The Village at Orchard Ridge Names the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awardees

The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals 70 and over in Winchester City, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia

On October 14, 2021, The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community named the awardees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards at a luncheon held at the historic George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester, Virginia.

The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards is the first program of this kind in the greater Winchester area and is dedicated to fight ageism and demonstrate that impact and community involvement are ageless. The awards celebrate the achievements of those 70 and older who are making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. This was the second Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards hosted by The Village at Orchard Ridge since the inaugural event was first launched in 2019. Plans for a 2020 awards event were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guests at the ceremony were treated to a keynote speech from former Director of Life Sciences for NASA, Dr. Joan Vernikos. Dr. Vernikos’ message was an encouraging reminder that continued movement as the best way to age healthy. Remarks were also delivered by National Lutheran Communities & Services President and CEO, Cyndi Walters, and Chief Operating Officer Regina Figueroa, as well as the Executive Director at The Village at Orchard Ridge, John Loop and Sales Director and Event Chair, Rebecca Lipscomb.

The winners of the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards are:

Creative Engagement – Rhoda Kriz
Rhoda creates projects to fill needs in Winchester, Frederick County and beyond. She founded and still leads the Flying Fingers knitting and crocheting group in 2013. Every year they create 200 hats, scarves and ear-warmers, then donate them to needy school children. Rhoda has served a variety of causes, including the Virginia Attorney General’s Triad. Every program she works on is carried out with poised and firm leadership, cheerful good humor and unequaled dedication to serving others.

Environmental Awareness – Nancy Mozeleski
Nancy established a group of volunteers named Plarners who transform plastic bags into plastic yarn, or plarn. The plarn is then woven into sleeping mats for unsheltered homeless individuals and low-income preschoolers. Her leadership and organization have led to over 300 mats being donated thus far. One recipient quoted, “this is my most precious possession.”

Fitness and Health – Mike Perry
Mike enjoys sharing his love of bicycling in unique ways. He has taught local children about safe bicycling, and he restores, repairs and warranties used bicycles and then donates to local organizations. These donated bicycles are often given to those who need transportation to work. Staying in top physical condition allows Mike to lead bicycling tours, fundraisers and even split firewood. Mike donates firewood to those in need to stay warm in the winter.

Intellectual Growth – Cheryl Reames
Cheryl has a love of lifelong learning, which includes training at Johns Hopkins University that enables her to better lead various Parkinson’s support groups. She currently serves as the volunteer coordinator of the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group. Cheryl also coordinates the local annual Walk for Parkinson’s Disease. She also has enjoyed mentoring Little Sisters for the last decade through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Social and Community Involvement – Tricia Simpson
Tricia is a 31-year member of the Rotary Club of Winchester and hasn’t slowed down since retirement. During the pandemic, she saw the need to provide food for people staying at the emergency COVID shelter and baby items for struggling families. Tricia wrote grant applications, and once approved, did the shopping and deliveries herself. Tricia is key in her work with several non-profits, and her leadership benefits the community at large.

Spiritual Expression – Rosalie Lewis
Throughout the pandemic, Rosalie has provided insight and assistance to implement health protocols to keep people safe in and around Christ Episcopal Church. Her passion for nursing extends to her serving as a baby cuddler for the Winchester Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and as a long- time volunteer at the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and a member of its board of directors.

Vocational Connectivity – Karen Shipp
dedicates her free time to assist the less fortunate. She was instrumental in founding the local organization, Wheels for Wellness, originally called Faith in Action. Working with the Winchester Royals since 1986, Karen hosts players in her home and is a past board member. Twice a year, Karen initiates collecting food and money from amongst her church members to assist older adults through the Frederick County Department of Social Services.

With eight nominees, the planning committee did not want anyone to go home empty-handed. With assistance from residents at The Village at Orchard Ridge, former Middletown Mayor and tireless advocate for veterans, Raymond Steele was honored with a handwritten card and an Honor Flight photo from the community’s veterans.

