The Allendale Community for Mature Living "Stays in Tune" With Resident Needs With Creative Programming

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) February 04, 2012 - Staying in tune with each resident is just what the activities professionals do each and every day at The Allendale Community for Mature Living, a continuing-care senior campus in Allendale, N.J. This corps of specially trained individuals was recently acknowledged during National Activity Professionals Week for embodying this year's theme, "In Tune with Activities," by planning and implementing programs that meet the emotional, recreational, spiritual, intellectual and creative needs of each senior resident.

    "Activities professionals are an important part of the interdisciplinary team charged with developing a comprehensive plan of care that helps each resident maximize his or her independence, activity levels and wellness," said Hector Giancarlo, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founder and President of The Allendale Community for Mature Living. "The therapeutic benefits of participating in planned activities are boundless and can lead to improved mobility and muscle tone; stimulation of the ears and vocal cords; enhanced circulation; and self-expression."

    From Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba, to classical music performances, watercolor painting lessons and computer classes, there is something for everyone at The Allendale Community. Recent program offerings include an annual health fair; a music appreciation lecture focused on the history of Klezmer music, a portrayal of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" and a performance by an all-female a capella group.

    "Our goal is to achieve therapeutic benchmarks while encouraging residents to rediscover former hobbies and explore new pursuits," said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director Therapeutic Recreation and Community Relations. "Through our cultural, educational, exercise and recreational activities, we promote peer socialization as well."

    Residents also are encouraged to share their talents and experiences by initiating and hosting their own programs. Many lead discussion groups, book club meetings and cooking classes and organize service outreach projects to help others in need.

    "We strive to develop programs that are current and of interest to our residents, which is why we are continually seeking their feedback and that of their families," said Emily Brown, Activities Director of Carlton Court, the community's memory care neighborhood; The Allendale Nursing Home; and The Rehabilitation Center at The Allendale Community. "We have found this is the best way to stay in tune with their needs and expectations."

    The Allendale Community, which is conveniently located just off of Route 17 South, was one of the first retirement communities in the region to incorporate four fully licensed levels of residency offering a continuum of care in one location. The Community also offers a Short-Term Stay Program and respite services as well as the Senior Social Club, an adult day program. For more information about The Allendale Community for Mature Living, call (201) 825-0660 or visit

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