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November 05, 2009 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-11-05

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Sinai Docs Reunite

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former hospital's physicians.



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Jewish Senior Life's Carol Rosenberg and

Sharon Silver Teweles flank DreamWeavers co-
chairs Jill Margolick and Idee Fox

reamWeavers, a
new program sup-
ported by Jewish
Senior Life of Metropolitan
Detroit, granted its first
dream on Monday, Oct. 5,
at Larco's restaurant, West
Bloomfield, to Sydney Peimer,
91, former senior vice presi-
dent of medical affairs for
Sinai Hospital of Detroit.
Peimer was visited by Idee
Fox and Jill Margolick, co-
Former Sinai physicians William Floyd
chairs for DreamWeavers. He (obstetrics/gynecology), Ronald Trunsky
(psychiatry) and Robert Gans
had no idea they were visit-
ing him to see if there was
some dream he wanted ful-
formed and after a year of planning,
filled. They told him they were visiting
Sydney Peimer's dream, the first dream
as part of a friendly-visitor program to for DreamWeavers, came true.
spend time with older adults who live
in facilities throughout the community. The Components
Peimer revealed that he had a longing DreamWeavers has three parts.
to be reunited with several of the doc-
First, there are DreamCatchers, vol-
tors he worked with at Sinai Hospital.
unteers who go out into the community
He always thought about the many doc-
to visit with older adults in facilities.
tors with whom he had forged a mutual
While visiting, oftentimes a dream will
friendship. That was when the women
be revealed. This could be any type of
began to put the wheels in motion.
dream, from something very small to
It all began when Margolick was
something grand. It could be to sing in
visiting her mother in Atlanta in 2006.
front of a live audience, to go fishing,
"I read an article in a local Atlanta
to revisit a place that holds wonderful
newspaper detailing the fulfillment of
memories, to attend a prom or to be
one senior's dream by an organization
reunited with a family member. The
that helped realize the dreams of older
possibilities are endless.
adults living in senior residences, nurs-
Often, the DreamCatchers find a
ing homes and independent apartment dream. In many cases, the DreamCatchers
facilities:' she said.
have continued their visits. Wonderful
"I immediately thought that
relationships have been formed and will
Michigan should also have a program
continue for years to come.
because no one is too old to have their
Once a dream has been caught, it
dreams fulfilled."
is the DreamSeekers who find people
In 2008, Margolick brought this
(DreamMakers) to make the dream
idea to Carol Rosenberg, then execu-
come true. In the case of Peimer, a
tive director of Jewish Home & Aging
special thanks to local DreamMakers:
Services. A steering committee was
Larco's restaurant, which discounted

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