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.
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.
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.