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Bob Bellenoit (right), territory manager for Arbella Insurance Group, presents a gift on behalf of his company to American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter Chair William Trudeau Jr. (center) and Pioneer Valley Chapter Director of Disaster Services Brenda Brouillette. The gift is intended to support the chapter’s local disaster-relief efforts.

‘It’s Never Too Late’

The Heritage Hall campus of Genesis HealthCare in Agawam has embraced the use of technology in its skilled nursing centers, including an innovative computer system called “It’s Never Too Late” (IN2L). Designed specifically for seniors, it employs touch-screen technology to allow users to explore a broad range of topics, choose entertainment options, or play games, as Helen Brooks and Richard Hill are doing here, enjoying a game of Wheel of Fortune. Heritage Hall also uses the Nintendo Wii gaming system for recreational and rehabilitative purposes.

Grandmother’s Day

Harborside Healthcare in Westfield recently held a Grandmother’s Day event at Grandmother’s Garden in Westfield, featuring horse and buggy rides, light refreshments, gifts and flowers for all the grandmothers, and pictures taken and framed on-site for the families to enjoy. Pictured, left to right, are Harborside staff members Donna Krutka, Anne Cote, Kathy Young, and Deb Bycenski.

Alzheimer’s Walk

On Sept. 21, the Alzheimer’s Association staged its annual Memory Walk at Stanley Park in Westfield. Clockwise, from bottom right: Dean’s Team, Dean’s Dude’s, and Dean’s Divas get ready to walk; Alzheimer’s Assoc. volunteers stand at the ready; walkers get in place for the start of the walk; and the Westfield State College cheerleaders inspire the walkers.

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