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From Drab to Vibrant: Restoring the Bloom With Pocket Neighborhoods
July 01, 2014
CEO, Vassar Byrd, provides an in-depth look at Rose Villa's past, present, and exciting future in LeadingAge Magazine.
Rose Villa was founded in 1957 and built over the following two years, opening its doors in 1960 as Oregon Senior Citizens, Inc., and... Read More
CCRC Spearheads New Pocket-Style Approach to Senior Living
June 24, 2014
Emily Study with Senior Housing News recently interviewed Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd about the redevelopment project that will transform the community.
As senior living providers offer new and innovative designs to better meet the wants and needs of residents, one Oregon continuing care retirement community... Read More
Rose Villa Partners with Habitat for Humanity
June 18, 2014
When Rose Villa set about planning for the redevelopment of a large section of campus, a solid salvage plan for building materials was secured and put into motion. With 75 apartments slated for removal, that’s a lot of cabinets, windows, doors, and more that are reusable in other applications. In... Read More
Rose Villa “Pocket Neighborhood” Redevelopment Transforms Senior Care and Housing
June 13, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014 marked a very important milestone for Rose Villa. For more than 54 years, Rose Villa has taken the concept of retirement and reinvented it to provide for decades of forward thinking individuals to live and thrive within a true neighborhood community. Now, in 2014, Rose Villa... Read More
Rose Villa Opens Dog Park
June 11, 2014
Dog owners and their furry companions celebrated the grand opening of their one-of-a-kind dog park. The event featured a parade and pageant of about 25 participating owners and their pets, who were dressed up in Rose Villa bandanas and other canine finery.
The park provides an off-leash area where dogs can... Read More
Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day with Rose Villa
May 27, 2014
Join us on May 27, 2014 at 10am in honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day! The free fair will provide resources for aging healthfully, including demonstrations and exhibits by the National College of Natural Medicine, Clackamas County Aging Services and Clackamas Community College. Healthy snacks also will be... Read More
Seniors are more physically active in Oregon than the rest of the country
May 27, 2014
Elizabeth Hayes of the Portland Business Journal reports that Oregon has the lowest rate of physical inactivity among seniors in the country and the highest percentage of social support. Oregon ranked eighth overall in the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. Now in its second year, the report offers some encouraging... Read More
Rose Villa attends Clackamas County Commission meeting
May 22, 2014
Rose Villa residents joined CEO, Vassar Byrd today at the meeting of Clackamas County Commissioners.
Rose Villa Receives LeadingAge Oregon Innovative Program of the Year Award for its Comfort Companions Program
May 22, 2014
The volunteer-based program assures that no expected death is experienced alone.
Rose Villa was named this week by LeadingAge Oregon as the 2014 recipient of the Innovative Program of the Year Award in recognition of its volunteer-based Comfort Companions program.
Created in July 2013 by the... Read More
Same-sex marriage in Oregon: A retiree’s view
May 20, 2014
Portland Business Journal Digital Managing Editor, Andy Geigerich interviewed residents Rodney Dolan and Michael Stotts:
When word arrived last Friday that a ruling that could possibly overturn Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban might come down, we reached out to the community in hopes of getting a few good... Read More
Bud and Charlotte's Second Chance at Love
April 03, 2014
As of 2006, Rose Villa residents Charlotte Rice and Bud Robinson had both experienced very fullfilling, happy marriages and raised their families. Little did they know, new love would change the course of their futures.
Enjoy their NW Love Story... Read More
Portland #2 on list of America's fastest growing places to retire
March 21, 2014
When to retire is one of life’s biggest decisions, but where to retire is an often-overlooked question that can be equally important.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, NerdWallet crunched the numbers to find the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas for retirees.
The site analyzed the 75... Read More
Going, Going, HOLLYWOOD!
