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Palace in the News

It seems like we are always in the news. Whether it's for our unique parties, interesting residents or amazing special events, The Palace at Coral Gables is frequently featured in the papers. Check out some of the stories below and see for yourself.

Dog Talk of the Town: Salvadore Park Dog Run

Coral Gables Magazine

It has taken the better part of two years to make it happen, but at long last the Salvadore Park has a large dog run. Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson, who personally drove the project forward, led the ribbon cutting on the first Saturday of September. Joining the vice mayor were Mayor Vince Lago, Commissioners Ariel Fernandez and Melissa Castro, and Community Recreation Department Director Fred Couceyro.


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The Art of Aging Well

Coral Gables Magazine

Today’s Coral Gables senior living communities are much more than yesterday’s “retirement homes,” with activities and programs scientifically designed to keep older folks engaged, healthy, smart, and happy.

Dolores “Lola” Domit sits at the bar of The Palace chatting with her friends. Soft jazz plays in the background as the ladies discuss everything from politics to their plans for the week. Other residents enter the foyer and take their seats as happy hour begins. The buzz of conversation falls over the room. Snippets of discussion about a recent lecture on ChatGPT emerge while a debate about medical marijuana continues a few tables over.


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Palace at Coral Gables Resident Turns 100 in True Miami Style

Univision

It’s not every day someone turns 100! When it’s done with exuberance & grace, it’s even more special. Palace at Coral Gables resident Elena De Volloldo celebrated the Big 100 and the Palace Entertainment Team went “all out” to make her day extraordinary. The day began with Mojitos, served to a Salsa beat by our Entertainment Team dressed in their Salsa best. Elena and her friends boarded a decorated Cuban-themed bus for a surprise tour. Our party girl dreams of her birthplace in Havana in 1923 and longs for a taste of Old Havana, so we whisked her and her friends on a tour of Calle Ocho with stops at Domino Park and the Cuban Memorial. Then, on to the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant, Versailles, where the management and staff serenaded her with their version of Happy Birthday and all enjoyed a round of Coladas. As curious patrons watched the festivities, our celebrants enjoyed an impromptu Salsa Dance Party in the parking lot before heading on to a fabulous luncheon given by Elena’s loving children. Happy Birthday Elena!

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Palace at Coral Gables Resident Turns 100 in True Miami Style

Channel 10

It’s not every day someone turns 100! When it’s done with exuberance & grace, it’s even more special. Palace at Coral Gables resident Elena De Volloldo celebrated the Big 100 and the Palace Entertainment Team went “all out” to make her day extraordinary. The day began with Mojitos, served to a Salsa beat by our Entertainment Team dressed in their Salsa best. Elena and her friends boarded a decorated Cuban-themed bus for a surprise tour. Our party girl dreams of her birthplace in Havana in 1923 and longs for a taste of Old Havana, so we whisked her and her friends on a tour of Calle Ocho with stops at Domino Park and the Cuban Memorial. Then, on to the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant, Versailles, where the management and staff serenaded her with their version of Happy Birthday and all enjoyed a round of Coladas. As curious patrons watched the festivities, our celebrants enjoyed an impromptu Salsa Dance Party in the parking lot before heading on to a fabulous luncheon given by Elena’s loving children. Happy Birthday Elena!

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Palace at Coral Gables Resident Turns 100 in True Miami Style

Channel 4

It’s not every day someone turns 100! When it’s done with exuberance & grace, it’s even more special. Palace at Coral Gables resident Elena De Volloldo celebrated the Big 100 and the Palace Entertainment Team went “all out” to make her day extraordinary. The day began with Mojitos, served to a Salsa beat by our Entertainment Team dressed in their Salsa best. Elena and her friends boarded a decorated Cuban-themed bus for a surprise tour. Our party girl dreams of her birthplace in Havana in 1923 and longs for a taste of Old Havana, so we whisked her and her friends on a tour of Calle Ocho with stops at Domino Park and the Cuban Memorial. Then, on to the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant, Versailles, where the management and staff serenaded her with their version of Happy Birthday and all enjoyed a round of Coladas. As curious patrons watched the festivities, our celebrants enjoyed an impromptu Salsa Dance Party in the parking lot before heading on to a fabulous luncheon given by Elena’s loving children. Happy Birthday Elena!

