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Live With Joy
Contact Jill Bengle
248-661-2999 jbengle@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
Dr. Helen Leslie Harkness, a noted entrepreneur, career consultant, writer, speaker, and researcher passed away this year just shy of her 93rd birthday. She was a pioneer in the field of career development and the author of 4 books. Through lectures, workshops, and counseling sessions, she inspired people from all walks of life to create careers they were better suited for and that they loved.

Dr. Harkness believed the best anti-aging strategy is to identify your purpose and pursue it with passion and a plan. In her final years she founded a non-profit to help students better understand themselves and design their lives with intent. Born during the Great Depression, Dr. Harkness was a feminist without touting the word. She loved trees and houseplants. As she often said, "I am a grower, I grow people, and I grow trees!" Dr. Harkness founded Career Design Associates, Inc. at age 50 and owned and operated it until age 91. Imagine that!

Have you ever used age as an excuse? “You can’t do that, you’re not old enough…” or “I can’t do that, I’m too old.” Dr. Harkness says, “Without realizing it, our chronological age can unconsciously and automatically block our thinking about our future.”

It’s so important to not let yourself get caught up in this negative trap. If you begin to see your age as limiting, it will be. Limiting attitudes may keep you from achieving the life of your dreams. If this feels at all familiar, evaluate the role negative thinking is playing in your plans.

I reread passages from the book, “Don’t Retire, Rewire” by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. “Although society won’t change its negative impressions about aging overnight, we are beginning to see real cracks in the silver ceiling. Companies are retaining their mature workers and others are recruiting older employees into new organizations because some younger workers don’t have the necessary skills required for the job – something mature workers often have. The shift to age appreciation will be gradual and will probably depend on how drastic the skills shortage is.  We all know this firsthand and are scrambling to place able bodies into positions of importance all over the place.

“A 90-year-old woman we met takes the blood pressure of older adults because she ‘likes to take care of’ old people. She saw all seniors, except herself, as old.”  

I remember my father looking around at the residents in a prospective senior living complex we toured. He said “no” to living there because, “everyone looks so old.” He never considered himself old until his final 99th year, 5 years ago. He died gently during a nap, anticipating a great birthday celebration with the family.

We are all ageists to some degree. But no matter our age, we don’t have to play into this. Like they say, “age is a state of mind,” Keep that in your mind as you focus on pursuing your goals and dreams.
By Eleanor Beardsley

PARIS — Colette Maze welcomes me warmly into her apartment on the 14th floor of a building overlooking the Seine River. From her flowered balcony, she has a view of the Eiffel Tower. She offers me a whiskey or a cognac — along with a hearty laugh as it's 10:30 in the morning.

It's that humor, a sense of optimism and her beloved piano that have buttressed and comforted this centenarian through an often difficult life. Maze has just released her sixth album at the age of 107.

While she lives alone, on this day her 71-year-old son, Fabrice, has joined us. Maze sits down to play her Steinway baby grand — one of two pianos she owns — with her gray tabby cat, Tigrou, stretched out on the carpet near her feet.
By Carl Honore

Last year, a man named Emile Ratelband marched into a court in the Netherlands and demanded the right to change his birthdate. Although he was 69 years old, he wanted to be 49 – at least on paper. 

Why erase two decades of his life? One reason, he told the judge, was to boost his chances of landing a job. 

Though the media poked fun at him, Ratelband had a point. In a culture enthralled with youth, being older can mean being written off. These days, the word “old” is so toxic that Dame Judi Dench banned its use in her home. When you type, “I lie about my…” into Google Search, “age” is the first response that comes up. 

Ageism is especially rife in the workplace. Older employees are often passed over for promotion, discarded first in hard times or fobbed off with unfulfilling work. Job interviews are harder to come by after you hit middle age. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said, “Young people are just smarter.” 

But is that true? Are older workers a burden? Is the aging population a one-way ticket to plummeting productivity, dwindling innovation and the end of entrepreneurship? 
Looking for a fun and rewarding place to work…. Look no further!

Jewish Senior Life is hiring servers for the Dining Rooms on the West Bloomfield Campus!

Flexible schedules and great hours!

Great opportunities for teens after school!

If interested, please call or email
Jodi Panter 248-592-1104 or jpanter@jslmi.org
By Becky Upham

Most of us would prefer a good night of sleep. We have more energy, we’re better able to focus, and we generally feel better the next day. But there’s growing evidence that sleep is really critical for maintaining good long-term health, too.

The body can usually cope with occasionally staying up late, but if you’re frequently or chronically depriving yourself of sleep, there will be health prices to pay, says Sigrid C. Veasey, MD, a researcher and professor of medicine at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

The strongest evidence may be in the fact that humans have not evolved to sleep any less than we did thousands of years ago, when people were sleeping outdoors and the dangers of being attacked by wild animals or the elements were much greater than they are now, Dr. Veasey says. If sleep really wasn’t that important, you could theorize that humans would have evolved to sleep less, she says.
Switch up your exercise routine with this 10 minute low impact Latin cardio workout!
Live With Community
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org
2021 Eight Over Eighty Honoree, Sy Manello, shares why a life filled with Thanks and Giving is a Life Well Lived! Please join us as a sponsor or friend of JSL for our annual Lives Well Lived fundraiser that supports FRIENDS of JSL's mission to enhance the quality of life for older adults, as we continue to support cultural, educational, social, and spiritual programming.
JSL is asking the community to send in vintage Chanukah photos for a Chanukah concert we are putting together with Reboot. If you have hard copy photos, you can take pictures of them using the Google PhotoScan app on your iPhone or Android and email them to bgiles@jslmi.org.

