for the Walk to End® program through the Alzheimer’s Association. In many of these years, Brookdale surpassed an annual $2 million mark for the Walk to End® program as a Diamond National Team. The company’s efforts are not just about donations, they are about making a difference. Brookdale is the nation’s largest operator of memory care communities, and has developed innovative programs that take a person-centered approach to care.

“According to the World Health Organization, there are around 50 million people worldwide living with dementia and unfortunately Alzheimer’s Disease International reports that two out of every three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries,” said Juliet Holt Klinger, gerontologist and expert on dementia care at Brookdale. “That astounds me. The impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, but the stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remain a global problem that require that all of us pay attention. At Brookdale, we strive to support people living with dementia to live their best life possible. We believe that working to decrease the stigma around the dementia diagnosis is a big part of that.”

About Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built, and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care, and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities, with 737 communities in 44 states and the ability to serve approximately 65,000 residents as of June 30, 2020. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice, and outpatient therapy services to over 17,000 patients as of that date. For more Brookdale news, go to

Watercrest Senior Living Group WNAP Gold Nugget Award

Watercrest Naples Receives Award of Merit as Best Service Enriched Senior Community in the PCBC 2020 Gold Nugget Awards

VERO BEACH, Fla.— Watercrest Senior Living Group and United Properties are pleased to announce that Watercrest Naples Assisted Living and Memory Care was selected as an award of merit winner amongst 575 global entries in the PCBC 2020 Gold Nugget Awards.

The Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget Awards recognize top innovators in design, planning, and development for builders, developers, architects, interior designers and land planners with communities across the United States and internationally. Now in its 57th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation.  Watercrest Naples Assisted Living and Memory Care received an award of merit in the Best Service Enriched Senior Community category for independent living, assisted living and memory care communities.

Watercrest Naples is a 128-unit luxury senior living community developed by Watercrest Senior Living Group and United Properties; and constructed by Walker & Company. The community offers 96 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments with premium accommodations, resort-style amenities, and world-class care. Residents enjoy pampering in elegant Spa W, savor private label Watercrest wines at the bistro, and relish the flavors of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and organic fare whether dining outdoors, bistro-style, or in the chef’s private dining room.

Architected by D2 Architecture with interior design by Interior Design Associates, the community boasts a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, pool, salon and spa, grand balconies, and Florida-style outdoor living spaces in a peaceful setting. Watercrest’s uniquely designed Market Street Plaza showcases an ‘outdoor’ streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming.

“It is an honor to be recognized by PCBC as a leader in innovation and design, and specifically for the exceptional services we provide to seniors at our Watercrest communities,” said Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group.

Ideally located at 9015 Bellaire Bay Drive, Watercrest Naples is just minutes from sandy white beaches, and casually elegant shopping, dining and cultural venues. The city offers nature lovers and sports enthusiasts unlimited opportunities to enjoy their favorite pastimes, while the grand architecture, friendly people, and pleasant year-round climate make Naples an extraordinary place to call home. For community information, contact Dawn Osterweil, Executive Director at 239-734-5639.

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 luxury aesthetic, exceptional amenities and world-class care, and their innovative and artfully designed Market Street Memory Care Residences offer unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Founded in 1916 and based in Minneapolis, United Properties has developed nearly 200 projects totaling more than 20 million square feet and nearly $1 billion over the last 30 years. Since 2004, United Properties has developed 15 senior housing communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Denver markets, with seven more under development. For information on United Properties, visit

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. For information, visit

Pedal for Alzheimer’s Issues $1,000 Community Grant Recipient

HUNTSVILLE, Texas. May 20, 2020 – Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. announces the recipient of a $1,000 Community Grant to Creekside Healthy Living Community, part of Methodist Retirement Communities, located in Huntsville, Texas. The grant will provide funds for art supplies to benefit the 18 memory care residents.

The organization completed its third 1,098-mile endurance cycling event in the fall of 2019 which raised funds for Alzheimer’s research, education, support, and care. One of the Community Grant applicants, MRC Creekside Healthy Living Community, initially requested funds to purchase a variety of art supplies. Due to COVID-19 social distancing rules, the community stated that residents are in need of these art supplies now more than ever.

“The $1,000 Community Grant will have a giant impact on the team as this will help us broaden our person-centered care approach,” said James Logan, Executive Director, Creekside Healthy Living Community. “This will enable our staff to meet the needs of each individual in a most dignified manner. Residents will be able to express themselves through their art and this will give them some additional independence they thought was lost due to the disease. The effects will not only be seen from the residents but from family members, loved ones and the staff. Art is an amazing gift.”

Creekside is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization owned and operated by Methodist Retirement Communities ”MRC”, which began in 1962 on Galveston Island, TX, and now serves some 2,000 residents in 12 (and growing) senior living communities in Texas. The Art Therapy program at the community strives to reach the full range of aging residents facing memory challenges and dementias.