Event Chair Rebecca Lipscomb stated, “This event is a tremendous amount of work, but one that is a priceless reminder of the ways older adults enhance the world.” Lipscomb continued, “Our planning team will take a short break and get right back to planning for the 2022 awards.”

To read more about the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards, visit: https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70

The Village at Orchard Ridge Announces Former NASA Director of Life Sciences, Dr. Joan Vernikos, as Keynote Speaker for Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

Awards ceremony and keynote address will be held October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia

In 2019, The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community introduced the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards as a way to honor and celebrate the achievements of older adults throughout Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia. The awards are also a way for The Village at Orchard Ridge to combat ageism and ageist stereotypes. This is the second annual Stellar 7 Over 70 Award event since the awards were introduced by The Village at Orchard Ridge in 2019. Plans to continue the awards into 2020 were setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final results of the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards will be announced at a ticketed luncheon on October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester.

As a part of the ceremony, The Village at Orchard Ridge has secured renowned guest speaker, Dr. Joan Vernikos. Dr. Vernikos is a well-known and passionate advocate for healthy aging. She spent her career with NASA, as both a researcher and administrator, and until her retirement, was NASA’s Director of Life Sciences. While at NASA, she played an instrumental role in the return to space of Astronaut John Glenn at the age of 77.

Dr. Vernikos is the author of “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Everyday Movement will Prevent Pain, Illness and Early Death – and Exercise Alone Won’t.” This book shows how modern sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor health, obesity and diabetes, and how health can be dramatically improved with continuous low intensity
movement that challenges the force of gravity.

Initially recruited by a nascent NASA for her stress expertise, Dr. Vernikos later pioneered research on how living in a micro-gravity environment adversely affected the health of astronauts. In the 1970s she worked with scientists in the Soviet space program in a rare sharing of efforts between the then-enemies, and thereafter led the development of a “bed-rest” facility to mimic the effects of micro-gravity on test subjects.

Initially recruited by a nascent NASA for her stress expertise, Dr. Vernikos later pioneered research on how living in a micro-gravity environment adversely affected the health of astronauts. In the 1970s she worked with scientists in the Soviet space program in a rare sharing of efforts between the then-enemies, and thereafter led the development of a “bed-rest” facility to mimic the effects of micro-gravity on test subjects.

Event Chair Rebecca Lipscomb stated, “When we started looking for a keynote speaker, Dr. Vernikos, or Dr. Joan as is called by those who know her, was a natural fit. Her passion for aging well and with purpose directly aligns with The Village at Orchard Ridge’s philosophy on aging and with the purpose of the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards.” Lipscomb continued, “Dr. Joan is also very engaging and funny. She is living out what it means to age well, and we know that her message will resonate strongly with older adults living inspired, impactful lives.”

Tickets for The Village at Orchard Ridge’s Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards can be purchased online at https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70.

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) to Require all Team Members to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team at National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has worked closely with applicable state and county departments of health, as well as followed any guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

NLCS has determined the best course of protection for residents and team members is to require the COVID-19 vaccination for all team members.

This requirement extends to all NLCS’ entities, which includes The Village at Rockville, The Village at Orchard Ridge, The Village at Augsburg, The Village at Providence Point, The Legacy at North Augusta, myPotential at Home and Impact1890.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Announces Nominees for 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

Awards ceremony will be held October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community unveiled the nominees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards in a ceremony on September 16 held at The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life. 

Preceding the nominee announcement, team members from The Village at Orchard Ridge and its parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) addressed the audience, explaining why this awards program is a needed asset to the Winchester community. Sales Director and Event Chair Rebecca Lipscomb opened the ceremony with a poignant remark on aging: “Impact is ageless. That is a really powerful phrase. The Village at Orchard Ridge and National Lutheran Communities & Services understand that and believe in our hearts that impact is ageless. Our nominees are living, breathing examples of that and that is why we are here.”

