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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.

A morning in the life of a caregiver and his wife

June 21, 2019

Caring for a loved one with even mild dementia can be challenging. Advice and support from a professional source can help ease the burden. The following story is a typical day in the life of couples when someone in the partnership is experiencing memory loss and confusion. It offers some tips about how to handle difficult situations. 

Myron starts his day around 7am. He gets up and goes through his morning routine, which includes washing up, getting dressed, and starting the coffee. At around 8am, he goes in to wake up his wife, Talia. She would sleep longer if Myron did not wake her up.

7 ways to help prevent seniors from falling victim to scams

June 13, 2019

Financial abuse targeting seniors is on the rise. According to the Federal Trade Commission, seniors lose more money to scammers than people much younger. Seniors over the age of 80 lost an average of $1,700 compared to $188 lost by people 19 and younger, according to the FTC.

So why are seniors common targets? There are many factors. Older Americans have had more time to accumulate wealth, which is often invested in their homes and retirement savings. Some scams target older adults because of perceived or real frailty. Today’s seniors also grew up in a more trusting time. When older adults are scammed, they’re often too embarrassed to report the crime.

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.

Caregiver Stress and Burnout: Signs and Tips

April 18, 2019

There is a difference between stress and burnout.

Stress usually involves feeling under pressure when the demands of a situation require too much emotional and physical energy. Under stress, a person may try to gain more control so that things will get better.

Burnout, on the other hand, happens when a person reaches a point where they have nothing left to give. They often feel mentally and physically exhausted to the point where they are beyond caring. It often feels that there is no end in sight to their situation.

To avoid reaching a breaking point, the important thing is to lower your stress and avoid caregiver burnout altogether.

Signs of stress and burnout

Exploration of the Senses

Providing families tools for interactions with loved ones

January 9, 2019

Communication is a fundamental aspect of human relationships and the way we connect with others. All too often that communication breaks down as loved-ones age and develop disabilities. Although communication disorders affect people of all ages, the prevalence and complexity of these conditions increase with age and the onset of conditions that cause cognitive decline, including stroke and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.

I recently spoke to Jana Galvin, Community Life Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She and her team of life-enhancement experts offer tools that stimulate the senses, which in turn, enhance communication and maintain, or strengthen ties with loved-ones. Here are their tips.

 

9 tips to get the most out of a visit with an aging loved one

October 3, 2018

Spicing up Visits with Elderly Loved Ones

So many of us grapple with what to say and do with an elderly loved one when visiting. Memory and cognitive impairment can be additionally challenging. My advice is paradoxical – get creative and keep it simple. Here are a few ideas to consider when planning your visit.

Revitalizing the Top-floor of our Boston Campus

June 7, 2018

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, we believe our patients deserve to receive care in an environment that reflects current best practices and provides for outstanding clinical care with all the comfort and choice of home. This is exactly why we are working to revitalize the top level of the Berenson Allen Building at our flagship Boston location, bringing it into alignment with the renowned patient-centered, compassionate care we provide.

The current phase of the project is being supported by generous leadership gifts from Deanna and Sidney Wolk, the Theodore W. & Evelyn G. Berenson Charitable Foundation, and Helaine Berenson Allen.

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.

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