Juniper Communities: Presents at ICAA Conference 2015

Juniper Communities

Juniper Communities

by Tara Williamson

From November 19th – 21st, the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is hosting their 2015 Conference: Embrace the Possibilities at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, which according to their website:

…(is) designed to advance your knowledge and help you embrace the possibilities for your clients, your organization and yourself…offers a dynamic educational and networking experience for professionals with a unique focus—older-adult quality of life. Created with ICAA member input…to inspire you and your team and expand your horizons.

The poster session on November 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, will offer a visual look at programs and research, including Juniper Communities’ poster on our signature Connect4Life program providing integrated health care to our residents leading to exceptional outcomes. Plus, you can speak with the program managers and researchers, including Juniper Communities’ CEO and Founder Lynne Katzmann.

If you are not able to make it to the conference, or just want a special preview, you are in for a treat, as you will find below the content of Juniper Communities’ presentation:

Visit Juniper Communities’ website to learn more about this and our other Signature Programs.

Let’s Take a Bunch of 80 Year Olds to Burning Man!

by Steve Moran with Senior Housing Forum

For those who have been living under a rock for the past 3 decades and may not actually know what it is,as per Wikipedia:

“Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City, a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including “radical” inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, gifting and decommodification, and leaving no trace.”

What this translates to is a truly wondrous celebration of the arts with a little . . . okay, okay . . . a lot of sex and drugs thrown in for fun.

Are They Nuts???

So who in the world would ever even think of something as crazy as taking a bunch of senior citizens to the wild and whacked-out world of Burning Man?

Lynne Katzmann and Cindy Longfellow, that’s who!

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Cindy about this crazy, borderline genius, idea of theirs. Lynne Katzmann, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Juniper Communities and Cindy — a woman who is not big on titles, as she’ll tell you herself — is the National Director of Sales and Marketing.

As Cindy explains it, she and Lynne sort of stumbled on the idea of Burning Man . . .

“…suddenly it was like the lightning bolt struck us both simultaneously and we said, ‘what if we did an anti-ageism camp at Burning Man?’”

While the very idea of such an undertaking sounds virtually impossible, Cindy is pragmatic about the realities of taking a group of senior citizens to such an event. She knows exactly what Burning Man is — good and bad. She knows that it will present limitations — just based on the levels of health and physical well being of the individuals who attend, let alone the rest of the logistics involved. However, Cindy is passionate about conquering the challenges that they face with such a quest and I have a feeling she just may pull this off.


An anti-ageism mission of this magnitude — the message that it will send to the world — is too important, too vital to ignore the opportunity that Burning Man presents. Many of the attendees — deceptively disguised as what some would interpret as techno hippies of a new generation — are actually well educated, highly influential people. These are people who make a difference, the visionaries of future technology. Therefore, the opportunity to connect seniors directly, one-on-one, with these type of visionaries . . .in this kind of non-pressured, totally open, completely unique setting . . . is virtually priceless. As Cindy clarifies,

“I think in my perfect vision of how our presence at Burning Man will evolve and happen, I would love to believe that those kinds of connections can be made. And I agree, we look at a lot of technology for ‘seniors’ designed by younger people and much of it you kind of go, ‘Hmm, where did that come from . . . from what — maybe not accurate or even sometimes a little condescending — view of aging did that idea come from?’ So absolutely, I would hope that not only those folks who are there, but those folks who may see elders in a specifically anti-ageism camp might come away with a very different picture.”

Limitless Possibilities

The entire purpose of Burning Man is the mixing of human ideas, human creativity, inspired by an open environment that promotes non-judgmental human interaction with no limitations on freedom of expression. Yet, as with any environment, without a strong — equal — representation from all generations, we are limiting our own perspective, our own understanding, our own ability for growth and development. Cindy makes some brilliant points throughout our conversation and she summarizes it well:

“Bottom line . . . if you read the 10 principles [of Burning Man] and look at the incredible art and the incredible sense of radical inclusion, decommodification, joining of all kinds of different people who come from all over for all kinds of different reasons, we felt we it makes sense in terms of the anti-ageism message.”

Can They Do It?

So, what do you think, can they do it? Should they do it? Maybe a better question is how tempted are you to go along for the ride, just to have the opportunity to watch history unfold before your eyes?

I know I’m curious.

Listen to the entire podcast on the Senior Housing Forum Website and tell us what you think.

