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Make No Bones About It; Dogs Are Key to Health and Happiness

Certified therapy dogs are an important part of daily life at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 14, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife therapy dog Charlie greets his adoring public.

Doris Day once said, “There are things you can get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

Training Providers of Geriatric Health Care to be Spiritual Generalists

An interview with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

December 13, 2017

Rev. Mary Martha Thiel is the director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. In her role, she trains program participants of all faiths to provide spiritual guidance to senior residents and patients at Hebrew SeniorLife and beyond.

Living with Dementia: Anne’s Indelible Spirit

November 30, 2017

Anne is a memory care patient in long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale. To learn more about our memory care offerings, please click here.

Families personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are robbed of many things others take for granted, but though speech and other faculties may decline, a person’s light and spirit are indelible. Now living with advanced dementia, Anne radiates kindness and warmth and is a valued member of our community. See her story. 

Intergenerational Program Reaches Across Borders and Generations

A multigenerational program places German youth in volunteer roles at Hebrew SeniorLife

November 15, 2017

Rahel Willmer (L) and Lea Ward pose for a photo taken at their host’s home

For the past 13 years, Hebrew SeniorLife has welcomed full-time German volunteers to support programming in our communities. These young volunteers, typically 18 or 19 years old, have all come to us through Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, an organization that has been sending volunteers around the globe for over 50 years to work in communities that suffered from the crimes and horrors of Nazi Germany.

The Second Fifty: Successful Aging

Chapter 8 of “Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders”

October 12, 2017

In July 2017, 97-old-year NewBridge on the Charles resident Irving Silverman published a collection of essays on the experiences of aging titled Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders, co-authored with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel. The anthology features essays from Irving and his daughter, as well as fellow residents at NewBridge on the Charles senior living community in Dedham, MA, and Hebrew SeniorLife staff.

Healthy Aging in Senior Living is About Experiences and Opportunities

September 13, 2017

Working in the garden at Orchard Cove.

We all want to model healthy aging behaviors, but the concept packs so much into two words that setting “healthy aging” goals can make achievement feel distantly attainable. One way to bring it closer to home is to partake in Healthy Aging® Month, a national health observance occurring each September to remind us of the concrete ways we can work the concepts of healthy aging into our life styles.

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.

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