Jody Abel Promoted to Executive Director of The Village at Kensington Place

Brings Over 30 Years of Human Resources & Business Administration Experience to New Leadership Role

Jody Abel

Benchmark Senior Living, the largest senior housing provider in New England, today announced that Jody Abel of Colchester, Conn., has been promoted to executive director of The Village at Kensington Place, a Benchmark assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community. She has been with Kensington Place’s sister community, Crescent Point at Niantic, for over eight years as their director of business administration.

Abel brings over 30 years of healthcare human resources experience to the role. Before joining Benchmark, she was the director of human resources for a local skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for almost four years.

“Jody has been such a tremendous asset to Benchmark over these past eight years,” said Justin Grady, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “I’m thrilled to have her in this role and know she will help make Kensington Place an even better place to live and work.”

Abel attended Bryant University, where she earned a bachelor’s in human resources with a minor in biology.

“Benchmark felt good from the moment I walked in and, eight years later, it’s a feeling I still get daily,” said Abel. “Our associates never cease to amaze me with their caring and love for our residents, and I’m so proud to lead our team in my new role.”

Kensington Place has been repeatedly recognized as a Record-Journal Reader’s Choice Best Assisted Living community.

It offers traditional senior assisted living and independent assisted living for those who would benefit from a safer, engaging environment, chef-prepared meals, supportive living services, transportation and assistance with daily activities, such as getting dressed and medication management. Residents enjoy connecting over programs and amenities offered in many common spaces including an art gallery, billiards room, demonstration kitchen, recreation room, library, private dining room and outdoor courtyards with walking paths.

The community also has an award-winning Mind & Memory Care program featuring carefully created living environments and unique opportunities for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia to find joy in each new day. Memory care assisted living residents are supported by 24/7 care providers who have been hired for heart and educated in memory loss, communication and empathy. Neighborhoods provide the comforts of home and have unique features that help those with memory impairment stay connected to who and what matters most to them. Thoughtful touches, visual cues and purposeful amenities further promote familiarity and wellness.

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About Benchmark Senior Living

Benchmark is New England’s largest senior living provider with 64 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care communities and over 5,000 dedicated associates providing compassionate care and outstanding experiences throughout the Northeast. The Waltham, Mass.-based company was founded over 25 years ago by Tom Grape with the purpose of Transforming Lives Through Human Connection. Since then, Benchmark has continued to set the industry standard, having won over a hundred local, regional and national awards for its care, programs and as a top workplace. Benchmark has been named one of the Top Places to Work for 14 straight years in The Boston Globe’s annual employee-based survey and received repeated recognition in FORTUNE’s Best Workplaces for Aging Services list. For more information, visit


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