By Health and Wellness

Healthy Connections: Senior Isolation and How to Combat It

Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


By Senior Living Options

Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”

To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, here are 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs. READ MORE

Clarendale at Bellevue Place Hires Leslie Brown, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Claudia Buchanan, Director of Memory Care

By Community News

Nashville, Tennessee (January 7, 2020) – As building construction nears completion on Nashville’s all-new senior living community, Clarendale at Bellevue Place has hired two leaders to help residents transition to their new home. Leslie Brown will serve as Director of Sales and Marketing, and Claudia Buchanan will serve as Director of Memory Care.

Located within the development of One Bellevue Place, Clarendale at Bellevue Place will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care all under one roof. The staffing additions help round out a team that will be welcoming the senior living community’s first residents in the coming weeks of 2020.

“We are delighted to have Leslie and Claudia join the Clarendale at Bellevue Place team—especially now,” says Brandon Bornstein, executive director. “Leslie has the experience, passion and dedication it takes to help Nashville-area families find the right senior living solutions. While Claudia has the credentials, expertise and background to prove she’s the right person to lead our two highly specialized memory care neighborhoods.”

Brown brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to her Clarendale role, with the last decade primarily focused on health care. A native Nashvillian, she is a graduate of Auburn University.

“I consider myself lucky to have found a position at Clarendale that taps into my desire to help families,” says Brown. “Through much of my career, I’ve been an advocate for seniors and those who love and support them. And in my personal life, I’m passionate about fundraising for charities benefitting the disabled. So, I guess you could say I have a heart for making myself useful to help others. Clarendale senior living solutions will allow me to do just that.”

Buchanan is an experienced Chaplain and also a Certified Dementia Practitioner, specializing in bereavement care, so she brings unique qualifications to her position as Clarendale’s Director of Memory Care. Also, her loving commitment to dementia leadership is personal: Buchanan cared for her own parents in their final years.

“I have experience with our Clarendale at Bellevue Place sister community in Hendersonville, so I’m confident residents and their families will find this community just as attractive in Nashville,” says Buchanan. “The residential setting is designed to make those who live here feel at home, but perhaps more important, our heartfelt approach to care, known as Heartfelt CONNECTIONS – A Memory Care Program®, truly offers individuals with memory loss a sense of safety, security and quality of life seldom found at other communities.”

According to the newest staff members, Brown and Buchanan, the emphasis on quality of life and total wellness is true of all neighborhoods at Clarendale at Bellevue Place.

Bornstein explains, “The focus—whether in our independent living and assisted living neighborhoods or in memory care—is on total health and wellness. In fact, our Health & Wellness Navigation™ program helps ensure that residents can navigate any medical challenges that may lie ahead. It’s a comfort to both residents and their families.”

Seniors and families interested in Clarendale of Bellevue Place may call 615-271-5511 to schedule a visit. The community is located in the One Bellevue Place development at 7632 Highway 70 South in Nashville. More information also may be found online at ClarendaleAtBellevuePlace.com.

Clarendale at Bellevue Place is one of a series of Clarendale senior living communities from
developer-builder Ryan Companies US, Inc. Life Care Services will manage the property. For more information, visit www.ryancompanies.com and www.lifecareservices-seniorliving.com.

About Clarendale at Bellevue Place

Clarendale at 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 Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, builder, capital investment consultant, and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works.  Ryan’s market depth includes retail, industrial, healthcare, and senior living. Ryan’s development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. With a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works, Ryan has over 1300 employees in 16 offices and has completed projects in 39 states. For more information, visit ryancompanies.com.

About Life Care Services

Life Care Services®, An LCS ® Company, leads the way in senior living with over 40 years of proven experience. This innovative leadership brings passion and performance through strong financial stewardship, lifestyle-centered services as well as high quality health services in communities as unique as the individuals who live in them.


By Senior Living Options

Long-distance caregiving comes with its own unique challenges, whether you live an hour, a state line or even an entire continent away. As a caregiver for a parent, you’re responsible for the decisions that impact both their life and your own. The stress of this responsibility can be high, along with the guilt of feeling like there’s more you could do. Recent studies have shown that long-distance caregiving can mean spending an average of nearly $12,000 each year in care-related expenses.

For long-distance caregiving tips, CLICK HERE.


By Health and Wellness

In 2015, 43.5 million family members, friends and neighbors helped care for someone 50 or over, according to a study by the National Association for Caregiving and AARP. While caregivers for seniors receive many emotionally rewarding benefits, they may also experience occasional feelings of anger, frustration, exhaustion, loneliness or sadness. But if you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

To learn more about caregivers’ rights, CLICK HERE.

Clarendale at Bellevue Place’s Management Company Ranked #1 In J.D. Power Study

By News

Clarendale at Bellevue Place, managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, announced that its management company ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. Clarendale at Bellevue Place is proud to be a part of Life Care Services, which achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food and beverage; new resident orientation; resident cost; community and grounds; and resident apartment unit. Life Care Services, the nation’s second-largest senior living operator, scored 843 on a 1,000-point scale, a full 49 index points above the second-highest performing senior living organization.

The J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study examines industry-level performance metrics of senior living providers, and highlights the best practices that are critical to customer satisfaction, advocacy, and loyalty. The study’s comprehensive view of the senior living resident experience provides an independent and objective measure of the overall satisfaction levels among U.S. customers. Clarendale at Bellevue Place will serve more than 190 residents and 80 team members.

“Our company is committed to providing the resources for communities to deliver an exceptional resident experience driven by innovation, signature programs and quality services. The J.D. Power award represents the voice of the senior living customer, and I can’t think of a more important voice than that of the residents we serve,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company for Life Care Services. “Clarendale employees have a passion for serving seniors, and their dedication to its residents continually inspires me.”

J.D. Power surveyed 3,021 residents, family members, and friends of residents living in independent living, assisted living, or memory care communities across the United States.

15 Assisted Living Activities Anyone Can Enjoy

By News, Uncategorized

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.