Vayyar Home: Keeping Residents Safe and Independent

Vayyar Home is a revolutionary, touch-less, elderly care and emergency response system. Fully automatic, it monitors seniors without them needing wearables, buttons or pendants, devices which they may be unable or even unwilling to operate after suffering a fall. And because Vayyar Home is completely camera-free, it maintains privacy at all times.

Seniors don’t want to be perceived as old, frail, or incapable, and many refuse to use traditional devices for exactly these reasons. Vayyar Home promotes resident’s safety while protecting their independence, something that is extremely important to seniors.

The device uses harmless radio waves to detect a person’s body position, allowing to it to detect a fall instantly. Caregivers receive real-time alerts that allow them to provide rapid response, preventing “long lies” and their potentially catastrophic consequences. But they also need to know about the relatively minor “hidden” falls that seniors often fail to report, but which are often precursors to major falls. This level of protection not only improves the quality of life of residents and gives their families greater peace of mind – it also benefits operators in terms of higher length of stay and enhanced brand reputation.

Marc McGrann, Director of Business Development, and David Hamel, a sales representative, both work closely with numerous senior living communities and agree that the value of Vayyar is two-fold: accurate fall prevention and rich data collection.

While Vayyar is best known for instant fall detection, the platform also gathers a wealth of other activity data that is just as important to a resident’s overall well-being. Vayyar’s technology can monitor sleep patterns, bathroom habits, time spent idle and more, all of which can aid communities in noticing behavioral changes and making timely interventions.

Hamel states that “data is driving care planning,” and in the wake of COVID-19, it is now more important than ever. Having a Vayyar Home sensor in a resident’s room ensures that residents are safeguarded around the clock, making staff’s lives easier and eliminating the constant fear that falls or health issues will be missed or overlooked. Even the most attentive staff cannot be everywhere at once, and residents are not always forthcoming about their challenges or setbacks, which is why Vayyar’s monitoring system is a crucial asset to any community.

McGrann stresses that privacy is a key aspect of Vayyar Home’s unique offering and that seniors often strongly object to cameras in their rooms. But he adds that they understand the value of the solution “the insights we deliver create a more rounded vision of residents’ day-to-day experience, helping them live longer and happier lives.”

Another advantage of Vayyar Home is that it can be easily integrated with the nurse call system or care platform that the community already has in place, easing the transition for staff. Vayyar Home puts all the information they need at their fingertips, helping them to prioritize care delivery and assisting communities in better catering to their residents’ specific needs.

In a post COVID-19 world, where isolation and its effects on physical health are top of mind for seniors’ families and operators alike, Vayyar Home is a solution that will ease those concerns by providing an unprecedented level of monitoring that enables the highest standards of care.

Cascade Creek

Anthem Memory Care Expands into Minnesota

With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s in Minnesota expected to rise by more than 20% in the first half of this decade, Anthem Memory Care is expanding into the state by opening a new community. Cascade Creek, located in Rochester, offers a physical layout, features and programming to promote purposeful living and wellness for those with cognitive-impairing diseases. Scheduled to open this summer, it brings to 12 the number of memory care communities Anthem operates in five states. Anthem Memory Care is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
“Cascade Creek is a resident-centered community where life revolves around close contact with people, meaningful activities, nature and the arts,” said Isaac Scott, CEO and principal of Anthem Memory Care. The company already has memory care communities in Illinois, Colorado, Kansas and California. “Since our organization opened in 2012, our sole focus has been on protecting, engaging and loving people living with memory loss through programming tailored to the individual.”

Cascade Creek provides 45 suites that can accommodate 50 residents in a building designed to encourage activity and connection with the outdoors. The two-story structure surrounds an exterior courtyard, with a second-floor patio overlooking it. Wide interconnected hallways enable residents to walk around the entire community without encountering frustrating physical barriers.
The community promotes interaction and purpose, with areas for residents to create art, work on public service projects, build woodcrafts at a workbench, gather for social, cultural and educational programs, and more. A country kitchen on the second floor serves as both a dining area and a place where those interested in cooking can assist in meal preparation and serving.

