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Healthiest States for Seniors

Similarities in best practices between America's Health Rankings and Hebrew SeniorLife

June 24, 2014

Healthiest States for Seniors

According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2014, seniors in Massachusetts are some of the healthiest in the United States. Rated using a broad spectrum of wellness criteria, only three states outrank us and one of those is Hawaii ­­–which I say is not fair competition!

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.

Teaching Technology to Seniors

Young volunteers teach technology basics to residents across HSL communities

April 22, 2014

Teaching Technology to Seniors

In the hands of dozens of Hebrew SeniorLife residents are magical technological devices that offer opportunities to view, reflect, connect, peek, play, explore and learn.  iPads and other forms of new technology are popping up more and more within our walls, often times gifted by family members. However, residents often struggle to make good use of them.

An Older Runner’s Routine

Year-Round Running Offers Satisfaction and Mental Clarity to NewBridge Resident

April 15, 2014

Irving Backman's Morning Run

If you live or work at NewBridge on the Charles, one of Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement communities, chances are you’ve noticed Irving Backman. Every morning, regardless of weather, Backman laces up a pair of Saucony sneakers, grabs his handheld radio and begins his daily run around our campus.

“I run in blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. I suppose the only thing that stopped me was not rain, but floods, when water is more than two inches deep.”

The Power of Intergenerational Friendship

Providing seniors with friendship opportunities across the generational divide

April 7, 2014

The Power of Intergenerational Friendship

During the school year, NewBridge on the Charles resident and artist Gladys Sklar devotes one morning a week to one her favorite activities – volunteering as a classroom aide to art teacher Erica Smiley at the Rashi School on the NewBridge campus.  She opens the classroom door to the greetings of children calling “Gigi!” as they reach for her hand to lead her towards their latest project.

It’s a highlight of Gladys’ week and makes her feel “really fantastic to have them so look forward to me coming to their classroom.” 

Caregiver Support for Dementia Patients

Helping Families Bond with Caregivers in Our Memory Support Households

March 25, 2014

Caregiver Support for Dementia Patients

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

Health Benefits for Seniors Owning Pets

Seniors can benefit mentally & physically by sharing their lives with a furry friend

March 21, 2014

Health Benefits for Seniors Owning Pets

Hebrew SeniorLife’s independent living communities abound with friendships, including those between residents and their animals.

Hospice Care and Jewish Values

The special nature of HSL hospice care

March 18, 2014

The special nature of HSL hospice care

On March 9, we marked the formal opening of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care with a presentation by Dr. Jerome Groopman that articulated the essential Jewish values of love and hope at the core of our endeavor. We came together to express our gratitude to the generous donors who made it possible and the exceptional hospice team who care for our patients.

Friendships Among Older Men

Power of Friendship Blog Series

March 5, 2014

Friendships Among Older Men

At Hebrew SeniorLife communities, we believe friendship has the power to help our residents live healthier, happier lives.  Our communities are hubs for many different types of friendship, friendships forged through common hobbies, experiences and along gender lines.

Older Adults and Friendships

The Power of Friendship

February 17, 2014

Older Adults and Friendships

Friends are a precious commodity for us all, but especially for seniors. The love and companionship we enjoy with our friends make our lives emotionally richer, and research now shows that our friends can be powerful allies in helping us increase our longevity. For instance, data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Aging has shown that people age 70 or older with active social lives live 22% longer than those with less active social lives.