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“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders” on March 10

Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai Family Home Services, invite you to a new family support group:

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders”

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the well-being of your loved one.

We are here to tell you that you are not Holding Hands with Elderly Patientalone.

“It Takes a Village” meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Rose Schnitzer Manor. The group is facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service, and Sarah Wheeler, Social Services Director at Robison Jewish Health Center.  Participants have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.

Monday, March 10th, 7:00 p.m.

May Living Room at Rose Schnitzer Manor  – 6140 SW Boundary Street, Portland

Please contact Irit Mandelsberg at 503.535.4212 or at to reserve your place today.

Packing Your Caregiver Success Kit

As part of the Chicken Soup Lecture Series, we hope you will join us for “Packing Your Caregiver Success Kit” on Sunday, March 30th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 p.m. Attend this lecture for the roadmap to a positive family care experience.


The road to a healthy caregiving experience is easier to navigate when you’re aware of the common roadblocks. Learn all the tips for a successful journey from an expert and educator in the field of aging.

Vicki Schmall, Ph.D., author of The Caregiver Helpbook:  Powerful Tools for Caregiving, will teach how to maintain your personal well-being, while providing care and support.

Caregiving involves many challenges.  

Family caregivers often need to master new skills, develop new ways to relate to a family member, and make difficult decisions. Surprisingly, one of the greatest challenges happens to be taking care of yourself. Learn how to maintain your personal well-being, while providing care and support to your family member.

  • The positive and negative approaches to caregiving
  • The impact of differing approaches
  • A question and answer session

Caregivers and their family members are all welcome to attend and learn from one of the leading authorities in the field of aging.

When the going gets tough, we’re here to help.

Should your loved one eventually need more help than you’re able to provide at home, you can both make your home at Rose Schnitzer Manor and enjoy a whole new peace of mind.

The first five people who RSVP and attend the workshop will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Schmall’s book, The Caregiver Helpbook:  Powerful Tools for Caregiving.

Call (503) 862-2077 to RSVP or visit us at Please RSVP by Sunday, March 23.

Coffee Circle


Schedule a visit to see Rose Schnitzer Manor for yourself and receive a $10 New Seasons Gift Card, plus a box full of delicious goodies — fresh from our on-site, kosher bakery.


Wellness Fair at Rose Schnitzer Manor

Getting a hearing aid checkCedar Sinai Park’s Rose Schnitzer Manor hosted a Wellness Fair this week. Residents were invited to get brake inspections for their walkers, wheelchairs or scooters. They were also able to have their blood pressure or weight checked, along with having any hearing aid issues addressed.


Residents happily their turn.



We are thankful to our staff for taking the time to set up a successful Wellness fair and taking such good care of our residents.

Preparing for Oregon’s Shake Out Fire Drill Thursday 11/17

ShakeOut_Oregon_2013_Poster_DCH_ProtectThe Great Oregon Shake Out earthquake drill is on October 17th at 10:17 am. During the drill you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On for about 60 seconds.  Each site will determine how they will initiate the drill and signal that it is over.  Options include a PA announcement or a loud whistle.

Federal, State, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Great Shake Out earthquake drills are opportunities to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.  You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

• DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

• Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

• HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.  Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking.

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.

In a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

If you have clients or visitors at this time encourage them to participate.

For more information, go to ShakeOut_Oregon_2013_Poster_DCH_Protect


One Resident’s Art

Bill Cohen and Ronnie Schechter standing by Shelia Springer Cohen's artwork

Bill Cohen and Ronnie Schechter standing by Sheila Springer Cohen’s artwork Winter Solstice.

Sheila Cohen Springer joined Cedar Sinai Park’s community in April of 2008 where she lived at Rose Schnitzer Manor for ten months. For the next four years, she was a resident of Robison’s Miriam Suite. Professional printmaker and teacher, beloved wife, mother, sister, and aunt, Sheila Ruth Cohen Springer passed away peacefully on February 4, 2013, from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Grace Rubin, Sheila’s sister shared, “It was obvious to everyone that besides being surrounded by pretty things, Sheila loved the musical activities in Miriam Suite and Robison’s Day Care Center.  She often spoke about the gentle and caring attention of all the Wing’s aides and nurses, both men and women.” Ronnie Schechter RN RCM memory care community recalls that, “Sheila was a beautiful lady who loved art, music, dance and even when she couldn’t express herself verbally  due to the progression of her Alzheimer’s disease, she always had a smile and clapped along to the music. We thank her family for the gift of her art work. We will remember her always.”

Sheila attended Pratt Institute, was a widely recognized artist and respected teacher. Sheila was the owner and operator of the Imprimery Graphics Workshop, Biloxi, MS, and was a Master Printmaker specializing in the intaglio technique. She exhibited nationally since 1960, winning numerous major awards in painting and graphics. Her works were purchased for many public and private collections. In 1970, Springer was one of the founders and resident artists of the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT and, in 1986, was instrumental in founding ArtWave, an alliance of professional artists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 destroyed her house and studio. It also took a major toll on her health. Joining Cedar Sinai Park’s Adult Day Program offered her opportunities to continue creating artwork. She especially enjoyed collage making. Grace Rubin says this about her sister’s artistic talent and vision: “Sheila had a strong philosophy of art. She wanted to put beauty in daily life and we were all the recipients of that passion.” We are grateful to Bill Cohen, Sheila’s son, for donating a piece of her artwork. The majority of Sheila’s intaglio prints express her love of natural wonders and, appropriately, the title of the print given to Robison Health Center by Sheila’s family is:  Winter Solstice. It resides in the hall close to Miriam Suite where Sheila resided for over four years. It is a stunning piece of art that our staff and residents are enjoying daily.

Health Fair for All

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Last week, Cedar Sinai Park’s Affordable Housing buildings hosted Health Fairs. Each of the four buildings, spent an afternoon sharing knowledge and resources with their residents. The vendors provided information about health insurance, retirement savings, and taking the patron’s blood sugar levels.

Oregon Food Bank had a table to inform residents of the programs they offer, many healthy food recipes, and sample shopping list to stay within a budget. The five healthy snacks were examples of the recipes they will teach interested tenets in their upcoming cooking class. The 1200 building will be partnering with Oregon Food Bank to offer a 7 week free cooking class this winter. The class emphasizes healthy food on a budget and provides attendees with a free bag of groceries at the end of each session.

Elder Place Oregon, AARP,  and CareOregon Advantage were also represented at the Health Fair. There was a well attended Health and Wellness Bingo that was a great learning tool. The residents were appreciative of the opportunity to spend time with their neighbors and the use of their shared space for hosting events. We are thankful to our staff for taking the time to set up a successful Health and Wellness fair. Mazel Tov!