February 28, 2014
April 2014 marks the 5th year of the Rose Villa Foundation Benefit Auction! Over the years, this event has grown to be a pillar of support for the Foundation. It is a fun evening where friends of the Rose Villa Foundation come together in support of an organization that provides... Read More
Rose Villa goes beyond pet-friendly to ‘pet-welcoming’!
February 20, 2014
Rose Villa pets and residents are featured in "Pet Talk", a pet resource of The Oregonian. Pets are a huge part of so many people's lives. That shouldn't have to change when you move to a senior living community.
Rose Villa revamps with boomers in mind
February 10, 2014
Pamplin Media's BOOM! Boomers and Beyond profiles Rose Villa:
Rose Villa is reinventing itself with baby boomers in mind. The nonprofit continuing-care retirement community on Southeast River Road in Portland is scheduled to break ground in May on a $35 million construction project that, when finished, will look more... Read More
Rose Villa's CEO, Vassar Byrd, is featured in the February issue of Oregon Business Magazine where she shares Rose Villa's plan for the future while staying connected to the residents from which she draws inspiration.
Read the full story by Jonathan Frochtzwajg... Read More
Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd, weighs in on caring for elderly parents
January 07, 2014
The Oregonians Omamas Blog writer Amy Wang recently interviewed Vassar to talk about "The Sandwich Generation: How to balance raising kids with caring for elderly parents".
Vassar Byrd, CEO of Rose Villa retirement community in Oak Grove, urges a realistic approach: Don’t try to do it all, especially if... Read More
Rose Villa Receives Clackamas County BRAG Award
December 03, 2013
Clackamas County’s Recycle At Work Program Coordinator, Julane Potter, presented an official BRAG Award to Rose Villa. The award ceremony took place at the gathering of the Rose Villa Green Committee, which meets each month to to discuss sustainability and conservation issues and opportunities.
The BRAG Award is Clackamas County’s way... Read More
Design for Aging Award
November 01, 2013
We are proud to announce we have received the American Institute of Architects and LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, 12th edition Citation for Un-Built Projects Award for our innovative Pocket Neighborhood & Main Street design. We are excited to accept this award along with RLPS Architects, Myhre Group Architects.
Erin Cornell Selected as Fellow in a National Aging-Services Leadership Program
September 16, 2013
LeadingAge has selected Erin Cornell from Rose Villa Senior Living, Portland, Oregon as a member of its 2014 Leadership Academy program. Cornell serves as Rose Villa’s Director of Health Services. Her passion is to foster autonomy and choice no matter what a person’s physical or cognitive status may be. Her... Read More
Portland Retirement Community Revamps for Baby Boomers
September 06, 2013
Rose Villa Featured in Daily Journal of Commerce
POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 01:48 PM PT
BY: Inka Bajandas Daily Journal of Commerce - Oregon 1:48 pm Fri, July 26, 2013
Southeast Portland... Read More
Learn About Rose Villa Enhancements in the Oregonian
August 30, 2013
"We're building a neighborhood so you can find community"
At Rose Villa, we find that social interaction is key to the health and happiness of our residents. Our 22 acres just above the Willamette River in Milwaukie provides for an active outdoor focused lifestyle. We are excited to share our... Read More
Rose Villa Employee Receives Award from the City of Portland
August 02, 2013
Rose Villa's Health Services Director, Erin Cornell, was recently awarded the City of Portland's Neighborhood Involvement Pennington Award. Erin's desire to help improve the environment of her neighborhood has brought positive changes and increased community involvement. Rose Villa is very proud to have such an outstanding citizen be a part... Read More
Rose Villa Receives Easter Seals Award
July 30, 2013
Rose Villa has been awarded the “Host Agency of the Year” award from the Easter Seals Senior Community Service Employment Program. We are very honored to receive this recognition from such a wonderful organization!
About the program:
“Easter Seals is committed to empowering low-income older workers to achieve economic independence and fully... Read More
Summer Concert featuring Green Tambourine!
July 09, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:30PM
Featuring GREEN TAMBOURINE!
