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Monarch Landing’s Communiversity Opens Doors and Opportunities to Community Seniors
Date:11/6/2013

(PRWEB) November 06, 2013

Mary Mickel felt particularly fortunate when she contacted Monarch Landing in Naperville, IL, last year to inquire about their fitness offerings. At just about that time, the senior living community had established a new outreach initiative called Communiversity, whereby Monarch Landing opened its doors to members of the outside community to participate in either, or both, a technology or wellness track. “I didn’t think I could get in there,” said Mary, a Warrenville condo owner who had heard about Monarch Landing’s state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic centers for seniors. “But it turned out to be perfect timing.” After discussing the program with Wellness Manager Tony Galvan, Mary shared the news of Communiversity with her neighbors, Bob and Maryanne True, who also joined the fitness track at Monarch Landing.

Along with Information Technology Director Jason Hedman, Galvan conceived of the Communiversity program as a way to enhance Monarch Landing’s exposure to the surrounding community as well as offer seniors educational and fitness opportunities tailored specifically to their needs. Marketing research revealed that the top two objectives among seniors were greater knowledge of the ever-changing technological landscape and improved health and well-being. Based on those findings, Communiversity focused on a Technology Track and a Wellness Track, both of which were natural fits, given the fitness amenities, computer lab, and senior care specialists already in place at Monarch Landing. “Talking to seniors about technology is very different than talking to 30-year-olds,” said Galvan. “Likewise, exercise and fitness has to be tailored to the health and wellness of people in an age group distinct among the general population.”

Those in Communiversity’s Technology Track have access to a wide range of technology-based offerings from knowledgeable professionals, including instruction
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