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.

Home Is Where The Art Is At Harbour Village

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The arts, whether culinary, performing, or fine, represent a vital aspect of life, and in the Greendale, Wisconsin area, residents don’t have to look very far to see representations of each. From the Taste of Home test kitchens in Greendale, where visitors can sample delicious cookies and even take home the recipes, to Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world, to the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum sailing over the shore of Lake Michigan, art in all its forms abounds. This year on August 9th, residents and staff at Harbour Village in Greendale will go a step further, bringing an appreciation for the arts home by taking part in the Interfaith Lifetime Art Exhibit. This traveling exhibit, sponsored in part by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and The Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation, features the best work of artists ages 50 or better in Wisconsin and will spend the summer visiting various locations.

Katie Campbell, the Director of Resident Programming at Harbour Village, recognizes that the Interfaith Lifetime Art Exhibit is a “wonderful opportunity for our residents and the local community to enjoy some of the best artwork in Wisconsin right here in their very own backyard.” Its participation not only brings recognition to an overlooked population of artists, but it also encourages community members to become more involved in the arts. Harbour Village and the Interfaith Lifetime Art Exhibit join forces to celebrate the ages and unique talents of local artists. By applauding the creativity and energy of senior artists, they hope to embolden artists of all ages to be confident in their work and to share with their communities.

Harbour Village is honored to host the Interfaith Lifetime Art Exhibit! If you are in the neighborhood of Greendale on August 9th, be sure to stop by Harbour Village between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to enjoy some of the finest artwork in Wisconsin! This wonderful exhibit proves without a doubt that art knows no age limit and that great art can often be found close to home. For information on this event or the community, please visit our website.

 

Celebrate Summer at Autumn Green at Wright Campus

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In the heart of northwest Chicago lies a hidden gem. Autumn Green at Wright Campus is just off the beaten path in a setting that rivals any green-space to be found in the Chicago area. A Senior Lifestyle community, Autumn Green provides an exceptional living experience for its residents, whatever their interests might be! Executive Director Lori Cantway says that the residents of Autumn Green are the real treasures, claiming “Our residents provide so much input, talent and great ideas, we just provide the beautiful atmosphere for events and activities!” Lori says that new program ideas are often brought about by a resident’s interest.

Summer is a wonderful time at Autumn Green; residents can explore the surrounding city, enjoy time spent outside on the patio, or just relax with friends and family in any of the community’s common areas. Outings to local areas of interest are popular with residents, but with so much to do right at home, spending time in this exceptional senior community is just as fun! Resident Bobbi D. sums it up: “Living the dream at Autumn Green!”

The highlights of summer for each resident and team member are the “On the Green” events. Highly anticipated year after year, these events provide fun for families and friends along with the opportunity to showcase resident talents and invite the local community to see what life at Autumn Green is all about.

Music on the Green happened on Thursday, July 20th from 2 pm to 3 pm, with live music in the courtyard. Anyone with a love for music will enjoy!

Market on the Green is Saturday, August 19th from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendors provide a wide variety of food, crafts, and treasures, along with entertainment for the whole family!

Movies on the Green takes place on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 pm, with the movie starting at 7 pm. Cinema under the stars with a classic movie is sure to be a hit!

Join the residents and staff at Autumn Green at Wright Campus for any (or all) of these special events, and you’re sure to see why resident Annette B. says, “This is family.”

For more information about this vibrant senior community in the heart of northwest Chicago, visit our website or just drop in for a visit!

The Atrium Village’s Town Hall Meeting

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At Senior Lifestyle we know that as citizens the chance to speak up and have an impact on public policy doesn’t happen quite as often as we might like; however, residents at The Atrium Village had the opportunity to have their voices heard recently. United States Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland held a well-attended Town Hall meeting in the Grand Lobby of Atrium Village on Friday, July 7th. With well over 200 people in attendance, Senator Cardin focused his remarks on healthcare policy and the issues currently facing seniors locally and nationally, highlighting a possible bipartisan effort to resolve the impasse on healthcare. Atrium Village residents and other attendees submitted questions to Senator Cardin for discussion during a lively question and answer session after the Senator’s prepared remarks.

