Hebrew SeniorLife created the word ReAge to reflect the breadth and depth of services we offer: providing world-class health care; building innovative senior communities; funding groundbreaking research; and teaching future generations of geriatricians.
ReAge, a combination of “redefine” and “aging,” means to question everything about the aging process. Through ReAging, we are challenging conventions in order to create and implement new standard-of-care approaches that will positively impact the lives of older adults.
Elaine Abrams, MPH, RN, CHES, joined HSL in December 2013 bringing with her more than 25 years of nursing, public health, and health education experience. Her areas of expertise include community health assessment, program development and management, and health communications. A graduate of University of Connecticut Graduate Program in Public Health, Elaine has held several leadership roles including President-elect at the Connecticut Public Health Association, the state affiliate of the American Public Health Association, where she also served for several years on the Board of Directors...More about this blogger
Dr. Alpert joined the Department of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Alpert obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology and biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and previously served as associate medical director at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Alpert is a clinical instructor in medicine in the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Jane Baker is the Community Relations Specialist for Orchard Cove in Canton and NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, the Continuing Care Retirement Communities of Hebrew SeniorLife. Jane oversees marketing communications and community relations for both communities and brings more than 20 years of experience in branding, advertising, public relations and marketing communications with national and international clients.
Dr. Sarah berry obtained her bachelor's degree from Auburn University, her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and her master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and a fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Multi-campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Berry, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, is primarily interested in osteoporosis and outcomes following osteoporotic fractures in the community and nursing home settings. She...More about this blogger
Rabbi Blumberg is Rabbinic Director of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care. Previously, he was a Staff Chaplain here at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, with special focus on the acute care units and the Palliative Care Team. He is an alumnus of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, having completed two units here. He is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shir Tikva, and has rabbinic experience in school and agency settings as well. Rabbi Blumberg has a particular interest in the ethics of end-of-life care.
Gail Bork oversees volunteer services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She has more than 20 years’ business experience that encompasses increasing non-profit organizations’ profitability and mission awareness by developing fundraising programs, managing capital campaigns, volunteer management and driving philanthropic efforts through strategic planning, tactical marketing, and innovative/organizational leadership.
As the Social Services Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, Robin Bromberg manages all social services for long-term care residents at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Boston campus, including supervising both staff social workers and graduate-level interns. Robin earned her masters of social work at Simmons College and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Tufts University.
As a member of the Hebrew SeniorLife marketing communications team, Bill Burgey is responsible for leading marketing initiatives for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. He takes great pride in working with staff at all levels of the organization to achieve desired results.
He is responsible for the recent launch of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s long-term care lead generation campaign and works on projects to strengthen branding ties between HSL and its health care services. Bill works with the marketing teams at Boston area hospitals to develop strategic communications plans around...More about this blogger
Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured in the Boston Globe's Senior Set on hearing loss.
Lynda is the Multigenerational Program Manager for Hebrew SeniorLife, and has focused much of her work to date on programming at NewBridge on the Charles and its partnerships with the neighboring Rashi School and the Dedham Public Schools. Lynda is responsible for overseeing and developing multigenerational programs for all of Hebrew Senior Life’s housing communities, as this cutting edge approach enhances senior living, and positively impact child development. Lynda sits on the National Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves and is an active board member at The Rashi School....More about this blogger
Stephen Colwell is responsible for creating and maintaining an exceptional living environment on the NewBridge on the Charles campus. He oversees activities, programming and services provided in the community center, food and beverage areas, and physical maintenance operations on the campus. He has more than 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Mr. Colwell has an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
Regina joined the Expressive Therapies team in 1995 as a staff music therapist and is head of HRC Expressive Therapies training program in collaboration with Lesley University Graduate School. She received a Master’s degree from St. Petersburg ‘s conservatoire in Musicology and Composition and then completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with Specialization in Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Regina is a licensed mental health counselor and a member of American Music Therapy Association. She also received a certificate in Neurologic music therapy...More about this blogger
Jennifer Davis is the Director of Marketing Communications at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has been with HSL for more than a decade and is deeply committed to the organization’s mission to “honor our elders, by respecting and promoting their independence, spiritual vigor, dignity and choice, and by recognizing that they are a resource to be cherished.” Through an integrated approach, using both electronic and print media, she works with a team of communication specialists to make HSL’s diverse expertise in senior living communities, health care, research and teaching accessible to as many...More about this blogger
Hali Diecidue is the staff chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She has worked at HRC for 12 years as a chaplain to residents, families and staff, leading weekly religious services, Jewish holiday services, memorial services, and other religious prayer rituals, as well as functioning in the role of cantor. In addition, she provides pastoral care to residents, chaplaincy support to staff and family members, and coordinates Christian worship services. Ms. Diecidue, who has completed four units of clinical pastoral education training, has expertise in the pastoral care of people with...More about this blogger
Terri Febo is Development Communications Specialist and Writer at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she focuses on communications that help donors understand how their philanthropy has the power to redefine aging. Terri has more than ten years’ experience with communications, marketing, media relations, writing, digital communications, and direct response fundraising in agency and nonprofit settings. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.
