Brookdale Senior Living Residents, Associates Celebrate "The History of a Nation"

Mon Mar 4, 2013 8:00am EST

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn.,  March 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- If you stop by a  Brookdale
Senior Living  community at any point this year, you are likely to encounter
residents and associates celebrating "The History of a Nation," poignant
milestones and periods in our country's past that served to make  the United
States  what it is today. Through the exclusively designed and award-winning 
Brookdale Celebrates, each month of 2013 will feature themed experiences,
special events, and programs corresponding with the month's historical focus.

Through Brookdale's focus on "The History of a Nation," residents and associates
are offered several unique opportunities for engagement on a monthly basis. For
example,  Legacy  projects offer intergenerational events, allowing youths and
seniors to come together to share experiences they all can cherish.  The Great
Debate  generates healthy discussions among residents about the moral and
ethical issues that have had a pivotal impact on history. Community residents in
36 states shine as they perform the songs, poetry and famous speeches as part of
our monthly  American Expressions.

Brookdale Celebrates  is a yearlong, organized effort to enrich the lives of
more than 67,000 residents and more than 40,000 associates of Brookdale. The
initiative is a key component of Brookdale's Optimum Life, a culture within
Brookdale Senior Living communities where whole person wellness is achieved
through fulfillment in six key dimensions -- purposeful, emotional, physical,
social, spiritual, and intellectual. Within the six dimensions of wellness,
residents have opportunities to choose a healthy lifestyle that adds value and
fulfillment to their lives.  

"Brookdale Celebrates  embraces the six dimensions of Optimum Life at each
community while uniting residents and associates in celebration of a common
theme through shared talents and creativity," said  Sara Terry, vice president
of Optimum Life. "Brookdale Celebrates  'The History of a Nation' is a powerful
yearlong commitment to honoring and recognizing this country's rich history,
through activities and events, as well as the memories and recollections of our

The 2013 themes by month are as follows:

 Jan. - The American Dream      July - Birth of a Nation          
 Feb. - Puttin' on the Ritz     Aug. - The Great Frontier         
 Mar. - The Space Race          Sept. - The Industrial Age        
 Apr. - A Nation United         Oct. - A Generation Rises Up      
 May - The Greatest Generation  Nov. - Discovering the New World  
 June - The Age of Technology   Dec. -The Global Age              

"Our residents understand their contributions to our amazing history," said 
Charles Richardson, Brookdale's corporate director of resident programs. "We are
inspired to hear their stories of legacy, listen to their great debates on the
moral issues that have shaped who we are as a country, and watch their
expressions of pride to be Americans. They truly are the greatest generation."

"Food and the dining experience play an integral role in Brookdale's life
enrichment program, Brookdale Celebrates," said  Joska Hajdu, senior vice
president of dining services. "We offer residents themed cooking demonstrations
each month, which enables them to enjoy social engagement with neighbors at a
monthly luncheon celebration or dinner party. Dining room action stations also
offer residents theme-related main course delicacies, side dish delights and
dessert treats."  

Brookdale Celebrates  is distinctive in that it is linked directly to
Brookdale's Optimum Life culture and dining program, while recognizing the power
of possibilities and fulfilling all the dimensions of Optimum Life.  Brookdale
Celebrates  encourages a heightened interaction between associates and
residents, with all key leaders of a community participate in facilitating
various aspects of the series.

Locate a Brookdale community near you to learn about upcoming  Brookdale
Celebrates  events and activities by visiting
For more information about  Brookdale Celebrates, visit    

Contact:  Andrea Turner, Brookdale Senior Living, 615-564-6829,

SOURCE  Brookdale Senior Living Inc.

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