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A Nonagenarian’s Thoughts on Love

Chapter 42 of “Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders”

February 7, 2018

In July 2017, 97-old-year NewBridge on the Charles resident Irving Silverman published a collection of essays on the experiences of aging titled Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders, co-authored with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel. The anthology features essays from Irving and his daughter, as well as fellow residents at NewBridge on the Charles senior living community in Dedham, MA, and Hebrew SeniorLife staff.

Advice from “Aging Wisely” for the New Year: On Making Each Day Count

Chapter 29 of “Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders”

January 10, 2018

In July 2017, 97-old-year NewBridge on the Charles resident Irving Silverman published a collection of essays on the experiences of aging titled Aging Wisely…Wisdom of Our Elders, co-authored with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel. The anthology features essays from Irving and his daughter, as well as fellow residents at NewBridge on the Charles senior living community in Dedham, MA, and Hebrew SeniorLife staff.

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.

Healthy Aging in Senior Living is About Experiences and Opportunities

September 13, 2017

Working in the garden at Orchard Cove.

We all want to model healthy aging behaviors, but the concept packs so much into two words that setting “healthy aging” goals can make achievement feel distantly attainable. One way to bring it closer to home is to partake in Healthy Aging® Month, a national health observance occurring each September to remind us of the concrete ways we can work the concepts of healthy aging into our life styles.

The Hazard of Hoarding Among Seniors

Why hoarding is a threat to senior health and safety

August 23, 2017

Photo credit: Nina Hale, Flickr

We all know collectors – those who seem to never have enough stamps, salt shakers, or seashells. Some people start collections because they love the objects they collect, while others amass large collections as an investment, hoping their collection will increase in value. While some collecting may seem a bit eccentric, it’s all innocent enough – right?

But when does collecting become excessive and tip from collecting to hoarding? And even more importantly, when does hoarding become a real health hazard?

An Important Step to End Elder Abuse: Learn these 11 Signs and Symptoms

June 14, 2017

Elder abuse and neglect is emerging as a critical public health issue. It is one of the most under-acknowledged and under-reported public health threats.

The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as a "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

It can be broken down into 5 distinctive types of abuse:

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Use these tips to achieve goals at any age

April 19, 2017

Getting SMART about goal setting for seniors

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You declare, “I want to eat healthier!,” and one week later you’re back to your old eating habits. Or, you say, “I’ll learn to play guitar!,” and never get around to it. Sometimes it can be hard to take the leap from setting a goal to actually achieving it. If this sounds like you — then SMART goals might be just the tool you need.

Envisioning the Future of Senior Living Communities: The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

An Interview with Dr. Robert Schreiber

October 5, 2016

The Benefits of Community and Connection for Seniors

Earlier this year Hebrew SeniorLife Communities sponsored the “Senior Living Communities of the Future Forum” at NewBridge on the Charles as an opportunity for our residents’ adult children to hear from experts in their fields on the future of senior living communities.

We sought insights to some of their most significant concerns as they relate to aging as well as important questions about their vision of the life they want to lead in later years. Concerns such as:

10 Summer Exercise Tips for Seniors

July 13, 2016

10 Summer Exercise Tips for Seniors

Ahhh the summertime and outdoors beckons. From golf to gardening, there is no lack of excuses to get outside and soak up some sun. There are so many activities that not only offer a great workout, but are fun to boot – and we all know that exercise is key to aging well, right?

At the same time there are precautions that you should take when participating in outdoor activities to make sure risks don’t outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to get you on the right track:

1.     Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program, even if it’s billed as an easy exercise for seniors.

Multigenerational Family Vacations: 6 Tips For Making the Most of Time with Grandchildren

July 7, 2016

Multigenerational Family Vacations

Time away with family can be wonderful – and sometimes challenging. Kids of all ages are occasionally prone to fighting, sulking, whining, and burying their heads in their phones. It can be frustrating even to the most patient grandparents.

Meaningful time together can create a lifetime of memories, so how can you help make your family time fulfilling and enjoyable for all when taking vacations with grandchildren? We interviewed parents, children and grandparents who had some terrific advice to share. Read on for their words of advice, and ours as well! 

In their words: “Bring earplugs!”
In our words:  “Take time for yourself.” 

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