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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Maggie Feliciano, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Vitalia Westlake, I am the energy and engagement designer of the community. My job description specifically states I am to be a “Culture Creator.” Each day, I work to set the perfect tone for our community events and resident engagements. Providing socialization opportunities in senior living is more than just playing the beloved game of bingo. Beyond the events, essential amenities, and daily care lies the heartbeat of every community – a culture that fosters connection, purpose, and a sense of belonging.

Each monthly calendar features events tailored to the residents’ interests, focusing on key programming elements: physical, cognitive, spiritual, sensory, and social. We always celebrate major holidays in a big way, incorporating traditions from various cultures based on our residents’ backgrounds. Unique to Vitalia Westlake and Arrow Senior Living, each month we also celebrate several Arrow Traditions. These include focusing on Black History Month, Mom and Pop Small Business Day, Be Kind to Humankind Week, and so many more!

Active seniors participating in a fitness drumming class at Vitalia Westlake Senior Living, arms raised.

Fostering Joyful Connections: Community Events in Senior Living

Organizing community events is my favorite way to contribute to the culture of my community. Whether it’s an educational session on different cultures, a fundraiser for a good cause, or a simple social gathering, I find joy in bringing people together to celebrate and connect. Community engagement, to me, is a catalyst for positive change and social awareness, both within our community and beyond. I’m a firm believer in the idea that learning, and growth never stop, and my residents continually inspire me with their curiosity about the world around us.

Culture holds immense significance in senior living as it enhances the lives of older adults and fosters social connections. It encompasses not only traditions, beliefs, and customs but also the social dynamics within our community. This connection to culture serves as a powerful antidote to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which unfortunately affect many residents in senior communities. By embracing culture and fostering a sense of belonging, we create an environment where residents can thrive and find joy in their everyday lives.

Every senior living community has its own culture built around the engagement and interactions of the residents. I am proud to set the stage for socialization and events for my residents as we continue building and expanding our culture at Vitalia Westlake. 

A group of senior living ladies sitting at a table having fun playing dominoes together.

VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.

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