Casa Residents Keep Fellow Neighbors Engaged Amid Pandemic Through the Magic of Television

The pandemic has left the nation feeling detached and isolated. But Casa residents have created a unique way to stay engaged and connected while remaining safe. Tune in to Casa TV and you’ll find “Hello Casa.” This television series, created and produced by residents, began in March and just aired its 10th episode.

“Hello Casa” has a dedicated production team of nine residents, including producer Jody Grawey. Grawey leads production and assists with content, directing and editing. “The series has been a great new way to inform and entertain residents during the pandemic,” said Grawey. “It’s always something to look forward to and being part of the production team is a fun way to spend my time.”

Regular features include:

  • Interviews with community team members and residents
  • Shout-Outs
  • Pet Pals
  • Tip of the Day
  • One-Liners
  • Book Byte
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Happenings Around Casa

Every year, Casa’s Resident Performing Arts Company (PAC) writes and performs a popular stage production for residents. Since the show was cancelled due to the pandemic, resident and PAC member Don Gragg suggested to Casa Executive Director Kim Dominy that the community produce a TV show instead. Dominy gave an enthusiastic thumbs up.

A new show airs every two to three weeks and averages about 350 viewers per episode. The group of resident producers are supported by Casa employee Ryan Dipiero, a communication specialist who formats the completed show for Casa TV.

“We constantly research content for future shows,” said Grawey. “Residents send in ideas and their feedback is what keeps us going!”

Social connection for seniors is critical, playing an essential role in their mental, emotional and physical health, especially during the pandemic. According to research, social connection can slow cognitive decline, decrease depression, and provide greater immunity to some diseases.

Not only is this unique to the community, but this entire series was created by residents to keep their friends and neighbors in touch and engaged.

Jody and her husband Fred were featured on ABC 10 News about “Hello Casa.” See the video below to get a glimpse of the show and how it all started.