Lasell Village News Archives
As a regional and national leader in the growing age-friendly senior living movement, Lasell Village is often in the news. The news archive below contains national, regional and local coverage, as well as community news from around the Village.
July 2021: LV President Doyle Selected as Judge for "Oscars of the Eldercare Industry"
For the second year in a row, Anne Doyle was invited to join the prestigious international judging panel for the annual Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.
The awards recognize and honor organizations that commit to improving the quality of life, care, and happiness for elders through innovations in business, operations, and care delivery. A broad range of themes will be judged, including design and architecture, operational efficiency, community, progaming, care model, research, and marketing, and over 30 awards will be given.
The awards are a key feature at the Aging Asia 2021: World Aging Festival, and will take place in a hybrid virtual and live celebration on October 20, 2021.
January 2021: Village Vaccination Clinics Off to a Successful Start
January 14, 2020
Congratulations to all who were vaccinated this week! With careful preparation and the full attention of the Village team, this week’s two on-site clinics moved along without a hitch and with a celebratory feel. CVS informed us that this was their smoothest vaccination clinic site yet, thanks to the team’s planning and pre-work and to residents’ cheerful cooperation. As one resident said, she never knew that a shot in the arm could be the best present ever! A special bonus was the chance for staff and residents to enjoy live – and lively – conversations, even with masks on and at the appropriate distance.
Vaccinations by the numbers:
Nearly 400 first doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine have been administered across the entire Village, Lasell House, and Studios! We are thrilled with the results: 100% of Lasell House and Studios’ residents and over 98% of independent residents have received the vaccine along with aides and some on-site vendors who have frequent community contact. At our first clinic in late December, 75% of all staff were vaccinated. Additional staff are being vaccinated next week.
Residents who received their first dose on Monday, January 11 will receive a second dose on Monday, February 1. Residents who received their first dose on Tuesday, January 12 will receive their second dose on Tuesday, February 2.
We all need to keep our guard up, as a recent Sunday New York Time’s article articulated. It reminds us that even when people are fully vaccinated (a week or two after the second dose), they still may become virus carriers, and we must remain careful. We have over a month to adjust protocols at the Village. By the end of February, when nearly everyone in the community has received their second dose and there is protection, we will update protocols based on CDC and Department of Public Health guidance and the then-available best medical evidence.
The team is delighted that this week we were able to deliver peace of mind. We loved seeing so many smiling eyes above masks on our vaccination days!
As we approach our national day to honor The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., his words remind us of the power of love: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” These are words to carry us into the New Year.
November 2020: Village One of MA's Top 100 Women-Led Business for Second Straight Year
Lasell Village is pleased and proud to announce that President Anne Doyle was recently recognized by the Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.
This is the second year in a row that Anne is named to this prestigious list. We at Lasell Village know how richly it is deserved. This year has been a true test for leaders world-wide and Anne’s compassionate care of Village residents and staff is a hallmark of her leadership through these challenging times. The health, safety and continued community life for residents and staff are top priorities for her.
Anne will say this honor represents a team effort, however the management team believes this award is a reflection of her exceptional leadership.
Congratulations Anne for this distinguished honor!
November 2020: A Message from President Anne Doyle
November 2020: Resident Honored by LeadingAge Massachusetts
Lasell Village is excited to announce that resident Margery Hutter Silver, Ed.D. (pictured right), received 2020 Member Honors from LeadingAge Massachusetts for going “above and beyond on a daily basis” and demonstrating “outstanding dedication and service, sacrifice, heroism, and resilience” in her role as Board Chair of Lasell Village. LeadingAge announced five 2020 Member Honors among its hundreds of member organizations.
In supporting Margery’s nomination, Residents Jean Stringham and Caroline Schastny highlighted many of the reasons that qualify Margery for this recognition. Margery wears many hats: neuropsychologist, published author and poet, resident, and Board Chair. Lasell Village President Anne Doyle commended Margery, “Margery provides both Trustees and management with valuable advice on the needs and interests of the residents. She has guided the Board in developing a five-year strategic plan, and over the last eight months, has offered clear perspective and guidance to Village management in developing Covid-19 protocols. As Board Chair, Margery leads with a big heart and deep intelligence.”
