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.
While calcium supplements are considered effective for bone health, there have been reports linking potential adverse effects between calcium supplements and the risk of heart disease. This information has led many seniors to question the safety of calcium supplements and whether they should take them. As lead author of a recent study completed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, I can offer reassuring insight into these concerns.
Overall, our study showed no evidence of a link between calcium intake and coronary artery calcification, reassuring adults who take calcium supplements for bone health that the supplements do not appear to result in the development of calcification of blood vessels.
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.
I joined over a hundred volunteers who streamed into Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale on a cold, damp and grey Sunday morning December 2 to distribute Chanukah Mitzvah bags to over 500 seniors in the greater Boston area. The atmosphere inside the building was the opposite of the day outside: warm, bustling, smelling tantalizingly of Sunday dinner.
You can wrap presents up with pretty paper and bows, but the truth is, gift giving can be a major cause of family holiday stress. During what is supposed to be a joyful time, seniors can find themselves struggling to complete shopping under stressful circumstances and trying to choose the right gifts for family members of all ages. This, however, doesn’t have to be the case.
Holidays bring to mind thoughts of family, friends, fun, food…and maybe, in the face of hearing loss, some stress knowing it will be hard to keep up with the conversations. Maybe, when Cousin Bob tells his latest joke, you laugh at the punch line. NOT because you heard it, but because everyone else is laughing. Maybe, when the group is reminiscing at the kitchen table, you sneak off into the other room where it’s quiet, and you don’t have to participate. After all, it can be stressful to listen and try to catch every word. Much easier if it’s just you and the TV.
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.