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Welcome to my blog. As President and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife, I invite you to join me in a conversation that explores the many ways we think about the challenges and opportunities around aging. I hope you’ll share your thoughts and comments, and through our exchange of ideas together, we will continue on the journey to redefine the experience of aging.

My Thoughts on the First Decade

June 19, 2019

 

In early 2009, I was in my office at North Shore Medical Center in Salem when a recruiter I know called me about a position as president of Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). I’d never considered leading an organization that specialized in senior care, but the recruiter knew me well and urged me to take some time that evening to look at HSL’s website. She believed HSL and I would be a great match, was confident I would agree once I learned more about HSL, and promised to accept my response if I weren’t interested.

Affordable Housing with Supports for the One in Five Over 65 in 2030

April 26, 2019

Woman sitting at home speaking with three care providers

 

We’ve reached a global turning point:  According to the World Economic Forum, there are now for the first time more people over age 65 than under age 5. And in the U.S., the Census Bureau projects that by 2030 one in every five U.S. residents will be 65. With these data, the full impact of the growing number of older Americans on our economy, infrastructure, families and caregivers, is in sharp focus.

Five Areas to Watch in Senior Care in 2019 and Beyond

February 7, 2019

With the federal government back to work after the longest shutdown in United States history, health care is expected to move back to the national agenda.  The combination of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the push for value-based care, and the silver tsunami of aging baby boomers has set in motion incredible economic and social challenges, as well as opportunities in senior care that will be part of the national dialog. Seniors want and need innovations in the health care system to help them remain healthier, and as they age, stay more independent.

Massachusetts Nursing Ballot Question is Bad for Our Health

April 11, 2018

The Massachusetts Nurses Association— a labor union representing less than 25% of professional nurses— has petitioned the State Legislature to place a question on the ballot in November that would mandate nurse to patient ratios that hospitals would have to meet if it passes. On the face of it—sounds like a good idea. Who isn’t for greater patient safety? But take a closer look, and I know you’ll agree that it’s not such a great idea after all. In fact, it’s a very bad idea and nurses themselves don’t all agree that this is the best way to optimize patient care and safety.

Doing Well by Doing Good: The Difference Good Leadership Makes

November 17, 2017

As many people know, I’m a huge baseball fan and this year’s World Series was a true Fall Classic. No one can argue that Houston deserved the celebration of an Astros victory after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, but I have to confess that I was rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers. My son lives in Los Angeles and my daughter in Brooklyn, NY, where the team originated, and absent the Red Sox in the Series it seemed natural that my allegiance would be with the Dodgers.

Improving Life for Older Adults with Dementia – and Their Caregivers

September 20, 2017

At Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) we are no strangers to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Close to 98 percent of our patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center suffer from some form of dementia, and close to a third of the residents in many of our senior living communities are also coping with varying degrees of dementia either as patients or caregivers.

Seniors Share Insights for Living Well at Any Age

September 7, 2017

New book from HSL senior living resident dispels stereotypes of what it means to age

Hebrew SeniorLife’s tagline – the power to redefine aging— captures the spirit of many of the residents who live in our senior living communities, as well as patients in our care.

Stepping Up to Combat Elder Abuse and Neglect

June 15, 2017

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The United Nations designated June 15 as such in 2012, “in an effort to bring global attention to the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of older adults.”

As the population 65 and older continues to swell, elder abuse is taking on urgency as a public health issue. It is considered to be one of the most under-acknowledged and under-reported public health issues in America and is reaching epidemic proportions.

Standing Together to Serve Seniors

May 8, 2017

Last month I was in Memphis, Tenn., attending the Association of Jewish Aging Services annual conference. The conference coincided with the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis 49 years ago. One of the conference speakers was Dr. Raphael Warnock, the reverend of the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was Dr. King’s church. Dr. Warnock’s inspiring message held particular meaning for many of us who work to deliver services to older adults.

Seize This Opportunity, Dr. Carson

April 5, 2017

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was recently confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Dr. Carson is stepping into his new role at a critical time for the more than 1.5 million older adults who qualify for federal rental subsidies and whose health care and other supportive needs are covered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At the same time, Dr. Carson is facing potential cuts to his agency of $6 billion.

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