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Speaking Engagement by Expert and Innovator on Dementia

WHAT

Internationally-known leader in the field of aging, Dr. Cameron Camp, has designed a breakthrough memory care program and will be presenting the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Approach for Dementia Care at The Commons on Marice, a premier senior living community.

*Your reporter is invited to come cover the presentation
and get interviews (see opportunities below)*

WHY

Dr. Cameron Camp, founder of the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, is a noted expert and innovator of utilizing Montessori principles for adults based on the methods of Maria Montessori. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Approach for Dementia Care emphasizes a value-focused approach using the strengths and abilities available to each individual. With a focus on offering choice and meaningful social roles, the goal is to create a community that enables persons with dementia to remain connected with life. Some examples include incorporating work tables to engage residents with familiar objects and spark memories. Residents are also given many social roles to provide them with a renewed sense of purpose and dignified freedom.

The method has been implemented with great success in Europe and Australia, engaging persons at all levels of dementia. The Commons on Marice’s management company, The Goodman Group, is a senior living and health care management company that implements Montessori based dementia programming at a national level with Dr. Camp’s ongoing sustainability model.

WHEN

Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE

The Commons on Marice
1380 Marice Drive
Eagan, Minnesota 55121
Event to take place in the atrium

PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

Cameron Camp, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development, Center for Applied Research in Dementia

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Resident LeRoy Brown, MN Sports Legend, Interviewed By WCCO

Credit: WCCO

LeRoy Brown turns 104 years old next week. He grew up an orphan in Cumberland, Wisconsin. Brown was a starter, and the smallest player, on his high school basketball team in 1932.

“I’m playing with these four, really big kids, farm boys,” Brown said. “They were tough guys, much bigger than I was. But in a way I hung around because I didn’t have anything else to do. And so I learned to dribble.”

He then went to college and changed his life, turning into a staple as a physics teacher and a swim coach at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights — even though he was unable to swim. But the persistent school president insisted he was the man for the job. “[The president said] ‘You don’t have anything else to do besides teach, but how about you take over as swimming coach?’ So what do you say to the boss?” Brown said.

His greatest contribution to high school sports might have come in helping bring together private and public schools into one competitive field — answering to the high school league.

“It was kind of a chance happening that … an innocent comment made by the state department of education to him one day at the State Capitol, and that kind of piqued his interest,” said Ed Leclair, Brown’s son-in-law. “He thought about it and brought some people together and talk to some of the legislators about the fairness issue, and that caused the change.” Today, Brown strolls the hall at as assisted-living home in Eagan. He has been a widower for 16 years, and still sets quite an example to his three children.

“He’s a terrific role model for myself and my husband and our children, he’s got a sharp mind and most every-single day he’s pleasant to be around,” said Brown’s daughter, Mary Leclair.

A product of the Great Depression, he learned growing up to value a dollar, and with that he passed on some vices that could have been detrimental.

“That’s not to say that I haven’t had glasses of wine and all that kind of stuff,” Brown said. “I’ve tried, you know, to be one of the crowd, but I just don’t drink. And smoke? Why should I smoke? All the money that I saved.”

His life has been fulfilling, and his advice to those that want to get to where he is simple. “The secret to longevity is to get up every morning,” he said. “If you don’t get up in the morning, you’re in real trouble.”


Click here for the full article on WCCO.

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The Commons on Marice Recognized for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction

Excellence in Action award recognizes exemplary commitment to quality

EAGAN, Minn. (July 6, 2017) — The Commons on Marice today announced that it is the only Eagan senior living community to receive the 2017 Excellence in Action award from National Research Corporation Health (NRC). The senior living community has been recognized specifically for exemplary customer satisfaction in assisted living. This honor, awarded exclusively to NRC clients, recognizes post-acute care communities that achieve the highest overall resident or employee satisfaction scores. The database is the largest source of long-term care and senior living satisfaction metrics in the nation.

“We are very proud to be recognized for reaching the top 10 percentile in the areas of willingness to recommend as a place to receive care, and appreciate our employees’ dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® for our residents,” said David Salmon, executive director of The Commons on Marice. “The Excellence in Action Award reflects our ongoing commitment to our residents, their families, and our employees, and provides another valuable evaluation for families to use to select a senior living and health care community for their loved one.”

