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Make No Bones About It; Dogs Are Key to Health and Happiness

Certified therapy dogs are an important part of daily life at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 1, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife therapy dog Charlie greets his adoring public.

Doris Day once said, “There are things you can get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

Clinical Dietitians at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Introduce Nutrition Focused Physical Exams into Patient Care

November 30, 2017

For centuries, Italian grandmothers have been telling us that food is medicine for the soul. And more recently, clinical dietitians have started telling us that food is medicine for the body as well. To prove this, clinical dietitians are using a new tool called the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) which serves to develop a person’s nutritional profile, and can help clinical dietitians identify and treat harmful deficiencies.

The Second Fifty: Successful Aging

Chapter 8 of “Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders”

October 12, 2017

In July 2017, 97-old-year NewBridge on the Charles resident Irving Silverman published a collection of essays on the experiences of aging titled Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders, co-authored with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel.

Healthy Aging in Senior Living is About Experiences and Opportunities

September 13, 2017

Working in the garden at Orchard Cove.

We all want to model healthy aging behaviors, but the concept packs so much into two words that setting “healthy aging” goals can make achievement feel distantly attainable. One way to bring it closer to home is to partake in Healthy Aging® Month, a national health observance occurring each September to remind us of the concrete ways we can work the concepts of healthy aging into our life styles.

The Hazard of Hoarding Among Seniors

Why hoarding is a threat to senior health and safety

August 23, 2017

Photo credit: Nina Hale, Flickr

We all know collectors – those who seem to never have enough stamps, salt shakers, or seashells. Some people start collections because they love the objects they collect, while others amass large collections as an investment, hoping their collection will increase in value. While some collecting may seem a bit eccentric, it’s all innocent enough – right?

But when does collecting become excessive and tip from collecting to hoarding? And even more importantly, when does hoarding become a real health hazard?

A Senior Fitness Class for the Mind at NewBridge on the Charles

NewBridge Director of Fitness has developed a course that focuses on mind as well as the body

July 6, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife has long valued the connection between mind and body, with much of our Institute for Aging Research work focusing on how brain function is linked to fall risk and mobility and investigating how an activity like Tai Chi can benefit older adults.

Seniors and Civic Duty: 5 Reasons Community Involvement Can be Great for Health

June 28, 2017

NewBridge on the Charles resident Frankie Wolff actively volunteers in her community.

Independence Day is just around the corner, and for most of us, this marks the official beginning of the summer slow-down. It’s a time when we gather around the BBQ, at the beach, or beside the pool with our family, friends, and a heaping scoop of macaroni salad. We share war stories of the winter weather we’ve left behind, and look forward to the next few months of warm, sunny days. What we rarely do, and probably should, is remember what Independence Day is truly about, and reflect on our role as American citizens.

Notes From the Field of Geriatric Medicine: In conversation with a NewBridge geriatrician

A Q&A with Dr. Kouta Ito, geriatric primary care physician at NewBridge on the Charles

May 24, 2017

Dr. Kouta Ito in his office at NewBridge on the Charles

Dr. Kouta Ito joined the Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group as a geriatric primary care physician at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA last August. I recently sat down with him to learn more about his background and thoughts on geriatric medicine.

Q: What drew you to being a physician?

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Use these tips to achieve goals at any age

April 19, 2017

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You declare, “I want to eat healthier!,” and one week later you’re back to your old eating habits. Or, you say, “I’ll learn to play guitar!,” and never get around to it. Sometimes it can be hard to take the leap from setting a goal to actually achieving it. If this sounds like you — then SMART goals might be just the tool you need.

Ready to Make a Difference? 8 Tips for New Volunteers

April 5, 2017

Senior with students

In 1974, President Richard Nixon declared a “National Volunteer Week” in April, and ever since organizations nationwide have celebrated volunteerism all month long as part of National Volunteer Month. Whether it’s one day or a lifetime of commitment, there is no short supply of ways you can give back to your community. When it comes to donating your time and energy, no effort is too small.

Want to make a difference, but not sure where to start? Read our eight tips on how to find the best volunteer opportunity for YOU.   

You can improve the lives of seniors today, and for generations to come.

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