Fellow Resident Jean Stringham notes Margery is the only resident of a senior living community in Massachusetts that also serves as Board Chair. Resident Caroline Schastny highlights that Margery has respect and warmth for all residents and is known for her wit and sensitivity. Her caring approach contributes to her being a dedicated and effective leader, friend, and educator.
Margery co-authored the book “Living To 100: Lessons in Living to Your Maximum Potential at Any Age” that highlights attributes of a long and healthy life. Anne Doyle observes that Margery exemplifies the qualities of successful aging highlighted in the book every day.
November 2020: President Anne Doyle Joins Prestigious Judging Panel
Anne Doyle, President of Lasell Village, served as a judge at the 11th Ageing Asia 2020 Innovation Awards, held in Singapore this past November. Anne was invited by Janice Chia, Director of Ageing Asia Pte. Ltd to serve on the prestigious panel of judges joining virtually from Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Sponsored by Ageing Asia and the World Ageing Festival, the annual conference showcases global senior care models and innovations, and brings together experts in business, not for profits and government. This year’s conference drew 2,000 attendees from 23 countries, in-person and virtually.
The competitive Innovation awards highlight new ideas and successful programming serving older adults throughout the Asia-Pacific region. “The ingenuity displayed by the hundreds of applicants was impressive,” said Doyle. “As the President of Lasell Village, a forward-looking senior living community on a university campus, I am thrilled to learn from other organizations breaking new ground to demonstrate ways for older adults to live full and active lives.”
“The Ageing Asia Innovation Awards showcased so many creative approaches to meet longevity with opportunities.” This included an exercise application provided to Hong Kong seniors that provides virtual feedback on proper exercise form, combining technology with in-person visits with a fitness instructor.
Winning entries included: Allium Care Suites by Allium Healthcare, Singapore for Best Residential Care Model Implementation that demonstrates improvement in quality of life for older adults; Longwood Health Center by SCG Building & Living Care Consulting, Thailand for Best Architecture Design Project by a firm that embodies ageing-in-place for older people, and Ryman Healthcare Ltd, New Zealand for Best Dementia Care Model Solution Implementation that demonstrates improvement in quality of life for older adults.
November 2020: Village Gets an "A: from Fitch
November 20, 2020
Lasell Village is proud to announce that Fitch has continued to provide us with a strong ‘A’ credit rating, with the outlook revised from “Positive” to “Stable,” reflecting Lasell Village’s ongoing implementation of its strategic plan. In these uncertain times, Lasell Village’s ‘A’ rating, which is among the top 15% of all Continuing Care Retirement Communities, places us in an excellent financial position to continue to develop and build our continuum of care.
Fitch has released the following statements regarding Lasell Village (LV):
“STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS: The revision of the Outlook to Stable from Positive reflects a strategic planning process currently underway at LV with the final approved plan expected to include new capital projects and potential debt issuances. Although LV’s current financial metrics could support an upgrade, more clarity on the scope, timing, and funding of any capital projects will be needed before there is any further positive movement in the rating. The strategic planning process is expected to conclude within the next year.
LV’s financial profile is characterized by a strong balance sheet and consistent profitability, which supports very good debt service coverage.
STRONG FINANCIAL PROFILE: The affirmation at ‘A’ reflects LV’s very strong financial profile supported by a robust liquidity, solid operations and steady occupancy levels. At June 30, 2020 (fiscal year-end), LV had $48.5 million of unrestricted cash and investments, translating into 1020 days cash on hand (DCOH) and 332.4% cash to debt, both of which exceed Fitch’s ‘A’ category medians of 649 DCOH and 129.2%. LV’s strong balance sheet provides a financial cushion that enables it to absorb operating pressures associated with the current coronavirus pandemic, as well as mitigates risks given LV’s position as a relatively small single-site provider.”
To read the entire Fitch Press Release, please click here.
