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ISSUE 60 l QUARTERLY REPORTDECEMBER 2016 l KISLEV 5776
Jewish Home Family Annual GalaMelanie S. Cohen, CFRE, Executive Director, Jewish Home Foundation
More than 430 members of the community attended the Jewish Home Family Annual Gala on Sunday, October 9th. The theme for the evening was “Shaping Our Next Century,” as the Jewish Home Family began its 101st year serving the community.
The evening’s honorees were long-time supporters of almost 20 years, Myrna and Yale Block of Tenafly. The crowd was entertained by the legendary folk singer, songwriter, social and political activist Peter Yarrow.
Michael J. Fox Foundation – Jewish Home Family RelationshipSunni Herman, Executive Vice President, Jewish Home at Rockleigh
On page 2 of this edition, Carol Silver Elliott discusses the Jewish Home Family’s system-wide Parkinson’s program.
We have developed a close relationship with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has funded more than $650 Million since the year 2000 to speed up the search for a cure for Parkinson’s, affecting more than 5 million individuals worldwide. They are enthusiastic about partnering with the Jewish Home to help publicize research, identify potential study volunteers and facilitate participation in studies. The Foundation sponsors the international Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) which seeks to identify biological markers of Parkinson’s disease progression—critical missing links in the search for better treatments. Specifically, the study focuses on mutations in the LRRK2 and GBA genes, which are related to an increased risk for Parkinson’s and are more commonly found in
Ashkenazi Jews. To learn more, visit www.michaeljfox.org/genetics. Our residents and their families have been invited to participate in this and other related Parkinson’s research projects. To find out more about Parkinson’s studies happening in this area and online, check out Fox Trial Finder at www.foxtrialfinder.org.
Our team, led by Dr. Harvey Gross, Medical Director of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, developed a comprehensive interdisciplinary protocol for the identification and treatment of those with Parkinson’s. The protocol was based on clinical research in collaboration with Dr. Gary Alweiss from Bergen Neurology Consultants. Clinical staff have been trained on the protocol as well as the caregiver’s role in treating Parkinson’s disease.
Several of our speech therapists are already certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Training LOUD method which improves voice and speech in individuals with
Parkinson’s disease. Jewish Home recreation and rehab staff members are enrolled to be trained in the Rock Steady Boxing method, a unique exercise program adapted for those with Parkinson’s. Participants report better balance and more self awareness and control from the program. We also purchased rehabilitation equipment pieces that could help those with Parkinson’s.
Building on the Home’s successful history offering Alzheimer’s support groups, the Jewish Home will be hosting a monthly Parkinson’s support group beginning December 15th (see page 2 for more information). If you or someone you know is interested in joining this group, please e-mail [email protected]
Please join us on Monday, December 12th at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for a kickoff education session entitled “Is Parkinson’s a Jewish Genetic Disease.” Stay tuned as we continue to expand this exciting initiative.
“IS PARKINSON’S A JEWISH GENETIC
Dr. Lama ChahineAssistant Professor of Neurology
at Pennsylvania Hospital
Monday, December 12, 2016
Jewish Home FamilyEnglewood Hospital and Medical Center
Michael J. Fox Foundationfor Parkinson’s Research
SAVE THE DATE
7:00 PM Refreshments
7:30 PM Education Session
8:15 PM Questions & Answers
J E W I S H H O M E F A M I L Y :
Leading the WayCarol Silver Elliott, President & CEO, Jewish Home Family
One of our family members recently raised a question that has caused us to really do some serious research, training and planning. This one question has led us to an initiative that will impact us both today and in the future. The question? She asked, quite simply, why were we treating her husband as if he has dementia when, in fact, he has Parkinson’s disease.
The question sounds simple but it is far more complicated than it appears. Parkinson’s disease, as we all know, is a progressive disease of the nervous system which affects movement. Difficulty speaking and swallowing are often part and parcel of this progression and the inability to communicate clearly, or quickly, can be misinterpreted as cognitive impairment.
As we began to look more deeply into Parkinson’s, we very quickly determined that there are individuals in all of our settings who have this disease. Whether at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living or Jewish Home at Home (specifically participants in the Gallen Day Center)—it is present in individuals across the board. We also learned that there are studies underway that focus on Ashkenazi Jews. Why? Because the genetic markers linked to Parkinson’s are more prevalent in this population, making it an even more relevant area for us to explore.
