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Rita Altman to Host First #MemoryChat on Twitter This Friday!

Rita Altman to Host First #MemoryChat on Twitter This Friday! Join Rita Alman, vice president of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise care team for a live, interactive Twitter chat online Friday, September 19th at 2-3 p.m., as we discuss all things Alzheimer’s, memory care and dementia related!

Rita will be hosting #MemoryChat via the @SunriseSeniorLiving Twitter handle, so be sure to tweet your questions and comments at us using the hashtag #MemoryChat.

Want to learn more about Rita and the Sunrise care team members that will be available to answer your Alzheimer’s and memory care questions on Friday? Read on!

Rita Altman, Vice President of Memory Care Services

BSN, University of Pennsylvania

MSN, Nursing Leadership and Management from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Rita Altman is the vice president of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living where she uses the latest evidence-based research to design and oversee the implementation of Sunrise’s memory care and assisted living programs. She is one of a handful of people in the world hand trained in the Validation Method by its creator, Naomi Feil. Validation is a technique for meaningful communication with those with memory loss. Follow Rita’s personal Twitter profile at @AltmanRita!


Samantha Lawrence, Director of Program Services

Samantha Lawrence, Director of Program Services, has been with Sunrise Senior Living for the past 6 ½ years in the roles of Reminiscence Coordinator, Executive Director, and for the past year, Director of Program Services, working to develop and support quality programming for residents at Sunrise. Prior to joining the Sunrise family, Samantha worked in activities and programming leadership roles in the skilled nursing and assisted living settings. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Kenyon College and a Masters in Medical Humanities from Drew University.
Follow Samantha on Twitter at @SLLawrence07!

Eric Portnoff, Regional Director of Memory Care

Eric Portnoff began his career in long term care working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. He became an Executive Director of two successive nonprofit agencies that operated group homes and tenant support programs for DD/MI adults. After two years as an Executive Director for Sunrise Senior Living, he joined the Sunrise national memory care team as a Regionial Director of Memory Care. Eric also recently became a Certified Validation Teacher. Follow Eric on Twitter at @ePortnoff!

Lynne Colman, Regional Director of Memory Care

Lynne Colman has worked in the Seniors Housing Sector for over 10 years as a Nurse, Executive Director and Regional Director. Her passion for seniors has most recently directed her career path to Sunrise Senior Living as a Regional Director of Memory Care. Most recently Lynne became certified as a Validation Worker and continues her studies at McMaster University in the Geriatric Certificate Program. Follow Lynne on Twitter @ColmanLynne!

Sandy Strathmeyer, Regional Director of Memory Care

Sandy Strathmeyer has worked as a Memory Care Director for Sunrise Senior Living for the past 5 years. She has served as a Validation Teacher for 11 years and is also a Dementia Care Training Specialist and an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator (for over 20 years) for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. Sandy is further involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and has served as an Advisory Board member for 6 years and as a Co-chairperson for the York, Pennsylvania Walk to End Alzheimer’s for 7 years now, an event hosted by the Association. Follow Sandy on Twitter at @SStrathmeyer!

Sunrise’s Rita Altman Presents Surprise Donation on The Meredith Vieira Show

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Rita Shares 5 Ways to Make Memories on Grandparents Day

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Sunrise Resident and Jazz Executive Legend Host Jazz Festival!

Sunrise Resident and Jazz Executive Legend Host Jazz Festival! On Sunday, August 24th, Brighton Gardens of Saddle River, NJ, hosted a wonderful jazz concert with the help of resident and Blue Note Records music executive legend, Bruce Lundvall. Combining his passion for jazz with his commitment to finding a cure for Parkinsons, Bruce and the Sunrise team were able to coordinate an impressive roster of jazz performances for guests including Norah Jones, Dianne Reeves, Javon Jackson, Renee Rosnes and Steve Williams, among others.

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