The Sterling Aventura: Serving Those Who Have Served

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Service is commonly defined as “Work that is done for others as an occupation” as well as “An act of assistance or benefit.”  Honor is defined as “high respect; esteem” or “to regard with great respect.” At The Sterling Aventura, we understand that service to one’s country reaches well beyond those definitions, and we are proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our residents and other local veterans.

There are many intangible benefits to service; however, a little-known benefit called the Aid and Attendance pension is a very important tangible benefit for those veterans who require assistance with activities of daily living. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website states, “Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.” This benefit can provide up to $1,794 per month for a single veteran who qualifies; additionally, provisions for veterans with a spouse as well as surviving spouse benefits are included in the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

We are privileged to serve our veteran residents here at The Sterling Aventura. Their stories deserve to be told, their sacrifices recognized, their service honored. Our community is proud to have many veterans in residence and would like to extend an invitation to veterans in the surrounding area to attend an event to learn more about the service-related benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

The Sterling Aventura will host a Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit seminar on October 25th from 5-6:30 pm at the community. Eric Weitkamp from Freedom Partners will outline the Aid and Attendance benefit, provide information on how to apply, and answer questions about eligibility for veterans and spouses. Veterans, families and friends are invited to attend to learn more about the benefits available to them. To learn more or reserve a seat for this event, please call 305-918-0000. Thank you for your service. It will be our honor to serve you!

Dog Days at Mangrove Bay

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Providing Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Senior Lifestyle’s Mangrove Bay community in Jupiter, Florida is known for beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and proximity to gorgeous beaches. Residents enjoy beautiful weather, exceptional services, and locally sourced ingredients for gourmet meals, and while none of those things are changing, Director of Sales and Marketing Lonnie Hoffman claims that one day very soon, Mangrove Bay will, in fact, be “going to the dogs.” Surprisingly, Executive Director Kathy Wise reports that residents, families and team members are looking forward to this “dog day”, and will even invite the public to witness the event!

What is happening at Mangrove Bay? The social event of the season, of course! The community will host a “Pup-tastic Fashion Show” in conjunction with the ribbon cutting for their new dog park on Thursday, October 19th from 2-4 pm and the local community is invited to attend. The new pet play area will be officially opened, light refreshments will be served, and the “pupperazzi” will be out in force, taking pictures of pets and their people. The community will host a “Yappy Hour” from 4:30-5:30 pm following the fashion show that is sure to be a howling success as well! Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic, a local no-kill shelter, will be on hand to help judge the fashion show along with adoptable pets from the shelter. In addition, officer Chad Norman, a bloodhound handler with Jupiter Police Department’s K9 unit will perform a skill demonstration. To RSVP to the grand opening of Mangrove Bay’s dog park or to enter a pet in the fashion show, please call 561-575-3123.

Mangrove Bay is home to more than ten dogs, beloved companions of residents of Mangrove Bay who add to the quality of life experienced in the community. The pets and their people at –Mangrove Bay have a heart for helping others and will be collecting items from Furry Friends’ wish list to help animals at the shelter live happier lives. Programs Director Karen Counts shares that Furry Friends is always in need of the following items:

  • Blankets, towels, comforters, sheets
  • Durable, clean dog & cat toys
  • Pedigree adult, puppy, small bites dry food
  • Pedigree adult and puppy wet food
  • Bleach and non-scented laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer (pump bottles)

Please consider bringing a donation to the fashion show, or even adopting a pet!

The Carlisle ROCKS in Palm Beach

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Palm Beach County really rocks, and so does The Carlisle! Located a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean in the gorgeous community of Lantana, Florida, the Carlisle offers all the amenities of a 5-star resort. With local highlights that range from a beautiful forest preserve to high-end shopping, the area has something for everyone.

Karen Delgado, Director of Resident Programming at the Carlisle, shares that residents are what makes The Carlisle such an innovative senior community. With a taste for activities that go “well beyond Bingo”, residents at The Carlisle seek out opportunities to participate in and give back to the community-at-large. Karen states, “Our residents enjoy the creative process, and love to express themselves and their pride in the community with projects that benefit our local area.” Palm Beach County Rocks is just such a project.

According to the Facebook page of #PBCRocks, the project is “meant to inspire creativity in all ages, energize people to explore the beautiful area we live in, and bring happiness to ALL of Palm Beach County. The plan is simple; paint a rock, inscribe it with #PBCRocks, seal it, then hide it somewhere in Palm Beach County”. The group’s page goes on to explain that “if you find a rock, you can keep it or re-hide it for someone else to find. Who knows, you might find yourself re-discovering parts of our community you haven’t appreciated in a while.” When a rock is discovered, the finder snaps a picture and posts it to the Facebook page to share the discovery.