Susan Flashner-Fineman is Orchard Cove’s Vitality 360 Coach. She had been the Fitness Director at Orchard Cove for the past ten years.
"As the Vitality 360 coach, my mission is to guide and inspire each and every resident to live their best life possible ....one of fulfillment and satisfaction. The Vitality 360 program takes a very proactive approach to lifetime wellness. I believe this approach empowers residents to really think about their lives and their legacy. Together residents and I engage in meaningful conversations about all aspects of life including health, nutrition,...More about this blogger
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.
Dr. Tamara G. Fong is an Assistant Scientist II at the Aging Brain Center and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fong's research focuses on the causes and treatments of cognitive decline and dementia and is supported by a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging. Her clinical activities include an outpatient clinic at in the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she evaluates and treats patients with Alzheimer's disease, diffuse Lewy body disease, fronto-temporal dementia, vascular dementia, and mild...More about this blogger
As a community marketing specialist, Dana Gitell collaborates with the larger NewBridge on the Charles and Hebrew SeniorLife marketing teams to plan and execute integrated marketing communications campaigns that support both the Assisted Living community at NewBridge on the Charles as well as Hebrew SeniorLife’s broader digital marketing objectives.
Primary research interests focus on understanding the etiology of musculoskeletal diseases and interventions for osteoporosis, specifically: 1) the epidemiology of age-related osteoporosis and arthritis; 2) the influence of foot disorders on physical function and falls; and 3) the influence of dietary and other risk factors on bone loss in elders. Dr. Hannan is the principal investigator on a number of NIH grants and has had continuous NIH funding since 1996. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Hannan collaborates closely with other investigators in the large musculoskeletal unit at HSL, using the...More about this blogger
Sharon Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., is a geriatrician at HRC, senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research, and director of its Aging Brain Center. She also holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease at IFAR. Dr. Inouye received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and her master's in public health from Yale University. She completed a residency at the UCSF, an internal medicine fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in geriatrics and clinical epidemiology at Yale. Her research focuses on the...More about this blogger
James R. Jewell is responsible for the supervision and development of the medical providers, coordination with the interdisciplinary team in the provision of quality health care, and will also serve as an attending physician member of the team. Prior to HSL, he held several appointments at United Health Services/Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, NY, including Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Jewell...More about this blogger
Ruth Kandel obtained her bachelor's degree from State University of New York, Buffalo and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and a geriatrics fellowship at Bedford Veteran's Administration Hospital/Boston University Medical Center. She provides inpatient primary care and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests include Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders, and...More about this blogger
My primary research interests are in the area of osteoporosis and related fractures, including falls, nutritional factors, genetics, and frailty. Much of my work has been carried out in association with the Framingham Study, which includes an ancillary study called the Framingham Osteoporosis Study. In addition, I am interested in clinical trials of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions to preserve bone mass and prevent fractures.
Lisa Lee has been part of the NewBridge on the Charles marketing team since 2008 and the Orchard Cove marketing team since 2010. In addition to general marketing activities including presentations, website updates and event planning, Lisa develops and maintains all reporting and statistical analysis for the NewBridge and Orchard Cove teams. Prior to HSL, Lisa was the marketing director for an IT services company. Connect with Lisa on NewBridge Facebook page.
