The Athenaeum of Skaneateles - Syracuse Assisted Living

08/06 – Dan Roberts with Max the Therapy Dog @ 2:30pm

08/09 – Richard Chaffee Worship and Hymnal Sing Along @ 11:00 am

08/09 – Dr. Timothy Kennedy – “Between the Sea and Earth” presentation @ 2:00 pm

08/13 – Ice Cream Social @ 2:30 pm

08/17 – Time for Tea and Reminiscing @ 2:30 pm

08/18 – Worship with Ed Epprecht @ 2:20 pm

08/20 – Sue Alexander Sing Along @ 6:30 pm

08/27 – Vince Cupo Sing Along @ 2:30 pm.


  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care available if needed
  • Scheduled transportation options to area outings and appointments
  • Case and medication management
  • Emergency call system
  • Home-style dining
  • Weekly housekeeping, laundry, and linen service
  • Social, spiritual, educational and recreational programs daily
  • Accommodations for couples
  • Specially trained and dedicated staff 24 hours a day
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapies available upon request
  • Spa and salon available on premises

NY Skaneateles photo-25We make it easy to find a Personal Care Home for your Loved one.

Come celebrate living at The Athenaeum of Skaneateles…a truly different assisted living community where life is celebrated emotionally, physically and intellectually every day.

As you enter our community you will immediately feel the magic – the genuine warmth, concern and compassion of our caring staff. We believe our residents are our most important resource and we strive to provide an environment where your loved one will have the freedom and support to enjoy a lifestyle full of possibilities…

With beautiful surroundings and a daily calendar full of stimulating activities, residents will enjoy a lifestyle full of possibilities. As you enter our community, you will sense the difference. The genuine warmth, concern and compassion of our caring staff is unmistakable. We believe our residents are our most important resource and we strive to provide an environment where your loved one will have the freedom, security and support to enjoy new experiences.

By embracing The Peregrine Way, The Athenaeum at Skaneateles provides a supportive environment for seniors and their families. We specialize in assisted living for patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, encouraging them to lead full lives by continuing to grow mentally, spiritually, and socially.

Come see for yourself the Magic of The Athenaeum at Skaneateles.
Call (315) 685-1400 or E-mail to learn more!

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NY Skaneateles Lauras-Pic-5Our Assisted Living Amenities & Services include:

  • Private suites with private bath. Double suites can accommodate couples.
  • Fine dining experience with restaurant-style service with three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily, featuring a variety of menu choices
  • Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal
  • Weekly personal laundry and linens (except dry cleaning)
  • Social, spiritual, educational and recreational programs daily
  • Scheduled group transportation to appointments, social events and cultural programs
  • Concierge Service
  • Trained staff available 24-hours a day
  • In-house medical services to include a physician, podiatrist, psychiatrist and nurse practitioner. Physical
  • Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy available
  • Medication Management and Continence Management
  • Assistance with all activities of daily living
  • Elegant Restaurant Style Dining Room

NY Skaneateles Lauras-Pic-15A variety of spacious, comfortable areas include:

  • Elegant restaurant style dining room
  • Meeting rooms for clubs and activities
  • Patio with access to landscaped courtyard gardens
  • Wireless internet access
  • Media, television and living room areas
  • Beautifully manicured landscaping
  • Well-equipped Therapy Gym
  • Chapel for spiritual enrichment
  • Full-service beauty/barber shop


NY Skaneateles photo-5Memory Care Program Highlights:

  • Includes multi-sensory experiences, exercise, outings, group activities, the joy of pets, and regularly scheduled visits with children
  • Private Dining Room For Families & Friends
  • Elegant Restaurant style dining ensures proper nutrition with three chef prepared meals per day
  • Hydration program encourages water and juices to minimize illness, infection and falls
  • Our Individualized Service Plan is based on each residents specific needs and services
  • Initial and ongoing family partnership is encouraged
  • All Associates complete the specialized dementia care training program
  • Caring Staff dedicated to maintaining the dignity and individuality of every resident
  • Variety of comfortable community areas, including an elegant dining room, private dining room for families and friends, Country kitchen, Dedicated activity area,Therapy Gym

NY Skaneateles photo-89Our facility offers three chef-prepared homemade meals per day with snacks in-between. Our dining staff caters to each resident’s dietary needs and tastes while making sure they receive a balanced meal.

