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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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"Good stewards": Residents and staff protect the Earth at Meridian Village

At Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, Illinois, eco-conscious residents and team members embrace a trio of initiatives that reduce consumption, conserve resources and support environmentally sustainable practices. One of these initiatives features table-to-garden recycling to prevent food waste. Volunteers enjoy a nature-based activity-and a sense of purpose-as they tend the garden and grow food to use in the Lutheran Senior Services community.

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Steady for Life's Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival educates participants about brain health-5649

Steady for Life's Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival educates participants about brain health

Building Blocks for Healthy, Graceful Aging”--that’s the tagline inscribed on the logo of Steady for Life Inc., a charitable nonprofit organization located in Huntsville, Alabama. Nurturing those building blocks is the driving passion of the organization’s founders. Steady for Life “was started by four senior-fitness instructors and a healthcare marketeer who wanted to make a difference in the lives of older adults in a physical, emotional and social way,” says Executive Director Kim Davis. Its primary mission involves “equipping mature adults with strength, flexibility and balance techniques to diminish the risk of falls." The company also offers “social activities, travel opportunities, health seminars, screenings and special programs to help clients maintain independence, happiness and lasting friendships.” One such offering is the Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival.

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Wellness Works: promoting healthy lifestyles for Freedom Senior Management employees-5628

Wellness Works: promoting healthy lifestyles for Freedom Senior Management employees

Freedom Senior Management has a history that spans decades. For over 30 years, "the executive leadership have been active in the senior living industry as owners, marketers, developers and operators of independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities," reveals Chief Operating Officer Gail Chase. The Sarasota, Florida-based organization currently has ... "a total employee population of over 500." Freedom embraces employee wellness as essential to resident wellness, states Jennifer Walker, director of human resources and organization development.
"We recognize that in order to promote wellness among residents in our communities, we must embrace the value of looking after ourselves and our families."

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Walking Bingo: A Peoples Health program motivates older adults to move-5595

Walking Bingo: A Peoples Health program motivates older adults to move

Creative ideas and approaches contribute to the success of Peoples Health as it strives “to provide high quality, cost-effective healthcare services” to its health plan members. "We also place a lot of emphasis on healthy, united communities," comments Director of Community Relations Leslie Louviere Keen. Walking Bingo is among the free programs the company offers to older adults who live in the community. Launched in March 2014, the program blends the classic game with physical activity to foster active play, motivating sedentary older adults to exercise.

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