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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.

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 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.

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.

Opening Our Hearts and Bringing Goodness Back to the World

Reflections from Hebrew SeniorLife Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services for the Jewish High Holy Days

October 6, 2016

A photo taken on Rabbi Sara’s trip to Germany. Credit: Braham David/The Boston Globe

On July 2, 2016 we lost Elie Wiesel, world-renowned survivor of Auschwitz, author, and voice of conscience. A week later, I went to Germany with a group of Boston-area rabbis, sponsored by the Boston German Consulate. While I blogged recently about that trip, I continue to process the experience and also to hear the reflections of my fellow travelers.

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

An Interview with Dr. Robert Schreiber

October 5, 2016

The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

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:

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!

Hebrew SeniorLife Memory Café Expands to Boston-area Residents

Working with local institutions to grow the memory café experience

September 7, 2016

Residents from across the campus come together to make the Memory Café a success. An IL resident poses with Multigenerational Program Director Lynda Bussgang (R) and her dog.

When Alzheimer’s disease becomes part of a marriage, or a family, caregivers can usually find resources to support the member facing memory loss or to support the family caregiver seeking peer connections and information. Yet, until the last few years, there wasn’t much designed to support the evolving spousal or parent/child relationship itself. All that changed with the advent of the “Memory Café” concept in the Netherlands, a unique model of social programming designed as a welcoming place for caregivers and their loved ones with memory loss to relax together in a stigma-free environment that offers both socialization and support.

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:

One-on-one with the Executive Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care at NewBridge on the Charles

A Q&A with Matthew Hollingshead

August 18, 2016

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles relax and socialize in a common space

Matthew Hollingshead recently joined Hebrew SeniorLife as the executive director of Assisted Living and Memory Care at NewBridge on the Charles. His energetic, resident-centric approach and skill in leading large teams is already making a difference in the lives of our residents. I recently spoke to Matt about the rewards and challenges of his work.

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