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Hospice Makes a Difference

Hospice care has a positive effect on patients, families and staff

January 5, 2015

Hospice Makes a Difference

Yesterday I understood anew why HSL has created a hospice organization.

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care is uniquely skilled to meet the spiritual needs of all patients who come to us from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds. Because of a particular need from Boston’s Jewish community, we have taken on a special mission to meet the needs of this underserved community by providing a unique sensitivity to its varied religious and cultural needs at end of life.

The Benefits of Memory Cafés for Adults with Dementia

November 26, 2014

The Benefits of Memory Cafés for Adults with Dementia

HSL resident:  “I’m not sure why I am here.  What’s happening right now?”

Social Worker: “This is a special program for people experiencing some challenges with their memory.  We have a wonderful afternoon planned”.

HSL resident: “I don’t think I’m having memory issues, but you can tell me if I’m wrong.”

Social Worker: “Well, do you ever have trouble remembering people’s names?”

HSL resident nods and smiles.

Social Worker: “Then you should come join us.”

HSL resident:  “Okay, I’m in!!”

Volunteer your time this holiday season

‘Tis the Season for Giving Back

November 23, 2014

Volunteer your time this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for many of us when our thoughts turn naturally to bringing joy to others, especially children, seniors, and families in need.

Many faiths include giving back as part of their holiday traditions. For Jews, performing a mitzvah means to do a good deed, or charitable act. Many Jewish people even have a tradition of volunteering on Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or are just reflecting on the end of another year, December presents many opportunities for volunteer service.

5 Tips for Seniors Planning a Move

Think “Resizing” Not “Downsizing”

November 19, 2014

5 Tips for Seniors Planning a Move

For many older adults moving from a beloved family home to a senior community, assisted living or nursing home can be, at best, a daunting thought, and at worst, a traumatic experience. As a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, I received training designed to build sensitivity to the special needs of older clients and their families. But there is no substitute for experience, and my most useful lessons have come from clients themselves. Listening carefully to the senior I’m helping move is key.

The Mind-Body Connection in Older Age

A Q&A with ABC’s Dan Harris and our own HSL researcher about the relationship between the physical and mental well-being

October 23, 2014

The Mind-Body Connection in Older Age

In 2004, ABC News journalist Dan Harris experienced a panic attack while reading the news on Good Morning America. This led him down a path of exploring the connection between our mind and our bodies, ultimately finding meditation as an answer to quieting his “internal narrator.” Dan wrote about his journey in the best-selling book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Works – a True Story.

Assisted Living Communities Offer Socialization, a Key to Healthy Aging

What’s Assisted Living All About?

October 23, 2014

What’s Assisted Living All About?

As the admissions counselor for Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, I frequently talk to families of seniors about the advantages of an assisted living lifestyle. While supports like meal preparation, medication reminders and bathing and dressing help can be brought into a senior’s home, assisted living communities offer residents the added benefit of living among a community of peers and caring staff members. I’ve seen seniors not only gain the physical care they need but also regain access to the human connections that give life meaning and purpose. Here are some interesting facts about how even minimal daily social contact can improve an elder’s health:

Nutrition Advice for Active Seniors

An interview with celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman and HSL researcher Dr. Shivani Sahni

October 22, 2014

Nutrition Advice for Active Seniors

On October 28, Hebrew SeniorLife will host EngAGE, a fundraising event that will cue the conversation on how we think about aging. We’re excited to welcome celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman, ABC News journalist Dan Harris, best-selling author Mitch Albom and humorist and journalist Mo Rocca to speak alongside HSL experts. We invite you to follow our EngAGE conversations through social media on the day of the event by searching on Twitter for #HSLEngAGE.

I had a chance to catch up with Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D. and HSL Institute for Aging Research scientist Shivani Sahni, Ph.D., to get a preview of what they’ll be talking about at EngAGE and learn some tips on seniors and nutrition.

Mo Rocca Talks "Ravioli"

An interview with the humorist who will entertain at HSL’s EngAGE on October 28

October 20, 2014

Mo Rocca on "My Grandmother's Ravioli"

Mo Rocca travels the country to learn family recipes from grandparents for his Cooking Channel show My Grandmother’s Ravioli. While chopping vegetables and rolling dough, the grandparents share cooking tips and lessons they’ve learned about family, life, love, and community. I’m a huge fan of watching these seniors live a ReAge life – they’re redefining what it means to get older and continuing to learn, grow, laugh, and share in their later years.

Long-term Care Menu Planning

Beyond your own plate

October 14, 2014

Long-term Care Menu Planning

As director of Culinary and Nutrition Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, I make it a priority to meet with residents, patients, employees and other customers face-to-face to gather feedback and comments on our culinary offerings and target areas that may need improvement. Frankly, in today's world of electronic communication I am somewhat old fashioned and find that personal connection with customers and employees has served me well over the years.

Celebrating Multigenerational Friendship Through Artistic Expression

July 15, 2014

Celebrating Multigenerational Friendship Through Artistic Expression

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a sculpture is worth 10,000! A new spectacular piece of art has been placed on the NewBridge on the Charles campus, visible from both Great Meadow Road near the President’s house and from viewpoints in the community center. It’s strategically located along the path that residents walk as they explore the campus and that Rashi students take as they regularly journey from school to independent living, assisted living or Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge.

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