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ICAA and NuStep Announce Best in Wellness Awards

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

The ICAA NuStep Beacon Award and the ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award honors organizations that exemplify a comprehensive approach to wellness within the senior living sector and visionary wellness CEOs who lead the charge in cultivating wellness-centric environments.


Colin Milner Founder & CEO of ICAA talks about Best in Wellness Awards

The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC, two beacons of dedication to advancing wellness in senior living communities, are thrilled to unveil the winners of the 2023 "Best in Wellness" awards. These distinguished accolades, symbolized by the ICAA NuStep Beacon Award and the ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award, shine a light on organizations that exemplify a comprehensive approach to wellness within the senior living sector. The Pinnacle Award also honors visionary wellness CEOs who lead the charge in cultivating wellness-centric environments.


In an era where wellness takes center stage in active aging, Colin Milner, the founder and CEO of ICAA, expressed his enthusiasm about this year's recipients, stating, "As wellness continues to flourish in the industry, we are delighted to provide recognition for organizations and leaders who are making a significant impact. All of our esteemed award winners serve as inspiring role models, leading the way in promoting wellness for both organizations and residents."


The 2023 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award celebrates:


Top 25 Senior Living Communities:

  1. Asbury Solomons (Solomons, Maryland)

  2. Splendido At Rancho Vistoso (Tucson, Arizona)

  3. Juniper Village at Chatham (Chatham Township, New Jersey)

  4. Bridgewater Retirement Community (Bridgewater, Virginia)

  5. John Knox Village of Florida (Pompano Beach, Florida)

  6. Tapestry at Victoria Harbour (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

  7. On Top of the World Communities (Ocala, Florida)

  8. Asbury Methodist Village (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

  9. Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall (Wilmington, North Carolina)

  10. Maravilla Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

  11. Maravilla Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Arizona)

  12. GenCare Lifestyle Seattle at Ballard Landmark (Seattle, Washington)

  13. Lakeview Village (Lenexa, Kansas)

  14. Meadowood Senior Living (Worcester, Pennsylvania)

  15. Berwick Qualicum Beach (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada)

  16. Friendship Village Senior Living Communities (Sunset Hills, Missouri)

  17. Asbury Springhill (Erie, Pennsylvania)

  18. Moorings Park Grande Lake (Naples, Florida)

  19. GenCare Lifestyle Federal Way (Federal Way, Washington)

  20. The Moorings of Arlington Heights (Arlington Heights, Illinois)

  21. Galloway Ridge at Fearrington (Pittsboro, North Carolina)

  22. River Landing at Sandy Ridge (High Point, North Carolina)

  23. Shell Point Retirement Community (Fort Myers, Florida)

  24. Williamsburg Landing (Williamsburg, Virginia)

  25. Covenant Living of Golden Valley (Golden Valley, Minnesota)

The 2023 ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award honors the following:


Top 5 Senior Living Communities:

  1. Asbury Solomons (Solomons, Maryland)

  2. Splendido At Rancho Vistoso (Tucson, Arizona)

  3. Juniper Village at Chatham (Chatham Township, New Jersey)

  4. Bridgewater Retirement Community (Bridgewater, Virginia)

  5. John Knox Village of Florida (Pompano Beach, Florida)

Top 5 Wellness CEOs:

  • Dan Lavender, Moorings Park Communities (Naples, Florida)

  • Mary Leary, Mather (Evanston, Illinois)

  • Lynne Katzmann, Juniper Communities (Bloomfield, New Jersey)

  • Doug Leidig, Asbury Communities (Frederick, Maryland)

  • Leon Grundstein, GenCare Lifestyle (Seattle, Washington)


The ICAA NuStep Beacon Award not only celebrates excellence but also applauds communities that embrace wellness as a way of life. These communities have proven their dedication by establishing wellness as a fundamental principle and collaborating with residents, members, clients, and staff to create meaningful opportunities that empower individuals to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.


NuStep's Marketing Communications Specialist, Jane Benskey, commented on this year's award winners, saying “These awards underscore the exciting fact that wellness is taking center stage in senior living communities. The organizations and CEOs we’re honoring recognize that the wellness model is not a static, one-size-fits-all construct. Instead, they view it as a dynamic and ever-evolving model, which demands a creative, visionary approach to meet the needs of current — and future — residents. It’s truly an exciting time in the industry.”


For more information and insights from these esteemed award winners, please visit the ICAA NuStep Beacon Award website at beaconaward.icaa.cc.

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