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Creating a Workplace That Works—At Every Age

October 31, 2017

Seismic demographic change will have a distinct effect on the senior living sector, and generational shift may be the most prevalent form of that change. What can leaders do to build a high-performing team in this environment? Argentum’s Workforce Development Symposium, sponsored by OnShift and held September 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C., was a day…

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Managing the Biggest Community Expenses: Labor, Food & Energy

October 31, 2017

The elements of operational expenditure are discrete, quantifiable, and eminently manageable. Labor. Food. Energy. Each can be addressed as a unique problem set. The brightest operators—along with the sharpest vendors—have come up with a whole menu of options when it comes to managing costs in each of these critical areas, from waste in the kitchen,…

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2017 Largest Providers

October 31, 2017

The senior living industry has continued to evolve and expand since Senior Living Executive began publishing the annual largest providers list two decades ago. In that time, companies have been bought and sold, consolidated, reorganized, rebranded, expanded, contracted, and folded altogether. This year’s largest provider, Brookdale, became, by far, the largest player in the industry…

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Making a Difference

August 25, 2017

As a writer for popular television comedies including “Designing Women” and “Family Ties,” Trish Vradenburg knew how to find creative inspiration in life’s difficulties. She applied the same skill to real life after her mother, Bea Lerner, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. First through a semi-autobiographical play and later through co-founding the nonprofit UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with…

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Innovation Plus Outreach Critical to Meet the Coming Wave in Memory Care

August 25, 2017

Watch out for the “hockey stick.” That’s the metaphor for the shape data takes on a chart when there’s a sharp uptick ahead. And that’s what the numbers on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia look like from this moment until 2050: going up, and fast. How can senior living leaders prepare for this abrupt spike in…

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Best Practices in Recruiting Front-line Staff Across Industries

August 25, 2017

Bill Pettit struggles to hire front-line staff, the customer-facing employees who are the heart and soul of senior living. “We have an economy that is booming, and the types of people who will do well in our organization also will do well in other industries,” said Pettit, chair of the Argentum workforce development committee and…

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Offering Employee Programs That Help Senior Living Stay Competitive

August 25, 2017

The music is pounding and people wearing blue t-shirts with “Dream Big!” inscribed on them are cheering and dancing in a video posted online. “It is the big dream lotto day,” said one man in the video. “This year, we’re giving away $50,000!” This display isn’t an excerpt of an afternoon talk show, but rather a…

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Finding a Silver Lining

July 5, 2017

When Kimberly Williams-Paisley was falling in love, her mother was beginning to fall apart. The signs were small at first—forgetfulness and confusion—“yet in retrospect, things are clearer,” says Williams-Paisley, the actress best known for her lead role in “Father of the Bride”. “You write off these things,” she says. “I thought, maybe it’s a chemical…

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Adapting Senior Living Communities to Residents’ Changing Senses

July 5, 2017

As we age, we are likely to experience changes in our senses; our ability to see, hear, taste, smell, and touch may diminish or be altered. Changes to our sight include a reduced ability for our eyes to adjust to changes in light or to distinguish colors, and an increased sensitivity to glare, says Dr.…

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Engaging Family in the Senior Living Transition

July 5, 2017

Family involvement can be a balancing act for senior housing executives. On the one hand the kids’ participation in the sales cycle is crucial. At the same time, their presence at the table may bring added concerns and complications. Here’s how some industry leaders address the issue: Engaging family, while keeping the sales cycle moving…

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Introducing Argentum’s Senior Living Leaders Under 40

May 8, 2017

This year, Argentum launched the first Senior Living Leaders Under 40 recognition program. Responses poured in from all segments of the industry, describing the achievements of everyone from seasoned executives driving company growth to a college student who founded a nonprofit to involve youth in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Each nomination was filled with…

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Five Ways to Put a Mission Statement to Work

February 24, 2017

Are You on a Mission?  Caring for older adults certainly fits the definition of a mission—an important goal or purpose that involves a strong conviction, calling or vocation. That’s why a mission statement that clearly defines an organization’s goals can be so crucial to a community’s culture and success. The mission statement is often the…

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