Award-Winning Florida Developer is Reimagining the Active Adult Resort with its New Renewable Lease Concept

SARASOTA, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020- Nearly 1,000 people are moving to Florida every day. After over seven months in a pandemic, it’s clear that the priorities of many Americans, especially active adults, have shifted.

Barrington Group Inc., a Sarasota-based property development company, is reimagining the active adult community concept with its new luxury resort community, The Floridian Club of Sarasota, which offers secure, flexible, long-term leases that cannot be adversely impacted by a housing market correction or an uncertain economy.

Built “by Baby Boomers for Baby Boomers,” the Floridian Club of Sarasota underwent five years of extensive research and development before opening in 2019 to define the desires and dislikes of Baby Boomers, and to build a community that fulfills their needs.
“The Floridian Club’s renewable lease options encourage our residents to live here long-term or enjoy it as a second home, with social and fitness programs that you simply cannot find at other communities,” said Barrington Group President Larry Lieberman.
The Floridian Club of Sarasota emphasizes a dynamic social calendar, curated monthly by a full-time, on-site event planner specifically for the changing preferences of residents. The property’s 10,000-square-foot amenity center features various social spaces promoting spontaneity and a community feel amongst its residents.

In addition to a busy social life, The Floridian Club boasts a comprehensive fitness component. In addition to on-site amenities, such as a large 24-hour gym and yoga studio, The Floridian Club also offers health and wellness programs for residents (think healthy cooking classes or tips on how to protect immune systems during flu season) and staff is available to help residents achieve individual fitness goals and smart-living alternatives.

Today, the financial benefits of leasing make sense for active adults seeking longer-term stability, affordable resort living, and a secure and safe investment. With no state income tax or estate tax in Florida and no home resale to negotiate, or the stress of lender approval, leasing is an attractive choice. Residents can use the equity from the sale of a current home to retire on, build their savings or invest.

“We pride ourselves on being responsive to market needs, especially those of Baby Boomers, who we feel have been often neglected in the housing development market,” Lieberman said.
Though still in the earlier stages, leasing has been brisk. The Floridian Club of Sarasota has finalized construction on 309 homesites and is in its final phase of leasing. A second Floridian Club is on the horizon, with plans for future Floridian Club properties throughout Florida and other southern states. Lease rates start at $1690/month.

For additional information regarding The Floridian Club of Sarasota, visit www.liveatthefloridian.com.

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 brookdalenews.com.

Country Meadows Residents Assemble Kits for Kids to Aid in Remote Learning

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —In an effort to support Country Meadows Retirement Communities’ co-workers and their children who are attending school online, residents at Country Meadows of Bethlehem are assembling “Kits for Kids.”

Kits are focused on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) projects and include homemade kinetic sand infused with lavender oil to promote natural stress relief while encouraging creativity and science; color and create puppets and bookmarks.

Also included are materials for aspiring engineers to build a boat to enter in Country Meadows’ Float Your Boat Challenge. Youths may use only the supplies provided in the kit and their boat must float. Parents are encouraged to post a video of their child making/floating their boat with the hashtag #CMFloat. Anyone who posts a video using that hashtag will be entered to win the “Science is Fun” prize. (This contest is open only to children of Country Meadows’ co-workers who receive a kit.)

“We are creating the kits to support our co-workers who may be struggling with children being home for school and to help boost morale,” says Jill A’Hearn-Country Meadows.

The winner of the Float Your Boat challenge will be randomly selected from all entries and posted on September 30th.

Country Meadows operates ten retirement communities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, MD. Country Meadows offers independent living, personal care, Alzheimer’s/Memory Support and restorative programs. Country Meadows Retirement Communities are owned and operated by the family of former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader and family. More information about us can be found on the Internet at www.countrymeadows.com.

Watercrest’s Signature Program ‘Aprons & Appetizers’ Ignites the Senses for Watercrest Senior Living Residents

VERO BEACH, Fla, – From dark chocolate bark and raspberry muffins to tropical fruit smoothies, the residents at Watercrest Senior Living communities are enlivening their senses and igniting memories of culinary passions through Watercrest’s signature program ‘Aprons & Appetizers.’ Designed with evidence-based research, the program introduces multi-sensory, handcrafted, nutritionally wholesome small plates to improve quality of life and nutrition for seniors.

“The Aprons & Appetizers program gives our residents purpose along with socialization, while also providing nutrition,” says Angela Bowden, Watercrest’s Regional Director of Operations. “These are all critical elements to our resident’s physical and spiritual wellbeing.”

