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August 2016

Why I Became a Hospice Care Nurse

August 31, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care Nurse Shares Story

The universe nudged me toward becoming a hospice care nurse. I guess you could say that it was my calling. I’ve been a hospice nurse for almost three years now with Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care.

I have a couple of theories as to why I became a hospice nurse. First: as humans, we all have fears about getting older and what the dying process holds. I want to believe that if I hold enough hands in my lifetime – there will be plenty of hands to hold mine at end-of-life. That’s me being completely honest. But it’s certainly not the whole story.

Fellowship Training Program at Hebrew SeniorLife Creates Future Leaders in Geriatrics

August 25, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife is a key teaching partner for the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, which trains doctors to lead interdisciplinary teams caring for medically complex older patients.

The numbers are sobering: According to the American Geriatrics Society, there are 7,500 geriatricians in the U.S. – but 17,000 are needed now to care for our aging population. And with the growing numbers of Baby Boomers entering their senior years, this shortage is only getting worse.

That’s the bad news, but here’s the good news: Accomplished, ambitious, and energetic young doctors like Dr. Randi Rothbaum are looking to be part of the next generation of geriatricians who conduct research, teach others and care for medically complex older patients.

One-on-one with the Executive Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care at NewBridge on the Charles

A Q&A with Matthew Hollingshead

August 18, 2016

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles relax and socialize in a common space

Matthew Hollingshead recently joined Hebrew SeniorLife as the executive director of Assisted Living and Memory Care at NewBridge on the Charles. His energetic, resident-centric approach and skill in leading large teams is already making a difference in the lives of our residents. I recently spoke to Matt about the rewards and challenges of his work.

E-book Brings Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Resources Together

August 11, 2016

E-book Brings Hebrew SeniorLife Dementia Resources Together

As a nonprofit leader in the field of aging, focusing on senior living communities, health care, teaching and research, Hebrew SeniorLife possesses a wealth of expertise and a broad range of services to support families facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. To meet the growing demand for information, we have compiled some of our most useful dementia-specific knowledge into one resource: a new e-book entitled “Understanding and Living with Dementia: A Resource for Families.”

Fostering Humanity: Honoring Survivors of the Holocaust in our Care at Hebrew SeniorLife

August 10, 2016

Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, seventh from left, in Germany with fellow trip participants.

There are a number of survivors of the Holocaust and victims of Nazi persecution among the many seniors who live and are cared for throughout HSL.

Last month, the Boston German Consulate hosted a group of twelve Boston-area rabbis on a trip to Germany. The trip was entitled, “Remembrance and Hope.” It began in Munich at the Dachau Concentration Camp and concluded in a suburb of Berlin at a refugee settlement organization, followed by Shabbat in the community.

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

August 4, 2016

IFAR Researchers Investigate Potential New Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

When Josephine Pina of Boston spotted an ad in the Metro newspaper seeking individuals who had difficulty with thinking and who moved slower than usual, she immediately contacted the staff at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life. They were investigating the link between brain function, balance and falls in older adults. “I wanted to be part of the study and to see what the brain does at 67 years old,” she said.

Senior Planning: 3 Ways to Avoid Crisis-Driven Assisted Living Decisions

August 3, 2016

Memory Care at Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles resident and her daughter.

Whether it’s a fall, a wandering episode, death of spouse, or loss of a dependable caregiver, too many families find themselves making decisions about assisted living in “crisis mode.” Up until turning points like these, there is often some level of denial about the possibility that a more supportive living environment could someday be needed. Yet beginning a search for assisted living at such a moment is far from ideal. Any preparation you can do in advance is a gift you provide for your family, whether planning for yourself or for a loved one’s potential future needs. 

You can improve the lives of seniors today, and for generations to come.

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