Local leader in Alzheimer’s Care presents at AFA National Educating America Tour

Educating America

Educating America

by Jeanine Genauer

Mary Jane Eicke, Executive Director of Juniper Village at Williamstown, was honored to present at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Educating America Tour as part of its 15th anniversary celebration. The Concepts in Care Educational Conference, held on May 19 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, provided the opportunity for people to learn from experts on topics, including: access to healthcare, transitioning from home to residential care setting, safeguarding your space, long-term care, perceptions of aging, and clinical trials and research.

With approximately 300 people in attendance, Mary Jane discussed care for the memory-impaired and Alzheimer’s disease. Juniper Village at Williamstown has received the Excellence in Care, Dementia Care Program of Distinction designation from the AFA consistently since 2010. At that time, JVW was the first in New Jersey and only one of thirty in the country to have received the honor.

“We are proud that our pioneering programs and innovatively designed environment has enabled us to be recognized by the AFA.  Thanks to our dedicated staff, we are one of an elite number of communities that they believe ensure quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families; and one that provides an optimal care setting,” explained Mary Jane Eicke.

As for being asked to present at the conference, she said, “It was an honor to be asked to present by the AFA. I was very proud to be part of it.”

Mary Jane Eicke appointed to role of Executive Director of Juniper Village at Williamstown

Juniper Village at Williamstown

Juniper Village at Williamstown

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities is pleased to inform the community that it has appointed Mary Jane Eicke as the new director of its two building campus known as Juniper Village at Williamstown. The prior executive director, Maria Ciocca, relocated to Naples, FL to take the helm of Juniper Village at Naples, one of Juniper’s buildings in that locale.

“I am so thrilled to be the executive director at Juniper Village at Williamstown. My interests and philosophy in caring for the elderly lends itself perfectly to Juniper’s motto of being alive in all seasons of life,” said Mary Jane Eicke upon her appointment.

Her history in the health care field has been mainly in long-term care. She is a licensed LTC administrator and a Registered Nurse (R.N.). Prior to Juniper, Mary Jane worked for Revera Health Systems.

“My entire career has focused on the geriatric population, for which I have the greatest love and respect,” stated Mary Jane. “Working with this population has provided me with such knowledge of that generation, learning from their lives and personal experiences.”

As the executive director, she plans to continue to provide quality care in the areas of mind, body and spirit; and, maintaining programming that nurtures the spirit of life in each resident they touch. “Something Juniper is known to be exemplary for,” she stated.

Mary Jane Eicke graduated from the Saint Francis School of Nursing in Jersey City, then went on to achieve her BS from Upsala College in East Orange at night while working full-time during the day. She resides in Little Egg Harbor with her husband, Charles, and golden retriever, Rusti. Mary Jane is very proud of her children, two wonderful sons and her daughter-in-laws. The real love of her life is her grandson Parker, who is 13 years old.

Juniper Village at Williamstown is a two-campus building offering assisted living and Wellspring memory care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. It is located at 1640 South Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ. To reach Mary Jane Eicke, contact Juniper Village at Williamstown at (856) 740-4444; www.junipercommunities.com.

Music Therapy For Alzheimer’s at Juniper Village at Williamstown



by Kristina Pritchett of the South Jersey Times

Residents at Juniper Village at Williamstown sat in rocking chairs on a recent afternoon, with earbuds in place, as they listened to music with hopes the songs will bring back some memories.

Recently, Juniper Village Wellspring Memory Care Community in Williamstown unveiled a program that utilizes music to aid residents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia.

There are currently eight people in the program, and everyday for about 15 to 20 minutes they sit together and listen to personalized playlists.

Each of the residents in the program has Alzheimer’s, or a stage of dementia. None of the cases seem to be the same, so they each react differently when they hear a familiar song.

“What happens with Alzheimer’s is the brain shrinks, and different parts of the brain control different parts of the body, memory and speech,” said Marie Crocca, Juniper Village executive director. “Music tends to take them away, back to their memories.”

The music can also help improve the quality of life, relieve boredom, enable memory, reduce or eliminate agitation and provide restoration of identity.

Read more of this story from the South Jersey Times.

Photo by Stephanie Maksin of the South Jersey Times.

Juniper Communities presents film screenings of Alive Inside, unveils Music and Memory program

by Jeanine Genauer

Learn the 10 reasons music is essential in the lives of elders and those suffering with memory loss

This month, Juniper Communities unveils in its Juniper Village Wellspring memory care communities programming that targets the use of music in aiding residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Continue reading