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Family Expresses Gratitude After Passing of Bea Shopnick at Age 107

Family Expresses Gratitude After Passing of Bea Shopnick at Age 107

“Keeping our residents physically and mentally active is the key to longevity,” says Programming Director Laura Moran as she remembered Bea Shopnick, a  resident of Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle in Brighton, Mass., who passed away at 107.

Bea was determined to stay active and continue learning, and the staff was determined to help her. “We escorted Bea to our exercise, news and educational programs,” says Laura. “Bea proved that physical and mental activity, plus a sense of humor, sustain good health. It was a blessing to know her. Bea is why I’m determined to live healthy.”

The associates at Chestnut Park focus on their residents’ abilities, not their disabilities. “We want our families to see the parents they know, the ones that raised them,” says Laura.

Bea’s family expressed their appreciation to the Chestnut Park staff in a moving letter praising nearly every facet of Bea’s care and the family’s experience.. Read the letter and be proud:

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