Qualifying skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living communities must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey in 2017. Winners must also have received a minimum of 10 responses (achieving a response rate of at least 30 percent). Their overall responses must have scored the organization within the top 10 percent of qualifying assisted living and independent living facilities and the top 20 percent of qualifying skilled nursing on either the question, “What is your recommendation of this facility to others?” or the question, “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?”

“The Excellence in Action award remains a true testament to the overall quality being provided in today’s long-term care and senior living organizations,” said Rich Kortum, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NRC Health. “The recipients of this award continue to show the importance of focusing on what matters most to their residents, families, and employees. We are honored to partner with such high-performing organizations, and wish them continued success.”

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The Commons on Marice Hosts its 10th Annual Production with Senior Living Community

EAGAN, Minn. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Intergenerational Theatre Productions (ITP) is hosting its 10th annual production at The Commons on Marice. This year’s play, “For Feet’s Sake,” is a funny, poignant take on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid. Actors will include participants from the community, senior residents from The Commons at Marice, and children and staff from the Intergenerational Learning Center, ranging from 4 to 68 years old.

ITP’s mission is to provide quality, fun, educational theatre programming for children, seniors and the community. Year-round, The Intergenerational Learning Center and The Commons on Marice plan and host activities and events like this to provide both children and older adults with extraordinary opportunities for sharing and learning. Both The Integenerational Learning Center and The Commons on Marice have been serving families in the Eagan area for 17 years.

“The focus of ITP is to develop and expand our intergenerational theatre programming and experience for older adults and children, and provide entertainment for the local community,” said Denise Gustafson, Director of Intergenerational Programs.

Rehearsals: (8 weeks)

Mondays and Thursdays through March 2
6:30-8:30PM

Performances:

Friday, March 3 at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 4 at 3:30PM & 7:30PM
Friday March 10 at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 11 at 3:30PM

Location:
The Commons on Marice
1380 Marice Drive
Eagan, MN 55121

In this take on The Little Mermaid directed by Chava Curland, the youngest of five mermaid sisters named Thessaly, yearns to visit the surface. When she finally gets her wish, she falls in love with a human prince, and makes a bargain with a witch that will allow her to be human too. But there’s a deadly catch — if she doesn’t marry the prince, she’ll become sea foam, caught between land and water forever. Featuring a Narrator-Emcee, a frustrated Mer-King, and a location-creating Chorus, this reimagining offers comic, tragic, and surprising twists on a familiar story.

“We are excited to join forces with the Intergenerational Learning Center for this special event,” said David Salmon, Executive Director at The Commons on Marice. “Our senior residents and the children from the Intergenerational Learning Center, ages six weeks to eight years, really look forward to this annual play and have grown up being a part of our community. We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

Tickets can be picked up in advance for $6 with a food donation. Will call tickets are $8 with a food donation. All food donations will go towards The 360 Community’s Our Daily Bread Food Shelf in Dakota County. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10. To order tickets, please call 612-508-9278.

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Auditions – For Feet’s Sake

Intergenerational Theatre Productions (ITP) is holding auditions for their production of “For Feet’s Sake,” which will be directed by Chava Curland.

In this funny, poignant take on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid, Thessaly, the youngest of five mermaid sisters, yearns to visit the surface. When she finally gets her wish, she falls in love with a human prince, and makes a bargain with a witch that will allow her to be human too. But there’s a deadly catch — if she doesn’t marry the prince, she’ll become sea foam, caught between land and water forever. Featuring a Narrator-Emcee, a frustrated Mer-King, and a location-creating Chorus, this reimagining offers comic, tragic, and surprising twists on a familiar story.

ITP’s mission is to provide quality, fun and educational theatre programming for children, seniors and the community. We are excited about our 10th season production. We are actively seeking people ages 3 and older to attended auditions and be a part of this creative show. There are many familiar characters and scenes along with some fun surprises. We need a large cast, which will include principle roles and several ensemble members who will play a variety of roles. There are many opportunities for children, tweens, teens, and adults to perform together. There are 2 male roles, 8 female roles, and many non-gender specific roles available.

No preparation is necessary! Just come ready to move and bring your creativity. Please arrive early to fill-out forms and a conflict calendar.

For more information or audition forms, please visit Intergenerational Theatre Productions’ Facebook page or call Denise Gustafson at 612-508-9278.

