Active Aging Week

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It’s Active Aging Week, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re celebrating in style! Our residents provide us with inspiration daily, choosing lifestyles of purpose and joy, breaking down barriers and changing our idea of aging. From dance classes to book clubs to group meditation, they bring fresh ideas for activities that do so much more than occupy time; they occupy hearts and minds and create lasting friendships, bringing positivity and fun to the aging process 

Active Aging Week, celebrated yearly on the last week in September, was initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging. The aim of this special week is to showcase the potential of older adults to live full lives throughout the aging process and to challenge our expectations of aging, not only physically, but mentally, spiritually, intellectually and socially.  

At Senior Lifestyle, we encourage the spark of creativity and the thirst for knowledge in so many ways; the following are just a sample of the innovative activities we offer our residents during Active Aging Week and every week: 

 

BRAIN HEALTH UNIVERSITY 

If you’re ready to stretch and strengthen your mind while having fun with your friends and neighbors, our award-winning Brain Health University program is for you. Featuring unique courses designed to exercise your brain, BHU is often fully enrolled and always a fantastic way to meet new friends in your community. BHU fosters personal growth as residents take courses that intrigue and excite them. Once residents complete 18 classes, they are granted a certificate of graduation from BHU and rewarded with a celebratory event. 

 

COOKING 

Food is at the heart of our community. Share meals and conversations with your neighbors as you bond over your favorite meals. Residents love getting together with friends and neighbors to swap family recipes and share their culinary creativity! If you really want to test your mettle in the kitchen, you can compete in one of our popular “Iron Chef” cooking competitions. Or, if you’re just looking to learn some new tricks, attend a hosted cooking demonstration! 

 

SENIOR SIDEKICKS 

Senior Sidekicks is an intergenerational program designed exclusively for our residents and local students. Through Senior Sidekicks, local students visit the community and join our residents for entertaining senior activities. The program offers amusing activities for seniors and students alike. Senior Lifestyle communities brim with energy as students from local schools chat and engage with residents. These events are always highly anticipated by residents and students alike. 

 

At Senior Lifestyle, Active Aging is a way of life. We encourage our residents to bring their activity ideas to the table so that we can offer a wide variety of programs that foster engagement as well as purpose. For more information on a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, or to hear more about our lifestyle opportunities, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Capture The Moment

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At Senior Lifestyle, we believe that it’s the moments that matter most, so this year’s National Assisted Living Week theme is truly special to us. Everyday interactions between families, residents and team members are vital to the wellbeing of those we serve, with moments from the past, often in the form of photos, videos and letters, providing a keystone for these interactions. From social hours to family dinners, Senior Lifestyle celebrates and honors the moments that help to create a bond between our team members and the residents they care for.  

National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said in his announcement of this year’s theme, “We want this year’s National Assisted Living Week to help overcome the stigma that older adults in assisted living communities, and other settings for that matter, don’t have a purpose in life anymore. No matter your age, we should all be living life to its fullest. Assisted living caregivers help seniors realize this by supporting them with everyday tasks, while maximizing their independence and honoring their individuality.”  

National Assisted Living Week, established by the NCAL in 1995, provides an opportunity for communities across America to recognize and celebrate the vital role assisted living plays in caring for our seniors. This week also helps assisted living communities to educate the public about assisted living by sharing events and activities with their surrounding communities. Senior Lifestyle’s assisted living communities throughout the United States will share the stories of their residents and team members during this week, highlighting the moments that create relationships in these communities between residents, caregivers, families and volunteers. 

At Senior Lifestyle, we celebrate the moments shared in our communities and truly believe that our residents Capture the Moment every day, living lives that are vibrant and filled with purpose. If you’d like to learn more about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, or if you’d like to schedule a tour and see for yourself, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Senior Lifestyle is proud to share the philosophy and goals of the Alzheimer’s Association and proud of our designation as a Global Team in the effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease. The Longest Day event, which took place in June across America, provided us an opportunity for total engagement in this important cause. Our corporate staff, regional staff, and our local senior communities pulled out all the stops this year to meet our fundraising goals for this event, with 107 Senior Lifestyle teams and 268 participants taking part in the event. Families and residents at our communities always play a vital part in local events as well, pledging to spend time raising awareness on The Longest Day. 

