What is your Mitzvah Report?

I think of my Father, of blessed memory, every day, but I especially think about him when Shabbos is approaching. My family, including my children and my sister’s children, always had Shabbos dinner together while the kids were growing up. When we finished lighting the candles and saying the Shabbos prayers, my Father would go around the table and ask each of his five grandsons to give a “mitzvah report,” an accounting of any good deeds they had performed the prior week.

A Note From Donna Perryman, Our Chief Financial Officer

We were introduced to a lovely couple at last year’s Hanukah dinner. They had been residents for a couple of years living in our assisted living. After our dinner, I made sure to say “hello” whenever I was in the building and enjoyed our chats. I was fortunate enough to have photos shared with me recently from their wedding some 70 years ago. She was a war bride and he a young soldier. The photos were amazing. What they went through was amazing.

Weinman Residents Learn about Technology with Tablets

Residents at The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence have been learning about technology from Mr. Art Kupperman, of My Senior Portal, for two months.

Tablets were purchased for residents who wanted to participate and Mr. Kupperman is teaching them the necessary skills.

Now residents are able to chat with their families online from the comfort of their rooms, play games on their tablets to increase their cognitive function, read e-books, read the latest news headlines and more!

Special Friendship Made at The Samson Nursing Center

Meet Anna and Arlette, residents of The Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center. Anna, born in Massachusetts, moved to The Samson Nursing Center in October 2013 to be closer to her daughter. Arlette, born in Minnesota, came to The Samson Nursing Center in November 2014 after having several falls.

After spending time together, Anna and Arlette learned that they share the same birthday. This, along with their respect for each other, sparked a friendship. They started gravitating toward each other in daily activities and now help and encourage each other daily.

A Reminder…

It is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the end of this secular year and that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As we approach a very busy holiday season, we would just like to offer a few “gentle” reminders when bringing or sending in food items for your family members and friends who are residents in one of the Menorah Manor Communities.

In keeping with our kosher dietary laws, only foods in closed, wrapped boxes/containers, clearly showing one of the Certified Kosher symbols are permitted into our buildings. Below are a few of the most common symbols.

Giving to the Menorah Manor Foundation May Boost Your Happiness and Health

A recently article suggests that giving to charities, like the Menorah Manor Foundation, may boost your happiness and improve your health. Below is the article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Research Suggests Giving Boosts Happiness and May Improve Health

A psychology professor who studies human happiness told an international conference last week that charitable giving not only makes people feel better but can lower their blood pressure, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.

Innovative Therapy at Menorah Manor Shows Great Promise for Parkinson’s

Doug Clapp, a former judge from Maine, retired in 2003. In 2008, he and his wife, Judy, moved to St. Petersburg. He was having progressive difficulties with walking and speaking. His normal, everyday life was becoming more challenging. Speaking in public had been such a joy for him and was becoming a dreaded task. All of this was happening to Doug because he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological disease that affects movement and communication.

Dementia In-Service Held for Menorah Manor Staff

Dementia In-Service Held for Menorah Manor Staff

Memory loss, mood swings, depression, hallucinations, and paranoia are all symptoms of dementia. Gwen Kaldenberg, Menorah Manor’s Director of the Bresler Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Program, and her staff help distressed residents with dementia each day on the Toby Weinman Alzheimer’s Care Village. “Dementia is a complex disease. With it, each day and every minute are different. Residents in distress all act differently, but assisting them in the correct manner can and will make a difference in the quality of their lives,” states Gwen.