October 2020: Healthcare Professionals Elected to Board of Trustees
President of Lasell Village, Anne Doyle, noted that the expansive health care delivery and policy expertise of Dr. Nkem Okeke, Dr. Julia M. Gallagher and Ms. Laurie Samuels Pascal will complement a strong board implementing a forward-looking Strategic Plan, building on Lasell Village’s unique living and learning model. “Our educational foundation draws curious residents, staff and Board members to Lasell Village. Lasell Village continues to be the first and only community with lifelong educational requirements for its senior residents in partnership with Lasell University.”
Julia M. Gallagher, MD, is a palliative care physician in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she serves as the Medical Director of the Home-Based Palliative Care Program and as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Julia sits on the Mass General Brigham (MGB) Palliative Care Committee, the Executive Working Group for the MGB Hospice Collaborative and a work group developing a pilot program to support the care of frail older adults at home.
Nkem Okeke, MD, MPH, MBA, is CEO and Founder of Medicalincs, LLC, and has spent two decades as a healthcare executive, advisor, clinician, change management facilitator, and entrepreneur helping companies improve overall efficiency, grow, and scale successfully. She currently serves as a senior advisor to the CEO of Priority Partners at Johns Hopkins Healthcare and serves on the Maryland Health Care Commission Advisory Council for the State Medicare Primary Care Program.
Laurie Samuels Pascal, MPH, MBA, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and President of Pascal Consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, planning and improving organizational effectiveness in public and private health care organizations and systems in the US and internationally. She serves on the Boards of Trustees of Lasell University, where she chairs the Student Experience Committee, and Goddard House Assisted Living, and is a member of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Advisory Group.
The Lasell Village Board is composed of 15 professionals and residents with expertise in business, law and health care. The Trustees’ responsibilities include developing and implementing the Strategic Plan, approving annual and capital budgets, supporting the intergenerational mission of Lasell Village, and promoting the general well-being of the Village and its residents.
Board Chair and resident, Dr. Margery Hutter Silver, spoke enthusiastically about the new Trustees. “We welcome these talented leaders to the Lasell Village Board. Their wealth of experience will help us meet the challenges of the rapidly changing health care landscape.”
January 2020: Village's Liz Flaig Receives Lasell University Award
Liz Flaig, Lasell Village’s Coordinator of Educational and Intergenerational Programming, was one of just two university employees recently honored with Lasell University’s “Early Distinction Award.” The award acknowledges exceptional contributions by individuals employed at Lasell University for less than 3 years, recognizing innovative thinking, work success, and excellence in customer service.
In her time at Lasell Village, Liz has excelled in bringing different constituencies together, reviving favorite intergenerational opportunities like the “Senior Prom.” She initiated campus tours for Village residents, introducing them to resources and opportunities such as volunteering with children at Rockwell. Liz also arranged the successful new “Meet And Eat” program for faculty and Villagers in collaboration with the Rosemary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies. These contributions and others are essential to Lasell’s signature distinction as a member of the global Age-Friendly University.
September 2020: Village Resident Dr. Joel Habener receives Warren Alpert Foundation award.
With great pleasure, we inform you that Lasell Village resident Dr. Joel Habener is one of three recipients of the 2020 Warren Alpert Foundation award. Dr. Habener, Dr. Jens Juul Holst and Dr. Daniel Drucker are to be honored for identifying glucagon-like peptides and leading the field with studies extending from cells to humans, culminating in the development of these peptides as therapeutic agents for treating diabetes and short bowel syndrome. The award will be presented at a symposium hosted by the Harvard Medical School on October 1.
Dr. Habener noted, “I am deeply honored to share this prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize with my two esteemed colleagues on behalf of the many creative and industrious postdoctoral fellows, trainees, and students who worked on the GLP-1 project over the many years. It is indeed a tremendous pleasure to see that the inspiration and perspiration expended by these co-workers has resulted in a useful treatment for the control of type 2 diabetes mellitus.”
Joel Habener, MD, received his BS degree cum laude from the University of Redlands, Redlands, California and his MD degree from the University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Habener is Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
“The entire community is proud of Dr. Habener and his achievements,” said Lasell Village President Anne Doyle. “All of the residents here demonstrate every day the value of lifelong learning for health and well-being.”
