‘Something Extra’ for Bedford Center residents
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Something Extra, Yale University’s premier all-female a capella group, performed for the residents of the Bedford Center on March 14, which may be viewed as a continuing commitment on the part of The Allure Group to do … something extra.

Music has long been found to be beneficial to seniors’ overall well-being, mood and memory. It is also viewed as a stress reducer. All of this means that it serves as just part of the holistic care Allure endeavors to provide.

Something Extra dates back to 1977, according to the group’s website, and since then has performed throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. The group’s appearance at the Bedford Center was part of a New York City Tour that also included a stop at Columbia University, among others.

Parkinson’s Unity Walk Slated for April 27

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It’s that time of year again — time to lace up the walking shoes and head out to Central Park for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. This year, we are teaming up with NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist’s APCA INR Center and we hope that you’ll join us!

The walk will be held April 27 (rain or shine) and feature a rolling start, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. It follows a gentle 1.4-mile course and all donations will go toward Parkinson’s research as funded by four major U.S. Parkinson’s foundations.

There will also be informational booths, allowing participants and others to meet with representatives from sponsors and foundations. Click here to sign up and/or donate!

Avos U’banim at Bedford

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The 12-week Motzeh Shabbas program culminated the first weekend of March, and saw thousands of boys treated to the finale of the Bedford Center’s Avos U’banim program.

The program, conducted in conjunction with the Keren Tosfos Yom Tov organization, educates adults and children alike about the importance of recognizing the kedusha of the Beis Medrash by remaining silent during davening. The children also learned about these Halachos and gained inspiration to promote kovod in a Beis Medrash.

Harav Pinchas Spitzer opened the program by emphasizing to the children the importance of being kind to one another. Harav Chaim Yehyda Aryeh Breuer, principal of Skver Cheder in Borough Park, followed by discussing the significance of Morah Mikdash and not talking during davening. The night was capped by a skit in which the performers amplified the latter lesson.

Hamilton Park Celebrates a 100th Birthday!

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Happy 100th Birthday to Joseph Agoglia! Hamilton Park had a great time celebrating his birthday at a wonderful party that was held on March 25th. Thanks very much to everyone who came to celebrate and join in the fun!

King David Center Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday, Too!

Happy 100th to King David Center resident Lydia Gerinshteyn, too! Lydia, who was born in Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn in 1994, she told Brooklyn News 12 that the secret to a long life is this: “Don’t do anything bad to anybody. … Live with passion, and enjoy life.”

King David Center Employee of the Month

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Congrats to King David Center’s Employee of the Month, Brigitte Jean Phillip, CNA! Thank you so much for all that you do for The Allure Group!

Mardi Gras Celebration at Harlem Center

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Residents at the Harlem Center were treated to live jazz, as well as chicken and sausage gumbo, as part of their Mardi Gras celebration.

Mardi Gras, a tradition dating back to Ancient Roman celebrations of the arrival of spring, is observed throughout the world one day before the religious season of Lent begins. The festivities in New Orleans are particularly noteworthy, as are those in Brazil and Venice.

St. Patrick’s Day Horse Race at King David Center

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The King David Center celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a horse race … of sorts.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who was born in Britain (then under Roman control) late in the fourth century, then kidnapped and taken to Ireland at age 16. He escaped but later returned around 432, and helped convert the Irish to Christianity.

Melissa Powell Published On Digitalhealthage.com

A piece entitled “Healthcare Technology: Seven Trends that may Shape the Future,” by Allure COO Melissa Powell, appeared on the website “Digitalhealthage.com” on March 26.

In the piece Melissa discusses such things as Allure’s use of robotics and EarlySense, a contact-free remote patient-monitoring system, as well as the increasing popularity throughout the healthcare industry of companion robots and other cutting-edge devices.

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New Blog Post: Keeping Tabs on Seniors

Healthcare professionals walk a fine line when monitoring residents in a skilled nursing facility like those in The Allure Group’s Brooklyn- and Manhattan-based network: The goal is always to provide the best possible care, while at the same time providing for a resident’s comfort and respecting his or her privacy.

Video surveillance only goes so far. Also of value are such contact-free patient-monitoring systems as EarlySense, which is widely used by The Allure Group, and wearables like watches, pendants and even inner soles. Click here to read the full post.

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