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What is Gerontology?

January 17, 2013

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Do you know the difference between gerontology and geriatrics? Or understand what a gerontologist does versus a geriatric specialist? While both strive to improve life for seniors, and are clearly related, there is a difference between the two disciplines.

Gerontology is the study of the aging process including investigation of the physical, mental, and social changes that affect people as they age. Geriatrics is a branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion, as well as the treatment of disease and disability later in life.

Confronting the changes in your aging parents

You and Your Aging Parents

January 8, 2013

Robert Schreiber

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.

Glimpsing the Future of Primary Care for Seniors

December 27, 2012

geriatric care

Anyone who knows me, is certainly aware that I have very strong feelings about how we should deliver health care – especially to older patients. That’s why I’m so proud that I’m part of an effort to expand geriatric health care access to Hebrew SeniorLife’s primary care medical services to more and more seniors both within and beyond the walls of HSL’s senior housing communities. In October, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially announce the opening of Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group located in the Sloane Family/Century Bank Primary & Specialty Care Center in Brookline.  For the first time any senior who wishes to can take advantage of our specialized services.

Helping Aging Parents Plan

You and Your Aging Parents

December 18, 2012

Robert Schreiber

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. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

You and Your Aging Parent

December 4, 2012

If we’re lucky, our parents get old.  If we’re even luckier, they stay healthy and independent until the end of their lives.  But for many, including me, the last few years of life are filled with challenges and decisions.

Even though I have been a health care professional for my entire career, I was totally at a loss when it came to my own mother.  I didn’t know what to look for in an assisted living community, let alone a nursing home; I didn’t know anything about what her health insurance and Medicare covered; and I was certainly unaware of the financial impact of the last year of her life.  I know I’m not alone.  Most of us are not really prepared for the complexities of dealing with an aging parent.

Holiday Gatherings, Aging Parents, and Family Caregivers

November 21, 2012

Holiday Gatherings, Aging Parents, and Family Caregivers

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. We're also adding new Q&As throughout the series that address topics not originally included in our eBook.

You & Your Aging Parents:

An Interview with College of Retirement Living Speaker Jane Gross

September 27, 2012

Jane Gross

Hebrew SeniorLife spoke with journalist and author Jane Gross on Tuesday, September 25 about her involvement in the upcoming College of Retirement Living event “You & Your Aging Parents: A Lifelong Approach to Health, Wellness & Care” and her own experiences with caring for her aging mother which she writes about in her book “The Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves”. She shared her thoughts with us on this topic below:

You & Your Aging Parents

An Interview with College of Retirement Living speaker Ellen Goodman

September 20, 2012

Ellen Goodman

Hebrew SeniorLife spoke with Ellen Goodman on Friday, September 14 about her involvement in our upcoming College of Retirement Living event “You & Your Aging Parents:  A Lifelong Approach to Health, Wellness & Care” and her co-sponsorship with Hebrew SeniorLife of The Conversation Project.  She shared her thoughts with us on these projects and topics below:

"It’s always too soon until it’s too late.  This describes the circumstances too many of us find ourselves in when it comes to realizing the major transitions we face with our parents as they age. That’s why I’m dedicated to helping parents and their adult children begin a dialogue today to help them plan as a family for life’s major transitions and decisions.

The College of Retirement Living: You and Your Aging Parents

September 6, 2012

son and elderly mother

Special College of Retirement Living Program

You and Your Aging Parents: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care

Session 1 brings together authors and experts who will help families understand the changes aging brings to their lives. Session 2 will help educate them with information and tools to help plan for lifelong health, wellness and care. Anyone who purchases a ticket can bring a family member or loved one for no additional charge.

SESSION 1: Acknowledging the Change

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