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Improving Communication for Seniors While Wearing a Mask

June 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to communicating and staying engaged. Wearing a mask has become the “new normal,” not only for health care workers but for everyone navigating life. It’s important to communicate effectively while wearing one.

Five Tips for a Successful Reunion Visit with a Loved One

June 15, 2020

Many skilled nursing facilities and long-term chronic care hospitals across the country have been restricting visitors due to COVID-19 since early March. Now, they are beginning to plan a return to visitations between seniors and their family members following guidelines issues by federal and state governments.

5 reasons why now is a good time to move to a senior living community

June 4, 2020

As the pandemic sweeps the world, both organizations and individuals have been forced to adjust their practices and behaviors in so many ways. “Normal” looks very different now than it did only a short while ago and will only continue to change for all of us. In this environment, the highest quality senior living communities have adapted quickly and responsibly. Those that do it best, are more than ever, some of the safest and most fulfilling places for an older adult to live.  While moving into a senior living community during a global pandemic could be perceived as a challenging decision, we believe now may be the smartest time to make that move. 

Caring for Someone with Dementia During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 4, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is making everyday life challenging for all of us, but that’s especially true if you’re caring for someone with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease or another cause. You may be providing care in your home without the community supports that you’re used to, or maybe you’re trying to help while being physically separated due to the social distancing required to stop the spread of the disease.

How to safely extend your driving career

February 6, 2020

Most of us value a sense of freedom and being able to choose when and where we want to go. As the body ages, so do our abilities and function and it’s important to be mindful of our driving habits and notice when something changes. Older drivers, especially over the age of 70, have a higher risk of being involved in a car accident for every mile they drive, according to the Hartford Center.

There’s No Stopping Me

December 12, 2019

Four women play bocce at Orchard Cove in Canton.

For more than a century, Hebrew SeniorLife has provided exceptional care and services to seniors across the Boston area. Today, we’re redefining every aspect of aging for the better. At our health care and senior living communities, learning and discovery never stops in a stimulating and dynamic environment. There is no stopping our residents who remain active and engaged, no matter where they live, and truly continue to be their best self.

Meet four residents who embody our approach to care.

 

How to manage the holidays with an aging loved one

November 22, 2019

Sometimes the holidays can be a difficult time for parents and relatives, and it can be hard to see our loved ones struggling. If they’re beginning to get lonely or are having trouble living independently, the holidays can become a tough and stressful time – for everyone.

Tara Fleming-Caruso, collaborative care advisor at NewBridge on the Charles, a Hebrew SeniorLife continuing care retirement community, offers some advice on how to make the holiday season enjoyable while still honoring the needs of your aging loved one.

Q: What are some ways we can include our aging parents in holiday celebrations?

Five tips for balancing work and caring for an aging parent

November 1, 2019

Sometimes our aging parents or loved ones need more care and guidance, but it can be challenging to speak to your employer about how to manage increased caregiver needs. How do you balance the needs of your loved one and make sure you are fulfilling your responsibilities at work?

More than one in six people living in the United States working full-time or part-time are helping with the care of an aging parent, family member, relative, or friend, according to a Gallup poll.

“There for Them”: Hebrew SeniorLife’s new podcast series

A resource for helping aging parents

October 22, 2019

Life can be extremely hectic and there are many ways to get information in today’s world. Especially if you’re raising children of your own, it can be confusing to navigate when your own parents need support and help. You are moving so quickly between the demands of work and family, and can often find yourself unprepared to help your parent or loved one as they age.

Alleviating the burden of balance decline with aging

September 24, 2019

Visit any retirement community, and you’ll hear one common fear among residents: falls. For many older people, a fall can lead to injury, decline, and a loss of independence. That’s why it’s an area of research focus at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research.

Brad Manor, Ph.D., is an associate scientist at the Marcus Institute. He’s investigating new treatments to alleviate the burden of balance decline that often accompanies biological aging, particularly among those with Parkinson’s disease.

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