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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.

Adult Day Care Activities

Adult day health programs improve quality of life for seniors

February 13, 2014

Adult Day Care Activities

At our adult day health programs, older adults socialize with their peers while participating in a wide variety of activities. And if nursing care is needed, it’s readily available.

Think of the alternatives. 

What is a Hospice Team?

Creating Community Within a Community

February 11, 2014

Rabbi Herman Blumberg and patient

The other day I sat in with a group of older adults who had recently moved into a senior housing complex.  They talked about the emotional dynamic of transitioning to a new living environment. They spoke of loneliness, fear of change, and sadness at the loss of their former homes.

Multigenerational Programs at Senior Communities: Talking with Lynda Bussgang

Get to Know The Hebrew SeniorLife Bloggers

February 4, 2014

Get to Know The Hebrew SeniorLife Bloggers

Lynda Bussgang is the Multigenerational Program Manager at Hebrew SeniorLife, responsible for overseeing and developing multigenerational programs for all of Hebrew Senior Life’s senior housing communities.

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Fun Apps for Seniors

Programs & apps older adults will love to use

January 30, 2014

Fun Apps for Seniors

So, what’s a hashtag (#) and do apps grow on trees? The language of technology is taking over our world and it is growing increasingly difficult to keep up. “Selfie,” the act of taking photos of oneself to share on the Internet, is officially a new word in the dictionary. Learning new Internet lingo might not be worth all of the time and effort required, but many of the new apps (applications that are often free or inexpensively accessed on a Smartphone or tablet device) can, in fact, positively impact the lives of seniors. 

Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

How HSL’s ReAge Concept Strengthens Community & Encourages Vibrant, Healthy Lives

January 23, 2014

Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

At Hebrew SeniorLife, the word ReAge expresses our commitment to redefining the aging experience and represents our mission to improve the quality of life for all seniors as they age.  It means that we promote the independence of seniors and encourage their goals at all stages of life.  But how does that translate into the daily life of the residents who live in a Hebrew SeniorLife continuing care retirement community?  And what does it mean to be a

Popular Activities for Seniors

Bingo has been popular with seniors and staff for ages, and there’s a good reason why!

January 9, 2014

Popular Activities for Seniors

“Bingo!”  Just the name makes people cringe and ask, is this all social life has to offer for residents in long-term care—how terrible!  Well, I want to help you look at Bingo in a new way.

Seniors Sharing Real-Life History with Students

Hebrew SeniorLife Residents To Help History Come Alive

December 29, 2013

Seniors Sharing Real-Life History with Students

Over the past couple of weeks, I have met with a number of Social Studies teachers from public and private schools in the area to discuss possible connections between their students and Hebrew SeniorLife residents.  I was struck by the passion of these educators to free themselves further from textbooks and lectures and bring real world history to the students through multigenerational programming. 

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