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A Light of Hope
Crafting a Care Plan with a Senior Loved One
Depression in Older Adults
Michal Robins: Living Life to the Fullest
Dear Friend of the Jewish Home,
As 2016 draws to a close, it is astonishing to consider all that has happened! As this year approaches its end, we recognize 2016 has been a time of remarkable growth and accomplishment for the LA Jewish Home. As Chanukah approaches, I am grateful for the miracles that grew from our partnership with you over the past 12 months!

In anticipation of the upcoming Festival of Lights, the current issue of Jewish Home e-Connections offers a look at Chanukah at the Home. It also offers a story focused on crafting a care plan so seniors can access the love, compassion, and day-to-day support they require. And we offer an article about depression, which often is a serious problem for seniors during December and throughout the year. We close with a profile of a Home resident which showcases how living at the Jewish Home supports seniors with help as needed with support for the individual's active lifestyle and enjoyment of health and well-being.

Closing out 2016 gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful people who work so hard to make the Jewish Home special. This includes our supporters, volunteers and the broader community, as well as the talented and dedicated staff. Together, we can offer truly the best of the best in healthcare programs and housing with services that sets a nationwide standard for excellence in senior care. This month, we celebrate our staff contributions to caring with our annual Home Team holiday party.

We also welcome a "New Era for the Home" with an opening event for our new Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus. Beginning with the start of 2017, we welcome seniors moving into the Brandman Residences for independent living on the Fountainview at Gonda Westside campus. This development is licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), and also offers on-site 24 units for seniors in need of assisted living or memory support. It has been a long-held dream to bring the Los Angeles Jewish Home to seniors residing in West Los Angeles. For those who choose not to reside on the Gonda campus, the Home will offer its community educational programs and healthcare services from offices on the Gonda campus.

As you read this latest edition of Jewish Home e-Connections, I hope you share with us the excitement for what we have accomplished this year — and that you look to the 2017 year as opportunities to do more for seniors in our community. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve together!

With warm wishes to you and your family for a happy, safe and healthy holiday season,

Molly Forrest

A Light of Hope Crafting a Care Plan with a Senior Loved One
This year, the first of eight Chanukah candles will be lit on December 24th. Rabbi Karen Bender, Skirball Director of Spiritual Life for the Los Angeles Jewish Home, shares some timely thoughts  Read more » For many aging adults and their loved ones, discussing plans for future care can be a sensitive topic. Jewish Home Chief Medical Officer Dr. Noah Marco shares a few ways families can   Read more »

Depression in Older Adults Michal Robins:
Living Life to the Fullest
While the holiday season is a festive time, it can also bring sadness for those that may be alone or missing loved ones. For many, this sadness is situational, brought about by the holidays. For others,  Read more » Finding one's gift is often a lifelong pursuit. Sadly, many people never realize their gift, and others do but fail to act. For those who do realize their gift, it can become the driving force in their lives,   Read more »
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