Rachel Lerner is responsible for managing all legal and compliance affairs across Hebrew SeniorLife. She oversees HSL’s Compliance Program and counsels the organization on a diverse array of legal issues that arise from HSL’s healthcare, housing, research and teaching operations. Rachel has spent her entire career working with healthcare and senior living organizations. After earning her law degree from New York University School of Law, she worked for a number of years as a healthcare transactional and regulatory attorney in a national law firm. She then served as Associate General...More about this blogger
Lewis Lipsitz, M.D., has spent most of his career in geriatric medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), where he currently serves as vice president for academic medicine and director of the Institute for Aging Research. He also holds the Irving and Edyth S. Usen and Family Chair in Medical Research. In addition to his positions at HSL, he is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Lipsitz's research interests include falls, fainting, blood pressure regulation, cognitive dysfunction, and...More about this blogger
Laurie Manjikian studied Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire and Tufts University, and held several other positions, before beginning a fifteen year career in Rehabilitation Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. She currently serves as the Director of Rehabilitation for the organization, overseeing 130 employees providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and audiology services across three campuses.
Eran D. Metzger, M.D., is director of psychiatry at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Board certified in psychiatry, neurology and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Metzger's clinical interests focus on the interfaces between medical illness and emotional disorders, as well as medical ethics. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his internship at Brockton Hospital and his residency and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. An assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Metzger's research interests include...More about this blogger
Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. She is a clinical epidemiologist and board certified geriatrician and internist in Canada and the United States. Dr. Mitchell's research interests focus on decision-making, health outcomes, and resource utilization for older people near the end-of-life, particularly those with dementia. She is the principal investigator on several large research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the end-stages of dementia and has been a lead author on many...More about this blogger
As a member of the Hebrew SeniorLife senior operations team, Mary Moscato will draw on her dynamic background in health care operations and management to lead the organization in its commitment to providing the highest quality care available to seniors in Greater Boston. In addition, she will help develop the organization’s strategic plans in further expansion of its health care services.
Ms. Moscato has nearly three decades of health care leadership and most recently served as president and CEO for Care Alternatives, a multi-state provider of community-based health care services. ...More about this blogger
Evelyn O’Neill is the Manager of Outpatient exercise programs at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. With a BS in Education and 30 years of long-term care experience working with frail elders, she has been working at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the last 24 years. She has been the lead interventionist on all of the landmark exercise trials carried out by Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh and colleges at HRC, including the NIH-funded multi-center exercise trials FICSIT, ROYBAL, and HEAL. She was part of the team that developed the Fit For Your Life exercise program. As a Member of the...More about this blogger
Sara Paasche-Orlow is the Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this position, she established the nation's only Jewish geriatric clinical pastoral education (CPE) program accredited by ACPE, Inc. and has placed chaplains and CPE students throughout the HSL system. Rabbi Sara was ordained in the Conservative Movement at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has focused her work on serving Jews of all backgrounds and denominations.
Nancy Reed joined HRC in 2009 and served on the management team that opened HRC at NewBridge. In this role, she oversees the model of care for older adults with cognitive impairments, and is responsible for staff coaching and education, staff supervision, project management, and the development of family partnerships that help create a sense of community.
Before joining HRC, Nancy was Corporate Director of Dementia Services at SunBridge Healthcare in Boston. During her career, she has held a number of executive positions in organizations providing services to seniors in assisted...More about this blogger
Tammy Retalic is the Vice President of Nursing and Patient and Family-Centered Care Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston. She has nearly 25 years of health care experience and spent the past eight years at Hebrew SeniorLife working with the organization’s leadership team, employees and seniors as the Director of Professional Development, Infection Control and Occupational Health. She works closely with the Quality and Regulatory Affairs team to guarantee HSL’s clinical quality standards are achieved. Prior to joining HSL in 2004, Retalic worked at Marlborough Hospital in...More about this blogger
Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, is a staff geriatrician at HRC. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency in internal medicine at Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Rhodes-Kropf, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, completed a geriatrics fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Fred Rowland, Ph.D., M.D. is a Medical Director of Long-Term Care and Clinical Operations, overseeing both the HRC Boston and Dedham campuses. Dr. Rowland served as the Chief, Section of Geriatric Medicine for the Department of Medicine, Director of the Medical Ethics Program, and Director of the Palliative Care Team at Saint Francis Hospital. Dr. Rowland served as Medical Director of Campus Facilities and Programs at Mercy Community Health in West Hartford, Conn., Medical Director of Masonicare Hospice, and held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University...More about this blogger
Aline Russotto is an executive director of Orchard Cove, where she oversees the administration and operations of HSL’s award-winning continuing care retirement community in Canton. She has served in a variety of capacities at Orchard Cove for the past 12 years, most recently as associate executive director. She also led the creation of the successful Vitality 360 program through which residents make lifestyle changes that lead not only to improved health, but a richer quality of life.
