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Continuum of Care Defined

Managing health care transitions for older adults

May 6, 2014

Continuum of Care Defined

This blog is part of a year-long series aimed at addressing some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from family and adult children on the topics most concerning them regarding their aging parents or loved one. In 2012 Hebrew SeniorLife published the eBook "You & Your Aging Parent: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care," a compilation of answers from HSL geriatric experts in response to the many of the most frequently asked questions. We're reposting some of the most popular Q&A posts from our original eBook which was downloaded over 2,000 times.

An Older Runner’s Routine

Year-Round Running Offers Satisfaction and Mental Clarity to NewBridge Resident

April 15, 2014

Irving Backman's Morning Run

If you live or work at NewBridge on the Charles, one of Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement communities, chances are you’ve noticed Irving Backman. Every morning, regardless of weather, Backman laces up a pair of Saucony sneakers, grabs his handheld radio and begins his daily run around our campus.

“I run in blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. I suppose the only thing that stopped me was not rain, but floods, when water is more than two inches deep.”

Occupational Therapy and Older Adults

April 1, 2014

Occupational Therapy and Older Adults

April is Occupational Therapy Month and what better time to build an understanding about what an OT (occupational therapist) does and how vital the service is that we provide to older adults. The role of an OT is often confused with that of a PT (physical therapist). Although our functions sometime overlap, and OTs and PTs often work together as a team, there are important differences between the two disciplines.

Friendships Among Older Men

Power of Friendship Blog Series

March 5, 2014

Friendships Among Older Men

At Hebrew SeniorLife communities, we believe friendship has the power to help our residents live healthier, happier lives.  Our communities are hubs for many different types of friendship, friendships forged through common hobbies, experiences and along gender lines.

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Don’t let chronic illness get in the way of practicing healthy behaviors

March 4, 2014

Exercise Management for Older Adults

Making time for exercise is no easy matter.  We’re all occupied with our daily routines, countless activities, and projects that force us to put exercise on the back burner. 

But like anything else, those things that take hard work and commitment show the greatest results.  Yes, I’m talking about exercise. 

Symptoms and Causes of COPD

February 18, 2014

Symptoms and Causes of COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is only one of a group of closely related chronic lung diseases. It is estimated that 24 million people in the U.S. have COPD, though only about half are diagnosed.  

Older Adults and Friendships

The Power of Friendship

February 17, 2014

Older Adults and Friendships

Friends are a precious commodity for us all, but especially for seniors. The love and companionship we enjoy with our friends make our lives emotionally richer, and research now shows that our friends can be powerful allies in helping us increase our longevity. For instance, data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Aging has shown that people age 70 or older with active social lives live 22% longer than those with less active social lives.

Senior Rehabilitation Exercises

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Circle of Fitness Program Wins Gold

January 28, 2014

Senior Rehabilitation Exercises

The number of programs my team provides for our residents in long-term care is truly amazing. And while the number itself is impressive, it’s the quality and uniqueness of the programs that put us over the top.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center prides itself on redefining the experience of aging. All programs are designed to allow residents to remain active and be part of a larger community.

Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

How HSL’s ReAge Concept Strengthens Community & Encourages Vibrant, Healthy Lives

January 23, 2014

Choosing the Right Senior Living Community

At Hebrew SeniorLife, the word ReAge expresses our commitment to redefining the aging experience and represents our mission to improve the quality of life for all seniors as they age.  It means that we promote the independence of seniors and encourage their goals at all stages of life.  But how does that translate into the daily life of the residents who live in a Hebrew SeniorLife continuing care retirement community?  And what does it mean to be a

Popular Activities for Seniors

Bingo has been popular with seniors and staff for ages, and there’s a good reason why!

January 9, 2014

Popular Activities for Seniors

“Bingo!”  Just the name makes people cringe and ask, is this all social life has to offer for residents in long-term care—how terrible!  Well, I want to help you look at Bingo in a new way.