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Pride Month Resident Spotlight: Terry Colli

Terry Colli moved to JKV with his partner, Jerry Oshinski, in December 2016 and he says that it was one of the best decisions of their lives. Jerry and Terry loved it here, but unfortunately, it was to be short-lived. Jerry passed away in August 2018 after 40 happy years together. As a retired official from a high-level government job as the head of public affairs for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Terry remained actively involved in his new JKV community. In 2019 he was recommended by the JKV Resident Senate to become a Resident Board Member, where he still serves today. JKV is shining the Pride Month Spotlight on Terry Colli and his impressive career.

JKV:  Where are you from, Terry?

TC:  I grew up in a small town (pop. 2,800) on the Canadian prairies.  At university, I was attracted to economics, and, after graduating with a B.A., I went on to do a Master’s Degree in economics at the University of British Columbia. Economics was going to be my career when I got a job teaching that subject at the University of Saskatchewan. But two years later the trajectory changed when I got a call to join the Canadian Department of External Affairs in Ottawa.

JKV: Tell us about you and your early career.

TC:  A lot of my career can best be explained as serendipitous because I thought I had a plan – but life got in the way. My progress in the Canadian Foreign Service was routine – until I received a posting to Washington, D.C. Once there, I met the man who would be the love of my life – Jerry.  But to make this relationship work, I had to find a way to get out of the traditional Foreign Service assignment rotation. With good luck, I discovered that the powers that be were looking to create a permanent position in the Embassy that would do a deep dive into the workings of the U.S. economy.  YES!!

A couple of years later, “the fickle finger of fate” was again at work. The Ambassador of the day was without an executive assistant, and suddenly, it was me. Then, the fates really got down to business.

JKV:  What do you mean?

TC:  It happened that a very important visit to Washington by the Canadian Prime Minister was planned.  Suddenly, I was the leader of the Embassy team, preparing all the technical details for the visit. I got the job because more senior players in the Embassy thought I was suitable cannon fodder if things went wrong! But they did not go wrong, and when the smoke cleared, the Ambassador promoted me to the head of Public Affairs – a role I filled at increasing levels of responsibility for the remainder of my career.

JKV:  Can you tell us about a career highlight?

TC:  A top highlight for me was the “Spirit of Haida Gwaii” project. This was a massive sculpture on the folkways and culture of the Haida Gwaii nation of the Queen Charlotte Islands that was to be placed at the entrance of the Canadian Embassy. The sponsor was RJR Nabisco. A handshake with the artist, Bill Reid, set the deal in motion. But over the course of the next three years the cost escalated from $300,000 to $3 million, and the hand-shaker from the corporation was long gone. Pulling the project back from the brink of disaster took some fancy footwork and calling in lots of favors. But it got done – and we celebrated the installation with 60 members of the Haida nation present to bless the sculpture and ensure its happy life.

Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Black Canoe sculpture outside the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Black Canoe, by Bill Reid, outside the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.


JKV: What drew you to John Knox Village?

TC:  As my career was ending, Jerry and I decided that South Florida would be a good place to retire. He had already retired a few years earlier and was spending much of the winter here. Unfortunately, soon after, Jerry’s health was starting to deteriorate, and our large house was more than I could manage by myself. After some exploration, our focus turned to John Knox Village, and at the end of 2016, we officially moved here.

JKV: What have you enjoyed as a Resident Board Member?

TC:  It has been a very active four and a half years. I am proud to have served through the construction of the Pavilion and Westlake, which are major financial investments. The greatest achievement has been overcoming operating deficits and getting to a stable footing where our operating revenues are covering expenses. I am pleased to say that JKV’s future looks bright!


About John Knox Village (JKV)

For the past 50+ years, JKV has set the bar when it comes to delivering an all-inclusive resort lifestyle designed for living life to the fullest at each stage of retirement. JKV emphasizes fitness and overall well-being with world-class programming, state-of-the-art amenities, healthy and delicious dining, and much more. Residents are entitled to unlimited use of healthcare services and 24/7 healthcare professionals on campus. There are no time or financial limits on the long-term care benefits that residents receive, regardless of the level of care required. Simply put, a life plan contract at JKV provides a fiscal safety net with an unparalleled community geared to a wide range of needs for living life to its fullest at every stage of retirement.

Want to learn more about what John Knox Village has to offer?  Contact us today to take a tour, or for a no-pressure conversation with one of our Life Plan Consultants.  

beach condo with palm trees view from the ground up

Skyrocketing Condo Fees After Surfside’s Tragic Building Collapse: Why a Life Plan Senior Community May Be a Strategic Alternative

Surfside Ushered in a New Era for Condo Living

On June 24, 2021, the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, tragically collapsed, killing 98 people and leaving hundreds more temporarily homeless.  The upcoming third anniversary of this tragedy hits especially close to home, having occurred right here in our own South Florida community.

In the aftermath of this catastrophe, home insurance premiums have significantly increased, and condominium association fees have skyrocketed.