The Warren Alpert Foundation is a private philanthropic effort which supports innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to understanding and curing disease through groundbreaking research, scholarship and service. Since 1987, in partnership with Harvard Medical School, the Foundation has awarded the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize to many of the world’s foremost physician-scientists and researchers.
August, 2020: 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Lasell Village celebrated its 20th Anniversary by hosting our first virtual party! Staff at Lasell were planning a large in person party with music, cocktails, friends, family and residents, but the spread of coronavirus had the Village pivot into the world of Zoom. Residents and staff received special delivery cakes and residents received chocolate covered strawberries with sparkling wine and cider so they could all raise a glass to toast 20 years of lifelong learning at Lasell Village. Anne Doyle told us, “This is a community that continues to live, laugh and learn together, even during covid.”
You can view portions of the virtual celebration below. Cheers to another 20 years!
May 2020: Village Stands Out in The New Yorker Feature Article
Boston area surgeon, public-health worker and New Yorker staff writer Atul Gwande (and family member of a Village resident) interviewed Village president Anne Doyle at length for his recent article “Amid the Coronavirus Crisis: A Regimen for Reentry,” published May 13. Dr. Gwande describes four pillars of preventative measures that have helped Mass General Brigham’s sprawling healthcare system prevent widespread COVID outbreaks, even as two-thirds of its 75,000 employees have been coming to the workplace during the pandemic: Frequent handwashing, physical distancing, daily screening, and wearing surgical (or cotton) masks to suppress spread via respiratory droplets. Gwande argues that all four measures are equally necessary. As communities shift out of stay-at-home orders in the coming weeks and months, Dr. Gwande says a key challenge to upholding these proven measures is “culture,” drawing extensively on his conversation with Anne to illustrate the point:
“Culture is the fifth, and arguably the most difficult, pillar of a new combination therapy to stop the coronavirus. People tend to focus on two desires: safety and freedom; keep me safe and leave me alone. What Doyle says she needs her people—both staff and residents—to embrace is the desire to keep others safe, not just themselves. She needs them to say, ‘I’m worried about my sore throat, and I am going to stay home.’ Or ‘I am O.K. with being reminded to pull my mask up.’ That is the culture of the operating room. It’s about wanting, among other things, never to be the one to make someone else sick.”
May 2020: Our Own Nancy Snow Chosen As Lasell University Commencement Speaker
Nancy Snow, Executive Assistant to Village president Anne Doyle and a Lasell University graduate student, has been chosen to represent her class for Lasell University’s Class of 2020 Commencement.
Studying for her MSM with a concentration in project management while working as an executive assistant at Lasell Village, Snow heavily identifies with what it means to be a life-long learner.
Graduating from Wheelock College with a degree in early childhood education, Snow respects the importance of flexibility, saying, “you need to be open to shift and be prepared to be happy doing something else.”
“We have had very challenging last few months with the pandemic and resiliency is a very important life skill to acquire,” said Snow. She would also like to thank her boss and President of Lasell Village, Anne Doyle, for encouraging her to get her masters.
The University’s commencement was originally slated for May 16 on Taylor Field. It has been postponed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and will be rescheduled in some form when it becomes safe and appropriate. In the meantime, please congratulate Nancy for her hard work and achievement.
December 2019: Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has once again turned its reportage to Lasell Village in the December 19 article Seniors Want to Go Back to Class. Universities Want to Sell them Real Estate.
With Lasell Village as a prime example, the article describes the growing trend towards university-affiliatied senior housing, as land-rich universities faced with increasing earnings and enrollment challenges tap into the growing market of retiring seniors seeking service-rich living communities.
“Anne Doyle, president of Lasell Village, isn’t surprised that schools are catching on to the concept. While the number of baby boomers settling into retirement is expected to keep rising for several years, the number of high-school graduates heading to college is projected to start decreasing during the same period, because of birthrates,” writes WSJ.
“‘Thinking about how you combine these two decidedly separate industries…provides enormous opportunity,’ Ms. Doyle said.”
The article’s several photographs were all taken at the Village and feature several residents and familiar spaces.
