The Beacon

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Purple Party raises awareness for Alzheimer’s disease

Jeanne Thompson wanted to do something that would provide a fun opportunity for residents of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze while also raising money and awareness for a good cause. The idea of a Purple Party was born from that and Thompson, who helps head up the activities department at the assisted living facility, can […]

FTD becoming more prevalent form of dementia

FTD becoming more prevalent form of dementia

Alzheimer’s draws most of the attention when it comes to dementia. But Frontotemporal Dementia is one that isn’t in the spotlight nearly as much but seemingly is becoming more common. It’s second only to Alzheimer’s in terms of prevalence and accounts for 20% of all young-onset dementia cases, typically diagnosed between the ages of 45-60 […]

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Home. The word evokes memories, good memories for some as the place where family gathered and shared life, where children were nurtured and grew, where the benchmarks of life were celebrated. For some, home evokes different memories, difficult memories of conflict and loss, the catalysts for leaving home. Read the full article in the March […]

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s disease

Treks raise awareness and funds in battle to end Alzheimer’s  disease

Amy Woodland is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s manager in the Panhandle, and when she thinks about this event, the largest in the world to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, she considers it a celebration. She calls it that because it brings so many together for a common cause, particularly […]

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Generator mandate puts nursing homes in a bind

Nursing home operators are raising concerns about their ability to comply with a 60-day deadline requiring facilities to install generators that can provide electrical power for at least 96 hours in the event of an outage. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the emergency order last month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm is […]

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry Adams said he wouldn’t trade his wife for anything in the world. Evelyn, his wife of 77 years, quickly chimes in with a pretty funny response. “Well you couldn’t now, not in the shape you are in,” Evelyn said with a laugh. “You are stuck with me.” That lighter moment offers a glimpse into […]

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

“So what would you like to know?” asked Stan Bellamy, one of the residents at The Beacon Assisted Living and Retirement Community in Gulf Breeze. Stan, a retired engineer, relocated with his wife, Leta Bellamy, to Gulf Breeze from Indianapolis, Ind., about 20 year ago in order to enjoy their retirement. After some problems with […]

Assisted-living community changes hands

Assisted-living community changes hands

The Blake of Gulf Breeze formally changed ownership on July 31, and with it came a new management company, Superior Residences Senior Living. The assisted-living community’s new name is The Beacon. Formerly owned and operated by Blake Management Group, the facility was sold to CNL Healthcare Properties based out of Orlando, Fla. According to their […]