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Are Nursing Home Bed Alarms Effective?

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Finds Better Way to Prevent Falls

December 26, 2013

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Finds Better Way to Prevent Falls

When residents come to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, they are here because they need round-the-clock care, often including regular medical attention. But, this is still where they live, and we are always trying to find ways to make our residents feel at home. This often means finding a balance between creating a home-like environment, and making sure that our residents are safe.

Older Adults and New Technology

Our younger volunteers show seniors how to stay connected

December 24, 2013

Older Adults and New Technology

When I was a little girl, I played with a great toy called a View Master.  Do you remember it?  There were different pictures on a paper wheel that you would put into a little magnifier/camera device.  As you clicked through, you would see a story unfold, or have a new window into the magnificent world around you.  We don’t see View Masters around much anymore because millions of visual images that connect us to the world are at our fingertips through our computers, tablets and Smartphones.  These newer devices are our opportunity to see and connect with the world around us.

Multigenerational Community at NewBridge on the Charles

Rashi School 8th Graders Return for Chanukah Visit

December 12, 2013

Rashi School 8th Graders Return for Chanukah Visit

I was moving quickly through the halls at NewBridge on the Charles last week, cleaning up after festive Chanukah parties with Rashi School 3rd graders, and preparing for another set of festivities with the 1st and 2nd graders.  A resident stopped me in the hallway, a reminder of how important it is to slow down and enjoy each special moment.  Little did I know how special this moment would be. 

Older Adults in America

Understanding the Real Value of Silver

November 26, 2013

Older Adults in America

The fifth commandment instructs us to “honor your mother and your father.”  Last time I checked, there is no social commandment instructing our elders to hide their gray. The veneration that our tradition gives to a person with gray hair is undermined by a nip-and-tuck culture. People in large numbers persist in trying to mask the natural effects of aging, which creates a false hierarchy of youth and communicates that those who are older are less valued.

Why Giving Makes You Feel Good

Want to feel healthier and more content? Donate your time or money.

November 12, 2013

Why Giving Makes You Feel Good

If I told you that a key to happiness would be to give away money, would you believe me? 

Researchers recently gave a group of volunteers $5 or $20 each. Half of the group was told to spend the money on themselves and the other half was told to spend it on others.  Regardless of the amount, the volunteers who spent money on themselves reported an insignificant boost in happiness, while the people who spent money on others felt much happier.

Thanksgivukkah at Hebrew SeniorLife

Hebrew SeniorLife gets ready to celebrate this truly unique holiday convergence

November 7, 2013

Thanksgivukkah at Hebrew SeniorLife

Last year, just around this time, I started laughing to myself as I drove to my job as a marketing specialist for Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, part of Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community just outside of Boston in Dedham, MA. Halloween had recently passed, and as my thoughts turned to Thanksgiving, I remembered a calendar quirk I had first noticed on the back page of a Jewish calendar 2013 distributed by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Pain Management at Home

Older adults can manage pain in the comforts of home

November 5, 2013

pain management at home

Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care specializes in the care of older patients, and in my experience, the majority of my patients experience some degree of pain. It can range from mild, daily arthritic discomfort and stiffness to severe pain associated with surgery or trauma such as a fall, and in some cases, a disease like cancer or diabetes. Whatever the cause or level of severity, pain can cause a ripple effect that touches relationships and profoundly affects an individual’s quality of life.

Talking with HSL Geriatrician Dr. Ruth Kandel

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October 31, 2013

HSL Geriatrician Dr. Ruth Kandel

Dr. Ruth Kandel, a geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, specializes in memory loss, dementia and cognitive changes in aging. We recently spoke about the rewards and challenges of her work.

What made you decide to specialize in geriatrics?

Telehealth and Seniors

The use of telehealth improves home care for seniors

October 24, 2013

Telehealth and Seniors

Nothing can take the place of human touch when it comes to patient care. For those of us in home care, technology does not replace direct patient contact, but rather serves as a powerful ally. I like to say that technology known as telehealth enhances my team’s intelligence.

Talking with HSL Senior Scientist Susan Mitchell

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October 8, 2013

HSL Senior Scientist Susan Mitchell

Dr. Susan Mitchell is a senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife whose pioneering research focuses on decision-making, health outcomes and resource utilization for older people near the end of life, particularly those with dementia. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Mitchell about the motivation and vision behind her work.

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