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In 1995, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) established National Assisted Living Week®.  This is an opportunity to bring attention to the importance of assisted living communities and celebrates our beloved seniors as they enjoy a well-earned opportunity to relax and reflect of the accomplishments of a life well-lived.

This year National Assisted Living Week will be celebrated, September 8-15, and highlights the work of all managers, staff and volunteers at assisted living communities across the country who help give our seniors the gift of this precious time and provide care and services.  It also affords the public the opportunity to learn the importance of assisted living environments.  Our assisted living neighborhood at East Ridge Assisted Living will celebrate this important week.

“The theme this year is ‘A Spark of Creativity’,” says Marco Gonzales, Director of Sales at East Ridge Assisted Living.  “This brings attention to the creative spark within individuals.  Some of our residents are tremendously creative and living in assisted living affords them the opportunity to pursue their talents.  They may have not had this opportunity prior to moving to East Ridge.”

Studies by the American Art Therapy Association show that exercising one’s creative side can help seniors in many ways, including improving cognitive and sensory-motor functions, promoting self-esteem and self-awareness, building emotional resilience, enhancing social skills, and reducing feelings of distress.  A community’s staff can flex their creativity as well, with innovative solutions for raising the level of care and the environment within their communities.

So what can you do to celebrate National Assisted Living Week?  Demonstrate to a senior their importance by spending time with them.  Visit a loved one or an assisted living community near you.  Book a tour and learn about the services and care assisted living communities offer.  Volunteer and be a fresh face to residents. If a visit does not fit into your schedule, you and your children might consider writing letters and making creative greeting cards which the staff can distribute to the residents or drop off recent magazines for everyone to enjoy.

To request a tour of East Ridge Assisted Living, or arrange for the staff to receive letters and cards, just call 305-256-3564.