Isakson Barnhart, the award-winning developer of residential communities for seniors offering a continuum of care, including Park Springs in Stone Mountain and Peachtree Hills Place in Buckhead, will host the Expressions Lecture Series in 2007. The programs are free and open to the public and they are designed to educate adults on the benefits of living well as they age. The series will feature noteworthy speakers as well as open discussions with industry professionals. All of the events will be held at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. Free, on-site parking is available.
“We believe in the power of the individual and wanted to bring some of the wonderful insights into the second half of life to Atlantans,” said Andy Isakson, Managing Partner of Isakson-Barnhart. “Peachtree Hills Place sets a new standard for residential communities offering a continuum of care and the forums we’re providing are designed to inform Atlanta’s seniors about what lies ahead in their lives.”
The first lecture, “Planning for the Next Chapter” will be held on January 25, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature a panel discussion with:
• Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., professor of medicine and nursing at Atlanta’s Emory University and Medical Director of Park Springs. Dr. Ouslander is also Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and Chief Medical Officer of Wesley Woods Center in Atlanta, as well as the Director of the Emory Center for Health in Aging. Dr. Ouslander has published over 200 articles and book chapters focusing on long-term care quality and geriatric urinary conditions. He currently serves on the Boards of the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging and the American Federation for Aging Research, and is Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
• E. Andrew (Andy) Isakson, founder and partner of Isakson Barnhart, one of the country’s leading developers of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Isakson has more than 25 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate in Atlanta and the Southeast. For nearly a decade, he has taken a leadership role in the development of senior residential communities in Georgia. He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Center for Health in Aging at Emory University.
• Joan Carlson, vice president of Quality, Innovation and Culture for Isakson Barnhart. Carlson has a medical background of over 30 years, beginning as a nurse. She has served in various operational leadership positions, including serving as Associate Director of Wesley Woods Center in Atlanta and President and CEO of Villa Clemente, Inc. in Milwaukee and St. Joseph Hospital and Health Centers in Memphis. Prior to joining Isakson Barnhart, Carlson was Executive Director of Orchard cove, a CCRC in Canton, Massachusetts.
• Dr. and Mrs. Justus and Libby Fennel, future members of Peachtree Hills Place. Dr. Fennel, a retired Presbyterian minister and family and marriage counselor, earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology at the age of 50. Mrs. Fennel spent many years working with older workers, widows and serving on her local Council on Aging. She earned a certificate in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts. The pair has worked with many seniors making transitions into retirement living.
• Al Michaud, Park Springs member. Michaud and his wife, Emily, have been annual subjects for over 20 years in the Baltimore Longitudinal of Aging (BLSA) study conducted by Johns Hopkins Hospital. This long-running project of the National Institute of Aging division of the National Institute of Health studies the physiological and psychological aspects of human aging. The study directors hope to find strategies to improve quality of life in old age and prevent and delay loss of independence. The Michaud’s extensive research of CCRCs included reviewing 13 facilities before choosing Park Springs as their home.
• Panel Moderator: Julie Isakson Mitchell, director of sales and marketing for Isakson Barnhart’s Peachtree Hills Place. Mitchell is leading the effort to sell the 274 independent residences in Atlanta’s newest CCRC. Mitchell has a marketing background in both the advertising agency and non-profit arenas and currently serves on the Shepherd Center Advisory Board.
The Expressions Lecture Series will continue on March 22, 2007 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center. Dr. Gene Cohen will discuss his book The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. Dr. Cohen is the first director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University and co-founder of the Creativity Discovery Corps, which identifies and preserves the creative accomplishments of under-recognized older adults. Guests will be invited to participate in a Question and Answer Session with the author, who will also sell and sign copies of his book.
On May 16, 2007, Connie Goldman, award-winning radio producer, reporter and former staff member of National Public Radio, will discuss issues and images of aging in America from 2 - 4 p.m. Goldman currently devotes her work to programs and projects concerned with issues and images of aging in America. The author of six books, including The Ageless Spirit, 2nd Edition and The Gifts of Caregiving, Goldman most recently authored Late Life Love – Romance and New Relationships in Later Years.
The Expressions Lecture Series will take place at the Atlanta History Center in the Woodruff Auditorium. Free, on-site parking is available. All events are open to the public, though reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations for any of the lectures, call 770-559-4842.
Isakson-Barnhart is Georgia’s developer of nationally recognized, award-winning residential communities for those age 62 and over. The company’s vision to provide amenity-rich, independent living for discerning adults was born out of the personal experiences of the family of Ed and Julia Isakson after their difficult search for a community that would provide an active lifestyle combined with on-site health care. This mission manifested itself in Park Springs, the company’s flagship property in Stone Mountain. Park Springs was nationally recognized by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the recipient of the 2005 Platinum Award for best large CCRC as well as the Gold Award for interior design. Now, Isakson-Barnhart introduces another award-winning residential community offering a continuum of care in Peachtree Hills Place, named the best “On the Boards” large CCRC by the same group in 2006.
Isakson-Barnhart has carefully selected Life Care Services, LLC, the leading management company of senior communities in the nation, to partner in the planning and management of Peachtree Hills Place and Park Springs. For more information call 770-417-1788.