When Dotty Goodman and her husband, Jim, learned their three children were throwing them a 60th anniversary party recently, they asked friends and family to make a charitable donation instead of bringing gifts. One of the organizations they suggested was Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL).
"Since moving to NewBridge on the Charles almost three years ago, we’ve come to learn a lot more about what Hebrew SeniorLife does—especially in the area of research," Mrs. Goodman explained. She was particularly intrigued by the work of Dr. Sharon Inouye, Director of the Aging Brain Center at HSL’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. Dr. Inouye is investigating Alzheimer's disease, dementia and delirium, a confused state that is preventable but all too common in older adults who are hospitalized.
"After having a double knee replacement several years ago, I had a bad reaction from the anesthesia that took days to recover from,” Mrs. Goodman recalls. "I've had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Inouye and learned about the protocols she's developed to help reduce seniors' risk of developing delirium, especially after surgery. Hospitals around the country should be aware of this information."
In addition to asking family and friends to donate, the Goodmans have made a bequest to HSL in their will. Their gift will provide funding for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementia at the Assisted Living Program at NewBridge on the Charles, in addition to research at the Aging Brain Center.
"I've always been aware of the importance of Hebrew SeniorLife's work, "Mrs. Goodman says. She and her husband became lifetime members of the organization in 1977. "Recently, it's become even more personal for me, and I'm happy to have an impact on research that is improving care for seniors not just at NewBridge, but across the country."