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March 09, 2011 12:43 ET

Media Advisory: Front Porch Experts Discuss Strategies for Maintaining Cognitive Fitness in Older Adults

Keeping the Brain Engaged -- a Key to Health and Happiness in Later Years

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) -

The brain is one of the body's most important organs and maintaining cognitive health is vital as we age. Keeping the brain active and engaged is essential to overall wellbeing, particularly in older adults, not only as preventive medicine for memory-loss illnesses such as Alzheimer's Disease -- which affects nearly five million Americans -- but also to stay healthy, connected and happy later in life.

Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20, is a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness about brain research. Senior executives from Front Porch, Southern California's largest not-for-profit provider of retirement living communities, are available to discuss the importance of cognitive health in older adults.

Front Porch represents a leading edge and visionary approach to wellness in aging. By understanding the needs and concerns of today's older adults, Front Porch develops communities that provide new approaches to retirement based on innovative design, choices and opportunities, community involvement, adaptive technology solutions and social connectivity. Today's seniors are ageless and want to continue doing what they love while discovering new opportunities and passions through lifelong learning, spiritual discovery, creative pursuits and whole person wellbeing.

To this end, Front Porch communities feature leading designs (its Walnut Village CCRC in Anaheim, Calif. has won numerous awards for its village square design and original artwork) aimed at fostering connection, interaction and cultural stimulation. Stimulating programs and activities are designed to keep residents active and engaged -- part of the company's overarching commitment and dedication to empowering individuals to live well.

For example, Front Porch was an original investor in the Dakim Brain Fitness software program, which was developed in response to the growing rate of people suffering from Alzheimer's. Front Porch was a beta tester and the first organization nationally to install it into its communities. It now has the largest installation of the program nationwide.

Additionally, Front Porch harnesses and adapts technology solutions to support and enhance the wellbeing of adults as they age. Many of these initiatives focus on ways technology can assist in brain health, such as the Life Bio program, which helps older adults recall and document memories in their life history.

Gary Wheeler, CEO of Front Porch, and Kari Olson, CIO of Front Porch, can discuss the importance of engaging older adults and offer strategies for enhancing wellness and cognitive health later in life. They can also comment on how innovative technology solutions can be adapted to this population and integrated into retirement living, today and into the future.

March 14-20, 2011 is Brain Fitness Week. Front Porch spokespersons can also comment throughout the year on cognitive health and wellness in older adults and Alzheimer's care and prevention.

If you're interested in speaking to either Front Porch spokesperson, please contact the Front Porch team at or call us at (415) 986-7212.

About Front Porch
Front Porch is the largest not-for-profit provider of retirement living communities in Southern California. Front Porch active adult and full service retirement communities offer a full range of options from independent living to continuing care, along with specialized programs like memory support. With innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age, Front Porch communities represent a leading-edge approach to wellness in aging. Front Porch is comprised of 11 full-service retirement communities in California and three adult living communities: one in Louisiana, one in Florida and one in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Of these, seven are Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). Front Porch, based in Burbank, Calif. and founded in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its residents and the communities it serves. 

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Adam Landres-Schnur or Alexandra Pony
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    (415) 986-7212