New Business Launched as Tribute is Paid to Legacies of Others - Senior Quest Provides Guidance as Aging Adults Face Transitions

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Senior Quest, a senior healthcare social services company dedicated to assisting elderly adults in northern New Jersey, honored the contributions made by the Boyajian Family; the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, NJ; the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research in Belmont, Massachusetts; and Flat Rock Brook Nature Association in Englewood, NJ as it officially launched its services recently.

Senior Quest, a senior healthcare social services company dedicated to assisting elderly adults in northern New Jersey, honored the contributions made by the Boyajian Family and three organizations as it officially launched its services recently. Silva Avedis, founder of Senior Quest has long been inspired by the good work being done by the people and organizations that have touched her life. “I truly believe that every stage of life is precious and made more special by all the good we do for others along the way,” explains Silva. When it came to launching her services it seemed only natural that she would focus attention on people and organizations devoted to others.

With the same kind of energy and enthusiasm that is evident when Silva is assisting her elderly clients and their families manage the transitions of aging, she contacted organizations and people who serve as personal inspirations to her: The Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, NJ; the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research in Belmont, Massachusetts; Flat Rock Brook Nature Association in Englewood, NJ and the family of Levon and Gloria Boyajian, former residents of Englewood, to ask their involvement in an afternoon event she called Legacies Live On.

Those invited to the Boyajian home for the event included faithful supporters of one or more of the organizations being honored and others who admired the late Dr. Levon Boyajian and his wife Gloria who now lives in New Hampshire. The Boyajian family was instrumental in welcoming Silva and her family to the United States when she was just a child of nine. “I learned from my aunt and uncle and so many others along the way the importance of giving back to a community and leaving a legacy for future generations,” Silva explains. “I am inspired by their efforts.”

Dr. Boyajian was a graduate of Yale Medical School and a well-respected psychiatrist who was committed to research and education especially in the Armenian culture. Throughout his lifetime he was an ardent supporter of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, an organization that was founded in 1955 by prominent Armenian-Americans and is dedicated to the advancement of Armenian studies through education and research.

Gloria Boyajian worked as an interior designer for much of her professional life but always found time to volunteer to organizations within her community. In the early 70’s, she served on the Conservation Commission in Englewood and was one of the founding members of Flat Rock Brook Nature Center where she actively wrote grants for money to buy land that became part of Flat Rock Brook and where she later served as a volunteer trail guide for many years. The Nature Center, which sits adjacent to the Boyajian home, is dedicated to maintaining and preserving this land as a natural sanctuary for plant and animal life in our urban area and as a natural environment available to the public for trail walks.

In addition to honoring the legacy of Levon and Gloria Boyajian, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, the event commemorated the good work being done at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly where she continues to manage all of the admissions and social work care. The Home is operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a pontifical congregation of nuns who have dedicated their lives to caring for the elderly. “My own grandmother is a resident at the Home,” Silva says. “The skilled care, love and compassion that is shown to residents every day is so touching. They are cared for with the dignity and respect they so deserve.”

The autumn air was filled with sunshine and the Boyajian family home was bustling with activity as guests enjoyed the authentic Armenian food and learned about the organizations being honored. Those who were inclined to do so, enjoyed a hike on the nature trails at Flat Rock Brook. The event successfully raised funds for all three of the organizations through generous donors who believed in one or more of the organizations and their dedicated mission.

“I was very pleased to be able to sponsor this event,” Silva reflects. “I feel like it serves as a fitting backdrop for me as I launch Senior Quest. I have a deep respect for all that a person has given through their lifetime and I am honored to be in a position to assist elderly citizens as they transition to a different stage of life.” To see photos and highlights of the event and to learn more about Senior Quest, Inc. log on to http://www.seniorquestnj.com.

About Silva Avedis and Senior Quest - Silva Avedis is a certified social worker who has been helping people find solutions to life’s challenges for over thirty years. Her diverse geriatric background includes hospital-based discharge planning, private case management, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programming, as well as admissions coordination and social work services in a geriatric care facility.

Senior Quest provides personalized geriatric care management services, assisting aging adults and their loved ones find solutions to the changes life brings. Whether it is a living situation that is no longer working; daily chores that have become overwhelming; legal and financial management that needs oversight; or assistance in understanding how to get qualified benefits from private health insurance policies and Medicare, Senior Quest is focused on finding solutions that are right for each individual and their specific needs. To learn more go to http://www.seniorquestnj.com.

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