“At the Forefront” Podcast: Season Two | Episode Two | OAW Future Resident Panel

About This Episode: In this episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes special guest Jennifer Campbell, Marketing and Sales Director for The Outlook at Windhaven (OAW), and a panel of future OAW residents, comprised of VIPs Jane Bower and Lisa and Joseph Raymond, to discuss Forefront Living’s newest Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) currently under construction in Plano, Texas. Jennifer shares several factors to consider when selecting a senior living community, including convenience of location and organizational strength through favorable reputation and financial stability. Additionally, panel guests provide testimonials as to why they selected OAW for their retirement home and discuss what makes this new community perfectly fitting for their changing needs as they age. Join us for this very special podcast intended to help educate audience members as they navigate the journey of selecting a senior living community.

About The Outlook at Windhaven: Scheduled to open its doors in 2024 and located in the desirable area of West Plano, The Outlook at Windhaven will be a gated community offering 153 independent living apartment homes, 30 independent living cottage homes, 32 assisted living apartment homes and 24 memory support suites. The independent living apartments will feature 14 unique floor plans ranging from 900-1,950 square feet. The independent living cottages will feature two distinct floor plan options ranging from 1,800-2,000 square feet and will include front porches, private courtyards and attached garages. Additionally, the campus will showcase a state-of-the-art clubhouse with multiple dining options, a robust fitness center and other desirable lifestyle amenities.

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Episode 12: At The Forefront | Hospice Panel

IN THIS EPISODE:

In this informative episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes a panel of hospice experts to examine the realities of end-of-life care, while also dispelling myths often associated with hospice support. The advisory panel guests offer guidance on navigating the hospice journey and discuss what sets Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH) apart from other industry providers. The knowledgeable team specifically highlights the organization’s focus on compassion, consistency and competency, noting that it is a collaborative effort to ensure hospice patients experience both physical and spiritual comfort while under their care at FPH. Join us for this podcast designed to help audience members understand that hospice care does not hasten death, but instead provides personal attention, support and comfort to patients and their family members during one of life’s most delicate stages.

ABOUT THE PANEL:

Dr. Michael Bond is the Chief Medical Officer for Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH) and is passionate about end-of-life care. Dr. Bond provides daily oversight for all medical operations at FPH. He is recognized as a hospice expert and thought leader in this evolving field of medicine.

With more than 30 years of experience in the hospice industry, Elise Power’s passion is to make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones by educating the Jewish community on compassionate end-of-life care, more specifically Jewish hospice care that is Accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

Rev. Jarod A. Cooper serves as the Chaplain for FPH at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center. Rev. Cooper provides spiritual support to hospice patients and their families and aspires to help all parties experience deep peace at the end of life.

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Episode 11: At The Forefront | Michael Clinton

Check out our latest podcast episode featuring author Michael Clinton, to discuss his best-selling book, Roar: into the second half of your life (Before It’s Too Late). This inspirational book encourages mature adults to make the second half of life happy and productive, regardless of whether or not future plans include retirement. In this thirty-minute podcast, Forefront Living CEO, Tim Mallad, guides a discussion with Michael about breaking the barriers of self-imposed ageism as he shares inspiring stories of others who didn’t let age stop them from fulfilling their dreams.

ABOUT MICHAEL CLINTON: Michael Clinton has more than forty years of experience in magazine publishing and is the former President and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines. He currently serves as the special media advisor to the CEO of the Hearst Corporation and is the founder of Circle of Generosity, a nonprofit that grants random acts of kindness to those in need. In addition to being a seasoned writer, Clinton is also a talented photographer and world-traveler. His written work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, O, the Oprah Magazine and other national media.

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At The Forefront Podcast Welcomes Panel of Senior Living Experts

Check out our two-part episode of “At The Forefront” featuring an advisory panel of senior living experts to discuss multiple facets of the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) industry. Tim Mallad and the panel guests including Steve Ailey, George Linial and Pam Altizer, provide a comprehensive overview of the history and current state of senior living. This trio offers tips when researching a CCRC provider, discuss entry fees and financing and offer personal insight into selecting the best senior living community based on an individual’s needs and preferences. Join us for this special two-part episode designed to help you and your loved ones navigate the path to living well through senior living.