Technology is a hallmark of Cascade Creek, including the Vigil Memory Care System that equips each residence. Customized for individual safety needs, it can indicate residents’ precise locations within their suites and issue alerts if they may need rapid assistance. The community also offers the iN2L digital engagement system, providing personalized content that sparks conversation, interaction, learning and connection with family and friends.
“These technologies give our care team additional tools for providing the secure, stimulating and purposeful environment that is central to our mission,” said Anthem COO and principal Lewis McCoy.
The number of people in the state with dementia is anticipated to increase by 21.2% between 2020 and 2025, from 99,000 to 120,000, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“As the need for high-quality memory care rises in Minnesota, Cascade Creek residents and families will be able to count on our commitment to innovation, excellence and providing understanding and significance to those with dementia,” Scott said.

Cascade Creek is located at 3530 Fairway Ridge Lane, SW, Rochester, Minnesota.

Oakmont of Las Vegas

Oakmont of Las Vegas Adds Memory Care as Part o Multimillion Dollar Renovation to Luxury Senior Living Community

IRVINE, Calif.- May 24, 2021- Oakmont Senior Living has reimaged senior care at its luxury senior living community Oakmont of Las Vegas with a multi-million-dollar renovation and enhancement project that was completed this month. While the entire community has been refreshed, a focal point of the project is the addition of a Traditions Memory Care neighborhood to accommodate residents living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

“Memory care is an essential part of continuity of care and important to families who don’t want to uproot their loved ones should they need to transition to this type of care,” said Melon Rivera, executive director at Oakmont of Las Vegas. “We are excited to continue to raise the bar for luxury senior living in Las Vegas by offering a full spectrum of care options from independent and assisted living and now memory care in beautifully upgraded surroundings.”

Oakmont’s Traditions neighborhoods excel at customized care designed to inspire the physical and mental well-being of residents. The new Traditions at Oakmont of Las Vegas includes 31 memory care apartment homes plus a spacious dining room, activity room and picturesque outdoor courtyard. Engaging programming specifically planned for those living with memory loss includes activities such as yoga, animal care and life skills that help sharpen both mental acuity and exercise memory.

In addition to the new memory care neighborhood, the multi-million-dollar renovation project at Oakmont of Las Vegas included the addition of a movie theater featuring plush seating as well as a new bistro and wellness center. The onsite beauty salon received its own makeover with upgraded and new equipment. Other community-wide enhancements included new carpeting, tile flooring, fresh paint, a refinished roof and new fire-alarm system.

“Oakmont Senior Living is about creating an inspiring, safe and beautiful place to call home,” said Rivera. “These new enhancements provide us with the increased ability to deliver on that promise.”

Oakmont of Las Vegas residents enjoy signature Oakmont amenities such as a chef-driven, five-star culinary experience, expansive indoor and outdoor common spaces and programming that includes on-site educational, social and recreational programs as well as off-property group excursions as the pandemic allows. The sprawling Las Vegas campus is conveniently located near dining, shopping and entertainment in downtown Las Vegas, and residents enjoy complimentary chauffeur service.

About Oakmont Senior Living
Oakmont Senior Living is a recognized leader in the senior living industry, currently serving over 3,500 seniors across 35 communities in California and Nevada with an additional 9 in various stages of development. Residents receive customized care services delivered in luxurious, resort-style settings. With an impressive array of five-star amenities and compassionate team members, residents at Oakmont Senior Living benefit from the finest senior living experience in the industry. For more information about Oakmont Senior Living, visit

Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Introduces Subacute Neuro Recovery Program Leading Area Specialists Overseeing New Initiative at Skilled Nursing Facility in Mount Laurel, N.J.

