Two elders reading in the galleria at the Jewish Home

Learning Matters in 2009

December 2009

Award-winning songwriting program now in print

Songwriting Works at the Jewish Home, the program founded in 1997 by Judith-Kate Friedman, the Home’s singer/songwriter-in-residence, garnered first-place honors for her and her collaborators, Rabbi Shelly Marder and Mark Friedlander, director of Resident Programs & Services, in the 2008 Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Awards. Songwriting Works now has a chapter devoted to it in a new book, Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts by Blair Sadler and Annette Ridenour. A compendium of ideas, resources, photographs, and case examples of exemplary healthcare art programs and projects, this inspiring and visually captivating book can be ordered directly from Art and Healthcare, by calling 619.683.7500.

The chapter on Songwriting Works provides a description of the program, and the way in which composing music and performing it enlivens elders, fights depression, educates staff and others, gratifies families, and transforms societal attitudes about aging, health, and creativity. It also includes comments from Judith-Kate, Rabbi Marder, Mark Friedlander, our medical director, Dr. Jay Luxenberg, and the Home’s Dr. Theresa Allison, who studied the program for a chapter she contributed to The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology.

All-women Chinese contingent hear all about the Home

Founded in 1949, today the All-China Women’s Federation is the largest women’s non-governmental organization in the People’s Republic of China. Dedicated to the advancement of Chinese women of all ethnic groups and in all walks of life, their mission is to represent and protect women’s rights and interests, and to promote equality between men and women through participation, education, representation, service, and liaison.

On November 9, approximately 30 members of the organization made the Jewish Home the first touring stop in their two-week training program. Accompanied by Darlene Yee, professor of Gerontology Programs at S.F. State University (who happens to count our CNE, Edwin Cabigao, among her past students), the group was welcomed to the Home. Although Edwin had planned to lead the tour, he was unable to do so due to the Department of Public Health’s annual survey. Displaying the team spirit for which our employees are known, staff rallied to fill in for him. Mark Friedlander, director of Resident Programs & Services/Customer Service brought his breadth of knowledge about the Home to bear; Shirley Huan, controller, provided both her financial expertise and her ability to speak Cantonese, as did fellow Cantonese-speaker and recreation team leader Kathy Kyi; while Ilana Glaun, Communications officer, offered additional facts and background about the campus.

Aided by their interpreter, the group posed intelligent, searching questions about our facility, and was engaged by various on-site areas, including a hands-on display of the equipment in the rehabilitation center by Jim Weslow, director of Rehabilitation Services, and a visit to the creative arts studio and gallery.

Jay Luxenberg speaks at senior healthcare policy forum

Joining Bay Area policy makers – including invited speakers Hon. Barbara Lee, Hon. Pete Stark, Hon. George Miller, Hon. Loni Hancock, and Hon. Sandré Swanson – senior advocates, and care providers, Dr. Jay Luxenberg, the Home’s medical director, spoke at the first annual senior healthcare policy forum in Oakland on Friday, November 20.

The thrust of this day-long program was to discuss the current policy environment and how there can be a joint voice in advocating for a strong safety net for seniors in the Bay Area. By illuminating trends, offering strategies, and exchanging ideas, insights can be gained into the changing landscape of home- and community-based services, and doors can be opened for coordinated advocacy.

The plenary session was followed by workshops that covered topics such as bridging silos in the continuum of care; planning for the growing need for dementia and Alzheimer’s care; the effect that state and federal policy changes have on Bay Area seniors; and promoting aging-in-place through housing and service options.

Gift planning officer gets the prosecutor’s perspective on elder abuse

When the San Francisco Estate Planning Council held its dinner on November 18, Daniel Hoebeke, gift planning officer, was in attendance.

The dinner’s featured speaker was A. Alan Kennedy, Esq., assistant district attorney for San Francisco and head of the Elder Abuse & Real Estate Fraud Unit. Kennedy spoke about the increasing problem of elder abuse, noting that San Francisco faces particular challenges due to the sheer number of elderly living in the city and the fact that 30 percent of all people age 65 and older live alone, Daniel tells us. Kennedy explained why the elderly are especially susceptible targets for abuse, and described common “red flags” of abuse, whether physical or financial. He concluded by outlining the evidentiary issues faced by the prosecutor’s office when the victim is elderly. Resources for mandated reporting and voluntary assistance program were also provided.

Improving balance and preventing falls with tai chi

Rehabilitation director Ann Weaver and fitness center manager Tony Yu attended a one-day evidence-based seminar on November 12.

