Vision For Residents, Staff Is Promising, Bright And Unlimited

By Monica McAfee, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

I think we are all in agreement and can take delight in saying, “so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, and goodbye to 2020!”

With that said, it is always with hope, anticipation, and optimism that we look forward to a New Year. We anticipate that the COVID-19 vaccine will be successful in eradicating the spread and prevention of the virus.

With caution we will slowly begin to move in a direction that brings us back to a place of where we were at the start of 2020, before the world was impacted by the virus.

The silver lining of hope amidst the uncertainty of this past year has given us all pause. I believe we hold many things more dearly to our hearts. We gleaned that we have a greater capacity than we realized for gratitude, patience, resilience, acceptance, appreciation, love and admiration for our family, friends, community and the world.

With this optimism creativity will continue to blossom, and new and innovative ways to enjoy life, provide care and interact with one another will continue to grow. I hope this will be at the core of how we all approach 2021.

Everyday life should be rich with these feelings of hope.

As we move into 2021 our focus through programming will be “Keep Calm and Village On: Embracing Meaning, Mindfulness and Mentorship.”

We will introduce new partnerships and engage with the broader community in more meaningful and diverse ways. We will be introspective and at the same time keenly aware of the world around us. We will look closely at how we walk side-by-side with residents and staff in creating individual plans for well-being and engagement.

The Center for Healthy Living, in partnership with Healthstat, Johns Hopkins and Holy Cross, is one example of this. With easy access to world-class medical care steps from campus, residents and staff will be able to take advantage of preventative and acute medical treatment.

The goal is to create a philosophy of wellness. This will be further supported by Lifelong Learning, Fitness, and general Life Enrichment programming. Look for expanded programming in the new Aquatic Complex, as well as opportunities both inside and outside of the Fitness Studio.

We want residents and staff to find meaning in all aspects of their lives. We look forward to launching our “Village Vita,” in 2021. Residents will have the opportunity to connect with a Life Coach to help navigate their continued “Success Narrative.”

Life does not stop once you move to a Life Plan Retirement Community, rather it is a time to walk into a new future and perhaps make some dreams a reality. The phrase, “it’s never too late” comes to mind. It is never too late to learn a new skill, achieve a fitness goal, lose a few pounds, learn a new language, explore your spirituality, interact with students and the multi-cultural broader community.

There will be expanded opportunities to volunteer, perhaps in an arena you just never had time for before. Maybe you will finally pickup that paintbrush, learn figure drawing, discuss, or better yet, write a book. We are also looking forward to exploring the expansion of our gardening on campus, as well as helping residents interested in a second or third career with the concept of “Purpose and a Paycheck.” Now is the perfect time to live your dreams at JKV.

As we focus on Mindfulness and Mentorship, we will look at connection. How do we stay connected to our individual aspirations, as well as share our time, talent, and gifts through a formal mentorship program?

Some of you may be familiar with Blue Zones. They are areas across the world that have the highest concentration of centenarians. They are: Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, CA and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

We will begin the process of identifying how JKV can embark on creating our own “Blue Zone.” Through Director of Dining Services Joe Mallen’s ideas for menus and Executive Chef Mark Gullusci’s talented recipes we will see a focus on healthy and innovative dining options. This fare will be a highlighted feature at The Glades Grill.

As we continue to embark in providing the most engaging lifestyle possible, with the peace of mind of excellent, award winning healthcare for our current JKV residents, we look forward to attracting a diverse and vibrant group of future neighbors to JKV.

One of the many attributes of living at JKV is that there is truly something for everyone. The addition of Westlake helps broaden our offerings and therefore provide financial stability for the community.

Priority Deposits for Westlake continue to grow, and, in the Spring, we will move to the 10 percent Deposit Phase. The project will continue to set JKV apart.

The vision for JKV residents and staff is promising, bright and unlimited. We will have more to look forward to once the Westlake Pavilion is completed. Residents will be able to enjoy two new dining venues, a bar and state-of-the-art performance venue. So, here is to “Where Possibility Plays” and to a healthy, happy, prosperous and engaged New Year!



To learn more about John Knox Village and the community’s vision for the year ahead, we invite you to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team. Click here or call our Marketing Department at 954-783-4040 today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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