Message from Kae Santos, Regional President at CJL Chelsea

August 15, 2022

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the summer. Our residents have been busy doing just that with a variety of trips and events organized by our amazing and dedicated staff. Just in the past month, there was a trip to Maine for Katzman Center, a Charles River boat tour for Leonard Florence, and an outing to Revere Beach for Cohen Florence and Florence and Chafetz. There are also many activities being offered in our residences, from outdoor concerts and movie and game nights to visits from a local children’s summer camp. It’s wonderful to see the smiles and hear the contagious laughter throughout our campuses. I encourage you to read more about these happenings in this newsletter and our posts on social media and our website.

As the new Regional President, Chelsea, my focus this first month is on rounding and meeting with as many residents and families as I can. I am already blown away by the warm welcome I have received from those of you I’ve been lucky to meet. You’ve openly shared with me stories of gratitude for the high quality care and service our staff provide to your loved ones. I have also heard your ideas to make our residents’ lives even better. I look forward to sharing with you my insights and vision in future newsletters. I still have a long way to go to meet everyone so please don’t hesitate to say hi to me in the halls as I continue to make the rounds.

While the quick change to cooler temps the past few days is a relief compared to the heat we have had to endure, I hope that the summer gives us a few more weeks to enjoy the outdoors. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our communities safe, happy, and vibrant. I hope to see you in our residences soon.

All the best,


Behind the Scenes at Katzman Family Center for Living

August 12, 2022

It’s a fun and busy summer at Katzman Center. Residents are enjoying gardening activities in the courtyard. Two highlights: an herb  garden bed filled with tomatoes, basil, peppers, and oregano; and a flower bed chock full of brightly colored flowers. It’s the very essence of summer.

It’s gratifying to see how our residents eagerly participate in the planting and caring of the flowers, herbs, and vegetables. They particularly like digging in the ground and getting their hands dirty. We have some very talented gardeners!

Our recent trip to Kittery Maine was a huge success. We toured the scenic coastlines, stopping by Nubble Lighthouse before indulging in a delicious seafood lunch at the Warrens Lobster House. What could be more appropriate on a beautiful summer day in Maine?

Kadee, our special arts therapist, works with residents in our highly acclaimed Memory Care Kaleidoscope program. Her projects focus on expressive art therapy, which enables our residents to freely express themselves through art.

Both residents and staff love having children visit our campus. Their energy is contagious! Recently the kids from Camp Yaneh, a Jewish summer camp, stopped by to meet with residents on a one-to-basis. Not sure who enjoyed the visit more –the kids or the adults!

What’s Happening at Leonard Florence Center in August!

August 9, 2022

August is chock full of both indoor and outdoor activities. Residents and staff look forward to our Wednesday restaurant trips. The visit to the Cheesecake Factory was followed by a Charles River boat tour. Hard to beat that one! But the upcoming trip to Floramos promises to be just as special. The popular Wakefield restaurant, best known for their BBQ ribs, is widely requested as a trip destination year after year.

Competition is heating up in both Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. In fact, now there are new games on Thursdays so residents can enjoy playing their favorite game twice a week. It’s fun to watch, and even more fun to compete!

On August 26, Kelly N. will host a new “Strength and Flow Exercise Class.” Kelly will offer range of motion and breathing techniques designed for the residents in our specialty ALS and MS houses.

Our playbill summer outdoor concert series is still going strong. Residents are really enjoying themselves. On August 16, “Smokin’ Joe & the Henchmen” will perform a spirited medley of R&B songs. This band always gets rave reviews. On August 23, talented singer and songwriter Jody Ebling will be the featured entertainment.

We are celebrating many birthdays in August! Wishing a very happy birthday to:

  • David R: August 1
  • Richard P: August 1
  • Laura K: August 2
  • Jerome O: August 3
  • Dana D: August 10
  • Mildred W: August 13
  • Thomas B: August 23

Join us for the 14th Annual ALS & MS Walk for Living on Sunday, September 18 in Chelsea!

August 8, 2022

For the first time since 2019, the much-anticipated ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk for Living will be held in-person on Sunday, September 18 on Admiral’s Hill at 10 AM. The 14th Annual ALS & MS Walk for Living is a testament to the remarkable residents at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, who show the world how they battle ALS and MS with courage, grace, sprit, and humor. Additionally, this year’s Walk will honor another group of amazing individuals: the friends and neighbors who live on Admiral’s Hill.

“We are thrilled to dedicate this year’s Walk for Living to the exceptional people who reside on Admiral’s Hill,” said Barry Berman of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “The Admiral’s Hill community has opened their hearts to us, welcoming us warmly year after year. We are truly grateful for their friendship, support, and generosity.”

Mike Scott, a 64 year-old resident who moved into the Center in 2014, was officially diagnosed with ALS in 2011, although he had been experiencing symptoms since 1995. “Once Mike was diagnosed with ALS, he put on hold his dream of obtaining a PhD in chemistry and becoming a professor with a research concentration in biofuels. Yet Mike uses his talents every day to inspire the residents at the Leonard Florence Center.

Despite Mike’s ALS diagnosis, he lives a full, active life, going on trips, socializing with staff and residents, and giving tours of the Center. He is also beta testing a Google speech app that will recognize slurred speech and repeat it clearly using a synthesized voice. “When I was diagnosed, my doctor told me to get my affairs in order, as I may only have a few years to live,” recalled Mike. “I’m sure this isn’t what he meant, but I hope you’ll agree that my affairs are very much in order.”

