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Movie Night: Nostalgic Movies from the (Not So Distant) Past

Cool Hand Luke Hardboild Scene


Every cohort has their own generation-defining movies. When making best-of classic movie lists, it can be too easy to get caught up in the artistry and early craftsmanship of the old black and white movies, many of which don’t resonate as much with Baby Boomers and people who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. The movies that defined the currently retiring generation are significantly different, thematically and tonally, than the movies their parents grew up with.

Where their parents may have idolized James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, they have Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Hairy or drifter with no name was taking over from John Wayne’s many Western roles.

It’s not as if those older movies weren’t appreciated by all younger audiences at the time, but some of the following films were much more aligned with their younger sensibilities and tastes.

Preparing for Retirement: What You Need to Know When Planning for Retirement

retired couple actively riding a scooter


There are several contributing factors that have been dramatically changing the way people think about retirement the past few decades. Maybe the most important factor is longevity and improved health at older ages.

Back in 1935 the United States picked age 65 as the retirement age. It made sense from a sustainability standpoint. At that time, life expectancy in the country was roughly 58 for men and 62 for women.

Senior living lifestyle options: Are you making the right choice?

Ovation by Avamere joined Reagan and Surae on Good Things Utah to talk about their new campus opening in Southern Utah in the Fall of 2020.

Ovation is a hospitality company that offers senior housing, not a senior housing company that offers hospitality. There is a massive difference. Ovation is the culmination of our 25 years of experience in senior housing. Their new two-building campus will feature amenities and services new to Southern Utah – so residents can enjoy an active lifestyle in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

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Reservation showroom opens for Ovation senior living campus at Heartwood Preserve

Ovation by Avamere is accepting reservations for its first senior living campus in Nebraska, expected to open in west Omaha in autumn 2020.

The active lifestyle village, a two-building campus called Ovation Heartwood Preserve, will be part of the 500-acre Heartwood Preserve at 144th and Pacific Streets. The master plan for that development includes parks, walking paths, retail, restaurants, office space and 2,000 housing units of various sizes and styles.

Ovation’s developer, Avamere Family of Companies, is bringing 300 independent senior living, assisted living and memory care residential units to its campus. The newly opened Reservation Showroom in the Pepperwood Village shopping plaza offers a preview of the complex, inside and out.

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Local leaders stand for Ovation new 300-unit senior living campus groundbreaking

WASHINGTON CITY — Retirement is about to get a whole lot more comfortable in Washington City following a groundbreaking ceremony at a new senior living community Friday morning.

Flanked by community leaders, administrators from Avamere Family of Companies gathered with chrome-plated shovels and began construction on Ovation, a new retirement campus inside the 740-acre Sienna Hills master planned community off Exit 13 of Interstate 15.

The project is located on Washington Parkway and is centered in an area that has seen a lot of changes in the past few months, including a recently finished Black Bear Diner restaurant, a forthcoming RV park and “Grapevine Crossing,” an 80-acre resort themed shopping complex on the east side of I-15.

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$86 million development coming to Washington City

WASHINGTON CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A groundbreaking was held in Southern Utah on a roughly $86-million senior living village in the Sienna Hills section of Washington City Friday.

Leaders say they are bullish on the prospects of what’s being called Ovation by Avamere.

The company building the homes says the economic impact for the region will extend far beyond the millions they are spending for the build, with temporary jobs and ultimately, 100 full-time positions pumping taxes and impact dollars into the market.

The development, which is being billed as an active lifestyle village, will be constructed near the Washington Parkway and is expected to consist of 300 units, along with several luxury niceties.

It’s expected to take a little less than two years to complete the project.

Senior living complex among first to sign lease for Omaha’s West Farm development

A company that builds senior living communities has staked out an 8-acre spot on Omaha’s sprawling West Farm development, making it one of that project site’s first announced tenants.

The Avamere Family of Companies, based in the Portland, Oregon, area plans an $84 million project featuring a pair of upscale residential structures with independent senior living, assisted living and memory care units spanning 325,000 square feet.

Helping to arrange the deal is Omaha native Ryan Haller, who lives with his family in the Portland area but who has roots and parents near the West Farm land. Haller, a 2002 Millard North High graduate, grew up in a neighborhood and attended a grade school that both abut the project site. His folks still live in Pacific Hollow.

“So it’s extra important to me that we deliver an unparalleled combination of innovation, service, amenities, wellness, culinary arts and technology,” said Haller, Avamere’s vice president of growth and development.

Avamere expects to break ground yet this year on what the company calls a micro continuing care retirement community that consists of 150 independent living residences separated by a boulevard from another 90 assisted living units and 60 memory care units.

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