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Why I Marched in the Boston Pride Parade

Hebrew SeniorLife residents and staff share their experiences from the Boston Pride Parade

June 21, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife staff, residents, and supporters at Boston Pride Parade 2017

On Saturday, June 10th, Hebrew SeniorLife was proud to celebrate inclusivity and equality by participating in the Boston Pride Parade. About 30 HSL staff, their family members, and seniors marched under beautiful blue skies and with spirits high. HSL was honored to participate – and to sponsor the LGBT Senior Pride Coalition’s annual Silver Party for LGBT seniors earlier in the week – as part of our commitment to celebrating diversity and honoring LGBT elders.

NewBridge Resident Creates Volunteer Opportunity as Eucharistic Minister

Sharon Gouveia puts her parish work into action at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham.

April 27, 2017

Eucharistic Minister Sharon Gouveia on the left with HRC patient Leona, who receives regular visits.

Shortly after moving to Dedham, MA senior living community NewBridge on the Charles in 2014, Sharon Gouveia was thrilled to discover there was a need for her religious services on the campus.

For a good part of her adult life, Sharon had been actively involved in her parish work and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Prior to moving to NewBridge, she distributed Holy Communion to patients at Mount Auburn Hospital. 

“I am delighted to be able to continue in a very familiar role at NewBridge and serve fellow Christians,” says Sharon.

Vitalize 360 Inspires Orchard Cove Enhanced Living Residents to Live Full Lives

Personalized wellness program adapts to residents throughout the continuum of care

January 6, 2017

Enhanced Living Manager Ilana Klarman talks with a resident about how his Vitalize360 goals are progressing towards living his best life at Orchard Cove.

A resident who is part of our Enhanced Living environment at Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Canton, MA, loves to read, but found that retaining the contents of a whole book was no longer possible for her. Through her participation in our Vitalize 360 wellness program, she was encouraged to join a community book club that reads and discusses short stories to help prompt her memories and share her impressions of what she read. She is now a regular attendee and finds she can retain enough to have a meaningful discussion with others in the club.

Orchard Cove Resident’s Story of Holocaust Survival Featured in New Documentary Film

“We are Jews from Breslau” recently premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival

November 30, 2016

Esther Adler at Orchard Cove

Today Esther is a published author and poet as well as a scholar of Judaism and Hebrew teacher at Orchard Cove in Canton, MA. Her experiences living in the community have inspired her to become a prolific poet. She participates fully in community spiritual life and is an avid reader of history and biography. Her warmth, vitality and intelligence shine through with other residents.

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:

Enhanced Living at Orchard Cove Brings the Household Model to a New Level

Redesigned floor provides social care for twenty-eight residents

July 21, 2016

Enhanced Living at Orchard Cove Brings the Household Model to a New Level

Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Canton, MA, celebrated a new beginning in June with the opening of its innovative Enhanced Living environment designed to maximize personal independence and nurture community for twenty-eight residents who require slightly increased support to enjoy their best lives.

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.

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

The Volunteer Outreach Committee at NewBridge on the Charles

February 25, 2016

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

In 2014 three million (9%) U.S. households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity; 1.2 million that live alone also experienced food insecurity, according to the non-profit organization Feeding America. Poverty and food insecurity has been increasing in Massachusetts affecting more seniors than ever before. An estimated 20 percent of Massachusetts residents who suffer from food insecurity are seniors. And of course food insecure seniors are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

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).

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