Research and Partnerships
As part of our ongoing leadership in the national conversation on aging, Atria Senior Living sponsors and partners with many experts and organizations who work to advance our society’s understanding of aging and lifelong wellness.
International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA)
The ICAA is dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society’s myths about aging. The goal is to help these professionals empower aging baby boomers and older adults to improve their quality of life.
Atria is a proud sponsor and supporter of the ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® campaign – a groundbreaking movement aimed at shifting society’s perceptions of aging and countering negative aging stereotypes. In support of this effort, Atria encourages its residents to become ICAA Active Aging Champions – older adults who epitomize active aging – to serve as role models and educators in their communities and beyond.
Atria communities across the country are working to explore the untapped human potential in older adults. In fact, Atria Woodbridge in Irvine, California, earned a 2011 ICAA Innovators Achievement Award for developing the fun and engaging “Man Cave” program for residents. In 2012, we won our second consecutive ICAA Innovators Achievement Award for the interactive Culinary Educational Series developed by Kirk Brooks, our former Director of Culinary Service at Atria Campana del Rio in Tucson, Arizona (now an Executive Director with the company). And in 2013, residents at Atria Valley Manor in Tucson collaborated to build their very own rocket! The “Rocketry with John” program was officially recognized by the ICAA for its uniqueness and successful launch. Meet some of our residents and watch the lift-off here. And in 2014, Atria El Camino Gardens in Carmichael, California, received an ICAA Innovators Achievement Award for their “Good Samaritan Outreach Club” – an extensive volunteer program that provides residents with opportunities to support the local community.
Billie Jean King – Atria’s Active Aging Ambassador
We’ve partnered with the equal rights advocate and 20-time Wimbledon® champion to promote the many benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle. As our Active Aging Ambassador, Billie Jean shares our belief that we’re all meant to stay connected, work together and support each other as we continue to explore, learn and try new things. Billie Jean was first introduced to Atria as a family member of one of our residents. Click here to learn more.
Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging with Dr. Henry Lodge
As a leading innovator in promoting healthy, active lifestyles, Atria is a proud sponsor of this PBS special. Through practical examples and real-world scenarios, nationally renowned physician Dr. Henry Lodge shares his influential findings on how physical and social engagement can actually reverse the effects of aging. Click here to read more.
David Troxel, MPH
Atria partners with renowned Alzheimer’s expert and author David Troxel, to provide innovative memory care that can help people with dementia continue to live meaningful, joyful lives. Troxel has co-authored four influential books, most notably A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer‘s Care, and works with Atria to identify new approaches for providing the most effective care.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Atria is a proud member of the USGBC. The council’s mission is “to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.”
In 2000, the USGBC developed the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system to recognize commercial, institutional and residential projects for their outstanding environmental and health performance in both the United States and elsewhere.
Conductorcise® with Maestro David Dworkin
Many Atria communities offer Conductorcise as a healthy option for seniors who wish to stay physically active. This unique program combines the aerobic movements of conducting an orchestra with the aesthetic stimulation of classical music to create a low-impact workout for older adults.
American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA)
Atria is a proud member of ASHA, which promotes the merits of the senior housing industry and provides leadership on legislative and regulatory matters, advancements in research and education, and the exchange of strategic business information.
Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
ALFA is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. ALFA advocates for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors and Atria is proud to be aligned with the organization’s mission.