Live Better. Live Well.®
This initiative is the driving force at NewAldaya Lifescapes. It encompasses all we do, all we offer, all under one roof.
We believe if you find ways to live better each day, that will lead to living well. In everything we do at NewAldaya, we provide opportunities for our residents, staff, their families, and the community to live better and live well.
Following are some of the programs we offer through Live Better. Live Well.
Defeat Dementia . . . One Win at a Time!
Wrestling great Keith Young was a legend in the Cedar Valley. This three-time NCAA Champion for ISTC (Iowa State Teacher’s College) and state champion wrestling coach for Cedar Falls High School lost his fight to Alzheimer’s Disease.
To honor Young, we formed a partnership with UNI Wrestling to call attention to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
NewAldaya Lifescapes is building a 13,000 square foot Memory Care House. This addition will nearly double the number of beds available in the Cedar Valley.
Our goal is to name the Memory Care House after Keith Young at the 1 million level.
Wrestling great Keith Young was a family man first, then a wrestler, coach, and official. Young was three-time NCAA wrestling champion for the Iowa State Teacher’s College and state champion head wrestling coach at Cedar Falls High!
In 2012, the Young family – and the entire wrestling community – mourned the loss of Coach Young’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than 11,000 individuals in Black Hawk County alone.
According to the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer’s Association, Black Hawk County needs “more housing options. Currently, only 24 formally certified dementia care beds exist in the country…”
Coach Young, the problem solver, would have asked, “How do we solve this issue?” In response, the Young family, the UNI wrestling team, and NewAldaya Lifescapes have joined forces to “Defeat Dementia.”
In 2015, the new Memory Care House opened on NewAldaya’s 17-acre campus, nearly doubling the number of dementia care beds in the country (Country or county?). To make the Memory Care House a reality for Alzheimer and dementia patients, NewAldaya Lifescapes needs your support.
The goal is to raise $1.5 million. Thus far, we have raised $500,000.
Please answer this need in the Cedar Valley to honor of Keith Young.
Let’s ‘pin’ our goal for raising $1 million to name the Memory Care House after Keith Young.
NewAldaya is very blessed to have a beautiful chapel and full-time pastor. Originally constructed in the late 1960s, the Good Shepard Chapel has been the home for spiritual services, outreach events, and communion for thousands of individuals.
The chapel is used daily by several pastors serving congregations in and around the Cedar Valley. On average, 8-10 bible studies, worship services, and other programs are hosted in the chapel each week.
In addition, Sunday morning worship is held each week and attendance averages 120 worshippers. Many people call the Good Shepard Chapel their home congregation. Individuals and families often choose to host Celebrations of Life and even weddings in the chapel.
The needs and functionality of those who are now attending chapel are different than they were 50 years ago. More people use wheelchairs, need assisted hearing devices, and have difficulty reading from the hymn books. Creating a lighter, brighter worship environment that is less cluttered is critical. We want to help today’s worshiper address significant sensory and physical challenges and benefit from worship services offered at NewAldaya Lifescapes.
We also hope to change the exterior. By creating landscaping, a prayer garden, applying fresh paint, and identifying signage, we signal to the community that our Christian heritage remains at the core of our identity.
Other Ways to Help Good Shepard Church
Chapel Endowment Fund: This fund is also permanently restricted. Interest generated from this fund is used to fund the Chaplaincy program, including the chaplain’s salary, supplies, etc.
Chaplaincy Fund: Donations from this fund are used to maintain the Chapel and purchase items (i.e. hymnals, communion cups, etc.) for the chapel. Gifts designated specifically to the Christian Caring Initiative within this fund will support, nurture, and provide for staff and residents in need.
FRIENDS of NewAldaya
Mission: To invite and expand a community of friends to support and enhance Christian caring at NewAldaya Lifescapes.
Vision: To become NewAldaya Lifescapes ambassadors to create a diverse community of friends to support and enhance the lives of residents and staff.
- Exclusive welcome package.
- Member rates on Main Street space rentals and events, including Elm’s Pub.
- Regular event updates about NewAldaya.
- Complimentary subscription to NewAldaya’s newsletter and e-communications.
- Invitations to multiple socials throughout the year.
- Invitation to the Annual Gala.
- Opportunity to give back to residents, staff, and the community.
- Be a community liaison for NewAldaya in your circle of friends.
- Create a NewAldaya community presence.
- Participate in various service opportunities unique to your desires.
- Sponsor activities or events for residents.
- Make a lifestyle for living better.
The Guardian Angel Program gives staff, volunteers, residents, and family members the opportunity to acknowledge the exceptional work of those influencing their lives. The program also supports NewAldaya Lifescapes in continuing its mission.