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Arthritis Advice for Seniors

Tips to help reduce pain and improve range of motion

May 20, 2014

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints caused by the breakdown of cartilage, the spongy tissue that covers the ends of bones. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common is osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis— it occurs most often in the knees, hips, lower back, neck, or joints of the fingers, thumb and big toe. 

Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

August 27, 2013

Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

Have you noticed that acupuncture has been appearing in the media more and more over the past couple of years?  Articles have graced the black and white pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and color spreads appeared in Time and Newsweek magazines.  Television talk shows abound with info on how acupuncture is good for back pain, knee pain, and the nausea of chemotherapy.

Acupuncture – which is one part of Chinese Medicine, has been used around the world for the past 2000 years.  Originating in China, the use of very fine stainless steel needles inserted into specific points over the entire body has become a treatment choice for millions of people. 

Walking Health for Seniors

March 26, 2013

Walking Health for Seniors

Fitness can be intimidating to many seniors. What’s safe? What’s effective? Where’s a good place to begin? The good news is you don’t need fancy gym equipment or a high-impact aerobics class to complete quality exercise that’s beneficial to your health. All you need is motivation and your own two feet.

Walking regularly is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise available. You can proceed at your own pace and reap the benefits – including a healthier heart, lower stress and higher energy levels.

Glimpsing the Future of Primary Care for Seniors

December 27, 2012

geriatric care

Anyone who knows me, is certainly aware that I have very strong feelings about how we should deliver health care – especially to older patients. That’s why I’m so proud that I’m part of an effort to expand geriatric health care access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s primary care medical services to more and more seniors both within and beyond the walls of HSL’s senior housing communities. In October, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially announce the opening of Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group located in the Sloane Family/Century Bank Primary & Specialty Care Center in Brookline.  For the first time any senior who wishes to can take advantage of our specialized services.

Be the CEO of Your Health Care

November 27, 2012

Manage your health care

Aging can be associated with limitations and a loss of independence. That’s why I’m thrilled to witness an empowering movement in senior health care in which patients play more active roles to improve medical conditions and truly take control of their own destinies.

Senior health care doesn’t have to be a matter of strictly following doctor’s orders. In fact, when patients set specific goals, overcome obstacles and meet objectives, it can be a powerful experience, beneficial to both their confidence and health. 

By taking ownership of one’s health care, whether it’s learning to cope with a medical condition or trying new strategies to improve one, patients become the CEO of their care, invested and committed to the most important business – their health.

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.

Arthritis strikes both old and young, but can be particularly debilitating in older adults. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis which occurs when the joint’s cartilage, the part that cushions the ends of bones, begins to breakdown. It is the most common of more than 100 forms of arthritis.

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