“Receiving a grant from Pedal For Alzheimer’s will help us expand our Art Therapy program with our Memory Support Residents,” Nichole Becker, Philanthropy Director, Creekside Healthy Living Community said. “Having funds to provide a large variety of art supplies is a gift in itself, something we rely on continuous donations for. Art is a wonderful outlet of expression for our residents and brings them such a sense of joy as well as to the staff and family who witness it.”

The charity cycling team issued three Community Grants in 2019 and approached additional applicants upon understanding the challenges of the pandemic. The art supplies needed at Creekside align with the mission and passion of the organization making it a unanimous vote to proceed by the board of directors.

“We are thrilled to help impact the quality of care and daily experiences for memory care residents at Creekside by providing this Community Grant,” Josh Crisp, Pedal for Alzheimer’s Founder said. “Our board is extremely excited to carry forth the mission of the organization by not only gifting thousands of dollars over the first two years towards furthering research but we continue to fulfill our commitment to provide support to those suffering from the disease and the professional and family caregivers who will benefit from these gifts.”

The mission of Pedal for Alzheimer’s is to organize cycling events to raise money, provide education and increase awareness surrounding the mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and the Community Grants are one way the organization can provide immediate help through a financial or in-kind gift.


If you would like to become a sponsor or make a charitable gift, visit or email for more details. Event title sponsors include Solinity, Podium Sports Medicine, and PointClickCare. The organization encourages interested individuals to join or sponsor the team, sponsor a rider, donate in honor of a loved one, or contribute to the Community Grants.

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The Bristal Assisted Living is Now Open in Mount Sinai

The Bristal Assisted Living has opened its twentieth community, and fifteenth on Long Island, at 400 Sutton Court in Mount Sinai. The Bristal at Mount Sinai is developed, owned, and managed by Engel Burman, who has continued to build quality senior living communities for more than twenty years – proudly setting and consistently exceeding the highest standards in assisted living today. The Bristal at Mount Sinai is fully licensed by the New York State Department of Health.

The Bristal Assisted Living communities have been critically acclaimed for their luxurious accommodations and amenities, robust recreational calendar, and personal care assistance – all delivered by a professional and caring staff.

Barry Landreth, Executive Director of The Bristal at Mount Sinai said, “Today’s seniors are searching for an assisted living solution that will help them stay active and engaged. Families want the assurance that their loved one is receiving compassionate care from trained professionals. The Bristal provides both and continues to be the answer for seniors and their families living on Long Island.”

The Bristal offers a wide variety of activities for residents, including creative arts programs, physical fitness classes, educational seminars, and more. On-site amenities include a cinema, library, card and billiards room, and fitness center, allowing residents to relax without having to leave home.

A special commitment to those facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

The Bristal at Mount Sinai includes a private neighborhood called Reflections, a highly personalized, engagement-based memory care program that specializes in helping aging adults manage Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related cognitive disorders. It is staffed with experienced professionals who are trained in the latest proven therapies, strategies, and modalities for enhancing the quality of life for these special-needs residents and their families. For safety, the Reflections neighborhood is electronic keypad-protected and fully secured, so that the daily activities of our residents can be managed within surroundings that are consistent, comforting, and familiar. Most importantly, the programming in Reflections is customized for each resident and delivered through positive, encouraging, and life-affirming experiences.

The Bristal at Mount Sinai has 76 assisted living apartments, and 44 additional apartments within the Reflections neighborhood. Prices begin at $5,200 a month with Reflections Studio Apartments starting at $8,400 a month.


For more information regarding The Bristal at Mount Sinai, please call (631) 828-6688 or visit our website at

Artis Senior Living Announces Partnership with Johns Hopkins Physicians to Create a Unique Health and Safety Council for its Residents

July 16, 2020 – As part of its Advancing Safe Living initiative, Artis Senior Living announced the launch of the new Artis Safety Council in partnership with Johns Hopkins physicians and a cross-discipline group of Artis associates and healthcare leaders to focus on maximizing the safety and well-being of residents, associates, and families. For several weeks, the council has been actively strengthening the health and safety protocols for the current challenge of COVID-19. The council will be providing guidance in regard to the latest science of dealing with the new virus, along with proactively looking ahead at other potential community health issues that could arise, to have an industry-leading approach to safety and resident care.

The members of the Artis Safety Council include:

  • Michele Bellantoni, MD, CMD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of GeriatricMedicine and Gerontology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the Certified Medical Director for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Medical Director of Johns Hopkins Bayview Specialty Hospital Programs, and serves as Vice President of the MMDA (Mid-Atlantic Medical Directors Association).
  • Morgan Jane Katz, MD, MHS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes that will be advising the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Her area of clinical expertise is infectious diseases. Her research interests lie in infection control and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care facilities.
  • Ravi Passi, MD, FACP, CMD, an attending physician in partnership with Artis at Olney Assisted Living in Maryland, is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice in Montgomery County, Maryland, since 1985. He trained at DC General and Georgetown University Hospitals. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Certified Medical Director for Long-Term Care. Dr. Passi is a highly active member of the board of the MMDA and is a member of the AMDA (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care MedicineTM).Core areas of focus for the Artis Safety Council initially include cleaning and sanitation protocols, use of personal protective equipment as effective tools against risk of infection or virus spread, and testing approaches to protect Artis residents, their families and staff. Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership from Artis and Johns Hopkins will continue working together on refining protocols and ongoing safety recommendations that can span to provide a safe and positive living environment for community residents.