Emily B. Saltz is the founder and Director of Elder Resources, a private practice providing a full range of geriatric care management services for elderly clients and their families since 1992. The Elder Resources team includes four geriatric care managers serving the greater Boston area.
Emily received her Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University and is...More about this blogger
Elizabeth (Lisa) Samelson is an Associate Scientist at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her major areas of research include excessive curvature of the thoracic spine (hyperkyphosis), osteoporosis and related fractures, and the links between bone and vascular calcification. Dr. Samelson co-directs the Advanced Research Training Seminar in the HSL - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Samelson received a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University and completed a...More about this blogger
Robert Schreiber, M.D., provides oversight of the Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group, which offers primary and specialty care services to older adults. He is also involved in promoting new initiatives, including new models of care at HSL's long-term care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and senior housing sites. Prior to joining HSL, Dr. Schreiber served as chairman of geriatrics at Lahey Clinic and held leadership positions at several Boston area long-term care facilities. He is board certified...More about this blogger
Kathy J. Seltzer obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Rochester, NY and her diploma in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, MA. She participated in advanced training at the International Acupuncture Training Center in Beijing, China where she worked in an orthopedic clinic at Beijing Hospital. She has been a core curriculum faculty and the Dean of Clinical Education at the New England School of Acupuncture and she frequently lectures at area hospitals, health centers, senior centers, and conferences.
She provides...More about this blogger
Cynthia Shulman is a former Board Chair at Hebrew SeniorLife and a resident of NewBridge on the Charles.
Ruth Silah is the Clinical Nutrition Manager & Dining Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston. Ruth is committed to providing excellent/quality nutrition care to the residents at HRC in collaboration with her nutrition team (Diet Office) as well as her wait staff (Resident Main Dining Room). Ruth has more than ten years of healthcare experience which included Adult and Neonate Acute Care as well as Adult Rehabilitation.
Ruth Stark is the Corporate Director of CCRC Marketing at Hebrew SeniorLife. She has been with HSL for 14 years, having previously served as the organization's Director of Corporate Communications. In her current role, she oversees the sale of independent living units at NewBridge on the Charles and Orchard Cove, as well as responsible for all marketing activities, member stewardship, community building and outreach to both communities. Prior to HSL, Ruth served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. Ruth holds a Bachelor's Degree in...More about this blogger
Julie Wade has been an employee with HSL for over 17 years in Roslindale as both Sr. Recreation Therapist and Clinical Supervisor of the Recreation Therapy Department. Julie is committed to providing meaningful leisure, educational and cultural programs to our residents and was actively involved with the development of the new campus.
Julie has received her BS in Health and Physical Education and has had additional graduate work in Therapeutic Recreation. Julie is a National Certified Activity Consultant, and has received the State award for Activity Director of the Year.
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Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a renowned psychosexual therapist whose straightforward approach to sex and relationship advice has made her an American icon for decades. In addition to having appeared in every form of media, she is the author of 36 books including her latest “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver”
To learn more about Dr. Ruth, visit her website www.drruth.com.
Dr. Lynn Wittman is an optometrist on the medical staff at Hebrew SeniorLife. She is available for vision related appointments in the outpatient practice at NBOC. Dr. Wittman is a graduate of the New England College of optometry. In addition to her HSL practice, Dr. Wittman works at Newton Eye in Wellesley. She is available to see NewBridge residents on Wednesday mornings.
Mira Genser Woods has been a Hebrew SeniorLife volunteer for more than 20 years, and currently serves as President of the Friends of Hebrew SeniorLife and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. As President of the Friends, Mira leads the group in supporting HSL through service to seniors, fundraising, and raising awareness about the organization. Mira is the founder of MG Communications, which provides public relations and strategic marketing services. She has done award-winning work for Fortune 50 companies to start-up organizations in the technology and consumer technology field...
Letty Zander, 95, has been a resident of Orchard Cove for 7 years. A University of Chicago graduate and former psychiatric social worker, Letty continues to be politically active at Orchard Cove and is currently chair of the Orchard Cove Health Committee.