Adelaide of Newton Centre Executive Director Receives Board Certification as Dementia Educator

Susan Cohen Cwieka Enhances Forthcoming Community’s Expertise in Alzheimer’s and Dementia with National Institute of Dementia Education Certification

Susan Cwieka

Benchmark, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced that Susan Cohen Cwieka, executive director of the company’s forthcoming new-concept, Mind & Memory® community, Adelaide of Newton Centre in Newton Centre, Mass., has earned board certification as a dementia educator from the National Institute of Dementia Education (NIDE).

Cwieka will use the certification to better understand and care for residents at the community, which is expected to open this summer. The training introduced her to the latest trends and research in the field of dementia care, equipping Cwieka to educate residents’ family members and Adelaide associates about the disease.

Located on the highest point of Newton Centre on the former Andover Newton Theological School campus next to Hebrew College, Adelaide of Newton Centre is an adaptive reuse project that is presently transforming the original 1700s structure into a 55,000 square foot, light, bright and green-filled space featuring urban farmhouse style. The thoughtfully designed community will bridge the art of meaningful relationships with the science of high-quality care and therapeutic experiences. Through some of the latest research, technologies and programs, residents will participate in stimulating, engaging and social interactions. A caring team of skilled, empathic memory specialists will serve as care partners to future residents and guides to their loved ones.

Among the many unique amenities will be outdoor dining, plentiful gardens, a spa and cafe, customized nutrition plans from a licensed nutritionist specializing in brain health, daily Mind & Memory exercises based on Benchmark’s Live Now, Live Engaged™ program and a brain fitness center. Adelaide of Newton Centre will be capable of housing 61 residents in 50 luxury apartments, most featuring awe-inspiring views of Newton and Boston.

The community’s name pays homage to Newton’s rich history and the late Adelaide Ball, the first woman to be elected to the Newton Board of Aldermen. Ball’s volunteer work for a wide variety of civic organizations and her political career spanning nearly 20 years contributed significantly to the development and growth of Newton.

Cwieka’s over 30-year career in senior care has included leadership of three other Benchmark communities in the Newton area—Cabot ParkThe Falls at Cordingly Dam and Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle in Brighton. Her interest in health care began at age 12 when she first volunteered at a local nursing home. Cwieka earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing home administration from Simmons College and graduated from Suffolk University with a master’s degree in public health administration.

The Adelaide information center is located at 1320 Centre Street, 4th floor, in Newton Centre. For information about the community, please call (617) 544-3454.

About Benchmark
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care retirement communities in eight states. The Great Place to Work Institute certified Benchmark in 2019 for the second consecutive year as a Great Place to Work. In 2018, the organization was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

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