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September 20, 2013

Life Long Learning to host program of music

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning program will present a concert featuring vocalist Kasia Sokalla and Jim Seger on the keyboard on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Sokalla will perform songs such as “Hey Look Me Over” (Leigh/Coleman) and “Sound of Music” medly (Rogers/Hammerstein). A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Sokalla’s performances have earned a variety of awards including Berklee’s Outstanding Performer Award.

Sokalla has held the prestigious position of Soloist at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and has been active in musical theater. Currently, she sings with Kairos, an early music/chant performing group. She trains students in vocal technique and styles, and performs in jazz clubs.

Admission is $2. Life Long Learning is a program of lectures, study groups and trips for adults. All programs are open to the public. For more information or to receive a free calendar of upcoming events, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225 or cboucher@necc.mass.edu. Visit the artist online at KasiaMusic.com.

Spicket Cleanup planned

LAWRENCE — Groundwork Lawrence will be holding its 12th annual Spicket River Cleanup on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will begin and end at Manchester Street Park in Lawrence.

A light breakfast and BBQ lunch will be provided for volunteers. For more information please visit http://groundworklawrence.org/spicketrivercleanup.

Tower Hill neighbor group meets

LAWRENCE — The next general meeting for the Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will be held on Wednesday Sept. 25. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Our Lady Good Council Parish’s Judson Hall, directly behind St. Augustine’s Chapel, 526 Lowell St.

Interim Police Chief, Captain James Fitzpatrick will be in attendance to discuss public safety concerns with attendees. Also representatives from Fire Department and City Councilors will be on hand to talk to residents. Light refreshments will be available. For additional information call THNA President, Dan Clark, 978-902-0595. As always, all THNA meetings are open to the public.

Memorial road race held Saturday

LAWRENCE — Register now for 9/11 memorial road race in Lawrence, sponsored by Lawrence Police and Fire Departments. The 5K is Sept 21 at 10 a.m., stepping off at Relief’s In, 1 Market St., Lawrence. There will be a road race, walk and kids fun run, with plenty of fun afterwards at the Relief’s. Register online at coolrunning.com or see Fire Lt. Eric Zahn or Police Lt. Dan Fleming for entry paperwork.

Edgewood’s Meadows Health Center wins award for Alzheimer’s care

North Andover — The Meadows Heath Center for skilled care at Edgewood Retirement Community in North Andover became the first organization in Massachusetts — and just 8 globally — to receive the Hearthstone “I’m Still Here” Center of Excellence Certification.

This distinction is given to only two or three care organizations per year outside of the six locations that Hearthstone runs itself in Massachusetts and New York. The Meadows at Edgewood has also received Best Nursing Home Rankings for 2013 and 2012 from US News & World Report.

For Edgewood the “I’m Still Here” certification comes after seven months of highly interactive training delivered by the I’m Still Here Institute of Woburn. Edgewood’s achievement reflects its deep commitment to providing highly customized, innovative care, communications, and engagement experiences for those living with Alzheimer’s at Edgewood.

At the core of Edgewood Meadows and Hearthstone’s memory care philosophy, is a belief that non-pharmacological treatments using the power of touch, music, art, light, exercise and design are also critical in making the lives of people with Alzheimer’s more peaceful, connected and happy.

The I’m Still Here approach is based on over 20 years of research conducted by Hearthstone’s research team. These techniques provide persons living with memory challenges an opportunity to enjoy a fully engaging lifestyle and true learning experiences. The I’m Still Here philosophy draws on the work of Maria Montessori as well as leaders in the field of non-pharmacologic interventions and Hearthstone’s own research to provide people with meaningful choice and a high quality of life throughout the disease process.

“I was blown away by the response at Edgewood to the ‘I’m Still Here,’ training. They really embraced it,” said Sharon Johnson Director of the Hearthstone Institute. “We saw over 100 staff members attending some sessions — the largest group we’ve ever had — spanning across all roles from clinical staff, maintenance and housekeeping to dining services, administration, activities and marketing. Remarkable.”

To commemorate and celebrate the certification, a ceremony was held at Edgewood on Sept. 10 welcoming Edgewood employees and their families. There Natalie MacBrien, Chief Health Officer at the Meadows at Edgewood accepted the “I’m Still Here” crystal award from Co-Founder and President of the Hearthstone Foundation, Dr. John Zeisel, a renowned sociologist, former Harvard professor, and award winning architect and designer of innovative senior living facilities. Dr. Zeisel also addressed the group of Edgewood employees and special guests praising them for their dedication to excellence in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and later signed copies of his book “I’m Still Here” one of several he has written on aging and well being.