At Judson, we promote vitality and life satisfaction by taking a proactive “Smart” approach to aging that connects residents to important resources, inspires imagination and interest, and engages residents in meaningful ways. Our signature Judson Smart Living® Programs are committed to fostering successful aging and supporting each resident’s unique needs and aspirations. Each signature program is designed with healthy aging in mind and allows access to experts who can assist with personalized options.
Health & Wellness
A Smart Commitment To Proactive Health & Wellness
Access to quality health services and experts is an important part of both preventing and responding to changes in health and overall wellness. Our signature Health & Wellness program offers a team of experts to help maintain your optimal level of well-being with access to healthcare, should the need arise.
A Smart Commitment To Proactive Wellness
Maintaining and building strength and physical fitness is an important part of successful aging, helping to prevent health decline and preserve vitality. Our signature Fitness program offers anything from strength training, land and water exercise classes, to swim lessons for all ages and massage therapy.
Engagement Across Generations
A Smart Commitment To Proactive Engagement Across Generations
Expanding daily experiences to include interaction across generations keeps life interesting and enriches the lives of the young and old alike. Our signature Engagement Across Generations program offers opportunities to live, learn, and connect with individuals of every age.
A Proactive Approach to Memory Support
Having readily available support in the event of changes in memory or cognition is an important part of successful aging. Our signature Memory Support program is accredited by Comfort Matters®, a renowned evidence-based approach to caring for people with dementia.
Comfort care meets the physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of the individual. Knowing their routine and anticipating needs is key towards proactive care. Offering their favorite snacks and refreshments because we know they enjoyed one in the evening, watching for signs of sleepiness and helping them lie down beforehand, or engaging them in an activity before they are bored. We respond to the changes of the disease, and continually assess the individual’s needs.
With Comfort Matters®, the core belief is that individuals with dementia are experts on their own comfort. They know when they are comfortable or not, but have difficulty communicating that to others. It is important to know about the person’s history, so that care is truly customized for each individual. Understanding the totality of who the individual is, helps to provide quality of life for someone with dementia. We see the individual at the center, with their family and friends surrounding them, and Judson associates as an expansion of support and care.
This empowered team works together with all departments to create an environment that is safe, engaging, along with care that includes both non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions to support the individual. During the person’s journey with dementia and to maximize comfort at all times, we encourage various care approaches.
The foundation for Comfort Matters® is based on simple yet powerful, holistic concepts. This type of care model was developed by Beatitudes Campus, a continuing care retirement community in Arizona. As an accredited Comfort Matters® community, Judson has embraced this model to ensure that those with dementia are cared for in the best possible way.
Theatre in the Circle
Theatre in the Circle brings live performances as the resident theater company of Cleveland’s Judson Manor. Open to the Greater Cleveland community at large, Theatre in the Circle offers fully realized productions each season, a mixture of new work and beloved musicals that resonate with the lives and histories of Clevelanders. Plays are performed by local theater artists as well as Equity actors in Judson Manor’s ballroom, a barrier-free venue that seats 130.
The only professional theater company in the country helmed by residents of a retirement community, Theatre in the Circle embodies Judson’s philosophy of empowering seniors to take control of their lives by providing them with smart choices for successful aging.
The program is funded by the Judson Foundation, Neighborhood Connections, Lawrence Krieger Fund grants from the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and gifts from Judson Manor residents.
Judson’s venue offers fully barrier-free access as well as hearing loop technology that brings audio directly into patron hearing aids and cochlear implant telecoils.
Married couple Bill and Mark Corcoran, who reside at Judson Manor, wanted to do something about theater offerings in University Circle. Theatre in the Circle is their creation.
Artistic Director Bill Corcoran has performed at theaters in Louisville, Ky., Denver, Colo., Scottsdale, Ariz., Norfolk, Va., and New Haven, Conn. and as a pianist/musical director at the Cleveland Play House. He has composed 14 original musicals, including EDDIE!, Theatre in the Circle’s inaugural performance.
Managing Director Mark Corcoran was the founder and artistic director of the Algonquin Cabaret Theatre in Cumberland, Maryland. He is the co-author of Legacy, a musical about 19th-century life on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. He introduced musical theater to the Allegany College of Maryland with his production of Applause!, the first student/faculty musical on campus.