Designed by a registered nutritionist and award-winning dementia expert, ‘Aprons & Appetizers’ is part of Watercrest’s Live ExhilaratedÔ program, and a signature offering for residents of Watercrest communities.  The curated small plates program features a wide array of decadent desserts, delicious drinks, and delectable bites. Each specifically designed “snacktivity” maximizes nutrition while satisfying even the most discerning palate. Residents work alongside Watercrest’s trained culinary team as they offer chef-led demonstrations, resident prepared dishes, and the excitement of cooking competitions. Each thoughtfully planned activity ignites residents’ purpose and passion one recipe at a time.

“Watercrest’s Aprons & Appetizers program allows our residents to stimulate their senses through the touch, sight, taste, sound and smells of preparing various foods,” says Sheena Jeffries, Watercrest’s Regional Director of Engagement.  “Research has proven these factors are instrumental in sparking memories and maintaining mind-health for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related illness.”

The Live Exhilarated™ program was created to focus on the active pursuit of ‘personal wholeness’ for each resident. The program includes thoughtfully planned, multi-part programs inspired by individual resident’s passions and interests which align with the seven facets of wholeness: Get Active, Be Curious, Get Connected, Be Uplifted, Get Creative, Be Social, Be Adventurous.

Watercrest Senior Living has a unique approach to healthy aging, focusing on individuals achieving personal wholeness through participation in programs aligned with the seven facets of wholeness.  These facets provide the Live Exhilarated™ program framework which focuses on celebrating the residents’ story, encouraging their pursuit of new passions, optimizing their experience, and offering variety and choice to all residents.

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 Market Street Memory Care Residences offer unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest specializes in the development and operations of senior living communities and the growth of servant leaders.  Visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

 

Keller Woman Turns 100 on August 31 and will Finally Reunite with Family at Mustang Creek Estates

KELLER, TEXAS- It’s time to celebrate! Monday, August 31st, Irene VanGoethem, who lives at Mustang Creek Estates of Keller, turned 100 years old. And just in time for this huge milestone, she was able to safely (and from a distance) reunite with family. August marks the first time in five months families have been able to visit loved ones at senior living communities in Texas.

Following Governor Greg Abbott’s recent guidelines regarding senior living communities, Mustang Creek Estates is allowing families to visit their loved ones. All visits must be held outside on the shaded front patios, family members must wear a mask and pass a screening process, which includes a temperature check and questionnaire. Residents and team members also go through the same screening process daily. The governor’s guidelines also require there are no confirmed coronavirus cases among residents or caregivers in the last two weeks at a community.

“We’re excited to welcome families back to our communities. They have been our greatest partner during the pandemic, going above and beyond to respect our social distancing policies and protect their loved ones,” said Melissa Meyer, the community’s executive director. “We are grateful for their continued support with the socially distanced visits. The face-to-face contact really means so much to our residents.”

On Monday, August 31, VanGoethem’s family brought the party to their mom. They had pizza and cake out on the patio at noon. They also  decorated VanGoethem’s window with fun signs, and the community decked out the porch with balloons and more! Monday’s party celebrated a century of knowledge, wisdom and love.

VanGoethem has been keeping herself busy during quarantine reading. She loves mysteries. She’s also getting by with a lot of dark chocolate, often dropped off by her daughter Theresa Bartholomew, who lives nearby. Her two sons also often mail chocolate. And another daughter always makes sure fresh flowers are delivered for all special occasions.

“Mom always said she wanted to live to 100! We’re thrilled we get to celebrate with her. We also plan to FaceTime with lots of family. She has people around the world who love her,” said Bartholomew.

The mom of seven already celebrated a huge milestone during the pandemic. In July, she became a great-great grandma! The baby was born in Germany, and pictures are already up in VanGoethem’s room!

Originally from Wisconsin, VanGoethem has called Mustang Creek Estates in Keller home for nearly three years. She originally retired in Arizona with her husband Bob, enjoying the warm sunshine 365 days a year. While living in Arizona, the VanGoethem’s were committed volunteers at a local food bank for over 25 years. A few years back, she decided she was ready to be closer to family and made the move to Texas. In addition to Bartholomew, two of her other children call Texas home.

VanGoethem continues to love the outdoors. Her favorite vacation was white water rafting down the Colorado and sleeping under the stars. She was 87 when she took that trip!

All of VanGoethem’s siblings lived into their 90s. So, what’s her secret to a long life? Having a positive attitude, a loving family and exercise.

“Mrs. VanGoethem is such a joy to celebrate. We are so proud to call her one of our friends and neighbors at Mustang Creek Estates,” said Meyer. “She told us she really misses hugs, and while we still can’t physically hug her, we hope this party wraps her in our love.”