November 2019: Barron's
Once again, Lasell Village is in the news . The Barron’s article “Back to School: More Retirees are Returning to College — to Live!” (Nov. 23) examines the economics and mutual benefits of lifeplan communities affiliated with universities: a vibrant, learning lifestyle and sound financial investment for retirees, and a richer community and added fiscal stability for the university.
The article quotes Villager Bob Danziger:
“We explored five or six communities in the Boston area and selected this one because it has the additional benefit of keeping our brains working,” says Bob Danziger, an 85-year-old retired real-estate developer who moved into Lasell Village with his wife in 2014.
The piece also outlines typical costs, fees and the broad range of benefits associated with life at Lasell Village, covering “everything related to the apartment, including monthly cleaning; one meal per day in the Village’s dining options; transportation to doctors’ offices; access to the Village fitness facility; 60 hours per year of home health care; and living at the Village’s skilled-nursing facility if a move there is necessary.” The monthly fee also covers all courses.
November 2019: Wall Street Journal
Village Featured in the Wall Street Journal
Nov. 17, 2019
“There’s a new type of senior on college campuses,” reports the Wall Street Journal in a recent article about the growing trend towards university-based retirement communities, or “UBRC’s.” Profiling a handful of unversity-affiliated retirement communities, the article highlights our exemplary emphasis on lifelong learning through our relationship with Lasell University. The piece quotes Villager Caroline Schwartz-Schastny, whose “sole complaint” is this: “There’s just too much to do and not enough time to do it!”
November 2019: LV Among MA's Top 100 Women-Led Businesses
Lasell Village is one of MA’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses
Nov. 12, 2019
Lasell Village President Anne Doyle was recently honored for her leadership of Lasell Village as one of Massachusetts’ Top 100 Women-Led Businesses. Sponsored by the Commonwealth Institute and The Boston Globe, the recent ranking celebrated organizations with female leaders, examining revenue or operating budget as well as other variables, including workplace, management and board diversity, employee professional development opportunities, and innovative projects. Accompanying Ms. Doyle to the celebration were Lasell Village colleagues, family and friends, including Board Chair and resident Margery Silver. Congratulations, Anne!
October 2019: "Revolutionize" Conference, Gov. Baker Recognize Village
October 25, 2019
President Anne Doyle spoke at Boston’s “Revolutionize” conference, the inaugural convening of the Boston Chapter of Aging 2.0, co-sponsored by the Age Friendly Foundation. Held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston with Governor Charlie Baker and World Health Organization’s Dr. Alexandre Kalache proving keynote remarks, Anne was joined by Village and University colleagues. The conference theme was revolutionizing aging by promoting creative collaborations among varied business and service sectors. Lasell is one of the first designated Age Friendly Universities in the country. Lasell Village was also recognized as an Age-Friendly Employer.
September 2019: New York Times
Lasell Village is featured in the New York Times article “At Colleges, What’s Old is New: Retirees Living on Campus.” (Sept. 10, 2019.)
“Lasell Village, a pioneering retirement community on the campus of Lasell University outside Boston, is providing consulting services to other universities, senior living organizations and developers, said Anne Doyle, the village president, who is a university employee,” writes the Times.
We are proud to have been an early adopter of this growing movement and delighted that others look to Lasell Village for our leadership in the campus-affiliated retirement community model.
August 2019: Fall Course Catalogue
Lasell Village Fall Course Catalogue is Here
August 23, 2019
Time to start thinking about the fun and fascinating learning opportunities offered through our own Village education program. Here’s the catalogue. Enjoy course shopping!
June 2019: Senior Housing News
From Senior Housing News: Benefits of Universities
Affiliating with Senior Communities
June 17, 2019
It’s in the news again: Senior Housing News recently reported on the benefits to university finances and enrollment of developing relationships with senior living communities. Read it here.
June 2019: Villagers At Gay Pride Parade
Village residents and staff turning out in numbers (and rainbow tie-dye) to celebrate Boston’s Gay Pride Parade. The weather was sunny and warm and our spirits were high!
