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.
As it turns out, a little empathy does go a long way. While this principle may seem self-evident to caregivers whose vocations are rooted in compassion, empathy wasn’t always the go-to response when treating patients with dementia who exhibited disruptive behaviors in nursing home settings. Too often, the first option when it came to dementia care was to prescribe psychotropic or antipsychotic medications.
This spring, 77 New York City high school students graduated from The New Jewish Home’s Geriatrics Career Development (GCD) program and are on their way to becoming the next generation of health care professionals. The graduation took place at Lehman College in the Bronx.
It’s easy to look back and recognize fads or social issues decades after the fact. It’s harder to identify them in the moment. Maybe that’s why we’re not grasping an issue we’re struggling with today: the widespread marginalization of older people in American society. Ageism.
The relationship between The New Jewish Home and our generous donors is sacred. When you donate, your charitable support is helping change the lives of more than 10,000 older adults who benefit from our care every year regardless of their ability to pay.
The New Jewish Home’s participation in the NYC Pride March is not only a festive celebration of the LGBT+ community, it also speaks to our core value of embracing diversity to create a welcoming home for all.
- Get Well – Go Home! Gold Seal of Approval for Sarah Neuman’s Heart Failure Program
- Residents March for LGBT Pride
- Birthday Bash of the Century: Celebrating 14 Kittay Tenants Who Turn 100+ this Year
- One Order of Pancakes. Hold the Psychotropics – A Lesson in Empathy and Dementia Care.
- Featured Leader: John Cruz, Director, Geriatrics Career Development Program