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Atria Helps Resident Become Social Butterfly


Posted on January 2, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


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Many of us welcome the new year with goals we’d like to accomplish. Cynthia, a resident of Atria Willistown in Pennsylvania, is no different. She started her year with two objectives: to make more friends and be more social.

When Cynthia shared her goals with the community’s Engage Life® team, they were more than happy to help her achieve them. After all, Atria’s mission includes motivating and supporting residents as they continue to learn, grow and challenge themselves. An important part of that is the Atria Resident Discovery (ARD) tool, which asks each resident 64 specific questions about their experiences and interests. Using Cynthia’s answers as a guide, the team recommended events and activities that were a good fit for her, such as the walking club and art classes.

Today, Cynthia regularly attends events and enjoys socializing with neighbors. She even encourages her friends to tap into their inner social butterflies by making sure they know about upcoming lunch trips and other outings. She also participates in the Atria Ambassador program, which welcomes new residents to the community.

“I think setting my goals was a great idea,” Cynthia said. “I look forward to learning or doing something new every day.”

Of course, many of us don’t have access to a tool such as ARD. However, we can take Cynthia’s lead and share goals with a friend or family member who can cheer us on, hold us accountable and – most important – celebrate with us when we achieve them.


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