Heights synagogue hosts free Nov. 1 talk and lunch on challenges of aging

Beth Wachter and Judie Amsel will speak about “The Challenges of Growing Older” at Beth El – The Heights Synagogue, after services on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Lunch and Learn event is open and free to all.

Wachter, who has a bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Miami College and a master’s in social work from Smith College, will address challenges of aging, including the issues of cognitive decline and dementia; safety concerns and the risk of falls; caregiver issues and resources; the importance of social engagement and mental stimulation; the need for physical activity and exercise; and the necessity of good nutrition. 

Amsel has master’s degrees in social service administration and management of nonprofit organizations. She plans a brief discussion about medical decision-making issues, including how to plan ahead while you are still able to make decisions about the care you would like to receive in the event of a severe accident or developed a debilitating condition, so that your caregivers can carry out those wishes if and when you are no longer able to make decisions yourself. 

Non-members should call Joel Genuth at 617-943-2076 to make lunch reservations. Lunch will start at about 12:15 p.m. Beth El – The Heights Synagogue is located at 3246 Desota Ave. in Cleveland Heights.

Carol Bruml

Carol Bruml is the communications chair and newsletter editor for Beth El - The Heights Synagogue.

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