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Park Springs, Atlanta’s Premier CCRC, Wins Special ‘Best of NAHB 50+ Housing’ Innovation Award with Senior Awareness Flash Mob

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Atlanta (January 24, 2013) – Park Springs, Atlanta’s premier continuing care retirement community, was honored yesterday by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas with the Innovation Award for the category Best NAHB 50+ Lifestyle Event. Park Springs was recognized for its September 2012 ‘Senior Awareness Flash Mob,’ planned and coordinated by Lisa Kiely, Director of Wellness and Community Culture at Park Springs.

Best of 50+ Housing Awards
Sponsored by Lowe’s Commercial Services, the NAHB 50+ Housing Council’s Best of 50+ Housing Awards program is the industry’s most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond. The Best of 50+ Housing Awards are viewed by the industry and media as a showcase for innovation, emerging trends and quality housing for the mature demographic. http://www.nahb.org/50plusawards

Senior Awareness Flash Mob Wins Innovation Award
On September 12, 2012, almost 200 seniors and friends, many of them residents at Park Springs, gathered in the Square in Decatur for a ‘Flash Mob.’ (A flash mob is a group of people who assemble ‘suddenly’ in a place, perform for a brief time, and then go about their way – happily surprising and entertaining the public.)

Park Springs’ own Lisa Kiely spent more than a year organizing the Senior Awareness Flash Mob. “I wanted people to find a new way to focus on the subject of active aging, and how to have a great time no matter what age you are,” she said.

Together with the YMCA, officials of the City of Decatur and a variety of local senior organizations, Lisa developed the plan, coordinated the logistics, and got as many participants together in one place as possible. She choreographed the entire performance, and made sure that everybody who wanted to be a part of the flash mob could practice ahead of time by studying a special on-line video.

“It was awesome to see everybody come together for this event,” Lisa said. “I am certain that our Senior Awareness Flash Mob changed some people’s perceptions of what it means to age – to live well, be well, and have fun!”

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