Orchard Ridge’s Executive Director John Loop stated “There is an all too common belief that when one ages, the ability to make meaningful contributions in our society declines. This is simply not the case, and it is demonstrated daily at The Village at Orchard Ridge and within our greater community. We are passionate about dismantling the myths about aging in our society and producing a new dialogue about older adults’ capabilities and opportunities regardless of age.”

NLCS’ Chief Operating Officer Regina Figueroa added, “NLCS is pleased to support the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards because they demonstrate advocacy and thought leadership in action, core values to all of us. We live these values by empowering our team members to identify challenges or barriers facing those we serve. We then empower and support our team members in developing creative solutions and programs such as the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards to overcome or bring awareness to those challenges for the greater good of all older adults.”

The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards are open to all older adults in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties. Award categories align with seven areas of wellness and successful aging: intellectual growth, fitness and health, social and community involvement, spiritual expression, creative engagement, environmental awareness and vocational connectivity.

The nominees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards are:

  • Mrs. Rhoda Kriz – Founder and leader of The Flying Fingers at The Village at Orchard Ridge, providing knitted and crocheted items throughout the local community, including over 200 hats, scarves and earmuffs for underserved children.
  • Ms. Rosalie Lewis – Trained RN, serves on the Board of Directors for the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, as baby cuddler for infants in the Winchester Medical Center NICU and has provided assistance to Christ Episcopal Church on safety measures throughout the pandemic.
  • Mrs. Nancy Mozeleski – Founder of the Plarners group at The Village at Orchard Ridge. Plarn is a plastic yarn, made from grocery store bags. The Plarners group brings together residents of all ages and capabilities to weave the plarn into sturdy, highly portable sleeping mats for unsheltered homeless individuals and underserved preschoolers.
  • Mr. Mike Perry – Repairs and restores used bicycles to donate to local organizations and donated to individuals who need transportation to work. Mr. Perry also collects, cuts and delivers donated fire wood to local homes for heat during the winter months.
  • Mrs. Cheryl Reames – Trained at Johns Hopkins University, Cheryl serves as volunteer coordinator for the Greater Winchester Area Parkinson’s Support Group. She also coordinates the annual Walk for Parkinson’s Disease and has served as a Little Sisters mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
  • Mrs. Karen Shipp – Helped found Wheels for Wellness, originally known as Faith in Action. Through her longstanding service with the Winchester Royals, she serves as a host for players and is a past board member. Oversees fundraising efforts with her church to support the Frederick County Department of Social Services.
  • Mrs. Tricia Simpson – Member of the Rotary Club of Winchester for over 30 years. During the pandemic, she helped provide food for people staying at an emergency COVID shelter and donated baby items for struggling families.
  • Mr. Raymond Steele – Former Mayor of Middletown and dedicated advocate for veterans. He chaired the committee that build the town’s Veteran’s Memorial and continues to coordinate the annual Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day services.

Read more about our nominees here

On October 14, the final awardees will be announced at a ticketed luncheon at The George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester. Tickets can be purchased online at here

National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Regina Figueroa as Chief Operating Officer

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce Regina Figueroa has been named chief operating officer (COO). Figueroa joins NLCS as previous COO Cyndi Walters transitions to the role of NLCS president and chief operating officer (CEO).

Regina brings over 21 years of senior health care and wellness experience to this position. Her experience is vast and includes work with continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), assisted living facilities, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, home health, outpatient services, hospice, adult day programs and wellness clinic operations with organizations along the Eastern Seaboard.

Most recently, Regina was the chief administrative officer of Stella Maris, Inc., providing oversight for seven senior services business lines under the leadership of Mercy Health Services. Prior to that, she spent seven years in New Jersey as a regional vice president for skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, hospice and home health care. Regina also spent 10 years with Life Care Centers of America in several administrative capacities throughout five states.

As the COO, Regina works closely with NLCS community executive directors in the communities’ master planning, continues to develop NLCS’s home care service line and leads operational process and performance improvement efforts as the NLCS portfolio grows. Additionally, she collaborates with NLCS’s strategic business partners to further enhance operational efficiencies and effectiveness.

