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Geriatrics Training Benefits Students and Residents at Hebrew SeniorLife

Medical students at Harvard partake in a day of geriatrics training with HSL staff, residents, and patients

September 8, 2017

Harvard Medical students meet with a Center Communities of Brookline resident in her apartment.

97-year-old NewBridge Resident Co-authors Book of Essays on Aging

A conversation with father-daughter co-authors of “Aging Wisely… Wisdom of our Elders”

August 31, 2017

NewBridge on the Charles resident Irving Silverman with daughter Ellen Beth Siegel

Be they age seventy-five or ninety-five, residents at NewBridge on the Charles bring with them a lifetime of experiences upon moving into our independent living community in Dedham, Massachusetts. 97-year-old Irving Silverman is no exception.

Meaning through the Arts: Expressive Therapy at Assisted Living NewBridge

A conversation with Leticia Prieto Alvarez, longtime Hebrew SeniorLife music therapist and Memory Care Program Manager at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles

July 19, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife Music Therapist Leticia Prieto Alvarez

You’ve been with Hebrew SeniorLife for several years. Can you share a little about your background and your career at HSL?

I came to Boston from Spain on a Fulbright scholarship to do a masters-level viola performance degree at New England Conservatory. In Boston, I discovered the incredible world of music therapy and the field fascinated me. I found that the combination of science and art was a calling and a home for me in a way I never experienced as a performer or teacher. I then earned a second master’s degree in expressive art therapy at Lesley University and became a licensed mental health counselor.

Seniors and Civic Duty: 5 Reasons Community Involvement Can be Great for Health

June 28, 2017

NewBridge on the Charles resident Frankie Wolff actively volunteers in her community.

Independence Day is just around the corner, and for most of us, this marks the official beginning of the summer slow-down. It’s a time when we gather around the BBQ, at the beach, or beside the pool with our family, friends, and a heaping scoop of macaroni salad. We share war stories of the winter weather we’ve left behind, and look forward to the next few months of warm, sunny days. What we rarely do, and probably should, is remember what Independence Day is truly about, and reflect on our role as American citizens.

Why I Marched in the Boston Pride Parade

Hebrew SeniorLife residents and staff share their experiences from the Boston Pride Parade

June 21, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife staff, residents, and supporters at Boston Pride Parade 2017

On Saturday, June 10th, Hebrew SeniorLife was proud to celebrate inclusivity and equality by participating in the Boston Pride Parade. About 30 HSL staff, their family members, and seniors marched under beautiful blue skies and with spirits high. HSL was honored to participate – and to sponsor the LGBT Senior Pride Coalition’s annual Silver Party for LGBT seniors earlier in the week – as part of our commitment to celebrating diversity and honoring LGBT elders.

Notes From the Field of Geriatric Medicine: In conversation with a NewBridge geriatrician

A Q&A with Dr. Kouta Ito, geriatric primary care physician at NewBridge on the Charles

May 24, 2017

Dr. Kouta Ito in his office at NewBridge on the Charles

Dr. Kouta Ito joined the Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group as a geriatric primary care physician at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA last August. I recently sat down with him to learn more about his background and thoughts on geriatric medicine.

Q: What drew you to being a physician?

The Pitfalls of Long-Term Care Insurance and How You Can Avoid Them

May 3, 2017

Long-term care insurance—you may have considered it when planning your retirement but now that you’re getting older, you might worry that you no longer qualify for an affordable policy and that you’ve missed the boat. However, the long-term care insurance market has changed over time, resulting in some unexpected challenges and dissatisfaction among policy owners. For those who didn’t purchase plans earlier, there are other options for ensuring some financial security for your future care.

Adult Day Health Program Welcomes Spring from New Location at HRC

May 2, 2017

Great Days for Seniors nurse with participant, Sally

Seniors who attend our adult day health program, their families, and staff have reason to celebrate! Great Days for Seniors, the adult day health program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, moved to its newly renovated space in March.

Filled with lots of natural light, Great Days for Seniors is bright and beautiful and allows for a variety of activities to occur simultaneously. Only steps away from its former site, the new space has an open and airy feel, something everyone agrees is a welcome change.

NewBridge Resident Creates Volunteer Opportunity as Eucharistic Minister

Sharon Gouveia puts her parish work into action at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham.

April 27, 2017

Eucharistic Minister Sharon Gouveia on the left with HRC patient Leona, who receives regular visits.

Shortly after moving to Dedham, MA senior living community NewBridge on the Charles in 2014, Sharon Gouveia was thrilled to discover there was a need for her religious services on the campus.

For a good part of her adult life, Sharon had been actively involved in her parish work and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Prior to moving to NewBridge, she distributed Holy Communion to patients at Mount Auburn Hospital. 

“I am delighted to be able to continue in a very familiar role at NewBridge and serve fellow Christians,” says Sharon.

Bringing Meaning to Passover and Easter for Us All

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Director of Spiritual Care on seeking justice in the face of oppression

April 13, 2017

Bringing Meaning to Passover and Easter for Us All

April 4th marked 49 years since Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. During his lifetime, Dr. King was pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, and I had the honor of hearing the current Ebenezer Baptist pastor, Dr. Raphael Warnock, speak in Memphis at the American Jewish Aging Services Conference earlier this month.

Dr. King lived to the age of 39, and often spoke of not living to see 40. Forty is a big number in Jewish lore. It is the number of years the Israelites wandered in the desert, and the number of days Moses stayed up on the mountain. Big things can happen within 40 years.

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