On Sept. 19, 2019, the main dining room at Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in North Billerica, Massachusetts, was transformed into a stage for the facility’s first-ever “Life Care’s Got Talent” competition.
The show included 12 acts which were all performed by associates and residents. These acts included singing, dancing, instrumental and comedy routines.
Three groups of residents sang. Robert Macintosh, a resident, played his drum, and another resident danced alongside Ashely Benevides, director of rehabilitation, and Aimee Jarden, therapist. Nathan O’Bara, director of activities, and Corey Flood, maintenance tech, performed an Abbott and Costello routine.
The audience was full of residents, family members, associates and community members. Members of the Billerica Council on Aging and the Billerica Police Department served as judges for the event and were highly complimentary of each performance. In fact, every resident who participated was named a winner and earned a trophy.
The judges also named Jennifer Tullgren, assistant activities director, the associate winner for her Irish step dancing.
O’Bara served as master of ceremonies in addition to performing his routine. Many audience members said that he reminded them of Ryan Seacrest.
The event was such a success that the facility plans to hold the talent competition annually.
“The talent show was enjoyed by all participants and audience members,” said Karen Babb, executive director. “There was tremendous joy and happiness in our community as we shared a magical night together.”