When the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 4-D in May 2022, it created new requirements for condominium and co-op buildings three or more stories tall. As a result of the Surfside collapse, the bill aims to improve building safety and maintenance standards with significant provisions related to roofing and building inspections with another new requirement: to reserve funds to pay for future long-term maintenance repair.

With these changes comes a hefty price tag. As home insurance prices steadily climb in the state with the threat of damaging storms and in the aftermath of Surfside, the steep rise in association fees has forced many people to relocate.


Homeowner’s Insurance Blues

While inflation cooled in 2023, prices for goods and services remain high, with no relief in sight. Last year, the Insurance Information Institute predicted that insurance in the Sunshine State could increase by 40%, and the average Florida homeowner is paying $6,000, more than triple the U.S. average of $1,700. Plus, insurance carriers are clamping down on renewals. As one example, Progressive Insurance announced that it plans to send out non-renewal notices to half of its insurance policies in December. This would impact an estimated 100,000 homeowners in Florida.


Florida Senate Bill 4-D – And What it Means for Condo Owners

Senate Bill 4-D requires condos higher than three stories to be inspected every 10 years once they hit the 30-year mark, and for those within three miles of the coast, this inspection is required for buildings 25 years and older. The first milestone inspection must be completed by December 31st of its 30th year.

There are 25,000 condo associations and 1.4 million individual condominiums in the state, and according to the CRC Group, a wholesale specialty insurance group, nearly 600,000 of these condos are over 40 years old. For older adults who have lived in their condos for years, the high expense of assessments and monthly fees can become unbearable, forcing them to move. Even older adults who are financially secure are fleeing their condominium homes.


Waiving Reserve Fund Contributions is a Thing of the Past

Another major change to Florida condo law will impact how associations handle reserved funds.  Associations previously had the freedom to waive reserve contributions from their homeowners, but by December 31, 2024, they will no longer have that option.  As a result, after January 1, 2025, all condo associations will be required to be on track to collect enough reserve funds to pay for replacement costs in the event they are needed, which is sure to translate to higher association fees for condo owners.


A Smart Move Forward

With all the changes that condo associations are implementing as a result of changing regulations and the consequences that they bring to condominium owners, this may be the smartest time to sell.  For seniors over the age of 62, moving to an active senior Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), also known as a Life Plan Community, could be a very smart financial move toward protecting your assets. 

A Life Plan Community is a senior living option that eliminates the cost of association dues, property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and home maintenance costs.  Instead, it offers residents a set entry fee, with a stable monthly service fee that includes dining, lifelong learning opportunities, social and cultural arts events, home maintenance, housekeeping, utilities, and 24/7 security and health care on-site.  It also offers some unique tax advantages.  In short, it is an investment in yourself, rather than in a property’s association.

John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida, is an internationally award-winning Life Plan Community boasting a lush, tropical 70-acre campus, resort-style amenities, a wellness-based lifestyle, and long-term healthcare should you ever need it. In many ways, JKV provides a safe haven from rising homeowner and condo costs and peace of mind for your future.

To learn more, call us to learn more about John Knox Village, or to schedule a tour.


JKV Resident Spotlight: 2 Military Heroes

 Audrey Sutton collage of military headshot and action pic

Audrey Sutton, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired
Lakeside Villa Resident

In 1974, when JKV resident Audrey L. Sutton was the 26-year-old director of a community mental health center in Baltimore City, Maryland, she got an offer she couldn’t refuse.  A Colonel whom she respected very highly dared her to try out to be in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Reserve.  In order to recruit women, the Army’s basic training program had been reduced from eight weeks to two weeks, and with her MSW (Masters in Social Work) degree, Audrey was promised a Second Lieutenant rank upon graduation from basic training.

Always one to accept a positive challenge, Audrey enlisted almost immediately.  Upon graduation from basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, she was named “Honor Trainee of the Cycle.”  Unfortunately, by the time she graduated, the program she had been enrolled in had been absolved, so instead of beginning her Army career as a Second Lieutenant, she began as a Private — the very bottom of the rank structure.

Audrey was extremely disappointed at this turn of events but decided to make the most of the situation and gave it her all, working very hard and meeting challenge after challenge.  She spent some time as an enlisted soldier.  During this time, her most memorable experience was when she scored 300 (the maximum score) on the physical training test.  This was the first 300 score in the Battalion.  The Battalion Commander was so impressed with this score that she submitted an article to the Washington Post recognizing the achievement.

After serving as an enlisted soldier for a period of time, her Battalion Commander enrolled Audrey in OCS (Officers’ Candidate School), a one-year training course. As a Reserve, she trained one weekend a month at the District of Columbia Armory. She graduated from OCS as a Second Lieutenant and received the first-ever Commandant’s Professional Award.

