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ALIVE INSIDE fundraiser a huge success!!!


thank youSam for blogWe want to send a BIG THANK YOU to Sam Ellenby! His 8th grade Capstone Project at Portland Jewish Academy (PJA) brought in over $1,300 and equipment for Cedar Sinai Park’s Music & Memory program!

Sam has always had an immense passion for music and a strong belief in the effects it can have on a person’s life. “After seeing this movie, Alive Inside, I was instantly moved by the idea of the massive potential for this form of therapy and wanted to take action in my community,” Ellenby stated. “I am putting on this benefit in hopes of spreading the word to the community, as well as being able to gather donations for the Music & Memory program at Robison. I hope to help show the world how transformative a pair of headphones and an iPod can be for people living with dementia.”

Sam’s event was a huge success!

Thank you so much! Great job, Sam! Thanks also to everyone who took the time to come and support Sam and this program. We thank you for your time, financial and equipment donations.

About the film   ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.   An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

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LeadingAge team meets with Senator Jeff Merkley

Cedar Sinai Park executives recently attended the PEAK Conference in Washinton, D.C. LeadingAge Oregon members (including CSP’s Chief Executive Officer David Fuks) visited the offices of all seven of our congressional delegates this month while in Washington DC attending the conference (a leadership summit and premier event for not-for-profit executives in aging services).

Our great team spoke with our delegates about the key issues impacting LeadingAge members and those they serve, focusing on affordable housing, financing long term services and supports, and adequate Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for high-quality post acute care.

Hill Visits-Sen Merkely-2015 smallPictured left to right:  Ruth Gulyas, CEO LeadingAge Oregon; Doug Williams, Administrator Westmoreland Union Manor; David Fuks, CEO Cedar Sinai Park; Senator Jeff Merkley; John Davis, COO, Concepts in Community Living; Dena Smith, VP of Housing, Pacific Retirement Services; Corey Hill, Administrator, Marshall Union Manor and Del Zook, CEO Rock of Ages Mennonite Home.




What is #GivingTuesday? GT_Churchill_Quote

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we also have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

What you can do:

  • You can still sign up to become a #GivingTuesday partner.
  • You can donate time, money or both to a cause of your choosing – just make sure you join the conversation on social media using the #GivingTuesday hashtag.
  • You can give online to support elders living at the Robison Home … because without your support many cannot cover their cost of care. At Cedar Sinai Park, we help our community’s elders and people with disabilities live with comfort, independence and dignity wherever they call home. Making your gift is easy, simply go to #GivingTuesdayRobison. Your gift will go to our Annual Fund to help where most needed. 

LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “Sonnet” by Robert S. Putterman

LeadingAge LogoAs every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon held a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participated in great numbers. Winners were announced publicly on February 28; 50 top-rated pieces were also be published in Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.

The following entries by RSM residents were selected as winners:

Here’s the ninth of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“Sonnet” by Robert S. Putterman

We often thirst for what is first in life,
What is that precious thing that we must know.
Because our days are often filled with strife,
It’s hard to find the purpose for this show.

Perhaps, we’ve thought, the answer is in wealth,
Although we know that that has ne’er been true,
And then the subject of our constant health
Has always been there, out there in the blue.

Since neither meet the test with errless grace
The answer lies in something else for sure.
The only truth that stares us in the face
Comes quickly through like sparkling crystal pure.

It’s loving friendship that we find comes “first”
To answer what we know is life’s main thirst.

New Occupancy Rules Foster Home-Like Environment

The Pioneer Network recently announced that the National Fire Protection Association will be implementing “revisions in health care occupancy rules to foster a more comfortable, home-like environment.” This means that regulatory agencies are coming together with providers to better serve residents while conforming to fire and safety regulations. At our very own Robison Jewish Health Center the new rules mean we’ll continue creating a more home-like space for our residents.

The adopted proposals cover the following areas, with certain limitations:

  • Small, open kitchens with stoves/cooktops are now permitted. At Robison, we’ll be able to use the stove in the Activities Room to offer a wider range of activities for residents.
  • Furniture may be provided in corridors for residents to sit and rest. We look forward to doing this for our residents.
  • “Combustible decorations” are now permitted in resident rooms and common spaces. We will encourage residents to bring more of their more artwork or other belongings to make their room feel more like home and demonstrate their uniqueness and individuality

The last adopted proposal is that gas or electric fireplaces will be allowed to be used in smoke compartments that contain sleeping rooms, but not within individual sleeping rooms.

We concur with the Pioneer Network‘s conclusion as to the benefits of the new regulations for residents:

an increased feeling that they are really “at home” due to having kitchens that resemble and function like those they had in their own homes; an increased ability to navigate the long corridors of a traditional nursing home without using a wheelchair; the ability for a resident to have more decorations on the wall and door of her or his bedroom in order to further personalize the room and maintain connections with family and community.

Please support our efforts to create a home-like environment for our residents. Donate online now. Thank you for your generosity!

Local Jewish Community Leaders Meet With HUD Representatives

Gathering of Jewish community leaders and HUD representatives at the Rose Schnitzer Tower, 9/21/11

Gathering of Jewish community leaders and HUD representatives at the Rose Schnitzer Tower, 9/21/11

On Wednesday, September 21st, Jewish community leaders, including Cedar Sinai Park CEO David Fuks, hosted a gathering at the Rose Schnitzer Tower with Jonathan Harwitz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget and Policy at the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Harwitz discussed the President’s American Jobs Act, including HUD’s Project Rebuild and its impact on the Jewish American community (Project Rebuild leverages the success of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, proposing a $15 billion allocation to purchase, rehabilitate, or redevelop foreclosed, abandoned, demolished, or vacant properties). He also informed the group of the Act’s impact on services for elders and people with mental health or special needs. Mary McBride, HUD’s Regional Director for Region X serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, represented HUD as well.

Most importantly, Mr. Harwitz listened to thoughts and concerns from the group to take back to HUD and the Administration. For example, David Fuks introduced our Kehillah Housing project and advocated for the consideration of Medicaid as a crucial program supporting elders. In addition, David discussed Cedar Sinai Park’s interest in developing a housing-with-services pilot project at the Rose Schnitzer Tower and other properties in the downtown area. This pilot project will develop health and other support services for elders and disabled residents to assist them in living in the community and avoiding institutional care.

Assistant CEO and CFO Bill Stinnett joined David in representing Cedar Sinai Park. Jewish Federation of Greater Portland President and CEO Marc Blattner, Jewish Family and Child Service Executive Director Marian Fenimore, and a variety of other community representatives shared information about their projects and collaborations.

At the end of the meeting, the group took a brief tour of Rose Schnitzer Tower, including one of its one-bedroom apartments ready to house a senior or individual with disabilities. Mr. Harwitz indicated that the quality of the residency at the Tower reflected the kind of place where he would be happy to see  his own mother residing.