Senior Star at Wexford Place Bringing New Assisted Living, Memory Support to the Northland

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Community Expansion to Offer New Residence Options for Growing Number of Kansas Citians Needing Specialized Attention

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Senior Star Assisted Living and Memory Support at Wexford Place

Kansas City's older adults and their families deserve an established resource where they can turn. Our mission is to be there for them, with holistic, collaborative care they can trust.

Today, one in nine adults age 65 and older are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In America, someone is diagnosed with this disease every 68 seconds. Senior Star at Wexford Place is addressing this growing need by expanding their existing independent living community in North Kansas City to include new assisted living and memory support residences.

Construction is well underway at 6500 N. Cosby Avenue in Kansas City on 43 assisted living and 24 memory support apartment homes in a one-story, ranch-style design. Plans also include innovative common areas to encourage purposeful activity and interaction for all residents, with a stimulating outdoor garden area with green space, designated meditation area and activities including a clothes line and mailboxes for residents to conduct typical lifestyle routines.

"It’s wonderful that Senior Star is reinvesting in the community, especially in the Northland, by adding assisted living and memory support. Communities that offer a continuum of care provide better choices and more options for individuals making those incredibly important decisions – like health care for themselves or their loved ones," said Jeanne Reeder, dementia specialist at the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The addition to the Senior Star at Wexford Place campus will bring an innovative approach to the care of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Senior Star’s focus is on providing solutions for better living. The organization’s signature memory support programming includes, but is not limited to, a Virtual Dementia Tour® designed to build awareness and sensitivity in caregivers; an iPod music program giving residents and their families ways to connect through music; Snoezelen Therapy®, which provides a relaxing atmosphere designed to stimulate, calm, relax, or energize residents; and a Country Store developed to trigger residents’ memories and promote physical and mental activity.

The Information Center for the new residences at Wexford Place is now open at 5775 Northwest 64th Terrace, Suite 201, in Kansas City, Mo. It offers a glimpse into what the assisted living and memory support residences will look like, including a full-size model of a kitchen and renderings of floor plans. The Information Center also features a memory support discovery room and an assisted living discovery room, where older adults and their families can assess their options and learn more about the progression of senior care at Wexford Place.

"We’re pleased to be bringing new residence options to Kansas Citians with greater care needs, so they may thrive throughout their older years, and their families can have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are safe and secure," said Anja Rogers, Chief Operating Officer at Senior Star. "Kansas City’s older adults and their families deserve an established resource where they can turn. Our mission is to be there for them, with holistic, collaborative care they can trust."

Senior Star at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support will create 100 full- and part-time jobs, and is expected to open in December 2013. For more information about Senior Star at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support, call (816) 587-5400.

About Senior Star at Wexford Place

Senior Star at Wexford Place is part of Senior Star, a family-owned company founded in 1976 that has become a nationally recognized industry leader for providing quality and innovative services to America’s seniors. The portfolio includes 12 retirement communities in six states offering independent living, assisted living, memory support and nursing care. Owners Robert and William Thomas have long been involved on a national level with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Seniors Housing Association. Robert Thomas currently sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Stanford Center on Longevity.

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