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The Design Issue

Emerging innovation and sophisticated design meets exceptional care and service

In this issue, we introduce the 2018 Argentum Senior Living by Design Award winners—Brandywine Living at Alexandria, Creekside Senior Living, Crestavilla, Evergreen Village at Bloomington, and Meadow Active Lifestyle Community—that raise the bar in functional design. Also in this issue, you’ll read about how to best integrate voice-activated technology across senior living communities, from benefits to challenges to logistics.

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2019 Editorial Calendar

January/February: The Aging Issue
A look at the science of aging; aging and ageism across advertising and the entertainment industry; and an update to Senior Living 2025 research.
Space deadline: December 26, 2018
Materials deadline: 
January 20, 2019
Supplement: Senior Living Executive Conference Preview

March/April: The Leadership Issue
A review of the impact of women in leadership roles; how to encourage youth leadership; and a focus on mentoring as an engagement and empowerment tool.
Space deadline: February 17, 2019
Materials deadline: 
March 13, 2019
Highlight:
2019 Senior Living Executive Conference Distribution

May/June: The Quality Issue
An overview of the latest tools and resources related to industry standards and quality measures in emergency preparedness, memory care, and food safety.
Space deadline: May 7, 2019
Materials deadline: June 3, 2019
Highlight: 2019 Post-Conference Recap

July/August: The Finance & Investment Issue
A review of the 2019 largest providers in senior living; how REITs impact the senior living industry; and a deep dive into the latest industry data.
Space deadline: July 15, 2019
Materials deadline: August 8, 2019
Highlight: 2019 Largest Senior Living Providers List

September/October: The Workforce Issue
A focus on ways to measure retention and turnover; best practices from industry ambassadors in recruiting and retaining the workforce; and the latest update on the Senior Living Works initiative.
Space deadline: August 27, 2019
Materials deadline: September 20, 2019

November/December: The Sales & Marketing Issue
An introduction of the 2019 Senior Living by Design winners and a look at opportunities to address occupancy challenges across the industry.
Space deadline: November 5, 2019
Materials deadline: November 24, 2019
Highlight: 2019 Senior Living by Design Awards

Featured Articles

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Community Leaders Offer Solutions to Rising Food and Utilities Costs

December 17, 2018

Senior living leaders are constantly looking for ways to enhance the resident experience while optimizing community efficiency. It’s no surprise that executive directors and other decision makers are looking for smart solutions to address higher food costs and fluctuating utility prices. Reduce food costs by buying seasonal and local Argentum surveyed senior living decision makers…

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Integrating Voice-Activated Technology in Senior Living

December 17, 2018

The sheer simplicity of a voice-activated digital assistant can make it easy to underestimate the impact these emerging devices may have in senior living. “Alexa, what’s for lunch?” Not a big deal: The resident asks, and a digital device reads off the day’s specials. But that simple interaction can have far-reaching implications. “It makes residents…

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Programming Designed for a Healthy Mind and Body

December 17, 2018

An innovative new product for stimulating the mind and body has made its first appearance in American senior living communities. Named BikeAround™, the system combines the elements of an exercise bike with a large domed screen displaying images from Google Street View. Users pedal and steer through the interactive images to “visit” their childhood homes,…

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Personalization: A Hallmark of Community

December 17, 2018

Walking down the corridors of a senior living community could offer little to catch your attention—either a blank wall or a display of nondescript framed prints. But things are different at Pennswood Village. Home to a very art-centered population, the residents’ personal works and collections are hung in the hallways for everyone to enjoy. The…

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The Rise of Sophisticated Designs

December 17, 2018

As more senior living projects are built in densely populated areas, a sophisticated and more urban approach to design has emerged. This year’s five Senior Living by Design winners showcase the latest best-in-class architecture that thoughtfully makes the most efficient use of space. Many of the designs echo the vertical elements of city life while…

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Meet the 2018 Largest Providers in Senior Living

October 15, 2018

The 2018 list of the largest providers in senior living reveals few changes from 2017. Brookdale, at three times the size of the No. 2 company on the list, continues to hold the top spot. In fact, the same five companies remain in the top five. However, this year’s list captures several players not included…

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Survey: Workforce Issues Remain Top Concern Among Executives and Decision Makers

October 12, 2018

In August 2018, Argentum surveyed senior living executives, including executive directors and other decision makers, regarding current business conditions in the industry and their outlook for 2019. A total of 112 survey responses were received, and overall, respondents cited that workforce challenges will continue to be troublesome for the industry. Staffing remains significant challenge According…

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Closing the Tech Infrastructure Gap at Senior Living Communities

October 11, 2018

Too often, older adults are regarded as unwilling to embrace the myriad advances that technology has brought to the modern-day experience. Gary Patrick, CEO of Hotel Internet Services, a provider of secure wired and wireless internet services for senior living communities, among other properties, said outdated stereotypes of seniors struggling to surf the internet should…

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What Is the Cost of Workforce Turnover?

October 11, 2018

An organization is only as strong as its workforce, but the only way that a senior living community can have a strong workforce is by addressing its turnover of employees. It’s no secret that turnover in the industry is extremely high—with studies estimating that senior living communities can experience anywhere from 10 to 100 percent…

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Identifying the Most Critical Projects for Capital Planning

October 11, 2018

Located just outside of Miami, Vi at Aventura includes a mix of individual apartments for assisted living and memory care. After 15 years, it was starting to show its age. “It was still in good shape, but when carpeting hasn’t been replaced for a number of years, you start getting wear patterns. Couches and chairs…

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10 Amenities Adult Children Seek in a Senior Living Community

August 28, 2018

For two years, Karen Neetz knew it was time for her mother, who is now 90, to move to a senior living community, but she struggled to find one that was a good fit. She started with a list of 22, then narrowed it down to 10. She toured communities, tracked them on a large…

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Fostering Intergenerational Connections at Your Community

August 28, 2018

As director of child care at senior living provider Ebenezer, Jody Schumann is passionate about bringing together children and older adults. “It gives the seniors a sense of purpose,” she said. Currently, Ebenezer is working to develop The Pillars of Prospect Park, a 283-residence independent living, assisted living, and memory care community. It will have…

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