Audrey spent two years as a Second Lieutenant and received an early promotion to First Lieutenant. She was selected to become a company commander.  Her primary duties and responsibilities included preparing the Company for an Inspector General Inspection, which the Company passed for the first time in three years. She also provided leadership and support to Company soldiers, especially during weekend training and challenging field exercises.

In 1983, she was promoted to Captain and was stationed at the Reserve Center in Baltimore City, Maryland.  She was assigned another company command in Dover, Delaware.  Up to this point, command positions in that battalion were always held by white males.  Audrey was truly a trailblazer.  For two and a half years as Commander, she traveled to the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Dover to serve one weekend a month.

After her command there, she received a promotion to Major and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a Military School Commandant and also served as Adjutant.  Her duties included guiding and advising the overall Commander’s decisions regarding soldier welfare activities and concerns.

While serving as a Major, Audrey graduated from Equal Opportunity (EO) School in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  As an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, she taught classes of male and female soldiers about sexual harassment, what it was, that it would not be tolerated, and how to report any incidents that might occur.

After serving three years as School Commandant, she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and stationed at 80th Division in Richmond, Virgina.  Her primary duty was that of Personnel Director, but she also performed other duties as assigned.  She retired from the military in 2003.

During her military career, Audrey also held a number of full-time civilian positions, including Chief of Child Care for the City of Baltimore and Director of Child Welfare Services that oversaw Child Protective Services, Foster Care, Adoption and Family Services programs in Prince George’s County, Maryland and in Washington, D.C.  After retirement from the military, she entered the private sector as the Chief Executive Officer of an adoption and foster care agency. 

Audrey feels blessed to have had the support of her mom and her four siblings. Her mom told her, “Honey, aim high and never quit.  Expect to win and stay tough.  Remember, the difference between wishing and accomplishing is action.”  These are words Audrey chose to live by throughout her 29-year military career—especially when she came out of Basic Training as a Private instead of the Second Lieutenant rank she had been promised.

When we asked Audrey if there was a person she served with that she remembers fondly, she immediately thought of her First Sergeant, Jean Branch, who she really admired.  According to Audrey, “I was a First Lieutenant with no experience being a military leader.”  Sergeant Branch assured her, “If you follow my lead, you’ll be fine.”  Audrey did as Sergeant Branch suggested and they problem-solved together, which led to their becoming an outstanding Company with many commendations.  Jean and Audrey became close friends, with a wonderful friendship that lasted through the ages.


Colonel William F. Sullivan

Bill Sullivan, U.S. Army Colonel, Retired
Westlake Resident

Bill was drafted in 1969 and reported for induction at the AFEES station in Jacksonville, Florida just as Neil Armstrong was taking man’s first step on the moon. From there, he was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for basic training at a Private E-1. Bill graduated nine weeks later and received his officer’s commission as a Reserve Army Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. From Fort Dix, he was sent to Fort Lee, Virginia, for a two-week officer orientation course. Bill’s next assignment was to JAGC School at the University of Virginia for the two-month JAG Basic Course. The group graduated at Christmas in 1969 and received orders to report to their first duty station in January 1970 in Fort Riley, Kansas. Bill worked for a Colonel he respected, so when he was reassigned to Army Headquarters in Okinawa, which was then a Protectorate of the U.S., Bill requested to go with the Colonel. He received his reassignment to Okinawa a few months later. Bill and his wife Judy had their first child at Fort Riley, and when Judy arrived in Okinawa, she was ripe with baby number two, who was born a month later.

Bill’s most memorable assignment was as a member of the Army Homecoming Team, Operation Homecoming, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, from January 1973 to April 1973. Hostilities had just ended in Viet Nam and the POWs were being repatriated from their POW camps. Many were flown to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for debriefing, then to Germany, and then to the States. The Army had its team of doctors, social workers, chaplains, lawyers, and finance officers to deal with any questions or concerns that the men may have had. Bill vividly remembers standing on the tarmac at Clark as the Air Force transports landed and the men came down the boarding ramps. He states that there was not a dry eye in the house. That very scene was repeated many years later as the troops were coming home to Hunter Airfield in South Carolina after the first Gulf War as he stood on the tarmac at Hunter.

Okinawa was his terminal assignment, and after his discharge in 1974, he and Judy, with their two young daughters, moved to Lighthouse Point, Florida. Bill is from Miami, and Judy is from Coral Gables, so moving to South Florida was an easy decision. Bill started practicing law with his fraternity brother Peter Portley in 1974, and they continued to practice together until they both retired in 2020.

Bill’s active-duty career was from 1969 to 1974. He had the foresight to stay in the Active Reserves and retired as a Colonel in 1997. Bill concludes, “I always smile when someone thanks me for my service because I truly feel that I got more than I gave. Judy and I loved the culture of the military community, and we made so many great friends and shared so many wonderful experiences. There is a comradery of military service that is hard to explain unless you have experienced it. Judy and I both loved it, and we will always cherish the memories.”

As we celebrate Armed Forces Day around the nation, we would like to thank all members of the Armed Forces, past and present, for their dedication and service to our country. At John Knox Village, we treasure the many veterans who call JKV home. We’re honored to have them here.

