At its second annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala, Jewish Home paid tribute to eight New Yorkers who, in their ninth and tenth decades, continue to live lives of remarkable achievement, vitality and civic engagement. The honorees – Arlene Alda, Barbara Carroll, Charles M. Diker, Milton Glaser, Joel Grey, Irwin Hochberg, Pat Jacobs, and Fred & Rita Richman –represent the best of the arts, entertainment, business, graphic design, volunteerism and philanthropy.
The gala was held March 11, 2015, at the Mandarin Oriental New York and raised more than $1.2 million for Jewish Home’s eldercare initiatives. For photos from the evening and more about the honorees, please visit www.EightOverEighty.org, or view the photo album on Facebook here
“With 30 percent of the U.S. population expected to reach 80 or older by 2030, Eight Over Eighty reflects the changing times in which we live,” said Audrey Weiner, President and CEO of Jewish Home. “This event captures what Jewish Home is all about – celebrating the vitality of older adults, honoring their lives and respecting their individuality.”
Funds raised by Eight Over Eighty will support Jewish Home’s person-directed approach to eldercare, the most prominent example of which is a residence being developed for the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Called The Living Center of Manhattan and slated to break ground later this year, the 414-bed residence will be the first GREEN HOUSE® residence in New York City and the first such residence to be built in a major metropolitan, high-rise environment.
The nationally-acclaimed Green House model replaces the traditional, hospital-like nursing home with an intimate collection of small, nurturing households. The Living Center will have 22 such households, each with 12 private bedrooms and baths clustered around a shared living and dining space. Dedicated staff will cook meals; arrange activities, special events and outings according to residents’ wishes; and provide whatever assistance is needed with dining, dressing and other daily tasks. Medical staff will be located elsewhere in the building, providing ongoing monitoring and care as appropriate.
The result will be a setting that gives residents the privacy, dignity and autonomy they deserve along with the support of a small, close-knit community. By living in an environment reminiscent of their former homes while remaining in the city they have always called home, residents will be able to preserve their connection to the lives they have lived and the city in which they have lived them.
The Green House approach to eldercare is already in place at Jewish Home’s Westchester campus, the Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck. There, two Green House-style homes have opened over the last year and several more are planned.
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