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Live With Joy
Contact Jill Bengle
248-661-2999 jbengle@jslmi.org
By Jo Strausz Rosen
We are all familiar with the sigh. It feels so good to let one slide when you are thinking about something heavy or exerting energy or simply just because you’re feeling it. But what is that “it”?

Unless you’re a yogi, you might not have thought that much about sighing. But you’ll start to notice it happens about once every five minutes. If you have a spouse who is an audible sigher, take a lesson and learn, rather than rolling your eyes. 

Sighing is that “long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, or tiredness.” Research has shown there’s a lot more to sighing than communicating a body state. “The sigh is an exhale with 2 to 5 times the volume of a regular one,” explains Alan Dolan, founder of Breathguru. “On a purely physiological level, the purpose of a sigh is adjusting a drop in oxygen levels. Sort of an autocorrection mechanism for our respiratory systems.”

When walking in the common spaces at JSL, you can hear the audible sighs of residents and staff enjoying themselves or thinking aloud, or shlepping down the halls hurrying to a class. A good sigh is medicine for the soul. After a great laugh or an emotional cry, a sigh just feels like the next step. Often the sigh itself can bring on laughter. Breathing behavior is influenced by emotional states. If you notice your breathing is part of your sensory state, you can use it as a tool and control it. It’s greatly affected by negative (panic, anxiety, and pain) and positive (pleasure, love, and relief) emotions. Breath control is control of the life force within us and we have the power to control our breathing. 

Focus on breathing to withstand extreme conditions to help tackle stress and anxiety. “If you have enough oxygen, you can consciously control the breath. You control your breathing from the cortex, but you also control your cortex from the breathing,” says Dolan. The benefits for the mind as well as the body have been documented.

“When we truly let go with a sigh, as reflected in our lengthened exhale, our parasympathetic nervous system is activated, telling the body it’s safe to relax. Subsequent physiological changes occur, such as slowing down of the heartbeat and lowering of blood pressure.”

Evidence suggests a sigh can be one of relief, hence the well-known phrase. Sighing expresses comfort. It’s so much more than oxygen levels, it’s an important monitor of the state of your entire body.

Richie Bostock aka The Breath Guy says: “If we already have a natural reflex built into us that helps us reset physically, mentally, and emotionally, they why don’t we use it on purpose?” He shares the following exercise:

In a seated position or lying down, slowly inhale through your nose, expanding your belly and your chest.

When you get to the top of your exhale, sigh out though the mouth, without pause. No effort or control is required. This bigger than normal exhale will mean that as soon as you relax all your breathing muscles and open your mouth, the exhale will naturally escape with gusto. Really let it fall out of you.

Use it as an opportunity to let go of other things. Let go of your muscles, let go of your joints, let go of any worries or thoughts that are making you upset or angry. Repeat as many times as required.

When exhaling, you can experiment with different mouth shapes to see which brings you the most pleasure. For example, a “Haaaaa” sigh might feel different than a “Poooo” sigh, which might in turn feel different from a “Shhhhhhh” sigh. https://www.thebreathguy.com/

So, do you find yourself sighing more? Let’s use our breath to bring us peace of mind. During Shabbos, let’s turn our sighs into moments of relaxation and let us sigh together in gratitude for our gifts. 
LIVE, With US.
Get a taste of the action at Jewish Senior Life with this fun video featuring our Meer residents and narrated by Resident Service Coordinator, Karen Gales.

