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Friends & Neighbors A Newsletter for the Acts Family - Spring 2020

Welcome to the inaugural digital edition of Friends & Neighbors, a newsletter for the Acts family! This new version replaces the print publication with a more dynamic, digital-friendly reader experience. You can also access Friends & Neighbors on the MyActsLife Resident Portal and the Acts website.

We hope you enjoy the new Friends & Neighbors!

God IS With Us... An Important Reminder in These Challenging Times

“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore” (Psalm 125:1-2).

You don’t have to be a theologian, or for that matter, a geologist, to understand what David is saying in Scripture. God is with us and our awareness of that should give us strength, stability and confidence no matter our circumstances. Right now, there is much uncertainty, anxiety and fear that many encounter brought forth with the coronavirus (Covid-19). During these times, we are constantly reminded in Scripture that God will give us strength, stability and confidence through the trials and tribulations of the human experience, part of which is disease and illness. From Genesis to Revelation, there are ample declarations stating that, as we navigate these challenging circumstances, God is with us. And if He is with us, we can draw on His strength, experience His stability and move forward with His confidence. God IS with us. Let’s not forget that.

Please know that we are keeping all of our Acts family members, and extended family, in our prayers.

- Iain Crichton, Acts Vice President Mission Support & Spiritual Life

Check out Acts' Daily Devotional featuring Iain Crichton and our community chaplains. Each episode offers an inspiring message with Scripture to bring peace, thoughtfulness, and encouragement.

Acts Appoints Karen Christiansen as President

In case you missed the news in early January, Acts announced several updates to its executive leadership team that became effective January 1, 2020. Karen I. Christiansen has been appointed to the position of President. Karen is a familiar face at Acts, having been with our organization since 1996, and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Gerald T. Grant, who was appointed Acts President and CEO in 2017, will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Acts has promoted Richard A. Winter to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Rick previously served as Senior Vice President, Financial Services. You can read more details on the Acts website here.

The Circle of Loving Kindness

Each spring, Acts Legacy Foundation welcomes new members and memorializes past members of the Circle of Loving Kindness. Current members, residents, board members and staff gather to recognize and celebrate Acts’ culture of philanthropy. Members of the Circle of Loving Kindness have made a lasting contribution, through significant giving or designating Acts Legacy Foundation as the beneficiary of a planned gift. This generosity helps Acts to plan for the future and ensure vital community resources will continue to be there for the benefit of current and future generations of residents.

Look for an announcement about an upcoming Circle of Loving Kindness Donor Recognition event at your community. The Acts Legacy Foundation looks forward to welcoming and celebrating the spirit of philanthropy with all of you! For more information, visit us online, email foundation@actslife.org or call 877-287-0799.

Acts Residents Helping International Research Efforts on Successful Aging

Residents throughout our family of communities are lending their time, experience, and expertise in important research efforts that will help their fellow residents – and older adults across the world – live longer, healthier, and more purposeful lives. Here at Acts, these efforts are being led by the Acts Center for Applied Research (ACAR), which partners with leading universities, health care organizations, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations to explore topics of healthy and successful aging. Read more about our most recent ACAR initiatives here.

When along comes a carefully reasoned effort to understand a significant societal issue and to effect positive change, I’m “all in.” One can hope that studies like yours will actually change public perceptions concerning these important issues for the better. -Note from an Acts resident.
Indian River Estates resident competes in Total Brain Health games at OlympiActs.

To learn more about ACAR’s work and participating in breakthrough research, please visit us online, or contact Bill Tamulonis, Managing Director, at wtamulonis@actslife.org or 410-970-2032.

Acts’ Brain Health Initiatives Earning National Attention

Acts’ trailblazing brain health study and social-based classes for brain fitness are getting widespread media attention. A recent article in Kaiser Health News features Indian River Estates residents and the importance of staying mentally engaged through Acts' brain health programs. You can read the full article picked up by newspapers across the nation on the Acts website.

Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Inquirer recently featured Acts' innovative program that brings Montessori techniques to memory care. Two Acts communities, Spring House Estates and Park Pointe Village, recently became the world's first Montessori certified continuing care retirement communities. You can read more about these programs on the Acts website.

Congratulations to all Acts communities, employees and resident participants who are pioneering revolutionary techniques in brain health and memory care!

New Updates to MyActsLife Resident Portal Include New Design and Layout

In case you missed it, a recent update of the MyActsLife Resident Portal brings the features most important to our residents to the forefront. Highlights of this release include significant design and layout alterations that make information and navigation more intuitive for residents. A user-friendly homepage offers easy access to nearly anywhere on the resident portal from three tabs: Dashboard, Social Feed, and Quick Links.

The dashboard tab serves as a hub of information most important to residents. Get dining information, community events, information on open requests, announcements, news and articles related to your community. The social feed tab offers residents many of the components of popular social media channels, with the comfort of knowing you’re within the secured environment of the Acts family. Quick Links offers easy access to the most commonly accessed pages on the resident portal.

So why use the resident portal? Skip the walk out to the front desk and place a request from the comfort of your home. Access community and Acts company information all in one location. Grow your social circle within the Acts family and learn from other communities.

Have questions about getting logged into the Resident Portal? Give the Resident Technology Hotline a call from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 833-469-2287.

Strong Interest in New Campus Enhancements Continues!

Thank you to all residents who have introduced their family, friends and acquaintances to some of our community expansions occurring throughout the Acts family. We are so pleased with the great interest and excitement in these projects and can’t wait to welcome many new residents into our growing family! Here’s an update on several major campus enhancements:

Magnolia Trace, Huntsville, AL

10 New Cottages – Fully occupied

Azalea Trace, Pensacola, FL

30 New Cottages – Fully occupied by spring 2020

Normandy Farms Estates, Blue Bell, PA

25 New Carriage Homes – Fully reserved, currently under construction.

Lanier Village Estates, Gainesville, GA

31 New Carriage Homes – Fully reserved, currently under construction.

Country House, Wilmington, DE

20 New Cottages – Choice locations still available! Currently under construction.

60 New Apartments – Choice locations still available! Construction to start summer 2021.

Reminder, if someone you refer moves into any Acts new campus expansion, you will receive a one-time $2,500 credit to your monthly fee. Only referrals who have not contacted the community previously are eligible. Stop by the community sales office for details.

Plantation Estates, Matthews, NC

16 New Villas & 72 New Apartments - Reservations to begin later this year.

Acts Headquarters Moves to Fort Washington, PA!

On January 9, Acts dedicated our new headquarters Corporate Services Center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, almost exactly 49 years to the day Acts, then Open Door Estates, was incorporated in Fort Washington.

For nearly 50 years, Acts has seen much change and has always embraced the future with a positive outlook and a commitment to our mission. Moving into our new home is a bold step into the future for Acts enabling us to bring all of our corporate services under one roof to better share, collaborate and meet the needs of residents. The opening of the CSC is one more sign of that commitment to the future and an assurance that Long-Kindness lives here.

As our Articles of Incorporation stated then, we are called to duty by the Holy Scriptures that one of the responsibilities of the Gospel message is to provide for the social needs of humanity in this life on earth, particularly for the elderly.”

We humbly pray for the continuation of that founding vision, guided by faith and a commitment to integrity and Loving-Kindness.

Acts Communities Recognized for Excellence

Acts is proud to announce that each of its communities are accredited by CARF International, an independent accrediting agency that surveys and measures how well a senior living community meets or exceeds rigorous standards in governance, financial accountability, quality of life and resident care.

To become accredited, a community must demonstrate the quality of its services and conformance with standards to a team of independent surveyors during an on-site visit. The surveyors assess the community for financial and operational soundness, quality of services in such areas as culinary, activities, resident rights, access to services, healthcare, and the overall safety and security of the community. After achieving accreditation, a community must demonstrate continued conformance on an annual basis before being re-accredited.

