December 2013

In This Issue
Holiday Favorite - Pecan Tassies...A special recipe shared by Ms. Troxel from St. Martin's in the Pines Green House homes
The Tipping Point for Revolutionizing Elderhood
Financing and Collaboration Brings Green House homes to Colorado
John Knox Village to Open Florida's First Skilled Nursing Green House Homes
More than Pampering. More than Relaxation. Therapeutic Massage as Medicine?
Celebrating 10 Years of Leading a Legacy


72 Elders moved into the first six homes at Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, New York in December 2008.  Also that same year, Senator Bob Casey from PA introduced "Promoting Small House Nursing Homes Act" S3732 to support Green House homes and other models through a four-year $200 million dollar loan program.  
In December 2010, the groundbreaking ceremony took place for six Green House homes in Green Hill, New Jersey.

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Wondering what you might want to bake this weekend for your holiday party?  

Why not try this Pecan Tassies recipe from Ms. Troxel! They are cute little tarts...

miniature pecan pies that everyone will enjoy. The holidays are a special time for all of us...including Ms. Troxel.  Her Green House home at  St. Martin's in the Pines just had a holiday celebration and she was most pleased to participate in the planning and the festivities! 

Click here to see the typed version of the recipe OR click here and see the hand written Pecan  
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The 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration was a platform for Green House adopters from around the country to connect with each other, share best practices and passion, and continue learning how to impact long-term care. 

Green House adopters from 32 states came together in Boston to celebrate a Revolution of Elderhood. With close to 200 attendees at the meeting, and another 500+ people tuning into our livestream broadcast, this year's conference was the largest attendance ever! With momentum in new statesnew funding opportunities from The Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAARP Foundation and The Weinberg Foundation, there was a clear evidence that we are reaching the tipping point of this social movement.  



It was a beautiful day in Loveland, Colorado for the historic groundbreaking ceremony of the first Green House homes in Colorado. The skies were clear and the beautiful Rocky Mountains provided a breathtaking view in the background.

This Green House project is the result of a collaboration between Loveland Housing Authority and  Vivage Quality Health Care Partners.  These innovative groups worked with  NCB Capital ImpactAARP foundationThe Weinberg Foundation and many other sources of financing to bring this project to life for low income elders:

A $16 million project takes a significant numbers of financial partners, as well as time. Nearly four years in the works, financing for the project includes New Market Tax Credits, $584,000 in fee waivers from the city of Loveland, $2.6 million from the Colorado State Division of Housing and a $2 million grant from Maryland-based nonprofit The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Local residents were an integral part of planning the groundbreaking ceremony.  



Kitchen rendering (RDG Planning & Design/Courtesy / November 15, 2013)
As THE GREEN HOUSE® Project celebrates its 10th anniversary, South Florida prepares to open its first skilled nursing Green House homes.  The project was highlighted in an article in the Sun Sentinel.



John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, will start construction on the homes in the fall of next year.  While John Knox Village will be Florida's first skilled nursing Green House homes, "experts predict it won't be the last. That's because these new-styled nursing homes, and other places like them, offer the privacy, independence and amenities that aging baby boomers are going to demand when they get to the point they require long-term care." 

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Compassion. Empowerment. Well-Being. Comfort. Engagement. Those are some of the ideals that describe The Green House Project. These concepts also define what therapeutic massage can provide to aging adults.  It's beautifully simple...therapeutic massage can enable older adults to extend the vitality and quality of their lives. At its core, massage gives the natural pleasure of a reassuring human touch, lowering the risk of anxiety and increasing feelings of comfort.

Massage can increase relaxation, improve circulation, relieve pain, accelerate healing from injury and illness, strengthen the immune system, and improve sleep quality.   In addition, when performed by appropriately trained and licensed massage therapists, it can provide symptomatic relief from many conditions that occur with age.


Mary Hopfner-Thomas
Rachel Scher McLean

Tara Cugelman-McMahon

Published monthly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit

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