News From Around the Village
Village Gets Another “A” from Fitch
Lasell Village yet again has received an “A” rating from Fitch Ratings. The ratings statement cites
“the expected stability of Lasell’s financial profile through Fitch’s forward-looking scenario analysis. Lasell is characterized by strong revenue defensibility; its unique market position as a provider of educational senior living services in a socio economically favorable service area which has helped support strong independent living unit (ILU) occupancy and a robust waiting list.” Read the full ratings statement.
President Anne Doyle Steps Down
In a heartfelt letter to the Lasell Village community, President Anne Doyle announced that she is resigning her position after seven successful years of leadership. Her last day will be October 28. Doyle’s short-term plans focus on pursuing her athletic passions: embarking on a wilderness canoe expedition in Canada, and undertaking a 1,000-mile cycling adventure in the British Isles. “My next professional steps will continue to shake up outmoded stereotypes about aging,” she writes.
During her tenure as President, Lasell Village was named three times as one of Boston’s Top Women-Led businesses. Doyle became a sought-after presence in the Age-Friendly community movement, quoted in media from the Boston Globe to The New Yorker magazine. The latter noted her exceptional track record of leading a CCRC during the COVID pandemic. She has been a guest panelist on a number of webinars related to lifelong learning, including the global 2021 World Aging Festival, and a featured interviewee on the PBS series “getting.dot older.”
Closer to our hearts, Anne was an engaged and interactive presence at Lasell Village. Her warmth and and enthusiasm were evident throughout our community. Modeling courage in our initial COVID vaccine clinic, celebrating our 20th anniversary masked-but-smiling, joining residents for meals or milestone birthdays, dancing at “Prom,” or marching with us at “Pride”—not to mention daily friendly conversations in our hallways—Anne consistently communicated her commitment to and love for the Lasell Village community.
Anne will work closely with Lasell University President Michael Alexander and Jeffrey Simon, Village Board Chair, to develop plans for interim management and an executive search for Lasell Village’s next leader, a process that will include representation from the Village community. Signing her letter “With gratitude,” she writes: “This community and our friendships will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Village Resident Awarded Degree at Lasell University Commencement: Boston Globe Coverage
May 14, 2022
We are so proud of Lasell Village’s own Elly Pollan, who on May 14 was awarded her associate’s degree at Lasell University’s commencement ceremony. Pollan’s achievement was covered in the Boston Globe, describing how how her lifelong commitment to education, often interrupted by the typical demands of family and professional life, came to full fruition here at Lasell Village. Ms. Pollan was drawn to our community because of the focus on lifelong learning, the Globe writes, studying sculpture, painting, literature, and more, as she fulfilled our requirement of 450 hours of annual educational activities.
“I came here because that is what I was interested in — I wanted to continue my education,” Pollan said. “It’s wonderful, actually. It keeps you alive, and keeps you interested.”
Globe subscribers click here to read the full article.
Massachusetts Senior Care Association Honor’s LV’s
May 9, 2022
Congratulations to Lasell Village’s retired Activity Director Carla Pepka, who was recently recognized with the National Activity Professional of the Year award by the National Association of Activity Professionals. Carla was honored at the Association’s recent Annual Meeting in Minnesota.
Carla devoted her career to improving the lives of nursing facility residents through creative and innovative activities, and most recently served as the Activity Director at Lasell Village prior to her retirement. She also served on the Board of Directors of MassCAP for many years including several years as President. Congratulations to Carla on this well-deserved honor!
Now Streaming on PBS Passport: Getting dot older TV Series Featuring Anne Doyle
May 9, 2022
PBS Passport subscribers can now stream the exciting weekly series produced by Roberto Mighty that features stories from older adults and commentary by nationally recognized experts in aging-related issues, including Lasell Village president, Anne Doyle.
This program highlights “intimate revelations about aging from diverse baby boomers.” Anne is featured as a guest expert in episodes 3 and 12 , discussing opportunities to think differently about aging, including intergenerational living and learning.