“The past few years have showed us the importance of social interaction,” said Adam Berman, CEO of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “The isolation during the pandemic was difficult for everyone but was especially challenging for our Leonard Florence residents. This event celebrates their incredible strength, perseverance, and zest for living.”

Living An Independent Life

As the country’s first urban model Green House® skilled nursing facility, the Center cares for more individuals living with ALS than anywhere else in the world. Residents, many who are completely immobilized, control lights, turn on the TV, call for the elevator, and open doors with help of a computer and sensor that tracks head and eye movements. This revolutionary technology enables them to move independently through the entire residence, vastly improving their quality of life. The Stein Family Center for Well-Being, the only Green House® ventilator program in the country, opened in 2020.

The 2022 Walk for Living will take place at 10am on Sunday, September 18 at 165 Captains Row. Every single dollar raised goes directly back to patient care and programs for the ALS and MS residents.

Kevin Kelliher, president of The Lundgren Management Group, Inc. noted that the relationship between the Admiral’s Hill community and the Leonard Florence Center flourished from the very beginning. “We are in awe of our ‘neighbors on the hill,” stated Kelliher. “The residents inspire us, every single day, to live life to the fullest. It is an honor to be recognized by such an extraordinary organization.”

The two-mile walk in the heart of scenic Admiral’s Hill enables residents to participate in wheelchairs and ventilators as well as by foot. To register, go to the Walk for Living website and click on register.

Following the walk, there will be a BBQ hosted by Chili’s, face painting, live dance performances, a petting zoo, popcorn, and cotton candy. The $20 donation fee includes a Walk for Living tee shirt, all food, and activities. The Walk for Living is one of the few walks that are dog-friendly.

Platinum level sponsors include M&T Banks and Wilmington Trust; Gold Level A.H.O.H. Independent Newspaper Group is the media sponsor. For more information or to make a much-appreciated donation, please visit or contact Walk Director Maura Graham at or 617-409-8973. All donations are tax deductible.

This is a wonderful family event for all of our residents, staff, family members and local community. Come help support the amazing residents of the Leonard Florence Center for Living. We need you!

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Wins Prestigious Dietary Services Award at the 2022 MA-ALA Dinner

August 4, 2022

Kaplan Estates team member Patricia “Patty” Vigliotti was recently honored at the 2022 Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (MA-ALA) Excellence Awards Dinner for her outstanding work in the Dietary Department at Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates. Patty has played an integral role in food service at the assisted living for the last 15 years.

“We feel extremely fortunate to have Patty on our dining team,” said Andrea Hillel, Executive Director of Kaplan Estates. “Over the course of her employment, she has provided residents with exceptional customer service.” Andrea noted that Patty consistently goes the ‘extra mile’ to ensure the residents are satisfied.” Added Hillel, “Both her peers and the executive team recognize her exemplary leadership in the dining room.”

Patty, a longtime resident of Peabody, was thrilled to accept the Dietary Services Award at Mass-ALA dinner. “I am honored to be recognized for my contributions to Kaplan Estates,” said Patty. “I work with an incredible team of people and thoroughly enjoy interacting with the residents. It’s the perfect job for me.”

Hillel explained why Patty was nominated for the award. “As part of the Dietary Wait Staff team, Patty’s thoughtful, attentive, and dedicated approach to service make our residents feel as if they are dining at home with a dear friend. Equally as important, her warm and welcoming nature also extends to prospective residents and their families.’ Added Andrea, “Her personal connections truly make a difference in the lives of our residents and their families.”

Each year, Mass-ALA recognizes the best of the best in the assisted living industry at Mass-ALA’s widely -attended Excellence Awards dinner. The 2022 theme, “Honoring Excellence, Celebrating You,” paid tribute to the people who make a difference in the lives of older adults.

Edelweiss Village in West Roxbury, an affiliate of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare under the Legacy Lifecare umbrella, also won the highly-coveted Volunteer Award for their student program with Roxbury Latin. Congratulations to all!

Cohen Florence Levine Estates Have a Ball at the Beach!

August 2, 2022

A summer day at Revere Beach turned magical when Cohen Florence Levine Estates and Florence & Chafetz residents spent a fun-filled day by the ocean. Amidst blue skies and temperature in the 80’s, residents frolicked in the sand and the ocean. As many of the residents are originally from the Revere and Chelsea area, this trip sparked many stories about growing up near the beach.

Executive Director Kristen Donnelly, Director of Marketing Jen Fazekas, and Director of Nursing Ansu Kinteh helped the residents set up on the beach and into the water. Accessible beach wheelchairs were generously provided by the DCR so that all residents could dunk their feet in the ocean. Splashing was allowed!

The outing, organized by much beloved Jimmy and Shellie Honohan, enabled the residents to enjoy the many delights of Revere Beach. Residents relished a pizza lunch from renowned restaurant Bianchi’s. The lunch was sponsored by Judy Weiss of Judy’s Jewels. Judy, who is a long-time volunteer at the assisted living, is adored by staff and residents alike.

Both the Boston Globe and Revere Journal were on hand to capture the memorable moments. In fact, the very next day the Boston Globe ran a photo on the front page of resident Diane Weinstein and Ansu Kinteh. That’s what we call star appeal! Clearly, the smiles on everyone’s faces were a sight to behold.

Recreational Programming Director Jimmy Honohan summed up the perfect day. “Staff members and residents had the time of their life,” said Honohan. “For me, hearing their laughter and seeing such happy expressions made the trip incredibly special.” He added, “There’s really nothing better.”