Clinical Training

Simply stated, older people are not younger people. Understanding their special needs is crucial to developing strategies that promote wellness and treat illness. For example, good diet and exercise are just as important for older as for young adults. However, seniors require exercise programs that are compatible with their diminished physical and cognitive function. Diet recommendations must take into account changes in metabolism that occur in old age and how proper nutrition can prevent or manage chronic and common age-related conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Finding good quality geriatric care is challenging for a number of reasons. Chief among them is a shortage of geriatricians, and other specialists trained in senior care. As one of the few teaching long-term care hospitals in the country, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) plays an important role in educating geriatrics professionals from physicians to certified nursing assistants; from recreation therapists to physical therapists; from social workers to pastoral care providers. Beyond HRC, additional programs exist throughout Hebrew SeniorLife's system of senior housing and care services. In total, approximately 700 students are trained annually at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). As the population ages and provider shortages worsen, HSL's commitment to teaching will become more important than ever before.


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