Every year, around January 1, most of us make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Seems like it’s human nature to be introspective at this time and take a look at what we’d like to improve. At Hebrew SeniorLife, our seniors have many New Year’s resolutions, including many that may be on your list.
Since researchers have not yet determined what causes Alzheimer’s disease, you may be wondering if there is anything we can do to prevent it?
The answer is YES. RUSH University nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, ScD, and colleagues’ research has shown a link between nutrition and the role it may play to prevent or delay the onset of dementia decline. One of the studies showed the benefits of the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) on cognition – it included 960 participants with an average age of 81. The research analyzed food frequency and cognition scores over 10 years. Those on the MIND diet scored being 7.5 years younger cognitively!
In the doctor's office, examining how an older adult walks can reveal a lot. It captures a snapshot of overall functioning and well-being, provides insight into patient mobility and independence, and foresight into fall risk, hospitalization, and disability.
Believe it or not, walking is not an automated task – it is highly complex! It relies upon the full spectrum of our body’s systems: the heart and lungs, the bones, joints, and muscles, the nerves, and our brain and spine. But when one of these systems weakens or fails, the brain is needed even more to compensate.
Our Vitalize 360 program, which is part of life in all Hebrew SeniorLife communities, helps seniors make lifestyle changes that lead not only to improved health, but to a richer quality of life. Vitalize 360 looks at the entire well-being of a person and encourages them to consider all aspects of their lives, including health, nutrition, physical and mental fitness, community links, lifelong learning and spirituality. The platform combines personalized coaching with research based tools in an effort to improve participant’s quality of life.
We sat down with Brendan Kearney, Vitalize 360 coach, to learn more about how he uses the program to help seniors on the NewBridge campus identify what matters most to them so that they can live their best lives.
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, a time when Hebrew SeniorLife, the Institute for Aging Research, and health care providers all over the country work to promote good bone health through prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis, and to educate vulnerable populations on risk factors.
Given the choice, older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. However, changes in health and functional status can often put a senior at risk. A home safety evaluation is a good place to start to help ensure that the home environment is comfortable, secure and safe where seniors can age in place safely. I spoke with Heather Margulis, Associate Director, Rehabilitation Services for Hebrew SeniorLife, to learn more about in-home safety and what to expect from a home safety evaluation.
Be they age seventy-five or ninety-five, residents at NewBridge on the Charles bring with them a lifetime of experiences upon moving into our independent living community in Dedham, Massachusetts. 97-year-old Irving Silverman is no exception.
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.
Popeye, it seems, has been right all along. If you want to stay “strong to the finish,” you have to eat your spinach. Or at least some other types of protein-rich foods.
As we age, lean muscle mass begins to decline, but this trend can be significantly slowed with regular exercise and a generous amount of protein heavy meals. A recent study by Dr. Kelsey Mangano of Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research has shown that older adults with considerably high protein intakes have more muscle mass and greater functional strength than those who consume less protein on average.