We dedicate ourselves to one commitment - to change what it means to age now and for future generations.
In the coming decades, an unprecedented number of seniors will want, need, and deserve more services than are currently available. Coupled with the increased need for services, older adults increasingly want and expect to live out their senior years to the fullest. This new reality makes our commitment more relevant than ever.
In our resolve to question everything about the aging process we are redefining the experience of aging. We're not repeating what others have done; we're reimagining what else is possible.
To solve the deep and complex problems of an aging population, we draw upon the power of our staff, volunteer leaders and generous donors. Our community of support sustains and nourishes us as we take on these difficult tasks, and we cannot thank all of you enough.
Hebrew SeniorLife has a rich history that began with responding to the unique needs of a minority community that had suffered from anti-Semitism and often the traumas of war and immigration. This history informs our current commitment to serving communities in need, and intentionally welcoming people of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, gender expression, and sexual orientations. In our senior living communities, outpatient and community based services, long-term care and post-acute care units, the needs of our residents and patients come first and foremost. To this end, HSL is proud to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors.
To serve LGBT older adults, HSL developed best practices, guiding principles, and policies to insure inclusiveness and safety guided by training from the LGBT Aging Project. The LGBT Aging Project, part of the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.
Along with education, staff members throughout Hebrew SeniorLife are working to create an informed, welcoming and inclusive community. It is our belief that all individuals are entitled to receive respectful services and health care in a safe and inclusive environment.
In recent decades communities have become more and more segregated by age. Older adults can become isolated and increasingly have fewer relationships with the young and the young do not have the opportunity to understand and value aging. HSL is committed to ensuring that the seniors who live in our communities, as well as others in our care, and young people share educational and social activities on a regular basis.
On all campuses, our residents, patients and those in adult day health programs have ample opportunity to spend time with youngsters from a number of local schools and organizations. This is a mutually beneficial relationship. The young people bring liveliness and joy into the community and our seniors in turn spend hours reading, tutoring, and participating in learning activities with the students.