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An Older Runner’s Routine

Year-Round Running Offers Satisfaction and Mental Clarity to NewBridge Resident

April 15, 2014

Irving Backman's Morning Run

If you live or work at NewBridge on the Charles, one of Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement communities, chances are you’ve noticed Irving Backman. Every morning, regardless of weather, Backman laces up a pair of Saucony sneakers, grabs his handheld radio and begins his daily run around our campus.

“I run in blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. I suppose the only thing that stopped me was not rain, but floods, when water is more than two inches deep.”

The Power of Intergenerational Friendship

Providing seniors with friendship opportunities across the generational divide

April 7, 2014

The Power of Intergenerational Friendship

During the school year, NewBridge on the Charles resident and artist Gladys Sklar devotes one morning a week to one her favorite activities – volunteering as a classroom aide to art teacher Erica Smiley at the Rashi School on the NewBridge campus.  She opens the classroom door to the greetings of children calling “Gigi!” as they reach for her hand to lead her towards their latest project.

It’s a highlight of Gladys’ week and makes her feel “really fantastic to have them so look forward to me coming to their classroom.” 

Health Benefits for Seniors Owning Pets

Seniors can benefit mentally & physically by sharing their lives with a furry friend

March 21, 2014

Health Benefits for Seniors Owning Pets

Hebrew SeniorLife’s independent living communities abound with friendships, including those between residents and their animals.

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. 

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