This video will be shown in several cities. How fun would it be for our residents and families to see themselves? We are hoping to find about 40 photos within the next two weeks.

Here is some information about the concert: Reboot Records and musician Jeremiah Lockwood present a Chanukah record that is sure to become a standard in holiday’s lexicon. A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Record is a beautiful solo guitar tribute to the holiday. With heartfelt appreciation of the 1968 classic The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Record, Lockwood has sweetly crafted eight songs, one for each night of Chanukah, to celebrate the dancing candlelight with his new, blues-inspired takes on the most beloved melodies of the holiday’s cannon. From the prayers for lighting the candles to the kids’ songs that are sung around the burning menorah, Lockwood paints the light through the darkness with his instrumental creations.
Do you have the time, talent, and energy to share some expertise with our residents? JSL invites you to film yourself and upload it to YouTube. Let’s entertain, inform and delight each other with your special knowledge and experience.
Consider the following list of ideas to create your own 3 minute videos.
Make and bake a favorite recipe, film yourself setting your table for dinner. Describe the flavors, aromas and textures.

Play a musical instrument or perform a concert

Read some favorite poetry

Read excerpts from a classic book. What did you learn from it?

Get dressed up and sing a song or two

Explain anything in a “How to” Video – from stain removal to child rearing… what do you know that we can learn from?

Share some of your best quotes and why they are meaningful to you.

Read some news from Israel’s Technion

Share your interests in science for the benefit of humanity

Share some news from Psychology Today

Share best meditations for stress reduction

Perform some yoga poses for relaxation

Guide us in chair exercise or stretches for well being

What are you making? Sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery, etc.

Putting your look together - model your closet for a fashion show

Tell us the movies and series you love watching and give us a review.

Share some funny home movies.

Do you have tips on aging?
**If you don’t see your favorite topic here, let us know what you have in mind.


For more information, contact:
Leslie Katz, FRIENDS Director
248-592-5062 lkatz@jslmi.org
Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Frizzled Onions

1 pound mixed wild or button mushrooms
1 pound cremini mushrooms
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock, such as Manischewitz Vegetable Broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallot
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 sprig rosemary or 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Louis Royer Cognac, brandy, marsala wine or dry red wine
1/4 cup nondairy creamer, Gefen Almond Milk, or soy milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Frizzled Onion Topping
1 large onion, sliced very thinly with a mandoline
2 cups milk or non-dairy milk substitute
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups Mishpacha All Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 to 2 quarts Gefen Canola Oil
black pepper, to taste

1) Separate all mushroom stems and caps, and set caps aside. Coarsely chop mushroom stems, then simmer in chicken stock, covered, for one hour. Strain mushroom stems from chicken broth. Reserve the broth and discard stems. Return broth to pot and set aside.
2) In the meantime, cut mushroom caps into a half-inch dice. Heat oil in a large skillet, and sauté shallots and garlic until softened, about three minutes. Add thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper and cook for two minutes.
3) Add diced mushrooms and reduce heat to low. Cook gently until most of the liquid is released and evaporated. If using fresh herbs, remove thyme and rosemary sprigs.
4) Raise heat and add Cognac. Cook until alcohol is mostly reduced and mushrooms start to turn a little golden on the edges.
5) Add mushroom and shallot mixture to the strained broth and heat gently.
6) Add creamer and chives. Serve warm, topped with frizzled onions if desired.

Onion Topping
1) Place thinly sliced onion into a baking dish. In a small bowl, mix milk with vinegar and stir. Pour over onion and soak for at least an hour.
2) Combine flour, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
3) Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, until it reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Take a handful of onions and shake off excess liquid. Coat with flour mixture and shake off excess. Fry for about two to four minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
5) Repeat with remaining onions. Make sure to keep oil at correct temperature for each batch.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain
Self Healing
This week’s Torah (Bible) reading discusses a very special form of healing that G-d performed for His beloved servant Abraham. Just after Abraham experienced a religious surgical procedure (circumcision), the Torah tells us of G-d’s visit to him.

The question that comes to mind is that an angel was dispatched to bring healing to Abraham. Why then the need for G-d’s healing visit?

The angel brought outside healing from heaven. G-d activated natural healing from Abraham himself. G-d inquired into his wellbeing and encouraged Abraham to share his hopes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

When we allow others to speak of their hopes and dreams, we are activating their inner powers of healing. This lesson suggests that we reach within the patient, to encourage self-healing. From this, we learn the importance of inquiring about others. This indeed is a divine trait. 
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