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Promising Practices

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is committed to recognizing organizations that strive to serve older adults in original and exciting ways with our Promising Practices Award. This award highlights organizations working with older adults in a variety of settings that are moving away from conventional practices by developing and implementing innovative approaches.

Eligible programs for this award include those that introduce new and exciting practices in serving older adults as well as those that provide unique improvements and advances in existing services.

Sharing promising practices across locations benefits the senior living industry as a whole. The goal of this initiative is to learn what is working and how it is working from those who have experienced success.

The 2017 Call for Entries will open soon. 

For more information, e-mail Roscoe Nicholson at rnicholson@matherlifeways.com or call (847) 492.6790.

2016 Promising Practices Winners

Below are brief descriptions of the innovative programs, startups, and collaborations that earned Promising Practices Awards in 2016. To learn more about them, and get to tips for how to adopt them yourself, download a free copy of Innovation at Work 2016: Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry.

Menorah Park in Beachwood, Ohio, for opening and running the Center 4 Brain Health, the United States’ first non-pharmacological, community-serving brain health center located on a senior living campus. The center offers services, resources, and support to the community.

Saint John’s Communities, for involving residents in creating curriculum and leading a college course on aging. The University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and residents and staff at Saint John’s on the Lake, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, collaborated on content and structure for a new undergraduate class.

Honorable Mentions

The Alzheimer’s Resource Center, a not-for-profit in Southington, Connecticut, started the Well-BEING Project for Dementia to expand possibilities for people to live well with dementia. The project had persons living with dementia work active participants in collaborating with family and professional care partners to promote well-being.

Cabrini Of Westchester, a not-for-profit skilled nursing community in Dobbs Ferry, New York, opened an in-house post-acute care pulmonary rehabilitation center to increase quality of life for older adults with chronic lung disease and reduce avoidable hospitalizations. The organization partnered with a local hospital. The result: no patients who have gone through the center were re-admitted to the hospital.

The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, a not-for-profit organization in Glendale, California, that serves people of all ages, launched the Piers Project to combat cyber crime and its potentially devastating financial impacts on older adults. The project has used multiple platforms to promote education and awareness of cyber security among approximately 3,000 older adults.

You can also read about previous Promising Practices by downloading Innovation at Work: 2015 Promising Practices Winners That Are Reshaping the Aging Services Industry.