Our beautiful dining room is spacious and allows our residents and visitors to feel like they are at home. We welcome friends and family members to dine with us as well. Call ahead to make your reservation and confirm menu items as these may change from time to time.

Meal times are as follows:

  • Breakfast is served between 8:00am-10:30am
  • Lunch is served at 12:30pm
  • Dinner is served at 5:00pm

This Week’s Winter Menu!

NY Skaneateles photo-1The Peregrine Way

Revolutionizing Expectations for the Aging Process Discover More About The Peregrine Way

Our Commitment… …to provide a truly different senior living community for the memory impaired…where your loved one’s life is celebrated…spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Peregrine Senior Living Our senior management team has over 50 years experience operating assisted living communities in the northeast. Peregrine distinguishes itself from other management companies by providing “hands on” assistance with day-to-day operations. Peregrine attracts the highest caliber of health care professionals who share in our philosophy of providing residents with exceptional care. NY Skaneateles Lauras-Pic-50

What We Need To Know On Alzheimer’s Awareness Day – Stephen Bowman

Celebrating Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on September 21 is a bit like our confrontation of global warming or the global population explosion; we understand the causes, but as a society, we have no idea how to respond.   For Baby Boomers this is just the latest, and probably the last, great social upheaval we are to live thru: civil rights, the sexual revolution, Reaganomics and the internet.  And now Alzheimer’s, the least silent killer we all live with but never discuss and choose to suffer thru in silence as our prayers remain unanswered.  For according to the Alzheimer Association there is no cure or meaningful slowing of the disease process.

We all have heard the statistics.  Currently there are 5.2 million Americans with some form of dementia and that number will increase by 38% in the next ten years reaching over 7 million.  Put another way, 40% of the people reading this essay either you or your spouse will be directly afflicted by the disease, if you reach your mid 70’s.  The dreaded monster of dementia is currently attacking our parents, but as we all know, it awaits each of us.

We understand the disease process.   As we age protein deposits and neurofibrillary tangles build up in the brain gradually shutting down brain function most notably in areas controlling short term memory and cognition.    Compounding this slow death is the inevitable consequence of our physical decline as our vision, hearing and mobility are challenged.   We are left living increasingly isolated and living in the past measuring time” not in minutes but in memories”.    So the challenge for our generation is how to embrace our long term memories to enhance comfort, but perhaps more challenging, what do we do if one’s long term memories are frightening and traumatic?   This is the great conundrum.

As a society facing this short term/long term memory balance, we fall squarely on the side of trying to preserve short term memory as the preferred strategic approach.   Memory care facilities are frequently marketing their ability to preserve short term memory through exercise, diet and computer games.  If you see your physician, he will prescribe Aricept to slow the disease process, and when you turn on the television, you see commercials of jellyfish supplements and the benefits of mental exercise games like Luminosity, or learning a second language.

This desire to try to keep a loved one in the present is understandable as we are terrified of losing the ones we love as they slip away into the past.    But again as the Alzheimer’s Association will tell you, these approaches are ultimately fool’s gold, and I believe the more efficacious approach is to give ourselves over to comforting long term memories such as religion, music, and joyful reminiscing.

But if the past is terrifying or frustrating, the journey can be perilous.   People with no history of mental illness can be verbally abusive, violent, and paranoid.   In dealing with this challenge the leader and pioneer is the underappreciated  Naomi Feil.   She calls her approach the Validation Method.

Fundamental to Feil’s approach is that all behavior, no matter how irrational, has a cause in the past.  If a woman tells me that there is a man in her room, she is not hallucinating but reliving either a traumatic memory or expressing an unresolved  life adjustment to say, sexuality or intimacy.   Modern psychology since Freud would tell us that thru psychoanalysis that discussing past suppressed memories  we can properly put the event in  perspective and help to adjust our behaviors.