Village President Doyle Op-Ed in the Boston Globe: The Joy of Intergenerational Learning
April 11, 2022
Read Lasell Village President Anne Doyle’s opinion piece in the Boston Globe. Doyle shares insights on the joy of lifelong learning from her professional experiences at Lasell Village and around the world. As Anne states in the article, “Aging well means rejecting stereotypes about what it means to grow old. It means looking locally as well as globally for new models. It means integrating intergenerational living and learning models into senior living design to spark innovation and to create a sense of purpose. It means looking forward with a sense of possibility.” This philosophy guides our culture of engagement at Lasell Village. Anne quotes one of our residents whose outlook reflects this spirit, noting that at Lasell Village, “we embrace opportunities to redefine, reinvent, reimagine…to make every new transition rewarding.” As Anne says: “That’s advice to live by, at any age.” Globe subscribers click here to read.
Life Plan CEOS Talk About Staffing and Their 2022 Priorities
March 8, 2022
Love and Company, a national senior living marketing firm, recently interviewed four CEO’s of leading continuing care retirement communities for their thoughts about caring for staff in the challenging hiring environment created by COVID. Lasell Village President Anne Doyle spoke about the unique culture of caring Lasell Village cultivates between staff and residents, with an emphasis on the well-being of the community as a whole. A few highlights from Doyle during their discussion:
“It’s really a connected circle. You have to treat staff well to serve residents well. You need to build a mutual understanding and appreciation between staff and residents. This isn’t something that’s new as a result of COVID. It should be that way all the time.”
President Doyle pointed to Lasell Village’s successful efforts to achieve a 100% staff vaccination rate as evidence that emphasizing relationships between and among staff and residents builds community and benefits everyone:
“We were the first senior living community in Massachusetts to mandate vaccines for all staff members. We lost three CNAs, but everyone else was, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’” Doyle continues: “The real foundation for this success began at the start of the pandemic. At Lasell Village, we have worked hard to build a culture of caring: people caring about themselves, their neighbors, their clients. So when the pandemic began in the spring of 2020, we talked a lot about caring for our neighbors, and that everyone needed to depend on each other to make good choices.”
Read the full article here.
The Atlantic: Seven Habits that Lead to Happiness in Old Age
March 1, 2022
We love reading stories in major media outlets that confirm what we know at Lasell Village: continuing an active lifestyle marked by continuing education, daily movement, and strong social connections are among the best ways to cultivate happiness as we age and face life’s inevitable bumps and losses. Read The Atlantic article here!
Village Residents and University Students Enjoy Intergenerational Career Day
February 14, 2022
Last week’s intergenerational career day held at Lasell Village demonstrates the vibrancy of creative partnerships between the Village and Lasell University.
This idea was spawned by students and residents who are elected to the multigenerational Student Government Association at Lasell University. As we resume in-person educational activities, the focus continues to be on maximizing the benefits of an intergenerational campus, learning and sharing perspectives across the lifespan. One that brought students from the University together with residents to share ideas, experience, and contacts about various careers that are connected to the majors at the University: law, medicine, education, technology, business and marketing.
The two hours passed quickly and ended with refreshments AND lots of planned future meetings between students and Village residents!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.
Village President Doyle Participates in Leadership Institute at Yale SOM
January 31, 2022
President of Lasell Village, Anne Doyle, and President of Lasell University, Michael Alexander, were invited to participate in this prestigious invitation-only Educational Executive Leadership Institute at Yale School of Management, for the third year in a row. Anne was invited as the President of the only senior living organization on a university campus with an educational requirement for its residents. It was an exciting conversation with 100 university presidents, the CEO of Intel, and the CEO of Zoom, reimagining the future of education.
Getting dot older TV Series Featuring Anne Doyle Begins This Sunday
January 6, 2022
Tune in to your Boston area PBS station (channel listings below) Sunday, January 9th at 3:30 p.m. to see an exciting new weekly series produced by Roberto Mighty that features stories from older adults and commentary by nationally recognized experts in aging-related issues, including Lasell Village president, Anne Doyle.
This new program highlights “intimate revelations about aging from diverse baby boomers.” Anne is featured as a guest expert in episodes 3 (airing in Boston January 23) and 12 (airing in Boston March 27), discussing opportunities to think differently about aging, including intergenerational living and learning.
For those outside of the Boston area, the series is running nationwide, and the list of other times and channels can be found HERE: STATION LIST.
For more information about the series and to view episode clips, visit www.gettingdotolder.com.
