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The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

“Everyone is Equal in the Gym”

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

When you think of therapies and supports for a senior living with dementia, your first question may not be “how often can she get to the gym?” But the latest research shows that physical exercise may be an effective treatment – not only for risk reduction – but also to help those already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia live better lives.

NewBridge on the Charles Residents Share Hopes for 2016 in The Boston Globe

January 6, 2016

Bernice “Bunny” Wallace (R) and Barbara Yavner. Photo attribution: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA, recently shared their hopes for 2016 with Boston Globe reporter Kathy McCabe.

As part of a New Year’s feature that also included the hopes and aspirations of Massachusetts third graders and recent immigrants, assisted living resident Ralph Berkowitz shared wise words: 

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

“She brings out the best in people”

December 23, 2015

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

Tamari, the ministry service dog at NewBridge on the Charles in DedhamThe spiritual care team at NewBridge on the Charles has an unusual team member: a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Tamari.

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

Third annual event raises nearly $1 million for programs that improve life for seniors

November 11, 2015

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

After age 65, we are more likely to feel love and less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. And yet we fear aging.

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

HSL community chef gives update on culinary team’s fall harvest

October 8, 2015

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

As we blogged about in July, the NewBridge on the Charles culinary team operates its own garden on campus dedicated to supplementing our kitchens’ “farm to fork” offerings with fresh vegetables, lettuces and herbs. Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue recently spent a few moments with a member of the HSL blog team to review the season’s successes and highlight the bounty of our fall harvest.  

How was the season?

Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

The Mitzvah Program connects volunteers of all ages with seniors in need

September 24, 2015

Helping Seniors During the Jewish Holidays

Deuteronomy 15:7-10 teaches us, "If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren...you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be."

This past Sunday, Hebrew SeniorLife opened its hand to 500 Jewish residents in the Greater Boston community with a holiday meal to support celebration of Rosh Hashana. Roughly 75 volunteers of all ages helped pack and deliver meals to homebound seniors and others needing food support.

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Rabbi Sara reflects on the changes in LGBT care

September 9, 2015

A Holiday Message of Love and Acceptance for LGBT Seniors

Yom Kippur is referred to in the book of Leviticus as sabbath of sabbaths, and the double use of the word communicates a completely restful Shabbat, the Shabbat of all Shabbats. Rosh Hashana, the 7 days in between, and Yom Kippur are a time of reflecting on our lives. We literally pause, stop in our tracks, to assess, and recalibrate. The prayers, songs, and time in community are all ways to support our process of deep reflection — and in that time of suspension, we experience what the Torah understands to be a Shabbat shabbaton, a time of complete rest.

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community in Dedham Reduces Fear of Falls

A Matter of Balance at NewBridge on the Charles

July 29, 2015

Evidence-Based Program at NewBridge Independent Living Community

Did you know that falls are NOT a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented? Hebrew SeniorLife works throughout Massachusetts and in our own senior living communities to educate seniors about this fact through our evidenced-based programs department. Our work supporting evidence-based programs helps empower older adults to become more active partners in managing their own health care.

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

Donors H.E.L.P. Build a Lifeline for Employees

July 23, 2015

Philanthropy at Hebrew SeniorLife Changes the Lives of Seniors

First in a series of occasional blog posts highlighting Hebrew SeniorLife donors who are redefining the experience of aging through their generosity.

Four years ago, Hebrew SeniorLife Board Member Harold Kotler found himself at Hebrew Rehabilitation

Center in Boston—but this time, as a patient.

Harold chose HRC Boston for his rehab from back surgery partly because he wanted first-hand experience with the care that he had heard so much about. “The care was wonderful,” Harold recalls. “It’s amazing the work and effort that goes into every person’s job—they do it out of love.”

In the Garden with Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue of NewBridge on the Charles Dedham

HSL community chef gives a tour of the culinary team’s garden

July 16, 2015

In the Garden with Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue of NewBridge on the Charles Dedham

Residents aren’t the only ones with green thumbs at NewBridge on the Charles. In addition to the raised communal garden beds situated around our campus, one large plot is set aside each spring just for our culinary team. There, fresh produce is grown to supplement our kitchen’s “farm to fork” offerings with vegetables, lettuces and herbs. Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue recently spent a few moments with a member of the HSL blog team to chat about what’s new this year.  

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