Large memory care facility opens
SANTA ROSA -- Vintage Senior Living at Vintage Brush Creek recently opened a memory care facility. The 50,000 square-foot, two-story building features 32 studio apartments as well as activity and dining areas specifically designed and furnished for residents with memory impairment, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Designers took into account the special needs of a growing population of seniors who are afflicted with dementia, according to the company. One in eight Americans over age 65 will eventually develop Alzheimer's disease.
The new facility details include soft lighting and neutral walls, wood floors and muted carpets, an indoor "serenity area" with waterfall and soothing music, and a garden area for strolls and planting flowers, encouraging physical and mental activity.
Each resident is provided a "memory box" to help them connect present and past via personal photos and mementos.
Novato latest city to host Algebra Academy
PETALUMA -- North Bay Leadership Council's first Algebra Academy will begin Aug. 1 in Novato. The council's Algebra Academy will be a public-private partnership with the Novato Unified School District.
The academy will offer selected English learners in middle school the opportunity to learn algebra and explore how it is applied in the world of work.
The council's Algebra Academy is modeled on the Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, run by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. It falls on the heels of the recently completed Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's academy.
"Mike's dream was always not just to expand the academy locally but to have other programs elsewhere," said Kelly Bass, director of workforce development for the Santa Rosa chamber.
The goal of the academy is help jumpstart students' interest in and knowledge of algebra, as well as other math- and science-related topics. This knowledge will do more than improve their academic achievement. It will connect the dots for them on why learning algebra is a linchpin for college and career readiness.
The students in the North Bay Leadership Council's academy will be taught algebra for two hours every day and then spend time with scientists, engineers, financial experts, designers and other professionals. The professionals will share how they use math and science in their work and showcase careers that require these skills. Students will also be able to tour the worksites and participate in real work experiences.
The five organizations hosting the students in the academy are the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Infineon Raceway, Novato Sanitary District, North Marin Water District and Redwood Credit Union. Contributing to defray the cost of the academy are Pacific Gas & Electric, Kaiser Permanente and BioMarin Pharmaceutical.
The leadership council plans to open new academies next summer in other North Bay cities in addition to the Novato academy. As an employer-led public policy advocacy organization, council members have made education one of their top priorities. The group seeks to create more public-private partnerships to improve education, so that there will be a highly skilled workforce in the North Bay ready to fill the jobs generated by the region's employers.
Sonoma Valley Unified School District is looking into starting an algebra program in the fall, according to Ms. Bass.