Their harmonies, costumes and vibrant energy take you back to the 60’s! Hits by The Mama’s & the Papa’s, Elvis, The Beatles, The Ronette’s & more will be performed by the Northwest's premiere 1960’s pop band.
Located... Read More
Speak the Memory
June 27, 2013
Our recent 'Speak the Memory' performance, put on by residents & volunteers of the Rose Villa Health Center was an evening in which stories and memories came alive. Community building, relationship building, and the wonderful impact of learning about each other all took place. It was a truly magical... Read More
Rose Villa Provides Inclusive Community Living to LGBT Seniors
May 28, 2013
ElderBranch, an online senior resource website, talks with Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd, and Social Services Director, Rachel Rushing about LGBT seniors transitioning into long-term care. This transition is often times challenging for seniors and their families. Layering in the complexity of finding an LGBT friendly community can... Read More
Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd, LeadingAge Oregon Board Member for 2013-2014
May 23, 2013
Established in 1979, LeadingAge Oregon is the state association of not-for-profit, mission-directed organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, health, community and related services to the elderly and disabled.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Vassar Byrd, Rose Villa CEO, renewed her commitment to the LeadingAge Oregon Board... Read More
Rose Villa Foundation 2013 Auction an Outstanding Success!
April 22, 2013
Just what does “Outstanding Success” mean? How exactly is success measured? Success can mean many things to many people depending on their motivations, belief systems, involvement with an organization, and relationships with people. It is very easy – too easy to measure success with only dollar signs. A fundraising event... Read More
VASSAR BYRD TO SPEAK AT ENVIRONMENTS FOR AGING ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
April 04, 2013
Today’s CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) consumer expects housing that incorporates amenities such as great rooms, eat-in kitchens, laundry centers, and an office or den, yet provides connection to the larger community. The case study example of licensed CCRC, Rose Villa, a Garden Community, will demonstrate how well-conceived housing incorporates... Read More
Interview with Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd
April 02, 2013
Rose Villa's CEO, Vassar Byrd recently visited Metro East Community and shared what a unique community Rose Villa is. As a licensed Continuing Care Retirement Community, Rose Villa offers Independent Living in a neighborhood setting. Focusing on individualized, person centered care throughout ones life stages, Rose Villa puts you in... Read More
NEWS FLASH: Forward-thinking people, who like to be prepared for their future finances, health and happiness see the benefits of a CCRC.
April 02, 2013
Do you know someone looking into retirement living? Maybe you are looking into it for yourself? As a licensed Continuing Care Retirement Community, Rose Villa offers Independent living with the confidence of many levels of care for your future. Check out... Read More
Speak the Memory
March 26, 2013
The Rose Villa Health Center is hosting an evening of life sharing and reflection performance on March 29, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. The evening will bring to light stories... Read More
Rose Villa’s CEO, Vassar Byrd, elected Chair of the Oregon CCRC Advisory Council.
March 20, 2013
The CCRC Advisory Council of Oregon is a group of nine individuals, all of whom have been appointed by the Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the purpose of acting in an advisory capacity to DHS, making recommendations and providing assistance in the drafting of State Administrative... Read More
Portland Waldorf School Students present handmade blanket to Rose Villa Resident
March 15, 2013
Students from the Portland Waldorf School have been learning the craft of knitting. The group of students each make colorful knitted squares which are then fitted together to create one of a kind, soft, warm blankets. Recently, the students created two blankets for our community.
Huffington Post Interviews Rose Villa Resident Pat Matthews
February 26, 2013
Rose Villa Resident Pat Matthews shares her experience in researching Licensed Continuing Care Retirement Communities, issues facing LGBT seniors and how the desire to live her true life with her partner led her to the community she calls home.