“I am very excited to assist Cyndi and the NLCS team in continuing the mission of NLCS to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults,” Figueroa said. She continued, “This is a great organization, and I am also really excited to assist in taking the organization to the next levels of success.”
Cyndi Walters, NLCS president and CEO-elect said, “Regina’s experience is impressive, but what made her the best fit for NLCS is how closely we felt she aligns with our core values and guiding principles.” Walters continued, “Every team member at NLCS contributes to our We CARE program, which stands for creating smiles, attending to details, respecting everyone and embodying excellence. Our leaders, including Regina exude these traits, acting as a role model to all others.”

Figueroa assumed the COO role on June 28. Walters will assume the president and CEO role on August 1. 

Nominations Open for 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards Presented by The Village at Orchard Ridge

Awards will highlight achievements of individuals 70 and over in Winchester City, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia

WINCHESTER, Virginia – The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards. This will be the second Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards hosted by The Village at Orchard Ridge since the inaugural event was first launched in 2019. Plans for a 2020 awards event were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nomination packets are available to download at https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70/. The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards is the first program of this kind in the greater Winchester area and is dedicated to fight ageism and demonstrate that impact and community involvement are ageless. The awards celebrate the achievements of those 70 and older who are making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Nominations are taken in seven categories:

  • Intellectual Growth
  • Fitness and Health 
  • Social and Community Involvement
  • Spiritual Expression 
  • Creative Engagement
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Vocational Connectivity 

“In a time where all of us in society have faced unprecedented upheaval, social isolation and change due to COVID-19, older adults have been hit especially hard by this pandemic. We’ve been inspired by older adults’ courage and optimism in facing this public health threat and continuing to find ways to be of service to their neighbors and fellow man,” says Event Chair Rebecca Lipscomb who also serves as sales director for The Village at Orchard Ridge. “We are thrilled to present the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards once again in 2021 to highlight positive stories showing how adults are improving the lives of others in their communities.”

“Older adults represent the most at-risk population, yet they have faced the hardships of COVID-19 with tremendous courage, and if anything, have doubled down on their efforts to find new ways to continue to be of service to their neighbors and community in this time of need,” says Larry Bradshaw, president and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services, the parent organization of The Village at Orchard Ridge. “In 2021, it’s more important than ever that we celebrate older adults’ compassion toward their neighbors and the many ways they continue to show that impact is ageless – even in the face of a worldwide pandemic.”

John Loop, executive director at The Village at Orchard Ridge added, “This will be my first Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards with Orchard Ridge, however, I have worked in aging services for the majority of my career and have witnessed firsthand the dedication older adults have to their greater communities.” Loop added, “Older adults support their communities because they believe it is the right thing to do, not because they want recognition. I am proud that The Village at Orchard Ridge has prioritized recognizing service and inspiring people of all ages to pursue opportunities that enhance life for others in their communities.”

Due to the easing of local and federal COVID-19 restrictions, both the unveiling of nominees and the awards event will be held in-person. The unveiling of nominees will occur at The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life, on September 16, 2021. The award winners will be presented at a ticketed luncheon on October 14, 2021 at The George Washington Hotel.

All nominations must be received by Monday, August 2, 2021. Nomination forms are available for download at https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70/.

National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Cyndi Walters as President and CEO

Walters brings over 30 years of senior living experience to National Lutheran, along with a passion of expanding opportunities for older adults to age as they choose and for inspiring team members who have a heart to serve seniors

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce Cyndi Walters as the next President and CEO, succeeding Larry Bradshaw, who is retiring after 12 years with the organization. Although founded in 1890, Walters is only the second President and CEO and is the first woman to assume the role.

Walters has served at NLCS in varying capacities for nine years; first as a consultant before joining as chief operating officer in 2016. Cumulatively, Walters brings over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry including a strong background in strategically growing and diversifying the organization and an enhanced focus on operating as a senior-living system and leveraging its benefits and efficiencies. Prior to joining NLCS, she provided project management and advisory services to senior living organizations through Walters Advisors, LLC. She has also served in a leadership role at Presbyterian Senior Living in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and during her 19 years at KPMG (a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services), spent significant time as a partner and leader of their National Senior Living Advisory Practice.

