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How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Rehospitalization

January 4, 2018

Avoiding rehospitalization with home care

For patients returning home from a hospital stay, the last thing they or their families want is a return visit to the hospital or the emergency room.

At Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care, our goal is to keep seniors from returning to the hospital by providing the in-home medical treatment, therapy, and help with the essential activities they need to recover. Whether an individual is diagnosed with a new illness, recovering from surgery, or chronically or terminally ill, home health care services can be invaluable.

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)?

Aging in Place? Good Care Can Come to You

The difference between home care and home health care

November 22, 2017

Dorothy said it best, “there’s no place like home.” With age, often needs for care change, which means assessing living options. Yet we can all agree that the comforts of home are always beckoning.

For that reason, many seniors make “aging in place” a high priority even as they feel their functional abilities – and sometimes their health – have begun to fade. Thankfully, with the help of home care services and home health care services, many people are able to maintain their independence in their own homes for quite some time.

New Clinical Trials Website Guides Aging Researchers, Improving Senior Health

IFAR researchers provide clinical trials expertise

September 25, 2017

Residents at one of HSL's senior living communities practice tai chi

The Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) is one of the few research institutions in the country translating clinical and health services research discoveries into interventions that improve the experience of aging.

“Most advances in medicine come from clinical trials,” says Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., senior scientist and director of Palliative Care Research at IFAR. “But many of the interventions that we are examining can be more complex than testing a pill,” she explains.

Sarcopenia: What is it, and who will it affect?

New study from the Institute for Aging Research finds hereditary link to muscle mass

September 25, 2017

The underlying cause of extreme loss of muscle mass could be hereditary

Every morning I wake up and stare inquisitively at myself in the mirror. And every morning, someone who looks alarmingly like my mother stares right back.

Now to be fair, I’ve always born a striking resemblance to my mom, though it seems to intensify with each passing day. She and I also share similar voices, similar handwriting, and the same inability to turn down anything made with chocolate.

And now, according to researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) along with several other institutions, my mother and I will most likely share similar chances of developing sarcopenia in our later years.

Long-Term Chronic Care Hospital Medical Director Shares His Vision for Geriatric Care

An interview with Kent Bakaev, M.D., Medical Director of LTCH at Hebrew SeniorLife

September 20, 2017

An interview with Kent Bakaev, M.D., Medical Director of LTCH at Hebrew SeniorLife.

What inspired you to become a geriatrician?

A Person-Centered Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment: A Conversation with Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. Gary Epstein-Lubow

We spoke with Dr. Epstein-Lubow about professional development, his vision for memory care treatment at HSL, and why person-centered care is the right approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease

September 19, 2017

Dr. Epstein-Lubow at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Tell us about your vision for the Center for Memory Health. Who will it serve and how?

The center will serve people with all types of memory concerns, and also family members and friends of those with memory issues. We’ll start with a comprehensive assessment for a person with a memory complaint. That assessment will provide answers about whether the complaint is due to a memory condition like Alzheimer’s, or something else such as depression. Once the assessment program is in place, treatments will focus on family support and care management, including a focus on person-centered goals to adjust to memory concerns and improve quality of life.

Geriatrics Training Benefits Students and Residents at Hebrew SeniorLife

Medical students at Harvard partake in a day of geriatrics training with HSL staff, residents, and patients

September 8, 2017

Harvard Medical students meet with a Center Communities of Brookline resident in her apartment.

Our Clinical Pastoral Education Program Has International Reach

A Q&A with CPE Student Annabelle Herciger- Tenzer, who joins the program from Israel

August 2, 2017

Annabelle Herciger- Tenzer in Bali, Indonesia

It’s the summer of 2017 and a new group of students has arrived on Hebrew SeniorLife’s Boston campus. They are part of HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, and all are eager to learn about spiritual care as it relates to aging, illnesses of aging, family caregivers, bioethical decision-making, dying, and bereavement and share their newfound knowledge with their local communities.

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