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Lifebox Appoints First Global CEO

Lifebox Foundation, an international non-governmental organisation making surgery and anaesthesia safer on a global scale, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kris Torgeson as its new CEO.

Kris is a former Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International based in Switzerland where she led an extensive governance reform process, while ensuring coordination of all facets of MSF’s worldwide humanitarian operations. Following nearly fifteen years with MSF, including a field deployment as part of MSF’s Ebola response team in Liberia, Kris served as Founding Executive Director of the US office of The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), a West African-based organization providing medical care to more than 2 million patients through critical research and local partnership.


Dancing Proves Good Move for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition that causes tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement, among other things. It affects around 127,000 people in the UK, and there is no cure. But while it is progressive and debilitating, getting the right medication and support after diagnosis can make all the difference to quality of life. One of the most difficult, yet crucial recommendations is to keep active – because mood, flexibility and balance can all be improved by activity.

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Moving Through Glass

Dance for PD staff have been working closely with developers and project managers from SS+K, the New York-based creative agency, to complete a prototype of a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson’s. The project, called Moving Through Glass, leverages Glass’s heads-up display, bone-inductive audio, and verbal and gestural navigation to allow users to portably access dance and music-based exercises as needed throughout their day. SS+K, which has its own in-house tech incubator lab, has spearheaded the technical elements of the project.

“Thanks to the incredible commitment, imagination and talent of the SS+K team, we’ve made enormous progress in making this idea a reality,” said David Leventhal, Dance for PD’s program director. “Even though Google has chosen to discontinue the Explorer initiative of Glass, which aimed to put the product into the hands of consumers, there is lots of excitement and energy around more specific, practical applications of this innovative technology, and we think Moving Through Glass will represent a breakthrough in providing a wearable dance-based toolkit to people with PD. A working prototype is just weeks away.”

New York Times Highlights Lasell Village

Lasell Village receives a mention in a New York Times article about continuing education trends. The article, titled “That’s Edutainment,” discusses the academization of leisure and mentions the education requirement at Lasell’s continuing care retirement community. The article is available online.

Alastair Macauley, the New York Times Dance Critic, Praises the PBS L’Allegro Great Performances Film

“I speak of ‘L’Allegro’ with the same wonder that I felt when it was new, but this is also an often-funny and naughty piece. The rush of energy on which it closes reminds us that it is among the most life-affirming dance works ever made. Yes, our age is indeed blessed by such a composition.”
The review is available online.

Lasell Village Appoints New President

Lasell Village has appointed Anne Doyle President, with a joint appointment at Lasell College as Vice President for Lasell Village. Most recently she was chief Operating Officer and Senior VP of Business Development at Connected Living. Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts after more than a decade as an executive at Fallon Community Health Plan and Tufts Health Plan. She directed the state-wide launch of the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, an innovative Medicare and Medicare model of care for frail elders. Anne brings a background in health, elder services and public financing from her work in the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the Massachusetts Federation of Nursing Homes, and as a senior consultant at Deloitte. Ms. Doyle holds a BA from Tufts University in political science, summa cum laude, and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Sweden studying alternative models of housing and health care for older adults. Anne succeeds Paula Panchuck, who was on the Lasell College faculty for thirty years and instrumental in designing the Village and developing the highly regarded educational program at Lasell Village.