 

About Mustang Creek Estates of Keller:

Mustang Creek Estates of Keller offers a one-of-a-kind residential assisted living and memory care community focused onproviding a home-like atmosphere at an affordable price. 7 large homes make up the community neighborhood, with up to 16 residents in each home sharing activities, meals and memories together under the supervision of qualified, caring staff. Three home-cooked meals and snacks are made from scratch daily in each home’s kitchen and are approved by a registered dietitian. Mustang Creek Estates of Keller believes in providing seniors and their families with the utmost care and compassion in a personal setting that is designed to establish loving connections among staff, residents and their families, just like in your own home.

The community features all-inclusive monthly rates with three types of offerings available: assisted living, assisted living plus, and memory care, and can accommodate other caregiving options as residents’ needs change. An emergency call system, secure backyard, phone, cable, Wi-Fi, life enrichment program, on-site medical assistance and more are included with all levels of care. Home health and hospice visits the community seven days a week.

Mustang Creek Estates has been recognized locally as one of the Best Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities for 14 consecutive years. For more information about Mustang Creek Estates of Keller, please visit our website atwww.mustangcreekestates.com or call 817-337-6800.

Sodalis College Station Welcomes Guests Retreating from Hurricane Laura

College Station, TX –  As Hurricane Laura storms through Texas and Louisiana, kindred spirits at the Sodalis College Station senior living community opened their doors to fellow elders from Pelican Bay Senior Living in Beaumont, TX.

A group of 32 seniors, unable to evacuate Beaumont with their families,  traveled north by bus while the staff at Sodalis College Station prepared for their guests. The Sodalis team worked quickly to pull together food, supplies, and of course, enough PPE – all within 24 hours.

Sodalis College Station  was in a unique position to assist this group of seniors. The community is brand new, COVID-free, and just opened within the last few weeks. So there are suites available for the evacuees temporarily, while local residents continue to move in.

“We were so happy to welcome the residents of Pelican Bay to our community,” said Traci Taylor, president of Sodalis Senior Living.  “The senior living industry has taken such a hit with COVID that it’s really important to us that we help each other.”

For the residents of Pelican Bay, it was much appreciated hospitality in a beautiful location during an otherwise frightening situation.  ”It’s kind of scary, but now the sun is shining it takes your mind away from it,” said May Thomas, a resident at Pelican Bay.

“It’s a quite monumental feat to pack everybody up and get all their belongings, said Elizabeth Farris, regional director of operation for Pelican Bay, “but it’s been incredible. We left early this morning and we had a smooth drive in and just a smooth transition.”

The plan is to stay at Sodalis College Station for a week, unless Pelican Bay Senior Living is damaged by the hurricane—in which case, their visit may be extended.

 

About Sodalis Senior Living

Sodalis Senior Living operates ten assisted living and memory care communities throughout Texas. Embracing an innovative approach to resident wellbeing, Sodalis offers resident-centered, individualized support when and where it is needed. One of the only senior living systems led by a chief medical officer who is a nationally-recognized geriatrician, Sodalis continually raises the bar on care delivery and quality of life for every resident we have the honor of serving.

LGBT Elder Initiative & William Way Community Center Merge to Form Delaware Valley’s Central Hub for LGBT Older Americans

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Following a three-year planning phase funded through a grant by the Repositioning Fund, the LGBT Elder Initiative at the William Way Community Center is now the Delaware Valley’s central hub for front line services for LGBT older Americans.  Following a first-ever, historic merger of two Philadelphia LGBT organizations, the Elder Initiative at William Way is now the largest clearinghouse for LGBT elder services in the greater Philadelphia-metro area providing critical access to care and support for a generation of LGBT pioneers who helped pave the way for equality.

“At a critical time when LGBT Americans across the country are facing a dual health and political crisis, the devastating effects on older LGBT Americans is profound and unique,”said Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center.  “In the later years of life, those pioneers who helped pave the way for LGBT equality are now facing the brunt of the physical, mental and emotional impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic at the same time LGBT rights are under attack from a discriminatory Trump Administration.”

HIV positive LGBT older adults, as well as those living with other chronic health conditions, are at an exponentially higher risk of facing more serious illness from COVID-19.  And if the health concerns about the COVID virus isn’t enough, LGBT older adults are likely to experience mental and emotional stress due to higher rates of isolation than the average senior population.  Faced with bearing the brunt of continued discrimination at too many mainstream senior service organizations and entities, LGBT older adults are often left isolated and alone at a time when COVID-19 has already caused skyrocketing rates of isolation and loneliness among the general population to the point where they are now considered critical public health concerns.

“Now more than ever, under-served LGBT older adults in the Delaware Valley region are in desperate need of support through direct services, advocacy, social engagement and health care.  The Elder Initiative at William Way will provide the greatest level of LGBT elder services ever seen in our area’s history,” said Heshie Zinman, Chair of the LGBT Elder Initiative.

