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Residents and staff alike look forward to Sweethearts Day at Kaplan Estates every year. In February, residents enjoyed a medley of live songs by Howie Conley and the Memory Laners. Following the musical performance, residents sampled delicious delicacies from the “sweet table” to top off a perfect day!

Volunteer extraordinaire Deb Eskanazi worked with the residents in Kaplan’s Legacy program to create gorgeous flower arrangements. Deb, who volunteers twice a month, helps residents from Kaplan Traditional, Kaplan Legacy and Brudnick Center for Living put together artistic floral arrangements that are bright and beautiful.

As an aside, Deb worked with Ellen Gordon, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s beloved Director of Recreational Activities, when they were both teaching in the local public school system. Once Ellen began working at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Peabody campus, she contacted Deb about bringing in special needs students as interns to interact with the residents. It was a valuable program for the students as well as our residents. When Deb retired a few years ago, she did not hesitate to offer her services as a volunteer at both the skilled nursing home and assisted living. As Ellen Gordon explains, “Deb is such a wonderful asset to our campus. She’s creative, warm, patient, and vibrant. How lucky are we to have her here?”

Staff and residents shared warm memories and laughs during the farewell party for Marisa Waters, Director of Marketing for the Peabody campus. Marisa was a popular team member and we wish her well. She promises to visit frequently, so we are sure to see her smiling face again soon.

Kaplan residents enjoyed a sing-along recently, which is a favorite pastime at the assisted living, but were not allowed during the pandemic. Zumba classes also resumed in March, with residents participating in Dance Zumba Parties. It’s an excellent form of exercise, in addition to being enjoyable. We are all very glad these activities are back!