Staff Articles

The topic of Ageism is building steam as more people are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges it represents. Like other “isms,” i.e., racism or sexism, ageism has crept into our culture, but it is not easily removed from our culture.

For a while, I’ve been mindful of language and the impact it has to either support or discourage even the faintest traits of ageism within my own circle of influence. I was challenged once to consider the impact of the word “still,” as in “she still drives,” “he still rides a bicycle,” or “they still enjoy going on hikes.” I’ve come to realize that the language we use can go a long way in promoting the advancement of ageism. I’ve also learned that mindful use of language can help to erode the derogatory hold of ageism on our culture, and I’m committed to that as a goal.

I’m not alone in that commitment, as you can see from this recent article in LeadingAge Magazine in which others around the country are continuing the dialogue aimed at bringing ageism out of the shadows and into the light. My hope is that such exposure will help us all be more mindful of the role we can play in eliminating much of the stigma associated with aging. We have an opportunity to remind ourselves and others that aging is cool…still.

-Tim Rogers, Executive Director, Someren Glen

Christian Living Communities mentor program, which matches experienced caregivers with new hires, continues to yield positive results.We recently recognized the latest mentor program graduates, which included nurse and certified nursing assistant (CNA) mentors from all three communities. The mentors were. Read More…

More than 5 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s in the United States today! That number is staggering and is sure to increase with the aging of baby boomers. Fortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is receiving a lot of attention in. Read More…

Denver older adults are most concerned about maintaining their physical and mental health and about losing memory, according to a recently released United States of Aging Survey. This is the fourth year for the survey, conducted by the National Association. Read More…

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 Earnest Robert “Bob” Niekerk’s love for Christian Living Communities ran deep, recalls his son, Darwin. For. Read More…

Dementia is a challenge for many older adults. This article by Andrew Steward, the former Masterpiece Living Lifestyle Coordinator for Clermont Park Retirement Community, provides some hope for those who struggle with dementia. Through my clinical experience in hospice care. Read More…

Ok, I just made that up.    Let’s all be honest though –this headline could describe what goes on in many nursing homes. Have you seen the recent headlines about the school in Long Island that banned balls, tag, cartwheels, and. Read More…

October 10, 2013 | Posted in News,Staff Articles | Leave a comment

Holly Creek Retirement Community opened to it first residents in 2005, in what was phase one of Christian Living Communities master plan for the location in Centennial, Colorado. Since that time, CLC developed the rest of the community and in. Read More…

Everything in our field of work is focused on who people used to be. We do social histories and health histories and career histories. We share this information with staff and think we know the person. Many years ago, as. Read More…

Recently a gentleman named Dick Gustafson moved into one of the Cottages at Holly Creek. Upon meeting Executive Director, Jayne Keller, he told her that Holly Creek could benefit from its very own radio station. She was intrigued by this. Read More…

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