Heart of the Matter Blog

  • Our Story: A Poem From the Heart

    July 1, 2021

    I see you. You are reading the sign on the door that says "No Visitors effective March 13, 2020."
  • Activating Outdoor Spaces for Health and Well-Being of Residents and Staff Members

    June 17, 2021

    When social distancing became a priority, outdoor venues provided critical opportunities to safely gather in small groups. At RLPS Architects, we have been pleased to see communities taking a more deliberate approach to activating and extending the use of outdoor spaces--for dining, gathering, and wellness.
  • Planting the Seeds for a Successful Career in Senior Services

    June 3, 2021

    I knew from a very early age I wanted a career where I could help others. While I went to college with the goal of working with young children and families, a human development and family studies course began the discussion about the benefits of working in senior living and I had a lightbulb moment: I was meant to work with older adults.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources for Your Health & Wellness Journey

    May 20, 2021

    Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! Since 1949, May has been observed by Mental Health America and many other organizations as a time to promote mental health screenings and the de-stigmatization of diagnosis and treatment options.
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    Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders in Senior Living

    May 6, 2021

    Most, if not all, of us are familiar with the age-old debate on whether leaders are born or made. People on both sides of the discussion easily cite examples of great leaders that support their argument. In fact, legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work." But is it really hard work that creates a leader?
  • Spreading Sunshine Through Volunteer Appreciation

    April 15, 2021

    "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." -- James Matthew Barrie As we enter the early days of springtime, we welcome April and the recognition of volunteers during Volunteer Appreciation Month. Now more than ever, people helping others is worth celebrating.
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    What If: Shaping the New Normal

    April 1, 2021

    In 2019, the theme of the LeadingAge national conference was "What If...." It encouraged members to consider new possibilities and alternate viewpoints such as: What if all individuals lived their later years with dignity and respect? What if jobs in our field were valued and coveted? What if all older adults had access to high-quality services and supports?