September 2016 Events
by Tara Williamson
As the air begins to cool and summer wanes, Juniper Village ends our “Stay Connected” series by recognizing Friendship and Joy. What is it that brings you joy? Is it the wet nose of a newborn pup? The smile of your first grandchild? The taste of a triple chocolate ice cream cone? Whatever it is we invite you to share that joy with others at Juniper Village this month.
Much attention has been paid to studies regarding the effects of stress on your health, but what about the effects of joy? The landmark “Nun Study,” as it’s often known, revealed that positive emotion is correlated with longevity: 90% of the most cheerful quarter of nuns was alive at the age of eighty-five, whereas only 34% of the least cheerful quarter lived to that age. Similarly, 54% of the most cheerful fourth was alive at age ninety-four, versus 11% of the least cheerful. Of the 678 sisters in the original study about four dozen are still living. So go ahead, grab that triple chocolate cone it might just extend your life!
Join us this month as we celebrate friendship and staying connected with calendar events such as our annual daffodil planting and our home warming, birthday party and Best Friend initiatives.
Our fabulous September 2016 events at Juniper Communities include our:
- Labor Day Patriotic Tribute Event as it is our honor at Juniper Village at Williamstown to celebrate our great nation’s military and all those who labor to keep America great, so join us as we gather together with friends and family to celebrate this day in joy and respect for all those that have labored before us and for the great nation we are privileged to reside in on September 5th at 2:00 pm in Williamstown, NJ at Juniper Village at Williamstown.
- CEU Program for Healthcare Professionals as we partner with Haven Behavioral Hospital to offer a local, low cost, continuing education opportunity with 2 Contact Hours offered with training presented by Joanna Zigerell, BS, CDP, Clinical Liaison, Haven Behavioral Hospital on September 13th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm in Mount Joy, PA at Juniper Village at Mount Joy.
- Dine and Dash to come take a quick tour of Juniper Village and see what makes us so special in our community and on your way out, pick up a bagged delicious lunch to go; the tour of Juniper Village will not take longer than ten minutes and you’ll have a tasty meal to go, compliments of our own Chef Nathan Reed on September 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Sharon, PA at Juniper Village at The Shenango Inn.
- Hospice Myth Busters because choosing hospice care can be a difficult decision for individuals and their families and there are a lot of misconceptions about the service, and as a result, many who need quality pain and symptom control, along with social and emotional care, do not take advantage of hospice, so join Juniper Village and SouthernCare Hospice to “bust the myths about hospice” on September 15th at 6:00 pm in Meadville, PA at Juniper Village at Meadville.
- 8th Annual Spearly Sidekick Photo Shoot because everyone loves to take photos with friends, and this fun and memorable activity is one of Spearly’s most anticipated events of the year; it brings joy, laughter and camaraderie to family members, residents, staff and visitors to the Spearly community as professional portraits are provided and costume changes are encouraged on September 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Denver, CO at Juniper Village at The Spearly Center.
- Breakfast at “Kittenys” as we’re getting together to help our four-legged furry friends, so join us for delicious, creative treats prepared by our own “Chef Steven” and bring in your donation to help the many homeless, rescued cats of Collier County as donations will be given to the Naples Cat Alliance on September 29th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Naples, FL at Juniper Village at Naples.
We look forward to sharing our September 2016 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Spread Your Joy.
by Diane Byrne
Our Clinical Successful Outcomes Speak for Themselves
We want to be your partner of choice in the new shared savings environment. At Juniper Communities, we have been collecting critical data for nearly 10 years. For example, we closely monitor residents to assure successful returns from either the hospital or rehabilitation setting.
Many re-hospitalizations are the result of falls. While unavoidable, response rate and injury rate contribute dramatically to unnecessary readmissions
The ability to manage pressure ulcers is key to minimizing hospitalizations. Low rates of facility acquired pressure ulcers are the result of a high level of wellness/clinical oversight and an indicator of quality care and service.
Another contributing factor to acute re-admissions is infections, in particular Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). The senior population can be extremely susceptible to infections and proper care and monitoring is paramount. Our wellness response team is skilled in recognizing symptoms of UTI in order to provide proactive interventions that reduce the need for hospitalization.
