Brookdale residents spread kindness

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Brookdale Austintown celebrated Random Acts of Kindess Day as a part of Brookdale's national Kindness is Ageless campaign, which is a part of their Ageless Spirit program. Pictured, from left front and moving clockwise, are residents Dorothy Dama, Helen Yash, Carl Yash, Brookdale Austintown's Executive Director Heidi Polonus, programs coordinator Vanessa Montgomery, Administrative Assistant Lisa Gonzalez, residents Robert Kamenitsa, Marilyn Reda and Joseph Reda.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Brookdale Senior Living Solutions passed out flowers to customers at Marino's Italian Cafe on Feb. 16 for Random Acts of Kindness Day. Pictured are, from left, Maria Catauro, Brookdale's program coordinator Vanessa Montgomery and Brookdale resident Joseph Reda.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Brookdale Senior Living Solutions celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 16 by passing out flowers to customers at Marino’s Italian Cafe during lunch.

Brookdale facilities nationwide participated in Random Acts of Kindness Day as a part of their Kindness is Ageless campaign. The campaign is a part of their Ageless Spirit program to promote spiritual wellness.

“It shows that no matter how old you are, you can be helpful and kind,” said Vanessa Montgomery, program coordinator for the facility. “Kindness never goes away.”

Brookdale of Austintown took six residents to the restaurant with a good amount of flowers. The residents sat at a table and handed flowers out to those already in the restaurant and those that came in later while they ate.

Montgomery said Marino’s Italian Cafe was very accommodating to their needs and what they wanted to accomplish in the day. She also said the restaurant has helped Brookdale in the past.

Many of the customers seemed thankful for the flowers and some took up conversation with the residents. Montgomery told many of the customers to “pass it on,” a phrase used to encourage the continuation of kind acts.

The national Brookdale Senior Living Solutions sent a guide to the Austintown facility demonstrating how they could do the program. The guide also had hyperlinks to videos to play for the residents to explain the kindness campaign.

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