Drawing upon a decade of business leadership experience in the senior living sphere, Ryan Novaczyk serves as president and chief financial officer of Minnesota's New Perspective Senior Living. In addition to providing financial and administrative oversight to 22 assisted living communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, Ryan Novaczyk holds membership with the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).
ASHA held its 2018 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, where it announced the establishment of the Senior Living Hall of Fame and its first six inductees: Granger Cobb, Bill Kaplan, Bill Colson, Jim Moore, Bill Sheriff, and Stan Thurston.
An alumnus of UCLA, Cobb is the former CEO of Emeritus Senior Living which, during his tenure, grew to include more than 500 communities with 54,000 residents across 45 states. Kaplan founded the Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle and Colson managed an acclaimed international senior living portfolio with more than 300 communities before selling the enterprise for $6.5 billion.
Moore, meanwhile, has been engaged in nearly every facet of the senior living sector throughout his 50-year career and is best known as owner of the consulting company Moore Diversified Services. Sheriff managed his family's truck stop company before being hired as CEO of American Retirement Corporation. He retired in 2012 after assembling 647 senior living communities in 35 states. Finally, Thurston served 11 years as president and CEO of Life Care Services after guiding its operations management and development divisions.
Ryan Novaczyk has more than 20 years of business experience in the application, software, and long-term care sectors. For the past decade, Ryan Novaczyk has served as the president and chief financial officer at New Perspectives Senior Living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where he guides day-to-day operations and business strategy.
New Perspectives Senior Living is a retirement living community that has been in operation since its founding in 1998. The organization manages communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Illinois. Each of the New Perspectives communities applies Four Pillars of Living Life on Purpose that help residents age with dignity and maintain independence. These pillars include:
1. Physical fitness - Residents have the option of participating in a variety of activities that range from yoga and dance classes to tracking progress on senior-inspired fitness equipment. Together, these activities help maintain health and a high quality of life.
2. Brain fitness - Residents strengthen neural connections through activities and games, such as art classes, musical sessions, educational seminars, and a touch-screen memory station.
3. Social and spiritual enrichment - Residents enjoy a calendar full of social activities that help lower rates of depression and cognitive impairments. Activities include concert outings, book clubs, church services, and bridge tournaments.
4. Dining and nutrition - An in-house chef provides residents with healthy, made-from-scratch menu items such as pan-seared salmon and freshly-made entree salads.
The holder of a bachelor's degree in financial management from the University of St. Thomas and certificate in seniors housing and care from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Ryan Novaczyk has served as president and chief financial officer of New Perspective Senior Living since 2008. Supplementing his professional pursuits, Ryan Novaczyk holds membership with Argentum, which is the leading national support association for businesses operating senior living communities.
In addition to advocating for beneficial legislation at the state and federal level, Argentum manages the nonpartisan Silver Political Action Committee (PAC), to which members can donate in support of candidates who value the senior living industry and whose goals align with those of Argentum.
There are rewards for individuals who donate at least $100 in any given year, while those who contribute more than $5,000 receive special recognition in Silver PAC publications as well as an invitation to the Annual Trustee Circle Dinner, among other benefits. Moreover, the donor that contributes the most money each year receives the Cobb Cup to proudly display in their offices. The 2017 recipient was Sunrise Senior Living, which raised more than $60,000 for the Silver PAC. As of September 3, the 2018 Silver PAC fund had received $181,899 in contributions from individual and corporate donors.
Ryan Novaczyk is the CFO and president of New Perspective Senior Living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In this position, Ryan Novaczyk oversees operations for all 22 of the company's senior living communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
For many, making the decision to move into a senior living community is a difficult one. Many seniors fear that they will lose their independence and that such a move will negatively affect their enjoyment of life. However, research has shown that senior communities actually increase a person's quality of life in three areas.
Older adults with the highest levels of happiness are those who regularly socialize, exercise, work, and volunteer. Additionally, those with strong social relationships tend to live longer and experience lower rates of depression and higher cognitive abilities. Finally, older adults who are physically active experience lower rates of high blood pressure and coronary heart disease as well as higher levels of functional health.
Senior living communities provide potential benefits in all three of these areas over the living situations of most older adults.