Under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist and certified ergonomic assessment specialist, it was designed to provide attendees with all the tools they need to launch a tai chi balance improvement and fall-prevention program.

“The seminar was very informative, educational, and fun,” says Tony. “Differences in the Eastern and Western approaches to balance were identified, as well as the ways they complement one another. We learned how balance in our older adult population can be improved through the ancient art of tai chi, and we learned “hands on” the basic movements in both standing and sitting positions. I don’t know about Ann, but by the end of the day, my legs were definitely feeling it!”

“I agree with Tony,” responds Ann. “We had a real workout by the end of the day.”

In addition to balance, the seminar also emphasized posture, deep breathing, and strengthening, which Ann has started to incorporate more in her treatments. “I was very interested in this seminar because of the many research studies showing that the use of tai chi as an intervention results in improved balance and decreased risk for falls. Techniques were taught that could be used for people with varying physical abilities, which is applicable to our population at the Home.”

November 2009

Planned giving officer learns and informs at charitable gift-planning conferences

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) is an international not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to developing those who are involved in fundraising in North America’s healthcare organizations. Its membership of 5,000 represents more than 2,200 healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Daniel Hoebeke, Organizational Advancement’s planned giving officer, attended the association’s 2009 international conference in San Francisco at the end of September. It offered education sessions, as well as keynote speakers discussing personal communication in the digital age, networking tips, the need to take a broader approach to healthcare philanthropy that crosses national borders, and thoughts on fundraising and fundraisers.

Daniel was also a session speaker on planned giving at the San Francisco Fundraising Summit of the Center for Nonprofit Success – a non-profit organization that provides the training, knowledge, and resources to help non-profits succeed – that took place in San Francisco, October 27-28. This year’s summit focused on the relationship aspects of fundraising – enhancing relationship management skills and understanding different segments of the donor market, who they give to, and why. Dan shared his expertise about planned giving vehicles, how they work, and the special tax treatment afforded them. He also detailed the development of special stewardship plans for top-level donors, and revealed how to customize a planned-giving program for an organization in order to keep donors involved and committed after the gift has been made.

October 2009

Second session on serving lesbian, gay, bi-sexual & transgender (LGBT) seniors

Session two of a workshop series on caring for LGBT seniors – attended specifically by the Activities and Social Services departments, but open to any other interested staff – took place at the Home on June 24. Facilitated by Karen Erlichman, LCSW, Bay Area director of Jewish Mosaic, the National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, participants explored practical clinical tools for working with clients, as well as best practices for collaborating with colleagues within the Home and in the larger Jewish and LGBT communities. Learning objectives included gaining an understanding of these seniors’ unique psychosocial needs and concerns; how LGBT and Jewish texts, values, and history are integral to providing effective assessment and ongoing clinical services for LGBT Jewish seniors; and the importance of cultural competency that addresses the cultural, religious, gender and sexual orientation aspects of clients’ identity, support system, and well-being.

Two doctors to shine at two annual meetings

Dr. Jay Luxenberg, the Jewish Home’s medical director, and Dr. Lynn Flint, associate director of STARS, the Home’s short-term and rehabilitation services program, have had a symposium on end-of-life care in the nursing home accepted for the annual meeting of the American Medical Directors Association, taking place in March 2010 in Long Beach. Dr. Flint, who is board-certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, has also been invited to speak at the California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine’s annual meeting in Los Angeles in July 2010.

September 2009

From mental health to levels of acuity

Dr. Jay Luxenberg, the Home’s medical director, joined other well-known experts in the field when he presented a paper at a symposium on mental health issues in nursing home care at the 14th International Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association in Montreal, Canada, September 1-5. Discussions emanating from this symposium will result in a set of standard recommendations.

He then travels to Scottsdale, Ariz., for his second presentation, this time at the Nursing Home/ALF [assisted living facility] Litigation seminar of the Defense Research Institute (a legal organization), September 10-11. Entitled Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Physician’s Perspective on Acceptable Acuity Levels in the ALF Setting, Dr. Luxenberg gives his perspective on the clinical and administrative problems facing these facilities and offers solutions. The discussion will include proper resident acuity levels for initial and continued admission; instances when the ALF cannot meet the resident’s needs; pitfalls associated with negotiated services contracts; the differing expectations of family, physicians and staff; and the development of realistic policies and procedures for the proper assessment, admission and/or discharge of ALF residents.

