Mr. Schwartz’ aunt, Evelyn Glazer, has resided at Wilentz since July 2012. The Wilentz Residence offers affordable independent living apartments for senior citizens.
“I have always been very impressed with the quality of the facility and caring staff. It’s well run, bright, clean and a cheerful place, and my aunt has really been thriving there,” said Schwartz, who wanted to show his gratitude by gifting the residents with something that would enhance their quality of life.
Schwartz approached Olga Miccio, Executive Director at The Lena and David T. Wilentz Senior Residence, asking what he could do to “pay it forward” and he selected from a “wish list” items that would make a difference in the lives of the residents.
The list, according to Miccio, , also included a cabinet for the large television in the residence lobby, a new VCR or DVD player, as well as an iPod and speaker docking station and a jukebox.
After choosing the computers for his donation, Schwartz spoke to the IT (information technology) employees at his company, which is a wholesaler of fruits and vegetables. They helped Schwartz select four Novo brand computers for the donation. The computers are currently housed in a dedicated computer room on the fourth floor of Wilentz.
“The computers are fairly compact, bright, easy to use and not susceptible to breaking. They include a built-in keyboard and monitor and are bigger than a laptop computer,” Schwartz explained. “The residents are already using and enjoying them.”
He discussed with Miccio the type of software that would best serve the residents and both agreed that email capability was important.
When explaining why he chose to donate computers to the seniors, he said, “Most people think that seniors are not adept at using computers, but it really connects them to the outside world.”
“My aunt was fortunate enough to get into this wonderful place (Wilentz) and it was important for us to give back to the seniors there,” he concluded.
Miccio said, “We were so pleased that Mr. Schwartz feels so grateful for the care that his aunt receives. It is nice when family members can show their appreciation for the work we do here in this manner.” “The gift of the computers is especially beneficial because the residents are able to correspond with their families and grandchildren,”
Initially, Wilentz was able to offer technology to its residents through a grant given by AT&T many years ago. Since then, those computers have become quite outdated.
“The screens on these computers are larger and the font appears larger for the residents to see easier,” she said. “Basically, they use the computers to correspond and play cards. They keep the residents in touch with the outside world and it is so important for them to maintain contact with their families, for which this generous gift allows.”
The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living which is comprised of The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence which includes Jaffa Gate Memory care neighborhood, The Martin and Edith Stein Hospice, The Lena and David T. Wilentz Senior Residence, Wilf Transport, Wilf At Home, and The Foundation at the Wilf Campus. For more information contact us at 732-568-1155 (tel:732-568-