Meet Grace

Grace at Home, fixed

Grace:
Every Note Still Perfect 

Grace relaxes in her home at Ring House.  

You're in for a treat if you have a chance to catch a performance of the Ring House Barbershop Quartet, with Grace serving as director and piano accompanist. Yes, this lady has a true gift for music that's as apparent to an audience today as it was to her parents the first time she touched the keys of their living room piano in Brooklyn so many decades ago.

Grace is justifiably proud of a musical career that spans a lifetime. She was a piano instructor, the director of music at a Long Island elementary school for 15 years, and for almost 20 years, the driving force behind a stream of musical comedy productions --- which, by the way, she wrote, directed, and produced while residing in a Florida retirement community. She has enjoyed what can only be called a whirlwind love affair with music, and has a box brimming with treasured mementoes and notes from devoted students, parents, colleagues, and friends to prove it.

In 2001, Grace and her husband, who has since passed away, moved into Ring House, but before Grace could settle in or even track down the nearest piano, she was rushed off to Johns Hopkins Hospital for emergency surgery to correct a chronic back problem. An immediate return to her apartment was out of the question; Grace's next stop was the Rakusin Rehabilitation Center, located in the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. 

To this day, Grace credits her recovery at Rakusin to Mohammed, the physical therapist who stayed by her side, convinced her that she could indeed regain the ability to sit, stand, and walk again, and orchestrated the intense regime of muscle-strengthening exercises required to help her reach her goal.

Unexpectedly, less than a year later, Grace was back in the hospital for additional  surgery, and following that, back at Rakusin for a second round of physical therapy under the care of Mohammed. With the same kindness, patience, and attentiveness displayed during her first stay, Muhammed helped Grace repeat the rehabilitative process, enabling her to return to her apartment---this time, for good.

 So, Grace is once again playing piano, singing, and spreading joy to anyone who delights in music. In a sense, you might say we all benefit from her successful outcome at the Rakusin Rehabilitation Center.

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