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Senior Star communities are alive with stories of seniors living life to the fullest. Explore the following stories to truly understand the joys of senior living, and Senior Star’s passion and dedication to bolstering the legacies of those we serve.


March 2019

Partnership with Senior Star at Weber Place Raises Up Difference Makers in Healthcare – Chicago Tribune Local “Senior Star at Weber Place announces its collaboration with two local higher learning institutions, Rasmussen College and Lewis University, to provide future medical professionals an opportunity to learn about and from older adults. As part of their clinical rotations, Rasmussen College’s nursing students obtain a better understanding of health issues within the older adult population.” Read more…

 


After Years of Writing, Woman Publishes 1st Novel at 95
 – Columbus Dispatch “Delana Jensen Close was recently honored for a book that she finished last year at age 95. In 1955, Delana Jensen Close began to write a book. It’s finished now; it just took 63 years.” Read More…

 

 

 


Local seniors can bike down memory lane thanks to BikeAround technology
Martin City Telegraph “After Karin McAdams’ book group read about the Silk Road, she wanted to see some of the places mentioned. So she settled into a cushioned chair in Villa Ventura’s BikeAround room, entered her destination on a laptop keyboard, grabbed the handlebars of a stationary bike and began pedaling. Then she was off, navigating a road in western China spread out before her on an 8-foot-wide screen.”  Read more…

February 2019


High Schoolers help senior center celebrate prom – Tulsa World
 “Woodland Terrace’s senior prom lacked the typical drama, but offered a chance for generations to bridge the gap over shrimp cocktails, drinks and good tunes. Although some things have changed in the more than 50 years since some residents at Woodland Terrace danced to Nat King Cole next to the punch bowl, there was more than enough common ground.” Read more…

 

 


Diversifying Services has made us more competitive – Senior Housing News
 Senior Star Chief Financial Officer Matt Clifton was recently interviewed for Senior Housing News and their new series The Bottom Line. The series aims to connect with senior living CFOs to gain insights into today’s financial risks and opportunities. Read more…

 

Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Do? –The Verdict– Tulsa, Okla.Senior Star owners, Alzheimer’s Association advocates Bill and Bob Thomas talk about finding a cure and how to approach the disease in your own families as special guests on The Verdict.

Virtual Bike Ride Helping Seniors with Memory Loss – Dublin, Ohio –Dublin Retirement Village – a senior living community in Ohio – is doing something to help trigger those lost memories, and give families a little ride back in time thanks to BikeAround.


January 2019

Programming for a Healthy Body & Mind – Senior Living Executive Magazine – Read more about how Senior Star discovered and implemented the newest innovation in low-impact exercise that also stimulates the memory centers of the brain. Read more…

 

  • Senior Star Donates “Coping Boxes” to Local Alzheimer’s Association – Tulsa, Okla. -Senior Star will be welcomes associates from its senior living communities across the country for its annual Leadership Forum in Tulsa, Okla. As part of the conference, associates built “coping boxes” that are a resource for caregivers to help soothe those battling dementia and Alzheimer’s. Senior Star donated the Star Boxes to the Tulsa Alzheimer’s Association for use in their caregiver support groups.


December 2018

  • Burgundy Place – It’s a Great Place to Work at Burgundy Place! Hear one associate’s story and watch residents “score” with a friendly game of Wii Bowling! 
  • Park Louiville by Senior Star – In the spirit of holiday giving, Park Louisville collected items for those in need, and with the help of residents, associates and other healthcare professionals, were able to pack up almost 200 boxes for the cause!
     

  • Dublin Retirement Village – Recently, Daytime Columbus stopped by to chat about what it means to be a Great Place to Work in Aging Services, and how that translates into a wonderful environment both for employees and residents. (Oh, and you might catch a glimpse of our therapy dog, Murphy, too!) 

November 2018

  • Dublin Retirement Village – Meet Murphy, the therapy dog in the Memory Support community at Dublin Retirement Village, and learn how he helps those who are affected by dementia.
  • Elmore Place – Senior Star was recently ranked #3 in Aging Services by Fortune’s Great Place to Work campaign. Executive Director Marc Strohschein from Elmore Place discusses what that means for associates at Elmore Place and the importance of attracting associates to this growing industry. 