Our fundraising goal for The Longest Day this year was $50,000, and we’re proud to say that we met and far exceeded that goal, with Senior Lifestyle teams raising a total of $100,797.56 for The Longest Day! We’re proud to have such a committed group of people working to end Alzheimer’s, and until there’s a cure, our goals will remain high. Planning for The Longest Day begins early each year, with many of our teams already looking forward to outdoing themselves at next year’s event. It’s this team spirit and sense of commitment that makes our Senior Lifestyle fundraisers so successful. 

With planning already underway for next year’s The Longest Day, we’re now looking forward to participating in local Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in the next few weeks. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.” Team members, residents and families in our Senior Lifestyle communities are lacing up their walking shoes and taking steps to eliminate Alzheimer’s, and we hope you’ll join us! 

For information on a Senior Lifestyle community near you taking part in Walk to End Alzheimer’s and what you can do to support the goals of the Alzheimer’s Association, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is happening soon in your area, so join a team and support the cause! 

Celebrating the Successes of The Longest Day

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The Longest Day has come to another successful close, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re proud of the efforts shown by team members, residents and families to raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you rode a bike, baked a cake or hosted an event, you made a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and we salute you! The Longest Day is all about love, and on the summer solstice, our communities teamed up to show love for those facing the disease with celebrations across the country. With 106 Senior Lifestyle teams and 266 participants, we found joyful and unique ways to support the cause of the Alzheimer’s Association.

What happens now? The Alzheimer’s Association will update fundraising totals for The Longest Day and post on their website; we’ll keep collecting donations and add to those totals as our communities prepare for the next fundraiser, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which takes place in the fall. In the meantime, Senior Lifestyle communities will continue to provide exceptional care for our residents and families to fulfill our vision to become the trusted leader in senior living services by creating great places to work and great places to live.

As always at Senior Lifestyle, we’ll be setting our goals even higher for next year, not only within our company, but within the surrounding communities as well. We’re proud to be a Global Partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end Alzheimer’s and proud of the work we do to support those in our communities who face Alzheimer’s. We’ll continue to offer exceptional memory care, looking forward to the day when it is no longer a need. To learn more about a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, make a donation to support The Longest Day, or to schedule a tour, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

National Nursing Assistant Week

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National Nursing Assistant Week is June 14-21. At Senior Lifestyle, we recognize the vital role of those who provide hands-on care in our communities. We invite you to join us in celebrating National Nursing Assistant Week as we honor direct care staff and their contributions to the well-being of our residents and their families. Our service culture truly begins with these dedicated team members and is defined by this family-first philosophy. This culture is what guides our mission to provide the best service and care from the very beginning. 

Direct care workers help to create a positive, caring environment for residents, families and fellow team members every day by fostering independence, building lasting relationships, and becoming trusted advocates for those in their care. For many residents, nursing assistants are the “face of the community.” Nursing assistants are oftentimes a source of comfort and familiarity as the resident transitions to new living arrangements and becomes accustomed to new daily routines and interactions with other residents and staff.  

At Senior Lifestyle, we believe that nursing assistants are the glue that holds our communities together. Since we believe that our success begins with our people, we look for those who truly model our Senior Lifestyle vision: Every day, Senior Lifestyle’s caring team members purposefully brighten and enrich the lives of those we service with dedication to our core values. What are those core values? They are Hospitality, Excellence, Appreciation, Respect and Teamwork, values we see at work in our communities daily. 

Senior Lifestyle invites you to see for yourself the immeasurable value our nursing assistants bring to the lives of our residents. Visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com to schedule a tour of a community in your area and you’ll understand why we value these team members so highly! 

Be a Part of the Longest Day

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. At Senior Lifestyle, we support The Alzheimer’s Association’s commitment to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s by participating in The Longest Day, a fundraiser that focuses on participants doing what they love to raise money for researching treatments and a cure for this disease. 

