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Senior Planning: 3 Ways to Avoid Crisis-Driven Assisted Living Decisions

August 3, 2016

Memory Care at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles resident and her daughter.

Whether it’s a fall, a wandering episode, death of spouse, or loss of a dependable caregiver, too many families find themselves making decisions about assisted living in “crisis mode.” Up until turning points like these, there is often some level of denial about the possibility that a more supportive living environment could someday be needed. Yet beginning a search for assisted living at such a moment is far from ideal.

10 Summer Exercise Tips for Seniors

July 13, 2016

10 Summer Exercise Tips for Seniors

Ahhh the summertime and outdoors beckons. From golf to gardening, there is no lack of excuses to get outside and soak up some sun. There are so many activities that not only offer a great workout, but are fun to boot – and we all know that exercise is key to aging well, right?

At the same time there are precautions that you should take when participating in outdoor activities to make sure risks don’t outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to get you on the right track:

Information for older adults on the Zika Virus and Summertime Mosquitoes

July 11, 2016

Information for older adults on the Zika Virus

Summertime is filled with picnics, day trips to the beach and nights under the stars. It’s also a season known for insects, bugs and mosquitoes. 

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! 

Think You May Have Difficulty Hearing? Get Tested!

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month 2016 at Hebrew SeniorLife

May 11, 2016

Think You May Have Difficulty Hearing? Get Tested!

Each year in May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness around issues concerning hearing and speech.

What does “better” mean when it comes to hearing?

For those who don’t have hearing issues, hearing happens passively. We hear whether we want to or not. But if you have hearing loss, hearing becomes an activity that requires participation, energy, concentration and focus.

Caring for Aging Feet: Research on Preventing Foot Disorders

April 27, 2016

Caring for Aging Feet: Research on Preventing Foot Disorders

We expect a lot from our feet. They get us to all the places we need to go, while providing the anchor and balance crucial to physical activity. Our ability to stay active often depends on keeping our feet healthy.

Making Sense of Nutrition in the News

Advice for older adults from our Institute for Aging Research Nutrition Scientist

February 3, 2016

Nutrition scientist Shivani Sahni, Ph.D. speaks to colleagues at IFAR

One thing not up for debate is that nutrition is an important part of overall good health. But that’s where agreement seems to end – at least according to reports in the media. Eat more protein; but all red meat is risky. Eggs send bad cholesterol levels through the roof; no wait, now it’s OK to eat them again. And recently, news about whether supplements, including calcium and vitamin D, protect us or actually cause harm has been fodder for headlines. So how do you parse the contradictory messages?

Healthy Travel Tips for Seniors

From the geriatricians at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 2, 2015

Healthy travel tips for active seniors from the geriatricians at Hebrew SeniorLife

Research indicates that travel is at the top of the list of activities that seniors and the aging baby boomer generation enjoy. And travel professionals report a rise in the number of tours designed for grandparents who want to spend time with their grandchildren — particularly during the holiday season. It’s true: today’s active seniors want to be part of the action and enjoy every moment of their next travel adventure.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

How you can prevent and treat a common cause of vision loss

September 2, 2015

Vision loss is a common concern for my patients as they get older, and something that I discuss often with the residents I see at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. One of the most common causes of vision loss for those over age 60 is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It accounts for 90 percent of new cases of legal blindness in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know to recognize, prevent, and treat AMD.

5 Ways Good Nutrition Can Help You Stay Strong

August 13, 2015

5 Ways Good Nutrition Can Help You Stay Strong

Hebrew SeniorLife’s Harvard Medical School-affiliated Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) is celebrating 50 years of research focused on finding ways to optimize quality of life for all of us as we age. For half a century our researchers have explored age-related syndromes, debunking the myth that growing old has to mean growing frail.

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