Location:
The Commons on Marice
1380 Marice Drive
Eagan, MN 55121

Auditions:

Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12 from 6:30-7:30PM

If you cannot make one of these auditions and are interested in a role, please contact Chava Curland at evacurland@gmail.com

Rehearsals: (8 weeks, Mondays-Thursdays)

Monday, January 16 through Thursday, March 2
6:30-8:30PM

Performances:

Friday, March 3 at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 4 at 3:30PM & 7:30PM
Friday March 10 at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 11 at 3:30PM

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The Commons on Marice Hosts Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Seminar

EAGAN, Minn. (Sept. 19, 2016) – The Commons on Marice recently held the bi-annual 2016 Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BYR) seminar. It was co-hosted by The Goodman Group, management company of the senior living community. The goal of the seminar is to help connect and strengthen the 98 Yellow Ribbon Networks in 219 cities and 26 counties across the state.

byr_logoThe mission of BYR is to provide services and support to service members, veterans, and military families. The Goodman Group was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Company for its proactive support of military service members and their families in July, 2015. The company is proud to be the first long term care provider and residential management company to participate in the BYR program, which was started by the Minnesota National Guard.

Among the introductory speakers were Colonel Kevin Olson, director of communications with the Minnesota National Guard, and Steve Simon, Minnesota secretary of state. The Goodman Group’s best practices were shared by Melissa Williams, regional director of life enrichment. She stressed the importance of an engaged steering committee, support of leadership, developing innovative forms of communication, appointing BYR champions at each managed property, and inviting employees to engage in local BYR volunteer opportunities.

img_5396-200x300The first special guest speaker was Colonel Brian Pfarr, 1/34 Armored Brigade Combat Team, Deputy Commander. He spoke on the Minnesota National Guard and his experience with The National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. Just following, the MN National Guard Substance Abuse Program provided information to employers regarding the recruitment and retention of veterans with past records of substance abuse in the military.

An update of the Minnesota BYR program was given by Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach with the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. She shared that, to date, Minnesota has 52 Yellow Ribbon Companies. In most recent news, The Department of Defense is in the process of piloting this program in five other states. Minnesota is leading the way to help those states be successful in synchronizing efforts as the nation enters an era of declining resources for the military.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign aims to connect community leaders and organizations in order to provide support to military veterans and their families. The Goodman Group’s mission is to establish and sustain an internal company Yellow Ribbon Network by uniting areas within the organizational structure and coordinating key areas. The Goodman Group will continue to demonstrate a public business commitment to supporting military employees and local communities.

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Intergenerational Living & Health Care Hosts its 9th Annual Production with The Commons on Marice

EAGAN, Minn. (Feb. 22, 2016) – Intergenerational Theatre Productions (ITP) is hosting its 9th annual production at The Commons on Marice. This year’s play, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27, March 4 and 5. Actors include participants from the community, residents from The Commons at Marice, and children and staff from the Intergenerational Learning Center, ranging from 4 to 68 years old.ilc-logo

ITP’s mission is to provide quality, fun, educational theatre programming for children, seniors and the community. Intergenerational Living & Health Care (ILHC), a Minnesota-based nonprofit, is the owner of ITP and the Intergenerational Learning Center in Eagan. The Goodman Group helped found the nonprofit, and developed ILC and The Commons, with a shared focus to help bring the generations together for life enriching experiences.

“The focus of ITP is to develop and expand our intergenerational theatre programming and experience for older adults and children, and provide entertainment for the local community,” said Elaine Burton, president, ILHC.

Year-round, The Intergenerational Learning Center and The Commons on Marice plan and host activities and events like this to provide both children and older adults with extraordinary opportunities for sharing and learning. The Integenerational Learning Center has been serving families in the Eagan area for 15 years.

“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” is a comedy with music by John Glore and based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation. Everything from Chicken Little to The Gingerbread Man gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around.

The Commons on Marice provides senior residents with a full continuum of care so they can stay in the same residential community as their care needs change, and includes independent living, assisted living, memory care and care suites.

“We are excited to join forces with the Intergenerational Learning Center for this special event,” said Jodi Saeko, Executive Director at The Commons on Marice. “Our senior residents and the children from the Intergenerational Learning Center, ages six weeks to eight years, really look forward to this annual play and have grown up being a part of our community. We see that both generations benefit from the interaction, and the children develop confidence, skills and self-esteem, as well as meaningful relationships with our residents.”