June 2019: Resident in the News
Lifelong learner and Village resident Maud Chaplin recently updated classmates on her activities for Wellesley College’s alumni magazine. Through the Village, Maud has taken courses on genetics and Othello, while attending lectures and concerts, participating in a writing group at Wellesley, and teaching courses for the Dover and Sherborn Council on Aging. Phew! “Clearly, her academic life has not slowed down in retirement,” notes Wellesley magazine.
May 2019: Boston Globe Front Page News
May 20, 2019
Lasell Village is proud to have been featured in the recent Boston Globe article examining the trend towards better intergrating generations and the benefits to young and old alike. Reporter Robert Weisman sat in on a Lasell University forensics class where the “crime” under investigation was planned and staged by Village residents, with students and seniors coming together to explore the legal and forensic issues at play. “The exercise, called ‘CSI Lasell Village,’ matched undergrads with retirees in their 70s and older…,” Weisman reports. “Lasell’s intergenerational classes are part of an emerging movement seeking to connect — or reconnect — people across the age spectrum. The aim is to break down age segregation, the increasingly pervasive and often well-meaning separation of younger and older people in American schools, housing, work, and even spiritual life.” Read the full article here.
May 2019: WBUR (Boston Public Radio)
May 10, 2019
On May 3, local NPR station WBUR aired a segment covering an intergenerational gathering recently held at the Village to discuss the contemporary threat of nuclear proliferation. Guest speaker at the luncheon was Dr. James Muller, a Brigham and Women’s cardiologist and co-founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Dr. Muller originally visited with us in March at the invitation of the Saturday morning international relations discussion group, a regular gathering organized by Villagers to provide a forum for discussing current events. Dr. Muller and the participants agreed: with the perils of nuclear conflict rising in recent years, this is a vital conversation to hold with younger generations.
So the intergenerational lunch was born, and student leaders from Lasell University were invited to join Dr. Muller and Village residents to learn more about the current state of nuclear proliferation. The collaboration will continue in the fall.
May 2019: Press Release: Age-Friendly University
Age-Friendly University Initiative Benefits Villagers & Students Alike
Did you know that in 2015, Lasell University became the first Massachusetts college to join the Age-Friendly University Initiative, which recognizes commitment to intergenerational learning? The university and Lasell Village work together to encourage interaction between students and Village residents through:
College courses earmarked every semester as intergenerational learning class rooms where students come together from Lasell Village and the university.
Intergenerational Learning Modules devised to engage students with Villagers in a shorter project, for example a writing class for international freshmen where student’s language skills are improved by creating biographies of Village residents.
Dedicated classes at Lasell Village that invite collaboration with university classes. Recently, a Village poetry writing class teamed up with a college art students to create “Poetry Banners.”
Cultivating intergenerational social relationships through exhibits, speakers, plays, and events like “Senior Prom.”
Importantly, these programs are available to Village residents at no additional cost.
“The benefits to Villagers and students are endless,” says Lasell Village Director of Education John Dixon. “The University assumes that if something is happening on campus, Villagers should be invited to participate.” Villagers’ life experience and wisdom benefit the students; students’ curiosity and energy enrich Village residents’ lifelong learning.
Such partnerships between universities and senior communities are on the rise, but “no one is doing it the way we do,” says Cheryl Sacks, Lasell Village Director of Marketing and Sales. With Lasell Village residences located on the college campus, the participation of older adults in the core activities of the college is expressly cultivated as part of the lifeblood of both institutions.
To learn more about what it means to be An Age-Friendly University, including the “10 Age-Friendly University Principles,” visit the website of Lasell College’s RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.
April 2019: WCBV TV "Chronicle"
WCBV’s “Chronicle” Features Lasell
Boston’s local TV newsmagazine “Chronicle” visited with Lasell University President Michael Alexander to talk about innovation in higher education. Their conversation featured the partnership between the university and Lasell Village, and the many benefits to both communities of this innovative model. Watch the segment.
April 2019: Senior Housing News
CCRCs and Universities: Tie-ins on the Rise
The April 14 issue of Senior Housing News reports on the growing trend towards developing senior housing communities on college campuses, establishing “shared synergies” from the availability of land and an enthusiastic student work force, to the benefits of life-long learning and intergenerational relationships for senior residents.