Recently, many Acts communities underwent the rigorous accreditation process including Park Pointe Village, Buckingham’s Choice, Bayleigh Chase, and Fairhaven/Copper Ridge. Each community was accredited by CARF for the overall quality of its operations and services, joining the other Acts communities in achieving this special recognition.

All 26 Acts communities are accredited by CARF, the most of any senior living organization.

Acts Welcomes Two New Board Members

William Reynolds and Michael Kelly

Acts recently welcomed William Reynolds and Michael Kelly to its board of directors. The Acts Board represents a diverse group of volunteer members who serve without compensation and embrace the company’s mission, purpose and values in providing senior living services.

Mr. Reynolds is a resident of The Evergreens, an Acts community in Moorestown, New Jersey. He served as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools and at the University of Pennsylvania prior to more than 20-year career as founder and senior partner in Reynolds & Schaeffer Associates, Inc., a management and consulting firm that specialized in working primarily with not-for-profit organizations in health, human services and education.

Mr. Kelly is a recently retired investment banker with B.C. Ziegler and Company, where he led the firm’s non-profit senior living finance activities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to his 25-year tenure at Ziegler, he was a public finance lawyer specializing in non-profit healthcare and senior living finance and a developer of non-profit senior living communities.

“We are very fortunate to have such qualified individuals join our board of directors,” said Acts Board Chairman Dr. John Esterhai, Jr. “Both Bill and Michael bring a wealth of business and leadership experience that will be a benefit to the Acts governance team as we continue to enhance our mission and position ourselves for the future of senior living services.”

You can read more about these two wonderful additions to the Acts Board on our website here.

Acts Appoints Chief Medical Director

Dr. Paul Reinbold

Acts is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Reinbold, MD., CMD., as Vice President and Chief Medical Director.

Dr. Reinbold has served as Medical Director at several senior living properties since 1995. He most recently served as the Corporate Medical Director and Clinical Operations Advisor to the CEO at Integrace prior to its affiliation with Acts. He has continued to serve as the Medical Director of Bayleigh Chase in Easton, MD. He previously served as Chief of the Medical Staff for the University of Maryland-Shore Medical Center Easton.

You can read more about Dr. Reinbold's appointment on our website here.

Acts Chaplains & Staff Collaborate on Community Outreach

One of Acts’ strategic initiatives is to expand Acts’ exposure in area churches and other religious institutions. A recent example occurred when Grant Hasty, Chaplain at Country House, located in Wilmington, Delaware, and Tasha Verrico, Sales Manager, collaborated on a Lunch and Learn program for area pastors. The pastors were invited to Country House to listen to Grant talk about life's journey while Tasha addressed how Country House, and all Acts communities, provide a vibrant setting in which seniors can thrive. Similar collaborations are taking place across the Acts organization to share our commitment of extending our mission of Loving-Kindness within the greater community.

New Date for PA Golf Classic

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Acts Golf Classic in Pennsylvania has been rescheduled for September. The date of Acts' Florida Golf Classic remains the same.

PA Golf Classic - Monday, Sept. 21 Cedarbrook Country Club, Blue Bell
Florida Golf Classic - Thurs., Dec. 3 PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens

For more than 28 years, the Acts Golf Classics have been vital in helping raise proceeds for the Acts Samaritan Fund, which offers confidential assistance to Acts residents, who through no fault of their own, have outlived their resources and require help to meet their financial obligations.

For photo galleries of the 2019 events and registration information, visit www.actsgolf.org.

Resident Media Sensations!

Pumping Iron at 96-years-old

The Sun Sentinel visited Edgewater at Boca Pointe to learn more about its popular weight training class. “I feel much stronger and more confident in myself,” said 96-year-old Alex Intrator, “I lost 8-10 pounds since I started taking the class.”

Fitness Director Michael Fries spoke about how the age-appropriate program is helping residents get stronger and lose weight. Read the full article here.

"Super Seniors" on NBC Today

NBC's Today Show visited Azalea Trace to interview residents Charley and Sheila Pritchett about being college students at ages 93 and 83, respectively. They are the oldest students at the nearby University of West Florida. Watch the three minute clip here.

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