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 952-463-0276. Tickets are $6.00 if picked up with a food donation for The 360 Community’s Our Daily Bread Food Shelf in Dakota County, operated out of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, by Feb. 25th. Tickets are $8.00 at will call with food donation and $10.00 at the door.

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KSTP-TV Coverage: Residents Pedal to Stay Fit during Active Aging Week

“Seniors at the Commons on Marice in Eagan led the charge as part of Active Aging Week. They were joined by their family members, volunteers and even high school students.”

Full article is here.

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Local Seniors Participate in Active Aging Week Pedalthon

EAGAN, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Residents of The Commons on Marice, a Goodman Group managed senior living community, are pedaling toward fitness during Active Aging Week! The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is challenging organizations throughout North America to come up with ways to motivate older adults to stay active and benefit from healthier lifestyles. The Commons on Marice has accepted the challenge and is hosting a Pedalthon on September 30 in conjunction with the company’s national FIT Functional Fitness™ program.

Location:

The Commons on Marice
1380 Marice Drive
Eagan, MN 55121
651-688-9999

Date and Time:

Wed., September 30, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

The Commons on Marice’s goal is to continuously pedal for 11 hours and achieve a distance of 1,000 miles. Participants will include residents, team members, family members, friends and Eagan High School students to help us reach our goal. There will be a refreshment station with infused water, smoothies, and granola bars.

active-agingFIT Functional Fitness is a personalized program developed by The Goodman Group in partnership with a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric specialist. The program’s targeted exercises are designed to deliver the maximum benefit for each participant. The goal is to increase overall health and wellbeing, reduce potential for falls, encourage residents to remain active, and, when possible, reduce the need for assisted mobility devices.

FIT Functional Fitness incorporates four fitness programs, taking current health levels into consideration and allowing all residents participate, no matter their current functional fitness level. As their strength and endurance increases, residents may choose to progress to other programs offered.

“Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented or postponed,” says Katie Westberg, national director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group. “With FIT Functional Fitness, participants can see long-lasting and significant strength training benefits within an 8-16 week period.”

The theme for Active Aging Week 2015 (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) is “Live your Adventure.” Residents of Chandler Place and St. Anthony Health Center who are currently participating in FIT Functional Fitness will pedal as they watch video of the fall foliage along The Great River Road to reach the Gulf of Mexico, their ultimate adventure destination. Participants’ mileage will be combined. Friends, family and staff will be there to cheer on participants.

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The Commons on Marice Recognized Among Top Senior Living & Health Care Communities

Excellence in Action award recognizes exemplary commitment to quality

EAGAN, Minn. (Sept. 14, 2015)The Commons on Marice today announced that it has received the 2015 Excellence in Action award from My InnerView by National Research Corporation for customer satisfaction in assisted living. The community is managed by The Goodman Group, a national leader in developing and managing senior living and health care communities. This honor recognizes long-term care and senior living organizations that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database, the largest in the U.S.eia-award

“The Excellence in Action award isn’t just any quality performance award,” said Jason Stevens, Senior Vice President of Business Development at National Research. “Rather, it’s an award that defines what it means for providers to provide the right kind of care – patient-centered care – for their residents, families, and employees. It’s an honor and well-deserved accomplishment for repeat winners and new organizations alike.”

“We are very proud to be recognized for reaching the top 10 percentile in the areas of willingness to recommend as a place to receive care, and appreciate our employees’ dedication to providing exceptional Platinum Service® for our residents,” said Jodi Saeko, Executive Director of The Commons on Marice. “The Excellence in Action Award reflects our ongoing commitment to our residents, their families, and our employees, and provides another valuable evaluation for families to use to select a senior living and health care community for their loved one. The Commons on Marice has been a part of the Eagan community for 16 years, and we look forward to serving the area for many more years to come.”

The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients that use My InnerView products. Client facilities must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey during calendar year 2014. Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

The Commons on Marice is one of five Goodman Group managed communities to receive the award this year. The others recognized include The Village Senior Residence, Missoula, Mont.; Westpark Village, Billings, Mont.; Chandler Place, St. Anthony, Minn.; and Terracina Grand, Naples, Fla. The Commons on Marice and Chandler Place are the only award recipients in the Minneapolis metro area.

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