Senior Lifestyle participates in The Longest Day in ways unique to each individual community. From vendor fairs to family fun days to raffles and silent auctions, each group of team members, residents and families offer fun ways to support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association: “To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.” 

At Senior Lifestyle we’re proud to promote The Longest Day and we encourage our communities to reach out to the surrounding areas to join in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. There’s still so much to be done, but we are confident that with heightened awareness and fundraising efforts we can achieve the vision of the Alzheimer’s Association: A world without Alzheimer’s. 

Still wondering about The Longest Day? There’s still time to participate! Contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or visit our website to find the Senior Lifestyle community closest to you and learn about The Longest Day events in your area, then make a vow to make every minute of The Longest Day count! 

Go Purple to End Alzheimer’s

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The Longest Day is almost here and we at Senior Lifestyle are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission and to once again be a Global Partner in this year’s The Longest Day event. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and to provide support to the residents, families, and communities that call Senior Lifestyle home. As of today, we’ve raised over $11,000 toward our $50,000 goal!  

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to GO PURPLE to end Alzheimer’s, and at Senior Lifestyle, we’re proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for crucial research into Alzheimer’s Disease, research that we know will one day reveal a cure for this disease. Show your support in June by wearing purple, raising awareness on social media, and sharing your personal stories.  

From the Alzheimer’s Association: “Get a head start on turning Facebook purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June. Add our #ENDALZ frame to your profile picture. Simply click ‘Try it’ under the photo below or search “Alzheimer’s Association” at this link: facebook.com/profilepicframes. 

At Senior Lifestyle, our commitment to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey is also a personal one. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” Our participation in The Longest Day is for our family, and Senior Lifestyle’s way of uniting to support the families around the nation so that no family is alone in their fight. 

The Longest Day is all about love, and at Senior Lifestyle we hope you’ll join us in showing love for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s, not only those with the disease but those who provide support as well. Choose an activity, find a team, make a donation, and MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. For more information about how we celebrate The Longest Day at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

The Longest Day

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Time flies when you’re having fun, and The Longest Day is all about fun for a worthy cause. Around the country and around the world, teams will participate in events, raise awareness, and donate funds to the fight against Alzheimer’s on the Summer Solstice, June 21st. The Alzheimer’s Association provides ideas for activities on their homepage, encouraging participants to “Do something you love — or honor a caregiver, someone living with Alzheimer’s, or someone you’ve lost by selecting his or her favorite hobby. From swimming to scrapbooking, you’re limited only by your imagination.” Every day in our communities, our team members show their dedication and compassion for our residents and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and at Senior Lifestyle we’re honored to continue that dedication, supporting the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in The Longest Day. 

Last year our Senior Lifestyle teams participating in The Longest Day event raised nearly double the amount of our fundraising goal of $50,000. From bowl-a-thons and bake-offs to gala events with silent auctions, our teams created activities that truly made time fly. Once again, Senior Lifestyle is proud to be a Global Partner in the fight against Alzheimer’s and with 19 teams and 39 participants so far, we expect our efforts this year to be just as spectacular!  

As a leading national provider of independent living, assisted living, and memory care, Senior Lifestyle is committed to supporting those who live, support, care for, and walk alongside those on this journey. Like so many others around the country, our employees are personally impacted by this disease; we are sisters, brothers, daughters and sons of people battling Alzheimer’s. One team member summarized this impact perfectly when they said, “Watching my Dad’s face when he was given the diagnosis of Early Stage Alzheimer’s was one of the hardest days of my life. From that day on, my commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association and to improving care and treatment for those living with this disease became more than a profession, it became my personal mission.” 

