Healthy aging is a lifelong process of optimizing opportunities for improving and preserving health and physical, social and mental wellness, independence, and quality of life, as well as enhancing successful life-course transitions. Interdependence and intergenerational solidarity are important tenets of active aging.
The Foundation believes it can make significant contributions to promote healthy aging by providing resources to strengthen and enhance support for the senior populations, within both our immediate and extended communities, and by promoting social and civic engagement between residents, staff, and the surrounding community.
The Foundation seeks programs and projects to sponsor or fund when they add meaning, joy and a vibrant sense of well-being to the lives our fellow residents and our community. We pursue ways to keep seniors healthy, happy, learning, active, and engaged in the community by expanding their cultural, intellectual, emotional, and physical lives.
The result of these activities is the achievement of our vision — improved mental and physical well-being for our population as it ages and enhanced health and enrichment in the broad community.
The Foundation creates programs to address the needs of its service population, funding them from the General Fund and directed toward to improving and preserving health and quality of living. Significant contributions have been made in past years providing resources to strengthen, enhance and support Bentley residents in the Care Center, Assisted Living and Independent Living and by promoting social and civic engagement between residents, staff and the surrounding community.
As our music programs and other face-to-face programs were discontinued with the COvid-19 campus shut-down, we are focusing on:
The Foundation’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community’s resources include:
- The Renaissance Academy made its presentations “virtual”, increased the number of sessions every month, and gave residents the necessary technical assistance to fully participate. The greater variety of classes enriched the choices allowing Bentley participants to tailor their own participation to their interests and needs. Given the enforced and necessary isolation, the new programs were welcomed and participation is high. The Foundation is delighted to financially support this effort through our 2020 contract with the Renaissance Academy.
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – The Foundation completed its purchase of PPE obtained through resources made available to non-profits under the Federal 2020 Cares Act, including supplies of masks, gowns, shields and sanitation supplies for the Care Center and ALR.
- Publix Food Cards to Vi Employees – On July 17, the Foundation surprised Vi employees of Bentley Village by announcing the distribution of five hundred and twenty (520) $100 Publix Food Cards to employees. Many employees are coping with diminished family income and illnesses related to Covid-19. Brian Hitch thanked the employees for maintaining a balance between the demands of home and work, and praised them for their ongoing and cheerful services to residents. Assisting the Foundation in distribution of the cards was the on-site branch of FineMark National Bank and Trust and Bentley Villages supervisors. All of the cards made their way into employee hands by August 4. Employees responded with an outpouring of thank you nots, cards, emails and phone calls.