Being part of any type of social community can offer support in difficult times, and The Avenues Crofton Park, an award-winning independent living 55+ community in Broomfield, is an excellent place to be during this necessary period of social distancing.
While The Avenues is not on a mandatory lockdown, residents have been following Governor Polis’ executive “stay-at-home” order, and, like many Americans, adjusting to a new way of life. The Avenues staff is working hard to support residents as they acclimate to these changes, the goal being to keep them safe, yet busy.
While some of The Avenues’ activity offerings have been curtailed for the moment in order to comply with social distancing measures, The Avenues staff is keeping residents engaged and provided for in a variety of ways. For example, The Avenues’ Prime of Life fitness classes are continuing remotely via Zoom, with more and more residents tuning in each day from their laptops, smartphones and tablets. Instructor LeeAnn Langdon is even offering phone assistance for residents who need help getting their Zoom accounts set up.
The Avenues staff have introduced a range of remote, stay-at-home activities, including guessing games with prizes like puzzles, coloring books, wine openers, stationary cards, fun household items or Amazon gift cards. Staff have also been delivering pre-ordered groceries and packages to residents’ doors, all of which are pre-sanitized for safety.
Residents are also coming up with creative new forms of remote communication, like hosting a balcony singalong a la Italy, gathering on their apartment balconies during the day to sing along to the National Anthem, God Bless America and other classic tunes everyone knows. They are also using Zoom and other technologies to connect with families and friends farther away.
The Avenues is a vibrant, supportive community, shaped by the wonderful, diverse group of people who live there. Access to activity and social connectedness is one of the greatest benefits for older adults who choose to live in senior living communities, and, with the disruptive events of the last few months, being part of a community has never been more important.