Watch... Read More
2013 Special Olympics Polar Plunge
February 09, 2013
It was a brisk winter February morning when the Rose Villa Vikings gathered. Not to paddle this time, no, but to PLUNGE! Into the icy waters of the mighty Columbia River the Vikings surged without fear. Without hesitation. For this plunge was for the Special Olympics. The Rose Villa Vikings... Read More
Rose Villa's redevelopment model is here! Welcome to the Neighborhood!
January 30, 2013
Rose Villa believes that bigger is not always better, so better is where we are headed: Introducing our new pocket neighborhoods!
Intimate enclaves of cottage homes and apartments
Wellness center & spa
Performing Arts Center
Main Street market
We are not growing in size. We are growing in service, comfort and close-knit community spirit.... Read More
High Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today
December 19, 2012
LeadingAge CAST has just released, "High-Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today," a vision video that shows how current technology can facilitate coordinated care and aging in place. The video demonstrates the possibilities through the story of Alma, an 83-year-old woman whose journey from home to hospital, rehabilitation and back home is... Read More
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies (ccss.jhu.edu) has developed a report on seven core values of the nonprofit sector to serve as a foundation for this renewal process.
December 10, 2012
Nonprofits are under assault as never before. This difficult economic climate has stretched and strained the nonprofit sector—many are facing increased taxes and fees from state and local governments, proposals in the federal government have called for the end of the tax deduction, and for-profit businesses are encroaching in on... Read More
Rose Villa Foundation- Providing Financial Security Since 1962:
November 21, 2012
The Rose Villa Foundation is in place to provide financial help to residents that have run out of money through no fault of their own. No longer able to afford the wonderful life they have built here at Rose Villa, each resident that finds themselves in this position... Read More
How Old Are You?
November 20, 2012
How old are you?
Rose Villa Board of Directors member, Brian Demsey, exhibits that age is just a number. With a major goal set out in front of him for each decade, Brian trains 5 days per... Read More
Fall Applesauce Making
November 02, 2012
Residents of Rose Villa’s Health Center recently set out on an endeavor to create some good old fashioned apple sauce. The apples were cut with care and placed in a crock pot with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and allspice. The fragrance was delightful! After several hours the apples were ready for... Read More
Rose Villa Takes First Place in Scarecrow Competition!
October 23, 2012
Rose Villa Health Center residents found their fall spirit and produced a creative Screcrow entry for the Milwaikie Arts Committee 3rd annual Scarecrow contest. Taking first place in the Group category, the RVHC Scarecrow celebrated one of Rose Villa's favored past times...gardening. Bertha the Gardening Scarecrow is a beauty indeed!
Foundation Fall Festival and Bazaar!
October 22, 2012
Rose Villa residents are hard at work preparing for our annual Bazaar. Items handmade by residents such as blankets, quilts, aprons, bags, hats and scarves will be overflowing. Homemade baked goods of all types including cakes, pies, cupcakes, muffins and cookies will be bursting with flavor and ready for you... Read More
100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon 2012
October 02, 2012
Rose Villa was selected as one of the 100 best non-profits to work for in Oregon! We came in at #17 on the list of large companies. We are very proud to be included on this list with so many other great nonprofit organizations.
Learn more about Oregon Business Magazine's annual... Read More
Grapes Grow in Abundance
September 18, 2012
Rose Villa's Health Center residents spent some time learning how to make grape juice. We are lucky enough to have some really great growing space connected to one of the Health Center courtyards. Folks have been hard at work cultivating grape vines to produce some very delicious grapes. What do... Read More
Pacific International Academy Students Visit Rose Villa
September 04, 2012
We recently had a visit from 18 students from Marylhurst University in the Pacific International Academy. The students come to the United States from Korea for two weeks, staying with families in the Portland area. They come to this program to practice their English and to commit to service learning... Read More
2012 Parade Season Comes to a Close
August 16, 2012
It lasts just a few summer weekends, but as our fun summer parade season winds down, we reflect on what a great season it was! We start in the rainy, cold and dreary winter by thinking about what the next season will hold. What are this year’s parade themes, what... Read More
Senior Living: Desire to garden doesn't dim with age
June 30, 2012
By Connie PotterSpecial WriterThe Oregonian Part of Bud and Charlotte Robinson’s daily routine is to tend to their garden. There’s a little bit of everything in there — from the juicy red strawberries they enjoy during the early summer to vegetables and flowers.
