On July 9, New England Baptist Hospital and Hebrew SeniorLife issued a joint press release announcing their preferred provider agreement. At a time when hospital mergers, affiliations and acquisitions seem to be taking place throughout Greater Boston at record speeds, why does this agreement matter to seniors and their families? Seniors and those who care for them need to pay attention to all that is happening in health care today. The landscape continues to change. We cannot afford to let our guard down. Services are being cut and seniors need advocates.
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.
Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood circulation to the brain fails, primarily due to a blood clot or narrowing of the artery leading to the brain. This deprives the brain of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. As scary as this can sound, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of suffering a stroke.
It’s important to control your blood pressure by having it checked annually and treated if it is high.
Summers in Massachusetts are wonderful. After months of ice and snow, the change in seasons finally allows us to enjoy long-awaited rituals. For many people, one of these is a summer vacation.
When you are caring for someone with dementia, the thought of a vacation may be wonderful, but the actual reality of the experience can be stressful and complicated. Caregiving is a 24/7 job wherever you are. Dementia doesn’t go away like some of the other worries we leave at home while on vacation. In fact, the change in routine can make symptoms even worse.
If you decide that travelling is important and that it brings value to you and your care partner’s life, the following suggestions may help make the process easier and safer for both of you:
A licensed mental health counselor, Tara Fleming-Caruso has been helping elders and families explore assisted living and other senior care options for almost 20 years. As the Admissions Counselor and Marketing Manager for Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Tara understands the myriad of concerns seniors and their adult children have about the aging process and navigating transitions. With a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies, Tara’s expertise spans dementia care, program development, family mediation and caregiver support.
Having a heart attack can be a frightening experience, but with the appropriate recovery approach, it’s possible to return to normal life with productive activity. It’s important to understand that having a heart attack means you will have to make changes in your life, depending on how badly your heart was damaged and what degree of heart disease you have.
Checking blood pressure is a normal part of most visits to your doctor’s office, but many patients don’t understand what the numbers mean from a medical and health perspective. It’s important to understand the basics of blood pressure, especially as we age, since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, contributing to more than 275,000 deaths each year.
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.