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Disrupting the industry: Paul Irving calls on older-adult communities to embrace change by Marilynn Larkin, MA-6395

Disrupting the industry: Paul Irving calls on older-adult communities to embrace change by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Paul Irving is convinced that older-adult communities must undergo major changes to attract younger customers and healthy, vital older adults from ages 55 and up. "A major challenge to the industry is an emerging inclination not to move into these communities unless it's absolutely necessary," says Irving, who chairs the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. In this interview for the Journal on Active Aging, Irving talks about industry challenges that must be addressed, and how to disrupt the perceptions that have mostly characterized older-adult communities up to now.

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Embracing wellness: NuStep Pinnacle Award winners find keys to engagement-6329

Embracing wellness: NuStep Pinnacle Award winners find keys to engagement

How do we best promote quality of life for older adults? Increasingly, organizations devoted to this mission find answers to this question in a culture of whole-person wellness. NuStep, LLC, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, presents its NuStep Pinnacle Award every year to groups whose efforts engage older adults in making wellness their way of life. Established in 1998, the Pinnacle Award highlights organizations that successfully integrate whole-person wellness into their settings and develop an organizational culture of wellness. Embracing wellness as an all-encompassing culture allows Pinnacle winners to respond to the changing needs of individuals and engage them in leading healthier, more vibrant lives.

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Communicating culture change: Taking stock of one journey's challenges and successes by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS-6000

Communicating culture change: Taking stock of one journey's challenges and successes by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS

It is nearly a year since I last shared with Journal on Active Aging readers the journey to become a culture of vitality and well-being at Sharon Towers, our not-for-profit life-plan community located in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a recap, we are focusing on repositioning our community as a center of vitality and well-being in the region. A destination that not only breaks stereotypes and stigmas that often exist with a retirement community or nursing home, but also inspires more positive views of aging. Throughout 2016, I wrote a column in the Journal highlighting and documenting steps we took, challenges we faced and lessons we learned along the way, to provide a potential culture-change roadmap for readers. ... So, how have we progressed with our communication efforts and what hurdles have we faced in the last 12 months as we continue to focus on changing our culture? Let's catch up.

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Is transcendent design the future of senior living? by Colin Milner-5986

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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Taking culture change and mission beyond our walls by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, EP-C, CSCS-5840

Taking culture change and mission beyond our walls by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, EP-C, CSCS

How do we cultivate a culture and integrate it throughout an organization to support vitality and well-being for older adults? At Sharon Towers in Charlotte, North Carolina, we set out on an extensive culture-change journey nearly two years ago, sharing our experiences with Journal on Active Aging readers throughout 2016. The culture-change process, as we discovered, takes time, collaboration, and being open to obstacles. Among the other things we've learned, there are many ways to impart our organization's goal and mission, both internally and externally. Today, our culture-change journey is impacting an operational requirement and thus community outreach to aid many older adults in aging well.

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"Living well" flourishes with NuStep’s Pinnacle Award winners

An active faith inspires the desire to serve others and contribute to the quality of their lives. The question for the individual or organization is how to do so. For two faith-based recipients of the 2017 NuStep Pinnacle Award, the answer lies in providing services that meet the needs of older adults and support whole-person wellness.

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