The report cites Lasell Village as a leading example of a CCRC participating in the “age-friendly university movement,” writing that Lasell provides “a framework for all-ages learning in universities. Leaders with Lasell Village and Lasell College are promoting the benefits of having senior living communities integrated with college campuses.”
April 2019: Helping College Students Understand Dementia
Helping College Students Understand Dementia
The nine residents of Lasell Studios, Lasell Village’s supportive living facility for older adults with cognitive impairment, recently visited Lasell University Professor Joann M. Montepare’s “Living and Learning with Dementia” course to interact with students in a unique technique developed to engage adults with dementia in creative storytelling. You can read the full article here.
The class visit was a collaboration between Professor Montepare and Elena Ceban, Supported Living Manager at Lasell Village.
“Students got to see, firsthand, and on a progressive basis, what dementia looks like,” said Ceban. “With that comes an understanding of how to react and respond to behaviors and situations unique to this condition.”
Lasell Studios is part of Lasell Village, the university’s living and learning community for residents aged 65 and over. Developed six years ago, the facility specializes in the support of daily living activities and residents’ independence for those with cognitive diseases. Ceban’s work with the Studios led to her receiving LeadingAge Massachusetts’ 2018 Heart and Hands award.
March 2019: Village Earns "Age-Friendly Employer" Distinction
New Distinction: Certified Age-Friendly Employer
Lasell Village has earned the distinction of being recognized as a Certified Age Friendly Employer™ for 2019 by the organization RetirementJobs.com. Certification was granted after a thorough evaluation of Lasell’s alignment with Certification Evaluation Standards, including a survey response, review of publicly available information, and comparison with standards for policies and practices within general commerce and the financial services industry.
Camille Grabowski, Director of Research and Certification for RetirementJobs.com writes: “Lasell Village’s commitment to the [age] 50+ workforce (and actually to all employees) is something to be proud of.” As part of the certification process, RetirementJobs.com verified that Lasell Village is “among the rising number of employers that make a special effort to recruit and retain workers over age 50.”
RetirementJobs.com is dedicated to helping people over age 50 beat age bias in hiring practices through advocacy, employer ratings, and a range of services for job seekers, from resume writing workshops to curated job listings by state and municipality.
March 2019: Commercial Observer
Lasell Village President Anne Doyle was recently interviewed by the Commercial Observer for their piece “Woodstock Generation Changes the World of Senior Living.” The article profiles a number of different trends in senior living communities, including the increased appetite for creativity, freedom and community of the Woodstock Generation and tail-end Baby boomers. Doyle described how Lasell Village meets these desires with our emphasis on education and well-being through a collaborative relationship with Lasell University:
“Baby boomers are drawn to a community with a vibrant culture that embraces learning and engagement in intergenerational classes, lectures, clubs, and a full roster of fitness programs,” said Doyle. “Our education and health care offerings allow our community to thrive.” The Commercial Observer is the leading chronicle of news in the world of commercial real estate.
Fabruary 2019: Resident News (Intergenerational Learning)
Storytelling through Quilts at Lasell University
Professor of Art and Graphic Design Margo Lemieux and students in her Drawing II course met with residents at Lasell Village for a “Talk of Ages” event on December 3 that focused on story quilts, an art form that combines technical craftsmanship with creative messaging. “There is something very rich to the kinds of intergenerational interactions that happen here, because it is a community with genuine respect all around. This event was the perfect example of that,” says Lasell Village Education John Dixon. Read more.
February 2019: MA Life Care Residents' Association
Lasell Village resident Jean Stringham was recently elected Vice President for Membership of the Massachusetts Life Care Residents’ Association (MLCRA), where her goal will be to increase membership in the organization of both facilities and individual residents. The general purpose of MLCRA is communication, education, advocacy, and collaboration with members, Resident Associations and other organizations to support the well-being of seniors living in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) or similarly organized Independent Living Facilities throughout Massachusetts.
Jean’s article describing the engagement of Lasell Village residents in our community’s governance was published in MLCRA’s winter 2019 newsletter. Click here to read it. Congratulations, Jean!
