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December 2017

A Senior Living Wellness Program Designed for Every Resident

Watch the video below for insights into the success of our Vitalize 360 program

December 20, 2017

Orchard Cove residents participating in a fitness class onsite.

Eight years ago, we partnered with Kendal senior living communities to develop a holistic wellness program for residents at our Orchard Cove community in Canton, MA. Using the knowledge and expertise of Hebrew SeniorLife staff, including researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), and our Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians, the Vitalize 360 program was born.

Make No Bones About It; Dogs Are Key to Health and Happiness

Certified therapy dogs are an important part of daily life at Hebrew SeniorLife

December 14, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife therapy dog Charlie greets his adoring public.

Doris Day once said, “There are things you can get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”

Training Providers of Geriatric Health Care to be Spiritual Generalists

An interview with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

December 13, 2017

Rev. Mary Martha Thiel is the director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. In her role, she trains program participants of all faiths to provide spiritual guidance to senior residents and patients at Hebrew SeniorLife and beyond.

Clinical Dietitians at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Introduce Nutrition Focused Physical Exams into Patient Care

December 1, 2017

For centuries, Italian grandmothers have been telling us that food is medicine for the soul. And more recently, clinical dietitians have started telling us that food is medicine for the body as well. To prove this, clinical dietitians are using a new tool called the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) which serves to develop a person’s nutritional profile, and can help clinical dietitians identify and treat harmful deficiencies.

We spoke with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Clinical Dietitian Kathleen Horrigan, MDA, RD, LDN to learn more about this important new skill and how it impacts the well-being of older patients.

What is a Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE)?

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