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Palace at Coral Gables 10th Anniversary Party Video

YouTube

Join us and watch a few highlights from The Palace Coral Gables’ 10th year anniversary celebration, “Walk the Mile.” Residents, families and friends joined our beloved founders, Helen & Jacob Shaham, along with Mayor of Coral Gables Vince Lago and Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson for the festivities.

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The Palace Coral Gables Throws Citywide Celebration for its 10th Anniversary

Senior Living News

The Palace Coral Gables is turning 10, and the active retirement community is inviting the whole city to its Walk the Mile celebration. During this month-long event, local stores, restaurants, service providers, and entertainment and cultural venues will display photographic banners featuring patrons who are Palace residents.


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Parkinson’s Disease 101 Seminar

The Palace at Coral Gables

University of Miami’s Parkinson’s Disease 101 Seminar hosted at The Palace at Coral Gables


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GALLUP namesThe Palace Group one of the World’s Best Workplaces... for the 6th year in a row!!!

Gallup

For the sixth year in a row, Gallup has selected us as one of a handful of companies from around the world who have passed their strict standards for the “world’s most exceptional workplaces.” That puts The Palace along with 56 other global giants like Nationwide Insurance, Regions Bank, Kempinski Hotels and Verizon.


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A Senior Living Community Celebrates Chinese New Year With Local Students

Senior Living News

Last weekend, The Palace at Coral Gables, a community in Coral Gables, FL, held a Chinese New Year celebration for its residents. “We celebrate Chinese New Year every year. We love celebrations!” said Pamela Parker, The Palace at Coral Gables’ director of entertainment. “[In fact,] we celebrate all holidays—and many have a cultural component.” As such, they’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Ash Wednesday, Israeli Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo and more.


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The Palace at Coral Gables Celebrates Chinese New Year

Miami's Community Newspapers

Residents at The Palace at Coral Gables recently celebrated the Chinese New Year/Year of the Rabbit with an intergenerational event. The entertainment included traditional dance routines and a music student presentation from visiting Chinese foreign exchange students and students from the Belen Jesuit Preparatory school studying world languages.


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What Makes The Palace Different Than Other Senior Living Communities

The Palace at Coral Gables

If you ever wondered what makes The Palace different from the many other senior communities nationwide, I have a story I’d like to share with you. Recently, we hosted Girl Scout Troop 118 at The Palace at Coral Gables to run a Holiday Bingo Night.


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Palace Residents Knit for a Cause

Coral Gables News

Doing good inspires a group of dedicated knitters at The Palace at Coral Gables who participate in the Knitter’s Circle and channel their love of knitting into helping others.
Two organizations are the recipients of their efforts. Operation Gratitude accepts their lovingly handmade scarves which are included in care packages sent to the troops. They also donate snuggly soft blankets to Neonatal Intensive Care Units through the organization ICU Baby.


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Ask Helen from The Palace

Kendall Gazette

Hi Helen,
My name is Rebecca. I’m 81 years and recently lost my partner of 55 years. After a lot of self-debate, I decided it’s time to move on and look for a new place to call home. Let me start by saying: Your Palace looks beautiful!
However, as you surely know beauty isn’t everything.


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Father’s Day at The Palace at Coral Gables

BY The Palace at Kendall

He’s the Man of the House and the Keeper of the Keys to our heart. As we celebrate Father’s Day, we remember every father figure in our lives… an older brother, father, grandfather, uncle or male mentor. At The Palace at Coral Gables, we think “Dad is Rad” (that means he’s just the absolute best!) and to prove it, we put on our work aprons and hard hats and worked hard to cater to the man who worked hard every day.





The Palace Group rated among Best Senior Living in the U.S.

