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Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Patient Gain Back Confidence

January 27, 2016

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Patient Gain Back Confidence

About 90 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease have trouble with their speech. Thanks to Lee Silverman Voice Technique, a voice therapy offered at Hebrew SeniorLife, Helene “Honey” Deutch, a Hebrew Rehabilitation Dedham patient living with Parkinson’s disease, has seen remarkable improvements in her ability to communicate with others. Along with being able to speak, Honey has regained her confidence and enjoys all that life has to offer.

Shining a Light on Mental Health and Older Adults

The first in a three part series on the future of geriatric psychiatry

January 20, 2016

Shining a Light on Mental Health and Older Adults

What is good health? I think it’s safe to say that the answer to that question is not the same for everyone. To some it may mean the absence of disease. For others it may be effectively managing a chronic condition. But for many of us, good health involves a combination of physical, psychosocial and emotional well-being and the interplay between all three.

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

“She brings out the best in people”

December 23, 2015

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

Tamari, the ministry service dog at NewBridge on the Charles in DedhamThe spiritual care team at NewBridge on the Charles has an unusual team member: a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Tamari.

Dance and Music Therapy Helps Patients with Parkinson’s at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Dance for Parkinson’s disease program recently established at HRC

December 9, 2015

Dancers for PD at the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group (image: www.brooklynparkinsongroup.org)

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, our expressive therapy staff helps to bring out the best in our long-term chronic care patients. Staff considers each patient’s unique background and creates meaningful ways for them to engage with one another and the world around them.

Dance is a big part of expressive therapy at HRC. Whitney DiGeronimo, MA, R-DMT, a registered dance/movement therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association, recently introduced a new movement-support group called Dance for Parkinson’s.

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 2, 2015

Music Therapy Makes a Difference at Hebrew SeniorLife

Music can transcend words and reach deep into the soul to provide comfort, healing and awakening. Our music therapy program at Hebrew SeniorLife engages even the frailest of seniors in our care, providing a way to engage with the world, increase socialization and improve quality of life. Watch the video below to see the effect music therapy has on our residents. 

Managing Diabetes in the Elderly at Home

December 2, 2015

Managing Diabetes in the Elderly at Home

Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from producing or properly using insulin. Insulin is an essential hormone that helps the body convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for everyday life.

There are four primary types of diabetes —type 1, type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes. With type 1, the body is unable to produce insulin, whereas with type 2, the body is resistant to insulin and not able to use it properly. Gestational diabetes causes insulin levels to increase in some pregnant women and pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when the blood glucose levels in a person's body are higher than normal, but not quite so high for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

Third annual event raises nearly $1 million for programs that improve life for seniors

November 11, 2015

Hebrew SeniorLife cues the conversation on aging at EngAGE

After age 65, we are more likely to feel love and less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. And yet we fear aging.

Hebrew SeniorLife Welcomes New Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services

A Q&A with Maureen Bannan, Hebrew SeniorLife’s new Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services

October 29, 2015

Hebrew SeniorLife has a new Executive Director of Home and Community-Based Services, Maureen Bannan, RN, MA. I recently spoke with Maureen about her experiences working in health care and her vision for Hebrew SeniorLife.

Can you share a little bit about your experience in home and community health services?

Caring for Seniors with Advanced Dementia and Other Terminal Diseases

October 15, 2015

Caring for Seniors with Advanced Dementia and Other Terminal Diseases

With aging there are many diseases that may impact quality of life and lead to eventual death. The end stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or other advanced illnesses can be challenging for patients and their families. At Hebrew SeniorLife we find that family members are looking to doctors and nurses to help their loved ones in what may be the end-stage of life. Palliative care, while similar to hospice, is offered to patients earlier in the disease process and provides specialized medical treatment to manage symptoms. Often times pneumonia, delirium and eating problems accompany the terminal disease, and palliative care can help cope with those complications and improve quality of life for patients.

Hebrew SeniorLife Communities Value Lifelong Fitness

Meet some of our community residents who work hard to stay in shape

September 30, 2015

Barbara Atlas works hard to stay in shape

As we age pursuing a lifestyle of health and wellness is directly related to how we live our lives and less related to being free of disease. The residents at Hebrew SeniorLife’s senior living communities take a proactive approach to living life to its fullest with the highest possible levels of physical, social and emotional engagement. This is achieved by setting supported goals through the Vitalize360TM program for improving all aspects of one’s wellness.

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