Education for the prevention of infection

RN Marina Rubin (Staff Education) attended a course in August put on by APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology), of which she is a member. Marina found Beyond the Fundamentals, Advancing Practice Using Epidemiologic Principles relevant with respect to the content of this intensive, interactive course, and inspiring in terms of the caliber of the speakers.

Of particular interest were statistical tests that are used for outbreak investigation, and how an infection preventionist can play an important role at the blueprint stage of new construction or renovation of a building, by doing risk assessment and suggesting, for example, the placement of equipment to avoid or contain the spread of infection at a later stage. Of value, too, was the hands-on section covering emergency preparedness.

August 2009

There’s value in volunteering & serving

Jennifer Vellutini, director of Volunteer Services, attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, held in San Francisco, June 22 – 24. She participated in workshops and seminars that addressed issues such as preparing for the next generation of volunteers (“Generation Y”), as well as for volunteers who are skill-based.

A highlight of the conference was the opening plenary with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Within the next few months, Jennifer plans to elicit input and feedback from Jewish Home volunteers and staff on ways to improve and enhance the volunteer experience for both groups.

July 2009

Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender (LGBT) seniors

A number of Jewish Home employees – specifically the Activities and Social Services departments, but open to any other interested staff – attended an in-service on June 24 on caring for LGBT seniors. Facilitated by Karen Erlichman, LCSW, the Bay Area director of Jewish Mosaic, the National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the workshop explored the unique needs and concerns of LGBT seniors through didactic and experiential approaches. Using a framework of understanding that draws on Jewish and LGBT perspectives, participants left the workshop knowing that they could begin to either develop or hone their existing skills, resources and collaborative approaches to more effectively serve this often invisible client population.

Conference an opportunity to improve and expand clinical practice

Natasha Daragan, RN & unit manager, and ADN Barbara Newman attended Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society’s 41st annual conference in St. Louis, Mo., June 6 – 10. As a certified wound-care nurse, Barbara has attended three of this organization’s annual conferences in the past, and has found the standard to be excellent. This year’s was no exception. She and Natasha mostly attended sessions related to their practice – particularly in the area of wound/skin care – enhanced their clinical knowledge, learned about the latest advances, and networked with researchers and fellow practitioners in this field. “We brought back great information to improve and expand our clinical practice, and to share with our nurses at the Home,” Barbara says.

Alzheimer’s/dementia summit a blueprint for care

As San Francisco’s population ages, how will we care for the dramatic increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias? Participants at the July 8 Alzheimer’s/dementia summit at City Hall will have an opportunity to help shape public policy and create a blueprint for care in San Francisco and California. Attesting to the caliber of Jewish Home staff, the morning session – made up of the release of the new Alzheimer’s/dementia task force report, followed by a panel discussion – is co-chaired by medical director Dr. Jay Luxenberg.

June 2009

Listen to learn …

… what Dr. Jay Luxenberg, the Home’s medical director, had to say on two radio interviews he gave during the American Medical Directors Association’s 32nd annual symposium in Charlotte, N.C., in March, which concentrated on current issues in long-term medicine.

Creating connection with care-recipients

Dr. Theresa Allison and research partner Raphael Tito Balbino were honored when they learned they had been invited to present their results from the pilot phase of a longitudinal project at the Presidential poster session of the American Geriatrics Society’s 2009 annual scientific meeting in Chicago, Ill., April 30 – May 3. And they were delighted when, beyond the significant honor of being invited to take part in this session, theirs was selected as the winning poster.

Entitled Creating and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships in End-Stage Dementia, Dr. Allison and Tito’s project began by studying the caregiving relationships staff, volunteers, and family members have with residents requiring total care. Among their findings: Talking to residents and treating them like family members are approaches valued by caregivers; caregivers utilize touch, smell, sound, and the elicitation of remote memories to connect with their care-recipients; caregivers find concrete methods for eliciting positive visual, tactile, and verbal responses.

The project’s results will provide a template for the development of testable models for relationship-centered care in end-stage dementia. Additionally, the significant information gained from learning how caregiving relationships work with end-stage dementia residents at the Home can be applied to improve care for similar individuals at other facilities.

Brain aging and quality of life

Dr. Jay Luxenberg, the Home’s medical director, attended the 2009 International Meeting of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and the Third Congress of the Brazilian Association of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 4 – 7, which this year focused on brain aging and quality of life. The mission of IPA is to improve mental health of older people worldwide through education, research, professional development, advocacy, health promotion, and service development.

