August 5, 2022

Gentry Park Senior Living to Celebrate Back-to-School Season

Category: Senior Living

Author: Sarah Ramusack, Resident Services Director

At Gentry Park Senior Living, we are always excited to celebrate the Back-to-School season! Partnering with local schools is typically a year-long effort, but there is a special focus on the time when most students are heading back to the classroom- whether in person or virtually. We have partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington. Our residents find it easy to relate to school outreach efforts as many of them can recall a time when they returned to school as well.

Fostering these relationships helps build a sense of community among students, teachers, residents, and staff. There are plenty of advantages to intergenerational activities- such as decreasing the social and economic isolation so many seniors feel. Research has shown that seniors’ health, memory, and balance can benefit from volunteering regularly with children. Not only do these relationships benefit the older generations, but also the younger ones as well. Studies have also shown that children who interact with elders are less likely than others to start illegal drug use, will more likely have improved communication with their parents, and are less likely to experience depression. Lastly, these experiences can create timeless memories for both the seniors and children involved, such as making a new friend, trying a new game or activity, or listening to stories of each other’s life.

In the past we have partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington. We have donated books, school supplies, snacks, and exchanged cards. We will continue to support the Boys and Girls Clubs by donating supplies and sending words of encouragement to their members.

This year we plan to also support Teachers Warehouse. It serves the educational and creative needs of children by obtaining donated supplies and equipment from businesses and individuals. The organization then distributes them to teachers for use in schools, operating under the authority of publicly elected school boards in our area. Supporting a supply wish list gives teachers and students what they need to succeed in their jobs and in their classwork.

You can go to the Teachers Warehouse website to donate: https://teacherswarehouse.org.

Items ordered through the wish list will be sent directly to the Teachers Warehouse.

This year our goal is to make connections with our local high school students. We are looking into opportunities to show our support to those students. We will continue to work with a sorority from Indiana University whose members regularly volunteer. We enjoy playing bingo, cooking, and reminiscing with the college students and are looking forward to starting up again when classes resume.

Gentry Park Senior Living will continue to show their support in a lot of different ways this Back-to-School season and throughout the school year. 

Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.

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901 S Hastings Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

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