Serenades by Sonata Lifelong Learning Memory Care Partner Team Elliott Receives Prestigious Award

julie-and-leighOrlando, FL – July 3, 2013 – Sonata Senior Living, an Orlando-based owner, developer and operator of senior living communities, acknowledges their provider of comprehensive activities programming,
Team Elliott Education and their leader, Leigh Elliott, in her recent C-Level Award by the Orlando Business Journal for COO of the Year, 2013 Small Business Category.

The C-Level Awards recognize Central Florida’s top chief officers in a variety of areas representing small, medium, and large companies as well as government and non-profit agencies.

“Alzheimer’s currently afflicts more than 5.5 million Americans and that number is expected to increase dramatically as our population ages,” said Sonata CEO and President, Stuart J. Beebe. “As part of Sonata’s
commitment to provide world class healthcare across the care continuum, they recognize that a growing number of residents and their loved ones will be faced with the need for specialized memory care. It is a privilege to bring Team Elliott Education to our Serenades Memory Care Communities and to be associated with the visionary leadership that is redefining the way seniors are cared for in our country,” said

“An educational format for activities programming lends itself to seeing all that is possible for our residents and through Team Elliott Education we are able to provide them with opportunities – always with the goal to encourage, engage, and empower residents by guaranteeing 100% success. Utilizing a third-party provider brings the benefit of intensely researched, completely prepared, and fully tested programs that are always fresh and stimulating as well as having team members that specialize in the area they present”.

Five years ago while assisting an 80 year old woman in her desire to read, Leigh Elliott of Team Elliott Education realized that all people, regardless of birth year and acuity, deserved the opportunity for ageappropriate, intellectual stimulation. Raising the awareness and providing for a higher standard of intellectual care within healthcare communities fuels the engine that drives the concept behind Team Elliott Education.

“To address these intellectual needs, Team Elliott Education offers Comprehensive, Session Specific and Field programs for independent, assisted and memory care communities,” says Shelley Esden, SVP of Operations for Sonata Senior Living. With ongoing daily research and preparation, Team Elliott creates the unique, engaging and intellectually stimulating lifestyle programming that is the foundation of Serenades memory care programming and offered within all Serenades by Sonata communities.

Sonata Senior Living is committed to offering the latest technologies and innovations that will continue to help us find moments of joy for our residents as well as to continue to raise the bar for memory care. Serenades is proud to be a partner of Team Elliott’s award-winning Lifelong Learning Program, an integral part of our communities. Their iPad App, Team Elliott Challenges, features a concentration game and foreign language word search, both reflecting the contributions and interests of Team Elliott’s Lifelong Learner participants from memory care. A third game is in development. The App is currently available on
iTunes for iPads.

Serenades by Sonata is managed and operated by Sonata Senior Living, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonata Health Care. The Sonata team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have successfully managed over 22 Central Florida senior housing communities over the past 17 years. Sonata Senior Living is committed to raising the bar for memory care assisted living, providing exceptional care and unparalleled service in a setting that aims to enhance each resident’s quality of life.

Sonata currently operates Serenades memory care communities in Longwood and Winter Garden, with another location under construction in The Villages. The company’s flagship community, Sonata at Melbourne, is a new luxury rental continuum of care campus offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care assisted living.

For more information about Sonata and its communities, visit or call 407-286-6490.

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