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Fund for Hospice Care at HSL Continues Legacy of “Loving Kindness”

March 16, 2016

The Chesed Fund will honor the work of Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg by providing end-of-life care through HSL Hospice Care. Here, Rabbi Blumberg is pictured with HSL Spiritual Care Director Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow at an event to recognize his retirement.

During his time as a chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg was known for his wisdom, kindness, and overwhelming compassion.

Rabbi Blumberg’s “passion project” was to establish a hospice service at HSL. He strongly believed that seniors in the local Jewish community, in particular, deserved better end-of-life care and that HSL was the perfect organization to provide that care. Thanks in no small part to Rabbi Blumberg’s commitment, HSL Hospice Care launched in 2013. He served as Rabbinic Director from the program’s inception to his retirement in 2015.

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Eli Botkin is a weekly presence in the math classes of the grade 7 & 8 students at The Rashi School

February 29, 2016

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Since The Rashi School opened on the NewBridge on the Charles campus in 2010, we have been building a robust, multi-faceted partnership. Our residents serve as reading buddies with Kindergarten and 1st grade students, middle school kids volunteer in our memory care program and help teach independent and assisted living residents how to use their mobile technology more proficiently.

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

The Volunteer Outreach Committee at NewBridge on the Charles

February 25, 2016

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

In 2014 three million (9%) U.S. households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity; 1.2 million that live alone also experienced food insecurity, according to the non-profit organization Feeding America. Poverty and food insecurity has been increasing in Massachusetts affecting more seniors than ever before. An estimated 20 percent of Massachusetts residents who suffer from food insecurity are seniors. And of course food insecure seniors are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

“Everyone is Equal in the Gym”

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

When you think of therapies and supports for a senior living with dementia, your first question may not be “how often can she get to the gym?” But the latest research shows that physical exercise may be an effective treatment – not only for risk reduction – but also to help those already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia live better lives.

NewBridge on the Charles Residents Share Hopes for 2016 in The Boston Globe

January 6, 2016

Bernice “Bunny” Wallace (R) and Barbara Yavner. Photo attribution: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA, recently shared their hopes for 2016 with Boston Globe reporter Kathy McCabe.

As part of a New Year’s feature that also included the hopes and aspirations of Massachusetts third graders and recent immigrants, assisted living resident Ralph Berkowitz shared wise words: 

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

“She brings out the best in people”

December 23, 2015

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

Tamari, the ministry service dog at NewBridge on the Charles in DedhamThe spiritual care team at NewBridge on the Charles has an unusual team member: a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Tamari.

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

Third annual event raises nearly $1 million for programs that improve life for seniors

November 11, 2015

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

After age 65, we are more likely to feel love and less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. And yet we fear aging.

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

HSL community chef gives update on culinary team’s fall harvest

October 8, 2015

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

As we blogged about in July, the NewBridge on the Charles culinary team operates its own garden on campus dedicated to supplementing our kitchens’ “farm to fork” offerings with fresh vegetables, lettuces and herbs. Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue recently spent a few moments with a member of the HSL blog team to review the season’s successes and highlight the bounty of our fall harvest.  

How was the season?

Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

The Mitzvah Program connects volunteers of all ages with seniors in need

September 24, 2015

Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

Deuteronomy 15:7-10 teaches us, "If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren...you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be."

This past Sunday, Hebrew SeniorLife opened its hand to 500 Jewish residents in the Greater Boston community with a holiday meal to support celebration of Rosh Hashana. Roughly 75 volunteers of all ages helped pack and deliver meals to homebound seniors and others needing food support.

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Rabbi Sara reflects on the changes in LGBT care

September 9, 2015

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Yom Kippur is referred to in the book of Leviticus as sabbath of sabbaths, and the double use of the word communicates a completely restful Shabbat, the Shabbat of all Shabbats. Rosh Hashana, the 7 days in between, and Yom Kippur are a time of reflecting on our lives. We literally pause, stop in our tracks, to assess, and recalibrate. The prayers, songs, and time in community are all ways to support our process of deep reflection — and in that time of suspension, we experience what the Torah understands to be a Shabbat shabbaton, a time of complete rest.

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