Developing a systematic approach to intervention

“Employees who have developed a systematic approach to intervention during incidents of potential assault are less likely to injure or be injured than those who have not.”

This is the basic premise that characterized the 40-hour professional assault crisis training (Pro-ACT) and professional assault crisis restraint certification (Pro-ACT RC) that ADN Sasha Glezerman, RN Juliet Kalotkin, recreation therapist Lisa O’Donnell, assistant director of Plant Operations Glenn Stepp, and director of Staff Development/Education & QI James Watt attended the week of May 4 – 8.

Pro-ACT is an effective system utilizing approach, problem-solving, augmentation of existing individualized care plan, confidence in individual ability, teamwork, and respect for individual rights. By following and bringing into play the principles of purpose, professionalism, preparation, triggers and alternatives, framework, crisis communication, and evasion, the aim is to ultimately reduce the need for restraining an individual.

“It’s Not Your Bubbe’s (Grandmother’s) Nursing Home Anymore”

Sherie Koshover, director of Corporate Planning & Communications, was invited by Associates of Jewish Homes & Services for the Aging to present the closing plenary session at their international conference held in Mason, Ohio, in mid May. Sherie’s presentation, entitled It’s Not Your Bubbe’s (Grandmother’s) Nursing Home Anymore, addressed lessons learned from the history of the nursing home industry and its evolution over time, present-day realities and operating challenges, and future opportunities to continue to make a positive impact in the provision of services for older adults. Delegates were inspired to return to their organizations with a new vision toward enriching the lives of older adults in their respective communities.

Planned giving officer plans to sharpen skills, network, and inform

The Northern California Planned Giving Council’s annual conference attracts more than 300 fundraisers and charitable giving professionals from across the Bay Area. Daniel Hoebeke, planned giving officer, is on the board of the Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council, a cooperating organization for this event, which took place on May 18 in San Francisco. Daniel attended workshops covering major gifts from business owners, endowments, how to work effectively with today’s sophisticated philanthropist, and the intriguingly titled What’s it Worth?...(and Who Says?) – From Fine Art to Life Insurance Policies.

He follows this with a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the 15th annual Summer Forum of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, when he delivers the keynote luncheon address and conducts a technical breakout session on planned giving vehicles. With titles such as The Buck Stops. Hear? (history shows that now is an exceptional time to multiply benefits for individuals and charities alike) and Sit! Stay! Rollover! (looking at planned giving techniques that do not work particularly well now (sit), those that should continue to be used as is (stay), and those that have been revitalized by recent legal and legislative moves (rollover)), participants will both learn and laugh.

Hosting a ‘homecoming’ brunch

Reaching out to Jewish Home current and former trustees, volunteers, contributors, Auxiliary members and friends – all longstanding supporters of our organization – the Home will host a “Homecoming” brunch on Sunday, June 14. Guests will listen to Dr. Theresa Allison speak about the Home’s music program, learn about the latest developments at the Home, and enjoy a tour.

May 2009

Development participates in economic stimulus package audio-conference

Mark Denton (director of Development) and Rachel McNassor (Development officer) participated in an audio-conference in April. The topic of discussion covered the economic stimulus package that was recently passed into law. As Mark and Rachel lead the Home’s grant team, this was a chance for them to learn more about the funding opportunities that will be available, including the stimulus package’s funding for healthcare information technology.

Promoting physical activity

Wellness by Design, a one-day conference held at Santa Clara University in March, was attended by fitness center manager Tony Yu. Highlighting the national best practices of physical activity for aging adults, also under discussion were different ways to promote physical activity to older adults, information about the latest research-based programs, and confirmation of the benefits of physical activity, notably: reduced risk of disease; weight control; increased physical health; improved mental health and mood; increased lifespan; reduced fall risk.

Plant Ops attends healthcare business summit

Director of Operations Dean Fredrickson and assistant director of Plant Maintenance Glenn Stepp headed to Las Vegas for the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, April 15 - 17. Bringing together hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care centers and other non-acute providers, the event is designed to give providers information on best practices covering group purchasing. Dean and Glenn attended seminars on cost management versus cost cutting, disaster preparedness, being green and utilizing green vendors, and how buildings become LEED (“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) certified.

