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Menorah Park's Center 4 Brain Health supports cognitive wellness journeys-5837

Menorah Park's Center 4 Brain Health supports cognitive wellness journeys

Menorah Park has delivered premier senior care in northeast Ohio for more than 110 years. Located in Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland, the organization serves more than 1,000 older adults each day who either live on the 42-acre campus or in their own homes "with excellence in caring guided by Jewish values," according to its marketing messages. The nonprofit today identifies itself as "a provider of health and wellness services to all people as they age." In addition to a full continuum of residential care, Menorah Park provides an array of support services, including the Center 4 Brain Health, "the first non-pharmacological, non-hospital based Brain Health Center located in a senior care community in the United States."

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Mentoring to sharing memories. Green Hills connects Techy Teens with Savvy Seniors-5813

Mentoring to sharing memories. Green Hills connects Techy Teens with Savvy Seniors

At Green Hills Community in West Liberty, Ohio, the focus is on "enriching all seasons of life." The nonprofit, faith-based senior living and care provider offers services for the spectrum of older adults. Residents have the community's support in enhancing multidimensional wellness, with "enriching life experiences" and lifestyles that promote healthy, active living. In 2015, Green Hills introduced the Techy Teens--Savvy Seniors program, which brought high school students and older adults together in an exchange that expanded over time and created relationships and understanding between the generations.

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"Healthy Aging Never Gets Old": A Wellness Institute campaign engages the community

The Wellness Institute in Winnipeg, Canada, “is an important part of the continuum of care—from prevention, to recovery and rehabilitation,” says Executive Director Casie Nishi. A “self-supporting nonprofit organization,” the certified medical fitness facility is part of (or, as it prefers, “powered by”) Seven Oaks General Hospital, an acute-care community hospital serving the northwest region of Manitoba’s capital city. In 2016, its 20th anniversary year, the Institute launched a public awareness campaign whose messages highlighted healthy aging and its benefits to all Winnipeggers.

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Moving the bar: Active-aging innovators advance the industry-5733

Moving the bar: Active-aging innovators advance the industry

If "knowledge is power" and "information is king," what is innovation? From small adjustments that improve offerings, to "new ideas, methods or devices" that create new solutions, innovation is change. Innovators not only advance industries; they also sometimes transform them or create new ones. They may even transform the world around them. From brain health to nutrition to technology, the 2016 ICAA Innovators have created approaches to meet the needs of their communities, clients and colleagues and to leverage the opportunities available for everyone.

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BLOOM: Optimizing resident wellness at Sunnyside-5711

BLOOM: Optimizing resident wellness at Sunnyside

Sunnyside Communities has a long history of providing services and living environments that care for the whole person. In 2014, Wellness Director Annie Shaffer and her colleagues at the organization's Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia, launched the BLOOM (Bringing Life Optimizing Opportunities Mainstream) Initiative. They developed the initiative “not just to support and build on our mission, but also to create a person-centered approach that empowered residents to reflect on their personal wellness, understand it, and recognize how it could be nurtured in a way that is most meaningful to them.”

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Benchmark's Film Festival

Benchmark's Film Festival "builds community and engagement"

"At Benchmark Senior Living, we help every resident stay well, live well and be well," promises the company’s website. In 2015, the organization launched the Benchmark Film Festival, an initiative that captivated the imaginations of residents and associates, inspiring creativity while building a sense of community. "This is a program that made all who participated laugh, cry and smile, and filled everyone’s hearts with joy," shares Corporate Director of Programs and Customer Engagement Krystee Knapic.

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