Atria Senior Living Gets Celebrity Treatment During Hurricane Irma

Natural disasters can be trying times for senior housing providers, especially those forced to evacuate residents with cameras capturing the experience. 

Still, the situation doesn’t have to be all bad—just ask a certain group of Atria Senior Living residents who are winning plenty of positive press.

Over the weekend, the Louisville, Kentucky-based senior housing provider evacuated several residents from communities in the path of Hurricane Irma to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.


As if being sheltered in a Disney resort weren’t neat enough, the hotel also happened to be housing a famous face: actress Kristen Bell. 

Bell, who’s perhaps known best for roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, NBC’s The Good Place and Disney’s Frozen, had been shooting a movie in Orlando before the storm hit. For the past few days, she’s been hunkered down with other people seeking shelter at Swan and Dolphin—and she’s made friends with Atria residents. 


Dear @daxshepard, this is john. He’s my side piece here in Orlando. I hope you understand. I’m powerless over a man who serenades me. Xo Kristen


A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) onSep 10, 2017 at 12:59pm PDT

There’s John, who has serenaded Bell; Clara, who “has the grip of Jean-claude Van Damme,”; and Corey, who, like Bell, “cries when she’s happy, too.” 

On September 11, some Atria residents—including John—made what may have been their national television debuts during a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Host Jimmy Kimmel spoke with both Bell and John, who are still in Orlando, about the experiences they’ve shared during Irma.

“I told him you were Johnny Carson cause he didn’t know who you were,” Bell admitted. 

Actor Seth Rogen also made a surprise appearance at the Swan and Dolphin, according to a photo posted on Atria’s Facebook page.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson

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