Primary care conference offers cutting-edge, practical curriculum

Pri-Med, a leading provider of continuing medical education, with the American College of Physicians, ran a two-day primary care medicine conference on April 20 and 21, which was attended by Valerie Maerowitz, family nurse practitioner. Focusing on primary care physicians’ most requested areas of interest, the conference was an opportunity for Valerie to benefit from clinicians sharing their knowledge and patient-care experiences covering, among others, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke management; attend case-based lectures, workshops and “work with the experts” sessions; and learn about assessment techniques, preventative strategies, and new treatments and therapies.

SFSU students ‘wowed’ by the Home

Twenty graduate students from San Francisco State University’s masters in gerontology program visited the Home on April 20. CNE Edwin Cabigao was on hand to welcome them and give a brief overview of the Home’s history and special features, before Richard Navarro, director of IT, talked to them about the legal aspects of medical records (confidentiality and release of information; policies for medical records) and HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Edwin then treated the students to a tour of our facility, focusing on specialized care areas. They were highly impressed by the range of innovative programs. When Edwin informed them of our lengthy waiting list for long-term care, they all agreed to sign up now, so by the time they retire, they’ll have a place in “the wonderful Jewish Home”!

Rabbi’s workshop to enhance conference attracting scholars, care providers, artists

Along with singer/songwriter Judith-Kate Friedman, Rabbi Sheldon Marder will be presenting at an interdisciplinary conference in Asilomar (Monterey Peninsula area), May 11 – 13. Midrash and Medicine: Imagining Wholeness is sponsored by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. Presentations and interactive workshops will draw from midrash scholars, health and spiritual care providers, and artists who are creatively engaged in the landscapes of illness, wholeness, and spirit. Rabbi Marder and Judith-Kate will be leading a hands-on workshop on their Jewish Home program Psalms, Songs & Stories.

April 2009

Volunteer Services director attends volunteer leadership conference

Jennifer Vellutini, director of Volunteer Services, attended the 2009 California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS) Health Care Volunteer Leadership Conference, which took place late February in San Diego. She participated in a variety of workshops and roundtable discussions, which covered topics such as mentoring today’s youth and how to connect with potential and current volunteers using the Internet and other technologies.

Of note is that volunteers no longer stay with one organization for a significant period of time. In the past, it was not unusual for volunteers to remain in their role for over 10 years. Jennifer therefore looks forward to, and encourages, input from staff, residents, and volunteers on ways to enhance and strengthen our volunteer program.

Rabbi Marder keynote speaker

Temple Chai in Phoenix, Ariz., will benefit from the attendance of Rabbi Sheldon Marder, the Home’s director of Jewish Life, who delivers the keynote address at their conference on April 26. Rabbi Marder’s talk will cover dementia, spirituality, and the “creative outlook on life.”

Attendees at AJAS conference learn about thriving in a changing landscape

In mid March, Dean Fredrickson, director of Operations, Sherie Koshover, director of Corporate Planning & Communications, Daniel Ruth, president & CEO, and Sandra Simon, chief administrative officer, attended the 2009 Association of Jewish Aging Services’ annual conference, “Thriving In An Age of Change,” in La Jolla, California. This year’s Conference Planning Committee designed a program anticipating the recent changes in our political, financial, social, and cultural landscape. Sessions run by leaders in the field focused on governance, gerontology, nutrition, technology, fundraising, and Jewish cultural and spiritual needs. The varied programs were interesting, challenging, informative, and stimulated networking with peers and colleagues.

March 2009

Forum provides a range of topics about senior living

Sponsored by Life Care Services (LCS), Daniel Ruth, the Home’s president & CEO, and Sherie Koshover, director of Corporate Planning & Communications – representing Moldaw Family Residences at 899 Charleston, the Jewish Home’s new senior living complex under construction in Palo Alto – attended LCS’s annual Board/Owner Forum in Nashville, Tenn., the second week of February. The forum included learning tracks geared to Development, Operations, and General Basics on a variety of topics such as financing, renovation/repositioning, hospitality, and IT systems’ overview in the senior living marketplace.

Focus on geriatric clinical pharmacology

Dr Janice Schwartz, director of Research, will be presenting the William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology to Sarah Hilmer, Ph.D., FRACP, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Washington, D.C., on March 18. The award recognizes a young investigator (45 years of age or younger) who is actively involved in high-quality teaching and research in geriatric clinical pharmacology.

Dr. Schwartz continues to focus on this area when she addresses the American College of Cardiology meeting on March 29 in Orlando, Fl., on Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology: How to adjust dosing for your patients. The meeting forms part of a fellows-in-training symposium.

