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,, 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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Seniors go net zero in new Rose Villa homes

Feb 12, 2019
Real Estate report Jon Bell interviews Vassar and Green Hammer about The Oaks, Portland's first net zero energy senior living community. Read More »

Unsung Hero Award

May 23, 2018
Each year at the LeadingAge Oregon Spring Conference, awards are presented in three different categories: The Caring Spirit, The Unsung Hero, and The Innovative Program of the Year. Award recipients a... Read More »

AIA Award of Merit

Nov 2, 2017
The American Institute of Architects Award Design for Aging Review awarded Rose Villa the Award of Merit. Read about the honor here.  Read More »

Find Your Balance with Rene Swar

Sep 25, 2017
Rose Villa's Wellness Director, Rene' Swar, shares simple and sound tips for balance support in the article Find your Balance: Don't Overlook this Essential Part of Staying Fit. Read More »

Signs it is Time to Consider a Move

Aug 30, 2017
Rose Villa CEO, Vassar Byrd provides insight into signs that a move might be right for someone. Read the full article here. Read More »

How to Cope with Guilt Over Moving A Loved One to Assisted Living

Aug 21, 2017
Discover ways to cope with caregiver guilt.Read more here. Read More »

What do Seniors Want in a Retirement Community?

Jul 18, 2017
Rose Villa was featured in the publication Facility Executive, highlighting connection to community as a major decision factor for seniors looking for a Life Plan Community. From the text: Active seni... Read More »

Minimalism in Retirement

May 29, 2017
Rose Villa Resident, Zoe Taylor, shares her experience of living minimally and living comfortably in a vibrant community. Read the full article here. Read More »

Forward-Thinking Senior Living Community Blazes Net-Zero Neighborhood Trail

May 19, 2017
Jeanette Schuster with Tonkon Torp Attorneys offers insight into Rose Villa's Phase 2 construction project. Read the article here. Read More »

Rose Villa Offers Fresh Model for Independent Living

Apr 27, 2017
Environments for Aging Magazine profiles Rose Villa's innovative design and classic village concept. Read all about the long-standing community and recent renovation project here. Read More »

Five-Star Community

Apr 24, 2017
The April 23, 2017 edition of The Oregonian featured an article in print and also online, which serves to shed light on the information found on the Oregon Department of Human Services website regardi... Read More »

Environments for Aging

Apr 14, 2017
Environments for Aging recognizes Rose Villa's Redevelopment with the Design Showcase Award of Merit for a built project. Read about the award here.  Read More »