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Juniper Communities Wins Argentum Best Of The Best Award For Perennial Players

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Recipients will be recognized during the 2021 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference Mainstage session.

Juniper Communities Wins Argentum Best Of The Best Award For Perennial Players

Juniper Communities, a leader in quality, value and innovation in long-term care, today announced it has won Argentum's Best of the Best Award for its Perennial Players program, which provides residents with opportunities to perform and present classic Broadway musicals adapted to meet the needs of seniors.

Juniper's Perennial Players program was awarded for its innovative implementation of using musical theater productions to address solutions for resident health and wellness. Juniper's Perennial Players all-resident theater troupe is the first senior living community to put on a Broadway Senior production, an initiative that has shown life-affirming and therapeutic social, emotional, and physical benefits. "The Argentum Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are working to improve the future of senior living. Juniper's Perennial Players shows unparalleled passion and commitment to providing an optimal environment for residents and their families," said James R. Balda, President & CEO, Argentum. "This innovative program stands out for its uniqueness and ability to advance excellence in senior living." "The success and impact of Perennial Players is due in large part to how the program integrates Juniper with a variety of other organizations, facilitating a meaningful and intergenerational experience for residents," states Katie Kensinger, Juniper's Senior Director of Community Relations. "For seniors, particularly those with dementia, musical theatre demonstrates therapeutic value and a unique outlet for creative expression." Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, PA piloted the program in 2018 and was the first senior living community to perform the classic musical comedy "Guys and Dolls, Senior."

In 2019, Juniper's all-resident theater troupe was back on stage with a performance of "Singin' in the Rain, Senior." Based on its resounding success, the program has been implemented in other Juniper locations throughout the state. Now, with the use of mentorship, workshops, and tool kits, Juniper plans to expand its Perennial Players program to other communities in its portfolio of 21 properties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Colorado. "The Perennial Players program is designed to reach people on a deeper level of mind, body, and spirit and give seniors renewed purpose, engaging them and encouraging positive validation, which aligns with Juniper's mission to empower people to live a full life, regardless of age or health," said Lynne Katzmann, founder and CEO of Juniper Communities. "We are honored to receive this nationally respected award and hope recognition of the program and its positive results can be a spark of inspiration for other senior living communities." Recipients will be recognized during the 2021 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference Mainstage session.

Argentum Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Argentum's work is driven by its membership. For more information about joining Argentum in its mission to raise the bar of excellence in senior living, please visit www.argentum.org. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Learn more at argentum.org.

About Juniper Communities

LLC Juniper Communities, a leader in quality, value and innovation in long-term care, operates communities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado that emphasize residents' well-being, interaction and security. Our communities and approach to housing and care offers residents the opportunity to live a full life, regardless of age or health. Juniper's innovative Connect4Life program has been proven to improve residents' care by decreasing hospitalizations, re-hospitalizations and urgent care visits, while offering potential cost savings to public programs such as Medicare.



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