Hebrew Senior Life
Hebrew Senior Life (HSL) is committed to providing the highest quality of life and care to its residents. Hebrew Senior Life has created many different "neighborhoods of care" within the HSL community: nursing care, recreation and other services. As residents' needs change, they receive care in the specific nursing unit that best provides for their quality of life and care needs.
This year, we have two HSL groups, both of which meet on the same days.
6th Grade: Assisted Living: Our students will be working one-on-one with the seniors who are living independently or with some support services. Students will also continue the one-on-one interactions with special opportunities which incorporate celebrating secular and religious holidays.
7th Grade: Memory Support: Our students will be working with seniors who have early-stage and mid-stage Alzheimer's (stage I and II) and/or a related Dementia. Students will be doing guided activities with the residents, such as adapted sports, crafts, music, and games. Students will received training and ongoing support to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and strategies for engaging effectively with residents.
For more information about Hebrew Senior Life, please visit their website.
This group is open to students entering 6th and 7th grade.
Cornerstone at Canton
Cornerstone at Canton, part of the Senior Living Residences (SLR) network, offers local seniors service enriched assisted living and a state-of-the-art Compass Memory Support Neighborhood, affiliated with Boston University's Alzheimer's Disease Center.
We are very glad to announce that we are continuing this group - last year was a great success!
Our students will be working one-on-one with residents with stage I or II Alzheimers in the memory support program by using music as a way to connecting with the resident and helping the resident explore their memories. Specifically, this will involve the use of iPads or iPods and the creation of playlists to which they will both listen and discuss. Along with music, students will have guided opportunities for other forms of interaction with residents.
This music and memory program for residents with Alzheimer's and Dementia is based on research that determines that this interaction with music (and other art forms) from their past may slow the progression of memory loss and even stimulate the mind in ways not previously achieved.
For more information about Cornerstone at Canton, please go to their website.
This group is open to students entering 6th and 7th grade.
Important Dates for all Ma'asim Tovim Students
Tuesday, September 12, 2017: Welcome to B'Yachad, Pay it Forward 6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Welcome to B'Yachad, Pay it Forward 6:00-8:00pm
October 15, 2017: Ma'asim Tovim B'yachad - Volunteer Training 4:30-6:00pm
October 20-21, 2017: BM3T Shabbaton
February 11, 2018: Ma'asim Tovim B'yachad - Purim Carnival Planning 4:30-6:00pm
March 4, 2018: Purim Carnival 1:15-3:15pm
2017-2018 Schedule - Hebrew Senior Life
Hebrew Senior Life (both groups):
These groups meet on Thursday from 3:30 - 6:00pm
2017-2018 Schedule - Cornerstone at Canton
Cornerstone at Canton:
This group meets on Sunday from 9:30am - 12:00pm
What will I Learn?
- You will learn how to communicate with older adults in instructive, meaningful and helpful ways
- You will learn about Hebrew Senior Life or Cornerstone at Canton and will develop a partnership with the organization.
- You will develop valuable interpersonal skills and you will challenge yourself to go beyond your own comfort zone.
What will it be Like at Hebrew Senior Life?
What will it be Like at Cornerstone at Canton?
Quotes, Updates, Photos and More
"In sixth grade I spent almost every session with a particular resident. After not seeing her the entire summer, I expected her not to remember me. I was beyond thrilled when I came back this year and she said "I know this girl! She's great. She was here a while ago." - Anonymous Cornerstone Volunteer
"I learned that you should always help as many people as you can, and spread as much kindness as possible." - Talia B., Cornerstone Volunteer
"I loved interacting with the residents! It was fun to watch them laugh and smile. During the second volunteer session, a 'sound of music' song, Doe a Deer, came on, and everyone started singing. It really proved that music brings back memories, especially music-related ones. I always looked forward to the jokes that some residents made, Alfredo's stories, and Pearl's smiles" -Ella S., Cornerstone Volunteer
"I loved connecting with the residents and making a difference. There was a women who remembered growing a garden with her mom. It was amazing that I was able to bring back memories." -Abby R., Cornerstone Volunteer
"I enjoyed how good it felt to help other people. I loved knowing that I made a difference in the lives of the senior citizens and that I was making them happy. I enjoyed listening to the older music and learning a bit about life 90 years ago. It was an interesting and enlightening experience. The people at Canton were all really nice and I enjoyed working with them. The staff at Canton was also really kind and generous. The third time I came back, the person I was working with (Kathleen) remembered who I was and was excited to see me. It made me happy knowing I made a difference in her life. I learned about many new music types and artists. I took away some wonderful experiences and the knowledge that I made a difference in the lives of several of the citizens and played my part in keeping them happy and young inside." -Sophie S., Cornerstone Volunteer
Hebrew Senior Life:
"Overall, I really loved this. Even though I do a similar thing at my school, I still find it great. One of my favorite parts is learning from the elders. I learned some really interesting things! I was once paired up with an opera singer! I am looking forward to next year when I can do it again. At the beginning, I honestly chose it for its' convenience, but I really do not regret choosing Hebrew senior life. In my opinion, the most important part, actually being with the residents, was awesome." - Sasha F., HSL Volunteer
"This 93 year old lady named Gloria waited for me every month just to see and talk to me because she loved me so much and every time I came she was there waiting for me with a big smile to on her face. I enjoyed seeing the light in the elderly people's eyes and making their day." -Samantha J., HSL Volunteer
"During one visit to Hebrew Senior Life I worked with one of the residents to make an arts and crafts project. It was right before Purim, so we made masks. I really got to know her and had lots of fun. I could tell I made her very happy." -Sam B., HSL Volunteer
"It was fun and meaningful to be the teacher instead of the student." -Halle S., HSL Volunteer
"Something I really enjoyed about my volunteer experience was that I learned about the lives of the seniors-- and realized that our lives are similar in many ways." - Ethan P., HSL Volunteer
"At Hebrew Senior Life, I learned that you can make friends with people that aren't your age." - Noah E., HSL Volunteer
“I mostly enjoyed getting to see the looks on the seniors faces when we came to play bingo with them. It was so great to see them looking so excited and feeling so young again. It was also great to learn about their history and stories of their childhood.” -Anna G., HSL Volunteer