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Innovative Vitalize360 Wellness Program Infuses Orchard Cove Residents with Sense of Purpose and Expands to Community at Large

April 29, 2016

Orchard Cove resident Natalie Linden

While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives. One major reason for this is Vitalize360 TM, an award-winning, innovative, centered wellness coaching and assessment system that originated at Orchard Cove in 2003.

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.

PCPs actually now screen patients for depression more often than they used to, however increased screening has not always led to better treatment. Depression in older adults can present differently than in younger patients, and PCPs who aren’t aware of that may underestimate the severity of depression in their older patients.

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. Our residents serve as reading buddies with Kindergarten and 1st grade students, middle school kids volunteer in our memory care program and help teach independent and assisted living residents how to use their mobile technology more proficiently.

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 Patient Gain Back Confidence

January 27, 2016

Personalized Speech Therapy Helps Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Patient 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 patient 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.

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.

There are four primary types of diabetes —type 1, type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes. With type 1, the body is unable to produce insulin, whereas with type 2, the body is resistant to insulin and not able to use it properly. Gestational diabetes causes insulin levels to increase in some pregnant women and pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when the blood glucose levels in a person's body are higher than normal, but not quite so high for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

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. Executive Chef Eileen O'Donoghue recently spent a few moments with a member of the HSL blog team to review the season’s successes and highlight the bounty of our fall harvest.  

How was the season?

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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