Tag: aging

The Elderly as the Key to a Priceless Treasure

As a TJF fellow, I have been blessed twice with the chance to work with our elderly at the Cedar Village retirement community. Initially, this was an intimidating and, if I dare say, depressing experience. I could not stop reflecting on all the negative aspects of old age, and I was focusing my thoughts almost exclusively on the obvious and…

A Spring Reflection on a Year of Service

Arise my beloved, my fair one, come away! For now the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of singing has come, and the song of the turtledove is heard in our land. The green figs form on the fig tree, the vines in blossom give off fragrance. Arise,…

Honoring Our Elders as They Age

How old is the oldest person you know? A bizarre question, I will grant that, but I mean it in earnest. We live in a rapidly aging society in which people over the age of 65 constitute the fastest growing demographic. Looking even closer at this cohort, the balance is tipped toward those over 85, as Rabbi Richard Address suggested…