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WHY SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES ARE ADOPTING THE MONTESSORI METHOD FOR MEMORY CARE

By Life Enrichment

Adapting the Montessori Approach to Dementia

Like many, you may have heard about the Montessori Method but not know what it is or what makes it so different from other approaches to teaching. And that’s okay. All you really need to
know is that after a century in practice, it has a proven record of success. In fact, it is such a success that many communities have created Montessori dementia programs that modify the
techniques first created for children to people with dementia. At LCS, we have taken the key foundations of the Montessori approach and developed the Heartfelt CONNECTIONS – A Memory Care Program® that promotes physical and emotional well-being, supports daily functioning and maintains a sense of purpose, satisfaction, dignity and quality of life.

 

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THE BENEFITS OF WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS: WHY CHOOSE A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY FOR RETIREMENT

By Health and Wellness

Senior Living Neighborhoods Are the Model of the Future.

You have a lot of options when it comes to where you live. In fact, where you make your home is one of the most personal and most important decisions you might make in your life. It’s especially important as you evaluate your senior living options.

According to the latest research, walkable neighborhoods are beneficial for people of all ages, but, in particular, they have a compounding effect on the benefits of independent living for seniors. Before you get too far into your research on the best senior living neighborhoods, let’s define walkable neighborhoods.

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T STOP YOUR ASSISTED LIVING SEARCH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

By Senior Living Options

Don’t let uncertain times stop your search for assisted living.

If you or someone in your family is considering an assisted living apartment or assisted living facility — you shouldn’t allow uncertainty to slow or stop your efforts to choose the best assisted living community. Why? For one thing, the clock is ticking on preserving your independence. Typically, the best assisted living communities have a waiting list for their assisted living homes and apartments. The average wait time is 6 months. And with the options of virtual tours and virtual visits available to you now, there’s no reason to let precious time slip away without making progress on your search.

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SENIOR BALLROOM DANCER FINDS JOY, FREEDOM IN MOVE TO CLARENDALE

By Community News, Life Enrichment

Nashville, TN, June 22, 2020 — Dan Coen is a National Champion ballroom dancer. He has competed in dozens of competitions all over the country since taking up ballroom dancing 11 years ago, at the age of 83. That’s right, Dan is a ballroom dancing champion at 94 years-old.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, within the next 10 years, one in every five U.S. residents will reach retirement age. As a result, more and more seniors are beginning to look for quality senior housing. For seniors like Dan, the right senior living solution consists of more than just a roof and four walls. They seek senior living communities with amenities such as fitness centers, pubs, rooftop gardens, art studios and much more. These features provide access to activities, social engagement and comfort to keep life enjoyable.

Like many aging adults, Dan continues to thrive after making the move to a quality senior living community. Dan found his home at Clarendale at Bellevue Place, managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS Company®, which ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. Clarendale’s full calendar of social and recreational activities, paired with Life Care Services’ Health & Wellness Navigation ProgramTM, offer a full support system to meet seniors’ needs at every turn.

“Moving to a senior living community isn’t always met with enthusiasm,” said Brandon Bornstein, executive director of Clarendale at Bellevue Place “Yet, we find that once the residents move in and start enjoying the lifestyle we provide, they wish they would have moved sooner. We’re proud to help seniors thrive and live their best lives by offering high quality care and top-notch amenities and programming.”

Dan’s most recent competition was in March in Las Vegas, where he placed first in nearly every category in which he participated, including in his favorite dance style, West Coast Swing. Dan has also competed and took home top honors in his class in Nashville’s Music City Invitational for the past several years.

A retired aeronautical engineer, Dan worked at Gate Learjet for 10 years. After he and his wife welcomed a baby that passed away during infancy, they decided it was time to make a change, and Dan began his career at Avions Marcel Dassault. He became the North American President of Engineering and collected an impressive portfolio of engineering projects with jets still in use today. After Dan’s wife died in 2005, his eight children and 18 grandchildren encouraged him to find a new hobby to remain active. Four years later, he took his first ballroom dancing class. In 2012, he was certified as an official Bronze Member.

Dan has won countless awards, and there is no stopping him! He is looking forward to future competitions–and future awards–to add to his display case. View a video of Dan dancing here: https://www.facebook.com/clarendaleatbellevueplace/videos/196899791649203/.

For more information about Clarendale at Bellevue Place, visit www.ClarendaleatBellevuePlace.com or call 615-271-5511.