Our approach to better care for individuals with Parkinson’s is a system-wide approach with a clear and stated goal of developing a Parkinson’s Center for Excellence. We began immediately with staff education, helping them to a greater understanding of both the disease and the individuals who have it. We helped with tools and techniques to use to address the most immediate of needs.
We also met with a leading local neurologist, Dr. Gary Alweiss, who was not only delighted to work with us, but also put together a protocol for us to use with Parkinson’s patients in all of our settings. What does that mean? It’s a way to make sure that we are following all the key clinical steps in both the assessment and care of these patients and it is a great enhancement to our care.
We’ve also begun partnering with the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Fox Foundation is the largest fundraising organization for Parkinson’s research and they fund some of the most significant studies currently underway. They’re working with us to help us educate our staff and community, and we are helping them with outreach and recruitment of community members to participate in their studies. They’re also helping us identify other resources—places and people from whom we can learn the best in clinical practice.
The opportunity to assist individuals with Parkinson’s goes far beyond those who live within our walls or receive services from us. We’re learning about new and innovative exercise programs that strengthen Parkinson’s patients. And we’ve already booked members of our team for comprehensive training in some of those specialty programs. We’ve developed a support group—not just for the patients but for their caregivers as well—because we know that Parkinson’s is a family diagnosis.
There is much more ahead and we are enthused about moving forward with this effort. It’s another way in which we are identifying and meeting the needs of our community—and enhancing the lives of our residents and beyond.
All the best,
of our community—and enhancing theand beyond.
Donna & Glenn Kissler Wedding Anniversary Dec 1Iris & Norbert Strauss Wedding Anniversary Dec 8Maggie Kaplen In Memory of Brar Riewerts Dec 12Maggie Kaplen In Memory of Lex Kaplen Dec 16Norma & Sol Kugler Wedding Anniversary Dec 24Melodie & Ron Greenblatt In Memory of Anne Greenblatt Dec 28Beth & Mark Metzger In Honor of Sen. Matthew & Muriel Feldman Jan 1Carl Epstein In Memory of Rita Epstein Jan 2Alex & David Kravecas Happy Birthday Jan 7Elizabeth & Michael Sternlieb Wedding Anniversary Jan 8Zoya & Vitaly Volkov 50th Wedding Anniversary Jan 10Ryder Alexander Silleg Happy Birthday Jan 13Lori & David Zoll In Memory of Shirley Zoll Jan 15Jane & George Bean Wedding Anniversary Jan 17Dr. Harvey Gross Happy Birthday Jan 17Linda & Ilan Kaufthal 46th Wedding Anniversary Jan 30Lee Langbaum Happy Birthday Feb 2Sol Kugler Happy Birthday Feb 7Marvin Eiseman In Memory of Harriet Eiseman Feb 9Leonard Mactas In Memory of Leah Mactas Feb 10David Birk In Memory of Michael Birk Feb 10Mona Streit In Memory of Beverly Siegler Feb 18Lucille Amster In Memory of Danny Amster Feb 19Maggie Kaplen In Memory of Bill Kaplen Feb 20Roslyn Swire In Memory of Irving & Michael Swire Feb 22Eleanor Epstein In Memory of Edward Epstein Feb 26Norma Kugler Happy Birthday Feb 27Daniel Rubin In Memory of Syril & Leonard Rubin Feb 28
Jewish Home — Employee Recognition HonoreesProgram Sponsored by the Bella & Martin Himmelfarb Endowment Fund
Deborah O’KeefeJHR Oct 2016
Mary Reinemann& Susan Dwork
JHR Aug/Sep 2016
Alberthe CangeJHR Nov 2016
JEWISH HOME FAMILY PRESENTSInaugural Session – Parkinson’s Support Group
December 15, 2016, 10:30 AMat Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ
Refreshments will be served
Led by Jerry Ratner and a representative of the Michael J. Fox FoundationSupport Group will be meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month
for individuals and family members touched by Parkinson’s disease.For further information, contact [email protected]
Builders of the World: 2016 BONEH OLAM ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM
President and CEO of the Jewish Home Family, Carol Silver Elliott, has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse of Persons Who Are Elderly or Disabled.
Silver Elliott accepted the appointment and looks forward to continuing to be active in promoting awareness of elder abuse and the importance of providing shelters for victims.
