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This month has been a special time at Katzman Center for Living. Along with the usual planning of our daily programming, we strive to build a connection into our residents. To that end, residents share precious stories, involving aspirations, regrets, proud moments, or basically anything that has affected them in their lives.

For example, resident Marie Diccichio has always had a love for the arts and dreamed of going into art school. But times and money were difficult. Dreams aside, Marie knew she needed to find a stable work position. Thus she became a bookkeeper and sales associate. But talents and interests never go away and Marie recently attended an activity art class at BCL that brought back all the reasons she loved art in first place. Diving in where she left off, Marie has worked on several pieces that she proudly displays in her room. Marie says it best. “Hard to believe that in my 90’s I’ve found my passion again,” exclaimed Marie. “But I love it!”

Charles Paull is another resident who always had a love for music. Often, he would play his harmonica in his room to himself. When Activities Director Roy Roldan asked him if he would be willing to play his harmonica center stage for our residents, he finally agreed. The residents and staff enjoyed his performance immensely and praised Charles for his talent. Charles responded that he would love to play again as the harmonica made him happy. Keep up the wonderful work Marie and Charles. You are both shining stars at the Katzman Center!

On the Specialized Dementia Unit, our residents have been busy creating beautiful art projects for the fall season. Additionally, we discovered that many of our residents had a natural aptitude for playing golf. The game has now been added to our activity schedule. Not surprisingly, it is a very popular event.

In terms of staff news, Jeannette Chianca retired last week after 16 years with Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. Staff and residents honored her with a retirement breakfast, for which she was very touched. Also Jennifer Marchione, our occupational therapist, got married and Noldcie Elien-Val had beautiful boy named AJ. Last, but certainly not least, CNA Christina Arbouet passed her nursing boards and will now be working at KCL as an RN. Congratulations to all of you!