We invite you to visit John Knox Village of Florida to learn more about us and see what sets us apart from other senior living communities. JKV is a life plan community offering an exceptional lifestyle and the financial security of having a plan in place for any future care that might arise.

To learn more, contact us for a conversation or to schedule a tour.

12 Quotes That Prove: Mother Really Does Know Best!

Moms make sure our beds are made, our teeth are brushed, and we eat our veggies – all things that set us up for a happy, healthy, successful life! But maybe most importantly, they dispense valuable advice that stands true throughout our lives.

We asked some of our residents and team members to share what their moms have taught them, and uncovered some gold nuggets:

“Mom used to say, ‘Think of the consequences before you step too far off your normal path, but don’t be afraid to open new doors and look inside.’” – Claire McCarty, JKV resident

“My mother-in-law used to say, ‘Don’t count your chickens with a hatchet.’ My grandmother used to say, ‘Smoking is not at all necessary and very unladylike.’” – Dorothy Romanelli, JKV resident

“My mom’s advice to me: ‘If you’re thinking about someone you haven’t been in contact with in a while, don’t wait to call, write or text. Make the time to reach out. Tomorrow is never promised,’ and ‘Give hugs and handshakes like you mean it!’” – Jody Puishys, JKV Executive Assistant

“My mom-in-law always says, ‘You can never do the wrong thing by doing the right thing.’ I love this. It has guided me to always try to take the high road.” – Yael Fishman, JKV Digital Marketing Coordinator

“My Aunt Mickey said, ‘NEVER pass up a chance to pee!’” – Diane Barton, JKV resident

“Don’t worry about anything until you know what you’re worrying about.” – Twylah Haun, JKV resident

“When you become a parent, you will always be a parent. But when your children become adults, you stop parenting.” – Jody Leshinsky, JKV Life Enrichment Manager

“As a young kid, I always wanted to take dance lessons. I was also pretty clumsy and I guess my mom knew that dance lessons were probably not something I’d ever benefit from. Her retort to me was always, ‘You’ve gotta get something in your head before you get it in your feet.’ Needless to say, I never got those dance lessons, but I did do well in school.” – Julie Vikmanis, JKV resident

“Love what you do and help others.” – Kellie Camp Thomas, JKV Community Engagement and Business Development Manager

“My mother always advised me that if you really want something to happen in your life that isn’t happening, write it down so it can be out in the universe to help manifest it. I have found that this tactic often works.” – Kim Morgan-Vagnuolo, JKV PR Specialist

“My mother taught me to say, ‘thank you.’ She said it was like a prayer and I must admit, I say it a lot. I’ve added a smile when saying it. I was taught it expresses gratitude, humility, and understanding. Try it and see what these two words from you do to others. Don’t forget to add a smile!” – Shari Vordermeier, JKV resident

And perhaps the best advice of all:

“Never cook bacon naked.” – Steph Messana, JKV resident

Click here for more “mom wisdom” from our residents!


Mother’s Day Recipes

Two recipes for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch!

breakfast taco with egg bacon sausage avocado

Breakfast Tacos with Bacon, Avocado, and Sausage


Breakfast Tacos with Bacon, Avocado and Sausage
Serves 8

8 pieces bacon
8 breakfast sausages, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 large eggs
1 whole avocado, peeled, pitted, and small diced
8 soft taco tortillas, flour or corn
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional toppings:
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 375°. Place the bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 15-18 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and cut into small pieces.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a 10” pan and cook eggs over medium heat, using a spatula to move them while they cook, flipping a few times until they’re soft and pillowy but cooked through. Remove from pan, place in a bowl, and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add remaining olive oil to pan and cook sausage until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan, place in a bowl, and cover with foil to keep warm.

Discard any remaining oil and wipe out pan with a clean paper towel. Warm each tortilla for about a minute on each side, flipping and removing to a plate. Keep stack of tortillas warm by covering plate with foil until it’s time to assemble the breakfast tacos.

Once all your components are ready, assemble by spooning sausage, eggs, bacon and avocado on to each tortilla and lining them up on a serving platter. Serve with shredded cheddar, salsa and chopped cilantro for topping.


pink grapefruit mimosas

Pink Grapefruit “Momosas”: Perfect for Mother’s Day


Pretty In Pink Grapefruit “MOMosas”
Serves 8

3 oz. red grapefruit juice, chilled
750 ml. Bottle of Prosecco or dry sparkling wine, chilled
Raspberries, pomegranate seeds or thyme for garnish

Fill stemware glasses or champagne flutes half full with grapefruit juice. Top off with Prosecco or sparkling wine and stir lightly.

Drop a few raspberries or pomegranate seeds into the glasses for extra garnish. Lay a small sprig of thyme across the top of the glass for an extra touch.


