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Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure on Superfoods for Seniors

In Lifestyle on June 3, 2013 at 7:27 am

Kelley Hamilton BonaventureThe best conditions for a self-determined and healthy life at any age are a balanced and age-appropriate diet along with adequate exercise. Different foods have different benefits, but a group of so-called “superfoods” appear to rise above others because of their exceptional nutritional value, says Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure Senior Living. As chief executive officer for the company, Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure has had extensive experience with the senior population. Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure knows that from the second half of life, it is increasingly important to maintain a fitness and health routine. At older ages, the body, daily habits, and overall abilities change, points out Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure. According to Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure, seniors should now increasingly turn to a healthy diet. Below, Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure talks about superfoods and the benefits they provide.

Presentation Solutions: Welcome to Presentation Solutions, and thank you for joining us.

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Thanks for having me.

Presentation Solutions: Why is it crucial for seniors to maintain a healthy diet?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: After we turn 50, our bodies start to remember pretty much everything we eat and any diet sins are no longer forgotten. The body now takes longer to recover. Metabolism slows down and therefore the daily caloric intake needs to be reduced.

Presentation Solutions: Many seniors appear underweight. Why do you think that is?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: As we age, our natural hunger and thirst decrease and food tastes less intensively. Also, shopping and cooking can be more difficult in some circumstances. All this can lead to malnutrition in seniors.

Presentation Solutions: What are superfoods?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe foods with high phytonutrient content that may confer extra health benefits.

Presentation Solutions: What is a popular superfood that’s prepared at Bonaventure Senior Living?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Our chefs prepare nutritious and delicious food every day. One of the most popular dishes is salmon. Salmon is a superfood as it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure.

Presentation Solutions: Not everyone likes or eats fish. What would you recommend for a vegetarian?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Asparagus, blueberries, quinoa. Blueberries are high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. Asparagus has been found to protect the prostate. Quinoa is a complete protein and filled with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

Presentation Solutions: Is there a super breakfast food?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Our residents really enjoy oatmeal. Oatmeal is low fat, high in protein and full of iron and other minerals. Greek yogurt contains protein and digestive-friendly probiotics.

Presentation Solutions: What about desserts?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Fresh fruits and berries make simple, yet tasty desserts. Some studies indicate that consuming small amounts of dark chocolate on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and decrease the rate of stroke in women.

Presentation Solutions: Is there a certain way superfoods should be eaten?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: Some foods contain higher levels of nutrients when they are fresh, while others have nutrients that are more available to the body when they are cooked or combined with fat.

Presentation Solutions: Can seniors get the benefits of superfoods in daily vitamins or supplements?

Kelley Hamilton, Bonaventure CEO: No, a pill can never replace the whole food.


Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure is in the business of providing comfort and value to seniors who seek an independent and fulfilling lifestyle. Kelley Hamilton and Bonaventure staff deliver care that keeps seniors safe, healthy and happy. Kelley Hamilton of Bonaventure currently resides in Oregon.

Kelley D. Hamilton Reports on the “Bonaventure and You” Project

In Personal, Professionals on April 12, 2013 at 4:25 am
Kelley D. Hamilton

Kelley D. Hamilton

As Chief Executive Officer of Oregon-based Bonaventure Senior Living, Kelley D. Hamilton says his mission is to expand the company’s generosity. In order to accomplish this goal, Kelley D. Hamilton encourages staff members and residents alike to support local charities. Recently Kelley D. Hamilton spearheaded the “Bonaventure and You” program, an opportunity to give back to local charities. Kelley D. Hamilton describes the effort in the following Q&A.

Q: Kelley D. Hamilton, when did the “Bonaventure and You” start?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We kicked it off last November, in 2012. I would like to expand the program, though.

Q: How does “Bonaventure and You” work?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We designed the program so that any new resident in a Bonaventure community could select a charity of their choice to receive a $1,000 donation in their name paid for by Bonaventure.

Q: That’s a great idea!

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, and there’s more. If a current resident has referred the new resident, we will donate an additional $500 gift in the current resident’s name.

Q: Were the Bonaventure communities themselves involved?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, the Bonaventure communities gave their residents the option of choosing six more local charities, for $250 gifts each along with an award ceremony honoring those who do so much for their local communities.

Q: How were the donors recognized?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We invited the general public to a “Heroes of Hope” celebration in each community, thanking both donors and charities.

Q: Were you pleased with the results of the effort?

Kelley D. Hamilton: We set up a total of 286 gifts to 236 charities. That’s in addition to the home office’s gift of over $70,000.

Q: What was the territory involved? How much was the total amount raised?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Our communities are located in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Idaho. The total giving was well over $150,000!

Q: What prompted you to initiate the “Bonaventure and You” program?

Kelley D. Hamilton: It’s simple; we care about the same things our residents care about. We want to be able to help not just our residents, but everyone in the local community.

Q: What are some examples of the charities your residents have selected?

Kelley D. Hamilton: Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Network, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the VFW and the Humane Society.

Q: How can people find out more about this program?

Kelley D. Hamilton: They can visit their local Bonaventure community, or go to for details.

Q: Any parting thoughts?  

Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes. I’d just like to say that it’s really worth it to experience the satisfaction people get from contributing to causes and organizations they believe in, be it their local church or a national charitable organization. We understand how difficult it is to make those decisions in a tight economy, and it’s gratifying for us to be able to help.

Kelley D. Hamilton attended Portland State University. After earning his degree in Finance and Business Administration, Kelley D. Hamilton co-founded Kline Hamilton Realty Advisors. It was during his time at Kline Hamilton that Kelley D. Hamilton found his calling in senior living.

Kelley D. Hamilton came on board with Bonaventure in 2000, when it was still known as Mountain West Retirement. Today, Kelley D. Hamilton presides over a company that manages 37 flexible retirement communities across several states in the western and northwestern U.S. Always sensitive to the needs of residents, Kelley D. Hamilton has instituted feedback forms and town hall meetings at Bonaventure communities which has lead to Bonaventure’s stellar 96% resident satisfaction rate.