Kendall Gazette

The Palace Group’s independent and as- sisted living communities in Kendall, Coral Gables, Homestead and Weston have earned the highest possible rating from U.S. News & World Report in this year’s inaugural Best Sen- ior Living ratings.


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Nonagenerians at The Palace Coral Gables Share Secrets to Aging Well

Community Newspapersr

“Get out and do it,” advises Sarah Wishnia, a 90-year-old fitness enthusiast who lives at The Palace at Coral Gables. The self-proclaimed “gym rat” combines a six-day-a-week workout in The Palace fitness center with salsa dancing and walking. “It’s great to be good to my body and to myself,” she said. “I love it and it’s so much fun.”


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Bob & Barbara's Love Story

NBC Channel 6 News

Memory fades, but Love is still alive for a longtime married South Florida couple. This is a story of how love stayed alive between a couple who’s been married for more than 50 years. Bob is a Palace Gardens resident. This story was aired on NBC6 on February 14, 2022.

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Learning the Joy of Improv Acting at The Palace at Coral Gables

BY Miami's Community Newspapers

Improbable actors are discovering newfound talents at The Palace at Coral Gables’ Improv workshop. Offered once a week at the senior living community, Improv is taught by Chris Heiberger from Hashtag Comedy Co. in Columbus, Ohio, via the Zoom platform. About 8 to 10 residents have been participating in the hour-long classes.


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Palace Maintenance Director Recognized as a Manager of the Year by Gallup

BY Community Newspapers

Julio Lopez, the Maintenance Director at The Palace at Coral Gables, has been named the 2021 Manager of the Year in a competition among recipients of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award.
The Palace Group has received the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for four consecutive years. Gallup recognizes the most engaged workplaces in the world, and to have its managers considered, a company must be a recipient of the award. This year, Lopez competed against 11 finalists and was selected by a team of workplace experts and talent analysts.


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Palace Resident’s Wedding featured on WSVN Channel 7 News

WSVN Channel 7 News

Love comes in all shapes and sizes…and ages. So when Palace at Coral Gables resident Gene Yaffe popped the question to his girlfriend of 13 years Faye Albert, The Palace wanted to get involved in the upcoming nuptials. And, what better way than to throw the wedding of the year? After all, the new Mr. & Mrs. exemplify everything The Palace stands for...mainly, you're never too old to enjoy life to the fullest. Our love and best wishes to the happy couple.


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Palace Coral Gables Resident Recounts His World War II Survival in Documentary

BY Miami's Community Newspapers

In honor of Yom HaShoah, The Palace Coral Gables will premiere a documentary, “I am Victor Raab,” as part of a Survivor Ceremony and Program on April 8. In the poignant film, WWII survivor Raab shares the events of Kristallnacht, a violent riot against Jews carried out by the Nazi party. He was 15 years old living in Vienna, Austria, and to save his life, his parents put him on the “Kindertransport list,” the program that sent Austrian children to foster homes in London.


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Fully Vaccinated and Time to Party: If You Are 70

BY The NY Times

Mrs. Bosseler, who is 85, is thrilled to go back to live games of Ping-Pong and mahjong at The Palace in Coral Gables. “This is very exciting for me,” she said in a telephone interview. She is happiest to get back to “relationship with friends,” she said. “What was difficult was losing that intimacy of walking together and talking face-to-face. I missed not shaking a hand, or putting a hand on a shoulder.”


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COVID-19 Vaccine Helping Restore The Palace Coral Gables’ Lifestyle

BY Miami's Community Newspapers

Since residents and staff have received their second COVID-19 vaccine, the sounds of laughter and socializing are resuming at The Palace Coral Gables, the luxury active retirement community in the heart of Coral Gables.


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The Palace at Coral Gables vaccinations featured on Telemundo Channel 51

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The Palace at Coral Gables vaccinations featured on Telemundo Channel 51




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Newlyweds Share Their Wedding with Palace Residents Gerald and Reva Stein

BY Miami Community Newspapers

When The Palace at Coral Gables residents Reva and Gerald Stein learned their first grandchild, Elissa Chakoff, was getting married on Friday, November 13, they were distraught knowing they could not attend due to COVID-19.


