Beth Sholom Village celebrates residents’ art work, welcomes new Sensory Room for memory patients, raises funds for Alzheimer’s research, and hosts annual Mah Jongg event

November 26, 2018

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Shelley Slone, Jeri Jo Halprin, Stephanie Calliott, Denise Goldwasser, and Babbi Bangel.

Beth Sholom Village residents, staff, volunteers, and friends have been busy since Labor Day with a host of activities.

In September, staff, family members and friends raised $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association through bake sales, pie throwing contests, potato and taco bars, as well as gift baskets for raffles and a silent auction.

A wine and cheese reception took place on October 19 for several Terrace residents who dabble in painting, pottery, and jewelry making, along with a silent auction. Indeed, some started creating art when they came to live at The Terrace.

On October 30, the Village officially added a Sensory Room in the Memory Enhancement Unit as a way to help residents who experience mood swings, depressive episodes, and agitation, to relax. They do so by interacting with items such as lava lamps and peaceful aromas, as well as tactile objects such as a tray with kinetic sand. Josh Bennett, Recreation Therapy director, spearheaded this endeavor. Donors were Carol and Leonard Laibstain for the room, and Bob Lansing for the sensory items and two Lay-Z-Boy chairs.

The Village hosted the Janet Gordon Annual Mah Jongg Day and Bruncheon, attracting 110 women from across the community to a brunch and games on November 4. Tiles were shuffled, stacked, and drawn, and most importantly, money was raised to support Beth Sholom Village and its residents.

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