Washington University Performs For Brooking Park’s Memory Care Household

08On behalf of our seniors, thank you to Washington University and their inspiring Arts & Sciences program for singing for Brooking Park’s Memory Care Household! Our residents formed the first ever live audience for many of the passionate student performers — we’re so honored!

Organizers Lynn Hamilton, Christine Armistead, and Jennifer Gartley developed the Come Sign With Us program to keep seniors diagnosed with dementia socially engaged. The last time Brooking Park collaborated with Washington University’s president of Maturity and Its Muse, Lynn Hamilton, was 2013, when Brooking Park residents participated in the KARE study (read more).

We often emphasize the therapeutic powers of music (see ‘Brooking Park’s Music Therapy Program Enriches Lives Of Older Adults‘). We look forward to the Spring performance and our community also hopes this “will be a continuing series of events that bring together seniors and music students.”

Pick up the latest copy of Wash U’s campus newspaper The Source, or enjoy Liam Otten’s lovely write up online here.

The Willows at Brooking Park Breaks Ground on $27 Million Expansion

 Project will create 45 new luxury apartment homes at the 26-acre campus

St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10, 2015 -Representatives of The St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System gathered at [Brooking Park’s independent living counterpart] The Willows at Brooking Park this afternoon to officially break ground on a $27 million expansion project at the contemporary Chesterfield-based, independent senior living community. Slated for completion in February 2017, the 110,400-square-foot addition will create 45 new luxury apartment homes on The Willows’ 26-acre campus.
Dozens of individuals, including current and future residents of The Willows, turned out for this morning’s event, which featured remarks from Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System and Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. Members of the project’s construction and architectural teams were also on hand as a ceremonial turning of the dirt officially marked the start of construction. BSI Constructors Inc. is serving as the general contractor on the expansion project, while architectural work is being handled by Etegra Inc., and Hercules Construction Inc. is serving as the owner’s construction representative.
Currently consisting of 90 apartment homes and 14 maintenance-free villa homes, The Willows is now at full-occupancy. The latest expansion is designed to help meet the growing demand for those wishing to reside at the community, which features a host of amenities, including a 130-seat theatre, indoor pool, fitness center, full-service spa, two restaurants, a wine cellar, an art gallery, a creative arts studio, sculpture garden, a fine arts and ceramic studio, billiards room and card room, and library. Residents also enjoy full access to health care services at premier continuum of care facility Brooking Park, which was named one of the best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2015 and is located on The Willows campus.
“We are so thrilled that the Willows is once again branching out,” said Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of St Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. “With amenities that are unmatched in the St. Louis area, The Willows offers a retirement lifestyle like no other and our current wait list demonstrates the popularity of our community. It’s also why the expansion is already more than 70% reserved.”
The new apartments feature 14 floor plans that range in size from 870 to 1,730 square feet, and come complete with a variety of individual amenities, including balconies or patios, optional fireplaces, large walk-in closets, high-end finishes, and vaulted ceilings in third-floor units.
With hundreds of available style and finish combinations to choose from, new residents will get the opportunity to work with their own selections coordinator to help them customize the look of their individual space. To date, 70 percent of the new units have already been sold, and interest remains high. Entrance fees to the community range from $270,500 to $519,000.
“The City of Chesterfield is fortunate and proud that The Willows at Brooking Park will be adding 45 new apartment homes to serve the needs of our residents,” said Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation. “The expansion is a great fit for our maturing community.”

Brooking Park Participates in Study for Washington University

Chesterfield, Missouri (May 6, 2013) – Residents of Brooking Park participated in a study at Washington University’s Kemper Art Reaches Everyone {KARE} designed for adults with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University offers the KARE program for adults with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The residents engaged with three to five pieces of art in the Museum’s galleries and then created a hands-on project inspired by the encounter. This program was developed in collaboration with Lynn Hamilton, president of Maturity and Its Muse, a not-for-profit with a mission to promote positive productive aging through the arts.

“It truly was an amazing experience for our residents to enjoy and participate in a program that is rather unique and held the attention for many individuals facing the challenge of Alzheimer’s every day. Our residents loved participating in this study and we look forward to next time” said Tatjana Pilakovic, Director of Activities at Brooking Park. “I watched their faces light up throughout the study and that brought a smile to my face” added Pilakovic.

The KARE program is free and available on select Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Kemper Museum. For more information please contact Allison Taylor, manager of education programs, at alliston.taylor@wustl.edu or 314-935-7918.