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A Walk in Their Shoes

by Amy Lucas


Powerful Simulation Developed by LCB Senior Living in Collaboration with
Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital

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June 20, 2016---Community leaders and others gathered today at The Residence at Valley Farm ( to experience “A Walk in Their Shoes,” a powerful virtual reality experience that simulates what it’s like to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  The demonstration was held in conjunction with the American Alzheimer’s Association’s annual “The Longest Day”, which raises awareness of memory care issues.

The simulation was developed by the community’s operator, LCB Senior Living, LLC (, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and gives participants visual, aural, olfactory and tactile stimuli that mimic the effects of dementia.  It is used to help caregivers, families, and others a better understanding of what dementia sufferers are experiencing, and therefore better ability to work with them and relate to them.

“This was a very successful event,” commented Executive Director, Christine Brooks.  “It can be difficult to empathize with a dementia sufferer because there are so many senses impacted beyond the effects on the mind.  We have found ‘A Walk in Their Shoes’ to be a powerful source of insight for our care givers.”

The community includes Independent, Assisted and Reflections Memory Care options for local seniors. 

Independent Living residents have private apartments with a kitchenette and bath, along with the peace of mind of 24-hour security, three nutritious meals prepared and served “Anytime Dining” style on-site, fitness center, available laundry and cleaning services, a full activities program, building and grounds maintenance, and a host of optional services.  Assisted Living residents have all of the above, along with assistance with the activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing medication reminders, and other services.

The community also features LCB’s renowned Reflections Memory Care services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. Featuring LCB’s Four Pillars of Engagement approach, Reflections was developed in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  The focus of the program is to build on strengths and skills through a host of specially planned therapeutic activities and services which preserve self-esteem, maximize independence and enhance the personal satisfaction of the resident.

LCB Senior Living was founded in 2010 by the management team of the former Newton Senior Living, LLC (NSL).  NSL was one of the first assisted living developers and operators in Massachusetts, and was the 16th-largest assisted living company in the United States when it was sold to a division of Lazard Freres in 2005.  Headquartered in Norwood, MA, LCB currently operates 18 communities throughout New England, and is developing several more. 

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