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Senator Visits New Pond Village for Tour and Town Hall

Senator Visits New Pond Village for Tour and Town Hall

Massachusetts State Sen. Paul Feeney, who represents the district comprising Walpole, visited New Pond Village on Feb. 19 to tour its soon-to-be-completed Memory Care Center, part of $8 million in renovations now underway. Sen. Feeney also participated in a town hall meeting with residents, focusing his remarks on the latest in health care policy and education.

New Pond Village residents were eager to discuss issues they care about during the town hall.

New Pond Village residents were eager to discuss issues they care about during the town hall.

“Our residents are highly involved in the community, from philanthropy to local politics,” says Susan Cwieka, campus executive director. "Speaking with the senator offered a unique opportunity for them to engage and offer solutions to issues they care about facing the Walpole area and beyond."

The completion of the new Memory Care Center allows New Pond Village to offer a continuum of care in independent living, assisted living and memory care, providing residents the opportunity to remain in the community as they progress in age and as medical needs change. The Memory Care Center, along with a new assisted living community on the campus, will open this summer.

Tasha Thomas , memory care director; John Tincler, resident association president; and  Susan Cwieka , campus executive director; describe for Sen. Feeney the amenities and focused approach in constructing the new Memory Care Center.

Tasha Thomas, memory care director; John Tincler, resident association president; and Susan Cwieka, campus executive director; describe for Sen. Feeney the amenities and focused approach in constructing the new Memory Care Center.

The Memory Care Center is specifically designed for senior individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The design includes visual cues and themes to stimulate memory and help residents find their way, contrasting wall colors to help them better identify their surroundings, and special lighting to reduce distracting shadows in common areas.

“New Pond Village is a gem in Walpole and is truly a value to the entire community,” said Senator Feeney. “It is essential that those in need of memory care are in a warm, comfortable, safe and patient-centered environment. It was obvious to me throughout my recent tour, that resident comfort and care is a priority within the Memory Care Center. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with independent living residents as well and value the open and wide-ranging discussion that we had about many local and legislative issues.”

Mike Myers, regional director of sales and marketing for Benchmark Senior Living, and Susan Cwieka, campus executive director, point out key renovations to Sen. Feeney

Mike Myers, regional director of sales and marketing for Benchmark Senior Living, and Susan Cwieka, campus executive director, point out key renovations to Sen. Feeney

“During his visit, we were able to show Sen. Feeney why so many local and regional residents choose to call New Pond Village home,” says Mike Myers, Benchmark’s regional director of sales and marketing. “From its fine dining and menu of life-enrichment activities to maintenance-free living, New Pond Village sets a high bar for retirement living in the Walpole area.”

To view the town hall meeting, visit the New Pond Village Facebook to watch the recorded live stream.

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