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The Month of Love

When it comes to matters of the heart, there is no better time than February, National Heart Health Month, to talk about the hearts that beat, and the hearts that love. While love and compassion are a year-round activity at our communities, we take extra care in February to remind everyone of their special relationships, cultivated inside and outside of the JCHC community. Family comes first, of course, but for many residents the relationships with each other, and with our staff, are no less special.

This month, our residents and staff will enjoy free heart health checkups. On “Wear Red” Day, it’s going to be colorful here as everyone digs through their wardrobe for that one bright red piece of clothing they never get to wear… Later in the month, we’ll have some “love-centered” activities, and maybe even some sweet treats! Follow us on Facebook to follow along! 

Building On Our Success at the JCHC

Thanks to the generous support from donors like you, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) has been meeting the dynamic needs of seniors in our community for over 40 years. 

Calling All Shuls!

Are you an active member of your synagogue? Do you have a hankering to give back to the community that has nurtured you? Would you like to be part of helping JCHC raise awareness of our good works?

“Calling all Shuls!” is an initiative we are launching to formally introduce the JCHC to every synagogue in the area and let them know exactly how they can get involved in the work we do for seniors. Whether you are handing out flyers to your congregation, facilitating a presentation of the JCHC at your shul, or even volunteering at our community, we promise that that you will love how you feel making a difference in the lives of these seniors. 

To start, the JCHC would love to conduct a presentation at each synagogue, introducing ourselves and our compassionate senior care services, along with coordinating group tours of our senior living communities in Morris County and Essex County. 

If you feel that your synagogue (or one you know) might be willing to  “shul” some love to the JCHC,  please contact JCHC Director of Development, Amy Epstein, at AmyE@JCHCorp.org to make an introduction. 


The Spunky Broads of the JCHC

February is the month of love, heart awareness, and in case you didn’t know, it is also SPUNKY BROADS month! As you can imagine, we have the pleasure of being around these resilient, intelligent, fun loving women all the time here at Lester Senior Living. We Love You Ladies! 

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Love of Making Even More of a Difference!

The JCHC will never stop working for our residents and their families. We won’t stop advocating for them, or showing up with our support, and we continue to count on our community to make it all possible.  

Important Information About Matching Your JCHC Gift:

  • The Jewish Community Housing Corporation is not classified as a religious organization by the IRS.
  • JCHC  is a 501(c)3 organization.
  • Our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 22-2540505. This number is required on certain companies’ matching gift forms.
  • Your company will match your gift only once the JCHC has received your donation. Matching gift programs do not match pledges.
  • Some companies participate in broader workplace giving programs, which may include giving to JCHC through payroll deduction. Please contact your employer or our Matching Gifts department for more information. 

For the Love of Heart Health

In case you hadn’t noticed, Aging can cause changes in the heart and blood vessels. For example, as you get older, your heart can’t beat as fast during physical activity or times of stress as it did when you were younger. It also takes you longer to recover from physical activity. Interestingly, the number of heartbeats per minute (heart rate) at rest, however, does not change significantly with normal aging.

The most common aging change is increased stiffness of the large arteries, called arteriosclerosis, or commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries.” This causes high blood pressure, or hypertension, which becomes more common as we age. Factors such as family genetics, fatty diets, overeating and obesity, smoking or diabetes can all contribute to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Still, it is never too late to embrace a heart healthy lifestyle, that improves heart functioning at any age. Quit smoking. Learn to love a salad. Skip the dessert cart. Go for a nice long walk, every day. And, just in case, see a doctor regularly who can steer you in the right direction.

At Lester Senior Living, our residents take advantage of our recently renovated onsite medical clinic, and the health care professionals who staff it, every day. With their gentle encouragement and monitoring, the hearts and arteries of our residents are in good hands!

For more information on heart health as we age, visit the National Institute on Aging here.

We Love to Eat. Mitchell Loves to Cook.

Caring for Those Who Took Care of Us.


How REM Sleep Affects
Your Heart

February is Heart Awareness Month and you’ve probably heard all about how diet and exercise can keep your heart healthy by now. But, did you know that sleep directly correlates to heart health? REM and non-REM sleep is actually crucial for your heart rate. In this article, we will go over how this affects your heart health and different ways seniors can achieve better sleep. 


Dark Chocolate Recipe to Benefit Senior Health

You have probably heard the age-old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but has anyone ever told you that a sweet treat, like dark chocolate, could improve your health as well Studies suggest that eating raw unprocessed cocoa, a natural rich source of flavanols, can positively increase energy levels, raise exercise stamina, and improve other measures of heart health in inactive older adults. 


American Heart Month: Tips to Avoid Heart Disease

American Heart Month, a federally recognized event, is a great reminder for Americans to focus on their hearts. Heart awareness in a time of  COVID-19 seems particularly important. Simply put, there is no better time to prioritize our health and the health of our senior family members. Simple lifestyle changes can not only prevent heart disease, but can also strengthen the possibility of living longer with a much healthier heart.

Heller Dining Room

Lester Senior Living Updates

We are pleased to report that the first phase of the Lester renovation project, with the focus being on the first and second floors of the Heller Independent Living Apartments and the Weston Assisted Living Residence, has successfully been completed.  Some of the highlights of the completed work include:

  • An upgraded and expanded Medical Suite, enhancing the waiting room and adding more examination rooms, meeting the growing needs among residents for such services and providing better patient privacy and confidentiality for meetings between residents, family members and medical professionals;  Special thanks to the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for their major financial support with this initiative.

  • A reconfigured  Heller community dining room, moving away from the more institutional dining setting to one that is now facilitating resident choice; when and with whom they can eat, as well as proper storage for walkers and wheelchairs while residents are dining;

  • New seating, tables and other furniture that address the mobility limitations faced by a growing number of our senior residents;
  •  Additional fitness opportunities such as a second area in Heller area with work-out equipment and a clear path  on the second floor around the atrium for walking;

  • A new, state-of-the-art cinema experience and improvements to audio and visual systems in other locations throughout the building, making the shared experience accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight issues; and,

  • Other aesthetic, lighting and improvements in community rooms and common areas enhancing socialization, while making the building more visually appealing.

We are now moving on to the second phase of the Lester renovation project, which will focus on improvements to the grounds around the building; reinventing our backyard to incorporate outdoor events with dining, raised gardening beds and a new layout and furniture for more and better outdoor activities and social gatherings. 

Even after the back courtyard upgrades have been completed (hopefully by the end of this coming summer), there will still be much more work to be done at Lester Senior Housing.  There is additional outdoor work that we have planned for the front of the building.  After that, we plan to upgrade both the independent living apartments and the assisted living units, introducing new safety and other accessibility features in our apartments, such as walk-in showers, new kitchen appliances and additional lower shelving.

A look inside Lester's Renovations

We are asking the Greater MetroWest Jewish Community to consider adding your support to these important initiatives. With our work together, resident families have greater peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe, happy, and living with high quality of life.

For questions or information, please contact Amy Epstein, JCHC Director of Development:  
AmyE@jchcorp.org – 973-530-3966

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