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By Jo Strausz Rosen
Every second of every day an older adult falls. I was one of these statistics. In my excitement to prepare to have dinner with friends on their patio (after all, this is a pandemic), I was multi-tasking - carrying laundry down the stairs, my mind on my recipes and as my mobile phone rang in my back pocket, I reached to grab it. I should have been holding onto the rail. I should have been paying attention to the steps. I tripped and fell down the last 3 stairs and it was then that I knew that both my knee and ankle were injured.

Ugh…. After several appointments to the ER, then orthopedic surgeon and many follow up appointments with a physical therapist, they are better. But then I slipped on a subway in Boston and fell hard on my hip. It’s never been the same. Falls are a symptom of aging. Many of these falls cause injury, loss of independence, and in some cases, death. Falls can be prevented. I did some research about this and decided to share what I learned.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: Talk openly with your loved ones and their healthcare provider about fall risks and prevention. Report to your healthcare provider right away if you or your loved one seems unsteady or has fallen. Our JSL residents are fortunate that our staff has thought through all of these safety measures (and many more) and will assist and advise residents on how to keep their living spaces safe places to be.
Did you know? Eight Over Eighty emcee and friend of JSL, Ned Specktor, shares his words of wisdom with our community on social media twice a month as a part of our "Happy Monday" series. This week's video focuses on why it's not too late to set your goals for 2022! What are your goals for this year?

Watch all of Ned's "Happy Monday" videos below!
By Vivian Manning-Schaffel

We all need to unwind at the end of the day. But if you’ve noticed that the main or only way you’re doing so is by reaching for a beer, glass of wine, or cocktail, we have some alternatives you can try.

“Alcohol, for some people, can temporarily relieve anxiety. It can also be a distraction — something to fill time,” says Aimee Chiligiris, PsyD, an assistant professor of medical psychology (in psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City who specializes in alcohol use disorder.

But alcohol can trigger a cycle of increased use that feeds on itself.  
Get your blood flowing with this 20 minute standing abs workout!
Sign a lease effective by 1/31/22 and your February rent is free!
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 [email protected]
JSL's Director of Residential Marketing and Community Relations, Tracey Proghovnick Edelstein, recently chatted with WXYZ Detroit to talk about ways for older adults to maintain brain health.
Taking care of a loved one can be difficult. So can ensuring that your own needs are being met during this challenging time. It's easy to feel isolated but Jewish Family Service and Jewish Senior Life are here to offer family caregivers support, comfort and a sense of community.

Join us for our series held virtually on Thursdays at 2 pm:

February 10 - Take a Breath Brake
with Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg

March 10 - Taking Care of the Caregiver
Author Rabbi Laura Geller

April 14 - It's Okay Not to Be Okay
Dr. Micky Golden Moore
Pesto Portobello White Bean Burgers
 3 cups Gefen Navy Beans, soaked overnight
 1 onion, chopped
 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
 2 portobello mushroom caps, roughly chopped
 1 medium zucchini, chopped or grated
 2 cups basil, packed
 3/4 cup pine nuts
 1 egg
 1/3 cup Gefen Panko, breadcrumbs or gluten free flour (seasoned or plain, if using plain, season more)
 olive oil, for sauteing
 1 tablespoon Gefen Onion Powder
 1 tablespoon Gefen Garlic Powder
 pink salt, to taste
 freshly ground pepper, to taste

For Serving
 portobello mushroom buns (or traditional buns)
 pesto sauce, such as Ta'amti Pesto
 garlic aioli

1) Rinse soaked beans, add to a pot and cover with water two inches higher than the beans. Cover and cook on stove top for 45 to 60 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2) In a large sauté pan, heat two tablespoons olive oil. Add onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for one to two minutes. Then add mushrooms and zucchini, season some more and sauté for another three to five minutes, until most of the liquid evaporates. Add basil and cook for another two minutes or so, until wilted. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
3) Place beans, vegetables, and pine nuts into a food processor. Pulse until smooth, leaving a little bit chunkier for texture.
4) Transfer to a bowl and stir in the egg and crumbs/flour. Season generously with onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper.
5) Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Form mixture into patties – they’ll be wet but should still hold their shape (if needed, add a little more panko). Place gently into the pan and cook for five to seven minutes on medium-low heat until the bottom is golden, then flip and cook for four to five more minutes.
6) Serve on portobello mushroom bun (or a traditional bun) with pesto sauce or garlic aioli.

Recipe is from kosher.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain
The Wheel of Fortune

Our sages teach: “The world is a turning wheel” Although a wheel is round, there is still a top and a bottom.

In the central garden of Vienna there is a large Ferris Wheel that stands above the ground. On its sides hang wagons made of glass and decorated with metal trimmings so that the one riding is able to see from all angles. When the wagon is lifted off the ground, he is also lifted. And when he reaches the highest point, he is able to see very far. The wheel turns and the wagons begin to descend, and in this way the turning of the wheel brings about the ascent and descent of the wagons.

In life, there is a time when the person is on top, and there is a time when the person is on the bottom.

The nature of man is that when he is on top, he feels uplifted and laughs out of goodness. When he is, G‑d forbid, on the bottom, he is saddened and weeps out of bitterness and a heavy heart.

However, both of these people are fools.

The one on the bottom who is weeping out of sadness must be challenged: Why are you crying? It is only a wheel, and a wheel’s nature is to turn. G‑d will help and you will be helped.
And the one on top of the wheel who feels exalted must also be challenged: Why are you so excited? It is only a wheel and a wheel’s nature is to turn.
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Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Kara Powers, Chief Financial Officer
Barbra Giles, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
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Ron Colasanti, Executive Director, Dining Services
This newsletter was created by Jo Rosen and Amanda Martlock

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