2017 was a historic year – with world, national and local events dominating the news. At RiverSpring Health, we had our share of significant events as 2017 marked the Hebrew Home at Riverdale’s Centennial anniversary.
September is a month of new beginnings and of renewal. In Judaism, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with much anticipation of what lies ahead for our families, our great nation and ourselves.
There are a multitude of holidays declared on June 15th. Did you know June 15 is…
- Fly a Kite Day
- Nature Photography Day
- National Electricity Day
- Justice for Janitors Day
It is also notable in history, as:
- Benjamin Franklin proved that lightening was electricity
- Arkansas was admitted as the 25th U.S. State
Perhaps most importantly, June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. What began in Harlem as a small shelter for 20 elderly immigrants has transformed into RiverSpring Health, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, innovative and compassionate senior health organizations caring for 12,000 older New Yorkers every day. We are proud of our history of challenging stereotypes, confronting ageism and developing pioneering programs and services that make a difference in the quality of life of countless older adults.
What do today’s retirees want? They want a sense of community; to easily and safely attend events, activities and shopping without having to drive; and to have the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer now that they finally have time to enjoy themselves. New York City, known as the Capital of the World and the City that Never Sleeps is the ideal retirement community for the four million people that say goodbye to the 9-5 and hello to retirement each year.
Sex, drugs and rock and roll. This expression is not typically associated with a nursing home, but as they say, the times, they are a changing.
The change happens gradually. Mom starts to squint at the television during her favorite nighttime show. You see her hold her book closer to her eyes when she reads. Maybe you even catch her moving hesitantly through the room. And then the reality sets in: your mom might be experiencing vision problems.
When it comes to senior care, there are plenty of considerations that go into choosing a location for your loved one. It's a matter of finding the right balance of quality care and affordable living, all while taking into account the emotional sides of the decision.
As one year ends, and we get ready to welcome a New Year, rather than review the opening of new programs, the renovation of a building, or a new service, I would like to reflect on the heart of RiverSpring Health, the incredible men and women who care for our residents, patients and members each day. Our staff has chosen this field not for the glory or the accolades, but rather because they are making a difference in someone’s life. Because of their care, their smile, and their respect, thousands of older adults in our care live their lives in safety and with dignity.
RiverSpring Health has taken a proactive approach to voter registration – encouraging our residents, patients and members to exercise their right to vote.
Although the classroom doors open for kids in September, the window to learning and personal growth is a year-round experience for our residents, patients and members.
We spend our whole lives taking care of our skin. From the cuts and scrapes of childhood to the first signs of wrinkles, our skin has weathered more than its fair share of storms. But a lifetime spent protecting against the elements will also take its toll. And as we get older, caring for our skin becomes even more important.
o mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I would like to feature the words and sentiments of Joy Solomon, Director and Managing Attorney of the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in her opinion piece below. This is an opportunity for each one of us to check on an older neighbor, family or friend to ensure that they are safe. If you suspect elder abuse in your community, contact law enforcement immediately.
Music can have amazing affects on our emotions and well being. It can help us feel calm when we're distressed, happy when we're sad, or peaceful when we're anxious.
At age 67, Lucy Lang was a widow, with grown children living on their own. She contacted the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, thinking she would spend an hour here and there visiting with our residents to keep busy and give back. Twenty-four years later, she is still volunteering at the Hebrew Home, and has shared countless hours with our residents, reading stories, sharing common experiences, and simply listening. What began as a casual drop-in turned into an incredibly rewarding experience of personal fulfillment for Lucy.