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Institute for Aging Research Scientists Contribute to Dementia Care Best Practices

Aging research helps directly inform treatment care of elderly patients

September 28, 2016

Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H. Senior Scientist and Director of Palliative Care Research Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Recently, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighted the dramatic decrease in feeding tube use by patients with end stage dementia over the last 15 years.

Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Now Offered to Greater Boston Community

Support groups for stroke survivors and their families are safe spaces to share experiences

September 14, 2016

Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) offers stroke support groups in Dedham and Boston. Patients recovering from a stroke and preparing for discharge from one of our post acute care units or from one of our partner hospitals, like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are encouraged to get involved.

Fellowship Training Program at Hebrew SeniorLife Creates Future Leaders in Geriatrics

August 25, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife is a key teaching partner for the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, which trains doctors to lead interdisciplinary teams caring for medically complex older patients.

The numbers are sobering: According to the American Geriatrics Society, there are 7,500 geriatricians in the U.S. – but 17,000 are needed now to care for our aging population. And with the growing numbers of Baby Boomers entering their senior years, this shortage is only getting worse.

That’s the bad news, but here’s the good news: Accomplished, ambitious, and energetic young doctors like Dr. Randi Rothbaum are looking to be part of the next generation of geriatricians who conduct research, teach others and care for medically complex older patients.

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

August 4, 2016

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

When Josephine Pina of Boston spotted an ad in the Metro newspaper seeking individuals who had difficulty with thinking and who moved slower than usual, she immediately contacted the staff at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life. They were investigating the link between brain function, balance and falls in older adults. “I wanted to be part of the study and to see what the brain does at 67 years old,” she said.

Vibrating Insoles Could be Key to Better Balance, Says IFAR Researchers

July 27, 2016

Vibrating Insoles Could be Key to Better Balance

Recently, researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) published an article in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation giving evidence that sub-sensory vibrations delivered to the foot soles of seniors can improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

Hebrew SeniorLife's Adult Day Health Program Welcomes New Outdoor Space

The new patio space for "Great Days for Seniors" attendees will further enrich their program experience

May 25, 2016

Pictured L- R: Maureen Smith, daughter of Mary Crimlisk, Great Days for Seniors program participant and Suzie Kaytis, Director, Great Days for Senior, Adult Day Health Program

(Pictured L-R): Emily Shea, Commissioner, Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, City of Boston; Mary Moscato, President, HSL Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center; Suzie Kaytis, Director, Great Days for Seniors, Adult Day Health Program; Jennifer Whelen, Sr. Coordinator, Community Partnership at BNY Mellon

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

May 18, 2016

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

Delirium is a state of confusion that develops suddenly, often following an acute medical illness, a surgical procedure or a hospitalization. Although delirium is estimated to complicate hospital stays for more than 2.5 million older adult patients in the U.S. each year, this common condition often goes undetected. The end result can be serious complications with sometimes devastating consequences for vulnerable hospitalized elders.

New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults

May 5, 2016

New Technology Shows Promise in Predicting Fracture Risk in Older Adults

Scientists working in musculoskeletal research now have a tool that allows us to examine bones in a whole new way with cutting edge technology in the form of high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Currently clinicians measure bone density using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), which is useful in gauging bone strength, but does not tell the whole story.

Rabbi Ran Marathon to Raise Money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education program

Marathon effort supports HSL’s unique chaplaincy training program

May 4, 2016

Rabbi Jim Morgan and patient.

Rabbi Jim Morgan is rabbi and chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline. He ran the Vermont City Marathon on May 29 to raise money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, in which he recently completed his third unit of training. The CPE program trains rabbis, rabbinical and seminary students, leaders of many faiths, and qualified health care professionals to become chaplains.

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Video captures intergenerational program in action

April 21, 2016

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Nursing students begin their careers with the understanding that caring for ill and frail people will include having a large population of seniors as their patients. And while caring for them in times of greatest need is vitally important, they often never have the opportunity to get to know patients as people and relate to their more specific medical needs associated with aging.

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