September 12, 2014 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Wikipedia defines ageism as “stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.” Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Executive Director of CLC’s Clermont Park Retirement Community has been part of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy and has been studying this practice. A white paper she and her team wrote was recently published by LeadingAge Magazine. The thinking reflected in this study is changing the way residents of retirement communities can be accepted and loved, no matter what happens. It’s a vital part of CLC’s approach to resident care.

Here’s an excerpt from the paper…

Moriah Bernhardt, director of community life at Clermont Park, a Denver, CO, CCRC that has been working on eliminating ageism, ableism and segregation for three years, says the community knew there would be significant challenges and opposition from residents and staff, but leadership held firm because they had seen first-hand the damage that was being done. “We realized that challenging the status quo would likely not come from residents who had become accustomed to this culture,” says Bernhardt, “but after we started changing things we quickly found many residents who shared our beliefs. They just needed a voice of leadership to take action.”

NOT ageismThe community went from one with a significant divide between those who lived in independent living and those who lived in the nursing home, or “the dying center” as residents once called it, to a true community where people with different needs and levels of ability regularly come together through dining, programs and outings. And it’s not the paternalistic relationship the community used to see when more “able” residents felt pity for those who were frail. Instead, they are equals. “Once people started knowing each other as human beings, they stopped defining each other by their disabilities,” adds Bernhardt. The culture of inclusivity is now so deeply rooted that residents educate each other when someone is making discriminatory remarks or not honoring another resident.

For more of this fascinating study, here is a link to the full story.

Volunteering for Christian Living Communities brings a lot of rewards. You will connect with people you may have never met before and can make a significant difference in their lives. That kind of deep satisfaction can sometimes be hard to. Read More…

July 29, 2014 | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Kent Erdahl of Denver’s Fox31 reported this exciting story. DENVER — How would you like to live your life at 90 years old? What would you want to accomplish if you knew you were going blind? A group of Denver. Read More…

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Donor Update,News | Leave a comment

There are several ways to change your will, and each has pros and cons. This article is NOT legal advice, but it may help you as you consider a change. First, do you have a properly executed Last Will and. Read More…

By Dave Rowland Director of Donor Relations   Christian Living Communities is launching The Compassion Circle, a special recognition group honoring those who demonstrate their heart for older adults by leaving a legacy naming CLC as a beneficiary. You can. Read More…

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Wildlife Experience for the 21st Annual Earthen Vessel Dinner where we’ll showcase resident stories, pay homage to an outstanding volunteer and entertain via a decidedly unique format. This year’s theme is “KCLC. Read More…

Martha Loats, a 90-year old resident of Clermont Park Retirement Community, decided to further her adventures by diving at the Denver Aquarium! TaRhonda Thomas of 9News reported on the story. And you can view the video on the 9News website.. Read More…

The United States Air Force Academy (USAF) Band accepted an invitation from a Someren Glen Retirement Community resident to play their first concert in Centennial on the community lawn July 25th at 6:30 p.m. Alvin Vandenberg, a long-time Centennial area. Read More…

CLC participated in the MS 150 on June 28 & 29, 2014. Cyclists from all over Colorado participate in a two-day bike ride from Denver to Fort Collins and back. Our team raised more than $8,000 to help find a cure. Read More…

Greenwood Village – Christian Living Communities (CLC) is the only health care company to receive the state’s top honor for employer safety. Governor John Hickenlooper presented the award to CLC at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on June 24.. Read More…

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