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Love in the Time of COVID

WPLG Local 10 | Miami News

Gerald and Reva Stein weren’t going to let a pandemic stand in the way of attending their first granddaughter’s wedding. With the help of the Social Team at The Palace Coral Gables, they had a front row seat for the celebration. Decked out in “Grandma and Grandpa of the Bride” matching T-shirt’s and sporting a matching corsage and boutinieere, the couple watched on the community’s big screen as their granddaughter Elissa said her “I do’s”. After the ceremony, Gerald and Reva enjoyed champagne and wedding cake. But the real surprise came later in the day when Elissa and new husband Danny visited her grandparents in their wedding attire. As Gerald, Reva and Palace staff showered the pair with rice, cameras from local news outlets captured the event for the evening news.


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A documentary on the Palace on Prime Video

BY Amazon Prime Video

In 2018, Swiss documentary filmmaker Beat Oswald premiered his film, “Kingdom,” featuring residents of The Palace Coral Gables. Now renamed “Golden Age,” the documentary illustrates how U.S. seniors live in their later years. The Palace’s unique lifestyle with non-stop entertainment, glamour and fun are showcased along with firsthand interviews with The Palace’s founders Helen and Jacob Shaham. Residents and staff all poignantly discuss the challenges of aging. Living at the community while filming gave Oswald special insights into the community’s lifestyle. His film was celebrated at many film festivals, and can now be watched for free with an Amazon Prime subscription through Amazon Prime Video. There is a small fee for non-subscribers.


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Miami Proud: Senior Citizens At The Palace Find Silver Linings During Coronavirus Pandemic

CBS Miami, Channel 4

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Life at The Palace Coral Gables was designed to be grand, for active senior citizens. Pamela Parker is the Social Director. She describes the pre-coronavirus atmosphere as jovial. “We are used to having big parties every month, we are used to having morning to night activities, dinners with our friends. In an instant that all changed.” In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, group activities and cherished time with family needed to be altered.



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The Palace at Coral Gables residents find silver lining to pandemic restrictions

BY Community Newspapers

As the corona virus pandemic continues to restrict visits by families and friends to Senior Living Communities and limit residents’ ability to venture out, there are older people making use of these unprecedented times and finding fulfillment.


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Ask Helen from the Palace

BY Kendall Gazette

Q: I was considering a move to a Senior Living Community before the Coronavirus Pandemic, but now I’m just not sure. Is it still safe? How are residents being protected?

A: These are undoubtedly unprecedented times which have caused many of us to reevaluate the plans we made early in 2020. However, I encourage you to move forward with your plans to call a Senior Living Community home. Not unlike the peace of mind that a maintenance-free lifestyle afforded residents prior to COVID-19, those moving to a Senior Living Community will find an entire team dedicated to their health, wellness and overall safety...


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Caravan Celebration at The Palace at Coral Gables.

Coral Gables TV

Palace Resident's 100th Birthday Celebration Caravan


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Grandparents Take to Video Chat Platforms to Connect With Family During Pandemic

NBC 6 South Florida

One of the many indirect consequences of COVID-19 has been the isolation of older generations, who are considered at greater risk for the virus...


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The Palace Coral Gables’ exclusive entertainment airs on in-house TV

BY Coral Gables News

The “show must go on,” and this holds true at The Palace Coral Gables, even during the coronavirus pandemic.





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Palace Coral Gables Resident Shares her Love of Music with Staff Member

BY Coral Gables News

When the melodic sounds of the piano fill the air at The Palace Coral Gables, it is not always coming from one of the many talented entertainers who perform daily for residents at the active retirement community..





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The Palace Communities are Center of Family Life

BY Kendall Gazette

Going to grandma or grandpa’s house takes on a whole new meaning when grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit residents living at The Palace’s senior living communities.





