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August 2012

Study shows that social activity contributes to a long, healthy life

August 30, 2012

staying active

Stay connected-and we don’t just mean online! Research has shown that maintaining social engagement with people contributes to longer and healthier lives. A study conducted by Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research showed survival rates among socially active long-term care patients were greater than they were for those who were not.

You can build your social network of friends and family by setting a goal of getting out of the house regularly.

Here are a few ideas I share with seniors about how they can make that happen:

Candidate Elizabeth Warren To Visit Orchard Cove

August 28, 2012

elizabeth warren

Why did Orchard Cove invite Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren to meet with our community this Thursday, August 30?

Evaluating sleep disorders in older adults

August 23, 2012

elderly dancer

There’s no question sleep disturbances affect most of the population at some point in time. However, over half of the elderly suffer from difficulty sleeping. More than 50 percent of people over the age of 65 who live in the community and nearly two-thirds of seniors living in an institutionalized setting are affected by sleep disturbances.

Why is this so?

Nature trails mean peaceful strolls, pleasant surprises

Walking provides major benefits for healthy aging

August 16, 2012

NewBridge on the Charles

The benefits of walking are well known, especially when it comes to seniors. Because of this, NewBridge on the Charles makes it easy for residents to include walking as a part of their daily routine. Thanks to some smart designing, walking at NewBridge is much more than putting one foot in front of the other.

Why it’s important to reduce cholesterol numbers as we age

August 14, 2012

monitoring cholesterol

As a staff geriatrician for Hebrew SeniorLife, I often tell my patients: “You’ve got to work on lowering your cholesterol number.” High cholesterol levels are widespread because we absorb cholesterol from certain foods we eat. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, cholesterol is broken down into LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). While LDL can cause plaque buildup on artery walls, HDL helps reduce plaque. LDL can lead to cardiovascular problems and put you at risk for stroke and heart disease.

What’s an ideal number?

Tips to help seniors treat arthritis and maintain joint flexibility

August 9, 2012

treating arthritis

As an expert on arthritis, I’m often asked for the best tips on how seniors can stay flexible even while struggling with the pain and stiffness this disease often brings. While there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, there are a number of steps you can take to care for your joints to either prevent or control the disease.

The philosophy behind creating healthy meals for seniors in independent living

August 7, 2012

Sal Filetti, Director of Food and Beverage at NewBridge on the Charles

 

Food for our residents is more important than ever. Not only does it need to be nutritious, it needs to be tasty and appealing to the eye. Sal Filetti, Director of Food and Beverage at NewBridge on the Charles, took on the challenge of developing and implementing a “food philosophy” which will guide his department in meeting the needs and desires of NewBridge residents. I recently sat down with him for a quick Q and A on what this means:

Q. What is the NewBridge “food philosophy”?

Vitalize360 wellness program is showing incredible results

Personalized health program can help you successfully achieve your goals

August 2, 2012

Older adult exercising

While many retirement communities only provide regular exercise classes and fitness equipment, the Vitalize360 program at Orchard Cove goes further by providing individualized fitness programs for its residents.

You can improve the lives of seniors today, and for generations to come.

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