Dorothy said it best, “there’s no place like home.” With age, often needs for care change, which means assessing living options. Yet we can all agree that the comforts of home are always beckoning.
For that reason, many seniors make “aging in place” a high priority even as they feel their functional abilities – and sometimes their health – have begun to fade. Thankfully, with the help of home care services and home health care services, many people are able to maintain their independence in their own homes for quite some time.
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s post acute care units serve patients recovering from a variety of health conditions. Many of the patients come directly from acute care hospitals throughout Greater Boston.
Regardless of a patient’s medical condition, a team of dedicated and highly skilled professionals provide individualized therapy, often consisting of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology.
What is good health? I think it’s safe to say that the answer to that question is not the same for everyone. To some it may mean the absence of disease. For others it may be effectively managing a chronic condition. But for many of us, good health involves a combination of physical, psychosocial and emotional well-being and the interplay between all three.
One of the defining moments of my work in aging research was learning how dramatically age affects the deterioration of the skeleton. This realization motivated me to perform research focused on understanding age effects on the skeleton. Thus I have spent my career studying the impact of low bone density and working to characterize the contributors to age-related bone loss (osteoporosis). This is an area of research with the potential to help many individuals as the National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that low bone density and osteoporosis affects 54 million Americans.
I saw Pat a few months ago on one of her many visits to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. It was a beautiful spring day and she was visiting her mother so they could take in the sunshine together. I sought her out because I wanted to ask her to elaborate on feedback she sent in about Nomfundo Woods Mzamo, a certified nursing assistant at HRC, who she nominated for the “Hebrew SeniorLife ROCKS*” award.
Pat was happy to speak with me at length about the care Nomfundo has provided her mother throughout her time living at HRC. The first thing Pat told me is that Nomfundo has empathy, which she believes is very important.
It is well known that individuals with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease experience disrupted sleep-wake cycles, frequently sleeping during the day and wakeful at night. However, there is new evidence that poor sleep may actually contribute to the onset, and be an early symptom of, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Although we only get one month in the calendar year to highlight the importance of better hearing, I can assure you that your sense of hearing is important every single day of your life!
Without good hearing, we are often not connected to the sounds around us, whether it’s hearing our loved ones, hearing our doctors and nurses as they care for us in a stressful time, or hearing the sounds of springtime as it returns after a very long winter.
Are people in your world suggesting you might have hearing problems? Do you often feel left out of a group conversation? Is going to a restaurant or social event stressful for you because you just can’t follow the conversation easily?
At the heart of our philosophy to “redefine” the experience of aging for older adults is our organizational focus to meet the varying needs of older adults in our health care, housing, home and community-based services, and research and teaching. We’re helping our seniors rediscover and redefine what their lives can be through the support of HSL resources. Residents have access to our continuum of care, and connections to HSL researchers and geriatricians who are working at the forefront of aging research and senior health care. Watch the video below (produced for Hebrew SeniorLife at the time Lou transitioned to his role as president and CEO) for a full understanding of how Hebrew SeniorLife redefines aging for our residents and community at large.