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The Palace Group is 2019 Gallup Great Workplace

BY Kendall Gazette

The Palace Group, developer and operator of award-winning senior living communities in South Florida, recently received a 2019 Gallup Great Workplace Award, one of only 40 international companies to earn the recognition. This is the second year the company has received the award.

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Home Schooled

BY McKnight's Senior Living

According to the Association for Psychological Science, aging adults who take part in difficult tasks and learn new skills show more memory improvement than those who take part in less demanding mental activities.

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The Palace at Coral Gables Residents featured on CBS4 News

CBS Channel 4

The Palace at Coral Gables Residents featured on CBS4 News


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The Palace Coral Gables hosts ships’ crew visit during Miami Navy Week

BY Coral Gables News

IIt was “all hands on deck” at The Palace Coral Gables for the visit of officers and sailors from the USS New York and the FSN Ventose who were in town for the first Miami Navy Week, Mar. 25-31.

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The Art of Aging: Ageless Beauty Photo Exhibit at The Palace at Coral Gables

Coral Gables TV

The Palace at Coral Gables celebrated “The Art of Aging: Ageless Beauty” featuring photography, art, speakers, workshops and entertainment with the intent to illustrate that beauty is from within and how to greet each day with happiness and enthusiasm regardless of age.


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Rapper 2 Chainz Explores the Palace at Coral Gables In New "Most Expensivest" Episode

Viceland TV

2 Chainz is back for another episode of VICELAND’s Most Expensivest. This time, he visits The Palace at Coral Gables.


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Empathizing With Your Employees

BY Senior Living News

The customer always comes first, right? That depends on who you believe your customer is. There are internal customers and external customers, but at the end of the day, who’s your top priority?
For Haim Dubitzky, MSM, principal and VP of performance excellence for The Palace Group, a South Florida privately owned operator of senior living communities, the top customer is the employees.


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Retiring in Style: Senior developments are springing up in downtowns around Florida

BY Florida Trend

Bernie Elser has lived his entire life in the cit- ies. When it came time to consider where to live in retirement, he wanted to make sure theaters, restaurants and other conveniences were within walking distance. "I’m not looking for greenery. I’m looking for stores,” the 78-year-old says.Elser picked a senior complex called The Palace at Coral Gables.

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The Palace Group receives prestigious 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award

BY Kendall Gazette

The Palace Group, South Florida’s largest privately owned operator of senior living communities, has received the highest honor from Gallup and has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award.




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The Palace Group celebrates its top managers of the year

BY Kendall Gazette

During an evening dedicated to honoring the achievements of employees, The Palace Group, South Florida's largest privately owned company specializing in senior housing development, management, operations and care, recently recognized 12 of its managers as "Managers of the Year".




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Palace Residents embrace Yiddish for anti-aging and keeping their heritage

BY Pinecrest Tribune

When instructor Chany Stolik comes into the classroom at The Palace Coral Gables, her students typically say a "gutn morgn" instead of "Good Morning"




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Top fitness expert gives seniors six easy tips for fitness and good health

BY Palmetto Bay News

At The Palace at Coral Gables, the award-wining Senior Living Community, personal trainer Julian Hevia works with seniors to hel keep them flexible and fit into their golden years.




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Palace employees go 'above and beyond' during Hurricane Irma

BY Palmetto Bay News

It often is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seniors during a natural disaster such as Hurricane Irma.




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'This is the time to help others': volunteers step to assist those in need

BY The Miami Herald

Helping others is what many of us try to do every day. When residents of the Lower Keys needed extra care recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, employees of The Palace Gardens in Homestead stepped up.




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Palace Coral Gables Residensts Find That You're Never Too Old to Learn

BY Coral Gables News

Residents at The Palace at Coral Gables are finding that you're never too old to learn. As youngsters return to school, so do the seniors living at the active retirement community.




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Senior Prom at the Palace at Coral Gables

NBC 6 News

NBC 6 News (Miami) coverage of the Senior Prom at the Palace at Coral Gables on June 9th, 2017.





