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Henrico retirement community certified as county’s first dementia-friendly business

LeadingAge Virginia, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services in the Commonwealth, has recognized Cedarfield as the first Dementia Friendly Business in Henrico County. Here’s what it all means, and how other businesses could follow suit.

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LeadingAge Virginia, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services in the Commonwealth, has recognized Cedarfield as the first Dementia Friendly Business in Henrico County.

Cedarfield is a retirement and “life plan” community that opened its doors in Henrico’s West End in 1996.

  • In order to receive the Dementia Friendly Business designation, Cedarfield confirmed that:
  • Dementia Friends information sessions will be included for all new team member hires.
  • 50 percent of all community members – residents and team members – will become Dementia Friends while working toward a goal of 90 percent.
  • Board members, volunteers, and management team members will be Dementia Friends.
  • Dementia Friends information sessions and additional educational offerings focusing on aspects of dementia will be offered annually.

“I am thrilled by the commitment of the entire Cedarfield community to create an inclusive organization for those living with dementia and their care partners,” said Melissa Andrews, LeadingAge Virginia’s President and CEO. “Their efforts are critical as we continue to progress toward our goal of Dementia Friendly Virginia.”

Dementia Friendly America launched at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The goal is to catalyze a movement to more effectively support those living with dementia and their care partners. Every part of the community plays a role in creating an informed, safe and respectful dementia friendly culture for individuals living with the disease, their families and care partners.

Dementia Friendly businesses establish customer service, communication, and environmental practices to accommodate cognitive impairment as well as commit to support for team members who are care partners themselves. LeadingAge Virginia and the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services are the co-leads for the Dementia Friendly Virginia and Dementia Friends Virginia initiatives.

“This recognition confirms our team’s dedication to resident-centered support across the transitions of aging,” said Michael Shaw, Cedarfield’s Executive Director. “We live out our mission every day of Enriching Life’s Journey. Cedarfield will always be committed to offering a range of support to maximize independence and ongoing community engagement for our residents.”

Cedarfield and Pinnacle Living look forward to working in collaboration with other community sectors to make the entire Henrico County community more dementia-friendly.

To learn more about Dementia Friendly America, visit their website here.

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Axe-throwing chain set to open near The Circuit Arcade Bar in Scott’s Addition

The venue will open in the former Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building at 3100 W. Leigh Street in the heart of the neighborhood.

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After its first attempt to get into the Richmond market fell flat, a Canadian axe-throwing bar is back with a location coming to Scott’s Addition.

Bad Axe Throwing is preparing to open at 3100 W. Leigh St. in a 5,000-square-foot space in the old Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building.

Based in Ontario, Bad Axe has nearly 50 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In 2018, it began planning a Richmond location on West Broad Street, across from the forthcoming Whole Foods in Sauer Center.

But those plans fell through last spring. Bad Axe owner Mario Zelaya said there was an issue about the amount of parking available at that location, which caused them to scrap the plans.

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Nine-acre Elks Lodge property near Innsbrook slated to be transformed into mixed use development

Highwoods Properties paid $3.3 million for the nine-acre Elks Lodge near Innsbrook After Hours and plans to mull over mixed-use, high density options for the site.

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One of the biggest landlords in Innsbrook has amassed more land in the area, this time snagging a block of acreage next to the site where the Innsbrook After Hours concert series is held.

Highwoods Properties last month bought the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 45 property at 10022 Elks Pass Lane in Henrico. It paid $3.3 million for the 9-acre assemblage, which adds to another 12 adjacent and largely undeveloped acres the company already owns.

Jane DuFrane, Highwoods’ vice president and local market lead, said the company still is mulling options for the Elks land and adjacent sites, including developing a “walkable community with a mix of uses.”

“The Elks Lodge property’s contiguous proximity to our other land holdings and existing office buildings made it a natural fit for our portfolio,” DuFrane said in an email.

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Container Store, Chase Bank taking over two adjacent properties at Short Pump Town Center

The former hhgregg appliances and electronics store and neighboring Matchbox restaurant are being transformed into two new-to-Richmond brands.

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Two neighboring properties at the entrance of Short Pump Town Center are set to be transformed into homes for two new-to-Richmond brands – both as reported by Richmond BizSense.

The former Matchbox Restaurant on W. Broad Street is currently being eyed for a new Chase Bank, BizSense says. Plans have been filed to transform the two-story building into a bank and drive-thru. Read more about the plans here.

Across the road, the former hhgregg appliance and electronics store – originally built as a Circuit City – is being rehabbed into a new location for The Container Store, which sells home organization and storage solutions. Check out progress of the transformation here.

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