RPP Featured in Baltimore Magazine

Our staff and residents here at Roland Park Place were recently featured in Baltimore Magazine to discuss how they’ve been staying connected and supporting one another during this challenging time. They share how the community has worked together to prevent COVID-19, and the many ways we’ve been finding joy in the midst of it all. You can read the full story here:

https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/community/senior-centers-adjust-to-new-isolated-reality

 

A Valuable Perspective podcast featuring RPP resident Dr. Sol Snyder

Listen to RPP resident, Dr. Sol Snyder describe his pioneering research in the identification of receptors for neurotransmitters and drugs and the explanation of the actions of psychotropic agents.

Dr. Snyder is a distinguished professor of neuroscience, pharmacology, and psychiatry and is founder of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

You can listen to the podcast here:

 

Welcome to New RPP President, Sam Guedouar!

Roland Park Place is thrilled to announce our new president, Sam Guedoaur.

With a strong background in hospitality, Guedouar has nearly 10 years of experience leading continuing care retirement communities, most recently in Fort Myers, Florida. Preceding his profession in the health care industry, Mr. Guedouar held a long career in hospitality, serving as the general manager to numerous upscale and luxury hotels throughout the United States. Mr. Guedouar holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Utica College and a bachelor’s degree in community and health services from the State University of New York, as well as a degree in hospitality and tourism from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

RPP’s residents, board of directors, management and staff are all pleased to begin working with Sam starting Friday, February 28th.

Nancy Holder Featured on Latest RPP-WYPR Podcast

Listen in to the latest WYPR podcast featuring Roland Park Place resident, Nancy Holder. Mrs. Holder talks about her years of community service working with children and adolescence.

RPP Welcomes New Board Members

Roland Park Place is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the RPP Board of Directors, Jackie Noller and Patrick McCulloh.

Mrs. Noller and Mr. McCulloh both were unanimously elected to begin their first three-year term effective with the board’s annual meeting on Friday, February 8, 2019.

 

JACKIE NOLLER

Mrs. Noller attended Northwestern University in Chicago where she majored in French and secondary education. While pursuing a master’s degree from Columbia University, she lived in France and Africa working in the public health field. Not long after returning to the United States, Mrs. Noller accepted and has since retired from a position with Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor and manager. In addition to Mrs. Noller’s extensive experience in the healthcare and financial fields, she also brings a strong personal sense of volunteerism and community support to RPP.

 

 

 

PATRICK McCULLOH

Mr. McCulloh is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2013 as a financial advisor where he pursues his passion to help his clients make informed decisions based on their specific financial needs. Mr. McCulloh serves as an executive council member on the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United Group, and is a member of the leadership team of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee.

Terry D. Snyder

How Baltimore Can Become More Senior-Friendly

Roland Park Place’s president, Terry Snyder, was featured on page 16 of the December 7-13, 2018 issue of the Baltimore Business Journal to provide a professional perspective on how businesses and organizations can better relate to and communicate with older adults. Read on…

“It is a well-known fact in the senior care profession that we are on the cusp of a major boom. Every day in the United States, an average of 10,000 people turn 65 years old and the number of people over the age of 60 will double by 2050, rising from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion.”

“In the past, while many older adults preferred to retire to a quiet life in the suburbs or along the coast, a remarkable number today are attracted to opportunities for vibrant experiences, such as those often found in a metropolitan setting. Urban living provides convenient access to a variety of appealing offerings in dining, visual and performing arts, fitness studios, education and great shopping. While Baltimore has many qualities that would attract the modern senior, including world-class health care and cultural and educational experiences, Charm City will become more charming if our business community addresses unconscious ageism and focus on providing inclusive opportunities for every member of our community.”

“Business and civic leaders too often tend to ignore the needs of seniors. They do not recognize the economic impact these older adults have on the community. In reality, seniors are an economic advantage, not an economic drain.”

“Studies show that cities that invest in more age-friendly practices see a significant return on investment in the local economy. For one, older adults are consumers with more disposable income. Many work well past the accepted age of retirement. Adults over 60 are twice as likely as millennials to start a new business, while others launch “encore-careers” as consultants and mentors.”

