Celebration Foundation kicks off  Thriving in Place program

Growing Bolder founder Marc Middleton, Florida Hospital Foundation President Des Cummings along with Celebration Foundation Board Members kicked off the launch of a transformational program, Thriving in Place, helping Celebration residents maintain their independence while keeping them socially engaged with their neighbors. Submitted Photo

Growing Bolder founder Marc Middleton, Florida Hospital Foundation President Des Cummings along with Celebration Foundation Board Members kicked off the launch of a transformational program, Thriving in Place, helping Celebration residents maintain their independence while keeping them socially engaged with their neighbors. Submitted Photo

Anybody who wants to live in a community with a positive approach to aging and wellness, Celebration is the place to be, according to the Celebration Foundation.

The foundation announced its newest project, Thriving in Place, a membership program designed to empower the aging and disabled residents living in Celebration with affordable and dependable assistance.

Although the town of Celebration is a young community established in 1994, residents now have peace of mind that there is an infrastructure in place to support, inspire and engage the 55-plus generation.

Thriving in Place is one of four volunteer-driven organized “villages” in the state of Florida dedicated to helping its residents sustain the lifestyle of living in their community regardless of age or disability. Through a volunteer network managed by the Celebration Foundation, Thriving in Place members can live in their own homes, lead healthy, safe, independent and productive lives. The program offers three primary areas of assistance: social connection, volunteer assistance and vetted service providers.

The Thriving in Place membership allows seniors and the disabled to receive benefits such as companion visits, errand assistance, home safety review, transportation within Celebration, social activities, access to vetted providers and much more.

“We are a perfect community to create something for our elders,” said Eileen Crawford, president of the Celebration Foundation board. “We realized that we at the Celebration Foundation are more than able to help bring this about, after all our mission is to build a strong and caring community.”

Marc Middleton, founder and CEO of web-based media group Growing Bolder, recently spoke to a group of 120 seniors at the Bohemian Hotel Celebration.

“I believe we’ve all been brainwashed at a very young age about aging,” said Middleton. “We need to get out there and realize the opportunity of being 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 [years old].”

Middleton shared videos and photos with the senior group, of fellow seniors who have set world records in sports, many who lived to be more than 100 years old.

A large part of that mission is being shared by Celebration Health. Dr. Frank Stone and Des Cummings shared some information on how Celebration Health is contributing to Thriving in Place— members will receive discounts on nutritional services and outpatient pharmacy, special pricing to the fitness center, free consultations and at-home care, as well as routine visits through the transition clinic.

“You’re in charge of your health,” said Cummings. “Florida Hospital Celebration Health is very dedicated to this community. This is a place you can come to in both sickness and in health.”

Individual Membership entitles members to all programs, social activities and volunteer services. The annual fee is $365, which is equivalent to $1 per day. Household Membership entitles two people with an annual fee of $520, equivalent to $10 per week.

For more information on Thriving in Place, call 407-572-9850 or visit www.ThrivingInPlace.org.