MONUMENT —  Jackson Creek Senior Living will host a Parkinson’s support group for individuals and family caregivers impacted by this disease. The in-person support group will convene on Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m. at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway.

A representative from Enhabit Home Health & Hospice will facilitate the support group. The support group, which meets on the second Thursday of each month, is free and open to the public but space is limited. To RSVP, call Laura Hale at 719-259-1331 or visit jacksoncreekseniorliving.com/events.

The Parkinson’s support group is part of Jackson Creek’s commitment to Partners for Parkinson’s, a collaboration of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Enhabit Home Health & Hospice, and Bloom Healthcare to share resources for individuals, families and caregivers affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Tri-Lakes region.


About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and day retreat services for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

Are you facing the challenges of caring for a loved one living with memory loss? Whether you’re a family member, friend, spouse, or professional caregiver, navigating the complexities of dementia care can feel overwhelming at times. The good news is, you’re not alone on this journey. That’s why the memory support care team at Jackson Creek Senior Living has curated a collection of recommended books on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, featuring experts and acclaimed authors, that offer valuable insights, practical advice, and emotional support for caregivers like you.

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MONUMENT – Jackson Creek Senior Living is excited to announce the community’s third annual Bouquet of Homes tour on Wednesday, May 8, from 1-3 p.m. This exclusive event offers a unique opportunity for guests to see the latest in senior living design, programs and services being offered at Jackson Creek. 

During the tour, guests will enjoy a culinary journey with chef-prepared treats, entertainment, and floral displays, creating a delightful celebration of the spring season. “We’re thrilled to showcase the exceptional lifestyle at Jackson Creek,” said Laura Hale, Director of Sales and Marketing at Jackson Creek Senior Living. “It’s an opportunity for guests to connect with residents and team members while experiencing the charm of our community.”

To RSVP, call Laura Hale at 719-259-1331 or visit jacksoncreekseniorliving.com/events.

About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and a day retreat program for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

MONUMENTJackson Creek Senior Living, a WellAge-managed retirement community, will host a free in-person support group for families, partners, and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia on Tuesday, May 14 from 3-4 p.m. at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway. 

The new dementia support group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month. Dena Mackey of Optimal Home Care, Inc. will facilitate the 60-minute sessions.

The support groups are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, call Laura Hale at 719-259-1331 or visit jacksoncreekseniorliving.com/events.


About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and day retreat services for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

What is Assisted Living and When is it Time to Consider?

As loved ones age, it’s natural to consider alternative living arrangements to enhance their quality of life. Many seniors and families start this process by researching assisted living communities. But what exactly is assisted living, when is it time to consider this option, and what are the benefits?

Assisted living is a type of residential care that provides support for seniors who need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, or preparing meals. Seniors who receive this level of care can communicate their needs but don’t require the intensive and round-the-clock medical care often provided in nursing homes.

This living option emphasizes autonomy and fosters independence while providing extra peace of mind for residents and families who know that additional assistance and personalized care are available if, and when, it’s needed.

Seniors and families should consider assisted living when several factors become apparent: an individual needs help with activities of daily living; the risk of falls increases; health challenges; cognitive decline; and importantly, social isolation.

If your friend or family member encounters difficulties with activities such as personal hygiene or meal preparation, it could indicate that an assisted living community might provide the assistance they require. Many assisted living communities offer restaurant-style dining and chef-prepared meals to ensure residents receive proper nutrition without the hassles of shopping and cooking.

Safety is always a concern for seniors who are prone to falls and other injuries. In assisted living communities, residents may have an emergency call device like a pendant as well as call buttons in their apartments and daily check-ins from team members to ensure they are generally in good health.

If your loved one’s health or cognitive function has declined, they may require more assistance than you can provide at home. Many assisted living communities offer different levels of care and memory support services for those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

Depression and social isolation are common for seniors who live alone. Study after study highlights that being around others and socializing at some level is imperative to a senior’s health and well-being. Assisted living communities offer an array of activities and opportunities for residents to socialize and engage like painting, playing board games, going to live musical performances, daily exercise, and educational forums.

If your loved one is beginning to exhibit signs that they require additional care, assisted living could provide the necessary support within a stimulating and autonomous setting. By researching assisted living communities now, you’ll ensure your loved one has options to age well, even if their needs change. It’s much less disruptive to get additional support in the environment you live in than to move later in life.

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At Jackson Creek Senior Living, we help families find the best living situation to meet their loved one’s needs. Call 719-259-1331 or contact us online if you have questions about assisted living or would like to schedule a personalized tour.

MONUMENT — Jackson Creek Senior Living, the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Enhabit Home Health & Hospice, and Bloom Healthcare are teaming up to share resources for individuals, families and caregivers affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Tri-Lakes region. This announcement comes on the eve of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, marked each April, and World Parkinson’s Day on April 11.

Together, these organizations will collaborate and share expertise to deliver educational talks, host support groups, exercise and wellness programs, and offer resources specifically for individuals living with Parkinson’s.

