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Enhancing wellness: Maximize use of indoor/outdoor environments by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5806

Enhancing wellness: Maximize use of indoor/outdoor environments by Marilynn Larkin, MA

A card table that sits vacant most of the day... long empty corridors ...a patch of land lying fallow outside a residence ... These are common sights in settings that serve older adults - yet, those unused and often unsightly indoor and outdoor spaces can be transformed into inviting venues that motivate members or residents to increase physical activity, socialization, and emotional and spiritual wellness. ... For industry professionals who seek to enhance older-adult wellness, exploring use of space is an avenue that can yield results.

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Communities for people: How Willow Valley Communities meets the “I’m not ready” challenge by Colin Milner-5677

Communities for people: How Willow Valley Communities meets the “I’m not ready” challenge by Colin Milner

At Willow Valley Communities (WVC) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the average resident age is 75.6 years—years younger than the industry average. WVC encompasses two life-plan campuses, featuring a range of townhomes, single-family and duplex villas, apartments and skilled nursing suites. Its newest neighborhood, Providence Park, has an average entry age of 69.8 years. On a recent trip to WVC, I sat down with CEO John G. Swanson to learn more about the organization’s latest development—an intergenerational clubhouse—and how it and other elements of WVC’s properties and programming contribute to a lower resident age.

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Connecting people and places-5671

Connecting people and places

The two seniors housing developments couldn’t be more different. One project, in Arizona, will offer apartment homes in a resort-style community boasting plenty of amenities and services for sophisticated individuals. The second project, in London, will provide charitable housing, with some communal spaces and health support, for low-income individuals to age-in-place independently in their community. These developments share a vision, however, to connect residents with their environments and their neighbors through design.

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The perfect fit: An Origin active lifestyle community opens in a world-class setting by Colin Milner-5658

The perfect fit: An Origin active lifestyle community opens in a world-class setting by Colin Milner

The Canadian Rocky Mountains have become a destination for individuals who love the outdoors as well as those who seek adventure throughout the year. Skiing, snowshoeing, ice or rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking—there’s no better place to experience active mountain living than in the Alberta towns of Canmore and Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. These alpine communities are not only filled with trendy shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants, but also offer plenty of activities, festivals, and arts and cultural events. Yet few developers have considered the region as a destination for retirement living. Until now. Neil Prashad and Frank Kernick have precisely this vision for Canmore, a former mining town located 50 miles west of Calgary in the scenic Bow Valley.

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"Step It Up!" The Surgeon General embraces walking and walkability

Active-aging professionals look for opportunities to help the people they serve improve their health. So, too, does the United States Surgeon General. One tool at his disposal is the Call to Action, “a science-based document to stimulate action nationwide to solve a major public health problem.” Issued on September 9, 2015, the Surgeon General’s new call to action aims to address the public health challenges of chronic disease. The solution—and the focus of the document—is walking.

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Trends in the physical environments for active living-5413

Trends in the physical environments for active living

In this special section of the Journal on Active Aging, discover award-winning designs in three focus areas for community remodeling and construction: dining spaces, outdoor spaces, and spaces that support functional ability.

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