Creating environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are the focus each and every day
This very popular program is specifically designed for elders of varying cognitive and physical ability by Dr. Chuck McGlade, CEO of Ridgeline, and Patricia Endres, a Ridgeline Recreational Therapist. This fitness program improves core strength, resulting in better balance and fewer falls. We work with Physical Therapists and Primary Care physicians to report progress and improved functional fitness.
Life seems to revolve around circles, our planet, moon, and sun. They also spin in circles. As we are born we follow a cycle of life; birth, childhood, adulthood and the age of wisdom - elderhood.
We are embracing Elders and their wisdom through Wisdom Circles. In partnership with Teens, elders come together to sing together, to play together, to work on outreach projects together, and to discuss life issues. In this process we are harvesting the wisdom elders to benefit future generations. Teens have raised issues such as bullying, relationships, life paths, peer pressure, and more. As Elders share their life experiences, both generations come together in understanding, friendship, and mutual respect.
Aspen Grove is a holistic approach to cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Aspen Grove was created specifically for those who are experiencing early symptoms of cognitive decline. The elder works with a specially educated Elder-Guide. The Elder Guide has empathetic communication training to guide and support each person to follow his/her own unique path seeking peace and joy in elderhood. Aspen Grove includes individual and group work including cognitive enhancement tools, exercise, nutrition, life story, and technology tools to maintain connection with family and loved ones who do not live close by. Those with mild cognitive impairment and short term memory loss may benefit by prevention or delay of the decline in cognitive function, maintaining independence, and can remain in their Assisted Living environment, or at home longer. Designed by Ridgeline's Gerontologist, Validation Workers, and Eden Alternative™ Educators, Aspen Grove is based on innovative practices and research.
Our Wellness services programs are based on best practices, and an elder-directed culture which encourages each elder to be directly involved with the care and services they receive. A detailed evaluation and interview is conducted prior to move in with the resident, family, primary care provider, and key members of our Wellness team. Elements of Live Well! Include the elder-directed service plan; open-dining/nutrition evaluation; medication assistance; reporting wellness progress to primary health care provider and measuring fitness improvement, such as weight, blood pressure, core strength; and RMC designed fall prevention program.
Senior Idol was originally conducted in Greeley Colorado, and then in Redding California. Now a signature program, Senior idol can be replicated in any Ridgeline Community. This is a collaborative community project, and a major annual event. The local community supports through partnerships, this competition for Senior talent age 55 and older. Auditions take place at the community, and the event is held in a community theater or other setting. In recent years, attendance has been sold out at 1,000 tickets. Proceeds from the event are donated to local senior functions.