JKV Proudly Opens BV’s French Press Coffee & Wine Bar at Westlake

BV’s French Press Coffee & Wine Bar Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

On April 17, 2024, John Knox Village of Florida (JKV) in Pompano Beach proudly held its grand opening of BV’s French Press Coffee and Wine Bar, located on the lobby level of Westlake, its newest addition to the community. The new luxury apartment towers at JKV include 147 state-of-the-art apartment homes and many spaces on its ground floor where all residents and guests can gather, relax, and enjoy. Courtesy of a generous donation, BV’s was named in honor of its benefactor, JKV resident Bruce Voelkel, who has lived at JKV since 2017 and is an active member of the community.

The John Knox Village Foundation supports the community through innovative, compassionate programming and initiatives. According to the Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Dobosz, “Bruce’s donation to name BV’s French Press Coffee & Wine Bar is a perfect example of his commitment to the lifestyle, well-being, and pleasure for all Village residents to savor the delights of delicious coffee and wine.”


L-R: Lance Sanson, VP Dining, JKV Resident Bruce Voelkel, and Steve Turk, Founder Biscayne Coffee


JKV’s Dining team member Shala McKenzie proudly serves BV’s first cups of coffee to  what will sure to be many happy residents.


BV’s features offerings from Biscayne Coffee, a locally sourced coffee company that donates 10% of its proceeds to ocean conservation. Its founder, Steve Turk, participated in the ribbon cutting and presented Bruce with a gift basket and BV’s French Press apron.

Since 1967, JKV has been providing a fulfilling, engaging, and stress-free environment with an all-inclusive full continuum of care from independent living and assisted living to short and long-term skilled nursing care. As a Life Plan community, the internationally award-winning JKV allows proactive seniors to plan for their future healthcare needs while enjoying first-class amenities, life-long learning programs, and a full range of services that promote wellness of mind, body, and spirit. JKV continues to stay ahead of the curve by emphasizing fitness and overall well-being for each of its residents. Through unwavering commitment to excellence and guiding principles, the team brings the unique JKV experience to life every day for 1,000 residents.

7 Free Apps For Seniors Worth Downloading

Most of us rely on our smartphones and tablets to keep us connected to the world and our loved ones throughout the day. But are you taking full advantage of all that your phone can do for you? Apps on our mobile devices make it so easy to use technology to make our lives easier. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to reap their benefits.
We’ve curated 7 of the very best apps for older adults to help you save money, stay organized, and improve your wellbeing. Let us introduce you to apps you may have never heard of, and a few old familiars with secret features you never knew they had.

1. Google Maps – Remember Where You Parked
You may have Google Maps already downloaded on your mobile device, but did you know it can help you remember where you parked? If you allow Google Maps to access your Motion and Fitness Activity and use the app to navigate somewhere, once you arrive at the bottom, you can turn on “Know Where You Parked.” Even without enabling access to your activity, you can also open the app, touch the blue dot showing your location, and tap “Set as parking location” to keep a pin on the map where you left your car. Read step-by-step instructions here. Available on iPhone and Android.

2. Medisafe – Manage Your Medications
Many of us need to take medication to manage our health. If that includes taking multiple medications or doses throughout the day, it can become overwhelming to track what we need to take and what we’ve already taken. The Medisafe app helps you avoid missing a dose and even allows you to manage a loved one’s medications. You can also enable an optional feature that notifies someone you trust if you miss a dose. The app can also notify you of potentially harmful drug interactions, remind you of upcoming appointments, and let you know when it’s time to order refills. Available on iPhone and Android.

3. ShopSavvy – Nothing Beats Getting A Great Deal
Let’s face it. We’re all watching our pennies. Use an app like ShopSavvy to make sure you always get the best deal. This app continuously tracks prices across thousands of retailers and lets you compare prices. Find out instantly when an item you’re interested in drops in price or goes on sale. ShopSavvy also reads product reviews and ratings and summarizes them all into a simple set of pros, cons, and conclusions. Available for iPhone and Android.

4. Hopper — Get The Best Deals On Travel
Everyone loves a great deal on travel, and Hopper finds the best deals from sites across the web. You can browse hotels, flights, and car rentals. What makes this app especially helpful is getting notified when prices drop and features like Price Prediction and Price Freeze, enabling you to lock in the price if you need more time to plan your trip. Available on iPhone and Android.

5. Google Tasks – Because Everyone Loves Crossing Things Off A To-Do List!
How many times have you made a grocery list or written down your “To Do” list, only to misplace it or leave it at home? Another gem from the Google collection of apps, Google Tasks allows you to create as many lists as you like and check items off your list once complete. You can also change the order of items on your list by holding your finger down and dragging the list item to wherever you want it so you can reprioritize throughout the day. It’s also a great place to “jot down” anything that comes to mind — especially helpful when you don’t have a pen handy! Available on iPhone and Android.

