#AgingInsurrection Photo Contest

Photo Contest

Photo Contest

by Cindy Longfellow

Juniper Communities is taking some of our elders to Burning Man next week as we continue to push boundaries and stage an #AgingInsurrection to radically reimagine the faces of aging in America and challenge traditional ageist stereotypes. We want you to participate in our campaign, even if you won’t be able to be physically present at our Burning Man camp.

We invite you to visit our Photo Contest page and share your favorite original photo that depicts an exceptional elder (65 years or older) who challenges the stereotypes of aging by living life to the fullest in unconventional ways. Entries to the photo contest are limited to one per day and must be accompanied by the hashtag #AgingInsurrection as well as the name and age of the elder or elders. Once you have shared your entry to the photo contest with the hashtag #AgingInsurrection, invite your friends to vote for and share your entry to help you win. Winners will be selected based on number of votes received as well as creativity and subject matter – those that really show generations living fully through all seasons of life.

Winning photographers will receive monetary gift card awards, and the winning photos will be shared on social media with an acknowledgement to the photographer and displayed at Juniper Communities’ camp at Burning Man 2016, so visit our Photo Contest page and enter to win today!

Longfellow Promoted to Vice President, Business Development, Sales and Marketing of Juniper Communities

Juniper Communities, a national owner-operator of senior living communities with more than $65 million in revenues, announces the promotion of Cindy Longfellow to Vice President, Business Development, Sales and Marketing.

“Cindy is an extremely talented and dedicated individual who has been a member of the Juniper family for more than a decade. It is a great privilege to recognize not only her tenure, but her contribution with this well-deserved promotion to a corporate officer,” said Lynne Katzmann, CEO, Founder of Juniper Communities in 1988.

Cindy started with Juniper in September 2003, in Louisville, CO at a Wellspring Memory Care community. She served as part of the community-based teams at both Louisville and Denver’s The Spearly Center through fall of 2008, when she then joined the Juniper Communities home office team as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. In January 2010, she was promoted to National Director of Sales and Marketing, and in 2014 started focusing on new business projects and relationships..

“In my new role, I will continue to further the Juniper mission of nurturing the spirit of life and changing the face of aging in America. I am fortunate to have been deeply involved with the development of multiple innovative programs at Juniper over the course of my tenure with the company. We are now in a unique position to extend our vibrant senior living programs through internal growth and the extension of our services to the wider post-acute care community,” expressed Longfellow.

Cindy explains her interest and longevity in the senior living industry as, “It’s all about the people. Our industry in general, and Juniper in particular, draws folks who are passionate about aging, the aging process, quality of life, care and service. Yes, we are focused on occupancy but we recognize that what drives occupancy is the quality experience.”

Lynne Katzmann, founder and CEO, has been her mentor and role model almost from the moment she started at Juniper Village at Louisville. “Lynne has shown me that it is possible to work with passion and to do well by doing good,” she concluded.

Cindy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has been married to Gary Longfellow for 28 years. Current residents of Boulder, CO, they have two children: Samuel Longfellow, DO, internal medicine resident at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, CO and Tara Williamson, MA, freelance writer and educator.

August 2016 Events at Juniper Communities: Breathe in Life


August 2016 Events

August 2016 Events

by Tara Williamson

Each August we turn our focus to the environment by offering social events and educational opportunities on living a more environmentally sustainable life. By making caring choices and creating helpful habits we can all make a difference to our planet.

Did you know that an aluminum can may remain in its current condition in a landfill for up to 500 years? That same can, when recycled, can end up back on your grocer’s shelf in as little as two months. Recycling that aluminum can also saves energy. Enough energy, in fact, to power your television for three hours! Aluminum can be recycled over, and over and over again – without limit. Americans will use about 2.5 million plastic bottles every thirty minutes. If that bottle is not recycled it can spend the next 450 years or more in a landfill. A modern glass bottle will take about 4,000 years to biodegrade. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled again, and again and again. So, the next time you are enjoying a delicious beverage, be conscious of the packaging and make the choice to recycle.

Join us this month as we promote the environment with a focus on our recycling programs – from annual rummage sales to shredding and more; our educational offerings will help you to support our environment and Breathe in Life!

