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In Focus

In Focus Archive

woman dressed as a doughnut

Donut Day

When Juniper Village at Spicewood Summit joined the rest of the long-term care industry in closing its doors during the pandemic, Connections Director Shelly Herrera came up with a sweet idea. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!
woman sitting at a table in celebratory surroundings

Big celebrations

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga celebrated assisted living resident Halie Forstner’s 110th birthday with a parade, a large, pink cake, 110 pink balloons and 110 bottles of her favorite drink, Coca-Cola. Meanwhile, in Fort Myers, FL, 102-year-old Cypress Cove independent living resident Elmer Blair recently celebrated his newly received Bronze Star medal, which recognizes his efforts in leading his Army platoon safely away from an attack by a German tank in 1944 during World War II. Find out more, and see how to submit your photos!
Therapy dogs at Vi

Golden PAWS

Family and friends aren’t the only visitors re-entering a Naples, FL, life plan community. Therapy dogs also are resuming their rounds with assisted living residents. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos!
Axe throwing

On target

Is ax-throwing the hottest new craze sweeping senior living communities? Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!
White Horse Village time capsule committee

Capturing COVID

White Horse Village, a continuing care retirement community in Newtown Square, PA, is creating a time capsule to capture the essence of a global pandemic. Read more, and learn how to submit your photos.
woman holding artwork

Creative expression

Encouraging creative expression through the arts, Watercrest Senior Living residents can show off their talents or spark a new passion through the “Artful Expressions” program. Read more, and learn how to submit your photos.
Musician performing for virtual audience

Instrumental partnership

A special collaboration between a nonprofit life plan community and the Nashville Symphony is helping both entities re-emerge from the pandemic. Learn more, and read how to submit your photos for consideration.
Titanic movie poster re-enactment

Hollywood classics

A Maryland independent living community recently turned its residents into movie stars and raised money for a local food bank in the process. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos for consideration!
woman holding sign showing she received a COVID shot

Pandemic survivor

Halie Forstner took a wagon from her home on the Sand Mountain to Chattanooga, TN, to get vaccinated against the Spanish flu in 1918. Last month, she moved into a Chattanooga assisted living community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more, and find out how to submit your photos!
2 people in front of Amazon Echo Show devices boxed up.

Technology connections

By the end of the month, more than 1,400 Amazon Echo Show 8 devices will have been delivered to senior living communities in North Carolina, thanks to a federal grant.
Mr. & Mrs. Claus surrounded by elves

Holiday drive-bys

In a season of social distancing and amidst a global pandemic, senior living communities looked for alternate ways to help residents safely celebrate the holidays. Learn more, and find out how to submit your photos!
Gingerbread house

Gingerbread dreams

The dining services team at Tulsa, OK, continuing care retirement community Montereau created a gingerbread village for its residents to enjoy during the holidays. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!
Staff members dressed as turkeys

Gobble Hobble Wobble

With holidays centered around food, it can be difficult to honor pledges to shed the extra calories we take in with large helpings and rich desserts. But residents of North Dallas-based Presbyterian Village North snuck in a workout before indulging in a Thanksgiving Day feast. Find out more, and learn how to send in your photos!
Food service worker in front of Thanksgiving meals prepped to go out to employees.

Thankful Thanksgiving

IntegraCare showed its gratitude for its employees by delivering 352 Thanksgiving dinners to team members at its 11 senior living communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
Senior with a McDonald's Happy Meal

Happy Meals = Happy residents

Memory care and assisted living residents at Lexington Square Senior Living in Lombard, IL, recently were treated to a trip down McDonald’s memory lane with Happy Meals.
Van Gogh recreation

Art with a twist

Residents of American House Senior Living Communities recently took part in the Getty Museum’s Social Media Challenge to liven up their quarantine situation. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

75 heroes, 75 days

After 75 days of sheltering-in-place with residents at a Georgia life plan community to reduce COVID-19 exposure on its campus, 75 staff members returned home to their own families.

Wedding at the Plaza

The coronavirus pandemic was no match for Patricia Bullock and Tom Coleman, who recently sealed their love and commitment with a wedding at the independent living community where they met. Find out more, and learn how to submit your photos!

Celebrating student caregivers

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down senior living communities around the country, it also shut down graduation plans for many of their student workers. Read more, and learn how to submit your photos!
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