NBOC Assisted Living Newsletter
  November 2012

A beautiful community, inside and out.
Welcome to the November issue of To Life!, the quarterly newsletter of the Assisted Living Community of NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA. NewBridge on the Charles is a continuing care retirement community created by Hebrew SeniorLife, a national leader in senior care and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Have you heard about Hebrew SeniorLife's ReAge revolution? We are committed to challenging conventions about aging in order to create and implement new standard-of-care approaches that will positively impact the lives of older adults.
ReAge has been spotted in the Boston Globe, on public radio and even in ads on public transit -- to learn more, please visit http://www.agingredefined.org today.

Thank you for reading! To learn more about Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, contact Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu.  

In this Issue.... 

We invite you to: 

    • REAP the wisdom shared in our recent College of Retirement Living series, 
    • RECOGNIZE our Residents' efforts to end Alzheimer's Disease, 
    • RELATE to the personal experience of one of our family members,  
    • RETHINK the value of expressive arts therapy for people with dementia,
    • REMEMBER some upcoming Resident programming, and, as always, 
    • REACH OUT to talk about how we can help!    

Heart  REAP: Resources to Support Aging Parents Offered via E-Book and Blog 

e-Book cover
Get this free e-book at www.agingredefined.org

There are so many ways to learn, converse and connect with NewBridge on the Charles Assisted Living and HebrewSeniorLife! 

Download our free e-Book: Hot of the virtual presses, you can download our free e-book entitled "You & Your Aging Parents: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care." It's filled with insights, tips and resources for understanding the challenges our parents face as they age. Learn about approaching difficult conversations, assessing the various health care and housing options available, and supporting a loved one's priorities. Click here to download this free e-Book, in PDF format for easy reading and printing.              


Join the conversation on our ReAge Blog: If you haven't already, take a look at Hebrew SeniorLife's ReAge Blog. Updated every few days with posts by leading thinkers on aging from across our organization, there is always something new to learn and discuss. You'll even see monthly posts by NewBridge Assisted Living's Admissions Counselor Tara Fleming Caruso. Join the conversation today at http://blog.hebrewseniorlife.org/ and sign up to receive new posts via email. 


RECOGNIZE RECOGNIZE: Residents Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease 

walk to end alz
All smiles along
our walk route.


As you may know, Hebrew SeniorLife is an annual sponsor of the Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer's in Cambridge, Mass. For the first time this year, the Residents of NewBridge Assisted Living held their own "Resident Walk to End Alzheimer's" right here on campus. Joined by family members, staff and friends, our Residents came together as a community to demonstrate their support in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease.   


With the enthusiastic guidance of Fitness Specialist Teresa Boughner, Residents walked multiple laps of our course, covering outdoor and indoor segments complete with water stations, balloons, and a finish line celebration. 


View more photos from this event on our community's Facebook page!  And while you're there, be sure to "like" us so you won't miss future posts. 

ReconnectRELATE  RELATE: "This is truly healthy living." 

Family member Lester Barnett shares his experience of moving a loved one to NewBridge Assisted Living:


Lester Barnett,
family member of
Assisted Living Resident

"We expected a rough transition...and it was anything but. She made an amazingly easy transition. I was shocked, truly shocked. She has blossomed. She's involved, she's positive, she's outgoing. I stayed with her for the first week and watched her grow. Previously, the emphasis had been on what she can't do. Here the emphasis is on what she can.

I love the multidisciplinary approach where the focus is not just on one facet of her life -physical, mental and social -it's the whole person. Health is not simply physical, but an attitude of how to live. However you define it, this is a healthy place to be. This is healthy living. Before, she was defined by her limitations. Here, she is defined as a human being who happens to have limitations. A big difference. 


Since moving to NewBridge, she's thanked me again and again. She told me, 'This is the place to be.'"   


Hear from other family members and Residents. 

Hint RETHINK: NewBridge leads in Expressive Arts for Dementia

Conference Participant
Conference attendee participates in dance and movement workshop


NewBridge on the Charles offers an expansive spectrum of living options and care levels for seniors living with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Throughout our campus, we emphasize expressive arts therapies -- including music, movement, visual arts, and poetry -- to provide enhanced opportunities for healing, communication, awareness and expression at every stage. 


To share Hebrew SeniorLife's knowledge in this area and promote this important trend in dementia care, NewBridge on the Charles was proud to host a recent conference for professionals on the latest innovations in this field. On October 3, over 70 social workers, nurses, program directors, expressive art therapists and others gathered here for hands-on workshops, networking and inspiration.  View photos of this event on our Facebook page.


Contact Tara Fleming Caruso to learn more about how expressive arts therapies are integrated into our daily Memory Care Assisted Living programming.  


Happenings REMEMBER: November Programs


Assisted Living programming will include these events and more... 

Cultural Programming


The Art of Lieder, November 24

Enjoy an introduction to history's greatest composers of "art song" with Matthew Aucoin, Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. 


The Lover, the Lunatic and the Poet, November 26

Revisit highlights of Shakespeare with actor Richard Clark, who will perform excerpts from over 25 of the playwright's best monologues and soliloquies.   


Film Review: The Man Who Knew Too Much, November 28

Join Professor Winifred Wood, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Program at Wellesley College, for a screening of Hitchcock's 1956 classic.  

View our monthly calendar of assisted living programming.   




Memory Care Assisted Living programming will include these events and more...   


Move to the Music, November 13
Explore music and movement as paths for self expression and relaxation.  


In the Movies, November 17   

Enjoy clips of classic cinema and share movie memories in this lively discussion group.   


Making Memories with The Rashi School, November 30 

Engage with local middle school students who design and lead a different program each week spanning the arts, exercise, games and more. 


View our monthly calendar of memory care assisted living programming.  


Hello REACH OUT: Let's Talk!  

Tara Fleming Caruso
Call Tara at 781-234-9404
Start with a Personal Telephone Consultation...

Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. As you explore Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living further, please feel free to contact Admissions Counselor Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu. A 19-year veteran in the field of senior care and a licensed mental health counselor, Tara helps families daily to evaluate their situations and determine whether NewBridge on the Charles may be the right fit.   


Then Come for a Tour & More! 


Visiting is the best way to get a feel for our community. Private tours for seniors and family members are available by appointment.  

In addition, potential Residents are invited to experience NewBridge through our "Resident for a Day" program. Based on interests and availability, we'll help plan a day that works for the individual -- perhaps enjoy lunch, take in a concert, meet some of our Residents and then explore the grounds at one's own pace. Contact Tara at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu to learn more about the many ways to structure this experience.
We look forward to seeing you soon at NewBridge! 


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