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By Yordan Villalon '17

Lasell Village marked its 20th anniversary as the first and only senior living community with an educational requirement by hosting a lively virtual celebration this summer. The event included delivery of a gift bag to each resident with the makings of a party: an anniversary treat from a local bakery and a small bottle of sparkling wine to acknowledge the milestone.

The virtual program honored residents and staff who have been at the Village since its founding in 2000. It featured staff dance performances and a slideshow of messages of gratitude from current and past community members.

Founding Academic Dean and retired Vice President for Lasell Village Dr. Paula Panchuck reflects back on the community’s early years. “We had a vision and hope, but something like this had never been done before. Once we opened the Village, we never looked back.”

Village President and Lasell University Vice President Anne Doyle added, “We have so much to celebrate from these 20 years of educational innovation.” Over the course of two decades, residents have fostered long-term friendships, participated in intergenerational modules, taught classes, created multigenerational art installations, and built a “get out the vote” website with companions in an undergraduate course on government.

“This campus is an example of a thriving Age-Friendly community that constantly evolves and adapts as students, residents, faculty, and staff work together,” said Doyle.

Cheryl Sacks, director of marketing and sales, remarked on the unique nature of the Village. “This is an active, curious community of people. Our residents have a wide variety of life experiences, but they all have the desire to learn and grow.”

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