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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.

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15 Assisted Living Activities Anyone Can Enjoy

By Life Enrichment

If you think moving to an assisted living community means slowing down, think again. You can slow down if you want to, but communities are bursting with activities for seniors in assisted living. Community events are great opportunities to spend time with friends and share more than just a meal. Good activity directors ensure programs are interesting and varied. You can participate as much or as little as you please, but if you want to keep busy, you’ll never be bored.

To learn about 15 assisted living activities that anyone can enjoy, CLICK HERE.