NBOC Assisted Living Newsletter
spaceOctober 2011
NewBridge Assisted LivingHello! Welcome to the premiere issue of To Life!, the quarterly newsletter of the Assisted Living Community at NewBridge on the Charles. Located in Dedham, Massachusetts, NewBridge on the Charles is a continuing care retirement community sponsored by Hebrew SeniorLife, one of the nation's leading senior care organizations and an affliliate of Harvard Medical School.

In this issue, we share a helpful HINT on bringing generations together;  HIGHLIGHT our community's unique program with Boston's Museum of Fine Arts; share what we've HEARD from a son of two memory support residents; introduce you to our restaurant manager, who embodies the HEART of our community; and provide ways to say HELLO and register for the Assisted Living Experience!

Would you like to learn more? Please contact Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu anytime.

Hint  HINT: Bringing Generations Together for Joy, Learning, Purpose

Multi-generational programming
Everyone benefits when generations come together.

Research shows that seniors' struggles with isolation, loneliness and a sense of purpose are significantly improved when children are an integral part of their lives. This is especially true when they have the opportunity to contribute meaningful wisdom to a younger generation. At the NewBridge Assisted Living Community, the quality and scope of our multigenerational programming is unique within the eldercare field. Bringing generations together is fundamental to our approach to aging. In fact, our campus is shared with The Rashi School, a K-8 Reform Jewish Day school.


Within our Memory Support Assisted Living Community, the multigenerational programming has become a model for other communities. Overseen by leadership from both NewBridge and Rashi, this innovative program provides clinical benefits to Residents, life lessons for students and sense of community and connectedness for all. Over the course of the year, students are taught the stages of Alzheimer's disease, types of therapeutic programming, and helpful communication techniques. They then join with Residents in activities such bowling, drumming, gardening and poetry writing.


Highlight  HIGHLIGHT: Monthly MFA Series Promotes Lifelong Learning 

Touring the Chihuly Exhibition at Boston's MFA
"Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass" 

NewBridge on the Charles is committed to the arts -- as a means to transform environments, uplift the spirit and as an outlet for personal expression. Within our Traditional Assisted Living Community, we offer a monthly series of trips to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).  


Working in collaboration with the MFA's accessibility office, Program Manager Larisa Levich tailors each month's trip to Residents' interests and abilities. Along with Phyllis Robbins, a longtime Hebrew SeniorLife and MFA volunteer who serves as our private docent, NewBridge Assisted Living Residents are able to enjoy museum-going as a social and cultural activity. Each trip includes exploration of the Museum's permanent collection as well as access to special shows -- like this Spring's dazzling Dale Chihuly blown glass exhibition.   


Learn more about our Traditional Assisted Living Programming. 


Heard  HEARD: "They treat my parents as if they were family"  

David Deutsch, son of two memory-support residents
David Deutsch
Son of two Residents of our Memory Support Assisted Living Community

David Deutsch is the son of two Residents in our Memory Support Assisted Living Community. In his own words, David describes why he and his sister selected the NewBridge Assisted Living Community for their parents:    


My sister and I moved our parents from a memory unit in the Baltimore area. Both of our parents suffer from Alzheimer's. We had looked at several other communities. We saw nothing that could compare to the programs, the interior spaces, and the grounds. We felt confident that our parents would have chosen Newbridge if they had had the capacity to do so.


The staff is experienced, friendly and flexible. I rarely see the TV on. I do see residents in the art room, listening to music, gathering over meals, or enjoying other programs. The connectivity of the buildings means that I can walk my parents to a doctor's appointment or for ice cream without having to leave the building. This has greatly simplified my experience and has made visiting a lot more fun. The multitude of private interior spaces where I can sit quietly with my parents is also a major asset of NewBridge.


I don't feel like my parents are isolated. I feel that they're part of larger community and the community works together for the well being of all of the residents. They are part of a natural continuum. I love  knowing that the progression of their medical condition is planned for. It is wonderful to report to my sister in Maryland that "Mom and Dad look good, they are well cared for." The staff now feels like family and I believe that they treat my parents as if they were family. I could not be any more satisfied.


Hear from other family members and Residents.    


Heart  HEART: Restaurant Manager Embodies Our Approach to Assisted Living

Barbara Mouchayleh, Restaurant Manager
  Restaurant Manager Barbara Mouchayleh with Resident Marcelle Levine

Dining Room Manager Barbara Mouchayleh embodies the "NewBridge Assisted Living way." She goes beyond just supporting Residents with everyday tasks; she strives to help every Resident truly live life to the fullest.


For example, when two Traditional Assisted Living Residents recently approached Barbara with some arugula and zucchini they had grown from seedlings in the NewBridge gardens, she knew instinctively that community gardens were only as good as the community feasts they could inspire. Despite a busy lunch rush, Mouchayleh worked with Assisted Living Cook Francine Francis to transform the homegrown produce into arugula salad and stuffed zucchinis - which our Residents then joyfully shared with fellow diners.


Barbara also stayed late on a recent Saturday afternoon to help a family member host a birthday party for her mother-in-law, an Assisted Living Resident. The celebration was complete with bouquets of flowers for every table picked fresh from the family's garden. Thank you Barbara for helping make NewBridge Assisted Living such a special place to live!


Get to know other members of our team.  


Hello  HELLO:  Visit, Tour, Call, Connect! 

Register for the Assisted Living Experience! 

Experience NewBridge Assisted Living!  

We invite you to experience our cuisine, programming and community. Choose one of the topics below and then join us from 12:30-3 p.m. on your selected date. You'll enjoy lunch in our restaurant, get a tour of our community, meet current residents and take in a lecture or performance.


Register online or contact Dana Gitell at 617-894-7482 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, November 16 - Oman and Yemen: Historic Land of the Queen of Sheba

Friday, November 25 - Friday Concert Series: Romantic Classical Masterpieces

Saturday, December 3 - History of Opera in Music and Words 

Wednesday, December 7 - Art Matters Series: Greece and Rome  


Call us!   


Please contact Tara Fleming Caruso anytime at at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu -- whether you are looking for specific answers, a telephone consultation or to schedule a private tour at a time convenient to you.    


 NewBridge on the Charles, 6000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026  781-234-9400  

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