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A morning in the life of a caregiver and his wife

June 21, 2019

Caring for a loved one with even mild dementia can be challenging. Advice and support from a professional source can help ease the burden. The following story is a typical day in the life of couples when someone in the partnership is experiencing memory loss and confusion. It offers some tips about how to handle difficult situations. 

Myron starts his day around 7am. He gets up and goes through his morning routine, which includes washing up, getting dressed, and starting the coffee. At around 8am, he goes in to wake up his wife, Talia. She would sleep longer if Myron did not wake her up.

7 ways to help prevent seniors from falling victim to scams

June 13, 2019

Financial abuse targeting seniors is on the rise. According to the Federal Trade Commission, seniors lose more money to scammers than people much younger. Seniors over the age of 80 lost an average of $1,700 compared to $188 lost by people 19 and younger, according to the FTC.

So why are seniors common targets? There are many factors. Older Americans have had more time to accumulate wealth, which is often invested in their homes and retirement savings. Some scams target older adults because of perceived or real frailty. Today’s seniors also grew up in a more trusting time. When older adults are scammed, they’re often too embarrassed to report the crime.

Helping seniors achieve life goals, one dream at a time

June 10, 2019

Recently HSL took Sandy Kanter, a resident from Jack Satter House, into Boston to be pampered at Bella Santé Day Spa. She brought her favorite staff member Amy Courtney, and was treated to a limo, spa services, lunch at Mooo and her favorite flowers - pink roses. This all happened because Sandy was nominated for the Power A Dream program, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. 

Launched in 2018, the Power A Dream program funds long-held or deeply meaningful dreams of the seniors in our care. Through the program, family members and staff can nominate HSL patients and residents to receive the wish of a lifetime. Whether it be a night on the town or a new wheelchair, all that we ask is that the dream be personally significant. 

Reflecting on more than five years of Hospice Care at Hebrew SeniorLife

May 28, 2019

For more than five years, Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care has been providing end-of-life care that honors the dignity, comfort, and spiritual well-being of our patients and families. Our multidisciplinary care team honors the diversity of Jewish sensibilities and spiritual perspectives around life and death while caring for patients of all faiths. As HSL Hospice Care goes into its sixth year, we took some time to reflect on the last five years of exceptional care across the Boston area during the most important time of life for our patients.

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