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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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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC

Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.

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Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.

The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.

Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.

The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.

Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.

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Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites

Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.

On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.

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