Resident life: Never a dull moment

Resident life: Never a dull moment

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Over the last year, fine arts have taken a prominent place in resident life at The Summit. From monthly art shows to paint nights, trips to college theaters and symphony performances, The Summit provides a busy Resident Life Program.

“We want to keep people engaged in life,” Resident Life Director Andrea Cox said.

The weekly activities list feels endless with a mix of fitness classes, shopping trips and events. “Resident life at The Summit is really resident driven,” Cox said. “They will bring wonderful ideas to me and we do our best to make them happen.”

Last month, it was a day trip to Appomattox with lunch at the beautiful Babcock House. This fall, it will be a trip to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. All ideas brought by residents.

“Their ideas and support make a successful resident life program,” Cox said.

Residents with an interest in art meet to discuss techniques and mediums. “It allows them to show what they are doing and socialize together,” Cox said.

The walls outside the dining room have transformed into a rotating art gallery in the last year, featuring local artists and monthly meet-the-artist receptions.

The Dine-Out Club always includes a large group with residents selecting a different restaurant to enjoy each month.

Health and wellness is central to resident life with daily fitness classes, including chair exercises, yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba, along with a weekly trip to Lynchburg’s gorgeous Blackwater Creek Trail for walks.

“The residents just love being active,” Cox said.

The Summit boasts its own beautiful surroundings with a lake on campus for fishing, kayaking, boating and trail walking. A paddleboat is the newest addition.

Dominos, Bingo and Bridge are also popular and a handful of volunteer residents call Bingo numbers at The Summit Health & Rehab Center every Friday.

“Whatever your hobbies or interests are, we don’t want you to stop that, but to bring those talents to this wonderful community and share them with your neighbors,” Cox said.