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The Future of Alzheimer's Disease

HSL & Harvard University Host First Annual Harvard Alzheimer’s Symposium

October 4, 2013

HSL & Harvard Host First Annual Harvard Alzheimer’s Symposium

Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard University joined with NBC correspondent and former “Today” show host Meredith Vieira to present the first annual Harvard Alzheimer’s Symposium on Saturday, September 28 in recognition of the Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies program.

Advanced Alzheimer's Activities

A Unique Model for Connecting Across Generations

September 24, 2013

Advanced Alzheimer's Activities

People often tell me how hard it can be to feel connected to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, especially if he or she has advanced disease. The Alzheimer’s Buddies program is one example of how you can keep that connection alive by approaching it in a different way.

Senior Community Art Class

Personal Creativity Inspires Personal Style for Orchard Cove Scarf Painters

September 12, 2013

Senior Community Art Class

Ida Tatelbaum had never touched a paintbrush before she moved to Orchard Cove in 2009. “I was a tennis player and an active person, but I just didn’t consider myself creative,“ she said. And then one day shortly after she moved in, another resident invited her to join a class to make a hand-painted silk scarf. Ida initially thought “no way” but, because she has always loved wearing a lot of color, she reconsidered and joined in.

Older Adults and Spirituality

Celebrating Our Common Values

September 5, 2013

Older Adults and Spirituality

At Hebrew SeniorLife we recognize that for many of the seniors we serve, a sense of spiritual wellbeing is just as important to transforming the experience of aging as providing good medical care and innovative supportive living communities. As the Director of Religious Services, I work with a team that is devoted to providing spiritual support to our residents, resident families, and staff that responds to a broad spectrum of secular and religious traditions.

Health Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

August 27, 2013

Acupuncture for Seniors

Have you noticed that acupuncture has been appearing in the media more and more over the past couple of years?  Articles have graced the black and white pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and color spreads appeared in Time and Newsweek magazines.  Television talk shows abound with info on how acupuncture is good for back pain, knee pain, and the nausea of chemotherapy.

Senior Health Partnerships

New England Baptist Hospital & Hebrew SeniorLife partner on senior care

July 25, 2013

Senior Health Partnerships

On July 9, New England Baptist Hospital and Hebrew SeniorLife issued a joint press release announcing their preferred provider agreement.

Talking with Admissions Counselor and Marketing Manager for Assisted Living at NewBridge Tara Fleming-Caruso

Get to Know the Hebrew SeniorLife Bloggers

July 11, 2013

Admissions Counselor and Marketing Manager for Assisted Living at NewBridge Tara Fleming-Caruso

A licensed mental health counselor, Tara Fleming-Caruso has been helping elders and families explore assisted living and other senior care options for almost 20 years. As the Admissions Counselor and Marketing Manager for Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Tara understands the myriad of concerns seniors and their adult children have about the aging process and navigating transitions.

5 Expert Tips for Visiting Residents in Long-Term Care

Tips for Enjoyable Family Visits

May 16, 2013

Visiting Residents in Long-Term Care

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.

Improving Quality of Life in Long-Term Care

It’s all in the details

May 14, 2013

Improving life in long-term care

When new residents first come to long-term care, we spend a lot of time asking questions about their past experiences and interests. Specifically, we hope to learn who they are and what brings them joy. This is the most authentic version of themselves – and the one we want to cater to and welcome into our community. This includes incorporating who they are into their physical space and making their new home, truly a home.

Writers & Their Stories

History Is Made As We Age; Work & Aging Today

May 6, 2013

William Martin's The Lincoln Letter

Writing about aging spans both fiction and non-fiction but the characters, whether imagined or real, often face decisions about how they will use the wisdom they’ve earned as they age to shape their remaining years, and in many cases, the future of generations who follow them. 

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