There is a tangible excitement in the air at Mease Life that can be felt all throughout the campus — from residents and staff to the visionaries at the helm of the Life Plan Community’s future. In addition to the brand-new Aquatic Center recently opening, phased renovations are in the works for construction of a new apartment building and an enhanced amenities package.
One person who’s very excited about the growth of the senior living community is Bruce Livingston. He joined the Mease Life Board of Trustees seven years ago and has served as board chair for one-and-a-half years. He and his family have been residents of Dunedin since 1985, and he quickly learned how much the senior living community is an anchor to the city and a jewel for residents who enjoy vibrant independent living.
“Mease Life has always had a great reputation,” Livingston says. “Any area where there’s unfulfilled potential is an opportunity to expand and grow to offer residents the quality of care and enriched living they deserve.”
State-of-the-art amenities coming to Mease Life include:
- New dining room/restaurant
- Sports bar
- Movie theater/classroom
- Arts room
- Meditation center
- Bistro (Wellness Café)
- Aquatics pool for aerobics
- The Hub (community room)
- New board room/meeting room
- New courtyard (backyard area) with fire pit and fountain
Livingston feels very strongly about giving back to his community, so it was an easy yes when the invitation came to be part of the board, especially knowing how committed Mease Life is to providing a resident-centric lifestyle.
One of the greatest accomplishments he and his fellow board members achieved is finding the right person to lead Mease Life into a successful future.
“It was a lot of fun to get involved in the recruitment process of a new CEO,” Livingston says. “I feel very fortunate to have selected Kent McRae because he’s truly the ultimate CEO in every sense of the word.”
Another rewarding aspect that brings him tremendous joy is seeing residents smiling, enjoying life to the fullest, and receiving the best care possible when needed.
“The one thing that has always remained a constant to me is it’s easy to add material amenities, but what you can’t add is commitment to quality care and a caring community,” Livingston says. That’s been a constant for Mease Life for over 55 years — that’s one thing that has never wavered.”