Expert Source

Vassar Byrd is a nationally recognized expert source on the topics of gerontology, innovative senior living and the importance of person-directed care. She has lent her expertise to stories in the L.A. Times, U.S. News & World Report, the New York Times, Parents.com, The Oregonian and more. She has also been featured in stories on KXL-FM News/Talk and NPR. 

Rose Villa is regularly featured in local and industry media. If you are a journalist, please contact Jennifer Werdel, Director of Marketing and Communications.

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Reimagining Death and Dying

Dec 1, 2015
Changing the way we care. Rose Villa's CEO, Vassar Byrd, will deliver the keynote address at a January 2016 Contemplative Coference presented by Noraopa University. A nationally recognized speaker and... Read More »

WWII veteran awarded prestigious medal

Nov 17, 2015
Donald Cresap, a B-24 bomber pilot in WWII, was presented the Air Medal on Saturday in Portland. The medal is awarded for meritorious achievement while in aerial flight. U. S. Senator Ron Wyden presen... Read More »

Top 5 Must-Ask, Pre-Retirement Questions for All Baby Boomers

Nov 11, 2015
Huffington Post article by Buck Wargo. Read More »

A Portland community's batty idea: collect guano for its gardens

Nov 5, 2015
Rose Villa's two acre resident-run community garden serves as a significant resource for produce for not only the residents that manage their individual plots and the seasonal farmer's market, but als... Read More »

Rose Villa Wellness Director Serves PCC Technology Fitness Advisory Board

Oct 30, 2015
Rene' Swar, Ros Villa's Wellness Director is Co-Chair of the Portland Community College Technology Fitness Board.  This is a working committee of the top fitness professionals in the tri county a... Read More »

Transformation of Milwaukie Retirement Community Continues

Oct 20, 2015
The finishing touches are being put on our modernized cottages and new residents are starting to move in. The Daily Journal of Commerce shares Rose Villa's latest construction developments. Read More »

Chefs Nourish Customers and a Healthy Food System

Oct 16, 2015
Kathleen Bauer with Willamette Living magazine featured Rose Villa's Chef KathrynYeoman's in this October/November 2015 issue. Read More »

Bracing for a Surge

Sep 15, 2015
At the Portland Business Journal’s recent roundtable discussion on health policy ( “Mapping reform’s next big road bumps,” Aug. 21), the discussion turned to a huge topic.... Read More »

A Portland Senior Community Renovates for Baby Boomers

Sep 6, 2015
When Rose Villa was built 57 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River, it probably seemed like the latest and greatest example of senior living. After several generations came and went, t... Read More »

What the New Normal for Retirement Looks Like

Sep 4, 2015
More seniors are working longer, playing harder and loving every minute of it. Just ask Don and Elsie, who are living life they way they choose and are "having the time of their lives" as residen... Read More »

Rose Villa Comfort Companions program assures that no resident dies alone

Aug 28, 2015
The all-volunteer program was started in 2013, when a previous social worker at Rose Villa recognized there was a need. Residents who volunteer for the program provide 24/7 care, “at the drop of... Read More »

CEO Roundtable: Healthcare policy

Aug 25, 2015
On July 24, the Portland Business Journal gathered a panel of health care experts from all points of the spectrum — insurance, health systems, physicians, senior care, the Oregon Health Authorit... Read More »