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Preventing Loneliness and Isolation for Seniors

Did you know having dinner with a friend can extend your life?

January 24, 2020

When winter weather hits us with cold and icy conditions, it’s no surprise that many of us can feel isolated or lonely. What may be surprising is that social isolation and loneliness can have negative health consequences, especially for older adults.

Recent National Institute for Aging research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, depression, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, some research suggests that chronic loneliness may shorten life expectancy just as much as smoking.

New Research to Prevent Falls

Examining the Use of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation to Improve Mobility

January 3, 2020

Hookie Darack knows no limits.

The tennis-playing centenarian is the oldest subject in the tDCS and Steady Gait Study at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. Her participation is proof that there’s no age when curiosity stops.

Hookie eagerly volunteered for the study, where investigators are seeking to reduce the risks of falls and promote safe, independent mobility for older adults through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This type of non-invasive brain stimulation holds promise as a novel intervention for improving walking, balance, and even cognition among older individuals. 

Staff Spotlight: Getting to know Djenny Lobo Lopes

December 23, 2019

Djenny Lobo Lopes, MSN, RN, DNP-C, is the director of nursing and respiratory services on the Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. I sat down with her to learn more about her work with patients, her background and career, and how she’s committed to providing the best quality of care for patients with complex medical conditions or multiple acute or chronic illnesses.

Combating the Winter Blues

December 20, 2019

Do the short days and icy sidewalks get you down at this time of year? Turns out you’re not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is estimated to affect 10 million Americans – and yes, most live in places far from the equator, like New England. For many seniors, especially those who live alone, the winter months can bring on a lesser form of SAD – the winter blues.

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