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The MIND Diet

October 17, 2018

The MIND Diet

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!

Art in the Environment Promotes Healing and Connection for Frail Seniors

Newly Remodeled Household at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Connects Artists and Patients

October 8, 2018

Art in the Environment Promotes Healing and Connection for Frail Seniors

In my time at HSL, I have come to value the power of art in our patients’ and residents’ lives. Science backs this up: For example, a recent study at The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showed that Alzheimer’s patients had fewer emotional problems the week after a museum visit, as well as an improvement in mood, self-esteem and greater sense of social support.

What Matters the Most as We Age: Walking

September 20, 2018

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.
 

More than a Seniors Exercise Program, Vitalize 360 takes a Holistic Approach to Wellness

August 29, 2018

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.

Seniors Enjoy Gardening and Its Bounty

July 25, 2018

Gardener at Orchard Cove
At any age, gardening is one of the best activities we can do outdoors. It stimulates all the senses, awakens our connection with nature, and rewards us with fresh flowers and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
 

Art-on-the-Brain Brings the Museum Home

An innovative mobile app that brings meaningful activity to those who struggle to travel.

May 17, 2018

technology for seniors

It’s no secret that getting out and about can become harder with age, especially for seniors with complex health conditions. But this doesn’t mean that meaningful recreation has to go out the window. At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), staff from Life Enhancement, Nursing, IT, and the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) have come together with volunteers and family members to help launch a creative solution to this dilemma.

National Osteoporosis Awareness Month

May 9, 2018

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.

Malnutrition in Seniors: What it is, why it’s bad, and how we can stop it

A guide to the problems and solutions of malnutrition in seniors

February 28, 2018

Malnutrition is exactly what it sounds like – a lack of nutrition. However, the reasons why it so often effects seniors is more complex. Usually, it’s a combination of problems, some of which include:

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.

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