NBOC Assisted Living Newsletter
spaceJanuary 2012

NewBridge Assisted Living
Welcome to the January issue of To Life!, the quarterly newsletter of the
Assisted Living Community at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, Mass. 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 affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

In this issue, we share a helpful HINT about how Assisted Living can help seniors escape winter's woes; HIGHLIGHT our memory support community's recent adventures with needle and thread; share what we've HEARD from a daughter of one of our newest Residents; introduce you to staff member Leticia Roberts, who embodies the HEART of our community; update you on community HAPPENINGS and invite you to say HELLO!

To learn more about Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, please contact Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu.


Hint  HINT: Winter's Woes? Let it Snow! 


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During (most) NewBridge winters, Residents often comment on the serene views created by the snow drifts outside their windows. While others may curse the cold, NewBridge Assisted Living Residents are able to appreciate the natural beauty around them -- and finally enjoy winter without the worry. The reasons are twofold.  

 

Physically, the NewBridge on the Charles campus offers the amenities of a small neighborhood, entirely accessible without having to set foot outside. Residents exercise, dine in restaurants, visit their Harvard Medical School-affiliated physician, bank and shop, all without a hat or scarf. Socially, all year long Residents have the ability to connect with peers, see loved ones, and continue doing the things they love.  

 

For many seniors, winter can become a time of isolation and depression. At NewBridge, Residents have ready access to each other as well as an unparalleled array of quality intellectual, recreational and spiritual programming to make winter a season of growth like any other.   

 
Read more about our Traditional Assisted Living programming and our bustling Community Center

 

Highlight HIGHLIGHT: Unexpected Adventures with Needle and Thread 

Nancy Kaplan
Memory Support Resident Nancy Kaplan with her creation, "Dream Fluff"
The NewBridge therapeutic programming team is constantly finding new ways to stimulate, inspire and engage memory support Residents. Recently, Activities Assistant Mary Joyce envisioned sharing her passion for sewing through a class that would teach Residents new skills, provide a creative outlet, spark conversations and even trigger memories. Working with Kim Torti, our memory support Therapeutic Programming Coordinator, the two were off and running -- with patchwork pillows as the first project.

While many Residents were initially shy about the idea, Mary and Kim
encouraged them as they chose fabrics and laid out their designs. Then Mary powered up the sewing machine and sat with each Resident as they guided the material through together. Residents were surprised by what they could do and were quick to praise each other's work. Finally, the group suggested titles for each pillow. From Boris' "I am your Friend" to Eleanor's "Fruit of the Vine," these true works of art are currently on display and will soon adorn the apartments of their creators. So... what should we sew next?

 

Learn more about the philosophy behind our Memory Support Assisted Living Programming. 

 

Heard  HEARD: "Above and beyond our highest expectations..."   

Evelyn Sacknoff, Gail Leftin
Resident Evelyn Sacknoff, left, with daughter Gail Leftin

Gail Leftin's mother, Evelyn Sacknoff, moved into our Traditional Assisted Living Community in October. In her own words, Gail describes the "move-in" experience:    

 

"I just wanted to thank you for all you have done thus far to make my mom feel welcome. Our initial experience here has been above and beyond our highest expectations. My mother has been welcomed wholeheartedly into the community by every person she has interacted with. The programming is just perfect for her needs. The field trips to the museums and concerts are such a treat for her and provide her with something to look forward to. The afternoon tea was just the icebreaker she needed to feel included as a Resident, rather than a guest. In addition to the staff, the Residents have also been above and beyond welcoming, friendly and inclusive. You have set up an amazing environment and I thank you!!"

 

Hear from other family members and Residents.    

Heart  HEART: "I like to be an angel in the lives of other people" 

Leticia Roberts
Housekeeper Leticia
Del Carmen Roberts



At the heart of NewBridge Assisted Living are staff members who bring joy to the lives of our Residents. In this issue, we'd like to introduce you to Housekeeper Leticia Del Carmen Roberts.

 

Though she had already raised a family and retired from a career as a university secretary in her native Guatemala before moving to the United States, Leticia Roberts had more to give. For almost two years now, Leticia has served the Residents of NewBridge Assisted Living as a housekeeper and so much more.

 

"I like to be an angel in the lives of other people," she explains. "I pray every day for God to put me with the people who need his help. This is the most special thing to me, what makes me happy. I can help physically, by cleaning, working with my hands, but also with kindness. People read your smile, see love in your eyes, feel a touch on the shoulder. Love makes more miracles than medicine... I want to make miracles." Thank you Leticia for brightening our spaces and our lives!

 

Get to know other members of our team.  

 

Happenings  HAPPENINGS: Upcoming Traditional Assisted Living Programs

Aaron Larget-Caplan
Classical guitarist
Aaron Larget-Caplan
joins us in January.

January 18      Art Awareness Series: Art of Ancient Greece and Rome
Interactive presentation with sculptor and art educator Jane Blair

January 25      Music and Life Series: Latin Travels
Lecture-performance by acclaimed classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, integrating music with poetry, history and culture.

February 17     Friday Concert Series: Classical Masterpieces
Recital featuring cellist Sebastian Bäverstam and pianist Constantine Finehouse

February 22     Revisiting Classic Film Series
Discussion with Professor Winifred Wood, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Program at Wellesley College

View our monthly calendar of traditional assisted living programming.

Hello  HELLO:  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 further, please feel free to contact Marketing Manager Tara Fleming Caruso anytime at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu. An 18-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 or another resource may be the right fit.   

 

 

Then come tour and experience Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles

 

Enjoy a performance or lecture with us!Schedule a private tour and/or register for our "Assisted Living Experience" program on the day of your choice. Through the "Assisted Living Experience," you and your family member are invited to have lunch in our restaurant, attend a lecture or performance, meet some of our Residents and take a tour.  Let us know your interests! We'll help you pick a day that features a program you will enjoy. Contact Outreach Specialist Dana Gitell at 617-894-7482 or danagitell@hsl.harvard.edu to learn more. We look forward to hosting you soon at NewBridge! 

 

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