The Continuing Contributions of Older Americans to Our Communities: AHEPA Senior Living’s Role in Empowering Seniors


May is Older Americans Month, when we celebrate older adults’ contributions to our communities. These individuals bring a wealth of experience, wisdom, and inspiration that enrich our lives and strengthen the fabric of society. In recognition of this, we want to highlight the role of AHEPA Senior Living (ASL) in empowering seniors to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives.


Contributions of Older Americans

Older Americans make remarkable contributions to our communities in various ways. From volunteering at local organizations to serving as mentors and role models, seniors actively participate in community development and enrichment. Their life experiences, unique perspectives, and diverse skill sets enable them to support and guide younger generations in personal growth and learning. For instance, many older adults volunteer to teach classes, share their expertise in various fields, or engage in community projects that improve neighborhoods, schools, and parks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 26.3% of people 65-69 volunteer and 9.4% of people 65 and older volunteer 500 or more hours per year. Their efforts not only affect lasting positive change but also encourage others to get involved and contribute to their communities.

Intergenerational relationships play a crucial role in fostering mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration among people of different ages. When seniors interact with younger generations, they pass on their wisdom, historical insights, and life lessons – many of which aren’t found in textbooks. These exchanges enrich the lives of both seniors and younger individuals, promoting empathy, tolerance, and cultural appreciation.


AHEPA Senior Living’s Approach to Empowering Seniors

At ASL, we are committed to providing safe, healthy, and enriching residential communities and quality services that enable our older residents to thrive and enjoy peace of mind. Guided by the Greek spirit of Meraki, our values emphasize attentive relationships with residents and families, proactive and honest communication, and a commitment to service, excellence, and philanthropy in everything we do.


Community Engagement and Inclusivity

This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Aging Unbound.” The theme offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included.

Community engagement and inclusivity are integral to our residents’ experiences at our properties. ASL communities provide ample opportunities for residents to connect and explore their interests, from cultural celebrations and holiday gatherings to recreational outings and educational workshops. Our seniors actively participate in various events and activities designed to foster camaraderie, learning, and fun. For example, seniors at one of our properties have formed a gardening club, working together to cultivate a beautiful community garden that benefits everyone. In contrast, another property hosts painting classes, where residents can express their creativity and learn new skills.

Our commitment to fostering social connections and inclusivity among residents is rooted in the understanding that solid relationships are vital for seniors’ well-being. Creating a warm and welcoming environment ensures that every resident feels valued, respected, and included. Research has shown that socially connected seniors experience better physical and mental health, improved cognitive function, and a higher quality of life.


Lifelong Learning and Personal Growth Opportunities

We believe in the importance of lifelong learning and personal growth for seniors, which is why we offer a variety of educational and skill-building programs across our communities. These opportunities range from music and dancing classes, puzzles and table games, baking classes, knitting classes, and many more opportunities. Our goal is to provide engaging and accessible learning experiences that cater to our residents’ diverse interests and abilities, allowing them to continue discovering new passions and expanding their horizons.

Many of these opportunities contribute to our residents’ growth and fulfillment by stimulating their minds, nurturing creativity, and fostering a sense of accomplishment. By participating in these programs, residents can develop new skills, deepen their understanding of the world, and connect with others who share their interests.



In conclusion, older Americans play a vital role in shaping and enriching our communities through their diverse contributions, wisdom, and experience. We are committed to empowering these remarkable individuals by providing safe, healthy, and enriching residential communities and quality services that enable them to thrive and enjoy peace of mind.

As we celebrate Older Americans Month, let us recognize and support the seniors in our lives during this month and throughout the year. We encourage you to learn more about AHEPA Senior Living and consider getting involved in your local community to positively impact older adults’ lives. Together, we can ensure that our seniors continue to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives and remain valued members of our communities for years to come. If you or your loved ones have any questions, please contact us!

U.S. Senator Braun Visits Indianapolis Community

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.—U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) visited AHEPA 232 Phases I and II Senior Apartments of Indianapolis, Ind., November 9, 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome Senator Braun to our affordable senior living community in Indianapolis,” AHEPA Senior Living (ASL) President and CEO Steve Beck said. “We applaud his commitment to Indiana’s older adults, and his interest to learn about our mission to provide seniors with the safe and dignified affordable housing and quality supportive services they need to thrive. We thank Senator Braun for choosing to visit our community and for spending time with our residents, board members, and personnel.”

“What a pleasure it was to get a behind the scenes look at the operations of the AHEPA Senior Apartments in Indianapolis,” Senator Braun said, following the visit. “It was really heartwarming to see such a special group of people operate a fantastic community for Hoosier seniors. Taking care of our elders is an essential piece to ensuring a prosperous society. Thanks for the tour!”

AHEPA 232 Phases I and II are a 122-unit community located at 7355 Shadeland Station Way. It is owned by AHEPA 232, Inc., and managed by ASL, both nonprofits. Angelo Kostarides is the AHEPA 232, Inc., board president.

ASL manages four affordable independent senior living communities in Indianapolis, totaling 272 units, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and local housing boards, we have been delighted to welcome many public officials to our communities, and we are most pleased to welcome Senator Braun,” AHEPA Senior Living Chairman Ike Gulas said. “Celebrating its centennial anniversary, AHEPA is at its heart a service organization comprised of volunteer Greek Americans and Philhellenes who aspire to give back to their communities. Their visits mark a special moment for our mission-driven company, and it contributes to the bold vision of our founders who chose to give back by sponsoring quality affordable housing for seniors.”

In addition to U.S. Senator Braun, ASL has welcomed several U.S. government officials to its communities recently. In May 2022, U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan (D-IN) visited AHEPA 78 VI in Merrillville, Ind. In March 2022, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, U.S. Reps. Al Green (D-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) toured AHEPA 29 Senior Apartments campus of Houston. Last year, U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) also visited AHEPA 232 Phases I and II in Indianapolis, and the late U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) visited Hellenic Senior Living of Elkhart, an affordable assisted living community.

AHEPA Senior Apartments communities offer very low-income older adults over the age of 62 residential apartment-home living with voluntary supportive services they may need to continue to live independently as they age. Through service coordination, the services may include meal services, case management, transportation assistance, public benefits programs enrollment assistance, fitness and wellness programs, housekeeping assistance, and health services.

About ASL

Serving more than 5,000 older adults across the United States, AHEPA Senior Living (ASL) is a mission-driven, nationwide provider of affordable independent and assisted senior living communities. Since 1980, it has developed and manages 87 affordable independent senior living communities in 19 states administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program.

Through its subsidiaries, ASL owns and manages four affordable assisted living communities with 532 units in Indiana.

ASL is based in Fishers, Ind.

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