Join us on facebook   best-nursing-homes-2014
Donate  |  Join Our Email List  |  Directions
Call us anytime toll free at  
1.800.567.3646  
Tips on geriatric health and living a full life written by our President and CEO, Daniel Reingold.
News & Events

Featured Blog Posts
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
August 06, 2014
Our Global Aging Community
April 23, 2014
The Return of the F Word
February 5, 2014
2013: A Year of Milestones and Memories
December 23, 2013
Holiday Gatherings
December 6, 2013
Growing Old in China
October 23, 2013
Move It!
July 3, 2013
Grandparent-proofing Your Home
June 10, 2013
Walking on Sunshine
May 30, 2013
Memory Matters
May 17, 2013
Hearts of Gold
May 10, 2013
Finding Balance in Alzheimer’s Care
March 12, 2013
Celebrating Social Work
February 26, 2013
Valentine's Day, At Any Age
February 07, 2013
The “F” Word
January 16, 2013
A New Year’s Resolution to Close the Generation Gap
December 26, 2012
Playing Detective with Older Relatives During the Holidays
December 06, 2012
Weathering the Storm
November 08, 2012
Baby Boomers are Golden
October 01, 2012
Generations
September 06, 2012


>Dan's Blog

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Ask a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker about baseball, and you are guaranteed to get an earful about the best team, best player, and most memorable moment. Baseball is truly America’s pastime – a sport that connects us all, regardless of age, gender or income. We found that baseball resonates with our residents too. We’ve asked them about baseball, specifically Yankees baseball, and we heard about Joltin’ Joe, the “Mick” and the endless summer days sitting in the bleachers shouting “Let’s Go Yankees.”

To us, baseball is more than a sport. It plays a larger role in the fabric of our lives, across the generations. This summer, we brought baseball to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in a multitude of platforms. Our recently opened Yankees Dugout exhibition began as a tribute to Mantle, DiMaggio and Jeter and quickly became so much more as we realized that baseball, much like music, is a window of communication for older adults. It is a powerful theme that brings back cherished memories, sparks dialogues among the generations, and is a launchpad for creativity.

The Yankees Dugout exhibition features authentic Yankee collectibles, from a hand-written page of Joe Di’Maggio’s diary to turnstiles from the old Yankee Stadium. All on loan from Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports. While this memorabilia spans seven decades and is quite valuable, its true value rests in its power to foster memories -- of playing ball with the kids in the backyard, taking them to their first professional baseball game and relishing that quality family time that is priceless.

We have integrated baseball into our therapeutic activities throughout the nursing home, featuring it as the subject of the Home’s poetry groups, a topic of conversation on Memory Care floors, and an opportunity for intergenerational dialogue and connection among residents and their family and friends.

I encourage you to visit the Hebrew Home’s Yankees Dugout and use it as an opportunity to share memories, learn about a loved one and simply enjoy America’s pastime. And when you can, as they say,…”Play ball!”


President & CEO

 

 
comments powered by Disqus


The Hebrew Home at Riverdale | 5901 Palisade Avenue | Riverdale, New York 10471
Switchboard: 718.581.1000

Copyright © Hebrew Home of Riverdale, 2010. Privacy Policy | Site Map

Home About Us Services Testimonials Family News & Events Employment Contact