Walters is driven by NLCS’ mission to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Specifically, she is an advocate for “aging with choice,” which means providing needed resources for older adults to choose how they want to age – whether that means moving to a senior living community or bringing supportive services to those who want to stay in the home they have always loved.

Throughout her time at NLCS, Walters has spent time interacting with team members at every level, from the executive council to those on the frontlines. She says, “My passion goes much deeper than the mission of NLCS. It is also about the team we have built over the past several years. Our team embraces our culture and has ensured we remain a Great Place to Work®.” Walters continues, “I believe we have the best team in the industry, and I am just as committed to their experience with NLCS as I am the experience of residents and clients.”

Walters’ appointment as President and CEO was voted on unanimously by the NLCS Board of Trustees. “We are extremely excited that Cyndi will be stepping up to the CEO position and building upon the amazing visionary and quality-focused ministerial leadership NLCS has enjoyed under Larry’s leadership,” commented Donna Duss, MSN, RN and NLCS Board Chair. “Since being founded in 1890, our organization’s goal has been to seek the best and the brightest at all levels of the organization, and we have done just that in naming Cyndi our CEO,” Duss added.

“National Lutheran Communities & Services will be in very capable, skilled and dedicated hands under Cyndi’s expertise and vision. She understands and lives the NLCS ministry of keeping quality care at the focus of our day-to-day operations and mission,” retiring CEO Larry Bradshaw stated. “I am incredibly pleased by the Board’s decision, and look forward to continuing to hear wonderful things about new accomplishments and mission-focused service. I wish the organization the best always, and applaud the outstanding efforts of my fellow team members who will be carrying on in support of Cyndi’s leadership,” he added.

Walters will assume the President and CEO role on August 1, 2021.

Impact1890 Announces Special Rapid Response Grants

Grants awarded to three Lutheran congregations to help ease social isolation of older congregation members

Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce that it has awarded three “Rapid Response” grants totaling $10,325 to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, VA; Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, VA; and Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, VA.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has lengthened, many older adults have found themselves cut off from one of their greatest sources of companionship and comfort, their regular worshipping communities. Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald stated, “With funds made available after all staff travel and in-person meetings were canceled, we informed synods of the availability of the grants. We received three nominations and after reviewing the proposals, the Board of Directors decided to award grants to all three.”

Baerwald continued, “Although congregations are offering on-line worship services, some older adults need additional support in order to access these worship services. In other situations, normal recognition of the importance of older adults in congregational life may need to be done in different ways, such as small gatherings with appropriate distancing or continuing regular programs but modifying them to fit current circumstances.”

Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. Since 2014, the number one, most critical area of need has been social isolation. Older adults who are aging in place, whether in an apartment or a house that has been home for many years, have long faced the issue of being alone. However, the pandemic has caused increased social isolation which can lead to declines in both mental and physical health.

The 2020 rapid response congregational grant recipients are:

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia
$4,000
To gather the stories of their older adult members to recognize their lives and then honor these members in a socially-responsible way

St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Virginia
$2,325
To upgrade the sound system to enable older adults to better participate in remote worship services

Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, Virginia
$4,000
To assist their 18 geographically-based ministry groups which support, in particular, socially isolated older adult members.

In 2019, Impact1890’s grants supported approximately 20,000 older adults. To read stories about the work of these grant recipients, please visit https://www.impact1890.org/impact-2/impact-stories/.

 

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ COO Cyndi Walters Joins International Council on Active Aging Task Force to Lead Senior Living Transformation After COVID-19

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Chief Operating Officer, Cyndi Walters joins more than 160 industry thought leaders as they prepare to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID-19 era. 

Participants in the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Task Force include representatives of for-profit, not-for-profit, and affordable housing — organizations providing active-adult and independent living, continuing care retirement communities/life plan, assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation Participating industry associations include, among others, LeadingAge, American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), Argentum, American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Pioneer Network, National Council on Aging (NCOA), The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA), and the American Society on Aging (ASA).