Residents and staff at The Carlisle have joined the community-wide Palm Beach County Rocks project with a great deal of gusto, from sharing their artistic flair painting rocks as an activity to hiding the rocks while on outings, shopping, or just walking along South Palm Beach. As in other communities across the country, the project has grown larger than the community, connecting people and promoting the area, providing a unique experience not only for visitors, but for locals as well.

If you find yourself in Palm Beach County, be sure to look for colorful rocks while out and about; if you find one, share your discovery at #PBCRocks! For more information on The Carlisle Palm Beach or to schedule a tour of this or any of our Senior Lifestyle communities, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Circle of Friends

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On Sunday, September 17th, Atrium Village residents widened their circle of friends, hosting an intergenerational event at the community that included members of The Friendship Circle, a local organization for children and young adults with special needs. Approximately 30 senior residents from Atrium Village, and 15-20 youngsters from The Friendship Circle joined together to make special challah bread to commemorate the Jewish New Year which begins on Wednesday evening September 20, 2017. The Friendship Circle leadership team taught both young and old participants about the holiday, and provided them with a special recipe to make their own bread. At the end of the program, the community baked each loaf, providing each resident with a special treat to commemorate the event.

Friendship Circle Program Director Chana Solomon said, “We want to thank the Atrium Village for this beautiful opportunity to link generations and form meaningful friendships!”

The philosophy of The Friendship Circle is one of inclusion, stating “Everyone in this world has a unique purpose. When we focus on abilities instead of disabilities, those with special needs can be part of the strongest friendships and influence people in positive ways that others can’t. Unwavering acceptance, positive thinking, honesty, and commitment are just a few of the important lessons these individuals teach by example.” The organization aims to create meaningful friendships between volunteers and children with special needs, increasing confidence and redefining worldviews for both parties, a goal that Atrium Village is delighted to share.

Reuben Rosenfeld, Executive Director of Atrium Village, noted, “Atrium Village was honored to host this intergenerational event, bringing our residents and The Friendship Circle together for an event that held special meaning for everyone. We look forward to hosting events like this on a monthly basis.”

Residents of Atrium Village shared how much they enjoyed having young people join them to participate in an activity, noting that they look forward to the next event with The Friendship Circle. By all accounts, it looks as if this friendship is built to last!

For more information about events at Atrium Village, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Pine Trails at Castle Rock

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With the recent addition of apartments for assisted living, Pine Trails at Castle Rock now provides even more options to families looking for exceptional senior care in the Castle Rock area. The community, formerly providing memory care only, held a Grand Re-Opening event on July 20th, attended by the mayor of Castle Rock, representatives from the local Chamber of Commerce, and guests from the surrounding communities. A highlight of the event was the dedication of a butterfly pavilion and the release of butterflies into their new habitat, a fascinating feature at Pine Trails.

Kimberley Backes, Executive Director of Pine Trails at Castle Rock, shares that she has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the local community, with many sharing the same sentiment: “Thank you for giving the people of Castle Rock another care option.” Kimberley notes that the gifted and caring staff at Pine Trails have welcomed new residents to the community with a dedication to care that families notice as soon as they walk through the door, a dedication that has even allowed for a resident to transition from memory care to assisted living as the resident’s condition improved with daily care. The options of assisted living and memory care will also provide an easier transition in the event that a resident requires additional care.

Pine Trails at Castle Rock is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning, a commitment represented by an upcoming seminar scheduled for Thursday, September 21st. This informational presentation will highlight positive approaches to topics such as finances, how to determine when a senior should discontinue driving, and recognizing when a loved one would benefit from assisted living. The presentation begins at 6 PM, and reservations may be made by calling 720-457-1200. Dinner for four to go is included as a gift for attending the presentation.

To learn more about assisted living or memory care provided by dedicated caregivers in a beautiful setting, visit Pine Trails and see for yourself what commitment to care looks like. Scheduling a tour of Pine Trails at Castle Rock or any of our Senior Lifestyle communities is as easy as visiting our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Lake Barrington Woods hosts Adventure Camp

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Remember camping as a kid? Whether you went to a day-camp or sleepaway camp, rode in an RV with your grandparents, or just pitched a tent in the backyard, it was an adventure! You might have been eating outdoors, encountering wildlife or the neighborhood cat, sleeping in a tent, or watching cartoons in Grandpa’s RV! However you camped, fun and adventure were on the agenda. On a camp adventure, regular rules didn’t apply, so hands could get dirty, feet could get wet, and new experiences were welcomed with open (if somewhat grubby and perhaps bug-bitten) arms.

Adventures aren’t just for kids! At Senior Lifestyle’s Lake Barrington Woods community in the Chicago area, residents and staff alike are an adventurous bunch! In August of last year, as part of Active Aging Week’s challenge to Explore the Possibilities, residents from Lake Barrington Woods attended Adventure Camp, a summer camp experience hosted by Lake Barrington Woods at local Sunrise Lake. The event was so popular that this year the community decided to invite some Senior Lifestyle friends from neighboring communities.

