You’ve been with Hebrew SeniorLife for several years. Can you share a little about your background and your career at HSL?
I came to Boston from Spain on a Fulbright scholarship to do a masters-level viola performance degree at New England Conservatory. In Boston, I discovered the incredible world of music therapy and the field fascinated me. I found that the combination of science and art was a calling and a home for me in a way I never experienced as a performer or teacher. I then earned a second master’s degree in expressive art therapy at Lesley University and became a licensed mental health counselor.
Independence Day is just around the corner, and for most of us, this marks the official beginning of the summer slow-down. It’s a time when we gather around the BBQ, at the beach, or beside the pool with our family, friends, and a heaping scoop of macaroni salad. We share war stories of the winter weather we’ve left behind, and look forward to the next few months of warm, sunny days. What we rarely do, and probably should, is remember what Independence Day is truly about, and reflect on our role as American citizens.
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.
Dr. Kouta Ito joined the Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group as a geriatric primary care physician at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA last August. I recently sat down with him to learn more about his background and thoughts on geriatric medicine.
Long-term care insurance—you may have considered it when planning your retirement but now that you’re getting older, you might worry that you no longer qualify for an affordable policy and that you’ve missed the boat. However, the long-term care insurance market has changed over time, resulting in some unexpected challenges and dissatisfaction among policy owners. For those who didn’t purchase plans earlier, there are other options for ensuring some financial security for your future care.
Filled with lots of natural light, Great Days for Seniors is bright and beautiful and allows for a variety of activities to occur simultaneously. Only steps away from its former site, the new space has an open and airy feel, something everyone agrees is a welcome change.
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.
April 4th marked 49 years since Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. During his lifetime, Dr. King was pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, and I had the honor of hearing the current Ebenezer Baptist pastor, Dr. Raphael Warnock, speak in Memphis at the American Jewish Aging Services Conference earlier this month.
Dr. King lived to the age of 39, and often spoke of not living to see 40. Forty is a big number in Jewish lore. It is the number of years the Israelites wandered in the desert, and the number of days Moses stayed up on the mountain. Big things can happen within 40 years.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon declared a “National Volunteer Week” in April, and ever since organizations nationwide have celebrated volunteerism all month long as part of National Volunteer Month. Whether it’s one day or a lifetime of commitment, there is no short supply of ways you can give back to your community. When it comes to donating your time and energy, no effort is too small.
Want to make a difference, but not sure where to start? Read our eight tips on how to find the best volunteer opportunity for YOU.
As a young girl, Reana Allen enjoyed visiting our adult day health program, Great Days for Seniors, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Reana would come with her aunt, Lorna White, an activity coordinator in the program. “I still remember those days and how much fun I had. It made me feel like I had a second family,” says Reana. “I was surrounded by lots of people. They were like my grandpa and grandma.”