Born and raised in Southern California, Zenia launched her career in senior living in her hometown of Ventura. This led to seven years of fostering relationships with the residents and the management team while receiving most of her training. In 2016, Zenia became Resident Assistant Leader in Memory Support here at GranVida Senior Living. "I was actually one of the first employees to be hired," she says.
Felipe grew up and lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, for most of his life. A few years ago, he came to visit his parents in Ventura, then got a job offer in Santa Barbara working with individuals with mental and physical disabilities. "I never imagined I was going to stay here, but the love for my elderly parents convinced me to provide more care and love than I could from Mexico.” He's been with GranVida since 2017 as our Memory Care Coordinator.
Our first in a series of “Keeping It Local” GranVida Gallery Art Shows featuring juried entries was everything our local artists and guests hoped it to be. Ranell Hansen of Around The Block Quilting Studio was one of the many prominent artists. She and other local artists such as photographer Ted Rhodes and painter Janey Cohen from the Carpinteria Arts Center displayed a variety of their paintings, quilts and sculptures.
Our new Life Enrichment Director was born and raised in Liverpool, England. Though she loved Great Britain, Gillian didn't love its weather. So she grabbed her backpack to travel through Australia, New Zealand and Asia while she was in her late 20s. She ended up in Canada before she emigrated to America in her late 30s and becoming a Registered Nurse.
Sometimes, teenagers need a little guidance. Most times, grandparents are great role models. That’s the concept behind the GranVida Grandparent Buddy Program in partnership with Rincon High School, where both sides are benefitting in Carpinteria.
A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed a better phrase for “Senior Citizens”. Was it “Elders”? Not exactly. What about “Baby Boomers”? Old hat. “Perennials” is the phrase that was first used by author Gina Pell, Content Chief of The What, in a 2016 email newsletter, but not everyone accepts it readily into their lexicon.
GranVida recently hosted a book reading by Donnie Nair, a Carpinteria resident, Coastal View News columnist, and notable gal about town. Ms. Nair wears many hats, including mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, real estate agent and community volunteer.
A great story about "Einstein" appeared earlier this week on the front page of the Santa Barbara News-Press. "Einstein" is our affectionate nickname for "It's Never 2 Late" (IN2L), an advanced computer system with a 65-inch television screen being enjoyed by residents throughout GranVida.
Every Thursday, something very special happens at GranVida. It's not "Must See TV on NBC" and it's not one of Chef Ken's special dishes (although they're all delicious). It's "Music Thursdays" when residents, families and friends are entertained by a wide variety of local musicians.
A-lo-ha! Over 50 residents, friends and family visited GranVida recently for a festive Hawaiian Luau. Our local Polynesian dance troupe provided island-style entertainment, hula dancers and live music that had everyone swinging to the islands’ rhythms.