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February 2013

Laughter and Health

The Best Medicine?

February 28, 2013

laughter as medicine

When was the last time you had a good laugh? It may be more important than you think. Over time, we have learned there are numerous health benefits of laughter. Not only can it relieve physical stress and tension, but boost our immune systems, including reducing stress hormones and increasing the activity of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.

Alzheimer's, spouses and sexuality

Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses dementia and sex life

February 27, 2013

Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

In 2011, Dr. Ruth Westheimer came to NewBridge on the Charles for Hebrew SeniorLife’s College of Retirement Living. During her visit, she met with Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Research, Medical and Care Team and interviewed them for the book she was then writing “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed…and Without Doing it All Yourself.”  Dr. Ruth recognized the HSL team with a special thank you in the Acknowledgements section of the book. 

Making Winter Fun for Seniors

Turn Winter Doldrums into Winter Fun

February 26, 2013

senior crafts

As children, we often have fond memories of the winter months. Remember eagerly waiting for that first snow? How about enjoying sledding or joyfully making snow angels when it finally arrived? Or hoping for a storm big enough to close school? As adults and seniors, the once beloved winter often transforms into inconvenience and isolation.

It’s important, however, to stay active and engaged when the temperatures dip. There’s fun to be had, if you have the right attitude. Don’t hibernate, but instead, look for new ventures to engage your inner child.

Here are some ways how:

Alzheimer’s disease and communication

Dr. Ruth Westheimer explains the “language of Alzheimer’s”

February 25, 2013

Dr. Ruth Kandel

In 2011, Dr. Ruth Westheimer came to NewBridge on the Charles for Hebrew SeniorLife’s College of Retirement Living. During her visit, she met with Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Research, Medical and Care Team and interviewed them for the book she was then writing “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One without Getting Overwhelmed…and Without Doing it All Yourself.”  Dr. Ruth recognized the HSL team with a special thank you in the Acknowledgements section of the book. 

Living With Dementia as a Family

Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses impact of dementia on caregiving partners

February 22, 2013

Dr. Ruth Kandel

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Protecting Against Cold

Keeping Warm in Winter Months

February 21, 2013

Protecting against cold

It seems to go without saying – make sure to dress warmly during the cold winter months. For seniors, however, it’s particularly important to protect against the cold. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at retaining heat, making older people more vulnerable to hypothermia (low body temperature) often brought on by extreme temperatures.

Hypothermia symptoms often develop slowly. You can become confused, drowsy, and have trouble speaking. If not treated immediately, hypothermia can cause life-threatening emergencies. Stay warm and safe this winter with the following tips:

Family Caregivers

Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s advice for spouses

February 20, 2013

Dr. Ruth's Guide for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Does my parent have dementia?: Noticing memory problems in aging parents

You and Your Aging Parents

February 19, 2013

Ruth Kandel

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Heart Health and Hearing Loss

The Whisper of Sweet Nothings….Can you hear them?

February 13, 2013

heart health and hearing

Here it is: February. A short month in terms of days, but a long month for many, as it is usually cold and falls between the excitement of the holidays and the anticipation of spring.

February also claims Valentine’s Day and American Heart Health Month. Speaking of hearts, did you know that there is a link between heart health and hearing health? The inner ear is extremely sensitive to blood flow. Studies have shown that a healthy cardiovascular system—a person’s heart, arteries, and veins, has a positive effect on hearing. Conversely, inadequate blood flow and trauma to the blood vessels of the inner ear can contribute to hearing loss.

Preventing Osteoporosis

Fighting off bone disease

February 12, 2013

Preventing Osteoporosis

Every year, nearly 1.5 million fractures are attributed to osteoporosis. But what causes bone disease and how can you protect yourself from it?

These are important questions – ones that scientists at the Musculoskeletal Research Center in Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research have devoted their careers to, as well as identifying all health risks associated with bone disease. While we know osteoporosis occurs when bodies lose bone or make too little of it, what causes bones to weaken and fracture more easily with age is still not completely understood.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

February 7, 2013

Seasonal Affective Disorder

It’s no secret that New Englanders are well versed in the “winter blues.” With shortened daylight and chilly temperatures, it’s easy to feel sluggish and left longing for the summer months. For some people, however, depression during the winter is a serious problem. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs the same time every year, usually beginning in the fall as the days get shorter.

Issues of an Aging Population: What Aging Challenges Should I be on the Lookout For?

You and Your Aging Parents

February 5, 2013

In the fall of 2012, Hebrew SeniorLife gathered together geriatric thought-leaders, researchers and physicians for our inaugural "You and Your Aging Parents" program, an important discussion about the steps one should take to help aging parents as they make decisions regarding health and well-being. Overwhelmingly positive response indicates the need for this information and Hebrew SeniorLife continues to offer this program. Check our events listing for upcoming events. 

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