6. Hunched — Your Good Posture Guardian 
In this tech-driven world, many of us are “hunched” over our mobile devices throughout the day without any thought to how it may be physically affecting us. Developed by a chiropractor who noticed an increasing number of headaches in his patients from poor neck posture when looking down at our devices, the app will help you avoid “text neck” by alerting you to raise your device and correct your posture. Available on iPhone.

7. Magnifying Glass + Flashlight – Like Your Readers, But Better
You’re sitting in a restaurant and wondering, why is the print on this menu so tiny? (Thank you, ambient lighting. You’re not helping.) Not a problem. This app enables you to turn on the magnifier that will auto-focus the text. You’ll also be able to zoom in and out as needed. Also helpful for reading pill bottles and small numbers like the serial number from the back of devices. Available on iPhone and Android.

Technology is ever-changing and keeps bringing us new ways to enhance our wellbeing, connectedness, and lifestyle. At John Knox Village, we strive to inspire our residents to embrace technology with all its benefits and to never stop learning. JKV’s Technology Coordinator, Jason Cook, provides ongoing classes, workshops, and one-on-one education to JKV residents each week. It’s just one of the ways we’re redefining senior living.

To learn more about the lifestyle at JKV or to schedule a tour, call us today.  We’d love to show you what sets us apart.

Senior couple walking hand in hand alongside Lake Maggie at John Knox Village

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day – And Live a Long, Healthy Life

How it all began

Over half a century ago, Earth Day was made official on April 22, 1970, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement. In previous years, Americans were true gas guzzlers driving massive and inefficient cars that emitted smoke, sludge, and air pollution without any concern for its impact on our environment. Sadly, Americans remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how pollution threatened human and other living organisms’ health. And there were no legal or regulatory procedures in place to protect the planet.

Inspired by the anti-war movement and being a longtime advocate against the decline of the natural world, Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin created Earth Day in the spring of 1970 to force the issue onto the national agenda. On April 22, 1970, twenty million Americans demonstrated in cities across the country with rallies, clean-up events, and educational programs, and Earth Day was born.

Spending Time with Nature Can Add Years to Your Life

Did you know that spending time in green spaces may contribute to your longevity by as much as 2.5 years? Studies suggest that long-term exposure to greenery is good for your health.

From The Washington Post, “(Studies) show that being near green space causes some biological or molecular changes that can be detected in our blood,” says Lifang Hou, a preventative professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the study’s principal investigator. David Rojas-Rueda, an epidemiology professor at Colorado State University, adds, “We know the benefits of green space in reducing premature mortality. (We now know) how this could happen by describing how green spaces can modify how genes are expressed.”

Trees & Flowers May Boost Cognitive Health

Trees, flowers, grass, gardens and parks are wonderful for all our senses, but they’re also great for our cognitive health. According to The National Institute on Aging, residential areas with more green space are associated with faster thinking, better attention, and higher cerebral ability.

A journal published by the JAMA Network Open shares findings of a US-based study of adults 65 and over, citing that exposure to some natural environments can be associated with a decrease in hospitalizations for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, as well as Parkinson’s Disease. The study found that “exposure to green space around one’s home and surrounding neighborhood could improve processing speed and attention, as well as boost overall cognitive function.” The results also showed that “lowered depression may help explain the association between green space and cognition, bolstering previous research that has linked exposure to parks, community gardens, and other greenery with improved mental health.”

For older adults, retirement can provide more time and opportunities to engage with nature, irrespective of age and health status. In whatever ways we’re able to get out and enjoy the natural environment, there’s no doubt a breath of fresh air and experiencing the wonder of nature does a body – and mind – good.

John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida is an internationally-award winning senior living Life Plan community that engages its residents with exciting activities to stimulate the mind and senses. Located three miles from the beach, it’s situated on a 70-acre lush, tropical campus with an abundance of green space for residents to enjoy.

Join us in celebrating Earth Day this April at any of the following John Knox Village events:

April 6th – Bonnet House Orchid Festival & Brunch
April 10th – Sample McDougald House Garden Tour & Lecture: ‘Environmental Discussion on Climate Change and Bees & Pollinators’, and Art in the Park: ‘Herb Bouquets’
April 17th – Wildlife Wonders Presentation: ‘The Majestic Elephant’ at JKV
April 26th – Nature Walk (Fitness event)
April 27th – Pompano Beach Green Market outing

Contact us for more information on any of these events, to reserve your spot, or schedule a tour. Visit JKV and come see what sets us apart!


Michelin-Star Chef Frederic Delaire joins John Knox Village as their new Executive Chef

JKV Spotlight on Executive Chef Frederic Delaire: His Journey from Michelin-Starred Restaurants to Senior Living

As an award-winning Life Plan community in Pompano Beach, Florida, John Knox Village prides itself on finding incredible talent, such as Chef Frederic, and offering the very best to its residents – from life enrichment and fitness to cultural arts and dining. Chef Frederic Delaire has been a fantastic addition to John Knox Village, and we are so fortunate to have him. 