This video was inspired by WJSL, a creative radio program at Meer during COVID isolation that was piped into the apartments and hallways via loudspeaker, facilitated by caring staff. Karen Gales and other Meer staff shared messages of the day, talked about life outside the walls of our campus and brought joy and delight with music, stories, poetry and popular culture to keep minds active and hearts engaged.
Dining: Need volunteers to set dining room tables at Hechtman and Meer from 12-3pm Monday – Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to roll silverware at Hechtman and Meer from 12-3pm Monday – Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to pour beverages at Hechtman and Meer for dinner time service from 4-6pm Monday-Friday
Dining: Need volunteers to pour beverages at Fleischman for dinner time service from 5-6pm every day
BINGO: Need BINGO callers for evening activities
Entertainment: Can you play an instrument or sing? Do you have 30-45 minutes of musical selections that you can offer residents? We have a beautiful piano to offer musical recitals to entertain residents.
Gift Shop: Looking for a volunteer to help work in our beautiful boutique Wednesday and Friday from 11am-2pm 
Contact Leslie Katz at 248-592-5062 or lkatz@jslmi.org
Live With Community
Contact Jackie Rosender
248-444-2430 jrosender@jslmi.org
Thank you to those of you who filled out the online forms and nominated your favorite Octogenarian as a possible honoree for the 2022 Eight Over Eighty Tikkun Olam Award. Visit jslmi.org/8over80 and get your nominations in by Monday, November 8th.

For questions, contact Amanda Martlock at 248-592-5098 or amartlock@jslmi.org
Please join us as a sponsor or friend of JSL for our annual Lives Well Lived fundraiser!

Your support provides our residents:
  • Health & Wellness Programming
  • Diverse & Exciting Speakers
  • In-house Entertainment
  • Art Supplies
  • Large Print Books
  • Gardening Supplies
  • Seasonal Floral Arrangements
Meer's Life Enrichment Coordinator, Myriam Cohen, had been preparing for this Havdalah ceremony for the last three months under the guidance of resident and part time Hebrew teacher, Dede Domstein.

Last Saturday afternoon, Myriam successfully lead Havdalah for all the Meer Residents including Rhoda Nanes and Mary Baroff, who attended in matching outfits. Mazel tov Myriam! May you go from Strength to Strength! 
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
Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Pull-Apart Chicken

 2 teaspoons olive oil
 4 to 6 large boneless, skinless dark chicken cutlets
 1 cup Gefen Soy Sauce
 1/2 cup water
 2/3 cup Manischewitz Honey
 4 to 5 whole garlic cloves
 1/2 cup rice vinegar
 1/2 teaspoon Gefen Ground Ginger
 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
 3 tablespoons Gefen Cornstarch plus 3 tablespoons cold water

For Serving
 rice or a bun
 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional)

1) Add olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the chicken, soy sauce, water, honey, garlic, rice vinegar, ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
2) Set Instant Pot to pressure cook for 25 minutes.
3) Release steam and open cooker. Remove chicken and pull apart with fork.
4) Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode. With the lid off, let the sauce start to bubble. Then mix the cornstarch with water separately and add to the Instant Pot.
5) Whisk immediately very well, and then add the chicken back in.
6) Turn off the Instant Pot and serve chicken over rice with a garnish of sesame seeds or in a bun as a sandwich.

This recipe is from kosher.com
Dust off that stability ball for this beginner and senior workout that helps with full body toning!
Rabbi Dovid S. Polter, JSL Community Chaplain
Bowling Bumpers

A striking line recently crossed my desk: “Fail your way to success.”

 It reminded me of a favorite pastime and family trip to a local bowling alley. Upon arrival with my younger children, they jumped at the option of ordering bumpers. 

Bumpers steer the bowling ball directly toward the bowling pins, not allowing the ball to reach the gutter. Making a flawed roll of the ball is never possible.

I wonder how this coincides with one of life’s great lessons namely the opportunity to fail.

Those who have gleaned life’s wisdom know with certainty that one can reach success only when preceded by failure.  

Never fear making a mistake. Always be aware of the message it implies towards further growth in life.  

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Rabbi Dovid S. Polter Jewish Community Chaplaincy Program Jewish Senior Life 248-592-5039 • dpolter@jslmi.org
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Nancy Heinrich, Chief Executive Officer
Jennie Klepinger, Chief Financial Officer
Barbra Giles, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Jo Strausz Rosen, Executive Director, Development
Dianne Azzopardi, Executive Director, Human Resources
Ron Colasanti, Executive Director, Dining Services
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