As part of their commitment to the safety and health of its residents, Artis is adding staff to serve as Safety Officers who will ensure appropriate training for Artis associates across all locations, continual monitoring of safety protocols and ongoing enhancements as needed overtime to ensure community safety.

“We are proud of this exciting partnership with a truly world-class organization like Johns Hopkins,” said Donald E. Feltman, Artis Senior Living President and CEO. “Our commitment to our residents, their families and our staff is at the heart of what we do. Their safety today, and always, is a top priority.”

Artis will be hosting virtual Town Halls for residents and their families, prospective Artis families and local physicians interested in our safety efforts in late July. For more information on our safety initiative, visit

About Artis Senior Living

Artis Senior Living, a premier developer-owner-operator of assisted living residences, was formed by the Bainum family along with a group of seasoned professionals in the senior living industry. Artis is committed to providing the finest level of care through a compassionate dedication to each resident’s comfort and needs. Most of its residences are dedicated to caring for individuals who live with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. For more about Artis, please visit

Oakmont of the Lakes Adds Traditions Memory Care Program to its Offerings


EST LAS VEGAS, NV–Oakmont of the Lakes (formerly Oakmont of West Las Vegas) is now offering its Traditions program.

Traditions is a program offered exclusively by Oakmont Senior Living that provides a soothing environment and activities based on music, sensory and tactile stimulation for people with advanced memory loss. Highly-trained team members engage with residents with the extra care and patience they may need.

As part of Oakmont Senior Living’s commitment to serving seniors and working to help meet the needs for those suffering from dementia, 31 apartment homes, with four of these being companion, are available. The apartment homes range from 375 to 515 square feet.

Residents in this area will have their own dining room with the first-rate cuisine Oakmont Senior Living has become known for throughout the senior living industry.

Elizabeth Hernandez, executive director at Oakmont of The Lakes, said she is pleased with the addition of Traditions at the community she now leads.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of seniors, even with a simple hello or hug, brings me joy and satisfaction. I get to go home at the end of each day feeling a sense of fulfillment,” Hernandez said.

Eric Portnoff, vice president of memory care and resident programs, is responsible for ensuring that Oakmont’s memory care and residents programs are progressive, innovative and industry-leading.

“I often say that the cruelest enemies for a person living with dementia are isolation and inactivity. When a person with dementia is isolated, they turn inward on themselves more and more, become less active, and it often becomes a rapid, downward spiral of decline,” said Portnoff. “The main purpose of our Traditions program is to provide relationships and activity. Our goal is to connect residents living in Traditions with us and with each other. In the context of caring, meaningful relationships, we can provide the assistance they need to realize their potential, despite the limitations of cognitive changes caused by aging and disease.”

Oakmont communities have enacted many safety measures to help protect residents and team members from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Group dining rooms will reopen when it is deemed safe. Until then, meals are delivered to each resident’s apartment home.

Team members also have been bringing activities to the residents so they can enjoy individualized programming. Many residents have engaged in new technology such as Skyping and FaceTiming with loved ones.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Oakmont Senior Living is a recognized leader in the retirement industry. Residents receive customized care services delivered by compassionate team members in luxurious, resort-style settings with an impressive array of five-star amenities.

Fox Trail Assisted Living Memory Care of Orange Meets Growing Local Need

ORANGE, VA–Fox Trail Senior Living of Orange nears its full capacity within 10-months of its complete conversion to an Alzheimer’s and dementia care home.

The Fox Trail location previously served as an Assisted Living community, but was converted to Memory Care in 2019 as leadership recognized the need for a dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care residence in Orange.

“Memory Care homes such as Fox Trail, provide specialized care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” shares Theresa Taplin, Vice President of Operations. “Everything from the design of the home to the care staff-to-resident-ratio, to the types of programs offered, and even our menus are
created specifically with the specialized needs of our residents in mind.”

Taplin further stresses the need to select a home with a care level and resources appropriate for your loved one. “There is a big difference between a Memory Care home and an Assisted Living home,” Taplin continued “our team can help you determine which option is best based upon the unique circumstances of your family.”

The conversion has been met with great community enthusiasm. The daughter of two former residents, Debbie L. shared: “Our Mom was the caregiver for our Dad who had dementia. When Mom fell, our parents moved to Fox Trail in Orange. They treated our parents as family and welcomed all of us (5 kids, their grandchildren and their families and other relatives) when we went to visit. When Mom passed, they continued to tend to my father as though he was their own. They cried with us, prayed with us and hugged us too. Fox Trail was perfect for my parents.”

Fox Trail Senior Living operates both Memory Care and Assisted Living properties throughout the East Coast