Brightview Tenafly Associate Awarded Prestigious Prize

Brightview Tenafly Associate Awarded Prestigious Prize

Jeannie Kruger, Wellspring Village Director at Brightview Tenafly was selected as one of twelve people to attend the Memory Bridge Training Retreat at a Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana.

The 5-day retreat is sponsored by Memory Bridge, The Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory, as well as by Indiana University’s Center for Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.

Selected from a large pool of international candidates, Jeannie received a full scholarship to attend the training.

“This is an amazing honor,” explains Dr. Patrick Doyle, Corporate Director of Dementia at Brightview Senior Living. “I know Jeannie will bring so much to the experience and will return to Brightview with every morsel of knowledge and wisdom imparted during this training.”

“Every time I speak to Jeannie, I am struck by her dedication and passion for dementia care. I am very excited for her and cannot wait to learn from her when she returns,” he added.

As Wellspring Village® Director, Jeannie serves as the community’s leader and expert in dementia and memory care. She leads and directs the team serving residents of Wellspring Village®, Brightview’s specialized program and environment for people living with dementia and other dementias, overseeing all aspects of day to day life including care, services and programming.

Prior to joining Brightview Tenafly in January 2015, Jeannie worked in various capacities in senior living as well as with men, women, and children living with cancer and at a women’s health center.

“Throughout my career, I’ve learned the importance of the art of listening and being ‘centered,’” explains Jeannie. “At Brightview, helping residents feel fulfilled each day keeps my passion alive.”

According to Memory Bridge’s website and description of the retreat, “the design of the retreat is based on Memory Bridge’s Life is a Bridge Dementia Immersion Training, an experience-centered learning journey that positions people with dementia in the roles of teacher, guide, and companion. In keeping with that design, participants will meet five times with their Buddies – the elders with dementia participating in the program.”

The training will also “incorporate presentations, facilitated discussions, video case studies, I-Land mapping, literature and films, peer-to-peer and intragroup sharing, drum circles, and meditation.”

The training takes place from June 1-6, 2017.

For more information about Memory Bridge, please visit their website at

Congratulations Jeannie!

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