COVID-19 has further driven the social and health disparities that already affected the LGBT older adult community, where the numerous physical and mental health risks associated with loneliness have been worsened by months of self-isolation. LGBT older adults also experience higher rates of disability than their non-LGBT peers, as well as disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer, increasing the severity and potential fatality of COVID-19 infection. Many LGBT people delay seeking medical care due to past discrimination in healthcare settings and may not have sought care until COVID-19 presented serious health complications. Data on sexual orientation and gender identity in COVID-19 cases is just beginning to be collected, meaning the full impact of the virus on the LGBT elder community may not be fully apparent for many months.

As Philadelphia’s central hub for LGBT older adult services, the Elder Initiative at William Way provides critical access and referrals to front line care by championing a new model of service delivery.  LGBT elders in our area now have a ‘one-stop shop’ designed specifically to provide wrap-around support for their needs,” concluded Bartlett.

 

Lenbrook Receives Out-of-this-World Thank You from Residents

Atlanta,  “Surprised. Appreciated. Humbled.” That’s how Chris Keysor, President, and CEO of Lenbrook described his and his team’s reaction when Lenbrook’s residents said “Thank You” in an incredibly kind gesture that was literally out of this world!

During a recent Town Hall Meeting at Atlanta’s premier senior living community, the residents presented a photo of a sign reading “Lenbrook’s Management is highly valued by all residents” that was taken 21 miles into the stratosphere. It was the result of a Lenbrook resident asking a friend, who happens to be a NASA scientist, to send up a thank you sign with one of his projects. This NASA Scientist volunteers to teach students about space by launching a balloon 112,000 feet into the sky. The balloon breaks and then a parachute comes down carrying the camera, instruments, and, in this case, the Lenbrook sign, for the students to retrieve and learn from the data.

“What a unique way to show appreciation to our Lenbrook management team – truly astronomical!” said Keysor. “I continue to be in awe of the generosity and creativity of our residents.

“What they can accomplish with their resources, connections, and energy is simply amazing. Also, I am humbled when I think about what our residents have had to endure and what our associates have had to balance by coming to work – with their pressures at home and the challenges at work. To see to what great lengths our residents have gone to show their appreciation is extraordinary. And this truly makes the Lenbrook management team feel on top of the world!”

 

 

About Lenbrook (Lenbrook-Atlanta.org)

Lenbrook is the first and only Life Plan Community in Atlanta to achieve international accreditation by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Founded in 1983, this not-for-profit senior living community in the heart of Buckhead enables its residents to enjoy the gifts of independence, good health, and personal fulfillment through engaging programs and services. Its award-winning facilities also offer the security and convenience of excellent on-site, Medicare-certified skilled nursing services. Visit www.lenbrook-atlanta.org or call 404-264-3386 for more information.

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 PedalForAlzheimers.org or email info@pedalforalzheimers.org 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.

David Sawyer, CEO of TSOLife: How They Revamped the Resident Profile Experience

TSOLife is a resident insight platform that allows communities to collect better resident data and improve overall operations. David Sawyer, CEO, came up with the idea in college when he had firsthand experience with having his grandmother in a senior living community. Sawyer’s grandmother struggled with isolation and loneliness and as a result, constantly called her grandson desperate for interaction. This experience ignited a flame in Sawyer and inspired him to look at the senior living industry as a whole and find a way to improve it.

At TSOLife, personalizing experiences and catering them to the residents they are serving is the main goal. Using their mobile app, communities are able to collect and store three times more data than ever before. The app is able to capture audio, and interviewers can preserve a resident’s life stories and upload them to the TSOLife platform with just a few taps. Once the data is collected, the TSOLife team transcribes the audio, as well as organizes the recordings, photos, videos, and written stories. Once a resident’s profile is complete, the information on each resident is stored in their online platform where community members and staff will have access to it 24/7.

Caregivers can download an app and they will get information that allows them to personalize their interaction experience with each resident. The information stored ranges from memories, favorite places, interests, quality of life, anything that can help to provide a more personal and connected experience. There is even a find a friend feature that can tell communities which members are more likely to be friends. Residents are able to find their tribe right when they move in.

TSOLife gives you the tools to ensure meaningful interactions with your residents and keep your families engaged. TSOLife is currently being used in over 100 facilities, helping them to execute personalized resident experiences daily. Sawyer stresses that their mission is all about connection and battling the isolation that often impacts seniors. Facilities who have implemented TSOLife have seen a vast increase in the quality of life of their residents. As we move into a tech-based future in senior living, TSOLife is revolutionizing the way life stories are captured and preserved for future generations.