March 2019
Featured Member
Kavod Senior Life
(Denver, CO)
We are very proud to announce our featured member for March.

  To read the featured story,
Visit their website here.

Featured AJAS Business Partner 
Perkins Eastman Architects
(New York, NY)

Every year, Perkins Eastman takes a step back and reflects on trends and the need for unique solutions to the challenges associated with aging. During this process, we decided to undertake a year-long research study co-sponsored by J+J Flooring Group to identify external influences with the potential to reshape the senior living industry. These conversations are the foundation for the Clean Slate Project - a title (and mentality) that asks: If senior living could have a fresh start, what could it look like?

Perkins Eastman Presents the
Perkins Eastman Presents the "Clean Slate Project"

Register Now for the 2019 AJAS Conference 
There's still time to register for the 2019 AJAS annual conference coming up March 31-April 3 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.  
Click here to register   
For more information, contact Joni Lucas at

Transforming Governance Models Focus of Conference Lay Leaders Session 
On Monday, April 1 beginning at 1:15 pm, Scott Townsley, a noted consultant with more than 30 years experience in the senior living and care field, will take a deep dive into how board members in AJAS communities can better understand and navigate disruption during the annual Lay Leaders Session.  
Moving from Strategic Boards to Entrepreneurial Boards: Insights into Disruption and Drivers of Change will provide lay leaders with insight and concrete tools to use as they adapt to what they may perceive as uncomfortable changes in the field.  
Interactive and challenging, the session will take a look at how boards have evolved over the past 30 years, and where they are heading in the future. Information and perspectives presented during this forum will help board members prepare as they guide communities with an eye toward more innovation and risk-taking in the future. 
Townsley, a frequent speaker at national and state conferences, has worked with hundreds of organizations across the U.S. as they grappled with how to successfully direct and drive change, and is known for his willingness to ask provocative questions and probe traditional thinking.

AJAS Community Celebrates Centennial
United Hebrew
(New Rochelle, NY)

  In 1919, Woodrow Wilson was president, World War I had just ended, and Congress approved the right of women to vote. That same year, a group of charitable Austrian Jews sponsored the creation of a home for the aged in New Rochelle. In its first decade, the then "United Home for Aged Hebrews," provided care for 51 elderly men and women in need at a two-story frame house, on three park-like acres on Pelham Road in New Rochelle. Now a nationally-recognized senior living community, United Hebrew of New Rochelle as it is now known celebrated its 100th anniversary at a joyous Forever Young birthday party on January 30 .

 Jewish Home Family Launches Unique Partnership
Jewish Home Family
(Rockleigh, NJ)
Jewish Home Family and the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades have launched a collaboration to better serve communities in the region that would benefit from specialized wellness initiatives and therapies.
The first program that the two local nonprofits will partner on is the opening of a Rock Ste ady Boxing branch at the JCC that uses boxing techniques, big movements, voice exercises and other modalities to help those living with Parkinson's Disease stave off the effects of the neurological movement disorder. Today, research studies indicate that exercise may have a positive impact in management of Parkinson's symptoms and the most effective form is "forced intense exercise" or pushing the body beyond perceived limitations. Rock Steady Boxing appears to be particularly helpful for people with Parkinson's because it combines non-contact physical activity with things like repetition, challenges and dual-tasking, which appear to help maintain old connections and create new ones in the brain.

Malcolm Slatko Wins Prestigious Award
Seven Acres
(Houston, TX)

Unknown to Seven Acres CEO Malcolm Slatko, his staff submitted his name to LeadingAge Texas, the association representing over 250 elder care providers in the state to receive its highest award, the Award of Honor.
Last month, Slatko was chosen to be the recipient of this award. This recognition is based on his outstanding leadership, innovative care and extensive knowledge in making a difference in the lives of those in need. This is truly a significant achievement in his long career not only at Seven Acres but in the field of geriatrics.
The award will be presented to Slatko on May 21 during the LeadingAge Texas annual meeting.