“It’s therapy for... Read More
Cool Summer Snacks Perfect for Entertaining!
June 14, 2012
As the summer season begins we are destined to have many opportunities to gather, eat, reminisce and create new memories. A favorite BBQ or picnic snack of mine is bleu cheese wrapped grapes rolled in toasted walnuts. The beauty of this recipe is it can be altered quickly and easily.... Read More
Rose Villa Donates Hand Made Blankets
June 12, 2012
Rose Villa residents and staff eagerly look for ways to support and partner with the community. Service minded spirit has taken hold in our Health Center! Recently, a group of residents worked on creating unique baby blankets to donate to a local shelter. The blankets were cut, assembled and tied... Read More
It Was a Great Weekend at the Races!
June 11, 2012
The Rose Villa Vikings really pulled together for the 2012 Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races!
It was a very exciting weekend as they paddled in four separate heats. The competition was fierce with just over 40 teams vying for a spot in the finals. Here are the results:
Heat 11: 3rd... Read More
Vikings Have the Power!
June 10, 2012
The first day of the Rose Festival Dragon Boat races began much like it does every season. Paddlers gather at the team tent, the resident spectators arrive and stake a claim to a great viewing spot on the lawn and the Vikette Cheering Squad gets ready to cheer the Vikings... Read More
Rose Villa Viking Paddlers Are Ready To Race!
June 07, 2012
The Rose Villa Dragon Boat team, the “VIKINGS”, will be paddling to victory this weekend in Portland’s Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races! Made up of residents and staff, this team has practiced for months, honing their skills and pulling together as a team. Come to cheer them on at Portland’s... Read More
Rose Festival is Here!
May 29, 2012
105 years…that is how long people have been celebrating in Portland’s Rose Festival!
This unique Portland tradition has become part of Rose Villa Senior Living’s annual tradition as well. Each year, we participate in several of the Rose Festival’s various events. Most prominently, the wonderful night-time and luminescent Starlight... Read More
Profile of a True Voyager
May 20, 2012
Helen Kreigh made Rose Villa her home in 2003. She was drawn to Rose Villa because her sister, Charlotte Robinson made this community her home. Charlotte said “Helen was here visiting me- she liked it here, took a tour, and purchased her apartment right then. She knew she would be... Read More
2012 Foundation Auction a Success!
May 20, 2012
Thank you to all that joined us on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at our annual Foundation Benefit Auction! A fun time was had by all- the Sokol Blossor Evolution wine paired perfectly with the delicious Italian foods served by our Chef. There were so many fabulous items up for... Read More
Rose Villa CEO Vassar Byrd gives insight on identifying what’s right, to change what’s wrong
May 20, 2012
Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd, reviews the book “Switch, How To Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
I don’t know about you, but I love incongruities. For me, the best movies are the ones where you are sure you know what is going... Read More
Rose Villa CEO Appointed to LeadingAge Public Policy Congress
May 20, 2012
LeadingAge has appointed Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd, to serve as a member of their Public Policy Congress. Byrd’s appointment will be effective for two years. The LeadingAge Public Policy Congress serves to deliberate and recommend public policy objectives to the LeadingAge Board of Directors that speak to the organization’s... Read More
Springtime in Italy
May 20, 2012
Springtime is here, and that means it’s time for the Rose Villa Foundation Auction!
Please join us for the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Benefit Auction, “Springtime in Italy“. This year we are excited to offer a new feature — a live... Read More
Chef Aaron Guerra has a wonderful array of Italian delights in store for the Foundation Auction!