Moldaw Family Residences' staff gets a seminar on Judaism

In early February, Rabbi Sheldon Marder conducted a class on Judaism for the staff of Moldaw Family Residences and Life Care Services in Palo Alto, as they had expressed interest in learning about Jewish culture and religion in order to effectively serve the clients and residents of Moldaw Family Residences. Rabbi Marder focused his three-hour seminar on the spiritual needs of the aged, Jewish philosophy and practices with regard to death and dying, Jewish dietary laws, and the Jewish idea of community. The attendees have requested a second learning session.

February 2009

Rabbi’s endeavors give – and find – enrichment

Rabbi Sheldon Marder, director of the Home’s department of Jewish Life, notes that “There is an extremely helpful relationship – both professionally and personally – between my community teaching, my studies, and my work at the Home. Each element enriches the others.”

He keeps his monthly calendar busy with his endeavors, having attended the annual conference of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis in Palm Springs, January 5 – 7. For him, the highlight was a series of lectures by Dr. Alyssa Gray, a graduate of Jewish Theological Seminary and a professor of rabbinic literature at Hebrew Union College in New York. Dr. Gray’s topic, Wealth, Poverty and Tzedakah in Jewish Tradition, provided a detailed examination of the relationship between people in need and those with resources.

Rabbi Marder then ran a workshop at the San Francisco JCC on January 11 as part of the association’s conference entitled “Life After/Life: Approaching the End of Life, Mourning, and Life After Loss” – which explored how we understand loss, the choices we can make, and how to seek help. His subject, Sometimes I am Stunned into Silence, covered the use of poetry at the end of life and during mourning.

Jerusalem is where the rabbi will be at the end of February, when he will attend the convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. As chair of the CCAR's Nominating Committee this past fall, he will present the slate of officers and board members to the convention.

Director of Pharmacy appointed to AMDA’s advisory panel

Tom Bookwalter, the Home’s director of Pharmacy, has been appointed to an interdisciplinary team (IDT) advisory panel of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA).

Established to improve communications between AMDA leadership and other important team members, IDT panel members will be included in information sharing and policy development, and will advise AMDA’s board of directors on issues such as the recent Transparency Act, membership campaigns, and regional education. They will meet with the board in March during AMDA’s annual symposium in Charlotte, N.C.

Three from Nursing attend annual Director of Nursing conference

Unit managers Marina Katsap and Margarita Modilevsky, and Sasha Glezerman, associate director, acute psych, attended the 10th annual Director of Nursing conference in Palm Springs, Calif., in January. With education sessions ranging from Techniques for Developing Person-Centered Care; Pain Management; When to Call a Doctor and What to Say; Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers; to Coming up for Air: Stress Management, these three Jewish Home staffers surely came back with information to share and practices to implement.

January 2009

Director of Research co-edits Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
(Jan. ’09)

Dr. Janice Schwartz, director of Research, and a colleague guest edited the January ’09 issue of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. As Dr. Schwartz is a leader in the area of cardiovascular aging, drug metabolism, and in the effects of gender on drug metabolism and responses, the focus of this issue – medication use in the elderly – benefited from her expertise.

Among the key topics and authors the two selected and edited were H.M. Holmes Rational Prescribing for Patients With a Reduced Life Expectancy; B.G. Pollock, C.E. Forsyth and R.R. Bies The Critical Role of Clinical Pharmacology in Geriatric Psychopharmacology; S.N. Hilmer and D. Gnjidic The Effects of Polypharmacy in Older Adults; C.E. DuBeau Therapeutic/Pharmacologic Approaches to Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults; M.L. Laroche,et al. ADR/Inappropriate Medication Use.

The issue also included Aging and medications: Past, Present, Future that Dr. Schwartz co-authored with Dr. Darrell R. Abernethy.

Rabbi Marder fires up more than the imagination …

When Imagination is Kindled: Creativity in the Later Years of Life was the topic of Rabbi Sheldon Marder’s lecture at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif., on December 7. Largely inspired by his work at the Jewish Home, Rabbi Marder also incorporated a screening of A ’Specially Wonderful Affair – the internationally acclaimed documentary that captures residents’ production of and performance on their debut CD, Island on a Hill – in his talk, which was extremely well received.

… and then gets to thinking

As a member of the Worship and Practices Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Sheldon Marder was in New York December 14 – 17, attending a Machzor Think Tank – a meeting of rabbis to begin thinking, reflecting, and talking about the creation of a new High Holy Day prayer book.

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