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New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults

May 5, 2016

New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults

Scientists working in musculoskeletal research now have a tool that allows us to examine bones in a whole new way with cutting edge technology in the form of high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Currently clinicians measure bone density using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which is useful in gauging bone strength, but does not tell the whole story.

Rabbi Ran Marathon to Raise Money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education program

Marathon effort supports HSL’s unique chaplaincy training program

May 4, 2016

Rabbi Jim Morgan and patient.

Rabbi Jim Morgan is rabbi and chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline. He ran the Vermont City Marathon on May 29 to raise money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, in which he recently completed his third unit of training. The CPE program trains rabbis, rabbinical and seminary students, leaders of many faiths, and qualified health care professionals to become chaplains.

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Video captures intergenerational program in action

April 21, 2016

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Nursing students begin their careers with the understanding that caring for ill and frail people will include having a large population of seniors as their patients. And while caring for them in times of greatest need is vitally important, they often never have the opportunity to get to know patients as people and relate to their more specific medical needs associated with aging.

Meeting the Home Care Needs of Patients with Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

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April 14, 2016

Meeting the Home Care Needs of Patients with Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

For patients who want to be home but need ongoing care that can't be managed by friends or family, home health care services can be invaluable. Patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, particularly benefit from receiving care in a familiar environment.

Flexibility, creativity, and consistency all come into play when providing home care services to this population: It's about promoting maximum independence while maintaining safety.

Generally, Medicare and managed care insurance will cover home care if there is a skilled need for services and the patient is homebound. Services typically include:

Adult Day Health at Hebrew SeniorLife Redefines Aging

Participants find purpose at Great Days for Seniors, an adult day care program outside of Boston

March 24, 2016

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Adult Day Health Program, Great Days for Seniors serves a diverse group of older adults with a wide range of needs both medical and social. Together, the seniors make up an engaged community supported by an exceptional staff and funding from BNY Mellon as well as Hinda and Arthur Marcus. Hear what their family members have to say about Great Days for Seniors

Improving Treatment of Depression in Older Adults

Expanding the MARPEH Model

March 9, 2016

Improving Treatment of Depression in Older Adults

Identifying and effectively treating older patients who suffer from depression continues to be a challenge. Primary care providers (PCPs) tend to screen for and treat depression, and although well-intentioned, treatment in a primary care setting does not always yield the best outcome for older patients.

PCPs actually now screen patients for depression more often than they used to, however increased screening has not always led to better treatment. Depression in older adults can present differently than in younger patients, and PCPs who aren’t aware of that may underestimate the severity of depression in their older patients.

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

“Everyone is Equal in the Gym”

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

When you think of therapies and supports for a senior living with dementia, your first question may not be “how often can she get to the gym?” But the latest research shows that physical exercise may be an effective treatment – not only for risk reduction – but also to help those already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia live better lives.

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Patient Gain Back Confidence

January 27, 2016

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Patient 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 patient 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.

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?

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