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.
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.
It’s one of the things you just have to make a commitment to doing and stick with it. For individuals with a chronic medical condition, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Just like taking your prescribed medications or sticking to a diet, exercise requires the same degree of commitment.
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.
The number of programs my team provides for our patients in long-term chronic 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 patients to remain active and be part of a larger community.
At HRC we’re giving our patients choices when it comes to the senior fitness programs that help them stay healthy, active and engaged.
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 ReAge community?
“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.
I have been working at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for 22 years, and Bingo has always been one of the most popular activities on my activities calendar. Bingo is popular not because it is fun, and certainly not because there is nothing else to do—we schedule more than 75 activities weekly— but because it is safe on many levels. Let me explain what I mean.
It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and colder. It is also the time of year when a condition known as fall-onset seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, becomes a problem for some older adults. I have blogged about this in the past, but with the shortest days of the upon us, I thought it would be helpful to revisit, and expand on the topic.
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published cholesterol guidelines early in November aimed at preventing a first heart attack or stroke, which sparked controversy among researchers and has been heavily covered by media.
According to media reports, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston charged that the guidelines relied on old data and that the formula over-estimates cardiovascular risk in certain individuals, which can result in unnecessary, or over treatment.
Gone is the belief that growing older means inevitable and irreversible physical decline. Thanks to aging research, including that conducted in the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, we now know that not only is physical activity possible at any age, but it is beneficial— from staying heart healthy, to helping prevent falls, to slowing the onslaught of dementia.
The fifth commandment instructs us to “honor your mother and your father.” Last time I checked, there is no social commandment instructing our elders to hide their gray. The veneration that our tradition gives to a person with gray hair is undermined by a nip-and-tuck culture. People in large numbers persist in trying to mask the natural effects of aging, which creates a false hierarchy of youth and communicates that those who are older are less valued.
It’s time we got over it. The statistics are quite clear: We are living in a time when the oldest in our society are the fastest-growing portion of the population. And yet it is also clear that people over 85 are frequently marginalized, lonely and alienated from the larger community. Significant change is needed.