Community Recognized Internationally for Excellence

Category: Community Life

Friendship Village of Bloomington has earned the ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, distinguishing it as one of the top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. Friendship Village is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and NuStep, LLC, a major manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers used in healthcare, senior living and fitness.

“We’re incredibly honored to be among this select group of retirement communities recognized for their dedication to wellness,” said David Miller, executive director at Friendship Village. “This award is a testament to the sustained efforts of our entire team to provide programming, amenities and services that enhance the lives of everyone who lives and works at our community. We’re thankful to our residents and their families for their continued support, and to ICAA and NuStep for this incredible vote of confidence.”

The Beacon Award comes on the heels of Friendship Village breaking ground on a $114.5 million expansion and redevelopment project last month. The community, currently home to more than 470 residents, is adding a new independent living building with 93 apartments, a new health center with a state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy gym, memory care suites, and assisted living apartments. Miller pointed to these enhancements as further evidence of the community’s commitment to successful aging.

“We take a holistic approach to the retirement lifestyle we offer residents and the workplace environment we foster for team members,” said Miller. “The enhancements we’re currently undertaking directly benefit them, which is our ultimate goal as a community.”

About International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This 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, including the U.S. Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia (Canada) Ministries of Health and Healthy Living and Sport.