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Feb. 1, 2020 – Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Mount Laurel has introduced a Neuro Recovery Program to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. The subacute initiative is directed by neurologists Tudor Jovin, MD, and Michael Gallagher, DO, and physiatrist Adam Schindelheim, MD.

Laurel Brook’s Neuro Recovery Program is designed to assist those affected by neurologically disabling conditions in improving abilities and returning to their most-optimal functional levels. The specialized initiative focuses on balance, speech, memory and pain management, as well as swallowing and proper nutrition. Patients receive an individualized recovery plan to address their needs, including a return to more routine daily functions, such as sitting, walking, dressing and showering.

Dr. Jovin, Dr. Gallagher, and Dr. Schindelheim are affiliated with Cooper University Health Care’s divisions of neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Laurel Brook established these key relationships in partnership with Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the facility.

“Laurel Brook’s collaboration with the area’s leading neurology and physical medical rehabilitation professionals helps those recovering from neurological events, including strokes and diseases, live better lives,” said Jennifer Hertzog, vice president of marketing and business development for Marquis.

Subacute represents a comprehensive, high level of care for patients with active illnesses, injuries or complex medical conditions following – or as an alternative to – a hospital stay. Subacute patients typically undergo rehab therapy sessions for one or two hours per day, as prescribed. Laurel Brook features a state-of-the-art therapy gym with progressive rehabilitation equipment.

Neuro Recovery patients benefit from the care of Laurel Brook’s interdisciplinary team, which includes specialized rehab nurses and physical, speech and occupational therapists. The team also includes a care navigator, nutritional counselor and recreation specialist. “With the consultative presence of Dr. Jovin, Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Schindelheim, Laurel Brook’s team of rehab experts is supporting patients in regularly achieving recovery milestones,” added Hertzog.

Dr. Jovin is board certified in neurology, vascular neurology, neurocritical care and neuroendovascular surgery. He serves as the medical director of the Cooper Neurological Institute, and as the chairman and chief of neurology of Cooper Medical Care; he also is a stroke neurologist. Dr. Jovin, who is fluent in German, Romanian and Spanish, is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Gallagher is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. He serves as the assistant professor of neurology at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Schindelheim is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with a specialty in traumatic brain injury and concussion in adults. Dr. Schindelheim is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation with the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Located at 3718 Church Road, Laurel Brook provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab, memory care, long-term and respite care. It also features a 60-bed Korean Community wing, which creates a culturally authentic environment for the care and comfort of Korean seniors. The facility has earned a deficiency-free survey from the New Jersey Department of Health, and secured certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Together with Marquis Health Consulting Services, Laurel Brook has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Laurel Brook can be found at

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic tertiary care health system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey with a mission to serve, to heal, to educate. With more than 630 physicians, more than 7,500 employees, and a network of more than 100 medical offices and four urgent care centers throughout the region, Cooper offers signature programs in cardiology, critical care, neurosciences, pediatrics, orthopedics and surgical specialties.

Meadow Park, Catonsville, MD

Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Cardio Pulmonary Care Program

CATONSVILLE, Md.,  Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Cardio Pulmonary Care Program designed to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Gosnell and cardiologist Dr. Ashok Chopra are overseeing the initiative at the 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Catonsville.

Meadow Park’s comprehensive Cardio Pulmonary Care Program aims to promote independence and quality of life through reducing symptoms and decreasing disability in heart and lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Services are tailored for individuals with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post heart and lung transplants, emphysema, acute myocardial infarctions and acute respiratory failure, among other diagnoses.

In addition to consults with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Gosnell and other board-certified specialists, Meadow Park heart and lung patients benefit from certified nurses on staff, seven days per week therapy services as prescribed, 24/7 access to lab and radiology services, and a range of additional services and therapies. Those include tracheostomy care and management, a wide range of oxygen therapies and nebulizer therapies, as well as IV Lasix and Intotrope Infusions.

