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ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS – The Memory Care Courtyard

By Life Enrichment

The environment has real, recognizable, beneficial influences on the human mind. It can boost one’s sense of well-being and may lower blood pressure and levels of stress. Our memory care courtyard at Clarendale at Bellevue Place was created by Jack Carman, a renowned expert who designs spaces based on these effects.

According to Carman, “Listening to birds, watching a sunset, feeling the breeze on our skin…being outside in nature has positive effects on our mood and outlook.”

With that philosophy in mind, Carman created an environmental oasis for memory care residents and their visiting families at Clarendale. Essentially a natural outdoor living space, the courtyard incorporates plant materials and hardscapes that appeal to all five senses

Sight: Ornamental trees and multi-season shrubs catch the eye—from Japanese maples and Appalachian redbuds to butterfly bushes and arctic fire dogwoods.

Sound: A fountain water feature, flanked by rocking chairs, invites residents and guests to sit, listen, relax and meditate. Bird feeders tempt chirping feathered friends to stay awhile.

Taste: An intimate grouping of tables and chairs call residents, staff and families to enjoy coffee, lunch or a snack outside—because everything tastes better in the sun!

Touch: Resident gardeners can get their hands dirty in raised planting beds or simply sit and relax under the room-size pergola with a light touch of wind to welcome them.

Smell: In addition to plantings of fragrant English lavender and southern magnolia, planters are filled with herbs and flowers—from basil, parsley and sage to scented lemon, orange, apple and rose geraniums.

“Gardens are an essential component of any residence. Outdoor rooms can help individuals with dementia stay connected to the world around them,” says Carman.

About the Landscape Architect: Jack Carman, FASLA

The mastermind behind Clarendale at Bellevue Place’s memory care courtyard is the owner, founder and president of Design for Generations, LLC. With more than 20 years of experience as a landscape architect, Carman is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a nationally recognized expert in the design of therapeutic gardens, particularly for senior living communities and individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Characteristically, Carman’s plans for gardens and natural areas are designed to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of older adults using the gardens. As a Landscape Architect, he analyzes site conditions and creates design solutions that promote

improved quality of life. His philosophy? Blend the built environment with more natural aspects of design, taking advantage of nature’s beauty and restorative powers.

Want to learn more? For details about the therapeutic outdoor space at Clarendale at Bellevue Place, click Memory Care Courtyard or simply Contact Us to schedule a visit.

 

HOW RESPITE CARE CAN BE USED TO TEST DRIVE ASSISTED LIVING

By Life Enrichment

Moving your parents or loved one to assisted living is a decision that requires a lot of thought and research. There are so many different aspects of an assisted living community to consider that without visiting communities, there’s no real way to know if it meets all your requirements, or if you, your parents or loved one will even like it. One of the ways to get a better picture of what assisted living is like in a given community is to take advantage of their respite care program. A short respite stay will give you and your loved ones an idea as to what the community is like, what services they offer, and if it’s the right choice for them.

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SENIOR SCAMS & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR OLDER LOVED ONES

By Life Enrichment

Millions of older adults fall victim to scams each year, losing substantial amounts of money they need for their retirement. In fact, scammers often target seniors in financial scams, because they expect older adults to have significant savings in their bank accounts.

If your senior loved one becomes a victim of fraud, it can leave them in a precarious financial position with little time to recoup crucial funds. READ MORE HERE.

TRAVELING LOCAL IN 2021: 10 PLACES IN THE US THAT FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN EUROPE

By Life Enrichment

We can’t know what the next year will bring or what travel restrictions may be in place. But if you were looking into traveling to the best places to visit in Europe and you’re now worried you won’t make it across the pond, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best places to visit in the USA that offer the European experience. CLICK HERE for a quick description of each.

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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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

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.

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SENIOR CARE AND SENIOR LIVING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS THAT ACTUALLY HELP

By Life Enrichment

We’re all intimately aware of how much technology has changed our everyday world and continues to do so at an increasing pace. And while seniors can sometimes be slower to adopt new technologies, in many ways, they may have the most potential to be helped by technological innovations.
CLICK HERE to learn more about technologies that are already making a difference in the lives of seniors.

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Seniors Thrive at Life Care Services Communities

By Life Enrichment

In the next 40 years, the number of adults age 65 and older will double, and more and more seniors will consider when is the right time to make the move to a senior living community.

In Life Care Services® communities such as ours, we aim to enable seniors to thrive and live their best lives, making the transition to senior living a choice many of our residents wish they would have made sooner.

Take Julia Lewis, a resident at fellow Life Care Services community Magnolia Springs SouthPointe, as a perfect example. Julia came to her community mobility challenged, using a walker and unable to do many of things she enjoyed in her younger years. Through the Life Care Services Health & Wellness Navigation Program, which helps our residents navigate the complicated care continuum, Julia received exercise training and therapy for over a year, dropped her walker and now, can’t help but let loose and dance. A viral video of Julia dancing the jitterbug has been featured nationally on Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America and has been shared by thousands – including Oprah – on social media.

Our desire is to help all of our residents be able to “get down” and dance again, join a book club, go to the opera, or garden – whatever their passion may be. Life Care Services communities seek to fulfill resident passions through our programming and partnerships.

You can get a glimpse into how residents at Life Care Services communities such as ours are loving their choice to move, by hearing from them yourself in this news clip featured on We Are Iowa.