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Results Show The Buckingham Residents Thriving under Masterpiece Living Program
Based on a decade’s worth of studies on aging, with an emphasis on the MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging, Masterpiece Living has determined that much more is possible the older we get. The study by the MacArthur Foundation shattered the stereotypes of aging. Through the study, it was determined that 70% of physical aging and 50% of mental aging is determined by lifestyle. If a person makes the right decisions, aging can actually be a time of growth, instead of a period of decline. The Buckingham is a community where residents come to grow and try new things, whether it’s participate in a yoga class for the first time or join an art class. The Buckingham is one of only a select few senior living communities in the region to offer Masterpiece Living.
The Masterpiece Living program enables staff at The Buckingham to develop a customized program for each resident, based on a preliminary Lifestyle Review that benchmarks where they currently are in all four areas necessary to maintain balance: physical, intellectual, social and spiritual.
The Buckingham staff received Masterpiece Living training from a team of multi-specialty consultants when the community adopted the program more than a year ago. This training allows staff members to customize a development plan for each resident individually based on the outcomes they want to actualize in each life area.
The 2013 year to date results show that The Buckingham residents are overall more healthy and happy when compared to the Masterpiece Living network as well as the national norm for seniors. Falling is always a concern for seniors and their families. The Buckingham averaged 28% of residents with one or more falls, compared to 32% for the Masterpiece Living network and 33% for the national norm. That is worth noting since the average medical cost per fall is $19,440 as reported by the CDC in 2012.
The men at The Buckingham are really adhering to the Masterpiece Living program. 41% of the resident males surveyed said they do strength training exercises one or more times per week. When compared to the 29% in the Masterpiece Living network and only 16% of males nationally 75 years or older, The Buckingham male residents are really taking their health seriously.
While physical health is vital to living longer, being spiritually fulfilled is also a key component of healthy aging. The results show that 71% of the residents surveyed volunteer on a regular basis. The state of Texas estimates that one hour of volunteering is worth $22.57. Multiply that by the number of hours volunteered by residents and the conclusion can be made that The Buckingham residents contributed approximately $86,307.68 to the Houston community so far.
In all cases from physical diet to intellectual stimulation, residents are encouraged to adopt the healthiest approaches based on outcomes that motivate them—such as greater independence, improved functionality and overcoming chronic conditions.
ABOUT THE BUCKINGHAM
The Buckingham is Houston’s premier life care senior living community located in the heart of the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 42 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.
The Buckingham is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information visit www.buckinghamhouston.com, or call (832) 426-1372.