The Palms at Bonaventure makes Barbie Dream come true

“This was the best day I’ve had in years.”

As a part of its quarterly “Livin’ the Dream” program, The Palms at Bonaventure Assisted Living and Memory Care selected resident Karol Greysen to live her Barbie fantasy.

Greysen (76) moved into The Palms earlier this summer. One of the first things the community learned about her was her affinity for pink, sparkles and all things Barbie. She was encouraged to apply for “Livin’ the Dream” amid the Barbie mania, and was over the moon to learn she was the

chosen recipient for the month of August.

Greysen, along with her new friend and fellow Palms resident Geary Ray, departed Ventura the morning of August 5 with two community staff members: Vibrant Life Director John White and

Marketing Director Ginny Arroyo. The crew each wore a pink shirt and sunglasses, with

Greysen’s shirt detailing a special Barbie motif.

The foursome’s first stop was The Santa Monica Place in Los Angeles to visit The World of

Barbie experience. Greysen (and her guests) walked through the iconic Barbie Dream House, “drove” the Barbie bus, got a virtual Barbie makeover – even experienced building her very own custom Barbie, which she took home as a souvenir.

Afterward, The Palms treated Greysen and Ray to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory before heading to Santa Monica’s AMC 4 to see the Barbie movie in style.

“I don’t know what to say,” Greysen said afterward. “This was the best day I’ve had in years.”


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