Atrium Village Executive Director Reuben Rosenfeld says, “We at Atrium Village were thrilled at the turnout for Senator Cardin’s Town Hall meeting and happy to provide the forum for him to discuss these issues. It was a great opportunity for our residents as well as members of our local community to have their voices heard. The director of our county’s Department of Aging, Joanne Williams, the Baltimore County Executive’s special assistant for community outreach, Larry Simmons, representatives from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, and our County Councilman Julian Jones attended.”

Senator Cardin’s official biography states that he has been a national leader on healthcare, retirement security, the environment, and fiscal issues. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, where he currently serves on the Foreign Relations, Finance, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business Committees.

We at Senior Lifestyle are proud of our residents and their willingness to remain engaged in the issues that affect them! The Resident Council at Atrium Village met prior to the Town Hall meeting to prepare questions for the senator, giving residents the opportunity to ask specific questions that were of concern to them personally, as well as present the questions at the event. The senator’s visit at Atrium Village was covered by local newspapers and TV stations, providing an even larger audience for the voices of our seniors! For more information about this Senior Lifestyle community, please visit our website.

Memory Care Residents Enjoy Community Concerts

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The Shoreline of Clinton, a Senior Lifestyle community, caters exclusively to residents who need memory care. For Executive Director Mary Ellen Ierardi and her team, the focus each and every day is on creating an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle for every resident. The Shoreline of Clinton emphasizes a social atmosphere for residents to make deep and lasting connections with team members and one another. Mary Ellen feels that the care provided is a labor of love and a daily opportunity to find new ways to engage residents in meaningful activities. Since the community is dedicated solely to memory care, the residents enjoy an exceptional level of freedom within the safety of a dedicated memory care community.

The Shoreline of Clinton, located 20 minutes from New Haven, also has close ties to the local community. It partners with area organizations to host and sponsor events like the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series. The concerts take place each Thursday at 6:30 pm in Clinton, with Shoreline residents and staff often in attendance. This community involvement provides residents with a sense of pride and purpose, allowing them to continue to take part in meaningful activities and events.

July 20th marks a special event for The Shoreline of Clinton, as the community sponsors local favorites, The Navels, playing rock and roll hits from the 60’s to today at the Clinton Summer Concert Series. Residents and staff are excited to attend and, in honor of the event, The Shoreline is providing a unique treat for anyone who stops in for a tour on the afternoon of the concert from 4:30 until 6 pm. Residents will help prepare a unique boxed treat – a delicious antipasti plate for two with provolone, salami, marinated mushrooms, pickled eggplant, roasted red peppers, Castelvetrano whole green olives, crackers, and a sweet treat of chocolate chip cookies for dessert! Visitors to The Shoreline can simply pick up the box following their tour and take a leisurely walk down Main Street to the Vece Gazebo at Pierson school to enjoy the music of The Navels.

At Senior Lifestyle, we understand that finding exceptional care for a loved one can be a daunting task, so our goal is to keep the process as hassle-free as possible from your first tour to move-in. Please visit our website for more information about memory care communities like The Shoreline of Clinton!

Team Member Spotlight: The Path to Success

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There’s a quiet but important success story happening at Valley View Gardens, a story that began with a simply stated desire to do more, to learn more, and to be more. The success came about through tenacity, trust, and recognition of talent.

Tierre Thornton says that very early on in her role as Executive Director at Valley View Gardens, she was approached by a young woman named Takeshia, a caregiver who expressed a desire to move forward and attain her LVN certificate. Takeshia had been at Valley View Gardens for some time, but hadn’t felt comfortable expressing this desire until she met Tierre and the new Executive Director asked, “How can I help in your success?” Tierre describes Takeshia as “a quiet yet methodical” caregiver with a tenacity and determination to succeed that was humbling to watch. She encouraged Takeshia to use that tenacity to meet the goals she had set for herself.