If you think you would like to join this tribe here are a couple of links for you:

Facebook Joining The Generations at Burning Man

Juniper Communities Landing Page for Joining The Generations - Not much here yet, but this is the place for updates

Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit: Thanks for Your Service

Veteran's Aid and Attendance

Veteran’s Aid and Attendance

by Tara Williamson

On Veteran’s Day, we as a nation pause for a moment to say thanks to all those who have served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed for this great country. While we could do so much more, there are a number of programs out there to benefit you as a small token of our gratitude.

Did you know that being a Veteran entitles you and your spouse, or a surviving spouse, to certain benefits that help offset the cost of Assisted Living? This often overlooked financial program may make the difference for how well you can live your life. It’s called the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit.

This post will explain the basics, but for more information you can go directly to the VA website at

What is the “Aid and Attendance” benefit?

A veteran or a veteran’s spouse or a veteran’s surviving spouse with low income who has been determined by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to need the aid and assistance of another individual may be eligible for monetary support through the VA’s “ Veteran’s Aid and Attendance” program.

Who is eligible for this benefit?

To be eligible for the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefit, the veteran:

Must have served 90 days or more of active military service, one day of which was during a period of war. Periods of war are defined as follows:

WWI – Apr. 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918

WWII – Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946

Korean Conflict – Aug. 27, 1950 to Jan 31, 1955

Vietnam Conflict – Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975

Persian Gulf War – Aug. 2, 1990 to date yet to be determined

Must have been determined by the VA to be in medical need of the regular aid and attendance of another person. Nearly all individuals who currently reside in a personal care/assisted living residence or nursing home meet the VA’s criteria for medical necessity.

Must have been determined to be of low income and therefore in financial need of the benefit. The financial requirements typically include possessing no more than $80,000 is assets. A person’s home and car are not included in the calculation until they are sold. Income limits also apply, dependent upon personal expenses. When calculating your annual income total, rent in an assisted living/person care home, as well as health insurance/Medicare premiums, may be deducted from the annual income total. For example:

$48000 current annual income – $24000 monthly assisted living home rent – $12000 medical premiums = $12000 adjusted annual income

This benefit can be used to help pay for care for the Veteran or a Surviving Spouse in the home, Skilled Nursing, or Assisted Living/Personal Care facility.

What amount of compensation could I expect?

Compensation amounts vary and are dependent upon each applicant’s asset and income level. The benefit can provide up to $1,788 per month for a veteran or $1,149 for a veteran’s surviving spouse or $2,120 for both the veteran and their spouse.

How do I apply?

An application must be obtained and sent to the VA for approval. Applications can be obtained from a Juniper Village staff member or by accessing the Veteran’s Administration website at Juniper Village staff members can assist you with completing this application process or direct you to services available to help with the application process. Notification for approval may take 6-9 months, but once approved, the monthly income will be retroactive from the date the application was submitted.

Learn more from Juniper Communities about Making Care Affordable.

Juniper Communities Joins With Redwood Health Partners

Redwood Health Partners

Redwood Health Partners

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities brings onsite healthcare to senior living communities

Joins forces with Redwood Health Partners

In a bold strategic move, Juniper Communities has signed on with Redwood Health Partners to provide onsite medical care to its residents. By providing patient-centered care in its senior living communities – Juniper Villages – residents will experience a dramatic improvement in the healthcare delivery method. No more waiting for appointments, making transportation arrangements, or lack of communication among the residents’ healthcare providers.

“Integrated primary care, provided on-site, benefits our residents and their families in many ways – ease of communication, convenience, coordination of care, and much more. It allows residents to feel more in control of their care and more involved in care decisions,” stated Lynne Katzmann, founder and CEO of Juniper Communities.

Redwood Health Partners will have regularly scheduled clinic hours in each Juniper Village community where residents can see a primary care practitioner for routine visits or urgent needs. The Redwood Health Partners practitioners will assess each patient, participate in the care planning process, and use the Juniper Village electronic health record system. By Redwood having access to resident’s EHR, they can not only enter notes, but can also see notes from staff and other ancillary providers to provide consistent, cohesive care.

In addition to resident care, Juniper Communities residents’ families and employees can also become a Redwood Health Partners ‘member’. “Delivery of service in a convenient, accessible location will improve outcomes and increase quality of life for each member” says Cindy Longfellow, national director of sales and marketing for Juniper Communities. “We look forward to developing this partnership further, and extend it to all of our communities by early 2016.”

Currently, Redwood Health Partners can be found in the following Juniper Village communities: Aurora, Louisville and the Spearly Center in Colorado; Chatham and Williamstown Village and Wellspring in New Jersey. Lebanon and Mount Joy in Pennsylvania will be the next communities to benefit from the Redwood partnership. Redwood Health Partners will be serving patients there beginning in November.