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Spring Lake Village hosts 4th annual Wellness Games

Spring Lake Village hosts 4th annual Wellness Games

Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa is hosting its 4th annual Wellness Games the week of September 24-28. Held during International Active Aging Week, the Wellness Games celebrate all dimensions of wellness, including social, emotional, intellectual, physical, occupational, environmental, spiritual, and financial wellness. According to Spring Lake Village Director of Wellness Diane Waltz, “Wellness is…

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Back to school: Training and Educational Assistance at Covia

Back to school: Training and Educational Assistance at Covia

After graduating from high school in Vallejo, Jasphere “Phey” Abuan wanted to be a biochemist. “I was actually in a biochem program back in the day,” she says, “and then life happens.” In 2000, she left an abusive relationship, took her 8-month-old daughter and the $30 she had in her pocket and moved home to…

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The truth about Assisted Living

The truth about Assisted Living

To observe National Assisted Living Week, Laura Darling, Senior Director of Communications, talked to some of our staff to explain more about this misunderstood part of community life. LD: What do you wish people knew about Assisted Living? Barb Fischer, Director of Resident Health Services, St. Paul’s Towers: Many people think that Assisted Living refers…

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Bethany Center mural illustrates diverse community

Bethany Center mural illustrates diverse community

For more than 20 years, muralist Dan Fontes has helped share the story of Bethany Center Senior Housing in the Mission District of San Francisco. Fontes first created the “Salud!” mural that covers the 9-story building at 21st and Capp Street in 1997 with only one assistant. Now, he is in the midst of a…

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Covia recognized as a Great Place to Work

Covia recognized as a Great Place to Work

For 30 years, Great Place to Work (GPTW) has been recognizing outstanding workplace cultures and producing the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and FORTUNE Best Workplaces lists. This year, Covia has been recognized by GPTW and was recently certified as a Great Place to Work. Previously, Covia had been recognized as a…

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Spring Lake Village named Best of Sonoma County

Spring Lake Village named Best of Sonoma County

For the 5th year in a row, Spring Lake Village has been named Best of Sonoma County by the readers of the Press Democrat. Along with this honor, this year Spring Lake Village also received the 2018 NuStep Gold Pinnacle Award® for excellence in wellness programming. A Covia Life Plan Community in Santa Rosa, California,…

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Healthy Connections program benefits residents, students, and community

Healthy Connections program benefits residents, students, and community

When Pat Lau, Activities Coordinator for Webster House in Palo Alto, first created the Healthy Connections program in 2016, she had no idea the kind of impact it would eventually have. “I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just have a little volunteer program. They can work with the residents, meet them, talk to them,’” she says. “But…

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Building community in Oakland through National Night Out

Building community in Oakland through National Night Out

Throughout the country, National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August is a chance for neighbors to meet one another and to connect with local emergency responders. At St. Paul’s Towers, National Night Out does that and more. With food, music, face painting, balloon hats, games, fresh produce, and information tables, the National Night…

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Jennings Court celebrates 10 years of community

Jennings Court celebrates 10 years of community

As Jennings Court, a Covia Affordable Community in Santa Rosa, celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer, its first residents are reflecting on their initial impressions. “I was one of the first 8 people to move in,” says Fred Campbell. “And the day I walked into the facility, I fell in love with the structure, the…

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