When I was a little girl, I played with a great toy called a View Master. Do you remember it? There were different pictures on a paper wheel that you would put into a little magnifier/camera device. As you clicked through, you would see a story unfold, or have a new window into the magnificent world around you. We don’t see View Masters around much anymore because millions of visual images that connect us to the world are at our fingertips through our computers, tablets and Smartphones. These newer devices are our opportunity to see and connect with the world around us.
I was moving quickly through the halls at NewBridge on the Charles last week, cleaning up after festive Chanukah parties with Rashi School 3rd graders, and preparing for another set of festivities with the 1st and 2nd graders. A resident stopped me in the hallway, a reminder of how important it is to slow down and enjoy each special moment. Little did I know how special this moment would be.
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.
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.
My connection to Hebrew SeniorLife extends beyond my residency at NewBridge on the Charles, a senior community of Hebrew SeniorLife. As a former Hebrew SeniorLife Board Chair, the concept of ReAge is near and dear to my heart. ReAge is best realized when community members are able to support the concept and the organization as a whole. ReAge thrives because members of the Hebrew SeniorLife community, both residents and supporters, are sending a message about how we look at aging and how we adapt to the changing needs of our community.
Ten thousand people are turning 65 every day. The need for geriatric leaders in healthcare will only continue to grow. As the only senior care organization affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, we are in a unique position to fulfill the promise of ReAge through all aspects of aging.
The senior years can be the best years of an individual’s life. I see evidence of this truth every day in our senior housing communities. It’s all about embracing what is still possible from forging new relationships, to learning new skills, to simply enjoying interests that may have taken a back burner earlier in life. In my role as executive director at Orchard Cove, I support our residents to renew, reinvent and rediscover their interests while living a life reflective of an engaging and healthy lifestyle.
Today, our nation is entering uncharted territory. An unprecedented number of seniors will want, need, and deserve more services than are currently available. Coupled with the increased need for services are rising expectations that reflect a desire and determination to live senior years to their fullest. This new reality makes our commitment to seniors more relevant than ever. We are an organization uniquely qualified to transform the experience of aging in America.
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research has helped transform the experience of aging in America through innovative studies. Our researchers have deconstructed many of the myths about what it means to age, replacing those notions with realities based on sound scientific inquiry. They have shed new light on the mechanical, physiological, and biochemical functions, as well as environmental factors that contribute to age-related conditions and decline.
You may have noticed that we’ve been using a new word at Hebrew SeniorLife to refer to our unique efforts to transform aging. That word is ReAge. ReAge is a combination of the words “redefining” and “aging.” It represents our commitment to “question everything about the aging process by challenging conventions to create a new standard-of-care approach that will positively impact the lives of older adults.”