ABOUT THE PANEL:

Steve Ailey is the CFO for Forefront Living and has 20 years of experience in financial and operations management. His professional background includes working with non-profit healthcare organizations and financial firms.

George Linial is the CEO and President of LeadingAge Texas and has more than 20 years of experience in working with senior issues. LeadingAge provides leadership, advocacy and education for not-for-profit retirement housing and nursing home communities.

Pam Altizer is a retired business professional with a finance background. Pam and her husband Goose are both active residents at Presbyterian Village North. Pam’s mother Betty also resides at Presbyterian Village North.

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At The Forefront Podcast Featuring Chef Kevin Neff

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In this episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes Kevin Neff, Executive Chef at Presbyterian Village North (PVN), to demonstrate that healthy cooking is easy and tasty! In this twenty-minute podcast, Tim and Chef Neff share recipes from Brain Health Kitchen, and partner to prepare these delicious dishes supporting brain health. Join us for this very special culinary episode and learn how consuming specific foods can slow down cognitive decline, benefiting individuals of all ages.

ABOUT CHEF KEVIN NEFF:

Executive Chef, Kevin Neff, brings more than 20 years of professional culinary experience to PVN’s kitchen. He is passionate about creating meals that are not only delicious, but also fresh, exciting and beautiful. Kevin leads a kitchen staff of 70 teammates who prepare more than 900 carefully planned and scrumptious meals, daily.

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At The Forefront Podcast Featuring Geert Houben, CEO of Cubigo

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In this episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes Geert Houben, Founder and CEO of Cubigo, an integrated senior living software platform seamlessly connecting staff, residents, and family members while digitizing common functions within senior living communities (dining, maintenance, transportation, communication, and activities). In this thirty-minute podcast, Tim and Geert discuss the benefits and misconceptions of combining seniors with modern technology usage. Join us for this very special episode and learn how technology is positively impacting seniors through greater connectivity and communication across the globe.

ABOUT GEERT HOUBEN:

A native of Belgium, Geert Houben has served as Founder and CEO of Cubigo since 2016. Cubigo was inspired by the challenges faced by Geert’s grandmother as she aged and led him into believing that technology could help with those challenges. Geert said, “We had to bring together two totally opposed worlds, that of technology and the world of senior citizens. But imagine the user potential!” Cubigo is utilized globally in 600 senior living communities across the United States and Europe.

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‘At the Forefront’ Podcast Features Forefront Living Board Member: Laura Wright

In the seventh episode of “At The Forefront”, host Tim Mallad welcomes Laura Wright, Forefront Living Board Member, who has deep experience working with growing companies and establishing and nurturing a positive and fun culture in the workplace.

In this thirty-minute podcast, Tim and Laura discuss her career with Southwest Airlines and the changes she experienced through growth and lessons learned.

Join us for this very special episode and come away with a renewed focus on fun at work!

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One Remarkable Woman’s Story of Thriving Through the End of Life – Shared in New At The Forefront Podcast

The majority of the news regarding the pandemic and its impact on us tends to be negative. However there have been bright, and even happy, spots amid these changing times. On April 1, 2020, one of these bright spots took place. It started small, just a spark really, but ultimately burst forth in full color (literally)!  It began the day I met Jeanie Fite.

At the start  of the pandemic,  actress and philanthropist Jane Seymour initiated the #OpenHeartedChallenge on social media. The goal of the challenge was, and is, for us to reach out to others and share our talents to create a positive impact.  Jane was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Each Moment Matters luncheon and has remained a friend of the organization ever since.  

