Welcome, Jennifer Armenia, to our Marketing Team

March 29, 2019

We welcome a new face to The Saybrook at Haddam:  Jennifer Armenia, our new director of marketing!  Hopefully you have met Jennifer already, but if not, we wanted to introduce you to her here.

Jennifer is a native of Connecticut and has spent her career working along the shoreline and in Middletown.  She loves the natural beauty of the area, particularly the Connecticut River and surrounding woods and hills.  In fact, The Saybrook at Haddam’s bucolic setting is one of her favorite parts of working here.

Jennifer has a strong history working in the senior living industry.  She was marketing director at One MacDonough Place, an assisted living community in Middletown, and she worked as director of community outreach at The Hearth at Tuxis Pond in Madison, focusing on building relationships and connections throughout the community.

Just prior to joining The Saybrook at Haddam, Jennifer worked as marketing director of Freedom Land Group, LLC, in Clinton. She also is a founding member of the Central Connecticut Senior Network (a prominent networking group) and served a one-year term on its leadership team. She remains heavily involved in local networking associations as she is an active member of the Shoreline Senior Network, the Shoreline Eldercare Alliance, the Middlesex Elderly Service Providers, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the “TIME” to Act Interdisciplinary Council.

Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  While there, she was a member of the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society and helped direct the Northern Rhode Island Special Olympics.

“I have always admired The Saybrook at Haddam for its great reputation and am so thankful to be part of this community,” Jennifer said.  “I already feel like part of the team – which is one of the hardest working and most dedicated I have ever known.  You can tell this is an exceptional place by all the smiling faces and the wonderful activity going on all day long.”

Other things Jennifer says she loves about The Saybrook at Haddam include the beautiful building with bright and spacious apartments and common areas, the many outdoor spaces, and the convenient location.  Mostly, though, she loves the residents and everyone who works to make the community so successful!

We are so happy Jennifer has joined us and we invite you to stop by to meet her!  She is available to give you a private tour of the community – which you can request by calling 860-345-3779 or by filling out the form below.

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Helping Seniors Avoid Falls

January 16, 2019

Did you know one in four Americans over the age of 65 fall each year?  Or that emergency rooms across the country treat older adults every 11 seconds because of a fall (with a reported 2.8 million injuries, more than 800,000 hospitalizations, and more than 27,000 deaths)? This information, which comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives plenty of evidence that seniors should take every available precaution to avoid falls.

At The Saybrook at Haddam, we take extra steps to help residents prevent falls.  The most important thing we do is maintain a safe living environment – inside and out.  Inside, we keep hallways and walking areas clean and clear, and regularly check carpeting and flooring for bumps or uneven spots that could cause a fall.  We also provide handrails and plenty of lighting for safe travels throughout the community.  Outside, the maintenance team ensures all pathways are clear of snow and ice during the winter and other natural debris during the rest of the year.  They prune trees, repair walkways, and monitor countless other areas of concern.

Our wellness team works with residents to be sure they understand the side effects of medication, which may include dizziness or other factors that could result in a fall.  The team regularly checks eyesight, hearing and other conditions that could affect balance and cause a fall.  We also bring in mobility experts to check walkers and wheelchairs to be sure they are in proper condition (and not the reason for a potential fall). By being aware of their personal risks, residents become more alert and hopefully more cautious throughout each day.

The recreation and activities team offers exercise classes, fun games, and plenty of other opportunities for residents to build their physical fitness, which goes a long way to preventing falls and avoid injuries.  By being active, residents improve their strength, flexibility and balance and are less likely to trip or slip in their apartments or within the community.  This is particularly important since we realize seniors need extra encouragement to keep moving and to stay fit as they age.  Preventing a fall is one of the best motivators we know!

Of course, the simple choice of living in a retirement community offers the benefit of having plenty of staff available to escort residents or lend a hand for stability if ever needed.  Staff is also on hand to check on residents in their apartments to be sure their surroundings are safe (and to provide immediate medical attention if ever a fall does occur).

For seniors who still live in their own homes or apartments, we suggest looking over the AARP’s “HomeFit” guide for easy and effective ways to create a safe and comfortable home.  These tips offer important steps to take to avoid falls or injuries in the home (and trips to the emergency room).

In all we do at The Saybrook at Haddam, staying safe and helping seniors enjoy a high quality of life are at the top of the list.  This naturally means we avoid falls any way we can – and we hope you do, too.

For a personalized tour of The Saybrook at Haddam and its Safe Harbor memory care neighborhood, please fill out the form below or call David Downey at 860-345-8779.

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