February 24, 2023
No matter our age, building relationships with others is fundamental in enriching our lives. Research has shown that people who enjoy healthy relationships, live longer and happier lives. Maintaining relationships as we age has numerous health benefits such as increasing our physical and mental health, increasing mental acuity, promoting laughter and more!
At Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake, I, as the Resident Services Director, play a pivotal role in helping to create opportunities for our residents to build relationships with their peers as well as helping to maintain these relationships through daily events. Oftentimes, aging adults are afraid of senior living settings. They see it as an end to their independence. Most fear being isolated from family and friends. One of the stigmas associated with senior living is, “I’m too young and active to be in senior living.” Therefore, many avoid it as an option all together. Unfortunately, this means they also lose out on the abundant opportunities to create new friendships and memories that this setting provides.
In our community, we have a group of residents who are professionals at welcoming new residents and helping them to feel at home as they settle in. We also ensure that new residents are invited to join all events, based on their preferences. Once our residents take advantage of these events, they often find themselves meeting new people or even connecting with old friends or neighbors. Through our daily events and programs, we often see close friendships form that continue. Residents begin having meals together or even take trips out of the community for shopping and family get-togethers.
It is my goal to help build and foster these relationships and break the stigmas associated with senior living communities. As a Resident Services Director, I am always looking for opportunities to foster friendships among my residents. We host a monthly planning meeting where the residents weigh in on events and programs they enjoyed or would like to see more on the calendar. When these events are planned, it encourages the residents to attend. When you’re having a good time with other people, it’s hard not to turn to the person next to you and get to know them better. Having something to look forward to brings people together. The residents will see the same people at each event, they make plans to attend together, and eventually build friendships. I provide the opportunities to meet new people, the residents do the rest.
We always cater our events to different age groups, different interests, and offer opportunities to weigh in on the program offerings. I think it’s easy to hear “seniors” and picture people playing bingo daily and not doing much else. This is where I come in by offering a variety of different events, something for everyone.
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 Dover Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located right of Hwy 20, just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.
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