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October 2019 Newsletter from The Allure Group

The Allure Group Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and The Allure Group is staging raffles at all its centers to raise money to fight the disease, the most common one among women other than skin cancers.

Stay tuned for a special Breast Cancer Awareness Newsletter where our raffle winners will be announced!

Harlem Center Recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Nursing Homes 

We’re proud to announce that our Harlem Center was mentioned in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Nursing Homes. Harlem Center is mentioned as one of the top 13 nursing homes in NYC that received a rating of “high performing.”

Hamilton Park Center Recognized in Newsweek for Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020

Our Hamilton Park Center was also recognized this month by Newsweek for Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020.

A huge congrats to all of our hard working staff and team members who made this possible!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween, a holiday first observed by the Celts some 2,000 years ago, was celebrated at all The Allure Group’s centers.

FYI: The Celts inhabited an area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and France,  a very large trick-or-treat territory indeed.

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Costume Fun at Hamilton Park Center

Halloween Party and Celebrations at Harlem Center

Allure Celebrates National Case Management Week

Allure celebrated National Case Management Week the week of Oct. 10, a date first reserved 20 years ago by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) to honor care managers, which that organization defines as “advocates who help patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it and why those treatments are important.”

The goal of National Case Management Week is not only to celebrate those who assume such roles but also to encourage those in the field to raise awareness of the industry.

King David Center hosts a Chol Hamoed Learning Program

King David Center was excited to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot by hosting a community event for children of all ages with story teller R’ Fischel Shechter, illusionist Marc Garfinkel, and lots of exciting prizes!

Linden Center Hosts Columbus Day Parade 

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Columbus Day, which according to the Library of Congress dates back to 1792 (i.e., the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage), was observed at the Linden Center with a parade.

Crown Heights Celebrates End of Hispanic Heritage Month With A Dance Performance

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A dance performance was held in the Crown Heights Center to mark the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, the origins of which can be traced to 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation designating the week that included Sept. 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The first of those dates marks the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while the second marks Mexico’s independence. 

In 1988, Congress passed legislation designating mid September to mid October as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Linden Center Continues Art Therapy Sessions

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Art therapy sessions like those being held at the Linden Center are defined by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) as sessions that meld “knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.” 

There is, in addition, a social element to such gatherings. They can serve as stress-relievers, improve self-esteem, improve the dexterity of those struggling with one condition or another, and even sharpen the minds of those afflicted with dementia.

Melissa Powell in CFO.com

Allure COO Melissa Powell, writing for the website CFO.com, opines that a business concept known as radical transparency — i.e., complete openness within a company — certainly has its place, but is not necessarily right for every organization. The problem, she points out, is that not everyone wants to hear blunt assessments about themselves, that indeed they even have a hard time even believing they have shortcomings.

For proof, Melissa offered this example: Respondents to a 1997 survey gave themselves an 87 percent chance of getting into heaven, while putting Mother Teresa’s odds at 79 percent.

Ponder that a moment. They gave themselves a better chance of making it to the Pearly Gates than a woman who spent her life giving of herself.

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Joel Landau Pens Piece for Thriveglobal.com

In a piece for Thriveglobal.com entitled “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: What Sets A CEO Apart,” Allure Group CEO Joel Landau notes that business leaders’ top traits  are much the same as they were when Andrew Carnegie, the late steel magnate and philanthropist, outlined 31 of them over a century ago.

They include discipline and persistence, creativity and diplomacy, tact and likability. Joel, in fact, boiled Carnegie’s list to three essential qualities — relatability, adaptability and, for lack of a better word, stick-to-itiveness.

Joel noted in particular that a leader’s EQ (i.e., his emotional intelligence) was far more critical than his IQ, and added that such leaders encourage creativity, risk-taking and collaboration. He wrote that establishing a short- and long-term plan were of the utmost importance, and that a CEO should always be able to roll with the punches.

Melissa Powell Writes About Leadership During Uncertain Times

Change is constant in business, Allure COO Melissa Powell writes in a piece for Business.com entitled “How to Lead a Company in Transition,” and because of that a leader must be agile and quick-minded.

Melissa referenced a Harvard Business Review piece that calls the current business environment a VUCA World — i.e., one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — and also took note of the work of Jim Collins, head of a management lab in Boulder, Colo. Collins said change can come from within or without, and can be developmental, transitional or transformational.

Dealing with it, Melissa writes, requires discipline, transparency and creativity.

Fourth of July Celebrations Held at King David Center and Linden Center

The Fourth of July, observed as a holiday since 1870, celebrates the United States declaring its independence from Great Britain in 1776. Fun fact about the Fourth, however: Only John Hancock signed the document on that date; 55 others later followed suit.

Undeterred, the Linden Center celebrated this Independence Day with a barbecue, while the King David Center held an indoor party with festive decorations and entertainment.

Bedford Center Team-Building in Dumbo Park

The Bedford Center’s team gathered at Dumbo Park on July 27 to engage in some team-building activities, which experts have judged to be particularly important in an era marked by technological disruption and lean practices. Such activities enable workers to establish trust, understand each other and define roles. We’re so glad the Bedford team took the time to do this together!

Harlem Center Residents Exercise Outside in Nice Weather

The Harlem Center stages an exercise program every morning, Monday through Friday, but with the weather being nice it was moved to the patio this month! Not only did the residents enjoy the change of scenery but it also encouraged some neighbors from the community to join in.

Worth noting: Swimming has been judged to be the best exercise for seniors, followed by yoga, Pilates, body-weight training and resistance-band workouts.

Bedford Center Residents Visit Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo, a facility featuring 630 animals representing 100 species, was the destination when the Bedford Center’s residents ventured out on a recent day trip. Reports are that a good time was had by all!

Art Therapy Held at Linden Center

There are multiple benefits of art therapy like that which was held recently at the Linden Center. For one thing, it is intellectually stimulating and improves cognitive and motor skills. For another, it alleviates stress and anxiety. And finally, it features a social component.

Ice Cream and Pizza Party at Hamilton Park Center 

The Hamilton Park Center had a pizza/Ice cream party with its summer youth workers. We’re happy to be able to celebrate with our dedicated summer youth team.

Weekly BBQ at Crown Heights Center

The Crown Heights Center stages a barbecue every Wednesday throughout the summer. It’s a great time for residents to enjoy the nice weather and some delicious food!