Hebrew SeniorLife Raises More Than $1.2 Million at EngAGE 2020

Virtual Event Featured Governor Charlie Baker, Yo-Yo Ma, and Kelli O’Hara

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BOSTON – Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, announced that it raised more than $1.2 million at EngAGE 2020. In keeping with state guidelines for physical distancing and safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, EngAGE 2020 was a virtual event this year, with more than 400 guests in attendance via video.

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Senior Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and Medical Director of the Center for Memory Health, spoke about brain health and its relationship to preventing cognitive decline as we age. Governor Charlie Baker spoke about Hebrew SeniorLife’s important role in leading the state in setting infection-control standards for senior care during the pandemic.

Guests also heard from residents who shared their experiences living at Hebrew SeniorLife, as well as family members and staff who reflected on Hebrew SeniorLife and their lives during the pandemic. Guests also enjoyed musical performances by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara.

“EngAGE 2020 far exceeded our expectations,” said Lou Woolf, Hebrew SeniorLife’s President and CEO. “This year, as a reimagined virtual event, we were all uplifted by listening to the wise words of some of our residents, as well as some heartfelt thoughts from families and staff deeply affected by the pandemic. We are humbled by the generous support from donors at this time, and we wish them all well.”

All proceeds generated by EngAGE 2020 fund Hebrew SeniorLife’s work to provide extraordinary health care, strengthen our senior communities, conduct research on aging, and teach new generations of geriatricians and care providers. Hebrew SeniorLife is the only senior care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School and it is home to the only long-term chronic care teaching hospital in the United States.

For more information about EngAGE 2020, visit hslengage.org.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the nonprofit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org/ or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.