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Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Resident Gain Back Confidence

January 27, 2016

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Resident Gain Back Confidence

About 90 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease have trouble with their speech. Thanks to Lee Silverman Voice Technique, a voice therapy offered at Hebrew SeniorLife, Helene “Honey” Deutch, a Hebrew Rehabilitation Dedham resident living with Parkinson’s disease, has seen remarkable improvements in her ability to communicate with others. Along with being able to speak, Honey has regained her confidence and enjoys all that life has to offer.

Dance and Music Therapy Helps Residents with Parkinson’s at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Dance for Parkinson’s disease program recently established at HRC

December 9, 2015

Dancers for PD at the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group (image: www.brooklynparkinsongroup.org)

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, our expressive therapy staff helps to bring out the best in our long-term care residents. Staff considers each resident’s unique background and creates meaningful ways for residents to engage with one another and the world around them.

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 2, 2015

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

Music can transcend words and reach deep into the soul to provide comfort, healing and awakening. Our music therapy program at Hebrew SeniorLife engages even the frailest of seniors in our care, providing a way to engage with the world, increase socialization and improve quality of life. Watch the video below to see the effect music therapy has on our residents. 

Hebrew SeniorLife Welcomes New Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services

A Q&A with Maureen Bannan, Hebrew SeniorLife’s new Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services

October 29, 2015

Hebrew SeniorLife has a new Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services, Maureen Bannan, RN, MA. I recently spoke with Maureen about her experiences working in health care and her vision for Hebrew SeniorLife.

Can you share a little bit about your experience in home and community health services?

A Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care Volunteer Tells His Story

September 16, 2015

A Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care Volunteer Tells His Story

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care volunteer Bill Shulman comes from a family with deep roots in Boston’s Jewish Community and a connection to Hebrew SeniorLife that spans generations. I sat down with him recently to learn about his experience as a hospice volunteer.

JD: There are many volunteer opportunities in Boston. What motivated you to become an HSL Hospice Care volunteer?

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Rabbi Sara reflects on the changes in LGBT care

September 9, 2015

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Yom Kippur is referred to in the book of Leviticus as sabbath of sabbaths, and the double use of the word communicates a completely restful Shabbat, the Shabbat of all Shabbats. Rosh Hashana, the 7 days in between, and Yom Kippur are a time of reflecting on our lives. We literally pause, stop in our tracks, to assess, and recalibrate. The prayers, songs, and time in community are all ways to support our process of deep reflection — and in that time of suspension, we experience what the Torah understands to be a Shabbat shabbaton, a time of complete rest.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

How you can prevent and treat a common cause of vision loss

September 2, 2015

Vision loss is a common concern for my patients as they get older, and something that I discuss often with the residents I see at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. One of the most common causes of vision loss for those over age 60 is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It accounts for 90 percent of new cases of legal blindness in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know to recognize, prevent, and treat AMD.

Making Sense of Delirium and Improving Life for Older Adults

August 5, 2015

Making Sense of Delirium and Improving Life for Older Adults

As a newly trained attending physician, I vividly remember several patients who became extremely confused during their stay at the hospital. They were disoriented, and had problems with attention and memory. I realized that something was wrong. What was causing their confusion? They were all older adults and had been admitted for different conditions such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease, and cancer.

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

Donors H.E.L.P. Build a Lifeline for Employees

July 23, 2015

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

First in a series of occasional blog posts highlighting Hebrew SeniorLife donors who are redefining the experience of aging through their generosity.

Four years ago, Hebrew SeniorLife Board Member Harold Kotler found himself at Hebrew Rehabilitation

Center in Boston—but this time, as a patient.

ACO Partnerships in Senior Living

How partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations benefit HSL seniors

March 19, 2015

ACO Partnerships in Senior Living

The ACO playbook you need today. This is the title of the panel discussion I served on at the recent Senior Living 100 Leadership Conference. Senior Living 100 is the annual destination for the nation’s most progressive senior living organizations, and it was a privilege to represent HSL.

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