“Post-hospital rehab programs are proven to reduce the chance of hospital re-admission and significantly improve health and quality of life – and prolong life spans – for patients who have suffered a cardiac or pulmonary health event,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of business development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Meadow Park and helped the facility develop the new offering. “Meadow Park’s cardio pulmonary rehab services ease patients’ transition home and also focus on creating long-term lifestyle changes, including an improved exercise and nutrition plan, and stress reduction.”

Dr. Gosnell is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and is the director of intensive care and chief of pulmonary at MedStar Harbor Hospital, regularly teaching respiratory physiology to residents. He maintains a practice in Glen Burnie, Md., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Chopra is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has been in private practice for 36 years and attending to patients at Grace Medical Center, formerly Bon Secours Hospital, where he served as the director of the ICU for more than 10 years. Dr. Chopra is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital, where he completed his medical residency and Cardiology Fellowship.

“Meadow Park is fortunate to have Dr. Chopra and Dr. Gosnell lead the Cardio Pulmonary Care Program,” noted Gachot. “They will work together with Meadow Park’s dedicated clinical team to provide for the best possible outcomes for heart and lung patients.”

Located at 1525 N Rolling Road, Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.  As part of its programming, Meadow Park offers education and training for patients and family members, and coordination of home care services. The facility also offers 24/7 admissions direct from the emergency room.
Together with Marquis, Meadow Park has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics – including cardiac rehab – of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Meadow Park can be found on the facility’s website,

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Voted ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ for Two Consecutive Years

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care celebrates their second consecutive year as winner of ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ in Indian River County as voted by the Sebastian readers of the Hometown News.

The Hometown News Reader’s Choice Awards is an annual recognition of the best businesses in the local community in various categories as voted by readers. This is the second year Pelican Landing has been chosen against dozens of competitors in senior living.

“To be named ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ is a special honor for this particularly challenging year in our country,” says Kim Sviben, Executive Director of Pelican Landing. “We are so proud of our dedicated team of associates and our amazing residents who truly make Pelican Landing a place we call home.”

Pelican Landing is a thoughtfully designed senior living residence offering 63 assisted living and 26 memory care apartments with attractive accommodations and outstanding care. The community, owned and operated by Watercrest Senior Living Group, opened in April of 2016, and was awarded the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Architectural Recognition Award and the 2019 Hometown News ‘Best Assisted Living Community.’

Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded by Marc Vorkapich, CEO, and Joan Williams, CFO, to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their upscale amenities, exceptional care, and innovative memory care programming offering unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care is ideally located at 13085 US Highway 1, in the heart of Sebastian. The neighboring area offers diverse workspaces, retail and entertainment centers, residential neighborhoods, the Sebastian River Medical Center, and a charming riverfront district with unobstructed views of the intra-coastal waterway. For information about Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, call 772-581-0366 or visit

A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit

Maplewood Senior Living Partners With Renowned New York University Neuroscientist, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, For A Brain Health Pilot Program At Newtown Community

NEWTOWN, Conn., — Maplewood Senior Living is excited to announce that through an exclusive relationship with brain health expert, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a pilot program will be conducted at Maplewood at Newtown, where a group of residents will be enlisted to utilize her BrainBody platform. Through their participation, she will measure the brain-enhancing effects that each exercise program has for them, and provide customized exercise programs that will help protect their brain and maintain optimal cognitive function. Findings from the pilot – Maplewood’s latest initiative to promote brain health – will help shape future exercise and wellness programs offered at Maplewood Senior Living communities and at Inspīr Carnegie Hill.

Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University’s Center for Neural Science, BrainBody CEO and presenter of the second most viewed TEDTalk of 2018. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Inspīr Carnegie Hill, the flagship residence under Maplewood’s new brand of luxury senior living in urban markets, which will soon open on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Consisting of national experts from a variety of senior care disciplines, the Advisory Board provides an unparalleled level of expertise to ensure the very latest and most effective care practices are employed.

