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I am happy." (Resident Daughter)
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MorningStar at Dayton Place

MorningStar Senior Living at Dayton Place
1950 S Dayton St   Denver, CO 80247   (303) 751-5150

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MorningStar at Dayton Place is a beloved senior living community in southeast Denver, long dedicated to making the retirement years of our residents carefree.  We offer 104 independent living suites and 76 assisted living suites, as studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom, on three levels.  The mature trees and landscaping create a year-round beauty that draws residents and their families to daily strolls around our grounds.
In our Reflections Neighborhood, we offer 17 secure studios and one-bedroom suites devoted to individualized and personalized care of those with with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory impairments.

But it’s the unpretentious, loving and altogether homey environment of Dayton Place that most strongly distinguishes this MorningStar family.



Our staff offers you a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community through these amenities and programs.

• Three meals daily prepared by an Executive Chef
• Dining Room with restaurant-style service
• Private Dining Room (for intimate dinners)
• Bistros
• Chapel
• Library (including a computer and newspapers)
• General Store (featuring sundry items for daily living)
• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)

• Fitness Room
• Massage Room
• Secure Courtyard for Memory Care
• Strolling Paths
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• 24-hour Care Staff
• Full-time Licensed Nurse
• Scheduled Transportation

Thank you, Chef Mike, for our wonderful ‘Ethnic Dining-In’ experience. It was extraordinary. We appreciate all who put so much into making our meal very special.” (Cottage Resident)
Our Cottage residents, adjacent to MorningStar at Dayton Place, have an ethnic dining club which combs the city in pursuit of new restaurants. One month, at Chef’s initiative, they agreed to stay in and feast on homemade dishes incorporating all seven cultures and countries that define Cajun/Creole.


Dazzling Us in the Dining Room:  Certified Executive Chef Mike DeGiovanni

We have a lot to brag about here at MorningStar at Dayton Place, most particularly the devoted personalities who serve our residents each day.  Chief among these is our Chef, Mike DeGiovanni.
Mike is not only a showman in our dining room, but a man (or should we say, chef) about town, offering demonstrations to various audiences (often on his favorite topic, chocolate) and competing regionally with fellow culinary artists.

mike-chefIn March 2015, Chef competed in the 4th annual Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol Cook-off (cooking competitions always have the longest names!), winning first prize for his Jalapeño Blondies, with jalapeño chocolate-dipped caramel & Hacienda Maize hot pepper jelly. The event, a joint venture of the American Culinary Federations Colorado Chefs Association, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Ag Council, raised money for the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Read more here:  The Den by the Denver Post

In 2010, he was invited to the White House as part of a presidential initiative to promote healthier menus in schools, as a representative of the Colorado Chefs Association (of which he is former president).

In 2009, he won the Achievement of Excellence award from the American Culinary Federation, accepting it in the name of MorningStar. Since 2003, Mike has been an instructor at the Colorado Chefs Assn Culinary Institute in its apprenticeship program as well as a Sponsoring House Chef for apprentices in training.  He also serves as a Lead Examiner for Certification for the American Culinary Federation.   His other accolades in the profession:

  • Presidential Medallion, American Culinary Federation 2008
  • United States Navy Edward F Ney Memorial Award for Excellence in Foodservice 2008
  • Outstanding Leadership Award Winner, Colorado Chefs Association 2008
  • Featured act for five years at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show


“Your salmon the other day was wonderful, especially with the orange butter sauce. But tonight you outdid yourself with the key lime pie. It really was the real thing—not the green stuff you often get in restaurants! We’re from Florida, so we know good key lime when we see it! (Resident)


Marion Mauro, An Ageless Truth: “Respect your Elders”

Meet Marion Mauro, who, as our Independent Living Coordinator, is charged with filling our calendar with spirited activities for social, physical, spiritual and intellectual wellness.

While her degree is in biology, Marion’s most enthused studies were in Exercise Physiology, having trained through the American Council on Exercise, UC-Irvine and Eastern Connecticut University.

Marion with some of her lady friends

Marion with some of her lady friends

But ten years ago she discovered her life’s calling.  It happened thus.  A local gerontologist, having observed how she interacted with seniors, insisted that Marion be purposeful in building a practice around that population.  Cautiously, she dipped her toe in.Marion recalls, “From the very first day with my very first client, it was beyond wonderful!  I loved applying my education in physiology to seniors, inventing ways for them to be motivated and mobile.  From then on, it was the only work I wanted to do.”

Beyond her private clients, Marion began voluntarily organizing senior groups and outings, which were in scant supply in her rural setting.  Soon the retirees of Woodstock, Connecticut, were enjoying coffee clubs, movie clubs and walking clubs.  It was a lark—for Marion and the seniors.  At her peak, she was training 20-30 privately, and hosting functions for 60-80.

Upon moving to Colorado last year, she worked for a nutritional counselor before landing the position at MorningStar.  “I had a really good feeling about MorningStar, especially after meeting the team and walking the halls.”

What is it about seniors that holds such sway for Marion?  “I simply appreciate them as the fascinating people they are.  They’re so passionate, with so much to teach.  And I want to hear what they have to say.  It’s especially a kick for me when I can get a reticent senior to join in on our activities.”

“I want to help our residents live every day in absolute happiness.”


Please give us an opportunity to show you the time-honored beauty and comfort found beneath our roof.

MorningStar Senior Living at Dayton Place
1950 S Dayton St | Denver, CO 80247 | (303) 751-5150