Did you know that falls are NOT a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented? Hebrew SeniorLife works throughout Massachusetts and in our own senior living communities to educate seniors about this fact through our evidenced-based programs department. Our work supporting evidence-based programs helps empower older adults to become more active partners in managing their own health care.
Residents aren’t the only ones with green thumbs at NewBridge on the Charles. In addition to the raised communal garden beds situated around our campus, one large plot is set aside each spring just for our culinary team. There, fresh produce is grown to supplement our kitchen’s “farm to fork” offerings with vegetables, lettuces and herbs.
We were so fortunate a few weeks ago to have Ari Seth Cohen present his documentary, Advanced Style at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham as a part of our “Remarkable People, Remarkable Performances” program series. What makes Ari remarkable is his attitude and appreciation of older women. Ari is a young man – just 32 years old – who celebrates the beauty of aging through his photography, his blog and, now, his documentary.
As children we may look up to our fathers as superheroes. As we age, we realize our fathers are not invincible, but human with their own personal stories of how they overcame the most difficult challenges in their own lives. The Bussgang men, including NewBridge on the Charles resident Julian, and his father, Jozef (now deceased), survived many challenges in their lives. Julian’s own son, Jeff, applied that same determination to succeed and achieve many accomplishments in his life as well.
Professor Anna Ornstein stood at the front of the room to help frame an extraordinary day at Hebrew SeniorLife. In her presence were eleven wounded Israeli soldiers who had been on the front lines of battleserving their country.
The creative arts are a way of life for the many resident artists who live in Hebrew SeniorLife’s independent living community at Orchard Cove. Our residents are always seeking new ways to stay active, keep social and remain creatively engaged. A variety of research documents show the value of creative stimulation to enhance cognition, improve wellness and foster interaction between seniors.
“Aging in Place” is an often-used phrase in senior services. Many senior product and service companies have designed their offerings around this concept. At Hebrew SeniorLife, we have adopted a somewhat different philosophy – “seniors living their best life in the right place at the right time”—that we consider to be a step beyond aging in place.
“Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help.” This quote was excerpted from the movie Gen Silent, a film by Stu Maddox.
When new residents arrive at Orchard Cove, members of the Coffee Klatch typically appear at their doorstep as a welcome wagon into the community. The Coffee Klatch is known to residents of Orchard Cove as the place to meet new faces and make new friends. For club members, it’s more than just a cup of coffee and a chance to catch up. The club exemplifies the efforts of residents and staff to maintain a sense of community and makes Orchard Cove a welcoming place for all.
At Hebrew SeniorLife we know that pairing seniors with students creates endless possibilities for meaningful connections that change lives. Students often volunteer at HSL to fill community service requirements—providing support in our sites, and bringing smiles to the faces of residents throughout the HSL network. Sometimes the connections between students and residents run deep, and we witness powerful interactions between our young volunteers and the residents they have befriended.