    Korean War veterans share stories, thoughts, hopes for future – Chicago TribuneFelton Brown, 89, of Senior Star at Weber Place in Romeoville, enlisted in the Navy in 1949. After leaving boot camp in San Diego, the Dublin, Georgia, native spent four years in the Navy and served the first three years on the destroyer ship USS Fechtelter. Having the rank of 2nd Class
  • Ship Service, Brown did whatever the ship’s crew neededRead more… 
  •  Senior Star at Weber Place welcomes new executive director – The Bugle – Senior Star at Weber Place is pleased to announce today the appointment of Michael Maggiore as the new executive director of its senior living community. Maggiore brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in a wide variety of health care settings. Read more… 

    Two retired men find friendship making dollhouses at Weber Place – The Herald NewsEarl Walker (left) inspired Dick Sievers (right) to build his first dollhouse. Sievers said he used to build “real” houses through his business, Sievers Custom Builders in Minooka, which his son Douglas now owns. Read more… 

     


October 2018

  • Achieving Excellence Through Quality Service – Fortune Magazine – At Senior Star retirement communities, associates find purpose and meaning in caring for their customers as well as for one another—and they have fun along the way. It’s no wonder the company is #3 on Fortune’s list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. Read more in the November issue.

  • West Park Place – Toledo, OH – A West Park Place resident has ties to a famous relative – the first woman to ever tumble over Niagara Falls in a barrel (with her cat!). Learn more about this fascinating relative and how it inspired generations to come. 

September 2018

  • Senior Star Makes Fortune’s Best Workplace for Aging Services List – Fortune – The elder care industry consists of various segments including senior housing and at-home care. To determine the first Best Workplaces in Aging Services list, Fortune research partner Great Place to Work, analyzed survey results from more than 162,000 employees working in both aspects of the industry. Read more….

  • Who Tops FORTUNE’s List Will Shock You – Senior Housing Forum – Senior Star Ranks Number Three on Fortune Magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The highest scoring senior living provider flies under the radar so we wanted to trumpet it here – and learn from their best practices! Read more….

  • CEO Anja Rogers Shares Stories Two Stories that Capture Senior Star CultureMcKnight’s Senior Living – On the 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list published by Fortune, Senior Star earned the top spot among operators described as senior living-dominant (independent living, assisted living and/or memory care). Here, Senior Star CEO Anja Rogers describes why she believes the organization is a Great Place to Work. Read more….

  • Senior Star Named Among Best Workplaces for Aging ServicesSenior Housing News – Senior Star is among the top 50 senior housing workplaces in the U.S., according to a new list focused on the aging services sector from Fortune magazine research partner Great Place to Work. Read more…

 

  • Operators on New Best Workplace List CelebratedMcKnight’s Senior Living – Senior Star, an Argentum member, earned the top spot among operators described by Fortune as senior living-dominant (independent living, assisted living and/or memory care). Eighty-eight percent of the 1,105 employees who completed a survey about the Tulsa, OK-based organization as part of Fortune’s selection process defined the workplace as great. Read more….

 


August 2018

  • Senior Star CEO, Anja Rogers, highlighted by Senior Housing News – Anja Rogers, who has been with the company since its inception 35 years ago, shares the underlying goals, passions and foundations of Senior Star culture. Read more….
  • Dublin Retirement Village Resident Finds Solace in Art – Columbus, OH – A beautiful story put together by Kurt Ludlow TV from WSYX ABC 6 about a Senior Star resident who finds purpose doing something she has always loved, and provides so much beauty for those around her. Meet our resident artiste, June Parks.

    Taking a BikeAround memory lane – The Herald News – Reporter Denise Baran-Unland decided to take her own spin on BikeAround. Read more about her experience…    

  • Senior Star has become the first senior living community in the country to purchase and install BikeAround – McKnight’s Senior Living – A stationary, individually adjustable assistive bike that is paired with Google Street View is providing cognitive and physical benefits to residents. Read more….

 


July 2018

  • Woodland Terrace Unveils Newest Signature Program – KTUL News Channel 8 – Reporter Tyler Butler takes a spin down memory lane with Woodland Terrace resident using BikeAround.

Romeoville senior living community offers two new programs – The Herald News – Senior Star at Weber Place has recently added two programs to enhance the lives of the clients they serve. One is a Healthy Hands class. The other is BikeAround, which combines exercise with virtual travel. Read more…

 


June 2018

  • Support is a way to keep workers who are family caregiversMcKnight’s Senior Living – Anna Walters, Assistant Executive Director at Weber Place, writes a special column for McKnight’s Senior Living about the importance of supporting associates is just as important as providing support to the residents whom we serve. Read more…

  • Residents at local senior living community can travel the world without leaving the building – 13abc WTVG TV – “Senior Star at West Park Place is using technology to help residents stay active in mind and body. Residents can take a trip to just about anywhere in the world without leaving the building.” 

