According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2014, seniors in Massachusetts are some of the healthiest in the United States. Rated using a broad spectrum of wellness criteria, only three states outrank us and one of those is Hawaii –which I say is not fair competition!
Healthy eating and physical activity are important at any age, but they can be critical to prevent the development and progression of chronic disease in older adults. Our Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ program helps participants better manage their health through nutrition and activity.
In the hands of dozens of Hebrew SeniorLife residents are magical technological devices that offer opportunities to view, reflect, connect, peek, play, explore and learn. iPads and other forms of new technology are popping up more and more within our walls, often times gifted by family members. However, residents often struggle to make good use of them.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.