Sky’s the Limit for One CCRC with Innovative Programs

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December 8th, 2016

In the heartland of continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), one Pennsylvania-based senior living provider is changing the landscape by offering out-of-the-box amenities for its residents. Not only does the retirement community, Garden Spot Village, have its own hot air balloon to delight residents, it’s become an innovation hotspot with a train club and the only [Read More]

How Creative Financing is Solving a Senior Living Puzzle

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November 30th, 2016

These days, senior housing is as enticing as a pie cooling on a windowsill—every one wants a piece of its hefty returns and promising long-term prospects. Yet, one of the most in-demand products—affordable housing—is still one of the industry’s biggest puzzles.  To fill housing needs for low-income seniors, senior living players are finding that the right recipe [Read More]

Senior Living Providers Build Cutting-Edge Spaces for Wellness

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November 28th, 2016

Prominent senior living providers have been rolling out ambitious wellness programs in recent years. Many of these try to promote different facets of wellness—such as physical, spiritual, and social wellness—through diverse programming. Increasingly, senior housing providers are not only creating programs but new spaces dedicated to wellness. Known as centers for healthy living (CHLs), these spaces [Read More]

Memory Care Two-Step: Senior Living Community to Double as Research Hub

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November 21st, 2016

Is it possible for memory care residents to waltz, foxtrot, or two-step their way to improved cognitive functioning? One soon-to-open community in New York aims to be the place to find out. The Bristal at Lake Success, scheduled for a February 2017 opening, will be the first standalone memory care community for Bohemia, New York-based [Read More]

One Man’s Trash Is Senior Living’s Design Treasure

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October 28th, 2016

Senior living design may be taking a step away from the shiny and pristine toward the rustic and rugged. At least, that’s the case for St. Paul, Minnesota-based Pope Architects, a firm that aims to incorporate as much salvaged material in its senior living projects as possible. Rather than buy brand-new items or even track [Read More]

Memory Care Goes Digital with Design Innovation

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October 23rd, 2016

Though well-intentioned and previously effective, some proven senior living staples just deserve reboots. One such staple might be the shadow boxes in memory care, which have been given an innovative upgrade by a prominent interior design firm. By taking shadow boxes into the digital age, they are able to fulfill more functions and add greater [Read More]

How a ‘Genius’ Plans to Keep Changing Senior Care

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October 17th, 2016

It’s official—senior care has a genius in its midst. When the MacArthur Foundation announced this year’s class of “Genius Grant” recipients late last month, Anne Basting, a theater professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was among the 23 winners. Basting is the founder of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, a nonprofit that teaches improvisational storytelling as a [Read More]

‘Airbnb of Senior Living’ Partners with Lyft in New Offering

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September 30th, 2016

Unexpected vacancies can happen at even the best senior living communities, hurting census numbers, slashing income and affecting morale. A San Francisco-based startup, determined to solve this and other problems senior living communities face, has developed a system to temporarily fill unoccupied rooms to maximize providers’ bottom lines. The system has even brought some communities [Read More]

Brookdale Starting Small, Thinking Big with Memory Care Innovations

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September 8th, 2016

As far as memory care’s concerned, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) is knee-deep in improving existing programs and introducing new innovations. Recently, the senior living giant has committed to some memory care initiatives that are enhancing the lives of residents at all stages of dementia—and the lives of some children, too. Brookdale’s intergenerational programming for memory [Read More]

New Senior Living Projects Put the Hospital in Hospitality

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August 31st, 2016

Health care versus hospitality. The two concepts are pitted against each other in a long-standing debate in senior living. But new development projects suggest how health care and hospitality can co-exist and add value to each other. These projects involve amenity-rich senior living communities in close proximity to major health care providers. The organizations behind [Read More]