  • Burgundy Place Introduces BikeAround  – We invited KTUL News Channel 8 reporter Tyler Butler take a ‘spin’ on Senior Star’s BikeAround™, an innovative program developed in Sweden that combines the power of Google Street View with an specially-created ‘bicycle’ that helps older adults stay seniors active while keeping the mind sharp. Learn more about our newest Signature Program – BikeAround!


May 2018

  • Families face delicate balance as they care for aging parents – Toledo Blade – “Where senior citizens — who fought for their country, contributed to communities, and raised families — are living out the last years of their lives were choices that their adult children had to make as they transitioned into the role of caregiver for parents who used to do the same for them.” Read more…

April 2018

  • My Ability: And She DancedKWQC TV 6 News – A touching story about a resident at Senior Star at Elmore Place as she reconnects with her memory, family by using her own ability to dance.

  • Seniors Pedal Down Memory Lane During Virtual Bike Rides – USNews &  World Report – Residents at Senior Star at Dublin Retirement Village are experiencing the benefits of BikeAround, an innovative program that pairs low-impact exercise with cognitive engagement. Read more… 

 

  • Virtual bike ride takes seniors on a trip down memory lane – KHSB 41 – “A stationary bike paired with Google Street View is taking seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia on a virtual trip down memory lane at Wexford Place.”

 


January 2018

  • Senior Star Employees Take Flight KOTV News On 6 – Senior Star associates were treated to a flight aboard a vintage aircraft while in Tulsa attending the annual leadership conference.

  • Laughter Yoga in the Morning – Watch as local reporter, Erin Christy, experiences a live Laughter Yoga class at Burgundy Place. Program Director, Sonya Pratt, explains the many health benefits of laughter and takes you through a few of the fun and funny exercises that will make you smile, improve your mood, and so much more. Learn more about one of our most popular Signature Programs – Laughter Yoga.


December 2017

  • Las Colinas Village Gives Back – Las Colinas senior residents make kids’ lives more “bear-able” in tough times by donating teddy bears and stuffed animals to the Albuquerque Police Department.

  • Visiting Aging Relatives for the Holidays – KTUL News Channel 8 – As we visit relatives during the holidays, here are some tips for what to look for and how to respond if a older relative needs a little more help.
     

September 2017

  • Wexford Place Partners with Kansas State University to Introduce LEAP Program – KCTV CBS – Wexford Place helping to provide information about what we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s through diet, exercise and more.

August 2017

    • Senior Star Owners Focus on Funding to Find a Cure KTUL News Channel 8 – Senior Star owners, Bill & Bob Thomas, are passionate about doing their part to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Over the past 20 years, they’ve been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, raising awareness and valuable funding.

    • Weekly activity introduces seniors to new flavors, food trends – Tulsa World“Once a week, the Country Kitchen at Burgundy Place is abuzz with hungry residents milling in for an afternoon surprise during Taste Test Tuesday. It’s a 3-year-old activity the senior community’s program director, Sonya Pratt, started as a way to introduce residents to new foods.” Read More…

May 2017

  • 86 Year Old “Tech Wizard” Teaches Modern Technology — Moses Cooper, age 86, revels in modern technology and enjoys helping fellow senior living residents use their iPads to stay connected. Watch his story, featured on 13abc …

November 2017

  • Why It’s a Good Idea to Give Aging Loved Ones Extra Attention This Holiday – Ron Keller, campus Executive Director, share some helpful tips for families during the holiday season. Watch to find out ways to help your aging loved ones.

 

  • Ceremony Recognizes Service of Dublin Veterans – The residents of Senior Star at Dublin Retirement Village were treated to a patriotic ceremony to thank them for their service. Many of the residents served in the armed forces. 

 


January 2017

  • Winter blues: ‘Hibernating’ seniors at high risk – Winter is often the prime time for people susceptible to seasonal affective disorder to display associated symptoms. Older persons suffering from the disorder can be at an even greater increased risk of mental and physical health complications. Ron Keller sharing tips for identifying symptoms and way for families to help aging loved ones. Read more…

September 2016

  • Simulation provides glimpse of dementia effects – Senior Star, has teamed up with P. K. Beville’s nonprofit group, Second Wind Dreams, to bring the Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour simulator to Columbus and other parts of Ohio. The van will tour central Ohio throughout the month of September, hosting groups and individuals interested in learning what it is like to live with dementia. Read more about the City of Dublin’s employee experiences in this article from The Columbus Dispatch.

April 2016

  • Murphy a popular resident at local retirement village – Murphy is one of the more popular residents at Dublin Assisted Living & Memory Support by Senior Star.  Murphy, a 1-year-old Golden Retriever, has taken up residence at the retirement village that provides assisted living and memory care at 6480 Post Road. Read more in This Week Community News…

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