After a nearly three-year application process, three Lifespace communities – Claridge Court in Prairie Village, Kansas, Deerfield in Des Moines, Iowa, and The Waterford in Juno Beach, Florida – were named Centers for Successful Aging (CSA) by Masterpiece Living for their commitment to innovative practices and resident and team member empowerment.
“So many people had a hand in making this possible; it’s quite an achievement for our group,” said David Russell, Claridge Court’s executive director. “Meaning and purpose are two simple but vastly important ideas that guide so many of the programs and services we offer here. It’s incredibly rewarding to have our efforts recognized, and this will only motivate us to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of residents and families we serve.”
These communities join sister communities Beacon Hill in Lombard, Illinois, Friendship Village of South Hills in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, and Friendship Village of Bloomington in Bloomington, Minnesota, with CSA designations. Two other Texas-based communities, Querencia at Barton Creek in Barton Creek and The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, received their CSA redesignation after earning their initial distinction in 2016.
Altogether, these eight Lifespace communities make up more than one-third of all CSA-designated communities nationwide.
According to Masterpiece Living, CSA distinguishes the best successful aging communities throughout the country. These locations, through rigorous, data-supported practices, promote a lifestyle of growth, purpose and social connections for all who live and work there.
“We believe regardless of age, ability or circumstance, there are opportunities for all of us to grow as individuals and impact those around us,” said James Robinson, Deerfield’s executive director. “This designation is truly a reflection of the talents and effort of the professionals who day in and day out make Deerfield the outstanding community it is.”
In the 2019 data summary that aggregates scores and statistics across all 15 Lifespace communities, Masterpiece Living reported:
- 88% have maintained or increased social activity.
- 94% have maintained or increased intellectual activity.
- 75% increased or maintained physical activity (44% of older adults are physically active nationwide).
- 42% volunteer on a weekly basis, more than double the average percentage for community-based older adults.
- 90% feel staff support their successful aging efforts.
Other Lifespace communities are currently going through the application process to earn their CSA designation. Results are expected later this year.
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