The Lantern At Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center Of Excellence, Chattanooga Grand Reopening Set For June 17 – The Chattanoogan

The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga—the second Morning Pointe Senior Living building destroyed in the Easter 2020 tornado—will celebrate its grand reopening on Thursday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. Located at 7620 Shallowford Road, this memory care community will officially open its doors to residents in July.

“As we prepare to reopen this Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence community, I am humbled by 

the commitment of so many to get to this point in our rebuilding process,” said Greg A. Vital, 

president of Morning Pointe Senior Living. “This grand reopening completes Morning Pointe’s 

poignant return to the East Brainerd community after the devastating tornado, where we are 

committed to transforming the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Between the physical plant and programs offered, there is really nothing like it.”

Executive Director Alisha Landes, who led the building team through the tornado, will once 

again lead The Lantern team of associates who are trained in specialized memory care 

programming. Ms. Landes is a recent recipient of the Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Care

certification that will bolster her associates’ experience in serving persons living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. When it reopens to residents, The Lantern building will offer:

– Meaningful Day purposeful programming with multiple levels of memory care: 

* Lamplight for residents living with early to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and 

* Lantern for those living with late to moderately severe stages of Alzheimer’s;

– ‘Calming room’ to help soothe residents;

– Updated additions to interactive life skills stations;

– Farm-to-Table fresh dining program; and

– Apartments with access to a safe and secure courtyard

“It is truly an honor to be stepping back into the executive director role here at The Lantern. I left 

my heart in this building just over one year ago when we were devastated by the tornado, but 

God had a grand plan for me to be back and I am beyond excited to welcome both new faces and 

some familiar ones, too!” said Ms. Landes. 

The grand reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will commence at 4:30 p.m. with local 

dignitaries and Morning Pointe Senior Living leadership speaking publicly about the project. 

On-site tours will be given of the state-of-the-art facility that will showcase the updated building 

and apartment layouts that better serve those living with memory disorders. Hors d’oeuvres will 

be served.

The Lantern’s sister community, Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford assisted living, 

reopened in late 2020 after rebuilding from the tornado and celebrated its grand ribbon-cutting in 

April 2021. In total, both the Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence and the assisted living 

community have been completely rebuilt in under 15 months. 

A monthly virtual caregiver support group geared toward those caring for a loved one with 

Alzheimer’s is starting on May 27. To join the group, visit