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Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Now Offered to Greater Boston Community

Support groups for stroke survivors and their families are safe spaces to share experiences

September 14, 2016

Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) offers stroke support groups in Dedham and Boston. Patients recovering from a stroke and preparing for discharge from one of our post acute care units or from one of our partner hospitals, like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are encouraged to get involved.

Why I Became a Hospice Care Nurse

August 31, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care Nurse Shares Story

The universe nudged me toward becoming a hospice care nurse. I guess you could say that it was my calling. I’ve been a hospice nurse for almost three years now with Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care.

I have a couple of theories as to why I became a hospice nurse. First: as humans, we all have fears about getting older and what the dying process holds. I want to believe that if I hold enough hands in my lifetime – there will be plenty of hands to hold mine at end-of-life. That’s me being completely honest. But it’s certainly not the whole story.

Information for older adults on the Zika Virus and Summertime Mosquitoes

July 11, 2016

Information for older adults on the Zika Virus

Summertime is filled with picnics, day trips to the beach and nights under the stars. It’s also a season known for insects, bugs and mosquitoes. 

Just the mention of mosquitoes is enough to put people on edge because of the Zika virus. It’s a growing concern. To date, much of the attention the Zika virus has received in the news has focused on pregnant women and the severe birth defects in babies born to women suspected of having the virus. While pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant are being advised to take precautions, including postponing travel to regions where the risk is high, what about older adults?

The Zika virus can make people sick for up to a week with generally mild symptoms that include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes and headache.

Think You May Have Difficulty Hearing? Get Tested!

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month 2016 at Hebrew SeniorLife

May 11, 2016

Think You May Have Difficulty Hearing? Get Tested!

Each year in May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness around issues concerning hearing and speech.

What does “better” mean when it comes to hearing?

For those who don’t have hearing issues, hearing happens passively. We hear whether we want to or not. But if you have hearing loss, hearing becomes an activity that requires participation, energy, concentration and focus.

Innovative Vitalize360 Wellness Program Infuses Orchard Cove Residents with Sense of Purpose and Expands to Community at Large

April 29, 2016

Orchard Cove resident Natalie Linden

While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives. One major reason for this is Vitalize360 TM, an award-winning, innovative, centered wellness coaching and assessment system that originated at Orchard Cove in 2003.

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:

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.

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