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Celebrating Pathway’s Signature and Award-Winning VIVA! Culture

Your senior years don’t have to be spent watching the world pass you by. Yes, you may be older, but that doesn’t mean you’re “old.” Far from it, in fact. This should be the time of your life, filled with adventure, purpose and enjoyable moments every day. It’s a time of life to celebrate – and that’s exactly what our Award-Winning VIVA!SM Programming by Pathway to Living® is all about.

“This is the time of life to reinvent yourself and enjoy the opportunities ahead,” says Sandra Rodriguez, Lifestyle Specialist at Azpira Place® of Breton. “We believe that your senior years are the perfect opportunity to reinvent yourself. You’ve finally reached a stage in life where chores, responsibilities and work disappear, and you can do the things you want to do.”

What are the things you’ve been waiting to do? Head off on a cross-country adventure? Learn to play the violin? Volunteer your time to a worthwhile cause? “Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish in this stage of life, VIVA! programming at Azpira Place of Breton will help you seize the day every day,” says Sandra.

We understand that your perfect retirement lifestyle is unique to you, so Azpira Place of Breton provides opportunities for you to design the lifestyle that’s perfect for your needs, wants and dreams. Do you prefer a brisk walk before breakfast? Enjoy meditating for an hour in the evenings? Are you ready to paint the town red on a regular basis, or would you prefer to use your talents to mentor young people? You don’t have to pick and choose – you can have it all. It’s truly a smorgasbord of options.

We’re redefining what being a senior can mean at Azpira Place of Breton,” says Sandra. “Our innovative VIVA! programming uses the foundation of seven dimensions of wellness to create an inspiring, exciting, healthy and high-quality experience that doesn’t just change minds … it changes lives.”

VIVA! SM Programming for an Inspired Life

What makes VIVA! SM so unique? For starters, it’s not just a form of programming. It’s a state of being. The VIVA! lifestyle is threaded throughout every aspect of life at Azpira Place® of Breton. It’s understanding that this can be the best stage in a senior’s life to date, and living in a way that inspires and uplifts everyone around you.

Since 1997, our parent community, Pathway to Living®, has been helping older adults live their best lives, fulfill their dreams and find purpose. During those years, Pathway to Living has perfected a range of programming that is meaningful, uplifting and intriguing. Since VIVA! is all about one’s personal path, our programs are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we offer residents. Every day, we customize, search out and clear obstacles so that our residents can live the life they want without limits.

And VIVA! isn’t just something our residents experience. They help create it, too. We encourage residents to develop activities and lead classes in things that are personally inspiring to them. In this way, they’re sharing who they are with their friends and community, which in turn lifts life at Azpira Place of Breton to new heights.

The VIVA!SM Way!

There are countless ways VIVA!SM inspires, enriches and brightens our community. However, there are some key programs that shore up our lifestyle and provide a framework for a life well lived at Azpira Place® of Breton.



Ever wanted to learn how to weave? Do performance art? Sculpt? Everyone’s an artist, and ArtPATH provides an avenue to inspire the artist within. This signature program offers classes in a variety of mediums that make creating art accessible to all ages and all stages. 


Good Vibrations

Residents express themselves and feel the rhythm using a variety of drums and instruments from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.



Music has endless potential to boost your mood, reinvigorate the brain and stimulate positive emotions. Encore encourages residents to learn a new instrument, sing loud and dance like nobody’s watching.


Lifelong Learning

Residents feed their minds with programs from college level courses on various topics to adult educational series on photography, literature and cultural and current events.


Victory Gardens
Sowing seeds, nursing herbs and tending the greenhouse are year-round efforts for residents and team members. While our outdoor garden is a community effort, residents proudly show off their blossoming gardens from their own apartment homes. And the culinary team is always eager to incorporate the healthy and fresh grown ingredients into seasonal meals!



Technology meets residents with VLink, a program that teaches seniors how to use various technologies, including computers located in each community’s media lab, providing access to email and social media.



Restaurant-quality dining tantalizes our residents’ taste buds and senses through chef-prepared meals that showcase seasonal ingredients. (Often, ingredients that were grown on site!)


See Spot Retire

Our canine companion program, See Spot Retire, provides senior dogs with a new home in our community, giving our residents the chance to enjoy pet companionship without having to deal with the care and upkeep by themselves.


VIVA!SM World Tour

Through VIVA!SM  World Tour, our residents can see the world without ever having to leave our community. Every month, we dive into the culture, language and cuisine of a new country, learning more about the world around us and expanding our horizons.


Ageless Allies

A favorite program among residents, Ageless Allies bridges relationships between seniors and our local community. Working with generations of all ages, learning and growing remains a two-way relationship. Residents embrace the opportunity to learn new ideas and connect with our youth while offering their own lessons and wisdom.


If you have any questions about the VIVA!SM lifestyle or to learn more about life at Azpira Place® of Breton, please contact us at ​​616-259-5526.


Live Well. Age Well. Be Well.

 At Azpira Place® of Breton, located in Kentwood, MI, we’re redefining how seniors Live Well. Age Well. Be Well. Our lifestyle is far from “typical.” Our vibrant and engaging Assisted Living and uplifting A Knew Day® Memory Support inspires our residents to live passionately with purpose, every single day

 Each day, our residents find the person-centered support and care they need, all while enjoying an inspiring and engaging lifestyle. The need for care or support doesn’t stop our residents from wanting to be active, involved or engaged, and it especially doesn’t keep them from obtaining the lifestyle they desire and deserve. With a variety of spacious private apartment floor plans, constant access to good company, exciting services and amenities, delicious dining experiences and life-enriching programming, residents never have to worry about having nothing to do. There’s always something waiting for them just outside their door! And best yet, if they desire space and privacy, there’s also plenty of room for that, too! Spend time outdoors in the sunshine, read a favorite book in the library, take your pet for a walk or simply relax in your private apartment, the possibilities are endless!

 At Azpira Place of Breton, residents never have to worry about maintenance, housekeeping or the tasks of homeownership. We created our community so our residents could have the peace of mind of care while focusing on what really matters, what makes them who they are. With engaging VIVA!SM programming by Pathway to Living®, residents can spend their newfound time learning something new, enjoying an old pastime, taking up a new hobby, starting their own classes and clubs or focusing on their health with our wellness programming. Experience the lifestyle you deserve and discover the key to what helps Azpira Place of Breton residents Live Well. Age Well. Be Well.

To learn more or schedule a personal visit, call us at 616-259-5526.