Supplement to The Jewish News
Until 1920, records and minutes
of the Home's board of directors
were kept in Yiddish
Volunteer Maxine Canvasser and resident Ann Shapiro at the
L Butzel Center.
About Our Trip to Butzel
:3y Irving Pfeifer (from The Resident News)
This was the best trip ever!!! Everything was wonderful, the
:food, the weather, the staff members and the volunteers. There
was marvelous entertainment, too.
Everyone won prizes when volunteer Leo Sampson played
`Name That Tune." We all loved Cantor Adler and Max
Sosin and Eric Rosenow. David Mittelman playing accordian
and guitar was wonderful. We played frisbee, sang, danced,
heard stories, drank cocktails, had indoor Olympics, went
boating and more.
Nurses Betty Kemnitz, Barbara Typinski and Annie Sullivan with
0. T. Barbara Evangelista assists Sadye Dudkin.
Sometimes an elderly person needs short-term nursing home
care. Perhaps a chronically-ill person is being cared for at
home by his or her children; they really need a vacation, but
want to make sure their parent will be looked after in their
absence. Perhaps a senior adult who lives alone has been in
the hospital; he no longer needs round-the-clock medical
attention, but is not yet capable of returning to an
To serve this segment of the aged population, the Jewish
Home for Aged recently began a program called respite care.
Patients are accepted for respite care for a period of 2 to 17
weeks. They get all the nursing care they need and are able to
participate in the Home's regulaf activities as much as they
There is often no waiting list for the respite care service.
We had .a surprise visit from Sheri Traison, former staff
ember of Prentis Manor, and other staff members visited
also. Prentis resident Rebecca Bonder sang beautifully for us.
. and Mrs. Irving Pfeifer won the "Couple of the Year
There is much more to say, and we must thank Marcia Fink,
who coordinated the vacation with the help of Cheryl Riskin,'
volunteer Marilyn Fishman, and many many people who made
the trip just marvelous. I can't wait for the next one. Thanks
by Sadie Sandweiss (from The Resident News)
I was elated to bless the holiday in the beautiful atmosphere of
Borman Hall, with the beauty of the menorah and the tall
candles, and the beautiful flowers and silverware on the
tablecloths, and the corsages on the sparkling white uniforms.
Elijah's cup impressed me with the observance and the
symbolism of Judaism. Everyone who sat at the table
displayed human dignity. The two dining room staff, Theresa
and Violet, our hostesses, gave me the feeling that it was their
home and they wanted to please us. The combination of the
beauty of Passover and the devotion of the dining room staff
made me grateful for such a beautiful human relationship.
rr-fect Visits From the Humane Society
Harry Aronovitz with a furry friend.
"Everybody responds to music, even those who seem totally
out of touch," says Ellen Morehouse, a music therapist who
devotes several hours- a week to the residents of Prentis Manor
and Borman Hall.
Morehouse has a regular group of wheelchair-bound residents
who meet in the lounges. She plays the piano or the guitar and
the residents join in by singing, accompanying her on rhythm
band instruments, or simply clapping or tapping their fingers
in time to the music. The Borman Hall group likes Yiddish
songs, while the Prentis Manor residents seem to prefer
classical music, she says.
"The people I work with are more isolated than most of the
Home's residents, and the music therapy sessions give them an
opportunity to have some choice about what's going on in
their lives," Morehouse says. "They can choose the songs and
an instrument to play.
Julia Sender makes a new acquaintance
Studies have shown that older persons, even those who seem
to be very confused, often respond to animals. So for the past
year, the Humane
Society has been
bringing kittens and
puppies to Borman
Hall for the benefit
of the residents.
"One resident, who
hadn't spoken to
anyone in quite
awhile, held a
puppy and said,
`How cute,"' says
noting that the
visits have become
Music Reaches Out to Residents
"And the music brings back memories for them. I meet people
who are so out of touch they don't know their names, but
when they get into the music group, they can speak about the
songs and their feelings.
Volunteer Carole Kaplan works with Borman Hall residents.
Learning is Lifelong
Last spring, the Jewish Home for Aged held its first
"graduation" for participants in a series of adult education
classes. The classes, on a variety of subjects, were conducted
by instructors from the Detroit Public Schools and the
Midrasha/College of Jewish Studies. The graduation program,
complete with certificates for the students and a guest speaker,
was a huge success. Some of the participants, whose formal
education hadn't gone beyond elementary school, were greatly
moved by their first-ever graduation. The adult education
program has been expanded this year, and plans are already
being made for the next graduation ceremony, to which family
and friends will be invited.
"I've had to learn the Yiddish songs, but I still don't know
what the words mean — and that's good. I ask the residents,
and they tell me about the songs."
Morehouse also works with a few severely impaired patients at
their bedside, using a portable electric piano.
"One woman was totally unresponsive to everything around
her," Morehouse says. "But the staff knew that music had
always been an important part of her life. I've been playing
and singing for her, and I can see a whole range of emotion
cross her face when she hears the songs. She watches me
intently, and she's even spoken a few times.
"My accomplishments are mainly small things like that. I
don't expect to perform miracles. But I do whatever I can to
help keep people's minds alert."