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Partying like it's 1945: Senior citizens relive prom in Coral Gables

BY The Miami Herald

There was no underage drinking. No hotel rooms were booked. And everyone got out by 9 p.m. sharp. It was prom night - meant not for college-bound high-schoolers, but for senior citizens.




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Dancing Through the Decades

The Palace

Watch our in house video coverage of the "Dancing Through the Decades" event.





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Dancing Through the Decades

Coral Gables TV

The Palace at Coral Gables "Dancing Thru the Decades" Featured on Coral Gables TV. From the Roaring 20's to street smart Hip Hop, The Palace at Coral Gables proudly presented "Dancing Thru the Decades". Click the thumbnail link below to view the story on Coral Gables TV.





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Social directors keep residents of Palace communities active

BY Coral Gables News

On any given day at a Palace senior living community, there are a host of activities taking place from morning into the night - all under the guidance of the entertainment/social directors.




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90-Year-Old EMPANADA MAN Brings Argentine Flavor to The Palace

BY The Miami Herald

Mario Smuglovsky, a resident of The Palace at Coral Gables gives his delicious, homemade empanadas away to neighbors and staff members at the luxury retirement community.




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Teen Opens Up a 'Whole New World' to Seniors

BY The Miami Herald

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? When Sarah Wishnia received an iPad from her daughter, she "didn't even know how to open a thing." That's until she met High School student Max Rosenblum.



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FABA recognizes The Palace at Coral Gables

BY Florida Atlantic Building Association

Florida Atlantic Building Association recognizes The Palace at Coral Gables with 6 total PRISM Awards:
• Platinum Award: Best Community of the Year
• Gold Award: Interior Design
• Gold Award: Assisted Living
• Gold Award: Best Marketing Program
• Silver Award: Recreation Amenities
• Silver Award: Direct Mail Campaign

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Silver Chef Cooking Competition

Coral Gables TV

Gordon Ramsey eat your heart out! Competition was in the air at the 1st Annual Silver Chef Event at The Palace as residents were paired with student chefs from Le Cordon Blue Culinary School.

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Prom Night at The Palace at Coral Gables

Coral Gables Television

You are never too old to feel young again. Senior Prom Night was a flash to the past for Palace at Coral Gables residents, their families and friends as we danced the night away. Coral Gables TV was there to catch all of the excitement at this fabulous event.



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The Cookie Lady Baking Delights

BY THE MIAMI HERALD

The Cookie Lady's baking always delights friends and neighbors at the Coral Gables Senior Living Community. Retired music teacher Sandra Davis learned to bake with her mother in Long Island. Her favorite cookie is cinnamon, but her most requested is chocolate chip.





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Food's Senior Moment: Retirement Homes Serving Upscale Meals

BY THE MIAMI HERALD

At many of South Florida's retirement communities, institutional food has given way to micro greens locally sourced produced and made- from-scratch entrees with The Palace at Coral Gables leading the way.





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MatchMaker Makes Perfect Pair At The Palace

BY THE MIAMI HERALD

It's like high school all over again at The Palace in Coral Gables - butterflies, pop kisses and love songs. "If you think seniors have resigned themselves to loveless years in their second stage of life, think again," said spokeswoman Vicki Garfinkel. Read More...



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A Palace For Wealthy Seniors

BY SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL

Lisa Goldberg wanted to find a better living situation for her widowed mother, in her 80s and living alone in a 10-bedroom house in New York. But the typical assisted living facility couldn't meet the lavish lifestyle she's accustomed to. Read More...



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Palace Coral Gables Resident Adds To Her List Of Golf Wins

BY CORAL GABLES NEWS

While some seniors pursue bridge and sedentary pastimes, Pearl Levine takes to the links. The Palace Coral Gables resident, who at 88 is a petite ball of energy, plays golf once a week every Monday. Though many seniors play the game, few have a list of accomplishments and awards that would rival Levine's. Read More...


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