Resident and staff attendance at this year’s Adventure Camp is expected to be approximately 100 people. Adventure Camp will be held on August 30th at Sunrise Lake, which provides a perfect setting for the event with its accessible spaces, ramps, and walking paths. Residents and staff from The Sheridan at Green Oaks, Autumn Green at Wright Campus, Lincolnwood Place, The Sheridan at Tyler Creek, Fox Point, and Prairie Green at Fay’s Point will attend Adventure Camp this year.

Proving that there’s always room for a new experience, no matter the age of the camper, one of last year’s attendees tried the traditional campfire treat, S’mores, for the first time, while another who had never held a fishing pole caught her first fish! Says Mirka Biegunska, Director of Resident Programs at Lake Barrington Woods: “Adventure Camp provides an opportunity for our residents to experience the freedom and independence of their childhood years, and for some, it is the first experience attending a campfire singalong or fishing in the lake. Our residents are so excited to share the adventure with their neighbors this year!”

At Senior Lifestyle communities, our residents love new experiences, and providing those experiences for our residents, whatever their adventure may be, is our goal every day. We believe fun helps to keep us young at heart, and if our Adventure Campers are any indication, we may be onto something! For information about Lake Barrington Woods, Adventure Camp, or any of our communities, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com, and if you get the chance, have an adventure!

 

Remington House Hosts Family Dinner

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At Remington House, a Senior Lifestyle community just east of Atlanta, hospitality is a way of life. From the moment guests enter the beautifully appointed senior community, a warm and welcoming atmosphere surrounds them. A sense of family is readily apparent as well; many residents share that they felt at home the moment they first stepped in the door. This sense of family extends to every visitor at Remington House, with staff and residents alike extending a warm welcome.

Family is an important facet of life at Remington House, and nothing says family like a shared meal! The long-standing tradition of generously feeding guests is alive and well, says Director of Sales and Marketing Leslie Piper. She states, “Sharing a meal with guests is a highlight of Southern hospitality, and our menu reflects our Southern heritage, with attention to detail, thoughtful preparation, and an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.”

The service staff at Remington House understands the importance of the dining experience and truly caters to each resident’s individual tastes, from traditional favorites to special dietary needs. With an abundance of farmer’s markets in the Conyers area as well as gardens on the grounds of the community, farm-to-table fresh ingredients are always available for use, and residents’ favorite recipes and foods are often incorporated into the menu.

In the spirit of true Southern hospitality, Remington House will host a farm-to-table Family Dinner on Saturday, August 26th from 4-7 pm. The meal will feature chef-prepared farm fresh recipes, as well as great company and conversation in a beautiful setting. To join the Remington House family for the Next Course, RSVP to 770-336-1157. Tours of this Senior Lifestyle community will also be available, convenient for those wishing to walk off that second or third helping of a favorite dish!

Southern Plantation Hosts a Pickle & Jelly Jamboree

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At Southern Plantation in Georgia, hospitality is a way of life. Residents enjoy the proximity to Atlanta and all it offers, as well as the comfortable, serene atmosphere of the Loganville area. Respect for the traditional arts is alive and well, says Angela Allen, LPN, the Executive Director of Southern Plantation’s senior community.

Because traditions like canning and preserving food are important to residents and staff alike at Southern Plantation, the community has planned an event centered around honoring these traditions. The Pickle & Jelly Jamboree will take place on Saturday, August 19th, from 10 am until 2 pm, with music, food, and prizes for best pickles and jelly. The event is open to the public and entries will be judged by local VIPs. Director of Sales and Marketing Nancy Griggs says that the hope is for this event to become an annual tradition itself. Staff and residents have even composed an ode to pickles in honor of the event:

Are yours sweet or are yours sour?

We’ll be tasting and judging entries each hour.

Are they dill and crunchy too?

Lots of variations, more than a few.

Picking the best tasting pickles, jams and jellies.

Our judges will leave with big full bellies.

Provide your recipe, attached to the jar.

Winners in each category will be far from par.

So submit your best and hope you win.

The judging will begin promptly at ten!!

Many residents share fond memories of harvesting and preserving food as children and young adults. Says Southern Plantation resident Nancy Williams:

“I am so delighted to hand down my mother’s easy recipe for homemade jelly. I am one of 8 children so my mother had a full garden of fruits and vegetables to assist with the amount of food we needed with such a large family. I had 5 brothers and they were the ones to go pick from the garden. My mother would not let the girls go without my brothers as there were bad snakes in and around our garden. My favorite jelly was my mother’s blackberry and grape jelly and I am looking forward to making it and entering it into the contest!”

