June 11, 2014

Willsboro senior facility marks one year

WILLSBORO — It’s been a year since the Champlain Valley Senior Community accepted its first resident, and the facility’s organizers plan to celebrate.

A two-day open house and historical tours of the Senior Community in Willsboro will lead up to a free afternoon of geriatric presentations, live music and a barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

“I am really proud of our staff. I can honestly say that after a year, every one of our staff works here because they care about other people,” Eli Schwartzberg, owner and operator, said in a press release.

“We have always had a vision to break the mold of institutional care. Every one of our residents and staff will tell you that the community is full of charm, character and feels like a five-star hotel, not like a nursing home.

“It is a place that people choose to live to enhance the quality of their golden years, not a place that people are forced to live.”

The open house and historical tours will be given from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, live music will be part of the celebration on the front lawn of the former Willsboro School building; food and drinks will be served.

Thursday’s special guest presenters include: Dr. Taher Zandi of the Mood & Memory Clinic (2 to 2:40 p.m.); Linda Manzo from the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York (2:40 to 3:20 p.m.); Louis Vuolo from the Colby Center at AMC (3:20 to 4 p.m.); Kenna Laporte from the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (4 to 4:40 p.m.); and Patty Bashaw from the Essex County Office of the Aging (4:40 to 5:20 p.m.).

All presentations will be held in the Senior Community dining room. 

“Our main goal this first year has been to deliver superior customer service to every one of our residents and their families,” Schwartzberg said.

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