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A Senior Living Wellness Program Designed for Every Resident

Watch the video below for insights into the success of our Vitalize 360 program

December 20, 2017

Orchard Cove residents participating in a fitness class onsite.

Eight years ago, we partnered with Kendal senior living communities to develop a holistic wellness program for residents at our Orchard Cove community in Canton, MA. Using the knowledge and expertise of Hebrew SeniorLife staff, including researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), and our Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians, the Vitalize 360 program was born.

Healthy Eating For Successful Living in Older Adults

Free program helps seniors better manage their health through nutrition

June 19, 2014

Healthy Eating For Successful Living in Older Adults

Healthy eating and physical activity are important at any age, but they can be critical to prevent the development and progression of chronic disease in older adults. Our Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ program helps participants better manage their health through nutrition and activity.

Most program participants have one or more chronic conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. But the program also benefits individuals who have been healthy and active throughout their lives and want to be more proactive about wellness.

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Don’t let chronic illness get in the way of practicing healthy behaviors

March 4, 2014

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Making time for exercise is no easy matter.  We’re all occupied with our daily routines, countless activities, and projects that force us to put exercise on the back burner. 

But like anything else, those things that take hard work and commitment show the greatest results.  Yes, I’m talking about exercise. 

It’s one of the things you just have to make a commitment to doing and stick with it.  For individuals with a chronic medical condition, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.  Just like taking your prescribed medications or sticking to a diet, exercise requires the same degree of commitment.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Winter may be near, but there’s still plenty you can do for a healthy heart

December 5, 2013

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Gone is the belief that growing older means inevitable and irreversible physical decline. Thanks to aging research, including that conducted in the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, we now know that not only is physical activity possible at any age, but it is beneficial— from staying heart healthy, to helping prevent falls, to slowing the onslaught of dementia.

Health Goals for Older Adults

Embracing the Potential of Aging

April 11, 2013

Health Goals for Older Adults

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. I’ve watched watch a man revitalize his work as an artist at the age of 79 and discover new passions, such as singing in our choral group.

New Year, New Goals

Fitness in the new year

January 3, 2013

senior fitness

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. 

In several of our evidence-based programs at Hebrew SeniorLife, we use a goal planning system known as SMART, meaning that goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time specific.

Fitness Together

The Get Up and Go Exercise Program for Older Adults at HRC

November 8, 2012

older adult exercise

If you’ve been following the blog, you may recall that last week I shared the story of Alvin Nigrosh, who underwent physical rehabilitation at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) after receiving surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to remove blood clots in his legs. Alvin stayed at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center until he was able to get back on his feet again.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Physical Rehabilitation for Seniors

November 1, 2012


Following emergency surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to remove blood clots in his legs, Alvin Nigrosh came to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to regain his strength and get back on his feet again with physical rehabilitation. He worked closely with our doctors and physical therapists to get moving. Before his surgery, Alvin was very physically active so getting up and moving again was a goal he took seriously! With the encouragement of our specialists, Alvin was able to recover from his surgery and walk blood-clot (and pain) free.

Vitalize360 wellness program is showing incredible results

Personalized health program can help you successfully achieve your goals

August 2, 2012

Older adult exercising

While many retirement communities only provide regular exercise classes and fitness equipment, the Vitalize360 program at Orchard Cove goes further by providing individualized fitness programs for its residents. This groundbreaking approach—featured in a recent issue of the New York Times—takes the guesswork out of senior health and fitness and provides many benefits.

You can improve the lives of seniors today, and for generations to come.

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