The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) representing assisted living residences throughout the state, has recognized The Greens at Cannondale for an outstanding aspect of resident activities:  “Enriching Life Through Nature.”  The award acknowledges The Greens as a leader in the state of Connecticut in best practices for resident care and quality of life.

Senior executive director Ron Bucci accepted the award for The Greens staff.

According to a release from The Greens, “…blending nature into senior living has long been considered therapeutic for seniors. The health benefits of closeness to nature are well-known. Emotionally, the nostalgia of gardens and the pleasures of being outdoors create lasting feelings of being at home and belonging.”

The Greens offers many ways to connect residents and families to the great outdoors. Set on a fifteen-acre campus, residents can stroll on manicured walking paths, or enjoy a golf cart ride on the trails of neighboring Allen’s Meadows. Following the activity of schoolchildren as they play sports on the surrounding fields is a delight for many residents. For those who want to get even closer to nature, there are raised garden beds for individual gardens and the residence’s large fruit-and-vegetable garden, which provides produce for mealtime with garden-to-table freshness.

A favorite lecture series by certified horticulture therapist “Jeff the Plant Man” covers everything from insect damage to root control and includes an unusual houseplant, with instructions, for each resident at every session.