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How de-prescribing medication can benefit patients in a nursing home

August 15, 2019

People 65 years old and older take prescribed medications more frequently than any other age group in the United States. Medications can play a critical role in quality of life for older adults, but often times, prescribed medications can cause unintentional harm. Sarah Berry, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is studying risk and benefit factors for certain drug therapies among nursing home populations.

How do I choose the right doctor?

July 22, 2019

It can be hard to know who the right person is to help yourself or your aging parent. One important decision we are all faced with is how to choose the right doctor to help us navigate the changes that come with aging. 

Here are six things to keep in mind when making the decision: 

Experience: 

It’s important to review the physician’s education and training and ensure that his or her board certifications are still current. You can find this information online or by asking the physician or their office’s receptionist directly.  

Personality and Empathy: 

Before committing to a physician, schedule a brief 15-minute interview to help determine if his or her disposition and medical philosophy are the right fit. 

What is Adult Day Health?

July 15, 2019

Caring for an aging loved one at home can be challenging. Whether a senior wants to “age in place” or isn’t ready for nursing home care, many families can struggle with making sure their loved one has the right social and medical supports while still maintaining work and other obligations.

One resource that many families might not know about is adult day health which provides seniors and older adults a place to go for care and companionship throughout the day. Many programs offer support for a wide range of medical and social needs and play a critical role in respite care. It gives caregivers time to go to work or handle personal business.

Getting to know Sarah Sjostrom

July 9, 2019

I sat down with Sarah Sjostrom, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham (HRC-Dedham) on the campus of NewBridge on the Charles, to learn more about her background and future goals for care at HRC-Dedham.

Getting to know Bozhena Kogan

July 8, 2019

 

I sat down with Bozhena Kogan, the Director of Nursing at  Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston (HRC-Boston), to learn about her background and her future goals for care at HRC-Boston.

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

July 8, 2019

It’s not uncommon to experience some memory loss as you get older. Although your parent or loved one may complain of memory problems, that does not mean they have dementia or even Alzheimer’s. Common memory issues include difficulty remembering names and details of events. If this does not interfere with any daily functioning, then it can be considered normal and likely related to natural aging. However, significant memory loss is not a part of normal aging.

Here is a warning sign checklist from the Alzheimer’s Association which outlines the signs to look for and when to talk to a doctor. 

Saluting Hebrew SeniorLife’s nurses

May 15, 2019

As Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care Services at Hebrew SeniorLife, I have the fortune to see the incredibly selfless work our nurses do every day to care for seniors and their families. The practice of nursing changes and evolves, but one thing remains consistent: the commitment of HSL’s nurses to creating new standards in the care of older people. Nurses are teachers and life-long learners who stay current, lead change, and commit to raising the bar on the quality of care that we provide.

What Seniors Should Know About Marijuana

May 7, 2019

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts in 2016, and dispensaries in Massachusetts seem to be opening up weekly. This means adults 21 and older do not need to be card-carrying medical marijuana patients to buy cannabis from a licensed retailer. 

As marijuana’s use for pain treatment is widely talked about, we thought it might be a good time to ask Dr. Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, staff geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a few questions about its use. 

Can marijuana be an effective solution for pain relief? 

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living: How do you know which is best for your aging parent?

May 2, 2019

When researching a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, it’s about finding the right place at the right time. Independent living and assisted living are wonderful options that have similarities and differences and understanding the choices will help you determine what’s right for you or your parent.

Here are ways independent and assisted living differ.

Assisted Living:

-This is typically a rental model. Monthly fees include maintenance, housekeeping, security, three meals a day, programming, and 24/7 staffing.

It’s Never Too Late to Express Yourself

April 24, 2019

An interview with Debra Block, NCCAP (National Council for Certification of Activities Professionals), Life Enhancement Coordinator, 6W Berenson, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Debra Block recently joined HSL as the Life Enhancement Coordinator on the newly renovated sixth floor west of the Berenson Allen building on Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s (HRC) Roslindale campus. She has introduced an interactive theater and film program for patients at HRC. I sat down with her recently to learn more about her work with patients and the therapeutic value of theater arts.

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