Groundbreaking for Violette's Crossing and a New Memory Support Neighborhood

NORTHAMPTON, MA (October 28, 2015) – Rockridge Retirement Community, a Deaconess Abundant Life Community, announces the addition of a new neighborhood to the campus. Violette’s Crossing will feature 25 independent rental apartments for those of moderate income. The project will also feature a new Gardens Neighborhood for Memory Support on the first floor of the building. A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM and will be followed by light refreshments in the community room. Those expected to attend include Mayor David Narkewicz, President and CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, Christopher Sintros and John Young, the son of the late Elmo and Violette Young, founders of Rockridge Retirement Community.

Violette’s Crossing will allow residents to live independently in their own apartment while eliminating the chores often associated with home ownership. It will also give the residents an opportunity to become part of a supportive community. From extensive research, done both locally and nationally, there is a gap in providing quality housing for those considered moderate income. The Gardens Neighborhood for Memory Support will be updated and expanded to include 24 suites on the first floor as well as a private, resident accessible, secure courtyard. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that more than 28 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease and it will consume nearly 25% of Medicare spending. By adding on the additional apartments in Violette’s Crossing and additional suites in the Gardens, Rockridge will be able to provide quality housing for seniors for years to come. 

Rockridge Retirement Community, a not-for-profit campus offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care, and The Gardens Neighborhood for Memory Support, is part of the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, which have been serving seniors as New England Deaconess Association since 1889. Their communities – Rockridge in Northampton, Newbury Court in Concord, Seashore Point in Provincetown, Leland Home in Waltham and Wesley Woods in Gilford, NH – employ over 500 people and serve more than 500 seniors through a range of housing and service options.  For more information, call 413-586-2902 or visit the website at

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