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8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

February 4, 2015

heart health

February is American Heart Health month, which makes it a great time to make changes that can improve the health of your heart. As a geriatrician at Center Communities of Brookline, I’m thrilled when patients want to make changes to positively impact their health, especially the health of the heart. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure) continues to be the number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Holiday Recipes

December 8, 2014

Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Holiday Recipes

Ahhhhhh, the holidays are here, the sweet wonderful holidays. And we all know what that means… get togethers and sweet treats! I love this time of the year, but I know a lot of people dread it. Work parties, family gatherings, drinks with friends all can be a challenge on our belts. I try to tell my clients that this is what we train for. The holiday season is our Superbowl. My motto is we workout so we can enjoy our life, and part of enjoying life is being social and a big part of being social is eating and drinking with your family and friends. So enjoy it!

Volunteer your time this holiday season

‘Tis the Season for Giving Back

November 23, 2014

Volunteer your time this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for many of us when our thoughts turn naturally to bringing joy to others, especially children, seniors, and families in need.

Many faiths include giving back as part of their holiday traditions. For Jews, performing a mitzvah means to do a good deed, or charitable act. Many Jewish people even have a tradition of volunteering on Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or are just reflecting on the end of another year, December presents many opportunities for volunteer service.

Spread the Word, Not the Flu

It’s just a cold…or is it?

November 12, 2014

Flu vaccination for older adults

When I was in nursing school in the mid eighties, I had not yet attained influenza vaccination enlightenment, and in the middle of that winter season, I got the flu. What ensued was a week of being bedridden. I was unable to eat, drink or move. I was helpless. I had a high fever, body aches and the whole week was a complete blur, except for the one thing I remember very clearly. I was so sick, I came very close to asking my roommate to give me a Tylenol suppository. I was too embarrassed, so I suffered through it.

The Mind-Body Connection in Older Age

A Q&A with ABC’s Dan Harris and our own HSL researcher about the relationship between the physical and mental well-being

October 23, 2014

The Mind-Body Connection in Older Age

In 2004, ABC News journalist Dan Harris experienced a panic attack while reading the news on Good Morning America. This led him down a path of exploring the connection between our mind and our bodies, ultimately finding meditation as an answer to quieting his “internal narrator.” Dan wrote about his journey in the best-selling book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Works – a True Story.

Yom Kippur Fasting Exceptions

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

September 25, 2014

Is it safe for seniors to fast on Yom Kippur?

For many Jewish elders, fasting on Yom Kippur is a religious and cultural imperative as well as a life-long tradition. In fact, many seniors who may not be traditional in other ways continue the practice of abstaining from all food on this holiest day of the Jewish year, the Day of Atonement.

But is it safe for seniors to fast? And what does Judaism have to say for those whose health issues may make fasting dangerous?

Hearing Aid Innovations

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

September 9, 2014

Smart Phones, Smart Hearing Aids!

Almost all of my hearing aid patients ask me “what’s new” in the world of hearing aids when they come in for their check ups.

How to Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Consuming a Dose of Dairy a Day Can Help Keep Hip Fractures Away!

September 2, 2014

How to Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become weak and are more likely to break. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. Therefore, researchers are continuing to work towards finding strategies to improve bone health and decrease osteoporosis risk.

An Important Vaccine for Seniors

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to ask your PCP about this “3-in-1”vaccine

August 26, 2014

An Important Vaccine for Seniors

Generally speaking, seniors want to do all they can to stay healthy. Sometimes my patients tell me there’s just too much information available, and they are not sure what advice is important and should be followed. A question I hear over and over again is: What vaccines do I really need?

Electronic Medical Records at Long-Term Care Facilities

Hebrew SeniorLife has embraced Electronic Medical Records in long-term and post-acute care

August 19, 2014

Electronic Medical Records at Long-Term Care Facilities

I’m pleased to join HSL’s blogging team, representing Information Technology (IT) in health care. I thought for my first post, I’d begin by reflecting on Hebrew SeniorLife’s pioneering effort to bring electronic medical records (EMR) to the long-term and post-acute care environment.

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