Wildlife surrounds the Academy Villas and Villas residents have wonderful views of wildlife on a daily basis. The Southwest desert of the United States supports a huge variety of fascinating creatures. The very pretty bobcat in the photo lives in the Village. While you would not want to get too close to him, he does not disturb humans. And there are many other forms of wildlife that live close the Academy Villas. Because we have a number of excellent photographers in the Villas and Village, we have gathered photos that bring attention to the desert wildlife seen every day.
Photos Taken by Villas Residents and Villagers
Roger Shepard, a resident of the Academy Villas, took the photo of the bobcat. And Marcia Neugebauer, an Academy Village resident, took the photo of the screech owls above. Amazingly, these owls live in Marcia’s front porch. While they are quite small, their eyes seem huge and they are constantly checking everything out. Like Marcia and Roger, many residents and Villagers take photos of the wildlife. Therefore, we collected a number of these wildlife photos of wildlife, birds and insects, for others to see. This collection contains 110 photos.
A Veritable Desert Museum of Amazing Creatures
Tucson, AZ supports one of the world’s best Desert Museum. However, much of the wildlife that resides in Tucson’s Desert Museum also lives in the Rincon Valley. Because the Academy Villas is located in the Rincon Valley, residents of the Villas have front seat views of this wildlife. In a sense, the desert around us becomes its own wildlife museum. A Collared Lizard is seen in the photo above. This lizard changes color very quickly if it is disturbed. These and other photos of wildlife by residents and Academy Villagers may be seen here.
The Green House approach to senior supportive care strongly influenced the building and running of the Academy Villas. Recently, a research study was conducted that offers support for this approach (New York Times). This nine year study found that the Green House approach is “a preferable model of care.” Specifically, it led to a smaller percentage of residents who were bedridden. Further, there were fewer avoidable hospital visits and readmissions. The study suggests that these and other positive outcomes are related to to the central aspects of the Green House approach.
Smaller, residential style buildings with, private rooms for residents
Residents have considerable say over their lifestyles in the residence
Well-trained staff that maintains close, nurturing relationships with residents
Benefits to Residents
Residents in Green House facilities can determine the rhythm of their day. This is because of their small size and well-trained staff. For example, residents can get up when they want, and eat breakfast when they wish. They know all the other residents and are close to the staff members. Further, the study found that, on average, the well-trained staff members spent twice as many hours per day with individual residents than in other types of facilities. In addition, Green House staff members know the likes and dislikes of the residents, and are therefore more aware of changes in health conditions.
Academy Villas now has two assisted living residences that embrace the Green House approach to supportive care for seniors.
Holiday Singing at Academy Villas with Academy Village residents. Each year, the residents of Academy Village gather in the Langtry Academy Villas and join Villas residents in singing Holiday songs. Leslie Nitzberg, an Academy Village resident led the group in singing. The group sang familiar holiday carols and songs.
Academy Village/Altura is a small 55+ retirement community located in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. Residents of Academy Village/Altura are an active group and volunteer in many activities that benefit the community. Villas residents are a part of the Academy Village/Altura community and often get together for interesting activities with the other villagers. This holiday singing activity is a yearly event.
This year, the set of songs included two Hanukkah favorites, since Hanukhah fell just before Christmas. It was glorious to hear all voices raised in singing these popular holiday songs. This has become a well-loved tradition in Academy Village/Altura as well as in Academy Villas. Joining the group were several grandchildren of the Academy Villas residents. The children particularly enjoyed singing “Jingle-Bells”.