Another common cause of both initial hospitalizations and rehospitalizations is medication errors. Changes to medication regime whether after a scheduled physician appointment or emergency hospitalization can leave patients confused about what medications are most current. Our wellness team is responsible for medication reconciliation and management, a process which virtually eliminates medication errors.
Communication is key and Juniper Commmunities takes communication to the next level through:
• Use of Electronic Health Records (Point Click Care)
• Optimized care transitions protocols
• Full implementation of INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers)
• Use of a highly recognizable and consistent transfer information packet
• Focus on resident and care giver education and engagement
• Individualized care and service
Visit each of our Juniper Village communities’ blogs for more on their specific successful outcomes.
April 2016 Events
by Tara Williamson
Do you know that embracing a healthy lifestyle promotes brain health as well? This month we embark on our quarterly Alive in All Season theme of Healthy Aging: Let Wellbeing Thrive. Throughout April we will focus on brain health and encouraging you to Believe in Yourself. We will learn more about how physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement can help keep both your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline. At the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, results of a two-year clinical trial of older adults at risk for cognitive impairment showed that a combination of physical activity, nutritional guidance, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors slowed cognitive decline. It’s never too late to make changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Join us this month as we expand our knowledge of brain health and take steps to boost our brain health through our Healthy Brain series featuring our Daily Brain Builders and Wii Games designed to promote cognitive activity. Continue your research by perusing our Healthy Aging Resource Library, filled with volumes of information to help you and your loved ones age well. And, don’t forget to join us for our Brain Healthy Luncheon where we will nourish mind, body and soul. We look forward to sharing this month of healthful thinking and encouragement to Believe in Yourself – you can do this!
Our fabulous April 2016 events at Juniper Communities include our:
- Way to Grow in Our Community Garden because one of the beautiful benefits of Juniper is our courtyard, an essential tool to complete a balanced experience for our residents, being able to watch the baby birds in spring, and enjoy the harvest of our vegetable garden, gives one a sense of ownership and involvement, and this year we are inviting our friends and family to launch our planting season since many of you have a great amount of knowledge that we could use in our very own back yard, and we will also be serving fruit salads and refreshments on April 5th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Louisville, CO at Juniper Village at Louisville.
- Business After Hours Reception with the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce for a glass of wine or a bottle of beer and some tasty hors d’oeuvres and take this opportunity to make new business connections, and during the event, we’ll be showcasing our new Wellness Suite and Connect4Life program, and you do not have to be a Chamber member to attend, so join us on April 7th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.
- Brain Matters because a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so let’s learn how to use some special techniques to keep the memories alive and be prepared, as Paul White tackles the skills that are needed to develop your brain to the fullest on April 13th at 6:30 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
- Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Habilitation Training Curriculum one day session by the Greater PA Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to train direct staff in a wide array of care settings, and provide trainers with the tools and knowledge to return to staff with a consistent, vetted curriculum taught in various settings for 20 years on April 14th beginning at 8:00 am in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.
- Seniors For Safe Driving Mature Driver Improvement Course a 1 day seminar designed for drivers over the age of 55 who wish to improve their driving skills, and participants can also receive a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premium for 3 years after taking the course on April 19th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills.
- Mind Blowing Motown & Martinis as we celebrate the beginning of Spring and enjoy the musical talents of our favorite Motown man, Greg Miller; this year we’re taking it up a notch, and having “The Band” join Greg for some mind blowing entertainment, and delicious appetizer’s and chocolate martinis will be served on April 29th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
We look forward to sharing our April 2016 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Believe in Yourself.
by Jeanine Genauer
largest woman-owned business
According to Crain’s New York Business list of the 25 largest women-owned businesses in the New York area, as ranked by 2015 revenue, Juniper Communities is the 12th largest woman-owned business! Lynne Katzmann is Founder and President of Juniper Communities, which invests in, develops and manages senior living and long term care communities, with 13 properties in four states and more than 1200 employees. Juniper is the only woman-founded, owned and led business among the top 40 national assisted living companies.
See the entire list of New York’s Largest Women Owned Businesses.