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Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

The Volunteer Outreach Committee at NewBridge on the Charles

February 25, 2016

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

In 2014 three million (9%) U.S. households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity; 1.2 million that live alone also experienced food insecurity, according to the non-profit organization Feeding America. Poverty and food insecurity has been increasing in Massachusetts affecting more seniors than ever before. An estimated 20 percent of Massachusetts residents who suffer from food insecurity are seniors. And of course food insecure seniors are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

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.

Long-term Chronic Care Patient Blossomed at HRC Dedham

Son of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dedham patient shares his experience

January 13, 2016

Esther Taube was a patient at HRC Dedham for three years until September 2015.

I recently sat down with Bill Taube whose mother, Esther, blossomed as a patient at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham (HRC Dedham). Bill’s mother moved to HRC Dedham three years earlier and was at the time,  “Angry at the world and depressed.” 

Before moving to HRC Dedham, she was so depressed that she would not even visit the hairdresser, a long held Saturday morning ritual. Bill was concerned that perhaps his mother would not adjust well to a move and grow only more despondent. Carol Westheimer, Esther’s geriatric care manager, pushed for the change and recommended HRC Dedham as a good match. “Carol was right,” says Bill. 

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.

Dance and Music Therapy Helps Patients with Parkinson’s at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Dance for Parkinson’s disease program recently established at HRC

December 9, 2015

Dancers for PD at the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group (image: www.brooklynparkinsongroup.org)

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, our expressive therapy staff helps to bring out the best in our long-term chronic care patients. Staff considers each patient’s unique background and creates meaningful ways for them to engage with one another and the world around them.

Dance is a big part of expressive therapy at HRC. Whitney DiGeronimo, MA, R-DMT, a registered dance/movement therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association, recently introduced a new movement-support group called Dance for Parkinson’s.

Giving Back to the Community in Retirement

Charitable giving positively impacts the lives of seniors at Hebrew SeniorLife

November 18, 2015

Frankie Wolff, resident of NewBridge on the Charles, and member of the Volunteer Committee

Many seniors want to continue to live a life of purpose in retirement and have turned to volunteering to satisfy that desire. The medical community recognizes the benefits of charitable work to enhance the physical, spiritual, and mental stimulation of older adults. The National Institute on Aging suggests that volunteering prevents isolation and can have a healthy effect on one’s cognitive behavior and potentially even thwart the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (“Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and What Do We Know? Is Keeping Your Brain Active Important?” Oct. 8 2015, National Institute on Aging).

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.

HSL Communities Residents Develop New Technologies for Seniors

Participation in LeadingAge HackFest yields award-winning solutions

November 5, 2015

HSL Communities Residents Develop New Technologies for Seniors

Today’s technology entrepreneurs are rapidly responding to the many market opportunities for seniors and their caregivers, such as managing their health, living independently and maintaining family and social connections. Yet many technologies that come to market were not developed in collaboration with seniors and go on to fail because the promised functionality more often just produces frustration.

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?

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