For decades psychologists have been working to unlock the secret to successful aging and to determine how to define happiness in the eighth, ninth and even tenth decades of life.
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A historian at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans recently interviewed a handful of local World War II veterans in an effort to preserve their stories for future generations.
The interviews took place behind closed doors at Belmont Village Senior Living in Thousand Oaks, where Patrick Stephen spent two days getting the stories of five veterans who live in the retirement community.
“It’s not just World War II — they give that perspective of the Depression before the war,” Stephen said. “Then after the war, it was the … 1950s, when America was discovering itself with television and interstates.” Continue reading “Museum gathers stories from WWII vets in Thousand Oaks”
Belmont Village Senior Living Rancho Palos Verdes held a 12-hour bike-a-thon last month called the Bike to End Alzheimer’s Fundraiser. The event used stationary bikes to symbolize the challenging journey that those with the disease and their caregivers face every day, a press release said. Continue reading “Belmont Village RPV bike-a-thon benefits the Alzheimer’s Association”
Belmont Village Albany, the East Bay’s newest senior living community, is on track for a summer opening after years in the making. The project is the culmination of a collaboration with the UC Berkeley.
Belmont Village entered into a long-term ground lease with the University on their site at 1100 San Pablo Ave. in Albany in order to construct, own and operate what will be the company’s 26th senior living community. An official grand opening is planned for the first weekend in August. Continue reading “Belmont Village in Albany Launching in August”
Belmont Village Hollywood Hills is marking its celebratory milestone with a makeover, refreshing common areas and transforming two-thousand- square-feet of interior space into a new Bistro/Club area and Screening Room for assisted living residents. The renovation also includes an expanded Memory Care Neighborhood, allowing the community to provide a wider range of ability-specific support for residents who are experiencing cognitive loss.
The June 8 event featured Patricia Will, Belmont Village Founder and CEO, who presided over the welcome ceremony and ribbon cutting. California Senator Kevin de León, District 24, issued a proclamation on behalf of Belmont Village’s dedication to serving seniors and their families, while also creating local jobs. Celebrity impersonators and a visit by Miss North Hollywood Rachel McDonough greeted guests on the red carpet.
“Choosing a senior living community is one of the most important decisions a family will make. Finding one that is vibrant, supportive and safe tops the list,” said Patricia Murphy, Executive Director, Belmont Village Hollywood. “This expansion will give us great new areas for social activities, while allowing us to offer more options for our memory care residents, in terms of both programming and space.”
The newly renovated and expanded Memory Care Neighborhood offers 17 additional one-bedroom and studio apartments for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Belmont Village memory programs are resident-centered and tailored to meet specific therapeutic goals. The expansion will allow the community to further refine daily programs to provide a “just right challenge” for each resident. Residents are supported by a well-trained team and nurse on site 24/7. For information or to take a tour of Belmont Village Hollywood Hills call 323-874-7711.
Visit Belmont Village Hollywood’s Facebook page to see more photos from the event.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that slowly strips away precious memories, thinking skills and the ability to perform simple tasks. It affects more than 5 million Americans today, a number that is expected to jump to 16 million by 2050, unless we find a cure. As a senior living and memory care provider, we see the daily toll this disease takes on our residents, their families and caregivers. We’ve led the way in developing research-based enrichment programs so that our residents can have meaningful, purposeful days. Our staff is specially trained to support resident needs with understanding, respect and dignity and they are dedicated in their care. But that is not a cure.
Belmont Village is a Silver National Team for the Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our goal is to raise $100,000 nationwide to help fight this devastating disease through research and support services.
Please visit belmontvillage.com/donatealz to learn more and to donate.
“It has to be something new to your brain,” said gerontologist Beverly Sanborn. “You have to exercise a whole range of things in your brain.”
Jim Ray, Ph.D. is the director of research for the Neurodegeneration Consortium, which is taking on the task of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.
One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and the health care cost for Alzheimer’s alone was $236 billion last year.
Ray discusses on this week’s “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall” why there is no cure, how long it might take to find one and the impact other diseases might have on Alzheimer’s.
He was asked if a stroke might be a contributing factor. “Absolutely,” Ray said. “Vascular disease in the brain is the second major cause of dementia. There’s a lot of interest in whether or not there is disease in the blood vessels in your brain contributing to Alzheimer’s. A lot of people suspect that may be one of the causes or one of the reasons why you develop it.” Continue reading “Newsmakers Extra: MD Anderson researcher looks for Alzheimer’s cure”
Patricia Will, founder and CEO of Belmont Village Senior Living, says her development firm is careful, methodical and patient.
The Houston-based company took three to four years to scout South Florida for a site to build an upscale senior living facility. Belmont made sure to find the right property and to cultivate goodwill among the neighbors before moving forward, Will said.
“It’s hard to be at odds with the community, and then say, ‘Let us have your mother,’” she said.
After 20 years in business, Belmont expects to start construction this summer on its first Florida project — a 12-story, 204-unit complex at 1031 Seminole Drive in Fort Lauderdale, just north of the Galleria Mall. Continue reading “Deliberate developer: Belmont Village Senior Living taps Fort Lauderdale market”