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An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis and the Importance of Family Support

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia affects the entire family

January 31, 2018

Getting the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease today is much like what getting a cancer diagnosis used to be for some people: devastating, often debilitating, and leaving one not knowing who to tell or where to turn. Years ago when I was a nurse, some patients didn’t want their families to know they had cancer. While cancer patients have gotten braver about their need for support and advocating for treatments and cures, many individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease still fear the stigma…and the confusion over what to do next.

When Hospice is the Right Choice

January 18, 2018

When Hospice is the Right Choice

Hospice care provides comfort and improves quality of life for many patients, but it is still underutilized even though the Medicare hospice benefit has been available to qualified patients since the early 1980s.

I recently sat down to a frank conversation with the Spiritual Director of Hebrew SeniorLife's Hospice Care, Rabbi Amy Goodman about the state of hospice care.

Do you think patients and their families are becoming more comfortable with choosing hospice care at end of life?

Living with Dementia: Anne’s Indelible Spirit

November 30, 2017

Anne is a memory care patient in long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Roslindale. To learn more about our memory care offerings, please click here.

Families personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are robbed of many things others take for granted, but though speech and other faculties may decline, a person’s light and spirit are indelible. Now living with advanced dementia, Anne radiates kindness and warmth and is a valued member of our community. See her story. 

Aging Safely at Home

An expert explains how seniors can safely age in place

November 1, 2017

Given the choice, older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. However, changes in health and functional status can often put a senior at risk. A home safety evaluation is a good place to start to help ensure that the home environment is comfortable, secure and safe where seniors can age in place safely. I spoke with Heather Margulis, Associate Director, Rehabilitation Services for Hebrew SeniorLife, to learn more about in-home safety and what to expect from a home safety evaluation.

Q. What triggers a home safety evaluation?

5 Questions for a Long-Term Chronic Care Hospital Visit

If you’re planning to visit long-term chronic care with or for a loved one, here’s what our experts say you should ask

July 26, 2017

Music therapy at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Visiting a long-term chronic care hospital is always a good idea. Daily activities and group programming are some of the first things family members ask about when exploring long-term chronic care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston or Dedham, MA. They want to know how their loved one will spend his or her days. On tours, visitors can explore the amenities available and witness seniors and staff engage. They can join patients taking part in group activities, including exercise programs, creative arts, expressive therapies, and discussion groups.

An Important Step to End Elder Abuse: Learn these 11 Signs and Symptoms

June 14, 2017

Elder abuse and neglect is emerging as a critical public health issue. It is one of the most under-acknowledged and under-reported public health threats.

The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as a "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

It can be broken down into 5 distinctive types of abuse:

Home for the Holidays: A Time to Observe, Converse and Connect with Aging Parents

November 23, 2016

Home for the Holidays

It’s no surprise that the holiday season can bring the passage of time into focus. As we catch up with relatives and friends we may not have seen over the course of the year, we notice the small changes in them that come with age. Even for those who see their family members regularly, the contrast of this year’s celebration to the last can make us all realize that we’re not getting any younger. And the older memories of childhood and holidays past usually contrast with the way things are today.

Hebrew SeniorLife Memory Café Expands to Boston-area Residents

Working with local institutions to grow the memory café experience

September 7, 2016

Residents from across the campus come together to make the Memory Café a success. An IL resident poses with Multigenerational Program Director Lynda Bussgang (R) and her dog.

When Alzheimer’s disease becomes part of a marriage, or a family, caregivers can usually find resources to support the member facing memory loss or to support the family caregiver seeking peer connections and information. Yet, until the last few years, there wasn’t much designed to support the evolving spousal or parent/child relationship itself. All that changed with the advent of the “Memory Café” concept in the Netherlands, a unique model of social programming designed as a welcoming place for caregivers and their loved ones with memory loss to relax together in a stigma-free environment that offers both socialization and support.

Multigenerational Family Vacations: 6 Tips For Making the Most of Time with Grandchildren

July 7, 2016

Multigenerational Family Vacations

Time away with family can be wonderful – and sometimes challenging. Kids of all ages are occasionally prone to fighting, sulking, whining, and burying their heads in their phones. It can be frustrating even to the most patient grandparents.

Meaningful time together can create a lifetime of memories, so how can you help make your family time fulfilling and enjoyable for all when taking vacations with grandchildren? We interviewed parents, children and grandparents who had some terrific advice to share. Read on for their words of advice, and ours as well! 

In their words: “Bring earplugs!”
In our words:  “Take time for yourself.” 

Adult Day Health at Hebrew SeniorLife Redefines Aging

Participants find purpose at Great Days for Seniors, an adult day care program outside of Boston

March 24, 2016

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Adult Day Health Program, Great Days for Seniors serves a diverse group of older adults with a wide range of needs both medical and social. Together, the seniors make up an engaged community supported by an exceptional staff and funding from BNY Mellon as well as Hinda and Arthur Marcus. Hear what their family members have to say about Great Days for Seniors

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