Local senior living community Atria Penfield welcomed friends and family members to join residents and staff for Better Together, a story-sharing event that is part of an ongoing effort to create a wiser, more connected world, on Jan. 11
Better Together was the first in a series of events Atria Penfield will host to celebrate the importance of storytelling, as a means of human connection. Atria Penfield is one of nearly 200 senior living communities across the U.S. and Canada operated by Atria Senior Living, each of which will host similar events throughout the year.
The event series is inspired by Atria StoryWise, Atria’s latest intentionally crafted gift for its residents and their families. Atria StoryWise is a collection of thoughtfully curated topics and cues designed to spark memories, tap into personal experiences and help people everywhere connect more deeply through the power of storytelling. It was given as a boxed set of cards to Atria residents and families, and is available to everyone as a free iPhone app. The app allows users to record, share and keep their stories.
The Jan. 11 event doubled as a fundraiser to benefit libraries.
Until Jan. 31, Atria will donate $1 for every story shared through the wisdom library in the Atria StoryWise app to the American Library Association. The association’s work is defined by eight key action areas, including education and lifelong learning, values shared by Atria Senior Living and incorporated into programs that are offered daily at each of its communities, including Atria Penfield. Special guest Tony LaFountain, Penfield town supervisor, stopped by for the event and stayed for a bit afterward to chat more with Atria Penfield residents and listen to more stories they had to share.
“Storytelling is a simple and meaningful way to connect and pass wisdom from one generation to the next,” said Merica Fingar, engage life director at Atria Penfield. “Our residents, their families, and our staff loved the opportunity to hear and share stories with leaders in our community while contributing to the American Library Association. I’m looking forward to our future programs around Atria StoryWise.”