Nearly 50 New York City high school and college students successfully completed the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program hosted by The New Jewish Home on our Manhattan campus. The number marked an all-time high for participation in the program designed to engage career oriented youth with paid internships each summer.Continue Reading Summer Jobs Lead to Careers
There’s an interesting bond shared by residents at The New Jewish Home. They just love getting their hands dirty.
Twice a month, groups gather on our Manhattan campus, Sarah Neuman in Westchester and at the adult day health care program in the Bronx to dig into gardening programs that are designed to do much more than improve the look of the campus. Their greater purpose is to improve the health of the gardeners themselves.
The practice of horticultural therapy has evolved into a scientifically measurable health care discipline. It involves engagement in gardening-related activities and it is facilitated
by a trained therapist to achieve specific treatment goals. Horticultural therapy is now employed to improve the social, psychological and physical health of people of all ages while contributing greatly to their quality of life.
Horticultural therapists guide participants in learning new skills or regaining those that are lost, including improving memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation and
language skills. In physical rehabilitation, horticultural therapy can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance and endurance. And, just
as important, gardening by its nature can be a highly social activity.
“What’s great about horticultural therapy is that it can be administered in a variety of places and still be effective. In Manhattan and Sarah Neuman during the warm months we take advantage of having access to outdoor specious gardens and residents absolutely enjoy spending time outside. And at the Bronx adult day program we meet in a multi-purpose room and still have a great time.” explains Pat Czarnecki, a noted specialist in the field and the leader of The New Jewish Home’s horticultural therapy program.
“We can deliver gardening-based therapies in a one-on-one setting at bedside with a basket of
colorful flowers or fragrant/tactile herbs. Or we can gather in large groups to activate garden beds or planters with wheelchair access and ergonomic hand tools. There are literally hundreds of ways we can tailor activities to achieve
specific therapies for residents, and once they learn those activities, they are not only easily repeatable they’re enjoyable as well.”
Over the summer, a workshop of about 20 residents at the Manhattan campus potted plants to take back to their rooms. Adult day health care clients in the Bronx
participate in seasonal craft plantings to celebrate the beginning of autumn or holidays like Valentine’s Day and Easter. And groups as large as 50 people
gather at Sarah Neuman for horticultural programs curated by experts from the New York Botanical Garden.
And because these programs are administered in a medically supervised setting, their benefits
can be measured and documented to demonstrate improvement in a person’s wellbeing.
But all you need to see to verify the resounding success of The New Jewish Home’s horticultural therapy are the smiles of the participants
— and the dirt under their fingernails.
Generations of families gathered to celebrate National Grandparents Day this past September at The New Jewish Home’s Sarah Neuman campus in Westchester, Kittay Senior Apartments in the Bronx and on our Manhattan campus.
On September 8, participants at Kittay and Manhattan were treated to an afternoon of intergenerational activities including bingo, face painting and family arts and crafts. Clowns and balloon artists provided entertainment for all ages and back-to-school prizes were handed out to grandchildren. A live jazz band had families dancing at Kittay, while the cover-band “Squeaky Clean” played music from the 50’s and 60’s for families at the Manhattan campus.
The festivities continued on September 22 at Sarah Neuman featuring a magician, children’s games, crafts, horseback riding and a petting zoo. Residents and their families, who were invited to dress in ‘60s,‘70s and 80’s era costumes, also enjoyed the afternoon with live musical entertainment. As shown in the video, the Sarah Neuman the celebration brought together people of all ages: from babies to 105-year olds.
Events like Grandparents Day at The New Jewish Home give older adults an opportunity to spend time with their families, especially grandchildren, in a fun setting. Kittay tenant Doria Bently, who spent the afternoon with three generations of her family said, “It feels really, really wonderful just to have them here with me. I haven’t seen them in a while, especially my great-grandchild.”
View our video here.
Training Chaplains to “Be Present”: By Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Spiritual Care and Religious Life
“Are you ready to die?”
It was a simple but jarring question and one that the seminarian was really not prepared for. As he sat near the koi pond in our Manhattan campus with a terminal patient, he knew he needed to answer. But how? The student quickly replied that in his religious tradition, he was taught to live every day as if it was his last.Continue Reading Training Chaplains to “Be Present”: By Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Spiritual Care and Religious Life
Growing old is challenging. Growing old as an LGBT individual is even harder.
In recent years, health care professionals have begun to acknowledge that sexuality is part of life throughout adulthood, including for the oldest among us. Ignoring sexuality and the sexual identity of older adults is another blatant example of ageism, and it must be eliminated.Continue Reading Yes, Being Old and Gay is Really Okay
According to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease is the most prevalent condition among older adults. No one knows this better than our dedicated health care professionals who work at Sarah Neuman’s Heart Failure Program in Westchester. Every day, our care team strives to ensure that heart patients can get well, go home safely and are able to manage their care more effectively.
On June 21, staff from The New Jewish Home’s Kittay Senior Apartments pulled out all the stops to throw the birthday bash of the century celebrating the lives of 14 tenants who turn 100 years or older in 2019. Together, these special New Yorkers have lived for more than 1,416 years.