The Castle Argyle moniker is back in the spotlight. be.group’s affordable housing community in Hollywood has restored its iconic sign to its original 1928 style, when the complex was considered “the queen of all apartment hotels.”…Read more →
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Westminster Court residents and staff celebrated the Bell Gardens community’s 20th anniversary on Aug. 28. During the ceremony, residents shared their appreciation for their home and community staff with an audience that included Bell Gardens Mayor Pedro Aceituno and Police Chief Robert E. Barnes.
Westminster Court is part of be.group’s system of 26 affordable housing communities, which serve more than 2,000 residents.…Read more →
be.group’s Mobility and Balance Awareness program recently received a second-place award for innovation in service coordination from the American Association of Service Coordinators.
Sponsored by Critical Signal Technologies, the award recognizes programs that demonstrate innovative thinking and have a significant impact on their participants.
The fall prevention program was launched in 2011 as a pilot at Covenant Manor, one of be.group’s affordable housing communities. During a year in effect, we’ve seen residents overcome their struggle with daily tasks such as walking up stairs thanks to their involvement in this program.
“The results are amazing,” says Sylvia Karl, director of home and community-based services. “This award recognizes that we are making a difference in the lives of our residents.”…Read more →
Last week be.group received four awards in this year’s National Mature Media Awards, a competition that recognizes the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older. It is the largest and most prestigious awards program of its kind.
Among the winners were be.group’s be.yourself video, which not only received a Gold in the category of Marketing & Communications but also was judged Best of Show for that category; a Gold for be.magazine in the category of Publications/Editorial; a Silver for the magazine’s graphic design in Art/Design; and a Silver for be.group’s marketing brochures in Marketing & Communications.
The full list of this year’s winners can be found here.
Moving can be an overwhelming task, especially for older adults who have accumulated a lot of stuff over the course of a life lived many years in the same home. Our partner Gentle Transitions, a California-based senior relocation firm, has tips in eight areas to ensure an easier move.
Planning, Planning, Planning
- Make “to do” lists and a moving calendar.
- Select a moving date
- Make arrangements with family, new community, Realtors, movers, etc.
Draw a Floor plan
- Measure the new place and current furniture
- Assess the practicality of your furniture
- Discuss sentimentality of furniture pieces selected
- Be open to using furniture in different ways from what you’re doing currently
Sorting and Downsizing
- Do easy and obvious areas first
- Sort for only a few hours at a time
- Use colored stickers and labels to identify what items go where
- Decide first what you want and/or need
- Decide later what to do with the things you don’t want
Disposing of Unwanted Items Before Moving
- Call charities well in advance to arrange for pick-ups
- Have a back-up plan if the charity doesn’t take certain items
- Check local papers, Realtors or churches for people who conduct sales
- A checkbook is a good place to begin a list of address changes
- Complete address changes for the post office 10 days before the move
- Make sure you have phone service in both places on moving day
- Separate packing from decision making
- Pack items you need least first
Hiring a mover
- Smaller, local moving companies are usually best for local moves
- Ask the movers to visit your home and provide you with an estimate
- Discuss insurance with your mover prior to moving day
- Recruit lots of family help
- Consider leaving family in charge and taking a rest during the day
- Keep important medications (even unexpected ones) with you
- Plan on unpacking as much as possible to feel and be settled in
- Arrange for someone to help in the days following the move
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be.group president and CEO John H. Cochrane III joined Time Warner Cable Local Edition host Leslie Leyton to discuss the coming silver tsunami as the first group of baby boomers born in 1946 turned 65 last year.
Cochrane addressed the impact this key demographic will have on the senior living industry, and how be.group and others are changing to cater to the demands and desires of boomers.…Read more →