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Forestdale Park Senior Living Receives Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ Accreditation

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(MALDEN, MA, January 24th, 2024) – Forestdale Park, a Volunteers of America Massachusetts (VOAMASS) Senior Community located in Malden, held a flag-raising ceremony today to celebrate receiving the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation.

Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) but has since expanded outside of CT. The program’s standards evaluate an organization’s capacity to provide collaborative care in a safe, functional and respectful environment, ensuring high quality care and overall quality of life for residents. As part of the evaluation process, Forestdale Park had to demonstrate adherence to 60 best practice standards and training outlined by Purple Flag for services provided to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The flag-raising event provided an opportunity for the assisted living and memory support community’s associates, residents, family members and local eldercare professionals to celebrate the milestone achievement. Notable guests included State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian, Ward 5 City Councilor Ari Taylor, and VOAMASS President Charles Gagnon.

Kate Lipper-Garabedian, who is also the Vice Chair of the Elder Affairs Committee, gave her heartfelt congratulations to Forestdale. “I know how important it is that the continuum of care for our older adults, as they age and want to stay active in the community, be a place that is supportive, engaging, and challenging in all the best ways,” she shared. “I really want to commend Forestdale on this achievement. It is a testament to the incredible workforce who supports these residents.”

Ward 5 City Councilor Ari Taylor shared congratulations from Malden Mayor Christenson’s Office and added: “Our community thrives when every member is taken care of and treated with dignity and humanity from their first days to their last. I have witnessed firsthand the staff of Forestdale Park provide this service to all residents, specifically in memory care…We congratulate you on your dedication to providing high quality care to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

In her remarks, Forestdale Park’s Executive Director, Sarah Starkweather, commended her team on their dedication to the residents. “To each of you, I am incredibly grateful and proud of you,” she shared. “It is your work and commitment to our Right Values that we’re really celebrating today. The only reason families continue to put their trust in us, and professionals choose to work with us, is because you lead each day with compassion, patience and integrity.”

“We’re honored to induct Forestdale Park as our latest Purple Flag Accredited community,” said Christopher Carter, President of Purple Flag for Dementia Care™. “Current and future residents, families and anyone interested in both the quality of care and quality of life provided here at Forestdale Park may be assured knowing that this community has achieved this very important milestone.”


Forestdale Park is a Volunteers of America Massachusetts’ (VOAMASS) senior community located in Malden, offering service-enriched assisted living options, as well as a secure Compass Memory Support Neighborhood® designed for those experiencing memory loss. For more information about Forestdale Park, call 781-333-8903 or visit the community’s website, www.ForestdalePark.com.

To learn more about Forestdale and Senior Living Residences and for media inquiries,  please contact Pam Maloney at pmaloney@slr-usa.com.


Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is an accreditation program developed to recognize excellence  and drive continuous improvement in the quality of services provided by those who care for  individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ originated through a collaboration between the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE) and the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). Upon approval, providers receive the distinctive purple flag as a symbol that communicates their commitment to leadership in the field of memory care.

To learn more about Purple Flag and for media inquiries, please contact Chris Carter at  cpcarter@ctassistedliving.com

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