Creating a Dementia Friendly Community

February 13, 2018

Imagine you have walked into a bank, but as you near the teller’s window, you don’t remember where you are, or why. Imagine the teller recognizes your confusion and does not get annoyed or frustrated with you. Instead, she walks out from behind the counter to greet you, walks you to a chair, and asks […]

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Fueled by Deep-Seated Community Spirit

January 17, 2018

For decades, Seymour Frankel and his siblings ran two successful clothing stores their father founded in Springfield. Seymour and his late wife, Edna, built a life around finding ways to show their appreciation to customers—and the greater community—and those mechanisms are still sustaining the region today. Both alumni of the University of Massachusetts, Seymour and […]

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Her Talents Bring Strength and Fulfillment

January 9, 2018

Deb Padden is skilled in two areas that do not cross over one another. What these talents have in common is that Deb uses them to give our residents a sense of accomplishment. A fitness instructor since 1987, Deb is also a gifted artist who’s been offering lessons in fine art for 25 years. She […]

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Learning about Birds, Wildlife, and Climate Change

December 19, 2017

As she launched a two-hour program on area wildlife and climate change, Patti Steinman of the Massachusetts Audubon Society posed three quick questions to our packed audience of roughly 80 area residents. “Who likes wildlife?” Patti asked, as a sea of hands were raised. “Who likes birds?” Again, hands galore. Then, Patti asked, “Who likes […]

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