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September 24, 1976 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-24

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8 Friday, September 24, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Center Program Urges Aged to Use Capabilities

By HEIDI PRESS

-the Center Business-
men's Club, a bridge
class, a movie series, a
creative writing group,
singing, the Friendship
Club, Golden Friendship
Circle, a weekly discus-
sion group, a lecture
series and a press review.
New
begin-
ning this fall include a
drama class, a presenta-
tion of the Alistair Cooke
series on America, oneg
Shabat observances and

Senior adults have lit-
tle excuse for loneliness
or idleness when they be-
come participants in the
Jewish Community Cent-
er's program for senior
adults. -
Directed by Eugene
Jaffe, the -senior adult di-
vision's programs include
socials, arts and crafts
classes, Hebrew, ball-
room dance, the Retired
Men's Recreation Club,

a Sunday evening social
program that will include
music, movies, bingo,
dancing and card parties.
According to Jaffe,
there is a "hang loose" at-
titude toward. the prog-
ram. The seniors are free
to choose the programs
they want, and the Center
provides the necessary
guidance and staff, al-
though, not all of the prog-
ram leaders are Center
employes. •

Many of the seniors
volunteer to direct some
of the programs. Accord-
ing to Wendy Gurstelle,
senior adult program as-
sistant, the Center stres-
ses that the senior adults
take the initiative to plan
and implement their own
programs.
An example of one such
volunteer is Sol Passell. A
participant in the Center
senior adult program for
the past.six years, Passell

SOL PASSELL

occasionally leads the
Friday morning press re-
view.
The press review-
discussion group is seen
as one of the more suc-
cessful programs of the
division.
Another active vol-
unteer-participant is Ben
Schore, the current leader
of the discussion group's
press review. A member of
the Senior Adult Council,
Schore has been active in
all phases of the senior
adult program. Previ-
ously, he was in charge of
the weekly Israeli film
series.

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Often, the program
draws from the general
Jewish community for its
. speakers. Rabbi Joseph
Gutmann of Wayne State
. University's art history
department • and former
associate rabbi at Temple
Beth El volunteered to
speak to the seniors on re-
ligion. Although an in-
frequent lecturer in the
summer, Rabbi Gutmann
will address the senior
adults on a regular basis
in the fall.
A major force behind
the planning and im-
plementation of the
senior adult programs is
Lou Wor6now, a retiree
and a volunteer. As prog-
ram director, Woronow
brings program ideas to
the division and adds
them into the senior adult
activities schedule. He
also. compiles a weekly
announcement sheet of
activities that he updates
and posts on the senior
adult bulletin board in
the 10 Mile branch of the
Center, home of the
senior adult division. ‘,
Woronow often depends
on the seniors themselves
for ideas. However, before
an activity enters the
senior adult schedule it
must be approved by the
Senior Adult Council.
Begun three years ago,
the. Senior Adult Council
was forme_d to coordinate
the effort of all the senior
adult clubs: AcCording to
Murray Tait, a past pres-
ident and member of the
council, it also serves for
program planning. The

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council has a delegate to
the Center's board of di-
rectors to recommend a
budget for the division's
programs.
The council has a com-
mittee not often found in
bureaucratic structures:
the grievance committee.
This committee is respon-
sible for airing to the
council seniors' com-
plaints about the prog-
rams and about each
other.
According to Sa: .
)e-
_Sure, president or - the
council, grievances, prog-
ram ideas and the like, are
brought before the execu-
tive board, then to the
general membership who
take action on the prop-
osal.
Publications issued by
the division keep the
senior adults in contact
with each other and the
department.
A monthly schedule is
issued listing daily prog-
rams. "Senior Happen-
ings," the bi-monthly
newsletter of the de-
partment, contains- news
about members, of which
there are about. 900, and
creative writing efforts.
These creative pieces are
also included in a bi-
annual publication, "The
Creative Writers' Group
Yearbook."
Aside from its hang
loose policy of giving the
senior adults the• oppor-
tunity to be the initiators,
the senior adult program
offers a personal touch; it
honors members on their
anniversaries and impor-
tant occasions. On the
death of a member the
participants buy trees
from the Jewish National
Fund as memorials. A °
"volunteer of the year"
also is chosen and pre-
sented with a trophy at a
special luncheon.

RABBI GUTMANN

The senior adult division
also recognizes the prob-
lems of advanced age and a
medical program is plan-
ned where members '11
be able to take advai, ,e
of glaucoma and optic
nerve tests. The depart-
ment is planning to enlist
the services of the Oak-
land County Health De-
partment to issue regular
blood pressure examina-
tions and local podiatrists
to help the members with
foot. ailments.
With all that is availa-
ble, from social and cul-
tural activities to health
care, there is little excuse
for a senior adult to stay
home alone listening to
the clock tick away the
minutes better used in a
volunteer or participat-
ory capacity in the Jewish
Center's senior adult di-
visiOn. ;, •

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