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June 2019

A Reason to Give: Why an Orchard Cove Resident Chose to Create a Fund for the Written Word

June 26, 2019

Smiling Older Woman Surrounded by Greenery

Joan Kaplowitz, a resident at Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community Orchard Cove, believes in the importance of the written word. Wanting to share her love of words, Joan established a fund at Orchard Cove, the Joan Kaplowitz Fund for the Written Word, to bring in speakers and writing programs for her fellow residents. 

“I took writing courses over the years,” she says. “But I didn’t do it seriously. And then when I came to Orchard Cove four years ago, I signed up for a writing workshop.

A morning in the life of a caregiver and his wife

June 21, 2019

Caring for a loved one with even mild dementia can be challenging. Advice and support from a professional source can help ease the burden. The following story is a typical day in the life of couples when someone in the partnership is experiencing memory loss and confusion. It offers some tips about how to handle difficult situations. 

Myron starts his day around 7am. He gets up and goes through his morning routine, which includes washing up, getting dressed, and starting the coffee. At around 8am, he goes in to wake up his wife, Talia. She would sleep longer if Myron did not wake her up.

7 ways to help prevent seniors from falling victim to scams

June 13, 2019

Financial abuse targeting seniors is on the rise. According to the Federal Trade Commission, seniors lose more money to scammers than people much younger. Seniors over the age of 80 lost an average of $1,700 compared to $188 lost by people 19 and younger, according to the FTC.

So why are seniors common targets? There are many factors. Older Americans have had more time to accumulate wealth, which is often invested in their homes and retirement savings. Some scams target older adults because of perceived or real frailty. Today’s seniors also grew up in a more trusting time. When older adults are scammed, they’re often too embarrassed to report the crime.

Helping seniors achieve life goals, one dream at a time

June 10, 2019

Recently HSL took Sandy Kanter, a resident from Jack Satter House, into Boston to be pampered at Bella Santé Day Spa. She brought her favorite staff member Amy Courtney, and was treated to a limo, spa services, lunch at Mooo and her favorite flowers - pink roses. This all happened because Sandy was nominated for the Power A Dream program, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. 

Launched in 2018, the Power A Dream program funds long-held or deeply meaningful dreams of the seniors in our care. Through the program, family members and staff can nominate HSL patients and residents to receive the wish of a lifetime. Whether it be a night on the town or a new wheelchair, all that we ask is that the dream be personally significant. 

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