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Creativity in our Communities: Orchard Cove Resident Daisy Brand Shares The Story Behind Her Work

An ongoing series featuring the artistic contributions of residents at our Hebrew SeniorLife communities

September 19, 2016

Artist and Orchard Cove resident Daisy Brand reflected back in a mirror, the frame of which she made herself.

“Creativity in Our Communities” is an ongoing series highlighting extraordinary artists from Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities, including Orchard Cove, NewBridge on the Charles, Jack Satter House, Simon C. Fireman Community and Center Communities of Brookline. Don’t miss the next post in our series!

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: Design and Accessibility

An Interview with Architect Martin Siefering

September 7, 2016

The Future of Senior Living Design

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:

Fostering Humanity: Honoring Survivors of the Holocaust in our Care at Hebrew SeniorLife

August 10, 2016

Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, seventh from left, in Germany with fellow trip participants.

There are a number of survivors of the Holocaust and victims of Nazi persecution among the many seniors who live and are cared for throughout HSL.

Last month, the Boston German Consulate hosted a group of twelve Boston-area rabbis on a trip to Germany. The trip was entitled, “Remembrance and Hope.” It began in Munich at the Dachau Concentration Camp and concluded in a suburb of Berlin at a refugee settlement organization, followed by Shabbat in the community.

Kayaking for Seniors at NewBridge on the Charles

NewBridge CCRC provides new launch for paddlesports

June 16, 2016

NewBridge residents take to the Charles River in their kayaks

On a gentle spring morning, the Charles River winds and flows its way through the 100-acre nature preserve on the NewBridge on the Charles campus, quiet but for frogs on the shore and birds in the air at this time of year. Then the sounds of chatter from an adventurous group of NewBridge residents and friends rise over the river as, along with their guide from the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School, they help each other don water safety vests as they prepare for a morning kayak trip on the river.

Innovative Vitalize360 Wellness Program Infuses Orchard Cove Residents with Sense of Purpose and Expands to Community at Large

April 29, 2016

Orchard Cove resident Natalie Linden

While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives. One major reason for this is Vitalize360 TM, an award-winning, innovative, centered wellness coaching and assessment system that originated at Orchard Cove in 2003.

Lifelong Learning at NewBridge Senior Living Community Leads to Resident Website

April 6, 2016

NewBridge community website creator Ed Goldstein sits in front of his computer

At a time when people 65 and older are one of the fastest-growing groups online and social media use among seniors is exploding, many older adults are embracing technology and incorporating it into their busy lives.

One prime example of the growing connection between seniors and technology occurs right here on the NewBridge on the Charles campus. When a resident of NewBridge on the Charles rises in the morning, there’s one place they can go to get their news, plan their daily activities, or make dining reservations, all from the comfort of home. 

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Eli Botkin is a weekly presence in the math classes of the grade 7 & 8 students at The Rashi School

February 29, 2016

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Since The Rashi School opened on the NewBridge on the Charles campus in 2010, we have been building a robust, multi-faceted partnership. Our residents serve as reading buddies with Kindergarten and 1st grade students, middle school kids volunteer in our memory care program and help teach independent and assisted living residents how to use their mobile technology more proficiently.

NewBridge on the Charles Residents Share Hopes for 2016 in The Boston Globe

January 6, 2016

Bernice “Bunny” Wallace (R) and Barbara Yavner. Photo attribution: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA, recently shared their hopes for 2016 with Boston Globe reporter Kathy McCabe.

As part of a New Year’s feature that also included the hopes and aspirations of Massachusetts third graders and recent immigrants, assisted living resident Ralph Berkowitz shared wise words: 

Giving Back to the Community in Retirement

Charitable giving positively impacts the lives of seniors at Hebrew SeniorLife

November 18, 2015

Frankie Wolff, resident of NewBridge on the Charles, and member of the Volunteer Committee

Many seniors want to continue to live a life of purpose in retirement and have turned to volunteering to satisfy that desire. The medical community recognizes the benefits of charitable work to enhance the physical, spiritual, and mental stimulation of older adults. The National Institute on Aging suggests that volunteering prevents isolation and can have a healthy effect on one’s cognitive behavior and potentially even thwart the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (“Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and What Do We Know? Is Keeping Your Brain Active Important?” Oct. 8 2015, National Institute on Aging).

HSL Communities Residents Develop New Technologies for Seniors

Participation in LeadingAge HackFest yields award-winning solutions

November 5, 2015

HSL Communities Residents Develop New Technologies for Seniors

Today’s technology entrepreneurs are rapidly responding to the many market opportunities for seniors and their caregivers, such as managing their health, living independently and maintaining family and social connections. Yet many technologies that come to market were not developed in collaboration with seniors and go on to fail because the promised functionality more often just produces frustration.

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