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Liminality: What It Is and What to Do About It

Liminality: What It Is and What to Do About It

“Why Isn’t Mom Feeling at Home Yet?” Liminality: What It Is and What to Do About It As the “baby boomers” move into their later years, it is clear that the number of older adults needing comprehensive care will certainly increase, and probably at a more dramatic rate than it is now. Frequent are the […]

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Do Not Go Past Your Servant

Do Not Go Past Your Servant

“If It Please You, Do Not Go Past Your Servant…” Praying to G-d—Shavuot—giving of the Ten Commandments, recalling when G-d first spoke, we re-commit to hearing the Voice again. Leading the service, I see Alice drop her book. Always in the front, where she wants to be. Yet for years, due to progressive MS, she […]

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The Divinity of Dementia

The Divinity of Dementia

Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails me. (Psalm 71:9). I often think of this verse whenever I look into the eyes of first-time visitors to our Jewish nursing home and see the fear of growing old, of becoming frail, of being in the “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4).

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