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Is transcendent design the future of senior living? by Colin Milner-5989

Is transcendent design the future of senior living? by Colin Milner

Is music icon Jimmy Buffett set to disrupt the slow-moving USD$372-billion senior living industry? That was the question I asked myself when I heard earlier this year that Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings were developing a $1-billion active-adult community in Daytona Beach, Florida. Latitude Margaritaville, Buffett's community for the "55 and better" customer, will eventually provide up to 6,900 homes for "Parrot Heads" (the name the singer's fans call themselves). .. What impact will this new senior living brand have on the industry? It's too early to tell, of course. Yet we can rest assured that these communities--which promise a "no worries tropical vibe"--will be developed around the centerpiece of having "fun" and creating memorable experiences. Buffett and partners are realizing their communities around a "transcendent design" model. Are you familiar with this approach? I was not until Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of MIT AgeLab, enlightened me a few months ago. I invited this visionary expert to help us all better understand transcendent design.

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"Are we there yet?" Measuring progress and success by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS

In my last Journal on Active Aging article, we reviewed the value of and potential strategies for communicating the message of culture change. Part of telling your story and communicating your culture-change journey is being able to identify goals, measure progress and celebrate achievements. But how do you even measure something as broad and challenging as the culture change of an organization? How do you know when you've reached the end of this journey? That you've succeeded? That you’ve achieved what you set out to do?

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De Hogeweyk: A "dementia village" integrates living, well-being and health by Colin Milner and Jenifer Milner

The spark began over 20 years ago at Hogewey care center in Weesp, a town of some 18,000 people in the Netherlands. In November 1992, along with a former director, Hogewey’s Yvonne van Amerongen and Jannette Spiering started talking about how to create a different kind of environment for older adults with severe dementia--one that would engage individuals and support quality of life.

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Communication: The key to building support for culture change by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS-5710

Communication: The key to building support for culture change by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS

In my last Journal on Active Aging article, I discussed how we divided into work groups and conquered nearly 200 ideas to thoroughly develop a strategy for creating change at Sharon Towers in Charlotte, North Carolina. Communication is the challenge I’ll address in this article. Let me first stress how imperative it is to communicate the why behind change and impending strategy when starting out on a culture-change journey.

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Creating strategy out of ideas by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS-5685

Creating strategy out of ideas by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS

At Sharon Towers, our nonprofit life-plan community in Charlotte, North Carolina., we are beginning to create our strategy for changing our culture. We have a task force of more than 60 individuals working on the initiative. We have created a vision statement. And we have brainstormed so many ideas of what we would like to see happen next that my office looks like one giant post-it note. Now is the time to take all these wonderful ideas and analyze, discuss and plot them. It’s a lot to discuss and figure out when the task force generated almost 200 ideas. How can a group of some 60-plus individuals tackle so many different ideas while still keeping a sense of urgency, commitment and passion? We divide and conquer.

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Friend or foe? Dealing with time by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS-5648

Friend or foe? Dealing with time by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS

In my last article, we learned about the power of brainstorming. Constant brainstorming has not only enabled us to generate direction for the culture-change journey at Sharon Towers, our not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, North Carolina, but also shown us how best to redirect ourselves when necessary. Additionally, brainstorming has allowed us to create a voice for and buy-in from team members and residents involved with this movement. My previous article addressed one of the greatest challenges of culture change as well. Time.

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