The problem however is that with dementia patients, they don’t possess the requisite cognitive ability to process an analysis of the past and answer a “why “ question.  They are afraid and don’t want to relive the past yet because they are losing control as they age, they can no longer suppress these long term unresolved memories.

Feil accepts this truth, but argues persuasively that thru empathy and non-judgmental dialogue, that these stressful emotions can be relieved and lessened.  To achieve this she recommends listening and attempting to elicit conversation by asking questions about the who, what, and when, of a disturbing memory, but not the why.    If a 80 year old woman tells you that her father is picking her up for dinner, you don’t remind her that her father died in a car accident 50 years earlier forcing her to relive the tragedy, nor do you lie to her and tell her that he has just called and said he couldn’t make it tonight.  Down deep, she knows you are lying and will lose trust in you.  Rather Feil then suggest you say,” tell me about your father”, and let her talk.

The great insight here is that thru a non-threatening dialogue with an empathetic and non-judgmental listener, painful emotions can be relieved and lessoned, without being traumatic and threatening.    Feil offers many techniques to achieve this that include repeating phrases of the residents  as questions, or asking an ambivalent question like “ was there ever a time that there wasn’t a  man under your bed”?    But the key here is that healing may occur thru expressing feeling without reliving them.   And keep in mind that the only real alternative to this model of care is either physical or pharmaceutical restraints.

So as we ponder these challenges on Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, we must appreciate how daunting is that task before this generation and how far we have to go before we have a meaningful model of care that offers comfort and healing to our loved ones and for ourselves.   But if the Baby Boomers want to take a longer view, they should look at themselves and their own unresolved emotional issues while they still possess the cognitive ability so that they can avoid  a stressful and painful old age.


Stephen S. Bowman


Peregrine Senior Living


We are absolutely thrilled with the care

“We are absolutely thrilled with the care that my sister Winnie is receiving at The Athenaeum. She is so happy and comfortable! The staff has been outstanding at making all of Winnie’s friends and families feel welcome – we love it!”

Peter and Mary Jo Coleman
(resident Winnie Coleman)
Syracuse, NY

The staff are not only caretakers, they are family

“The Athenaeum is not a facility – it is a home where the staff are not only caretakers, they are family…We couldn’t imagine that my uncle could afford to live in such a beautiful home with a bedroom that overlooks Skaneateles Lake – you may be surprised!…. When my uncle entered the Athenaeum he could barely walk and rarely got out of his wheelchair. Three months later he is walking on his own without assistance and gained 10lbs in the first month…We are treated like family… We stop in some nights and chat with the residents and staff on the beautiful wrap-around porch and a nice cold glass of lemonade… We are so happy knowing he is getting such wonderful care in a place that cares so much about him…”

Peg Card
Skaneateles, NY

At The Athenaeum we found just what we were looking for

“My mother raised six children, always kept a tidy home, and had a homemade dinner on the table every night. So when it came time for her to be the one who needed taking care of we knew we needed to find a home that would do all the things for her that she did for us. At The Athenaeum we found just what we were looking for. A clean and cozy home, homemade meals and a loving family atmosphere. Being at The Athenaeum is giving back to her everything she gave to us and more.”

Jenny G.

The staff has treated my father like family.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the services provided for my father at the Athenaeum. The staff has treated my father like family. I always know he is in good hands, and it has taken a lot of the worry off my shoulder’s knowing he is well taken care of, in a place he loves. I am so thankful for all that The Athenaeum has done for us!”

Dan L.

Meet Our Staff

Trudy R. Scarr, RN

Executive Director

(315) 685-1400

Kimberly Bissell

Dining Director

(315) 685-1400

Shannon Russo

Case Manager

(315) 685-1400

Kathryn Holmes

Life Enrichment Coordinator

(315) 685-1400

Betsy Prystal

Administrative Assistant

(315) 685-1400

Please email below or call (315) 685-1400

 Map 150 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152

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