Tierre and Takeshia developed steps to follow toward her goal of becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse, with Takeshia quickly becoming a resource for training new care associates as well as being promoted to a Med Tech position. Takeshia, who has been at Valley View Gardens since 2009, shares that she worked as many shifts at Valley View Gardens as she could while finishing her last semester and sitting for her board exams to become an LVN. She says she was frustrated and disappointed when she didn’t pass her first test, but again she looked to Tierre for motivation and Tierre “gave her a push” to try again. That push, and her determination, fueled her next attempt. She was licensed in May.

Takeshia states that working with seniors at Valley View Gardens has been a privilege for her; she understands the needs of her residents and expresses that “you become family when you care for a resident. It means a lot to the elderly when caregivers truly care about their daily lives.”

While Takeshia doesn’t know exactly where her future in nursing will lead her, she does know that she has the skills to succeed as well as a solid foundation of support at Valley View Gardens, thanks to a mentor who listened to her goals and helped create a roadmap to success. Tierre, who says that Takeshia is a ”rock star” for her dedication and trust in the process, credits the culture of talent recognition at Senior Lifestyle for giving them both the tools to ensure success.

Congratulations to Takeshia!

Volunteers and Music – Heart and Soul of Lake Barrington Woods

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Everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, said that his mother once told him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” These people may brighten a day with music, serve tea in the afternoon, or plan outings for a group, but regardless of how they help, they are always there. Lake Barrington Woods has been blessed with several such helpers as the heart and soul of the community.

RICHARD—Richard Wagner grew up surrounded by music, so when he and his mother were touring assisted living communities last December, he was pleased to see a piano in the foyer of Lake Barrington Woods. He’s taken lessons since the age of six and as a child he enjoyed listening to his dad play clarinet in the American Legion band. It was, therefore, natural for him to share his heart for music with the senior community when his mother moved to Lake Barrington Woods. He says that there is some tradition involved; in 1974, just out of law school and studying for the bar exam, he often visited his grandmother in a nursing home in Joliet and began playing for the residents there. Richard claims that “Good music is ageless,” and the folks at Lake Barrington Woods agree, gathering around the piano every week as he performs classics like “As Time Goes By” and his favorite opening song, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street”.

PEGGY—Peggy Hawrysko’s mom, Marian, was planning to move to a different senior community, but then Peggy dropped in to Lake Barrington Woods. She was wowed by the sense of “warmth and welcome” she felt during her visit. Her mom soon moved to Lake Barrington Woods and Peggy, who lives close to the community, visits often to help her mother adjust and encourage her to get involved in the daily activities offered. Her frequent visits have grown into volunteering in the community, with Peggy assisting by calling Bingo, going on outings, serving tea, and even watering the flowers on the patio. Peggy says she finds that her time at Lake Barrington Woods helps ease stress, and that the more she volunteers, the better she feels; she can often be found chatting with resident on her way to visit her mother. She says, “I love the staff here!” and with her heart for the elderly, she has become a valued friend to residents and staff alike.

ED—Ed Connelly is a retired music professor who has always been drawn to the piano. He began playing at six years old, on a piano he’d heard his mother play often in their home in Chicago. His love of music continued through high school and college, with not only a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music, but also a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Ed taught music at Arkansas Tech University, leaving his mark with a reputation for musical excellence and a scholarship established in his name upon retirement. When he moved to Lake Barrington Woods last year, he was immediately drawn to the piano, playing classical music and drawing a crowd the first time he sat down at the instrument. Ed’s brother Robert, a retired audiologist and speech language pathologist, says that Ed has a rare talent for classical piano, an innate sense of the composer’s aim and an ear for the truest interpretation of any piece he plays. When asked if he is also musically inclined, Robert laughs and says “I’m just the page turner for Ed!” While Ed enjoys Jerome Kern and show-tunes, and is a long-time accompanist, his first love is classical music. A recent program he presented at Lake Barrington Woods included pieces by Chopin, Bartok and Grieg, music that Ed states “wears well.” If the crowd of over 30 people in attendance was any indication, Ed’s love of music has sparked an appreciation in many at Lake Barrington Woods!

Mirka Biegunska, Director of Resident Programs at Lake Barrington Woods, says that residents and staff in the senior community are very active in the local community, giving back by knitting hats for newborns, providing space for local charities, and hosting events. These volunteers truly have a heart for helping, as well as having music-loving souls!