Chef Frederic grew up in southwest France in the idyllic town of Agen, one hour from Bordeaux. As a boy, he became interested in cooking as his grandfather was a well-known bread baker. He cooked at home for his family all the time. So, when he graduated high school in 1989 at 16, he was presented with a choice – culinary school or an apprenticeship at a restaurant. Being from a middle-class family, neither Frederic nor anyone in his family had ever eaten in a high-end restaurant. Imagine his surprise when his first restaurant apprenticeship was at the 2-star Michelin classic French restaurant, L’Aubergade in Puymirol, about an hour from home, where he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to Pastry Chef.  

Struck by wanderlust after four years, Chef Frederic traveled to Germany to work with German Chef Christian Lohse at the restaurant Die Windmule in Westphalia. In 1997, he returned to France to join the team at the famous Michelin Star restaurant Jules Verne, located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where he worked both the meat and fish stations for three years.  

In 1999, Chef packed his bags and flew to South Florida. Among his stops as Executive Chef before joining JKV were the Historic National Hotel on South Beach and Loews Miami Beach. 

He also participated in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for 13 years, collaborating on special dining events.  

The long hours and 7 days a week schedule running busy kitchens began to take their toll on Chef and his wife and daughter, who is now 12 years old. Chef Frederic says, “I knew I had to make adjustments to my work/life balance to spend more time with my loved ones, as well as to take care of myself.” He started looking for different opportunities. His job search led him to Lance Sanson, the VP of Dining Services at JKV. After a meeting of the minds, Sanson hired Frederic as the Executive Chef at JKV in July 2023. Adds Chef, “The reason I am at JKV is because of Sanson. He has a vision for John Knox Village, and I want to be a part of that. It is an exciting time to be here.” 

John Knox Village Executive Chef Frederic Delaire visits a table to check in with residents about their meal

Under Chef Frederic and Lance Sanson’s leadership, the dining program across the board has gone through a great metamorphosis at the 6 restaurant concepts across campus. New approaches have been implemented at the Pavilion, where there are two restaurants – The Pearl and Seaglass that share a kitchen, and a new menu has been created to better serve our residents.  The other restaurants, The Palm Bistro, Glades Grill and Poolside Pub, each have their own personality with fresh concepts. The soon-to-open Westlake Eatery and BVs French Press Coffee & Wine Bar are in menu development and will open in the summer of 2024. They will also focus on fresh, healthy, delicious options – all under the supervision of Chef Frederic. 

Get to know us and come see how Chef Frederic and the rest of the JKV community are best-in-class.  If you would like to schedule a private tour and tasting dinner at JKV, please contact VP of Sales, Kim Ali at kali@jkvfl.com, or (954) 783-4040. 


12 Reasons Why Pickleball May Be the Greatest Sport to Ever Come Along

Whether or not you’ve taken to the court yet, it’s hard to escape the fastest-growing sport in the United States.  Pickleball, the racket sport that’s a Badminton-Ping-Pong hybrid, seems to be everywhere!   With its skyrocketing popularity and the demand for places to play, public parks are making renovations to create more courts to keep up with demand, and now empty retail spaces abandoned by the likes of Bed Bath and Beyond are being considered as potential locations for indoor courts.

What makes pickleball so great?  JKV Residents Michael and Barbara say it gives them “purpose to get up in the morning and get moving.” Barb says, “When we’re playing, we are using almost all the muscles in the body, and the game connects us socially to so many other residents.  We laugh so much when we play!  We’re so lucky to live at JKV and to be able to utilize the beautiful pickleball courts, any time of the day, at the new Aquatic Center.”  She says the reason they play almost every day is, “A day without pickleball is like a day without sunshine.”

If you’re not already in the game and that hasn’t convinced you, here are 12 reasons why you should be playing:

  1. It’s Easy to Learn

Pickleball is an approachable sport.  Even for those not athletically inclined, it’s a non-intimidating sport that can turn even the most unlikely candidate into an athlete.    You can step onto the court and be at an intermediate level within a short amount of time.  Unlike tennis, the rules and basic techniques are relatively easy to learn.

  1. Anyone Can Get in the Game

Whether you’ve always been active by nature, or have always wanted to be, pickleball is suitable for all fitness levels.  The size of the court is one-fourth the size of a tennis court.  With that much less real estate to cover while trying to hit the ball, it’s less intimidating for those who may not be athletes.

  1. It Contributes to Longevity

A Mayo Clinic study found that playing racket sports may increase the life expectancy of participants by 6 to 10 years.  Although the study was observational by nature, it was noted that because racket sports involve more interaction with others than individual sports, and socialization has been shown to positively impact one’s well-being, this benefit may be a factor in pickleball’s overall health benefit.

  1. Your Heart Will Get a Low-Impact Workout

Playing pickleball provides a moderate workout for middle-aged and older people but may be safer than tennis for people with heart issues.  Although it’s a cardiovascular workout, it doesn’t put excessive strain on the body.  You’ll burn twice as many calories as you would walking 3 miles per hour on moderate terrain.

