Life Enrichment: Behind the scenes at Casa de Mañana

by Cristy Rose As the life enrichment director for Casa de Mañana, my goal as I plan events, outings and opportunities for engagement is to meet three very important criteria that I believe EVERY human being needs to THRIVE. Notice I didn’t say survive. I said THRIVE. I try to create positive connections. Everyone needs positive connections in their daily lives. Many researchers believe the estimated 68,000 seniors who died of non-COVID related/non-medical related deaths during the pandemi…

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Casa Resident Dr. Kate Morton Plants a Legacy for the Future

Soon after moving to Casa de Mañana in 2005, Dr. Kate Morton, affectionately known by fellow residents and staff as the “Rose Lady,” found her passion keeping the dozens of roses “neat and tidy” in between visits from the professional gardeners who maintain the community’s landscaping. Although Kate has since handed over her rose duties to a small volunteer committee, her legacy continues to be laid for the future. Kate is a generous supporter of the Front Porch Communities Foundati…

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Casa de Mañana Offers a Sense of Community by the Ocean

Casa de Mañana opened its doors in 1924 as Hotel Casa de Mañana, and the ‘House of Tomorrow’ continues to fulfill its role as a gracious gathering place. the hotel was the dream of Isabel Morrison Hopkins. One sunny La Jolla day while visiting her mother, the Colorado native stood on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific and envisioned an elegant, luxurious hotel and gather place harmoniously situated on the edge of the sea. What Mrs. Hopkins would soon create was much more than a hotel — …

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Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Falls

September 22, national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, focuses attention on the leading cause ofinjury-related emergency department visits. As a leading provider of senior housing, Front Porchunderstands that falls can be prevented and shares simple steps you can take to decrease falls risks.

Falls affect us all. The risk of falling increases with age. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. If you slip, trip or fa…

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Residents Discover their ‘Sense of Place’ at Front Porch Communities

In academic circles, "sense of place" refers to the subjective and emotional attachment people have to a particular geographic location, shaped by their personal experiences and cultural associations. Drawing on this definition, Front Porch developed the Sense of Place program: a six-part series that allows new and established residents to explore together how they experience their community and to share what they value and want to keep - and what they want to change. Senior Director for Res…

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Move to Casa Loma Assisted Living Was a Welcome and Easy Transition for McQuistons

Casa de Mañana resident Ed McQuiston and his wife, Bonnie, lived independently (without health services) in the Casa Norte building for eight years. In 2020, changes to Bonnie's health prompted the couple to move to an accommodation in the nearby Casa Loma building where assisted living services are provided for residents who need regular unscheduled care.

Always smiling at Casa Loma.
"I didn't know what to expect when we moved, bu…

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Casa de Mañana Residents Sue and Doug Make an Investment for the Future

When Sue and Doug moved to Casa de Mañana in La Jolla in 2019, they found a variety of first-class amenities and lifelong learning opportunities. But most importantly, they found an opportunity to give back to Casa in a way that they themselves appreciated while in school. "Right after we moved in we heard about the employee scholarship programs here, administered through what is now the Front Porch Communities Foundation, and that immediately piqued our interest," Sue said. "As ac…

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Dr. Jack Clausen Enjoys the Music of Friendship

When Casa de Mañana resident Dr. Jack Clausen was five years old, his parents introduced him to the piano. "I wasn't forced to play but encouraged," Jack said. "My father was a music professor and department chair at Los Angeles City College, so in that sense I was motivated. He and my mother were the primary forces responsible for instilling the self-discipline of daily practicing needed to attain sufficient skills to play for a lifetime of fun." Jack soon switched to the violin and then at…

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Front Porch Chaplains Help Residents Explore the Many Facets of Spirituality

Samuel Schaar had not planned to be a chaplain. Prior to joining the team at Sunny View in Cupertino as the director of spiritual life, he served as a pastor in a local Methodist congregation. "I had served as a chaplain for one year in a hospital," he said. "I cherished the experience of that year, because it was a tremendous season of growth and learning for me. My time spent as a chaplain in this community has continued that learning journey and I have come to love the role more and more." …

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Residents and Their Canine Companions Have a Dog-Gone Good Time at Casa de Mañana’s Yappy Hour

During a recent "yappy hour" at Casa de Mañana, resident Betsy Jordan said it best … "Most of the time, the people talk to the people and the dogs talk to the dogs, but sometimes it's the other way around," she said with a grin, keeping one eye on her chocolate lab Bella, while enjoying some refreshments with her neighbors. For an hour each month, Casa's putting green, overlooking the Children's Pool near La Jolla Cove, is transformed into a virtual "dogtopia," a canine para…

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