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The Windham's "Going Green" program enhances wellness and community

At The Windham in Fresno, California-an active independent and assisted living community owned by Kisco Senior Living-a "Going Green & Recycling" initiative has sparked people’s desire to protect the environment and contribute to the greater good as part of the community-at-large and as part of their personal legacies.

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Connected to nature by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko-4825

Connected to nature by Elizabeth Rosto Sitko

We all know that feeling we get after spending a day outdoors in perfect weather--our mood is brighter, we feel less stressed and just better overall. In fact, studies have validated those feelings of well-being, showing that older adults who spend time in sunlight and nature can reduce illness and improve overall health. ... Responding to this research, more organizations and communities are creating outdoor environments that are designed to promote active living and encourage a variety of activities,

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A 'green' initiative unites residents and staff at The Orchards at Southington-4272

A 'green' initiative unites residents and staff at The Orchards at Southington

Owned and operated by Hartford HealthCare and Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, which provides integrated services and a continuum of care, The Orchards promotes a lifestyle that "allows … residents to age in place while supporting independence."

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Making the most of your green space: Medford Leas shares benefits, strategies by Jane Weston, BS-2075

Making the most of your green space: Medford Leas shares benefits, strategies by Jane Weston, BS

Nature and the Medford Leas community are inseparable. The community's two New Jersey campuses--one in Medford and one in Lumberton--together comprise more than 200 acres designated as the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve. Here, residents and staff are provided with a beautiful and unique environment within which to live and work--and guests are offered a compelling and instructive place to visit. This article offers some background on Medford Leas and an overview of the benefits of the community's close ties to nature, as well as strategies that all communities can use to maximize the impact and value of their green spaces.

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Growing a gardening program for older adults: case study and lessons learned by Barbara Denson, BA-2066

Growing a gardening program for older adults: case study and lessons learned by Barbara Denson, BA

Giving back to the larger community has long been part of the mission of the Bon Secours New York Health System. Therefore, a project proposed in 2006—to create a community garden at the organization’s Schervier Nursing Care Center in the Bronx, New York—was a natural. Funded by an internal grant from the Bon Secours Mission and brought to life under the guidance of Patricia Leo, who served as coordinator from 2006 to 2009, the garden’s mandate was to be multicultural, multifaith, intergenerational (though geared mainly to people 65 years and older) and 100% organic. Additional funding from a Douglas J. Schwartz Greenhouse Grant supported the construction of a greenhouse on the community garden site.

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How to bring green dining to scale by Laura Lukas, BA-2061

How to bring green dining to scale by Laura Lukas, BA

Going green. Some say it’s easy; others say it’s hard. I don’t think I could qualify it either way—it’s probably best to say that it’s a journey. When you decide to make your organization more eco-friendly, it can be quite an undertaking, especially if you are strongly rooted in unsustainable practices. The transformation won’t happen overnight and your decisions will not always be simple. However, making the transition to eco-friendly practices is definitely doable.

When you start to look at your organization through “green” eyes, the first challenge often is deciding where to begin. Green dining is a good starting point; you can save money while clearly doing good for the environment. In addition, your customers—be they residents in active-living communities, visitors to seniors centers or health clubs, or guests at special functions and events—will appreciate the difference.

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