The pilot program at Newtown is one of two pilots to be conducted with a Maplewood community, joining another community in Connecticut, Maplewood at Darien. The pilot programs and the strong relationship Maplewood has fostered with Dr. Suzuki are a testament to Maplewood’s focus on brain health and its ongoing commitment to sharing the latest research, tools and support by serving as a resource for residents and the community at large.

Dr. Suzuki’s research spans over 25 years studying memory and brain plasticity. She conducted extensive work studying the formation and retention of new long-term memories. Her recent research focuses on understanding the role aerobic exercise plays in improving learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities. Through her research, Dr. Suzuki has concluded that physical exercise helps to strengthen key areas of the brain that are most susceptible to both aging and Alzheimer’s disease, making it our best hope in addressing the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease in this country. These conclusions led her to develop her company BrainBody, which employs an easy to use platform that is able to quantify the brain-enhancing effects of exercise and provide individualized exercise prescriptions that help protect the brain from aging and neurodegenerative disease states.

“The research shows that as we age, it is imperative to stay in motion and exercise to maintain cognitive function,” said Dr. Suzuki. “Exercise provides a brain-enhancing effect that protects the brain from neurodegenerative and age-related diseases.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Dr. Suzuki in this pilot program as its findings will directly impact the brain health and overall well being of current and future residents of our communities,” said Gregory D. Smith, president and CEO of Maplewood Senior Living and Inspīr. “Dr. Suzuki’s breakthrough BrainBody program is an example of the caliber of cutting-edge technology and innovative programming we are bringing to residents to support whole-person health and wellness. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Dr. Suzuki and utilizing the insights gained from the pilot programs to further enhance the overall living experience for our residents.

This partnership is Maplewood’s latest addition to its expansive suite of resident programming and engagement, educational opportunities and new technologies available across communities to keep residents cognitively stimulated through activity. In October, Maplewood announced a partnership with Drexel University’s School of Education and Dr. Kristen Betts to bring the ‘Science & Art of Changing your Brain’ series to Maplewood Communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio. The four-week virtual series discusses current and emerging research about the brain, mind and memory and teaches participants how to identify protective factors and control risk factors to preserve cognitive abilities. Additionally, the technology at Maplewood not only provides vital functions for these seniors, but it also engages them to learn and master new skills they have not been exposed to before. This includes a partnership with Temi robots, an advanced A.I. software that interacts with residents, performs tasks for them, plays music, tells jokes, helps them learn and allows them to video conference family, friends and doctors. Eversound headsets are utilized to help increase engagement for residents with hearing impairments and are used for live lectures, book clubs, bingo and other group programming. Residents also have access to Rendever, a VR platform that allows them to travel the world (virtually), revisit familiar places, share new experiences and enjoy the thrill of 360-degree video from the comfort of their community.

Maplewood is creating unique operations in their soon-to-be-open Manhattan location, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, to ensure residents feel engaged and healthy in an urban environment. With a variety of care options, including Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Enhanced Care, Inspīr Carnegie Hill will provide residents with a brain-healthy lifestyle and offer daily programs to keep residents in motion naturally and purposefully. An on-site fitness facility, access to personal trainers and group fitness classes empower residents to stay mobile and exercise regularly. In addition, Inspīr Carnegie Hill offers lifelong learning classes, cognitively stimulating activities, and brain-healthy foods to keep the neurons active and to maximize brain function.

