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Celebrating the 4th of July with Immigration Stories from HRC Patients

America is a melting pot and so is Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July holiday heralds the height of summer — the time to hit the beach and fire up the grill. But it also provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what is means to be an American—who we really are. The United States is in large part a country of immigrants and the patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston reflect the rich diversity of the immigrant experience.

Hebrew SeniorLife Facilitates Historic Meeting Between Holocaust Survivors and Young Israeli Soldiers

A multigenerational visit with Brothers for Life

June 17, 2015

A multigenerational visit with Brothers for Life

Professor Anna Ornstein stood at the front of the room to help frame an extraordinary day at Hebrew SeniorLife. In her presence were eleven wounded Israeli soldiers who had been on the front lines of battleserving their country.

Hebrew SeniorLife of Greater Boston Launches New Class of Pastoral Care Providers

Steeped in Jewish tradition, HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education resonates with diverse student body

June 4, 2015

New Class of Pastoral Care Providers

In this season of graduations, I was privileged to attend the ceremony honoring Boston-based Hebrew SeniorLife’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program’s class of 2015. I was moved by the depth of compassion and humility expressed by the graduates as they shared reflections on their experiences as CPE students. Their stories poignantly illustrated what it means to be part of a faith-based organization.

Beyond Aging in Place

May 27, 2015

Beyond Aging in Place

“Aging in Place” is an often-used phrase in senior services. Many senior product and service companies have designed their offerings around this concept. At Hebrew SeniorLife, we have adopted a somewhat different philosophy – “seniors living their best life in the right place at the right time”—that we consider to be a step beyond aging in place.

Issues Facing LGBT Seniors

April 23, 2015

Issues Facing LGBT Seniors

“Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help.” This quote was excerpted from the movie Gen Silent, a film by Stu Maddox.

How to Find the Right Senior Living Community

March 25, 2015

How to Find the Right Senior Living Community

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. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

ACO Partnerships in Senior Living

How partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations benefit HSL seniors

March 19, 2015

ACO Partnerships in Senior Living

The ACO playbook you need today. This is the title of the panel discussion I served on at the recent Senior Living 100 Leadership Conference. Senior Living 100 is the annual destination for the nation’s most progressive senior living organizations, and it was a privilege to represent HSL.

Joining me on the panel were a trio of senior living leaders, who, like us are charged with addressing the monumental changes being fostered by health care and payment reform. We each shared and discussed our respective health care environments, goals, approaches and challenges in creating meaningful relationships with Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs for short.

Multigenerational Book Club at HSL Communities

Residents welcomed students to discuss themes from non-fiction book about Selma Voting Rights March

March 18, 2015

Multigenerational Book Club at HSL Communities

At Hebrew SeniorLife we know that pairing seniors with students creates endless possibilities for meaningful connections that change lives. Students often volunteer at HSL to fill community service requirements—providing support in our sites, and bringing smiles to the faces of residents throughout the HSL network. Sometimes the connections between students and residents run deep, and we witness powerful interactions between our young volunteers and the residents they have befriended. Such was the case with our series of intergenerational programs launched in late February and early March centered around Black History Month and the anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery Civil Rights March.

Depression in Seniors: Reversing the Downward Spiral

Innovative program uses activity to improve mood

February 11, 2015

Depression in Seniors: Reversing the Downward Spiral

Nearly one in five Americans over the age of 65 struggles with depression, which can be a debilitating and life-threatening condition. Social isolation, illness and the loss of loved ones can all trigger or worsen depression, as can certain medications.

Center Communities of Brookline, one of HSL’s supportive housing communities, recently implemented a depression management program that delivers treatment, support and hope to seniors. The program, developed by Baylor College of Medicine, has been shown to reduce the severity of depression symptoms in older adults.

Innovations in Nursing Home Care

Redefining long-term care at HSL and how Dr. Atul Gawande’s views are impacting the future of nursing home care

January 7, 2015

Innovations in Nursing Home Care

I just finished reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH. In his book, Dr. Gawande, a nationally known surgeon, writer, and public health researcher, discusses end-of-life care, the many issues with traditional nursing home care in this country and the ways in which long-term care should be re-imagined.

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