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2. A holistic approach that includes social and physical activity
Aging may bring changes to the nature of social and physical activities, but they are more important than ever—common areas, events, group dining, classes and recreational offerings help maintain a culture of connection and wellbeing.
At Grand Traverse Pavilions those porches and courtyards are more than just attractive amenities—they’re instrumental in creating an environment that fosters interaction and time spent outdoors. Benches, bird feeders and garden beds fill the courtyards, and ADA-accessible walking paths connect the varied buildings to the Grand Lawn.
Residents work with professional life-enrichment coordinators to help craft their own plans for recreation, dining and more. A shuttle bus takes residents to baseball games, the theatre, concerts or group dining outings in the surrounding community.
Dining is a social affair, with a communal atmosphere and restaurant-style menus. Meals are made from scratch under the direction of dining services director James Hunter, whose famous chocolate bread pudding is a fan favorite. Chefs provide monthly cooking classes for residents, and there are plenty of foodie-friendly events like wine tastings, birthday celebrations or special happenings such as the annual strawberry social, where residents get in on the meal prep.
Social events are designed to be shared with friends, family and the community. Each summer, the Great Lawn surrounding the campus has been home to open-air concerts that began as an outlet for residents to enjoy but soon ballooned into a beloved community event drawing up to 5,000 attendees at a time, including family members, grandchildren, dogs, neighbors and any music-loving community member.