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Welcome to my blog. As President and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife, I invite you to join me in a conversation that explores the many ways we think about the challenges and opportunities around aging. I hope you’ll share your thoughts and comments, and through our exchange of ideas together, we will continue on the journey to redefine the experience of aging.

Stepping Up to Combat Elder Abuse and Neglect

June 15, 2017

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The United Nations designated June 15 as such in 2012, “in an effort to bring global attention to the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of older adults.”

As the population 65 and older continues to swell, elder abuse is taking on urgency as a public health issue. It is considered to be one of the most under-acknowledged and under-reported public health issues in America and is reaching epidemic proportions.

Standing Together to Serve Seniors

May 8, 2017

Last month I was in Memphis, Tenn., attending the Association of Jewish Aging Services annual conference. The conference coincided with the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis 49 years ago. One of the conference speakers was Dr. Raphael Warnock, the reverend of the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was Dr. King’s church. Dr. Warnock’s inspiring message held particular meaning for many of us who work to deliver services to older adults.

Seize This Opportunity, Dr. Carson

April 5, 2017

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was recently confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dr. Carson is stepping into his new role at a critical time for the more than 1.5 million older adults who qualify for federal rental subsidies and whose health care and other supportive needs are covered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At the same time, Dr. Carson is facing potential cuts to his agency of $6 billion.

Getting Real about Senior Health Care

February 16, 2017

Polls and pundits, for the most part, got it wrong in their predictions for the outcome of the presidential election. Fake news is in the news. No one knows what the next four years have in store for us — and the future of health care is no exception.

Geriatrics Caregivers Wanted: How to Inspire the Young to Care for the Old

January 17, 2017

Let’s face it – it’s probably safe to assume that few young adults poised to enter the workforce rank senior care services high on their list of career aspirations. And yet the need and opportunity has never been greater.

The Difference Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Senior Care Organizations

December 15, 2016

The nonprofit difference for the seniors we serve

What does it mean to be a nonprofit versus a for-profit senior care organization? From a basic legal definition, a nonprofit organization, such as Hebrew SeniorLife, keeps its earnings within the organization to support programs and services for its beneficiaries; whereas a for-profit organization distributes its earnings to its owners or stockholders first, before reinvesting in any organizational priorities.

Growing Older, Thinking Bigger

November 17, 2016

It’s human nature to crave new experiences, new relationships, and new opportunities to engage in activities we care about. It’s natural to expect this with children, and with “grown-ups” through the early and middle stages of adulthood. But often, the desire to “try new things” is not expected from older adults, nor encouraged. Many times it’s even discouraged out of some fear that it may be too ambitious for some reason. I believe we all deserve to have opportunities to try new things, have new experiences, and explore new possibilities at every phase of life, particularly in our older years.

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