Channel Listings: Comcast Boston: Channel 802, 956 and 1146; RCN Cable: Channel 602 and 094; Verizon Fios Burlington: Channel 11, 473 and 511; Broadcast TV – Boston, Cambridge, New Bedford: Channel 2
Highlights: Live Panel Discussion with Village Residents & Anne Doyle Now on Youtube
Last October, Lasell Village President Anne Doyle was invited to lead a panel on the future of aging in the United States for the 2021 World Ageing Festival based in Singapore and held virtually worldwide. Experts from fourteen countries around the world were invited to present their perspectives on aging.
Anne Doyle provided context and facilitated a lively conversation with a panel of people well-positioned to provide perspectives on aging: Lasell Village residents, Sushi Gawande, Tricia Swift, and Charlotte Lindgren Winslow, and colleague Tim Driver, technology entrepreneur and President of the Age-Friendly Institute. Simply stated, it was a fantastic event!
AARP Lists Creative & Innovative Housing Approaches in Pursuit of Your Best Life
Thirty million readers opened their December 2021/January 2022 AARP magazine to find Lasell Village recognized in the article “Finding the Best Place For Your Retirement.” The Village was highlighted among other innovative senior living models for our learning opportunities. Lasell Village continues to distinguish itself for its philosophy of lifelong learning.
Three years running: Lasell Village is a MA Top-100 Women-Led Business
Congratulations to Lasell Village President Anne Doyle for being named to The Commonwealth Institute/Boston Globe Magazine list of Massachusetts’ Top-100 Women-Led Business for the third year in row. Village residents and staff alike attest to Anne’s winning combination of personal warmth and decisive, inspiring leadership. Way to go, Anne!
Lasell Village is proud that nearly 70% of Lasell Village’s employees are women and more than 50% of our Board of Trustees are women.
AARP article applauds Lasell Village
We are delighted to share the recent AARP article highlighting Lasell Village’s intergenerational model on a university campus. This article features the vibrancy of the campus community. Thank you to resident, Nelly Murstein, and Lasell University student and Village employee, Kelvyn Perez, for sharing your stories. The fabulous ping pong photo also demonstrates what we know to be true: Connecting across generations IS a game changer!
Village in Boston Globe Op-Ed: Employer Benefits of Recruiting Older Adults
September 14, 2021
This week, the Boston Globe featured an op-ed piece by several board members of the Age-Friendly Institute, where Village President Anne Doyle is also a board member. The authors cite the multiple benefits to employers of recruiting and retaining older adults—for customers, for younger co-workers, and for the older adult employees themselves. Lasell Village gets a shout-out as an example of a local employer with an age-friendly employment philosophy. Read it here.
August 2021: Fitch Rating: Village Gets an "A"
Lasell Village is proud to maintain an “A” rating from Fitch Ratings, a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research for global capital markets.
You can read more about Fitch rating here.
August 2021: Commonwealth Magazine Quotes Doyle
CommonWealth Magazine’s recent article about Governor Baker’s vaccine mandate for nursing home employees cites the Village’s first-in-the-state leadership on this front:
“Anne Doyle, president of Lasell Village, said managers talked to staff one-on-one about their concerns and by the time the policy was announced, 91.5 percent of staff were vaccinated. Out of 160 employees, only three are still unvaccinated, all in the nursing home. Doyle anticipates that the governor’s mandate will convince them to get the shots. ‘I think that’s really going to help people who are just a little bit concerned or just maybe need that extra nudge to say now is the time for me to get vaccinated,’ Doyle said.“
June 2021: Village Resident Cover Story
June 21, 2021
The smiling face of Lasell Village resident Charlotte Lindgren Winslow graces the cover of the June, 2021 issue of “Newton Neighbors” magazine. She is the subject of a feature profile titled “Retired Professor and Lifelong Student.” Click here to read the piece.
“I waited a good many years to be a cover girl,” says Charlotte.
“Charlotte is a wonderful example of the lively residents we have here well into their late 90’s,” notes President Anne Doyle.
May 2021: Village Prioritizes Vaccinations
May 21, 2021
Lasell Village President Anne Doyle announced on Friday, May 21 that as of September 1, all Village employees will be required to be fully vaccinated. The announcement shows Lasell Village’s continued commitment to proactive leadership in addressing public health issues that effect the well-being of our residents. The Village is one of the first senior communities in Massachusetts to implement this policy, and we are proud of the already industry-leading vaccination rates of our residents (99%) and employees (currently at 91.5%, and approaching 100% as of Sept. 1.) Read Anne Doyle’s letter announcing the new employee vaccination requirement below:
Dear Residents, Employees, Family, and Friends,
The Lasell Village community cares deeply about the health and wellbeing of its residents, employees and entire community.
