Bill Needleman, a 101 year-old resident at the Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living, which is part of the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, won the Resident Spirit Excellence Award at the Mass-ALFA awards dinner on May 16. This prestigious award honored Bill for being such an inspirational part of the community.

This year’s Mass-ALFA awards dinner was held on Monday night, May 16 at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The Mass-ALFA Awards are given to “those who have made a difference.” Bill has become an active speaker for the Veterans Association, volunteers weekly at the childcare center on the Chelsea Jewish Peabody campus and states that his goal is to” bring life, education, celebration and love to all those around him.” Bill is also preparing for his Bar Mitzvah anniversary celebration on June 4. No doubt about it, Bill is a very busy 101 year old!


About the Chelsea Jewish Foundation

The Chelsea Jewish Foundation, a highly respected leader in senior living, employs over 1000 people and provides care to over 800 individuals daily, with campuses in Chelsea and Peabody, MA. Offering a full continuum of services, the Chelsea Jewish Foundation ( is redefining senior care and re-envisioning what life should be like for those living with disabling conditions. The eldercare community includes a wide array of skilled and short-term rehab residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care and hospice agencies that deliver customized and compassionate care.


Pictured left to right: Richard Moore, President of Mass-ALFA; Bill Needleman, 101 year-old resident at Kaplan Estates and Reverend  Liz Walker, event emcee.

MASS ALFA Richard Moore, President of MA ALFA; Bill Needleman, 101 year-old resident at Kaplan Estates and Reverend Liz Walker, event emcee.