May 20, 2012
Rose Villa’s 3rd Annual Foundation Auction is quickly approaching! It is such a fun filled evening featuring fabulous items up for bid, live music, really great wine, and a menu inspired by the culinary delights of Italy. A PRESTO!
Saturday, April 14, 2012 5-7PM
Leading Age Sponsors Creative Writing Program
May 20, 2012
On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, a group of Rose Villa poetry lovers hopped into the Rose Villa van and trekked down to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg for the LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest & Luncheon. This annual Creative Writing contest took shape in 1993. Member residents submit short... Read More
Campus wide Wi-Fi for 2012
May 20, 2012
Rose Villa’s Wi-Fi capabilities are growing! Laptops, smartphone’s and tablets are quickly becoming a necessary part of everyday life for many of us. The ability to stay connected, to have access to important information, the latest news or even to a good friend is a becoming less of a luxury... Read More
Students celebrate Black History Month at Rose Villa
May 20, 2012
Each week, students from Oak Grove Elementary school visit Rose Villa as a part of a fun and educational after school program. Every session is filled with students and seniors coming together to work on projects that really speak to the greater good. In January, we embarked on a journey... Read More
Rose Villa’s diversity celebrated on OPB news
May 20, 2012
We’re excited to report that two of our residents – and Rose Villa – were recently featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting! In a piece on retirement options for gay and lesbian seniors, reporter Chris Lehman talked with Rose Villa residents Pat Matthews, Carol Bosworth (who is also a member of... Read More
Building Bridges with Music
May 20, 2012
In a time when many public elementary schools music programs are being cut back or eliminated, Rose Villa has partnered with Riverside Elementary School to help students get to experience the world of music. Instructed by Priscilla Lightbourne, a 4th grade teacher at Riverside Elementary and aided by a grant... Read More
Saving the Planet, One Non-Profit at a Time…
May 20, 2012
At Rose Villa, we believe in supporting non-profits that are committed to improving their communities without sacrificing sustainability. That’s why we are always looking for good partners, and continuously evaluating our own space needs and processes.
In pursuit of those goals, we recently decided to decommission our on-site paint shop. You... Read More
Halloween at Rose Villa!
May 20, 2012
It was a festive Halloween at Rose Villa filled with frights and delights! The day started with a staff pumpkin carving contest. The Halloween party attracted a coven of witches that held a captivated audience.... Read More
A Culinary Evening in Spain
May 20, 2012
Residents were treated to the delights of Spain at our most recent Culinary Tours Series Dinner! It was a wonderful evening filled with authentic tastes and sounds from the region. Make sure you don’t miss the next one by signing up for free e-news on the upper right of this... Read More
We Walk to End Alzheimer’s
May 20, 2012
Team Rose Villa had a great time during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Portland on Sunday. The team raised nearly $800!
Getting Ready for the Luau
May 20, 2012
The evening before our annual Luau, Neal and LouAnn Amina (Walt and Pat Garvin’s daughter and son-in-law) with the help of Rose Villa volunteer staff and residents, get the pit ready to cook the pork and turkey for our annual Luau. The Hawaiian name for this is an Imu. An... Read More
West Linn Parade
May 20, 2012
Last weekend Rose Villa took 3rd place in the West Linn Parade! Not even a bit of rain was enough to dampen the spirts! Congratulations to everyone who participated, and everyone who came to wish us well!
Vista Hot Air Balloon Ride
May 20, 2012
We had a wonderful time on our early morning hot air balloon ride. The weather was perfect and we soared to 1,200 feet. Not a bad way to spend a Friday morning!
To see all the pictures we took, visit our Facebook album.
An Evening of Thanks
May 14, 2012
Rose Villa residents and staff had the wonderful opportunity recently to honor Rose Villa's Volunteers. Each spring, we gather nominations for our Volunteer of the Year award. There are so many caring people that offer up their time and talents for many worthy groups and causes that are deserving. It... Read More