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Winchester Named Top 10 Places to Retire in 2015

July 31, 2015

Winchester has been deemed one of the top 10 Great Places to Retire in 2015 by Kiplinger, the Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. Kiplinger evaluated cities from coast to coast, based on climate, walkability, housing costs compared with the national median ($200,000), tax-friendliness, culture and entertainment, and access to outdoor activities. Winchester was chosen among the likes of Cambridge, Mass., Santa Fe, N.M., and Carlsbad, Calif. Each city ranked high on access to healthcare—a must for a retirement destination.

We couldn’t agree more that Winchester is one of the best places to retire. It’s the home of our newest continuing care retirement community, The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR). This city, located 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C., appeals to retirees who love its small-town Southern charm and big-city amenities. Old Town Winchester, features more than 30 restaurants and bars and on Saturdays from May through October, the Old Town Farmers Market offers produce and baked goods from area farms. The area surrounding Winchester is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Residents can kayak and fish in the Shenandoah River or hike in Shenandoah National Park. Furthermore, Virginia doesn’t tax Social Security benefits. Seniors age 65 and older who meet income limits can deduct up to $12,000 each from state income taxes.

TVOR opened its doors in February 2013, with 300 residents now calling it home. The community is designed for people who demand more from retirement living: more choices for comfortable living, more control over their finances and better options for the way they receive health care. TVOR offers independent living apartments and cottages, and within walking distance you’ll see a transformational approach to health care, bringing a whole new array of services right to your home, including memory care and skilled nursing care. Just a few short miles away, residents have access to the top-rated Winchester Medical Center. In 2012, the hospital completed a $161 million project that expanded emergency services and added beds. Most importantly, TVOR values its residents and is designed around the ideas and aspirations of each of them. They help shape the community's activities, its culture, its daily policies and its future−defining their way of life.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T006-C000-S002-10-great-places-to-retire-in-2015.html

Summer Fellows from Valparaiso University

July 09, 2015

For the second summer, NLCS eagerly accepted the opportunity to once again be a host site for Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service CAPS Fellows Program. This summer we are also fortunate to have a Valparaiso graduate student conducting a summer internship. 

The group consists of three undergraduate students and one graduate student working onsite through the end of July.  Hannah Albers, Emily Knippenberg, Tommy Morrison, and Maryam Ali are involved in various aspects of the National Lutheran family.  From health care initiatives to philanthropy, these students will receive a formative and immersive experience working alongside NLCS staff members.  We know they will make us and our very own Valparaiso alumna, Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald, proud. Go Valpo!

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. 

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