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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.

Improving Treatment of Depression in Older Adults

Expanding the MARPEH Model

March 9, 2016

Improving Treatment of Depression in Older Adults

Identifying and effectively treating older patients who suffer from depression continues to be a challenge. Primary care providers (PCPs) tend to screen for and treat depression, and although well-intentioned, treatment in a primary care setting does not always yield the best outcome for older patients.

Extending Culture Change in Long-Term Care to Resident Meals

Learn how the food service team at HRC Dedham includes residents in the process of meal-making

March 2, 2016

Extending Culture Change in Long-Term Care to Resident Meals

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, we’re reinventing long-term care so seniors can live their best lives. A great part of the resident’s daily life centers around the overall dining experience. At HRC in Dedham, the meals residents share with one another are an important part of their lives.

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Eli Botkin is a weekly presence in the math classes of the grade 7 & 8 students at The Rashi School

February 29, 2016

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Since The Rashi School opened on the NewBridge on the Charles campus in 2010, we have been building a robust, multi-faceted partnership.

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?

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Resident Gain Back Confidence

January 27, 2016

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Resident 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 resident 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.

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.

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.

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

HSL community chef gives update on culinary team’s fall harvest

October 8, 2015

Back in the Garden at NewBridge on the Charles to Discuss Fall Harvest

As we blogged about in July, the NewBridge on the Charles culinary team operates its own garden on campus dedicated to supplementing our kitchens’ “farm to fork” offerings with fresh vegetables, lettuces and herbs.