In partnership with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, Jackson Creek becomes one of four preferred organizations in Colorado to partner with this respected nonprofit to offer free resources, including family consults, educational programs, support groups, and exercise classes specifically for those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Specific initiatives these organizations will offer at Jackson Creek include:

  • Parkinson Association of the Rockies, based in Denver, is delivering Parkinson-focused training for Jackson Creek staff, which cares for several residents living with Parkinson’s. The association’s CEO, Jodi Brown, has begun quarterly trainings for staff, including the first session on Parkinson’s basics presented recently.
  • Enhabit Home Health & Hospice, which has an office in Colorado Springs, will facilitate a new Parkinson’s Support Group at Jackson Creek Senior Living every second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. Support groups are free and open to the public.
  • Bloom Healthcare, based in Lakewood, is delivering an exercise program called “Balanced Body” at 9:45 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month for Jackson Creek residents living with Parkinson’s.
  • Jackson Creek is offering the space and promotional support to let the local community know these valuable resources are available.

“We are extremely pleased to join this partnership with these respected organizations to support families in the Tri-Lakes region,” said Lauren Hart, executive director, Jackson Creek Senior Living. “Not only do we want to support the residents of our senior community, but we see this as an opportunity to assist others looking for help with this prevalent condition.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. More than 17,000 Coloradoans and an estimated 1 million Americans nationwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.


About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and a day retreat program for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

About Parkinson Association of the Rockies
Formed in 1981, the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease in Colorado and Wyoming. PAR offers educational programs, exercise classes, and support groups to enhance quality of life for individuals and families.

a woman hugs her elderly sister who is living with Alzheimer's in a memory care community

Our Memory Support Neighborhood is designed specifically for residents living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory loss conditions. We provide a comfortable, secure, home-like environment featuring outdoor courtyards that offer fresh air, walking space and sunshine and tie in with a community room and dedicated dining area. As a community familiar with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory support conditions, we talk to families regularly about their options. Our goal is always to be a resource for families as they explore their options in supporting a loved one.

Based on the comments we receive we’ve organized 10 questions you should ask when looking for memory support for your loved one.

1. How large is the community?

Memory support communities range from hundreds of apartments and residents to smaller boutique communities with 100 or less people and every size in between. Be sure to find out:

  • How many resident apartments are there?
  • What size are the apartments?
  • Are there private and/or companion residences?
  • What are the indoor spaces like? Is there an activities room, fitness and wellness center and plenty of community gathering places?
  • What type of outdoor spaces are there? Are they secure?

2. Who is the leadership team?

The leadership team ensures the community is safe and clean, offers plenty of opportunities for socialization and that residents are well-looked after. Meet with the leadership team and members in the memory support segment of the community you are considering to get a sense of their philosophy of care and how they interact with residents and their family members.

3. What is the staff like?

Memory support communities have specially trained personnel and are often staffed with a Resident Care Director who oversees the care team and residents’ health needs. It is important to know what level of care can be provided to your loved one in the community and how outside care is managed.

4. How do team members interact with residents?

Observe how a community’s team members interact with residents. If possible, speak to family members of a current resident to find out how they interact with the caregivers. You should feel very comfortable with the care team and have a good relationship with them.

5. What kind of training do the caregivers have?

People living with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia require specially trained caregivers who understand the signs and symptoms of both. They should have experience caring for those with dementia and be capable of managing any situation, no matter how unpredictable. People living with dementia often experience extreme anxiety and confusion, may be prone to angry outbursts or try to leave the community alone, and require caregivers who are prepared to calmly redirect that energy and address these issues.

6. What is the dining program like?

Memory support communities typically offer three meals a day with snacks available in between. Ask to see a sample menu. Visit the dining room, inspect the food that is being served and inquire if special diets can be accommodated. Also ask where the food is sourced from and what percentage of it is served from fresh, not frozen.

7. What does a day look like and what activities are offered?

Many studies show people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s greatly benefit from specialized life enrichment activities like creating memory books, taking art or music classes, or attending fitness classes. Ask what kinds of activities are scheduled and who supervises them. And importantly, see how the team will accommodate the interests of your family member into the daily routine.

8. What is included in the monthly cost?

Always find out what is included in the standard monthly fee. All meals, comprehensive resident care, assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, maintenance, housekeeping, laundry services and community activities should be included.

9. What additional costs are there?

Be sure to ask what is not included with the base monthly apartment rates and what are typical extra expenses like community living fees and incontinence programs. This is important for creating a realistic budget for your loved one’s care.

10. Does the community offer care options?

As we age, our needs change. Some communities offer just independent living, others just assisted living, and others just memory support. It’s nice to know when you research a community that it has options for you or your loved ones if health needs change. It’s much less disruptive to get additional support and care in the environment you live in than to move later in life.

