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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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 »

Issues of Choice and Challenge

Dec 4, 2014
Balancing Quality of Life with Safety and Risk Vassar Byrd, Rose Villa CEO, will join a panel of professionals at the Wellspring Conference center on January 11, 2016. Presented by Making Oregon Vital... Read More »

Rose Villa's "Mr. Tomato"

Sep 23, 2014
Writer Janet Eastman recently sat down with Don Cresap aka "Mr. Tomato" and Bob Zimmer to talk about the community farmer's market and how their involvement helps the market to flourish. Don and Bob o... Read More »

Rose Villa featured in the Oregonian Food Day

Sep 17, 2014
In her quest to identify a senior community that could serve her vegan diet needs, Sue Griffin found herself at Rose Villa. In the following article by Food Day writer Grant Butler, Sue shares her exp... Read More »