LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Atria Senior Living, one of the nation's largest providers of independent living, assisted living and memory care services, today announced the release of Field Notes from an Adventurous Life: A Guided Journal. The 130-page hardcover, award-winning journal provides a unique way for people to share their life stories and is the perfect gift for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.
The journal contains fascinating questions and activities to evoke life memories and inspire future goals and aspirations. It was designed using vintage imagery, quotes and event-specific prompts to inspire interest and create conversation between multiple generations. Each of Atria's 21,000 residents are receiving a gift copy and a selection of youth groups, schools, staff and family members will be journaling along with residents.
This journal can also help families capture stories of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or dementia as they utilize it as a tool to engage with their family member to help recall and record key memories. The journal offers an opportunity for families to feel a sense of accomplishment as they record key memories and wisdom for sharing with current and future generations.
"We've created Field Notes from an Adventurous Life: A Guided Journal for our residents and families to connect and share stories and wisdom that only come from life experience," said Ronda Watson, senior vice president of Culinary Services and Engage Life® for Atria Senior Living. "This journal is an extension of our commitment to celebrate and encourage our residents to actively continue to make a difference. Our hope is that people find connection by recording personal stories with friends and family."
The journal is being released in conjunction with the results of a new consumer study conducted by Atria and inspired by Field Notes from an Adventurous Life. One of the findings is that 75 percent of Americans wish there were an easy way to draw the family away from their electronic devices at meal time.
"In our technologically-focused culture, it's easy to lose sight of what is truly important: our personal relationships," said Regan Atkinson, senior vice president of Creative and Communications. "Our research finds that 76 percent of Americans believe they could handle 24 hours without their Smartphone. This journal can help make that tech-free time more meaningful. Take some time to unplug and share special life experiences."
The recent consumer survey also reveals the following:
Of those surveyed, 67 percent say they wished they knew more about their grandparents or great- grandparents.
And 73 percent of adults ages 18-34 wish they knew more about their grandparents or great-grandparents.
When asked to imagine joining Marty McFly in a time machine and meeting a relative at age 18, 42 percent would like to meet a great-grandparent, 27 percent a grandparent and 27 percent a parent.
Nine in ten Americans surveyed love their name.
Names can elicit a strong emotional connection.
97 percent of those surveyed feel that overcoming adversity has made them a better person.
Field Notes from an Adventurous Life provides a tangible way to share life histories with current and future generations and is available at www.bn.com. For more information about the journal, visit www.atriafieldnotes.com.
The consumer survey was conducted via telephone for Atria Senior Living by SSRS, an independent research company. Interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,004 respondents age 18 and older.
Atria Senior Living is a leading operator of independent living, supportive living, assisted living and memory care communities in 179 locations in 28 states and seven Canadian provinces. We are the residence of choice for more than 21,000 seniors, and the workplace of choice for more than 12,500 employees. We create vibrant communities where older adults can thrive and participate, know that their contributions are valued, and enjoy access to opportunities and support that help them keep making a difference in our world.