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.
We spoke with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Clinical Dietitian Kathleen Horrigan, MDA, RD, LDN to learn more about this important new skill and how it impacts the well-being of older patients.
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.
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?
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. Christina Rice, our director of fitness at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, Massachusetts, was inspired by programs that combine physical and cognitive exercise together.
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.
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.