Maayan and Ena: Sharing Spanish

During their earliest visits, Ena often drifted into English, then Spanglish, then back to Spanish. But with each visit, and with the onward march of dementia, Ena was inclined to speak less English and more of her native language.
Friday afternoon – the quiet hours between the last bites of lunch and the welcoming of Shabbat – finds many of our seniors enjoying a siesta. But for a Spanish-speaking Rashi student and a Cuban-born patient at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles, Friday afternoon is the perfect time for leisurely conversation and cross-cultural connection.

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