Jan 17, 2013
Nshei Focuses on Alzheimer's

Nshei Chabad Newletter's Shvat issue explores the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia on frum families. Plus: Rivka Teich talks about her work as a court stenographer.

By COLlive reporter

Bubbe Zelda has always been a vibrant, active personality: Cooking Shabbos meals, hosting sheva brochos (everything home-made), baking special treats with her grandchildren and flying out for simches - these were all in a day's work.

But lately the family has been noticing odd behaviors.

With alarming frequency, she locks herself out of her house and is then found pacing the street in front of her house, unable to get in. She forgets the names of her grandchildren and has begun to show personality changes as well, snapping at the children she loves so much.

The number of Alzheimer's and dementia cases has also been exploding with a growing number of the population reaching the ages of 80's and 90's. Bearing much of the burden of this unfortunate trend is the so-called "sandwich generation" -- adults in their 50's, still caring for their own children while attempting to meet the needs of their parents.

In the upcoming Shvat issue, the N'shei Chabad Newsletter presents a special supplement on Alzheimer's and dementia, filled with practical advice and support for caregivers and loved ones of people suffering from this disease and its symptoms.

Also in the Shvat issue is an article by Rivka Teich about her work as a court reporter, also known as a court stenographer, who transcribes court hearings and proceedings using machine shorthand.

"I wanted to share what I do and what I know with other Lubavitcher women and I knew the best way to do that would be through the N'shei Chabad Newsletter," she said.

"It's my favorite magazine and everyone I know reads it and loves it too. So I called Rishe Deitsch and proposed the idea to her. After a detailed conversation to understand court reporting, she agreed that it was a subject N'shei had never written about and that it would interest many women and girls.

"I'm thrilled to have such a well-respected forum as the N'shei Chabad Newsletter in which to share my career choice and hopefully encourage others to join," she said.

The Shvat includes the life story of the spirited Holocaust survivor R' Leibel Zisman of the Five Towns, hilarious recommendations for traveling overseas with children by Rivkah L. Groner of Melbourne.

Linguist Gabi Abramac writes about what lured her to Crown Heights from Croatia and there's also a collection of halachos pertinent to nursing women, compiled by Rabbi Yitzchok Zirkind OBM.

"I feel this is one of the best issues we've ever read," commented Mrs. Dvorah Chazanow, longtime proofreader of Nshei Newsletter. "I hope people take advantage of the sale and sign up in time to get it."

From now until Purim, N'shei Chabad Newsletter is offering a special sale: Pay for a 1-year subscription (5 issues) and get an extra issue free. Find our more at NSheiChabadNewsletter.com.

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From Croatia to Crown Heights: Linguist Gabi Abramac
From Croatia to Crown Heights: Linguist Gabi Abramac
Eli Hyman of Charlotte, NC, whose granddaughter Rachel Spangenthal writes about his dementia
Eli Hyman of Charlotte, NC, whose granddaughter Rachel Spangenthal writes about his dementia
A childhood photo of Holocaust survivor Leibel Zisman
A childhood photo of Holocaust survivor Leibel Zisman
Stenographer Rivka Teich at work
Stenographer Rivka Teich at work

Opinions and Comments
Can't wait to read this issue
Sounds like a super read. I applaud the staff for always giving readers interesting, warm, pertinent articles. They never shrink from addressing topics that may be uncomfortable, but must confronted and dealt with. Telchu mechayil el chayil!
(1/18/2013 1:32:10 AM)
Go LEIBEL!!!!!
(1/18/2013 4:32:29 AM)
Spread the info contained
So many articles I wish could be put up on our Lubavitcher websites! - so much wisdom and significant info! A big yasher koach to all involved in this significant magazine!
(1/18/2013 7:38:22 AM)
Beautiful cover!
Love it
(1/18/2013 10:18:36 AM)
epidemic in our lives
i can see why n'shei did a feature on alzheimer's an ddementia
it seems like an epidemic these days
as people live longer due to advances in medicine, there is more and more of this condition
and it is devastating, both to the people suffering with it and to their families
looking forward to reading about it and perhaps getting some tools
(1/18/2013 12:13:10 PM)
Can't wait!
Can't wait to get it - I love the N'shei. Something for everyone in there. The altzeimers article sounds fascinating. Something we all need to be more aware of now that people are living so much longer than they used to. It's both a blessing and a curse. Thank you N'shei chabad newsletter for always tackling the difficult topics. You pave the way for other publications to follow suit.
(1/18/2013 1:11:18 PM)
question for Gabi Abramack
what is a linguist
(1/18/2013 2:01:24 PM)
Mrs. Rofei
Leibel Krinsky is a dynamic young artist. His vision for the magazine is refreshing. This second edition since his start at the office shows his perseverance and determination to keep this magazine tznius but trendy. The pictures he took of my house really helped make the sale. Bhatzlocho
(1/18/2013 2:08:03 PM)
what pictures? what sale? your house? i find comment #8 confusing, would the author please clarify?
(1/20/2013 9:56:13 AM)
Birthday Twins
Go Rivka!! What an incredible woman to know. Both personally and professionally, Rivka Teich is an inspiration!!!
(1/20/2013 6:57:59 PM)
they just told me that
to receive shvat issue u have to subscribe before friday

rivka teich is in the shvat issue
(1/20/2013 9:35:45 PM)
Response to post #7
Thank you for your question.
A broad definition of a linguist would be that a linguist is a scientist who studies language - language form, language meaning and language in context. Linguists are also trying to describe and explain the nature of human language.
(1/21/2013 4:40:57 PM)
Kudos Nshei!
I'm looking forward to reading this new issue- I'm sure it will be a fantastic read as usual!
Thank you Nshei Chabad for giving us the best!
We love your newsletters!
(1/21/2013 8:35:20 PM)
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