At Jackson Creek Senior Living, we help families find the best living situation to meet their loved one’s needs. Call 719-259-1331 or schedule a personalized tour online and come meet our team.

Dementia Boot Camp

MONUMENTJackson Creek Senior Living has partnered with Never Alone Consulting to host a transformative five-week dementia boot camp led by Paula Levy, a certified Positive Approach to Care trainer. Held each Friday from March 1-29 at 2 p.m., each session will offer valuable insights and hands-on skills for caregivers and families.

With extensive expertise in memory support and consulting services, Levy’s comprehensive course will provide practical strategies, covering topics from facing dementia and developing coping mechanisms to understanding sensory loss and navigating the long-term aspects of caregiving. The course will culminate in a wrap-up session preparing participants for the journey ahead.

The course, free and open to the public, is limited to 15 registrants. To RSVP, call Laura Hale or Lee Larrew at 719-259-1331 or visit jacksoncreekseniorliving.com/events.


About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and day retreat services for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

Five Things to Consider When Seeking the Best Memory Support Program

When looking for a memory support community that meets the needs of your loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other memory loss, the best possible place for them to be is in a community where they will have the proper support and care necessary to maintain a high quality of life even as their cognitive issues progress.

Research has shown that residents in memory support communities experience a multitude of benefits. They generally take less medication, have a reduced risk of falls and injuries, have improved wellness and nutrition, enjoy more independence and socialization, and visit the hospital less often.

Here are five important factors to consider when searching for the right memory support community and program for your loved one:

1. Staffing

It’s important to ask yourself whether the team in the community you’re evaluating appears to be knowledgeable and caring. Find out their level of training and experience and whether any team members are certified dementia care managers. Another important factor to consider is the staff-to-resident ratio, both during the day and at night. At communities like Jackson Creek Senior Living, team members are trained in compassionate, person-centered care and on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2. Safety

Six out of 10 people living with Alzheimer’s have the tendency to wander, so it’s a good idea to find out if the memory support community you’re considering has safeguards and electronic safety features against residents leaving the premises. Some communities are equipped with a wander alert system, while others implement access-controlled, video-monitored entry or emergency call systems and pendants in resident apartments.

3. Services

Think about what level of care your loved one needs, from basic services like meal prep and laundry to specialized medical care and assistance with activities of daily living. Find out a community’s standard procedures for medical emergencies, especially if your loved one has underlying conditions. You may also want to ask what kinds of therapies the community offers, such as pet, music, reminiscence, light, art, or another type of specialized therapy.

4. Levels of Care

Other important information to gather is whether the community’s Health and Wellness Director and memory support team develop an individual care plan for residents upon moving in, and how residents are engaged by team members with verbal queues and prompting. If necessary, ask whether the community can care for residents who exhibit disruptive behavior. If your loved one is not quite ready for memory support, you can also ask whether they have an assisted living to Alzheimer’s support bridge program for early-stage residents.

5. Amenities

Finally, determine what the living arrangements are in the community you are considering: are there memory support neighborhoods? Are the apartments arranged around shared common areas like a homelike living room or dedicated activities space? At Jackson Creek, we offer a memory support dining program and two outdoor courtyards to encourage movement and fresh air. Other services include wellness and life enrichment programs, chef-prepared meals, housekeeping and laundry services, and scheduled transportation.

Before deciding, determine your loved one’s personal needs and then evaluate the memory support program and community as much as possible: schedule a tour, read online reviews, talk to residents, families, and team members, and most importantly, ask questions!

At Jackson Creek Senior Living, we help families find the best living situation to meet their loved one’s needs. Call  719-259-1331 or visit jacksoncreekseniorliving.com if you have questions about memory support or would like to schedule a personalized tour.

Lauren Hart

MONUMENTJackson Creek Senior Living, a WellAge-managed retirement community, is proud to announce the appointment of Lauren Hart as its new Executive Director.

Hart’s career journey includes roles as a Business Office Manager in memory care and assisted living, advancing to Human Resources Director at a skilled nursing facility, and subsequently serving as Associate Executive Director at a Brookdale Senior Living community.

Lauren is a distinguished alumna of the University of Phoenix, graduating in 2022 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management. Her strong educational background and diverse experiences position her as a leader ready to drive excellence within the Jackson Creek community.

Hart will leverage her skills to enhance day-to-day operations and foster a thriving community environment. Her strategic approach and hands-on engagement will contribute to the continued growth and well-being of residents.

Beyond her professional achievements, she finds joy in outdoor activities, including lakeside days, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and avidly cheering for her favorite hockey teams. Her passion for both work and personal pursuits makes her a valuable addition to the Jackson Creek family.

About Jackson Creek Senior Living
Located at 16601 Jackson Creek Parkway, Jackson Creek Senior Living is a Colorado-based retirement community offering independent and assisted living, memory support, respite care, and a day retreat program for seniors aged 62-plus. The community is managed by WellAge Senior Living, a respected senior care management company.

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