The Task Force was established in August 2015 with the mandate to:
1. evaluate current policies that are designed to protect older adults and persons with disabilities from instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation;
2. identify any existing circumstances that allow for the inadequate protection of older adults and persons with disabilities against instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; and
3. develop recommendations for legislation, policies, and strategies that would provide a more effective and efficient means by which to protect older adults and persons with disabilities from instances of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
The Jewish Home Family opened New Jersey’s first elder abuse shelter in 2015, under Silver Elliott’s leadership. SeniorHaven for Elder Abuse Prevention, in addition to offering
90-120 days of shelter to victims of elder abuse, has convened professionals from various sectors to educate on the signs of abuse and best practices to help victims seek shelter.
SeniorHaven is one of 14 shelters nationwide and is part of the SPRING Alliance, a network of regional elder abuse shelters with close working relationships.
“Elder abuse is an under-recognized and under-reported problem in our society and it affects millions every year,” said Carol. “To be able to help the most vulnerable, and to work to assure that every individual has the ability to live a life that is safe and dignified is a vital effort. It is truly wonderful that the State of New Jersey is taking this important leadership step and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Governor Christie, when he signed the law establishing the task force, stated: “This new law will protect our most vulnerable residents by offering real solutions to prevent evolving forms of abuse, neglect, fraud and exploitation. It guarantees and affirms a commitment to our core mission to promote the health, wellness and safety of the elderly and individuals with disabilities.”
For more information on SeniorHaven, elder abuse or to bring a speaker free-of-charge to address any audience, please email [email protected] or call 855-455-0555.
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Appointment to Governor’s Task Force on Elder AbuseEzra Halevi, Director of Community Relations & Outreach, Jewish Home Family
When looking for a facility for a loved one, the choices abound. In our area alone, every time you turn around we see another assisted living facility either opening up or breaking ground to build.
Most assisted living facilities offer activities, trips, nursing care, elegant dining, and spacious apartments. Family members look for the WOW factor to help differentiate one from the other. While the Jewish Home Assisted Living has taken a lot of pride in the high quality of care that we offer, we now offer something else that truly sets us apart from everyone else…. Once again, JHAL has taken the bar of quality of care to a new level!
In October, JHAL became the first assisted living facility in the State of New Jersey to offer a short-term intravenous program to help prevent hospitalizations and possibly even a rehab stay. Hospital stays can lead to complications, expenses and disruption for our residents, so when we realized we could treat dehydration and administer IV antibiotics within our facility, we applied for permission from the Department of Health. The State granted us permission to offer this services on a short-term basis. Once we received the official word, we had all of the nursing staff complete a certification program.
The response from the residents and our family members have been extraordinary! Many of the family members have acknowledged that when their loved one has been hospitalized, it created great stress and at times confusion, and thus increasing their own anxieties. Here we will be administering the treatment in the privacy of their home, where they can continue to receive the care they need by those they have come to know and trust as part of their extended family. For further information, please contact [email protected]
Another Distinction for JHALLauren Levant, Executive Director, JH Assisted Living
“Happy is he who performs a good deed: for he may tip the scales for himself and the world” - Talmud: Kiddushin 40:2As of November 7, 2016
The Gallen Day Center Celebrates Member’s 100th BirthdayEzra Halevi, Director of Community Relations & Outreach, Jewish Home Family
The Jewish Home Family’s Gallen Day Center celebrated a milestone hundredth birthday for member Bessye Shulman last month.
The celebration was kicked off with the reading from a proclamation by Norwood Mayor, James Barsa. The Mayor proclaimed September 5th to be “Bessye Shulman Day.” The party continued with the reading of a letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Jewish Home Family President and CEO, Carol Silver Elliott, read the official letter.
The festivities included live music, a personalized century cake, and friends of Bessye’s sharing recollections, blessings and even a poem. “This was so lovely, I’ll remember it for a long time,” Bessye said of the event. “I wish I could have this every day—without waiting 100 years.” Shulman’s older sister actually turned 101 in October.
Bessye met her husband-to-be Rubin Shulman at a dance at Fort Meade. After storming the beach at Normandy on D-Day, Rubin lost his right leg due to a mortar shell. The couple eventually moved to New Jersey in the 1980s to be near their daughter Diane Berman and three grandchildren—Jamie, Matthew and Brian.
Bessye now lives with her daughter in Hillsdale and attends the Gallen Day Center, which provides daily transportation, classes, social activities and all the amenities of the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. “This meant so much to my mother and was so nice for her to celebrate with her friends,” Berman told the Bergen Record.
The Gallen Day Center is dedicated to celebrating its members, their milestones, interests and accomplishments. For more information on the Gallen Day Center, please call 201-750-4238.
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Melanie S. Cohen, CFREExecutive Director, Jewish Home Foundation
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