About Clarendale at Bellevue Place

Clarendale of Bellevue Place is a senior living community that offers extraordinary independent living, assisted living and memory care. The community is the ideal lifestyle choice for seniors seeking more convenience, camaraderie, and security combined with supportive services and care in gracious and comfortable surroundings. Clarendale at Bellevue Place is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, the nation’s second-largest operator, leading the way in senior living with more than 45 years of proven experience.

About Life Care Services®

Life Care Services, An LCS Company, has the experience required to boost community financial performance, increase occupancy, and develop new lifestyle and health initiatives to meet consumer expectations and help communities thrive. Ranked highest in customer satisfaction among senior living communities in the 2019 J.D. Power study, Life Care Services is the nation’s second-largest operator of senior living communities and has expertise in the management of both Continuing Care/Life Plan and rental communities. From independent living to assisted living, skilled nursing to memory care, at Life Care Services, Experience Is Everything™. For more information, visit lifecareservices-seniorliving.com.

 

 

For J.D. Power 2019 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards

Opening up Our Community

By Community News

Federal and state governments are releasing plans to reopen the economy to essential business. While this is an encouraging sign to our country’s response to COVID-19, please know this process will be taken thoughtfully at Clarendale at Bellevue Place. We will implement a three-phased approach when reopening our community. Decisions for each phase will be based on state and regional criteria, advice from public health officials, and the health status of our community.

We are all looking forward to the day when we can resume our lives as a community and gather with our friends, yet the health and safety of our residents and employees must remain our highest priority. From the beginning, we have taken on this challenge as a marathon rather than a sprint. There are no short cuts or easy answers to how we reduce our risk to COVID-19 and it’s as important as ever that we continue to remain focused on protecting ourselves and supporting each other.

In the upcoming weeks, and until further notice, Clarendale at Bellevue Place will continue to follow the heightened precautionary measures currently in place. These practices include following social distancing protocol and restricting non-essential visitors. We understand the risks posed to our community from COVID-19 and remain committed to our processes. We’ll only begin to shift our protocols after we know our community is no longer at risk, and with careful consideration of the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and local and state health departments. As the situation develops, and we make changes to our protocols, residents, employees and families will be notified first —but to reiterate, we will not be modifying our precautionary measures at this time.

Thank you for your patience, your support, and for embodying that hopeful spirit that Clarendale at Bellevue Place is known for as we continue to navigate this process together. For detailed information regarding our community policies and updates to our reopening efforts, please contact our community directly. For more information regarding the national response efforts taken by LCS communities, visit https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERGENERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SENIORS.

By Life Enrichment

There was a time when the young and the old naturally co-existed. It wasn’t unusual for multiple generations to live together in the same household or neighborhood, or just a short drive away. They cared for one another and shared in responsibilities, activities and the joys and sorrows of everyday life.

Today, many families are fragmented, often living hours or thousands of miles apart. Though family relationships last a lifetime, separation can cause them to suffer through a loss of comfort, tradition, learning, history, purpose and belonging. CLICK HERE to read more.

EVALUATING YOUR SENIOR LIVING OPTIONS: RENTAL COMMUNITIES

By Senior Living Options

If you’ve been considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, you’ve probably noticed that the options are vast and vary. It can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start?

A good place to begin is by looking at two of the most popular choices – Life Plan Communities (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs) and rental retirement communities.

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elderly woman in wheelchair

WHAT IS PROBLEM ADAPTATION THERAPY?

By Health and Wellness

Problem Adaptation Therapy: A Breakthrough for Dementia Care Patients with Depression and Anxiety.

When someone suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, their days can be filled with anxiety, sadness and depression, which can lead to suffering and family disruption. Research shows that about a third of people with dementia also have depression, and that anxiety symptoms afflict roughly a quarter to half of the patients with dementia.

Moreover, many people with dementia who suffer from depression and anxiety are prescribed antidepressant medications as a first-line defense. Although data on psychiatric drug use is mixed, current research indicates that antidepressants don’t work well in seniors with dementia. Many also come with serious side effects such as disorientation and confusion, which can lead to falls and fractures.

Fortunately, there are effective new therapies for seniors with depression and anxiety to help them cope and find solace. One such treatment is Problem Adaptation Therapy.

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elderly couple outside playing with hose

WHY ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS MATTERS WHEN CHOOSING A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.

By Senior Living Options

As you or your loved one research senior living communities, you’ll quickly discover that most stress their approach to wellness for living a healthier, longer life. You’ll hear a lot about opportunities for physical activities, proper nutrition, lifelong learning, programs and classes.

But did you know that environmental wellness for seniors is just as important? The environment in which you live and how it’s cared for contributes greatly to enriching your mind, body and soul.

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