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National Lutheran Chief Strategy Officer Appointed To The Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Council

June 30, 2015

Rockville, MD-  National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Chief Strategy Officer Dan Look was appointed as a Co-Chair of The Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Interfaith Action and Ministry Council. The Foundation recently announced key leaders, issue experts, and advocates as the chairs for their seven impact councils, formed to pursue solutions to the most urgent challenges facing America’s military and veteran caregivers.

NLCS has a 125-year history of serving seniors and their families with excellence and has also taken a keen interest in the wellbeing of caregivers. When NLCS learned of the challenges faced by American military caregivers, and the work of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, an opportunity was created to redefine caregiver support to include the special needs and requirements of this unique caregiver community.

“NLCS is co-producing a system of technology-based tools and a network of faith and educational community resources for private caregivers, providing affordable, accessible, and meaningful support in their caregiving,” Look said. “NLCS is convinced that the only way to be successful in this endeavor is to partner with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and support their initiatives while elevating the voice of the caregiver.

”The Elizabeth Dole Foundation-commissioned Rand study determined that faith is a critical resource and the faith community is a trusted resource for the nation’s military and veteran caregivers. The Foundation’s Interfaith Action and Ministry Council is charged with discussing solutions and pursuing actions related to the challenges faced by caregivers within faith communities in order to expand the support the faith community can offer, and encourage military caregivers to reach out to seek that support. The identified challenges include physical and practical barriers to reaching out to faith communities and education for caregivers within those communities.

Look holds 37 years of experience in senior living. He consulted with NLCS on special initiatives prior to joining the leadership team as Chief Strategy Officer in 2013. He is currently charged with developing and overseeing all strategic opportunities and initiatives, ensuring they match NLCS’ long-term strategic goals, as well as growing and enhancing NLCS’ ministry of providing care and services to seniors.

About The Elizabeth Dole Foundation

The mission of The Elizabeth Dole Foundations is to uplift American military and veteran caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration. Read more about the Foundation headquartered in Washington, DC at www.elizabethdolefoundation.org. Media are asked to contact Daniel Gregory at 202-414-0785 or dgregory@susandavis.com with inquiries, photo and interview requests.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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NLCS’ CEO Attends White House Conference on Aging

June 16, 2015

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Bradshaw recently took part in the White House Conference on Aging’s (WHCOA) regional forum in Boston, Massachusetts on May 28.

Earlier in 2015, the WHCOA launched a series of regional forums to provide input and ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (which will take place on July 13 in Washington, D.C.). The invitation-only forums are designed to engage with leaders in the field of aging, older adults, their families, caregivers, and others on key issues affecting older Americans.

To date, four other member organizations of the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) network have participated in the forums. Most recently at May’s forum Mark Pile, president and CEO of Diakon, represented LSA alongside NLCS’ Larry Bradshaw.

 “This is an invaluable opportunity for us to give direct feedback to the Administration on vital issues affecting the millions of seniors who have entrusted their care to us,” said Bradshaw. “As the national voice for Lutheran social ministry, the LSA network is in a unique position to comment on the issues that the WHCOA is designed to address. With two-thirds of LSA’s members representing senior services, we can attest first-hand to the sea changes affecting our organizations, and how we can navigate these changes while not losing sight of our missions to care for older adults and their families.” 

The WHCOA has been held once a decade, beginning in 1961, and is designed to help chart the course of aging policy.  The 2015 Conference will focus on four areas:  ensuring retirement security; promoting healthy aging; providing long-term services and supports; and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Additional information on Conference activities can be found at www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov. 

To learn more about the LSA Senior Services Network, visit: http://www.lutheranservices.org/seniorservices

Our CEO Shares Why Crystal Spring Will Serve All Seniors

May 29, 2015

Our CEO Larry Bradshaw shares in his guest column with The Capital Gazette that The Village at Crystal Spring (a new proposed continuing care retirement community) will be for all seniors, not just those who are wealthy.  

"The Village at Crystal Spring will not just exist for those seniors who will live there, but to serve seniors beyond the physical walls of our community. National Lutheran Communities & Services (sponsor of The Village at Crystal Spring) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and with that comes a long legacy of caring for seniors across various socioeconomic demographics," Larry said. "We have never asked anyone to leave any of our communities because of financial hardship. In order to do that, we give back more than $5 million annually to offset the cost of care for residents."

Read more of his column here. 

Senior Health & Wellness Fair June 6

May 18, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Village at Rockville
Hosted by Holy Cross Health and National Lutheran Communities & Services

Learn more about living well at any age!

Experience senior-friendly Zumba classes, bone density scans, fall risk prevention, caregiver resources, blood pressure checks, nutrition tips and more from experts at Holy Cross Health and The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community.

Meet 97.1 WASH-FM's Jenni Chase between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be located at:

The Village at Rockville
9701 Veirs Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Admission and all screenings are free!  To learn more and to register in advance, click here. 

The Legacy's Chef Cooks for Diabetes Awareness

April 10, 2015

On Friday, March 27, The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community’s Executive Chef Chris Faris served more than 150 individuals at the Augusta Lions Club Diabetes Dinner at Linden Heights Baptist Church in Staunton, Va.  The meals, specifically tailored for diabetics, were donated by The Legacy and lovingly crafted by Chris.    

Chris is personally passionate about diabetes awareness, as his now six-year-old son was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at age three.  Chris also knows how crucial the proper nutrition and menu planning are for children and seniors alike. 

For these efforts Chris was featured in The News Leader, where you can read more about his quest to cook diabetic-friendly meals.  http://bit.ly/1aw4PKJ

 

 

 

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