February 2019: Senior Housing News
Senior Housing News Cites Lasell Village’s “University Model”
“Lasell Village is a Boston-area continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that is on the leading edge of several senior housing trends, notably intergenerational living and university partnerships,” writes author Tim Mullaney in a February 4 article published in Senior Housing News, featuring an interview with Lasell Village President Anne Doyle.
“While many CCRCs offer lifelong learning opportunities, Lasell Village has gone further,” Mullaney asserts, citing such Lasell exclusives as a 450 hour lifelong learning commitment for each resident, and the community’s relationship with Lasell University’s Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.
January 2019: Strength Training for Residents
Lasell Village residents are growing stronger by the day, according to fitness instructor Paul Connolly. More and more residents are choosing to work out, with visits increasing by 20% or more versus the prior year for each month of 2018. In December alone, 81 residents worked out a whopping 576 times, according to Connolly’s attendance count. The Village’s fitness guru makes sure to reach out to all new residents so he can orient them to the fitness center’s equipment and offerings. In 2018, he provided personal training orientations for 23 new Villagers.
Paul’s enthusiasm for helping residents learn how to safely and effectively increase their fitness is evident in his recent newsletter to residents. Did you know:
- The Wall Street Journal recently cited weightlifting as the most beneficial workout for seniors because it improves bone density, strength and power—all of which help to prevent falls. Lasell Village has several residents who can push more than 400 pounds on the leg press machine!
- A good night’s sleep is critical to optimal functioning. Here are four key tips for better sleep:
- Set a sleep schedule, going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time every day.
- Review all medications and supplements with your physician to make sure none of them are interfering with your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine after 2 p.m.
- Prepare for sleep by unwinding in bed before turning off the light: read, try deep breathing or guided meditation.
December 2018: Fitch Ratings: "A"
Lasell Village Gets an ‘A’
Lasell Village recently received a Fitch Rating of A—-and rated in the top 13% of all Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s)!
We are proud to announce that Fitch Ratings Inc., one of the nation’s “Big Three” national credit agencies, released an independent opinion and assessment of the Village’s financial health on December 6, 2018. The “A” rating reflects Lasell Village’s strong financial profile supported by a “robust liquidity position, solid operations and steady occupancy levels”.
Fitch reported that Lasell Village boasts consistently high occupancy in our independent living units over the past five years. The report cited our unique location adjacent to the campus of Lasell University, where residents are required to complete at least 450 hours of continuing education, as a strength. “LV’s strong demand in an economically favorable service area has helped generate solid levels of maximum annual debt service (MADS)” as of fiscal 2018, “better than or on par to Fitch’s ‘A’ category medians.”
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December 2018: Resident News, Intergenerational Dance
Intergenerational Dance Celebrates Good Times!
Lasell University students along with Lasell Village residents danced the night away Friday evening at Lasell Village’s Intergenerational Dance! It was a fun filled evening of dancing and laughter. Congratulations to our Dance King and Queen, Ed and Jane Rabin! Check out the gallery below:
November 2018: Village News: LeadingAge Heart and Hands Award
Elena Ceban, Manager of Lasell Studios, was recently recognized by LeadingAge of Massachusetts for her exceptional work in the supported care area of Lasell Village.
The Heart and Hands award is given annually to an individual or group who demonstrates exceptional relationships with residents. These relationships should provide special enrichment and increased quality of life to the resident through efforts beyond those normally considered within the position’s job description.
Elena’s creativity and compassion knows no bounds. In her role as the Manager of Lasell Studios, Elena has gone beyond her job description of caring for the residents, finding new ways to integrate the Studios into the greater Lasell and Newton communities. When Elena enters a room, she adds instant sparkle. She calls all those who live in the Studios her “friends,” instead of using the term resident. When Elena talks about her job, she talks about “excitement.” She bursts into song. She hugs her friends. But what truly stands out is how innovative she is. She developed an intergenerational course and taught it with a Lasell College faculty member, all for the betterment of the community.
The award was celebrated recently with staff from Lasell Village along with Elena’s Mom who visited from Moldova for this very special event.