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“Big Sonia,” part of which was filmed in Village Shalom resident Ann Federman’s villa, is a documentary centered on the life of her sister-in-law and Holocaust survivor, Sonia Warshawski.

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Village Shalom resident, Jack Sokolov, was chosen to represent Kansas in "If I Live to Be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians", a book crafted by award-winning photographer Paul Mobley and author Allison Milionis and sponsored by Norman Lear. Sokolov was offered the opportunity after a representative from the book's publishing house saw him featured on Fox 4 News still exercising at 100 years old and recognized his unique longevity.

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Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, who voted against The Better Care Reconciliation Act, visited Village Shalom to discuss healthcare concerns with representatives from Village Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City on August 7. Had the bill passed, the effects would have been damaging to Village Shalom.

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On July 14, Village Shalom Restorative Nurse Aide, Kim Green, received deserving recognition when she became the 21st recipient of Village Shalom’s Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award. In her three years at Village Shalom, Green has always put the needs of residents above her own, providing them with the same level of care and compassion as she would a member of her own family. Eager to volunteer whenever a need is left unfilled, she covers as a CNA or scheduler – even in medical records and central supply. Always willing to go above and beyond, she will change her schedule for her restorative groups with residents when they need more care.

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Village Shalom continues to move forward with its plans for a major campus expansion. The project will increase the footprint of the south Overland Park retirement community by 50 percent. The plans include a new 48-residence free-standing memory care community, a four-story independent living apartment community, a repurposed short-term rehabilitation center with expanded therapy space, and a “Main Street” with dining and service amenities that will serve as the corridor from the new apartment community to the existing continuing-care campus. Construction is on-track to begin in early 2018, with completion set for the late summer of 2019.

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