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Q & A with Orchard Cove resident Joan Halperin

February 2, 2017

Joan Halperin sits at the head of the table with her memoir writing class at Orchard Cove

Writer Joan Halperin has lived at Orchard Cove for the past thirteen years. Originally from New York City, she relocated to New England to be closer to her daughter and son. She chose Hebrew SeniorLife’s Orchard Cove senior living community in Canton, MA as her new home due to its welcoming atmosphere and the fact that it was already home to many visual artists and writers with similar interests.

Intergenerational Programming Benefits All Involved

January 25, 2017

An HSL communities resident participating in one of our multigenerational programs bonds with a student

In a Huffington Post article titled “Generational Warfare Is a Media Myth: Seniors and Kids Need Each Other,” from November 2014, a clear rationale for intergenerational programming is outlined. Children and adults thrive on face-to-face contact.

Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders

One-of-a-kind program educates chaplains to provide culturally competent care

January 18, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife is actively working to create an informed, welcoming, and inclusive community for LGBT seniors.

When it comes to LGBT elders, “most 90-year-olds have lived silent hidden lives.” This is one of the reasons that Rev. Mary Martha Thiel created a one-of-a-kind chaplaincy education unit, Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders. It’s part of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program she directs at Hebrew SeniorLife. “We’re not aware of any other CPE program with a unit focused just on the needs of the elder LGBT community,” says Mary Martha.

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.

Bringing Wellness Home to Senior Living Communities

Hebrew SeniorLife launches new program aimed at enhanced health care/housing integration

January 4, 2017

A resident exercises at Center Communities of Brookline

Mrs. B., a resident at Center Communities of Brookline (CCB), is extremely grateful for the support that is available right where she lives. The following story illustrates the difference that access to onsite health care and wellness services can make in the life of an older adult.

Honoring Our Commitment to Diversity

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Chaplain attends Haitian church service

December 30, 2016

Rabbi Sara, fourth from left, stands beside clergy and congregants of the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Everett, MA

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center has a large Haitian American staff that largely provide front line nursing care and food services for our residents and patients. Over the years I have gotten to know many of these staff members and shared good and challenging times together. I have not, however, learned enough about Haitian culture and religions, and so I jumped at the opportunity to be a visitor at a local Haitian Church.

Creativity in Communities: Esther Kane’s Life in Art

The benefits of art therapy for older adults

December 13, 2016

HRC resident and artist Esther Kane alongside Life Enhancement Coordinator Joan Griffin

As a little girl growing up in Hyde Park, Esther Kane loved to draw. She carried colored pencils everywhere she went. Her mother was very proud of her, and her teachers recognized her talent.

“I loved to draw and my mother kept encouraging me to do more of it,” says Esther.

In high school, her art teacher urged her to major in art at college. Esther took her teacher’s advice and enrolled in and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, working in various mediums, including oil, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. 

Watch Hebrew SeniorLife Communities Intergenerational Programs in Action

December 6, 2016

Watch Hebrew SeniorLife Communities Intergenerational Programs in Action

“It’s one of the prize accomplishments that I have had, to be able to be attached to young people and to benefit from them and for them to benefit from me.” These are the words of Irving Silverman, a 96-year-old resident of NewBridge on the Charles, discussing his friendship with 16-year-old Mariah MacKenzie through the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program at Hebrew SeniorLife.

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 has 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.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s EngAGE event draws national headliners to talk about innovation in aging

Event raised $1.1 million for HSL programs that improve quality of life for seniors

November 1, 2016

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins performs at our fourth annual EngAGE event

The biggest applause of this year’s Hebrew SeniorLife EngAGE event came not for the Emmy or Grammy Award winners but for the woman whose YouTube videos went viral and made her a celebrity at age 76. It was only appropriate for an event with the goal of redefining how we think and talk about aging.

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