Walters stated, “COVID-19 has truly ushered in a new normal for senior living providers. Our normal from four months ago cannot exist anymore. I am honored to join other leaders in the industry to work together on how to safely continue providing care, engagement and support for residents and team members, while continuing to safeguard communities from COVID-19.”

“The health, wellness and quality of life of our residents and staff are paramount as we chart a path forward in the midst of uncertainty,” said ICAA founder and CEO Colin Milner, who conceived the initiative. “The Task Force will generate and provide ideas, tactics, strategies and messaging suggestions that organizations can consider as they begin to plan for a new post-COVID era.”

Milner will co-chair the task force with Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th US Surgeon General, Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch, and psychologist/gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD, best-selling author, founder and CEO of Age Wave.

“Organizations need to make their way through the pandemic and have a game plan to come out of it,” Milner said. “Importantly, all key stakeholders are coming together as a group to address COVID-19’s impact on the industry, and help ensure that organizations will continue to be viable and meet residents’ expectations and desires while also ensuring their safety now and into the future.”

Task force members and panelists at the May 27 and May 28 sessions addressed fundamental issues such as social distancing and its impact on the built environment, infrastructure needs and engagement.

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. With 130-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Entities 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., The Village at Augsburg in Baltimore, Md., The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval, and Impact1890 in Rockville, Md. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

About the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Industry Task Force
ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Industry Task Force will generate and provide ideas, tactics, strategies and messaging suggestions that organizations can consider as they begin to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID era. This includes, but is not limited to, the impact of the built and virtual environments, social activities and food/beverage services, technology, education and security that impacts the health and well-being of staff and residents; challenges to current and future business models; and approaches to build confidence in living in and visiting senior living properties.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
www.icaa.cc
ICAA is a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This support includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging-an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness-and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies.

 

 

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Adds Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its Roster of Senior Living Communities

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has added Baltimore-based Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its roster of senior living communities. Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village will now be known as The Village at Augsburg–A National Lutheran Community and a new logo, voted on by Augsburg’s team members has been approved.

The affiliation with The Village at Augsburg makes both NLCS and Augsburg part of a larger system, which means both parties have access to strong support services, have an increased breadth of expertise, have access to additional benefits and resources, and receive best-in-class education.

NLCS President & CEO, Lawrence R. Bradshaw said, “Most importantly, this affiliation allows NLCS to collaborate with Augsburg in expanding its mission to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunities in partnership with older adults.”

The transition started almost a year ago, with the Maryland Department of Aging providing official approval in December 2019. Throughout the year, NLCS team members have spent signification time with Augsburg’s leadership team in addition to meeting with team members and residents.

As for the day-to-day, Bradshaw says Augsburg’s residents “can expect to continue receiving the same great care they always have. Augsburg’s team members are passionate and dedicated. I have been impressed with the caliber of care they provide, and I am excited to welcome them to the National Lutheran family.”

Augsburg has served the Baltimore region for over 125 years, first as an orphanage, and then serving a dual population of children and seniors starting in 1929. In 1970, the orphanage was dissolved, and Augsburg began solely caring for older adults. Currently, Augsburg offers independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing.

NLCS has served seniors for 130 years, starting as the National Lutheran Home in Washington, D.C. In 1980, the National Lutheran Home moved to Rockville, Md., and over the last 10 years has expanded its mission to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and to Annapolis, Md.

About The Village at Augsburg
The Village at Augsburg–A National Lutheran Community located in Baltimore, Md. is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Augsburg has over 125 years of service in the Baltimore region and is a mission of both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit www.augsburg.org.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Serving older adults since 1890, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Based in Rockville, Md. NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS is working together to create thriving communities.

Entities sponsored by National Lutheran include myPotential at Home in Winchester Va., and Rockville, Md., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., The Village at Augsburg in Baltimore, Md., Impact1890, and The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to final approval by the Maryland Department of Aging. 

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