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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.   

Age is just a number. It’s your DNA that counts.

Could DNA hold the secret to how we age?

March 22, 2017

Could DNA hold the secret to how we age?

My grandfather lived to be 96-years-old, surviving mostly on red wine and M&Ms. He started smoking a pipe before World War II, and probably never saw the inside of a gym. He outlived two wives and one girlfriend, and died peacefully in his bed—without ever succumbing to an injury, illness or disability.

6 Exercise Plan Tips for Seniors

February 10, 2017

6 Exercise Plan Tips for Seniors

By this time every year many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions, which all too often include a promise to take fitness seriously by maintaining an exercise or wellness regimen.

While many adults flounder in their efforts to change long-held behaviors, particularly those centered around wellness, it seems like adults age 65+ are enthusiastically embracing change and dedicated themselves to maintaining a healthy lifestyle all year long.  

Intergenerational Programming Benefits All Involved

January 25, 2017

An HSL communities resident participating in one of our multigenerational programs bonds with a student

In a Huffington Post article titled “Generational Warfare Is a Media Myth: Seniors and Kids Need Each Other,” from November 2014, a clear rationale for intergenerational programming is outlined. Children and adults thrive on face-to-face contact.

Esther Kane’s Life in Art at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston

The benefits of art therapy for older adults

December 13, 2016

HRC patient and artist Esther Kane alongside Life Enhancement Coordinator Joan Griffin

As a little girl growing up in Hyde Park, Esther Kane loved to draw. She carried colored pencils everywhere she went. Her mother was very proud of her, and her teachers recognized her talent.

“I loved to draw and my mother kept encouraging me to do more of it,” says Esther.

In high school, her art teacher urged her to major in art at college. Esther took her teacher’s advice and enrolled in and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, working in various mediums, including oil, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. 

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

An Interview with Dr. Robert Schreiber

October 5, 2016

The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: Design and Accessibility

An Interview with Architect Martin Siefering

September 7, 2016

The Future of Senior Living Design

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:

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.

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