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National Glaucoma Awareness

national glaucoma month
by katiemiller
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Happy New Year! Have you had your annual eye exam?

Glaucoma is a serious, lifelong eye disease that can lead to blindness if not controlled. It can happen at any age but is more common in older adults.

Glaucoma causes loss of sight by damaging a part of the eye called the optic nerve. This nerve sends information from the eyes to the brain. When the disease damages the optic nerve, one may begin to lose patches of vision, usually side vision (peripheral vision).

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma affects more than three million people in the U.S. alone! That number is projected to skyrocket to 4.2 million by 2030 – an increase of 58 percent.

But glaucoma does not have to lead to blindness.

An annual comprehensive dilated eye exam can help catch glaucoma and other eye diseases early on. Especially if family members have had problems with vision health, protecting your eyes by avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling your blood pressure, and being physically active will all positively maintain your eye wellness.

Thanks to modern nutrition, many things can help keep from further eye damage. A wholesome diet based fruits and vegetables with higher vitamin A and C content like collard greens, cabbage, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, celery, carrots, peaches, radishes, green beans, and beets, can go a long way. Also, specific nutritional deficiencies are addressed with supplements that include vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E as well as the minerals Magnesium, Calcium, and Zinc.

Things to know

  • Age – The older you are, the higher you are at risk (especially if over 60 years old).
  • Race/Ethnicity –
    • African-Americans age 40+ are 4-5x more likely to have glaucoma than others.
    • Hispanic/Latinos have an increased risk for glaucoma as they age.
    • Those of Asian and Native American descent have a risk for angle-closure glaucoma.
    • The prevalence of pseudoexfoliation glaucoma was much higher in Caucasian Americans
  • Medical History – You are at risk if you have a history of high pressure in your eyes, previous eye injury, long term steroid use, or nearsightedness.

For more information on glaucoma, visit Glaucoma Research Foundation or for nutritional information visit GOBEFULL®

Guest Services Senior Living and Northstar Commercial Partners Join Forces to Provide Best in Class Senior Care

by katsummers
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NAPLES, Fla.July 25, 2019 — Guest Services Senior Living and Northstar Commercial Partners, a full-service commercial real estate investment and asset management company headquartered in Denver, Colorado are joining forces to renovate and rebrand Vista Gardens, a senior living memory care facility in Vista, California, as well as manage leasing and operations for the property.

Conveniently located ten minutes from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by greenery and walking paths, Vista Gardens prides itself on providing multiple opportunities for healthy movement and exercise.  Additionally, new ownership will enhance technology systems that help prevent falls and provide the best care possible – making the facility one of a kind.

“The vision for this community and its space is remarkable,” says Brian Watson, Founder and CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to help provide quality care for so many seniors and grateful to share this partnership with Guest Services Senior Living. They have phenomenal insight and experience in creating spaces that are fresh, innovative, and inviting.”

“Guest Services Senior Living is excited to continue delivering the extraordinary care and quality of life for the residents at Vista Gardens,” stated Vice President of Guest Services Senior Living, Shawn Rose. “True senior living is not just the physical care but more so improving the quality of life for our residents in every capacity.”

With firsthand knowledge of how family members and friends are affected by memory issues (including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s-related dementia, and mild cognitive impairment), Vista Gardens is a special and unique community that treats everyone with the highest respect and dignity.

About Guest Services Senior Living, LLC

Guest Services Senior Living, LLC is the Naples, Florida-based senior-living management subsidiary of Guest Services, Inc.  Since 1917, Guest Services, Inc. has worked tirelessly to earn the reputation of the providing the highest quality food, lodging and leisure services for valued clients and guests in the United States.

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Kat Summers
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Guest Services Senior Living Welcomes Shawn Rose as Vice President of Operations

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NAPLES, Fla.July 2, 2019 — Guest Services Senior Living welcomes Shawn Rose as the new Vice President of Operations. Rose joins the Company with nearly 20 years of experience in the senior care industry.

As a highly successful multisite operator, Rose has maintained oversight of up to 2,000 units throughout the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states while promoting revenue growth and improving operational and clinical management. Prior to joining the company, he served as Regional Director of Operations for Senior Lifestyle Corporation where his efforts led to significant revenue growth, increased census and strengthening of key controls, region-wide.  As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Raydian Properties, Rose created, implemented, and headed all companywide sales initiatives and processes for 21 properties within five states. His experience also includes work with Capital Senior Living, Emeritus Senior Living and Brandywine Senior Living.

Shawn Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He is a licensed NJ Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

About Guest Services Senior Living, LLC
Guest Services Senior Living has worked tirelessly to earn our reputation as the premier senior living community management company in the United States. With the collaboration of our best-in-class Senior Living and award-winning Hospitality divisions, we are proud to provide a wide range of customized senior living community management solutions for clients involved in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.

Media Contact
Kat Summers
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