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Impact Boston 2012 Session 2

Posted on 07/18/2012 @ 11:00 PM

Impact: Boston - Spotlight On: Hebrew Senior Life

What we did at the Hebrew Senior Life site was exactly as expected - we spent time with the Jewish elderly. Yet, it was the unexpected moments that really molded and enhanced our incredible experiences. Whether we participated in beading, current events discussions, or singing along to Broadway songs, we could always spark up some interesting conversations and receive sweet smiles from the residents that made all the difference. Even when faced with the difficult task of attempting to effectively communicate with the patients suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, the nine of us worked through it and happily reintroduced ourselves to restart the conversation. Strong connections formed between us and the residents, which not only benefited the residents but also deeply impacted each of us. We walked in with open minds and hearts waiting to help others and walked out with the satisfaction of knowing that we had made a difference for someone, even if only for a moment. The memories we have made at Hebrew Senior Life will forever remain with us, but more than that, this experience has laid the foundation for us to grow and embrace life. Thanks to Alex, our Group Educator, and the staff and residents of Hebrew Senior Life, we will continue to use the skills we have acquired to pick up and put together the world's broken pieces, and better ourselves as a Jewish people. Jess Wasserman, Great Neck, NY

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