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May 31, 2024

Cultivating Community Culture

Category: Culture & Traditions

Author: Theresa Erwin, Resident Services Director

As Resident Services Director at Vitalia Stow, 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 Stow 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! 

Ensuring that all our residents’ interests are represented on our monthly event calendar is a top priority for me. I recognize that while certain activities may appeal to many, each resident is a unique individual with their own passions and hobbies. That’s why I enjoy assembling small groups and committees to ensure a diverse range of events each month. Our Resident Town Hall serves as an excellent forum for gathering suggestions for new and exciting activities.

Fostering Connections and Understanding: Building Unity Through Shared Interests

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role at Vitalia Stow is reviewing the social profiles of new residents and facilitating introductions with current residents who share similar interests. Witnessing these connections blossom into new friendships is incredibly fulfilling.

As different generations age, their interests and values evolve. It’s essential for our community to stay attuned to these changes and reflect them in our offerings. While people are living longer, the need for connection and purpose remains constant across generations. Therefore, we prioritize activities that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Our calendar includes daily exercise, weekly services from various denominations, live music performances, and educational events focusing on diversity and inclusion. These events provide opportunities for residents to learn about each other’s holidays, traditions, and perspectives. They foster a sense of unity and understanding within our community.

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 Stow. 

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.

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