For more information about this event and the traditions at Southern Plantation, or to learn more about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website. If you happen to be in the Loganville area on August 19th, stop in for a music, food, and some traditional fun!

Social Media and Friendships – The Atrium at Boca Raton

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Much like the residents they care for, the team members at The Atrium at Boca Raton are a fascinating group of people! With hobbies that range from falconry to scuba diving to motorcycle riding, the staff at The Atrium bring a great deal of diversity to residents’ lives by sharing their personal interests and backgrounds. Executive Director Sandy Sternefeld sums up the atmosphere at The Atrium, saying, “Everyone on the management team has a passion for what they do, and we’re a family. That passion attracts like-minded people and it filters down and filters out.”

Ask Activity Director Amelia Verlin about the most interesting facet of life at The Atrium and she’ll laugh and say “Where do I start?” Amelia, a falconry enthusiast and former jeweler who makes handbound books with beautiful Japanese papers, posted a photo of her work on Instagram and in so doing, struck up a friendship with a Japanese woman named Setsuko who admired Amelia’s work and recognized the paper used. That friendship has blossomed and grown to include residents at The Atrium, giving the community a unique overseas friendship that continues to thrive (with a little help from social media)! Gifts and photos are exchanged regularly, and residents look forward to hearing from their Instagram “pen pal” in Japan!

International friendship via social media seems to be a theme at The Atrium. The residents have also befriended a photographer named Jake, a native of Marrakesh, who travels to exotic locales to take photos for the camera company Canon. The friendship began with a resident “liking” a photo Jake posted on Instagram, and the rest is history. Questions, photos and videos now fly back and forth regularly! In his recent travels to Africa, Jake shared some amazing pictures with The Atrium’s staff and residents. In return, the residents made a mezuzah for Jake, which now travels with him and is placed on the front of his tent wherever he may be.

Ana McKinney, Sales and Marketing Director at The Atrium and a native of Lima, Peru, notes that the residents and staff at The Atrium share a thirst for knowledge and a genuine interest in one another’s interests and backgrounds. She was thrilled to share details about the culture of her beautiful home country when residents asked questions, and says that each resident has a story to tell as well. Whether learning about falconry or Facebook, residents and staff delight in their diversity!

At Senior Lifestyle our skilled and compassionate team helps Senior Living residents learn, grow, and connect in ways they never expected. The best part is that we learn from our residents even more than they learn from us, which might explain why our programs and services continue to evolve and improve every year. To learn more about The Atrium at Boca Raton or to schedule a tour of this community, please visit our website.

Make Your Home at Chancellor’s Village | Senior Lifestyle

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Most people have strong feelings about the place they call home, often describing home as a state of mind rather than a physical place. At Senior Lifestyle, we wholeheartedly agree! The elements that make a home are different for each individual, but each home shares an underlying sense of comfort, freedom, and safety.  Chancellor’s Village embodies those elements in a unique, beautiful atmosphere that says “Welcome home!”

Lydia Child, a 19th century activist, once wrote, “Home – that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it…” Dosha Delozier, for example, calls Chancellor’s Village her “little bit of heaven”. Dosha moved to the community almost three months ago, learning about the senior community after following the Chancellor’s Village transportation van while out with her family. Dosha knew nothing about her new home until this unexpected encounter, but now says that the care she receives is above and beyond her expectations. After a lifetime of caring for others, Dosha enjoys the comfort and ease of her new home at Chancellor’s Village.

Transportation was a key factor for Fran Fredericks when she was looking for a senior community to call home. When she stopped driving, Fran worried about getting to church, running errands, and giving up the freedom of going when and where she wished. The transportation service at Chancellor’s Village, which runs five times daily five days per week, and to church on Sunday, erased those worries for Fran as well as her daughters. Fran says that, at the age of 92, she feels that Chancellor’s Village is the best and safest place to be.

Carol and Roy Britton have been married for 58 years. When they moved into their two-bedroom apartment at Chancellor’s Village, Carol was delighted to learn about the many activities available in the senior community, and equally delighted to let someone else do the cooking so that she could participate in activities like her favorite pastime in her new home, water aerobics. As an artist, Roy enjoys taking part in art shows held at Chancellor’s Village, such as the upcoming event on August 16th. Carol and Roy’s daughter and son-in-law are relieved that they no longer have to worry about their parents and say they rest better at night knowing that Carol and Roy call the community their home.

19th century writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. claimed that “Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts” and Chancellor’s Village is a wonderful place to call home! An upcoming event, an art exhibition on August 16th from 2 to 4 pm, showcases work from the community’s artists-in-residence as well as other local artists. On August 29th, a seminar highlighting selling a home through auction is scheduled at 2 pm. To RSVP to these events or plan a visit of this beautiful senior community, please call 540-786-5000 or visit the Senior Lifestyle website.