Jayne Clairmont and Bill Keane | Mill City Commons

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When an Aging Consultant and Dementia Expert come together, the knowledge and experiences shared are second to none. Jayne Clairmont, Owner and CEO of English Rose Suites and b♦home Home Care, had the opportunity to speak at Mill City Commons on Tuesday, November 14th.

Mill City Commons is part of The Village to Village Networks, a national organization that collaborates to maximize the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement.

The “village” concept originated in Boston, Massachusetts over 15 years ago. Its members, aged 52 to 98, had arranged available support services needed to stay in their own homes as an alternative to a continuing care retirement community in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA.

“In its core, we build community and support as an alternative to assisted living,” added Wright.Mill City Commons

Mill City Commons has 215 members with most, but not all, members being retired and living within the River District area. While it isn’t required to live in within the area, it does make it more convenient and the benefits more appealing. Most programming and events take place there in members’ homes, community rooms, and partnered businesses in the area.

Aging Consultant, Bill Keane, spoke in collaboration with Clairmont for this event. As a former national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association, he provided insight on aging and shared his experiences on living with Parkinson’s disease.

“Watching Bill and Jayne with their deep, deep friendship and love for each other was amazing. I know the room felt their energy and passion for our elders with dementia,” said Vicki Martini, VP of Operations and Marketing of English Rose Suites and b♦home Home Care.

The presentation was conversationally focused rather than just a speaker. The audience was very involved and attentive. Many had great questions added to the conversation.

“The presentation went very well,” added Martini.

While Mill City Common events are marketed primarily for their members, special events such as this, are open to anyone. The event proved successful with roughly 65 people in attendance and was held in the La Rive Community Room downtown Minneapolis.