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Bringing Wellness Home to Senior Living Communities

Hebrew SeniorLife launches new program aimed at enhanced health care/housing integration

January 4, 2017

A resident exercises at Center Communities of Brookline

Mrs. B., a resident at Center Communities of Brookline (CCB), is extremely grateful for the support that is available right where she lives. The following story illustrates the difference that access to onsite health care and wellness services can make in the life of an older adult.

Honoring Our Commitment to Diversity

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Chaplain attends Haitian church service

December 30, 2016

Rabbi Sara, fourth from left, stands beside clergy and congregants of the Immaculate Conception Parish Church in Everett, MA

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center has a large Haitian American staff that largely provide front line nursing care and food services for our residents and patients. Over the years I have gotten to know many of these staff members and shared good and challenging times together. I have not, however, learned enough about Haitian culture and religions, and so I jumped at the opportunity to be a visitor at a local Haitian Church.

Esther Kane’s Life in Art at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

The benefits of art therapy for older adults

December 13, 2016

HRC patient and artist Esther Kane alongside Life Enhancement Coordinator Joan Griffin

As a little girl growing up in Hyde Park, Esther Kane loved to draw. She carried colored pencils everywhere she went. Her mother was very proud of her, and her teachers recognized her talent.

“I loved to draw and my mother kept encouraging me to do more of it,” says Esther.

In high school, her art teacher urged her to major in art at college. Esther took her teacher’s advice and enrolled in and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, working in various mediums, including oil, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. 

Watch Hebrew SeniorLife Communities Intergenerational Programs in Action

December 6, 2016

Watch Hebrew SeniorLife Communities Intergenerational Programs in Action

“It’s one of the prize accomplishments that I have had, to be able to be attached to young people and to benefit from them and for them to benefit from me.” These are the words of Irving Silverman, a 96-year-old resident of NewBridge on the Charles, discussing his friendship with 16-year-old Mariah MacKenzie through the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Orchard Cove Resident’s Story of Holocaust Survival Featured in New Documentary Film

“We are Jews from Breslau” recently premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival

November 30, 2016

Esther Adler at Orchard Cove

Today Esther is a published author and poet as well as a scholar of Judaism and Hebrew teacher at Orchard Cove in Canton, MA. Her experiences living in the community have inspired her to become a prolific poet. She participates fully in community spiritual life and is an avid reader of history and biography. Her warmth, vitality and intelligence shine through with other residents.

Hebrew SeniorLife’s EngAGE event draws national headliners to talk about innovation in aging

Event raised $1.1 million for HSL programs that improve quality of life for seniors

November 1, 2016

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins performs at our fourth annual EngAGE event

The biggest applause of this year’s Hebrew SeniorLife EngAGE event came not for the Emmy or Grammy Award winners but for the woman whose YouTube videos went viral and made her a celebrity at age 76. It was only appropriate for an event with the goal of redefining how we think and talk about aging.

The Benefits of Dance/ Movement Therapy for Older Adults with Limited Mobility

A Q&A with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dance Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo

October 26, 2016

 Dance Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo leads a Dance for Parkinson's class at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

For the past two years, registered Dance/Movement Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo, MA, R-DMT, has been a member of the Expressive Therapies Department at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. I recently spoke with her about her role and the “Dance for Parkinson’s” class now offered on-site to HRC patients at our Boston and Dedham locations.

Tell us about your professional background and training, and your role at HRC?

Opening Our Hearts and Bringing Goodness Back to the World

Reflections from Hebrew SeniorLife Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services for the Jewish High Holy Days

October 6, 2016

A photo taken on Rabbi Sara’s trip to Germany. Credit: Braham David/The Boston Globe

On July 2 we lost Elie Wiesel, world-renowned survivor of Auschwitz, author, and voice of conscience. A week later, I went to Germany with a group of Boston-area rabbis, sponsored by the Boston German Consulate. While I blogged recently about that trip, I continue to process the experience and also to hear the reflections of my fellow travelers.

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

An Interview with Dr. Robert Schreiber

October 5, 2016

The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:

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