|[December 17, 2012]
Prestige Care "Expressions" Memory Care Program Recognized with a 2012 ICAA Innovators Award
VANCOUVER, Wash. --(Business Wire)--
Prestige Care, a leader in providing quality senior living and
rehabilitative and skilled nursing care, has been recognized with a 2012
Innovators Award from the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA),
for its Expressions memory care program.
Expressions is a life-affirming, activity-rich residential
program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of
dementia who seek community-based care to help alleviate the effects of
the disease for patients and their families.
ICAA is a national association that advocates an approach to aging that
helps older adults live as fully as possible within all dimensions of
wellness. Its annual Innovators Award program spotlights creativity and
excellence in active aging, and it recognizes Prestige as an
organization that is leading the way, setting new standards, and making
a difference in the lives of older adults through its Expressions
memory care programming.
Prestige's Expressions memory care program uses innovative care
techniques and treatment approaches that turn daily activities into
memorable and meaningful events for residents with dementia. The program
is rooted in the philosophy that memory care activities should mirror
the same planned or spontaneous, simple or elaborate activities of
The program's approach nurtures body, heart, soul and mind through key
activities that encompass several facets of everyday living - exercise,
healthy eating, creative and educational activities and spiritual life.
"Expressions is based on the compassionate care philosophy that
we extend to every resident across our family of care communities," said
Prestige Care President and CEO Harold Delamarter. "Our caregivers know
each resident's personal life story, which allows them to integrate
individualized care and activities into our memory care treatment
programs. The result is fewer challenging behaviors and enhanced
happiness and well-being for those living with dementia."
Prestige developed the Expressions person-centered approach to
memory care in collaboration with David Troxel, MPH, a nationally
recognized expert on dementia disease car.
"As we developed Expressions we wanted to challenge traditional
approaches to memory care and explore new philosophies and advancements
in treating the disease," said Hollie Fowler, senior director of product
and brand development for Prestige. "As researchers continue to uncover
treatment breakthroughs, we're committed to updating and improving our
programs to ensure the best care for our residents and their families."
The ICAA award-winners target any or all of the seven dimensions of
wellness promoted by the association-social, emotional, vocational,
spiritual, intellectual, physical and environmental-to support age
50-plus adults in living well. The Innovators Award, one of three award
categories, specifically highlights programs and concepts that advance
"Older adults today are transforming outdated concepts about aging and
later life," says Colin Milner, ICAA's founder and CEO. "Increasingly,
people realize that they don't have to accept society's stereotypical
views of later life as a time of decline and diminished worth; they can
continue to grow and learn, contribute to society, and live well and
fully despite any health challenges they may face. For many, having
opportunities and support for active living can make all the difference
to their quality of life."
Milner notes that active-aging organizations "provide programs and
environments that encourage older adults to optimize health and
well-being throughout their lives. Prestige's Expressions program
is an inspiring example," he adds. "This initiative engages older adults
in programming that enriches people's lives and enhances their overall
wellness. On behalf of ICAA, I congratulate Prestige Care on their
As an ICAA award-winner, Prestige Care will be featured with an in-depth
profile of Expressions that will appear in ICAA's flagship
publication, the Journal on Active Aging®, in 2013.
Prestige Care was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Vancouver,
Wash. It operates more than 70 senior living communities and skilled
nursing care centers throughout the Western United States.
To learn more about Prestige's Expressions program and the
communities where it is offered, visit www.prestigecare.com/expressions.
About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA, an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging
industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities,
programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on
active aging-an approach to aging that helps older adults live 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 US Administration on Aging, the
National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of
Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada's
Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries
of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport. www.icaa.cc
About Prestige Care, Inc.
Prestige owns, operates, and manages independent, assisted living and
memory care communities as well as nursing and rehabilitation centers in
Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and
Washington. It is the company's mission to provide quality care guided
by a compassionate heart with values based on respect, integrity,
commitment and trust. Visit us online at www.prestigecare.com
or call (360) 735-7155 for more information.
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