“In fact, at Roland Park Place, Baltimore City’s only accredited continuing care retirement community, many of our residents still maintain careers in a variety of professions, from teaching, to real estate development to research. Even more spend time volunteering and organizing for local nonprofit organizations. Giving older adults the opportunity and access to use their talents and skills to participate in the community is a benefit for everyone who lives there.”

“Despite having the ability to make a valuable contribution to society, seniors often feel alienated by businesses, as they may use language and offer amenities that unconsciously perpetuate ageism. Simple shifts in language and action to focus on individual values create more equitable opportunities for older adults. LeadingAge, an association of not-for-profit organizations in the aging services industry, provides resources that help businesses and individuals be more mindful of the way that older adults are viewed. Businesses should consider the following when communicating messages to their customers:

  • Avoid stereotypes and generalizations — both in the negative and positive extremes — in language and images. (Example: The image of a 100-year-old running a marathon).
  • When describing individuals, use the noun before the adjective. (Example: person with a disability vs. disabled person).
  • Avoid language and images that equate youth with positive and old with negative. (Example: She’s 70-years-young).
  • Embrace the entire spectrum of the lived experience through words and images and give resources so that no one feels alienated.

“To appeal to customers and residents of all generations, organizations of all types should take a critical look at the way that they communicate both internally and externally and be mindful to avoid stereotypes that perpetuate the notion that getting older is a negative experience. I encourage businesses to take an honest look within and ensure that what they are doing and saying is accessible for all.”

“It is vital for our society to embrace all types of diversity and show the importance of all different types of voices and perspectives. By recognizing the valuable contributions of older adults on society and the economy and addressing unconscious ageism, businesses and organizations can make an impact on building communities where age is not a hindrance, but rather, a strength.”

RPP Board Chair — A Woman Who Moves Maryland

The February 2019 issue of Baltimore Magazine (page 129) features Leslie Simmons, RPP’s incoming chair of the Board of Directors, as one of an awesome group of Women Who Move Maryland. Be sure to check out the article to learn more!

After working as a secretary at a construction firm, Leslie Simmons took a job as a hospital technician. One day, the chief of cardiology called her into his office. She was afraid she’d done something wrong, but instead, he said, “I think you’d make a great nurse,” Simmons recalls.

He went on to offer to help pay for her schooling, and her boss, she says, even attended her graduation from Anne Arundel Community College. She went on to earn a backelor’s in Nursing and a master’s in management administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Today, as executive vice president at LifeBridge Health, she counts 30-plus years in the health care industry.

Simmons, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been recognized multiple times among The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland, and was inducted into the publication’s Circle of Excellence in 2018. She was honored as one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch in 2018.

LifeBridge Health consists of Siani Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, along with many subsidiaries and affiliated units.

The health care company advocates for preventive services, including wellness and fitness and educational programs. LifeBridge is committed to improving the health of the individuals and communities it serves with compassionate and high-quality care.

 

Tech Savvy Grandparents

Roland Park Place’s Vice President of Finance, Keith Spillane, was featured on a recent Fox45 telecast on ideal gifts to get tech-savvy grandparents this holiday season. Click here to learn about Keith’s recommendations for gifts that are sure to please folks of all ages throughout the year.

RPP Speaking Group

Resident Gary Blauvelt shares his teaching experience on WYPR’s latest podcast

RPP resident Gary Blauvelt’s long teaching career at Friends School of Baltimore is featured in this episode of “A Valuable Perspective,” a podcast created by Roland Park Place and hosted by WYPR. He talks about his thoughts on education and some of his experiences as both an educator and a student. Roland Park Place is fortunate that Mr. Blauvelt shares his talents as a teacher through his weekly poetry reading class for fellow residents. He also provides his valued insight as a resident member of the RPP board of directors. You can listen to his podcast by clicking here.

Lucretia Wilson-Myers talks about heat safety on Fox45

Roland Park Place’s own Ambulatory Care Center nurse, Lucretia Wilson-Myers was interviewed on the Fox45 morning show. She shared her knowledge on how seniors can stay safe in the summer heat. This is another great example of the resources and expertise available to RPP residents right here on our campus. We are so fortunate to have had Lucretia on staff here at RPP for so many years. Her know-how and professionalism are extraordinary and her personal touch in providing care for each and every resident who visits our on-site clinic is a testament to the level of service that residents can expect at Roland Park Place.

See the clip here