One of Jane’s many talents is painting.  She offered to share that talent through a virtual watercolor lesson with a Faith Presbyterian Hospice patient.  The patient selected for this session was Jeanie Fite. Jeanie was in her fifth year of battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  By the time she and Jane met she had lost the ability to speak and had very little dexterity. However, that didn’t stop the magic from happening. The chemistry between Jane and Jeanie was instantaneous. Their common love of art, music, gardening and family became the inspiration for what would be a prodigious outflow of artwork from both women.

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While there was much more talking than painting going on during that first lesson, the spark was lit.  Jane arranged for Jeanie to get specially designed watercolor pens – the same kind her friend, and costar, Christopher Reeve used during his illness. In many ways these pens released Jeanie’s inner spirit and she painted every day for the rest of her life.

In fact, over the next 60 days she created as many paintings. Each brush stroke represented a special place and time. Jeanie loved music as much as art and each painting contained meaningful lyrics from a favorite song. I was fortunate enough to commission of these paintings and it proudly hangs in the Forefront Living offices. The painting is bright, cheerful and reminds me that even in darkness there is light.

I will forever be fortunate to have known Jeanie – if only for a moment. It was a moment that truly mattered.

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At The Forefront Podcast Featuring Janice Bentley and Shannon Radford

IN THIS EPISODE:

In this episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes Janice Bentley, Presbyterian Village North (PVN) Resident and Shannon Radford, PVN Director of Wellness, to discuss health, wellness and longevity. In this thirty-minute podcast, the trio dives into the importance of being active, how to get started, how to stay motivated and inspiring stories that prove it is never too late to begin a wellness journey.

ABOUT JANICE BENTLEY:

When we think of vibrant, active seniors, PVN resident, Janice Bentley, is the perfect poster child! Logging countless miles each week in fitness classes, on the stationary bike and treadmill, Janice is constantly on the move. Fitness and health are top priorities for she and her husband, Chester, and accessibility to a robust wellness program was a key factor in selecting PVN as their preferred retirement community 14 years ago. Since moving to PVN both Janice and Chester have been very active in the many programs offered for socialization, education and entertainment. Chester recently joined together with a trio of other wood crafting residents to create over 200 wooden toys for underprivileged children this Christmas. Janice leads a ladies’ sewing group appropriately titled the “Sew N Sews”. This crew of women meet each week to craft a variety of items to aide those in PVN’s memory care center, teddy bears for PediPlace, a nonprofit pediatric healthcare practice for children who receive Medicaid or are uninsured, and memory bears made of clothing items of Faith Hospice patients for their loved ones. In addition to their volunteer efforts, Janice and Chester live thriving and active lives both in and out of the PVN community, often spending time with their friends and two children.

ABOUT SHANNON RADFORD:

With more than 17 years in the health and fitness industry, Shannon Radford is passionate about helping residents maintain quality independence as long as possible. Shannon began her career in cardiac rehabilitation before transferring over to the world of senior living. Throughout her career at PVN, Shannon has grown the Fitness and Wellness program from three group exercises classes per week in independent living, to over 75 classes per week across the entire campus. Shannon also brought the “Get Fit” program to life by offering individualized cognitive and exercise maintenance plans to residents, as well as personal training services. As the Director of Wellness, Shannon oversees the Jim and Bess Blanchette Lifestyle Fitness Center, the Lifestyle Spa and Clinic, and the fitness and wellness programs throughout Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing. Shannon’s passion for providing high quality services to all residents is evident in each of these areas. She was recognized at the 2016 Each Moment Matters Luncheon for her hard work and dedication to serving others. Under Shannon’s leadership, PVN received the 2019 ICAA Nustep Pinnacle Award for Top 5 Wellness Program in North America and the 2020 Leading Age Texas Innovative Care and Services Award. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University with a focus in Applied Exercise Physiology. She also holds various group exercise certifications, including water fitness. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Assistant Living Manager. Although she is involved in areas all over campus, you can still find her teaching a few fitness classes per week – building relationships and connection with the residents. Outside of PVN, Shannon enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband and two children.

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