Promoting health & togetherness.
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 Program 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.
Eight sessions per month are provided in each facility. Ana Lopez, MA CMT, clinical director of The House of Music Therapy, oversees the services and provides certified therapists and advanced students doing practicums from FGCU. Ana says, “Every music therapy session is different because the therapist responds in a unique way to the person’s needs and creative direction”. Often Music Therapy goals are non-musical in nature but are used to address areas of disability more easily reached by music. Music therapy sessions consist of live musical engagement through instrument and vocal performance, musical improvisation, moving to music, music composition and/or passive music listening.
In October, the Foundation joined hands with Collier County Foundation in its emergency disaster emergency relief efforts. The Foundation contributed over $50,000 to a special fund established to provide immediate assistance to the hourly employees of Vi at Bentley Village, many of whom not only suffered personal losses but also lost days of work.