One of the most integral aspects of well-being is a sense of community and belonging. That’s why at La Posada, a Kisco senior living community in Palm Beach Gardens, all areas of community are observed and celebrated – including culture. Recently, the community observed National Hispanic Heritage Month – but with a twist.
Calling it Latin Heritage Month, the celebration was expanded to include all residents of Latino backgrounds and share their rich cultural history and sense of family associated with the rest of the community. The observance highlighted the contributions and influence of Latino Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. For many residents and associates at the senior living community, this was a special opportunity to share an important part of their identities.
“Having the ability to share where one has come from is such an important part of life,” said Heather Liddle, resident at La Posada. “I was born in Chile, lived in Brazil and studied in England. Where I began my journey and where it has led me is something I don’t take for granted, and it’s a privilege to live somewhere where stories like mine are celebrated.”
During the month-long observance, La Posada celebrated a variety of Latin cultures represented by residents and associates at the community. They began simply, with a different Spanish word of the day, and encouraged everyone to find opportunities to practice using these words throughout their day.
The community also hosted a presentation on the Latin countries represented at the community before covering a very special element of Latin culture – the food. While residents and associates enjoyed the opportunity to learn facts and other details surrounding Latin heritage, the full spread of authentic Latin foods from Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala and Argentina was definitely one of everyone’s favorite events.
“At La Posada, our programming engages residents at all levels and positively contributes to their whole-person wellness,” said Paulina Jacobs, assistant executive director at La Posada. “Having the opportunity to observe Latin Heritage Month with our residents was truly something unique and enabled us to learn more about one another and appreciate the connectivity we all share.”
To close the observance of Latin Heritage Month, La Posada hosted a Latin music night with performances from local musicians and dancing for those in attendance. The intent for the entire celebration was to create a multifaceted environment to promote and improve each resident’s knowledge of other cultures. This commitment to community is something that defines La Posada’s enriched lifestyle and one-of-a-kind programming.
“La Posada is dedicated to ensuring that community is engrained in everything we do to enable a vibrant lifestyle for all of our residents,” said Brad Cadiere, executive director of La Posada. “Our community is a place where everyone is welcomed and celebrated for who they are. By participating in observances like Latin Heritage Month, we have the opportunity to expose our residents and staff to new ideas and ways of life. But most importantly, it creates a welcoming environment that makes La Posada not just somewhere to live, but also to call home.”