Dear friends,

Every February, we celebrate Heart Month with a day when we all “wear red for heart.” Today was that day and we had lots of fun both gathering and looking at staff and residents alike showing off their various shades of red! It’s not only a day when we have some fun, it’s also an opportunity for us to educate about heart health and wellness and taking better care of ourselves.
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We’ve had a great week across the Jewish Home Family. On Sunday we began with our Opening Minds through Art celebrations on both campuses. At the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, where we combined both the Rockleigh program and Gallen Day Center program, we had a packed house of resident artists, volunteers and families. We talked about OMA and each of the artists and volunteers received a piece of artwork. Then we toured the newly hung galleries of work and enjoyed the wonderful comments and excitement. In the afternoon, we did a similar program on Memory Lane at Jewish Home Assisted Living. My favorite moment was when a painting was handed to one of the resident artists. She looked at me and said “Who painted this?” I smiled and said “You did!” She looked and looked at the painting, beaming and sharing with everyone around here that this beautiful paint was HER work. OMA is a powerful program, using creative expression to help “unlock” individuals with dementia. We see the benefits in every session we hold—come check it out sometime, it truly is, as I always say, like watching magic in action.

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At Jewish Home Assisted Living, one of the highlights this week involved one of our residents, Roy Blumenthal, who is the former administrator of the Town of River Vale. Lt. Bob Ryan, of the River Vale Police Department, was retiring and he asked Roy, who had named him to his role in River Vale initially, to be a part of his last tour of duty. Both Lt. Ryan and Roy were thrilled to have the chance to do just that (photo below). Other Assisted Living happenings included a wonderful Tu B’Shevat celebration with Rabbi Korenblit on Wednesday and a special program of “cerebral gymnastics” that took place on Thursday.

In the Gallen Day Center, we started the week with an interesting and interactive program on “All the Senses” that will be taking place over several weeks. The first session was on the sense of smell and participants had the chance to smell different scents and try to guess what they were smelling! It was both a lot of learning and a lot of laughter. Our specialized Parkinson’s program continues to build and will soon be a two day a week program, meeting an important need in our community. Wednesday’s highlight was an Art Exploration program, with a local artist guiding participants through painting their own winter scenes. And on Friday we had our Super Bowl party. Because we are a Monday-Friday program, we won’t be together to watch the game but that didn’t mean we were going to miss out on a fun party and delicious snacks!

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We were delighted to start the week at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh with another session of our interactive Judaic art program.  Students and residents worked together and enjoyed the opportunity to connect as well as create.  Another new program at Rockleigh had its second session this week.  Called “Harmony Bells” we are using these new bells to help residents have yet another way to express themselves and be engaged and creative.  This week our featured song was “Edelweiss” and they also working on learning chords. 

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We also had a great time baking challah on our Kaplen-1 unit on Thursday morning.  Not only was it a great treat but the whole unit smelled wonderful!  Residents, staff and visitors all enjoyed their warm treats.

 

All the best,

Carol Signature

Carol Silver Elliott
President/CEO
The Jewish Home Family

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR

 

  • Personal shoppers needed on Wednesdays, 11:30 - 2:00, at JHAL in River Vale
  • Rock Steady Boxing for residents with Parkinson's Disease
  • Opening Minds Through Art for residents with dementia

    Contact Stacey Orden, Director of Volunteer Services, at 201-518-1175 or sorden@jewishhomefamily.org
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