Mark your calendar for June 21st and join us at Senior Lifestyle as we raise funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website to join a team, participate in an event, or simply make a monetary donation to add your voice to those working to raise awareness and end Alzheimer’s! To learn more about how we’re supporting The Longest Day in a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com 

INTERGENERATIONAL EVENT AT THE CARLISLE PALM BEACH

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The Carlisle Palm Beach, a Senior Lifestyle community known for resort-style living just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, provides exceptional care and amenities in a family-oriented environment where residents and team members form lasting friendships. Providing Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, the community fosters an atmosphere of interaction and enrichment with activities designed to cater to each resident’s personal interests, whether they enjoy strolling on the local beaches or shopping in the upscale establishments on Worth Avenue. Executive Director Chris Kochan shares, “The interactions with residents and the opportunity to listen to their histories is truly priceless. There’s an incredible amount of energy here from both the staff and residents, and I love being a part of the family we’ve built here at the Carlisle.” He says the Carlisle also stands out because of the sense of “home” the Carlisle family creates for everyone who enters.

The family environment in the community is a key component of The Carlisle Palm Beach’s care, and that family environment will be evident on February 2nd when The Carlisle Palm Beach hosts an intergenerational event for residents and staff, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The event, designed to give children of team members of The Carlisle Palm Beach an opportunity to envision themselves in the workplace, is highly anticipated by staff and residents alike. Director of Sales and Marketing Jillian Castellano shares, “I have worked at The Carlisle since 2007 and this is the first year I have a child that is of school age and able to participate in this day.  I have looked forward to this since the day I started working here.  Having your child being able to see what you love to do every day can never match you talking about it.” Independent Living resident Theresa Colandreo echoes that sentiment, noting, “I love when I am around children. They make me feel young again.  It will be so nice to have the staff’s children spending the day with us.”

While Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is typically celebrated in April, that date coincides with standardized testing in the Palm Beach County School District, so the district is encouraging businesses to share their workplace practices with students in February. The Carlisle Palm Beach has a busy day planned for its special guests at this special intergenerational event on February 2nd, with breakfast, a petting zoo, lunch with residents, arts and crafts, and a magic show to round out the day of work with Mom or Dad. For more information about The Carlisle Palm Beach, or to schedule a tour of the community, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Shoreline of Clinton

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The Shoreline of Clinton, newly remodeled in 2015, is a unique senior community providing award-winning Memory Care in a serene setting built to meet the specific needs and wants of each resident. Located in close proximity to New Haven on the southern Connecticut shoreline, the community seeks to add to their current staff of dedicated team members who are passionate about creating an enriching lifestyle for Memory Care residents. Executive Director Kimberly Oliver states, “We are excited to meet with local job-seekers to share opportunities in our community, including key roles such as Memory Care Director, as well as Activities and Care staff. We encourage recent graduates of C.N.A. and L.P.N. programs to visit with our team to learn more about The Shoreline of Clinton and our award-winning approach to Memory Care.”

The community will host a job fair on Tuesday, January 16th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, with opportunities for job-seekers to meet with the management team and interview for open positions in the community. Candidates are encouraged to bring resumes and copies of any current licensure if applying for clinical positions. Says Oliver, “We look forward to meeting with applicants who share our commitment to exceptional Memory Care and who are seeking careers with personal and professional fulfillment.”

With events, activities and outings tailored exclusively to the needs of Memory Care residents, The Shoreline of Clinton focuses on providing an enriching, fulfilling lifestyle in a homelike atmosphere. With a secure walking path, outdoor courtyard and patio, residents can enjoy moving freely throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces of the community, while families can rest assured that loved ones are thriving in a secure setting that fosters independence and enrichment. Lisa, daughter of resident Marie, shares that her mother is enjoying her home at The Shoreline of Clinton, stating, “She participates in everything.” Lisa also notes of the community, “It turned out to be absolutely perfect for my mom and it was a miracle. I can breathe again. This place is small and feels like home.”

Upcoming events at The Shoreline of Clinton:

  • Wine Tasting & Workout – Thursday, January 11th at 6:30 pm – Join tasting workouts at wine stations throughout the community! Call 860-669-9300 to reserve your glass!
  • Refresh & Reboot – Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm – Start the year off on the right foot with a space for relaxation and a mani/pedi! Call 860-669-9300 to step into serenity!

If the prospect of a fulfilling career and the opportunity to work with a dedicated, passionate team of professionals interests you, please plan to attend the job fair on January 16th. For more information about Memory Care at The Shoreline of Clinton or to learn more about any of our upcoming events, please call 860-669-9300 or visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.