Over the past year, we have made many proactive decisions that would increase the safety and decrease the risks for everyone who lives, works and visits the Village. In early 2021, we were pleased to enable access to the Covid-19 vaccine for our residents and prospective residents, employees, companions, aides, faculty, and vendors, and we achieved a 99% vaccination rate for Villagers.
This week, we informed all employees that by September 1, Lasell Village is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated, except those with medical conditions or religious exemptions. We are one of the first senior communities in Massachusetts to implement this policy because we believe it is important for the health and well-being of our community. Our management team and clinical leaders have worked hard to address employee concerns and questions about the vaccine. We are pleased that Lasell Village has one of the highest staff vaccination rates in the industry, more than 91.5%, and with this policy, we will approach 100%. Already, new employee candidates are vaccinated before beginning employment. We are aware that new variants of the virus are likely to continue to circulate, and that vaccination is the best form of protection. By giving more than three-months’ notice, we hope that everyone makes the decision to be vaccinated, and are providing support toward that end.
As we have throughout the past year, Lasell Village will continue to find ways to address the needs of all in a caring and thoughtful manner. For example, with the mask mandate ending, we are able to offer residents the choice of virtual or in-person classes, expanded dining and fitness options, and a resumption of evening in-person programming by mid-June. All of these changes are possible because of the culture of caring that our community continues to embrace. Lasell House will continue to follow Department of Public Health guidelines for Lasell House employees, residents, and guests. All Village visitors should continue to check-in at the Welcome Desk.
Warm spring-time wishes,
May 2021: LU Student Wins Inaugural Book Award
May 4, 2021
Lasell University senior, Tram Thai Mai Nguyen (Tram) was recently presented with the first annual Lasell Village Book Award, created this year by Village residents to honor LV President Anne Doyle and her team for their leadership during the pandemic. Tram is a Fashion Retail and Merchandising student and has worked for Lasell Village Dining Services since March of 2018. Resident and Lasell Village Board of Trustee, Caroline Schastny noted, “When we think of Tram, three qualities come to mind: customer service, professionalism, and leadership.”
President Anne Doyle said, “With her bright smile and caring manner, Tram is always willing to help in any way she can. She has gone above and beyond as a valued member of the dining and Café team, especially during this challenging past year.”
Tram is in the process of deciding on a graduate school program. Whichever program she chooses will be fortunate to have an industrious, compassionate, imaginative student in their architecture graduate program. Congratulations, Tram!
A note about the Lasell Village Book Award: The five-year award of a book and gift was established in 2021 by approval of Lasell Village residents, in gratitude for the executive teams’ extraordinary work during the pandemic.
April 2021: LV Featured in Gerontological Society Newsletter
“The experience of getting to know and interact with the students was wonderful. I was immediately captivated by the intelligence, work ethic, and engagement of this group of young people.”
For example, last year, a Lasell University faculty member and Village resident asked his Service Quality Management class to execute a service quality audit of Lasell Village. The class requires students to create a questionnaire, interview residents and key staff members, then present a detailed report of their findings to the class. The residents loved participating in the audit because it was practical, and they were able to explain what they enjoy about the community.
“Being with the children was wonderful – physically and mentally invigorating”.
A more recent example of intergenerational activity at Lasell Village were students and residents coming together to launch an exciting new project, Biochemistry at the Movies. The project examines moral and ethical issues in films based on actual cases related to a disease or the effects of chemicals in the environment. The project kick-off featured movies were Lorenzo’s Oil and Extraordinary Measures. This new program is generating intrigue and igniting many enthusiastic learners.
“Our residents move to Lasell Village because they’re interested in a vibrant intergenerational community with all the offerings of a university. We have about 265 residents across three levels of care starting with independent living until the end of life. We engage residents across all those levels of care with educational programming” said Village President Anne Doyle who also noted that Lasell Village is located on the campus of Age Friendly Lasell University.
January 2021: Webinar: "Following the Facts"
Click to view Village President, Anne Doyle along with Museum of SciencePresident Tim Ritchie, Lasell University President Michael Alexander, and NPR Reporter Arun Rath for an informative webinar. Anne added her perspective on the critical role of science in keeping Lasell Village residents safe while strengthening our community during the global pandemic.
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