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Intergenerational Dance Celebrates Good Times!
Lasell College students along with Lasell Village residents danced the night away Friday evening at Lasell Village’s Intergenerational Dance! It was a fun filled evening of dancing and laughter. Congratulations to our Dance King and Queen, Ed and Jane Rabin! Check out the gallery below:
Lasell Village Manager Receives LeadingAge Heart and Hands Award
Elena Ceban, Manager of Lasell Studios, was recently recognized by LeadingAge of Massachusetts for her exceptional work in the supported care area of Lasell Village.
The Heart and Hands award is given annually to an individual or group who demonstrates exceptional relationships with residents. These relationships should provide special enrichment and increased quality of life to the resident through efforts beyond those normally considered within the position’s job description.
Elena’s creativity and compassion knows no bounds. In her role as the Manager of Lasell Studios, Elena has gone beyond her job description of caring for the residents, finding new ways to integrate the Studios into the greater Lasell and Newton communities. When Elena enters a room, she adds instant sparkle. She calls all those who live in the Studios her “friends,” instead of using the term resident. When Elena talks about her job, she talks about “excitement.” She bursts into song. She hugs her friends. But what truly stands out is how innovative she is. She developed an intergenerational course and taught it with a Lasell College faculty member, all for the betterment of the community.
The award was celebrated recently with staff from Lasell Village along with Elena’s Mom who visited from Moldova for this very special event.
Pictured Above, L-R: Lasell Village President Anne Doyle, Studio Manager Elena Ceban and her mom, Robin Scully, RN
Guests from Cameroon
Special guests from Cameroon, Rosie and Francis Njuakom Nchii, Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance, in partnership with It’s Never 2 Late, visited Lasell Village to share how one corporation’s support can make a world of difference.
Watercolor Class Explores Autumn Hues
Village residents in watercolor class recently celebrated the apple greens, sunburst yellows, and warm pumpkin tones of fall, painting still life groupings of fruit, flowers and gourds.
Lasell Village Groundbreaking Ceremony
May 22, 2018
Lasell Village is excited about the new phase of renovation which was kicked off today at the Village with a groundbreaking ceremony. Mayor Ruthanne Fuller was on hand with Lasell Village President, Anne Doyle and Lasell College President, Michael Alexander, to announce the start of construction that will make Lasell Village facilities more functional, more welcoming and more accessible for residents, future residents, guests and community members.
Lasell Village is a life plan community established in May 2000 situated on the beautiful campus of Lasell College. It is home to over 200 independent seniors. Both President and Mayor Fuller noted that Lasell Village and the City of Newton pride themselves in having education at their heart. The residents of Lasell Village are committed to lifelong learning and enjoy the many benefits of intergenerational classes held at Lasell College.
Michael Alexander reported that “we recently updated the technology in five classrooms located in the Village so they now have the ability to livestream classes. I look forward to the next chapter of non-traditional education for seniors and students of all ages.”
Perkins Eastman created the design and Commodore Builders is the general contractor for the project. Jean Garbier of VHB updated the courtyard design with more usable green space for residents and community members to enjoy. Other improvements include: an expanded dining room and café, a larger reception area and concierge desk and improvements for noise reduction and better work flow.
Mayor Fuller noted that “Newton is proud to be the home of the first life plan community in the country where residents commit to an individualized learning plan.”
In closing Anne Doyle said, “We are grateful to all our partners, staff and residents, and are excited about a revitalized design for our community.”