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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:

Institute for Aging Research Director Discusses Fall Prevention in Video for Harvard Gazette

May 17, 2017

Image credit: Harvard Gazette

Scientists at the Institute for Aging Research are hard at work investigating effective, applicable methods to lower the risk of falls among older adults. In this video for the Harvard Gazette, IFAR Director Dr. Lew Lipsitz discusses the benefits of tai chi practice and electrical stimulation. Tai chi has become a popular activity among the residents of our senior living communities. Find out why. 

The Pitfalls of Long-Term Care Insurance and How You Can Avoid Them

May 3, 2017

Long-term care insurance—you may have considered it when planning your retirement but now that you’re getting older, you might worry that you no longer qualify for an affordable policy and that you’ve missed the boat. However, the long-term care insurance market has changed over time, resulting in some unexpected challenges and dissatisfaction among policy owners. For those who didn’t purchase plans earlier, there are other options for ensuring some financial security for your future care.

Adult Day Health Program Welcomes Spring from New Location at HRC

May 2, 2017

Great Days for Seniors nurse with participant, Sally

Seniors who attend our adult day health program, their families, and staff have reason to celebrate! Great Days for Seniors, the adult day health program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston, moved to its newly renovated space in March.

Filled with lots of natural light, Great Days for Seniors is bright and beautiful and allows for a variety of activities to occur simultaneously. Only steps away from its former site, the new space has an open and airy feel, something everyone agrees is a welcome change.

Seniors, How Often Do You Think About Health Care Decisions?

Hebrew SeniorLife partners with Mass. Coalition on Serious Illness Care to empower seniors on health care decisions

March 15, 2017

“What matters most?” That’s a question we should all ask ourselves from time to time. And it’s one that is easy to lose sight of in the rush and routine of day-to-day life. So every now and then, it’s wise to take a fresh look at our lives and our resources—be they time, energy or money—to make sure we are dedicating them in a way that aligns with our values, preferences, and life goals.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Assistive communication devices are improving quality of life for seniors in our care

March 1, 2017

Assistive communication devices are improving quality of life for seniors in our care

Famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “effective communication is 20% what you know, and 80% how you feel about what you know.” For those facing health care decisions at the end of their lives, effectively communicating how they feel can be hard; and for those trying to do so without a voice, it can be next to impossible.

Many seniors facing end-of-life decisions are battling conditions that render them speechless, and sometimes, too weak to rely on handwritten words. For example, a person diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) may be unable to express their wishes in conventional ways due to complications related to their illness. This can be a huge challenge for the patient, the patient’s family, and the medical team charged with providing care.

Nursing Education Training Manual Shares Model for Innovative Intergenerational Collaboration

February 22, 2017

Nursing students from Curry College with an HSL community resident

At Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), we are always on the lookout for opportunities to bring seniors and young people together to build relationships and shatter stereotypes. We’re also deeply invested in training future generations of senior care providers. So when the opportunity came along to build a program that would combine the two, we jumped at the chance.

The Benefits of Palliative Care at Home

February 10, 2017

The Benefits of Palliative Care at Home

Hebrew SeniorLife has launched a palliative care program available through Hebrew SeniorLife Home Care. A question often asked is “What is palliative care?” and “How is it different from hospice care?”

Palliative care is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team and treats the “whole” patient by providing medical, psychological and spiritual care for people with chronic and/or serious disease. Its focus is on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a seri­ous illness, and offering guidance for the patient and family.

The Life of a Post-Acute Care Rehabilitation Patient

The firsthand testimonial from a former RSU patient

February 8, 2017

A patient on the Rehabilitative Services Unit at HRC during a rehabilitation session with staff.

Post-op is a difficult time. The body is adjusting to new limitations and trying to heal. It’s not uncommon for patients recovering away from home at rehabilitation centers to feel additional sadness brought on by being without familiar comforts. It comes as no surprise that the care a patient receives in post-acute care can make all the difference between a difficult recovery and quickly meeting the necessary goals to regain independence.

Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders

One-of-a-kind program educates chaplains to provide culturally competent care

January 18, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife is actively working to create an informed, welcoming, and inclusive community for LGBT seniors.

When it comes to LGBT elders, “most 90-year-olds have lived silent hidden lives.” This is one of the reasons that Rev. Mary Martha Thiel created a one-of-a-kind chaplaincy education unit, Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders. It’s part of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program she directs at Hebrew SeniorLife. “We’re not aware of any other CPE program with a unit focused just on the needs of the elder LGBT community,” says Mary Martha.

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