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Florence Bolatin, 85, a resident at Jefferson's Ferry
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Florence Bolatin, 85, a resident at Jefferson's Ferry in South Setauket, shares a hug with Matthew Caro, director of culinary operations, on Feb. 11, 2014. Seniors participate in “Embraceable You,” a new program at the senior retirement community encouraging hugs between staff members and willing residents for the health benefits of what hugs provide -- a greater sense of well-being. (Credit: Heather Walsh)

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Embracing hugs

Jefferson's Ferry retirement community in South Setauket touches on something beneficial.

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