LeadingAge Members Make Headlines

Members | September 12, 2017 | by Geralyn Magan

LeadingAge members around the country are making headlines as they conduct research, sponsor interesting events, earn recognition, and expand their campuses. Check out the latest news from your peers, presented in bite-size portions.

Research Activities

Hebrew Home at Riverdale: Dining Study

Serving food on colored plates is helping residents with Alzheimer’s disease at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in Riverdale, NY, eat better and socialize more during meals. The initiative is based on a 2004 Boston University study showing that red plates stimulate appetite. The kosher organization adapted the study by using red plates for meat meals and blue plates for dairy meals, according to McKnight's Long-Term Care News.

St. Mark’s Living: Mentoring New Employees

St. Mark’s Living in Austin, MN, has received a $24,840 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to help recruit and retain new employees, according to the Albert Lea Tribune. The organization, which is managed by Ecumen, will develop an education and training program focused on mentoring new employees and providing career advancement for top-performing employees.

Front Porch: Studying Hearing Devices

The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing in Glendale, CA, has received a grant from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation for its “Hearables for All” project.

“Hearables for All” is a 12-month program that explores the next generation of wearable hearing devices for older adults with hearing loss, according to EconoTimes.

Special Activities

Holly Creek: Cardboard Boat Regatta

Nearly 200 residents, staff and volunteers from Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial, CO, helped raise $1,400 for the Alzheimer’s Association during this year’s 10th annual cardboard box boat regatta. Residents and staff worked together to create 6, single-person boats out of cardboard and duct tape, and then raced the boats across the community’s pool. Spectators ‘bet’ on which boat would win, according to the Denver Post.

Ingleside at King Farm: Art Exhibit

Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, DC, Westminster at Lake Ridge in Virginia, and Ingleside at King Farm in Maryland are taking turns hosting a resident-led art show called “Three Sisters Traveling Art Exhibit.” Each of the 3 Ingleside communities provided approximately 20 pieces of framed art for the show. The traveling exhibit was conceived by a resident artist at Westminster at Lake Ridge as a way to celebrate the active, creative life the communities share, according to Montgomery Community Media.  

Gulf Coast Village: Supporting Faith and Fitness

Pastor Tom Hafer, director of spiritual services at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, FL, recently hosted a motivational wellness lecture to raise money for the community’s Faith & Fitness Trail campaign. The campaign will bring 6 new pieces of outdoor exercise equipment to residents and employees of the community, according to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze. Hafer is the author of Ramble On, which describes how he found his physical and spiritual center while walking the Appalachian Trail.

Awards and Milestones

Many Winners at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community

Awards are flowing into Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, VA. The community was honored by Virginia Living Magazine and Coastal Virginia magazine. Its website received a Silver Award in the National Mature Media Awards competition. Its beef stew was recognized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. And 3 of its residents were chosen to participate in the 2017 LeadingAge Virginia Art Show.

Award-Winning App at Peconic Landing

LeadingAge New York recently gave its 2017 Innovation of the Year Award to a “Community Life” software application designed by Peconic Landing in Greenport, NY. The app was designed to inform residents about community events, and to streamline department operations. More than half of the community’s residents have downloaded the app, according to McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Cadbury Senior Lifestyle: 10-year Anniversary

Cadbury Senior Lifestyles in Lewes, DE, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The life plan community was established in 1996. After 10 years of planning and construction, Cadbury's first residents began moving to the community in 2007, according to the Cape Gazette.

Campus Expansions and Improvements

Harbour’s Edge: Delray Beach, FL

Harbour’s Edge in Delray Beach, FL, just completed a $20 million renovation that includes a new Lifelong Learning Center, spa and fitness center, a second dining venue, and a remodeled a renovated theater and waterfront restaurant, according to the SunSentinel.

Messiah Village: Upper Allen Township, PA

Messiah Lifeways added 2 new skilled nursing buildings to its Messiah Village campus in Upper Allen Township, PA. Two additional buildings will add 110 apartments, a wellness center, and 2 restaurants to the campus this fall, says the Central Penn Business Journal.

United Church Homes: Marion, OH

United Church Homes will soon break ground on a project to add 44 independent living cottage homes and a community center to its Parkvue Community in Marion, OH, according to the Marion Star.

Oak Trace: Downers Grove, IL

Oak Trace, a life plan community in Downers Grove, IL, is planning a major redevelopment and expansion that will add a new health center to the campus by 2019. Phase 2 of the project will add 150 residential living apartments, restaurants, a fitness center and spa, according to the Downers Grove Patch.

Jewish Association on Aging: Pittsburgh, PA

The Jewish Association on Aging in Pittsburgh will soon welcome residents to its new AHAVA Memory Care Residence, which is located on the ground floor of the organization’s Charles M. Morris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Westminster Village: Bloomington, IL

Westminster Village in Bloomington, IL, is adding new space for activities, an art studio, salon and medical clinic. The organization will complete a 2-story addition to the campus health center in 2018, and then renovate the rest of the center, according to the The Pantagraph.

Pinnacle Living: Richmond, VA

Pinnacle Living is planning a 5-phase improvement project at its 90-acre Cedarfield campus in Richmond, VA, according to Virginia Business and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The project includes construction of a new, 18,000-square-foot health and wellness center.

St. Camillus, Wauwatosa, WI

St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, is completing construction on a new assisted living building featuring memory care neighborhoods specifically designed to support meaningful wandering, according to the Journal Sentinel.