I’m always impressed by seniors in our community and their commitment to healthy living. As Orchard Cove’s Vitalize360 coach, I regularly have the opportunity to help residents set and work on personal goals. It’s exciting to witness an 86-year-old woman recover from a hip fracture and commit to improve her physical fitness by taking on new activities such as swimming and Zumba. Sometimes, the goals are not related to fitness.
It’s always a pleasure to watch younger and older generations interact, especially when witnessing the special bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren. These relationships are mutually beneficial and can be strengthened by frequent, quality interactions and even long distance communications.
Picture this – a husband and wife who can no longer communicate due to dementia begin individually swaying to music, unaware of each other’s presence. Within minutes, the gentleman is leading his wife in a dance and they joyfully move together in a sweet reunion of sorts. It’s a beautiful and true moment – one that captures the ability of expressive therapies to connect with our residents on levels not always possible.
Long-term care at Hebrew SeniorLife is designed to obtain the maximum level of care for each patient in a multidisciplinary setting. Our residents in long-term care work one-on-one with a multitude of specialists—doctors, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists and spiritual workers. Our continuum of care model ensures that the unique and fluctuating health needs of every individual are addressed through our care management plans.
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Our residential communities at Hebrew SeniorLife are filled with people living diverse lifestyles who requiring varying levels of support in their lives. I frequently witness active, healthy seniors, who are busy with social engagements and enjoying new interests. They are often experiencing a more carefree lifestyle without the responsibilities of home ownership. I observe others who are benefitting more from the support of health and wellness programs, while managing chronic diseases with regular physician visits.
Research shows that creativity can help reduce stress and improve physical functioning. As we age, it’s important to explore new activities and ways to express ourselves. While it can be tempting to get stuck in a routine rut, seniors can benefit from fostering a creative mind with new experiences and ideas. From art and music to creative writing, there are endless options.
As children, we often have fond memories of the winter months. Remember eagerly waiting for that first snow? How about enjoying sledding or joyfully making snow angels when it finally arrived? Or hoping for a storm big enough to close school? As adults and seniors, the once beloved winter often transforms into inconvenience and isolation.
It’s important, however, to stay active and engaged when the temperatures dip. There’s fun to be had, if you have the right attitude. Don’t hibernate, but instead, look for new ventures to engage your inner child.
This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.
I want to lose weight. I want to be healthier. I want to get in shape. As Orchard Cove’s Vitalize360 Coach, I often hear these goals, especially as the New Year approaches. And while made with positive intentions, they are sometimes flawed in their vagueness.
Anyone who knows me, is certainly aware that I have very strong feelings about how we should deliver health care – especially to older patients. That’s why I’m so proud that I’m part of an effort to expand geriatric health care access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s primary care medical services to more and more seniors both within and beyond the walls of HSL’s senior housing communities.