About Maplewood Senior Living
Maplewood Senior Living is known for its upscale senior living residences, offering a broad range of premier services, amenities and care to its residents. Maplewood Senior Living, based in Westport, CT, owns and operates 16 senior living communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. There is an Upper East Side location in Manhattan, NY within the company’s newest brand, Inspīr. This new, senior living brand was launched to offer a luxurious option for seniors looking to join a residential community in major metropolitan areas. For more information, please call 203-557-4777 or visit

About Inspīr Carnegie Hill
Inspīr is a new, luxury senior living brand offering a different approach to living for discerning seniors in urban markets. Inspīr is the convergence of luxury accommodations, exceptional hospitality, cutting-edge technology, whole-person wellness, and world-class care. The brand is debuting its flagship senior living residence, Inspīr Carnegie Hill, at 1802 Second Avenue at 93rd Street, in the heart of New York City’s Upper East Side, scheduled to open ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fall 2020. Inspīr Carnegie Hill boasts a masterfully designed building with state-of-the-art technology and private residences customized to fit the needs of an aging population. The community will offer assisted living, memory care and enhanced care options. For more information, please call (646) 978-9040 or visit Inspīr*Inspīr Carnegie Hill is pending approval from the State of New York, Department of Health, for the following licenses: Adult Home, Enriched Housing and Assisted Living Residence, with Enhanced and Special Needs Assisted Living Residence certifications.

About Wendy Suzuki
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. In 2018, Dr. Suzuki’s 2018 TEDWomen talk was the #2 most viewed TED talk of the year. Dr. Suzuki’s major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans. Dr. Suzuki received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998.

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Pedal for Alzheimer’s Announces Fifth Anniversary 2021 Ride Tennessee Event

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. announces the organization’s fifth year anniversary endurance charity cycling event: Ride Tennessee. A team of 24 cyclists will ride in the 6-day, 500+ mile route to begin in Nashville with a taste of Music City, and the team will make their way through the foothills to the Smoky Mountains, and will finish in Historic Downtown Knoxville with over 25,000 feet of elevation. This charity cycling event is set for September 13-18, 2021.

“This is an event like no other. It requires you to step out of your comfort zone physically, mentally, and spiritually, but to know the personal challenge of six days of riding is being done with a team who has a common goal is so rewarding,” President and Founder Josh Crisp said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary in the state where it all began. Tennessee is a special place to ride and we are pleased to open up the experience to a larger team this year to be able to bring more like-minded cyclists together to raise even more funds for Alzheimer’s research, education, support and care.”

The VIP experience will include world class support, hospitality services, nutrition and mechanical, sports recovery, media promotions, and a team celebration concert. Cyclists are required to have the physical fitness to ride six back-to-back days and commit to carrying the banner of Pedal for Alzheimer’s as an ambassador for the mission. An $8,000 registration fee per cyclist includes a VIP all-inclusive ride experience. The fee also includes a generous contribution to the 501©3 non-profit’s mission to further Alzheimer’s research, education, support and care.

“It is exciting and a little hard to believe that is has already been five years since the original crazy idea I had to push myself out of my comfort zone in hopes of raising money to give to Alzheimer’s research,” President and Founder Josh Crisp said. “It is equally as humbling to realize that cycling event would inspire others to join the cause and eventually blossom into a non-profit organization where hundreds of people are involved and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised.”

The event is directed by the leadership of Tom Hopper and Solinity. Partners of the event include Solinity, Podium Sports Medicine, Skratch Labs, and POC. To join the event as a partner, cyclist, or volunteer, visit or email

Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable platform committed to organizing cycling events to raise money, provide education and increase awareness surrounding the mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Pedal for Alzheimer’s organization was co-founded in 2017 by Josh Crisp and Michelle Brooke-Marciniak. Crisp is the founder of Pedal for Pat, a 1,098-mile cycling event created to honor the legacy of the late-legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt who died of Alzheimer’s in 2016. Crisp founded Pedal for Pat out of a desire to extend the legendary Summitt’s platform by raising awareness and donations; the event exceeded expectations for the inaugural ride by leading a team of eight cyclists over 1,098 miles to raise awareness and more than $100,000 to help families and seniors coping Alzheimer’s disease. The money benefitted The Pat Summitt Foundation and The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Pedal for Pat was such a success that Crisp and Brooke-Marciniak formed Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. to broaden the scope of those individuals and families affected by the disease. In just three events, the organization has given over $185,000 to charities and senior care communities that further research, and that provide education, support and care.

Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. is a charitable organization overseen by board members, including Josh Crisp, Sara Mitchell, Dr. Joe Graves, and Dr. Kevin Sprouse. For more information about the event, visit, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube @pedalforalz.

Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company Celebrate the Pre-Opening of Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company proudly announce that Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach Assisted Living and Memory Care has received certificate of occupancy and will welcome founding residents this November.

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a 107-unit, signature Watercrest product offering 75 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments with resort-style service and world-class care. The architecture and design boast a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining options, pool, salon and spa, grand balconies, and Florida-style outdoor living spaces. Watercrest’s uniquely designed Market Street Residence showcases an ‘outdoor’ streetscape with numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming.

“Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a truly spectacular community in its unique design, exceptional amenities and idyllic setting,” says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “We are thankful for an outstanding partnership with The St. Joe Company, and the opportunity to welcome the seniors of Santa Rosa Beach to their beautiful, new home.”

Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach is a senior living development project partnered between Watercrest Senior Living Group and The St. Joe Company. The 92,000 square foot luxury senior living community is conveniently located at 205 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Santa Rosa Beach is widely recognized for its charm, Southern hospitality, and 26-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the Emerald Coast. Visitors and residents alike are drawn to its calm, turquoise waters, while the innovative neighborhood design and temperate climate offer year-round events with flourishing entertainment, dining and cultural attractions.

“It has been very rewarding to watch the final touches applied to this resort-style community as it nears completion,” said Jorge Gonzalez, President and CEO of The St. Joe Company. “We are excited to welcome founding residents in November and see Watercrest Santa Rosa Beach become a part of the community for many years to come.”

About The St. Joe Company
The St. Joe Company, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, is a real estate development, asset management and operation company. The Company owns land concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida and has significant residential and commercial land-use entitlements in hand or in process. More information can be found at Information on the Company’s current project pipeline can be found at

About Watercrest Senior Living Group
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest specializes in the development and operations of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders. Visit

Lake County Residents Have New Options for Short Term, Long Term, and Memory Care

MUNDELEIN, Ill., — Alongside the GLMV Chamber of Commerce, Thrive Personalized Medical Rehabilitation has opened a new medical center for those seeking memory care, long term care or short term care in Lake County, Illinois.

“Lake County residents deserve the best treatments available and this center promises that level of care,” said Jackie Prestel, Administrator of Thrive of Lake County. “As longtime residents of the area, we are excited to help out our fellow community members, and keep our friends and family safe and healthy.”

Thrive of Lake County brings together multiple specialties into one center. It boasts 59 long term care, 50 memory care and 60 private suites. For short term care, Thrive has an average length of stay between 2 and 3 weeks with the goal of providing an efficient length of stay that helps guests return home. Within 48 hours of admission, guests receive established discharged dates.
At Thrive, hospitality meets medicine. Through the CuisineCare concept, guests are offered extended hours at each meal to accommodate preferences and meals presented by culinary servers instead of the clinical team.

The center has expert teams of RNs, LPNs and CNAs to accommodate a wide range of clinical complexity. Using Point of Care technology, comprehensive care happens at the bedside using the most forefront technology.
Specialties at Thrive of Lake County include internal medicine, infectious disease, physiatry, wound care, psychiatry, psychology and podiatry. Therapy teams include PT, PTA, OT, OTA, and SLP certifications, plus kinesio-taping expertise, and ACP® trained therapists to create accelerated outcomes.

Thrive Ahead uses advanced healthcare methods featuring “personalized care teams” combined with welcoming hospitality that separates them and makes its care the better, smarter choice. Alongside Thrive’s other locations in Fox Valley (Aurora) and Lisle that are changing the industry, guests can expect significantly less time recuperating and more time being themselves.

To learn more or schedule a virtual tour, visit