  1. You’ll Build Muscle and Improve Your Balance

In addition to the boost it gives your cardiovascular system, playing pickleball requires hand-eye coordination, and builds your muscles.  Your forearms, biceps, triceps, hamstrings, and quadriceps are all getting a great workout when you play.  It can also help your balance.

  1. It Keeps Your Brain Sharp

Once you master the basic skills of the game, you start to think about strategy.  Where is your opponent positioned? Where does their typical serve land on the court? Analyzing the competition, your own placement and strategy, and the desire to keep improving your own game all keep those synapses firing and help keep your mind sharp.

  1. You’ll Sleep Like a Baby

Playing pickleball is so much fun, you’ll hardly notice that you’re getting a real workout until later in the day.  Aside from the physical exertion that’s been proven to have significant benefits for sleep, getting out there and playing helps lower stress levels and helps you relax when the day is done.

  1. It Promotes Healthy Habits That Can Lead to Weight Loss

Playing pickleball burns eight to eleven calories a minute, so 60 minutes of play can burn 480-660 calories.  You’d need to play four and a half hours a week to meet recommended exercise guidelines, but with the enticement of the social aspect, it gets some people moving who would otherwise not be doing any physical activity.

  1. Get a Confidence Boost

Even for those who historically haven’t been athletic, pickleball is a great entry-level sport anyone can become good at.  There’s much to be said for the confidence that physical activity, accomplishment, and pride (especially when you’re on the winning team!) can do for your confidence.

  1. It’s Good for a Laugh

Pickleball is a very social sport, and most people who play would probably agree that this is one of the things they most love about this sport.  Although you can play “singles” (a.k.a. one-on-one), games are often played as “doubles”, where you and a  partner compete against another team of two.  Inevitably, you’ll get a good laugh.  Laughing isn’t just good for your mental and emotional health – it’s “good for the soul.”

  1. Your Relationships Will Grow

There’s something about spending time together and competing on a pickleball court that fosters mutual respect among players in the game.  It’s a great way to get to know someone in a setting that’s typically lighthearted (unless, of course, you’re competing in a tournament). 

  1. It’s Fun for All Ages

Another truly great thing pickleball has going for it is that it’s a sports activity that different generations can play together.  In this world of generational divides, especially when it comes to technology-driven activities, pickleball is simple fun that brings people of all ages together.

As always, engaging in any sporting activity is not without risk.  Talk to your doctor before starting and find out if playing pickleball is right for you.  As part of John Knox Village’s impressive array of amenities, its Aquatic Complex is home to covered pickleball courts adjacent to two sparkling pools and a Poolside Pub. 

Want to learn more about what John Knox Village has to offer?  Contact us today to take a tour, or for a no-pressure conversation with one of our Life Plan Consultants.  

JKV Once Again Receives Distinguished ‘Best in Wellness’ Awards

John Knox Village of Florida in Pompano Beach is thrilled to announce that it has been honored with the 2023 ICAA NuStep Pinnacle and Beacon Awards, solidifying its position among the Top 5 and Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. JKV has been recognized annually with these awards since 2019. Once again, the acknowledgments underscore John Knox Village’s commitment to fostering a wellness-centered culture that benefits all residents and staff within the community.

The ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award and Beacon Award are a joint initiative between the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an organization at the forefront of leading, connecting, and defining the active-aging industry, and NuStep, LLC, a prominent manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers widely used in healthcare, senior living, and fitness.

Colin Milner, CEO, and founder of the ICAA, emphasizes the evolving importance of wellness in senior living communities. Milner states, “Wellness has evolved from being a programming option to becoming a way of life. And these communities are setting the pace for the rest of the industry to follow.”

According to Jamisyn Becker, JKV’s Director of Marketing & Innovation, “At John Knox Village, we prioritize programming that embraces wellness as its key focus to nurture physical vitality and maintain a culture of connection. By prioritizing holistic well-being, we cultivate not just healthier bodies but also stronger bonds, fostering a community where every individual thrives.”

As the older adult population continues to grow and individuals seek a better, longer life, the significance of where one chooses to live becomes increasingly essential. John Knox Village inspires the industry, leading the way with its comprehensive wellness culture.

About NuStep, LLC

Visit: https://www.nustep.com/

NuStep, LLC designs, manufactures and distributes recumbent cross-trainer exercise equipment. NuStep products empower users of all functional abilities and fitness levels to engage in exercise that builds strength, enhances independence, and improves health outcomes. NuStep sponsored the Pinnacle and Beacon Awards recognizing senior communities and centers transforming lives through whole-person wellness programming.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Visit: https://www.icaa.cc/

ICAA leads, connects, and defines the active-aging industry, supporting professionals in developing wellness cultures for adults over 50. The association focuses on active aging, helping older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness.

For more information or questions, contact:

Colin Milner, CEO, ICAA

Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America); Telephone: 604-734-4466; cell: 604-763-4595