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Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Physical Rehabilitation for Seniors

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Alvin
Alvin

Following emergency surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to remove blood clots in his legs, Alvin Nigrosh came to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to regain his strength and get back on his feet again with physical rehabilitation. He worked closely with our doctors and physical therapists to get moving. Before his surgery, Alvin was very physically active so getting up and moving again was a goal he took seriously! With the encouragement of our specialists, Alvin was able to recover from his surgery and walk blood-clot (and pain) free.

It’s that kind of supervised care that we offer to all senior members of the community, not just those recovering from an injury or surgical procedure. As part of the Get Up and Go Program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, anyone in the community age 60 can use an affordable gym under the supervision of trained professionals.

There’s not just a physical benefit of an exercise program, there is a strong social and psychological aspect as well. We know exercise is very important for decreasing depression, insomnia and loneliness among seniors. Exercising communally is a great way to be among peers and increase health.

As Alvin puts it so nicely in the video below, “Everyone should do something that makes them feel alive, and when you feel alive, you get better.”

Hear more about Alvin’s physical rehabilitation experiences at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and learn some exercise tips from our Hebrew Rehabilitation Center professionals to develop your own exercise program. 

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Manager of Outpatient exercise programs at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

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...

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