Acts residents are using technology as never before to participate in virtual programming to expand their knowledge of history, culture and make new friends across the globe! Five Acts communities - Buckingham’s ChoiceCokesbury VillageIndian River EstatesHeron Point of Chestertown, and Normandy Farms Estates - participate in virtual educational and social programming to enhance lifelong learning.

“Our residents truly embraced technology, from virtual programs to Zoom video chats, that’s the silver lining from this pandemic,” said Theresa Perry, Corporate Director of Hospitality and Wellness Services. “Virtual engagement is here to stay and I’m so proud that our residents embraced this opportunity to grow and adapt.”

Throughout 2020, residents learned to virtually connect with family and friends from their smart phones, tablets and computers. They enjoyed a front row seat to birthday parties, weddings, and family reunions. Expanding their social circle, Acts tech-savy residents also embraced virtual educational classes, exploring new outlets to learn history and culture with the added bonus of developing new friendships and interests outside their community.

“It’s debunking the myths of older adults and technology. Residents are leading discussions, engaging in educational lectures and creating new friendships- from the comfort of their living rooms,” said Gina Blume, president of Out of the Box Public Relations.

Blume says between 35-40 residents are participating at her virtual learning and discussion sessions. With vaccinated residents participating in more group activities, some communities are also broadcasting the virtual classes in their auditoriums for residents who enjoy participation in a group setting. Blume predicts this is the future.

"This hybrid approach to learning will continue post-pandemic," she said. "Offering both in-person and virtual opportunities helps to accommodate and encourages more participation. Everyone can be engaged and included. It's here to stay."