Our fabulous August 2016 events at Juniper Communities include our:

  • Silent Auction & Anniversary Bash because the team at Juniper Village at Aurora is no stranger to parties, and as a matter of fact, we aren’t even scared to throw one for ourselves, so come celebrate 17 years of leading the Front Range in Dementia Care, but make sure and bring the checkbook though, as our very own artists here at Juniper have their best works available for bidding and all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on August 12th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Aurora, CO at Juniper Village at Aurora.
  • Beauty is in the “Eye” of the Beholder Presentation with Dr. Rodney Smith, local optometrist who specializes in geriatric eye disorders, as he educates us on eye disorders of our senior population including macular degeneration and discusses how certain diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure have a significant impact on eye health on August 16th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
  • Drive-In Movie as darkness falls across the gigantic silver screen, the audience grows silent with anticipation and excitement, so join us as we go back in time and view the classic movie “An Affair to Remember” on our great lawn with movie treats provided, but feel free to BYOB on August 17th at 8:00 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
  • 6th Annual Outdoor Summer Concert as this year we will be rocking with the oldies as performed by local musical group, The Mansfield Five, while we enjoy summer treats along with a weather-permitting display of some Antique Cars though the concert will be held rain or shine, so bring your lawn chairs for a rockin’ and rollin’ good time on August 25th at 6:00 pm in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills.
  • Macroinvertebrate Demonstration featuring world-renowned fly fisherman and entomologist, Greg Hoover, who will give an interactive and informative presentation on macro-invertebrates and their involvement in the sport of fly fishing with a collection of freshwater tanks hosting various stages of aquatic insect life, as all in attendance will be encouraged to take a look and even hold these harmless creatures, and we also will compare the dry fly replicas of these macro-invertebrates to see how they would stand up to even the pickiest of fresh water fish, followed by a social hour featuring delicious dirt cake and insect gummies on August 26th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.
  • How To Organize And Clean Out Your Home whether you’re cleaning out your own home or helping a loved one preparing to downsize, Kristen Martin, owner of TLC Ladies with over 20 years of experience helping hundreds of families, will share tips and tricks-of-the-trade to make this an easier task at this free presentation accompanied by a light lunch on August 31st from noon to 1:30 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.

We look forward to sharing our August 2016 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Breathe in Life.

Lynne Katzmann Interviewed as Industry Leader

Lynne Katzmann

Lynne Katzmann

by Jeanine Genauer

Senior Housing News recently ran a series of comprehensive interviews with industry-leading executives to bring you unique insight into their personal stories. One of those executives was our very own founder and president, Lynne Katzmann. In a very candid and touching discussion she opens up about her motivations for starting the company and her philosophy toward business.

Below is a brief excerpt of that interview or you can click here to read the full story:

Meet Lynne Katzmann, founder and president of Juniper Communities. Juniper operates 18 communities across New Jersey, where the company is based, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Florida. An entrepreneur at heart, Katzmann comes from a long line of businesswomen and credits her upbringing in part for making her the successful businesswoman she is today. Taking a forward approach, Juniper is making strides with its approach to technology and staffing, among other areas that often challenge senior living providers. We sat down with Katzmann to hear how her business savvy has evolved over time, why women make for good leaders, and why managing millennials is shifting the industry’s take on staffing.

Tell me about how you started Juniper.

I started Juniper when I was very young, much younger than I am today. I went to school in London and I studied the German Social Insurance System between 1883 and 1911. A totally esoteric topic, one would think, but it wasn’t.

When that was finished I did a Medicare demonstration project, started a not-for-profit company and then went to a dinner party and was invited to go to New York to help run a public health care company.

What was the name of it?

It was called Metrocare. It operated skilled nursing and retirement housing in Florida, California and New Jersey. When I got there, I worked directly for the board of directors. We grew the company and we started a managed care division in which we partnered with Baxter Travenol [now Baxter International Inc.] and doubled the company’s value in two and a half years. It was taken private and I went on to form Juniper. I was, at the time, in my early 30s and I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, if you want to know the truth. It was great fun. I put together some angel investors.

Were those the original investors?

Those original people are still with me today. It was friends of friends. We raised initially $440,000 to seed the company. Later on, over the course of the next 10 years, we raised about another $11.5 million. We thought we were going to be a private REIT, and ended up just having to do property-specific deals because we weren’t able to raise the $100 million fund that I thought we would raise. We bought our first properties in 1990.