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The Westerly brings excitement, new benefits to Wichita

Later this year, Wichita residents will be able to move into a modern, innovative independent living campus – The Westerly Residences at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.

The Westerly Residences is the first of its kind in Wichita. As it prepares to open its doors toward the end of the year, Director of Sales Jill Coleman shared the story behind the sales process. When reception was initially cool, The Westerly team had to get creative and refine its approach.

Read our Community Spotlight to find out how The Westerly overcame early doubts to surpass the 90 percent pre-sold mark with almost a year to go before opening.

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Construction Update: East Ridge

The expansion of East Ridge at Cutler Bay Retirement Village continues to chug along. The SantaFe Senior Living Community in Cutler Bay, Fla., is undergoing a $70 million expansion.

Miami-Dade County’s only life care community will refresh residential service areas and add new memory support, assisted living, skilled nursing and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center. Greystone is serving as development consultant. For more information on East Ridge, visit the community’s website.

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Event Recap: 2015 Management Symposium

Dementia and memory care are not easy subjects to talk about, but they were the focus of Greystone’s 2015 Management Symposium. With an audience of more than 80 executive directors, caregivers and resident council members from some of the nation’s leading CCRC’s, Greystone hosted two days of discussions on Alzheimer’s, navigating the continuum of care and more.

Kim Campbell, wife of legendary country entertainer Glen Campbell, participated in two sessions with the goal of de-stigmatizing Alzheimer’s. Glen was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, after which he performed a cross-country farewell tour of America with his family that was captured in the documentary film Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

The documentary was produced in part by LeadingAge and Volunteers of America.

Glen moved into a memory care community last year in Nashville, which Kim shared with both the audience and WFAA TV. Kim talked about Glen winning a Grammy, his health and why it’s important to continue the conversation around memory care. You can watch her full interview online.

The Dallas Morning News also spoke with Kim about Glen, caregiving and how she finds the strength to keep going.

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Greystone was also joined on stage by several leading minds in the field of caregiving:

  • Caregivers Lue Taff and Christy Scrifes helped the audience decipher when seniors need a higher level of care and how to make the transition go smoothly
  • CCRC residents Aubrey Bridges and Art Emory gave first-hand accounts of navigating the continuum. “There’s a time when you have to choose between being a caregiver and a spouse,” said Sue Plasterr, corporate vice president of Greystone operations management
  • Michelle Arms and Annie Dunson from Edgeweood Summit and Redstone Village, respectively, introduced Landmarks for Living, a guide for working with people with dementia
  • Mary Compton of Seasons Seminars shared the ideals of person-directed living: “Let residents have a say in how they live in your community”
  • Natalie Davis of ActivTimes Consulting and Amy Zwierzchowski-Zarate of UT Southwestern spoke about coping with dementia across all levels of living and new developments in Alzheimer’s research and treatment, respectively

Did You Know?

The Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures reveals the following statistics:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60-80 percent of cases
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and by mid-century, this will escalate to every 33 seconds
  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia
  • Fifty-nine percent of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high

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The Biggest Opportunity Ahead

Senior Housing News recently published a study on what senior living providers see as the biggest opportunity ahead of the industry this year. In speaking to more than 30 senior living executives, SHN asked Greystone CEO John Spooner for his thoughts.

“We have increasingly savvy consumers who are pushing the industry for innovative solutions across the board,” Spooner said. “Can we move as fast as they would like?

“Our opportunity will be to respond to the growing demand for cutting-edge programming and design with a true sense of urgency.”

To download the entire free report, visit the SHN website.

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Kim Campbell to Join Greystone for Management Symposium

Greystone is pleased to announce Kim Campbell, wife of legendary country entertainer Glen Campbell, will speak at Greystone’s annual Management Symposium on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square. Mrs. Campbell will address her experiences caring for the country musician, who has Alzheimer’s, as well as the decision to place him in a memory care community last year.

Mrs. Campbell will share advice for family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, as well as the quality-of-life benefits Mr. Campbell has experienced since moving into memory care. She wrote in a piece for Fox News last year the community has “been good for him. He just seems more at peace there than he was at home, where he became increasingly agitated and frantic.”

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Mr. Campbell released his final record and embarked on a cross-country farewell tour of America in 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The tour was chronicled in the 2014 documentary “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.” The song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the film has been nominated for two Grammy awards and an Oscar. Tim McGraw will perform the song in honor of Mr. Campbell at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.

“Kim has a unique message to share,” said Rick Cumberland, senior vice president of operations management at Greystone. “Our team has been able to meet with her recently and we share a common vision for delivering health care services to the memory-impaired. We appreciate her willingness to learn and help continue the conversation around memory care.”

The Alzheimer’s Association recently published 2014 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, which reveals the following statistics regarding the disease and caregiving:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60-80 percent of cases
  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and by mid-century, this will escalate to every 33 seconds
  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheime’s and other dementias
  • Fifty-nine percent of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high

The Greystone Management Symposium brings together executive directors and caregivers from the nation’s leading continuing care retirement communities. This year’s conference will focus on caring for seniors with dementia within the continuum-of-care provided by these communities.