Hebrew SeniorLife Pressroom

2010 Press Releases

12/28/10
Hebrew SeniorLife Launches Redesigned Website
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced the launch of its enhanced website that allows visitors to fully explore the wide spectrum of senior health-care and housing services the organization offers.  Featuring an in-depth HSL health-care services guide, a glossary of health-care terms, an encyclopedia of common senior health conditions, chat capabilities, listening features and more, the site provides a variety of resources for seniors and their families from the largest provider of senior health care, housing, research and teaching in New England.

11/30/10
Hebrew SeniorLife Receives $2 Million Gift to Develop a Geriatric Nursing Education Center
Anonymous donation provides education and training opportunities to hundreds of nurses
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife today announced a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor to support the development of the Hebrew SeniorLife Geriatric Nursing Education Center.

11/9/10
Institute for Aging Research Develops New Brief Tool to Screen for Cognitive Impairment in Elderly Patients
BOSTON - Dementia and cognitive impairment are widespread among elderly individuals in the United States, affecting more than 8 million people to some degree.
The Sweet 16, a new screening test developed by a team of geriatricians and neurologists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, could help clinicians more rapidly detect dementia in elderly patients. The Sweet 16 will be available without charge to any nonprofit organization, and may provide an alternative to the Mini-Mental State Examination. The findings are described in the Nov. 8, 2010 online issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

11/2/10
Modify Hospice Eligibility for Dementia Patients, says Institute for Aging Research Study
Preference for Comfort, Not Life Expectancy, Should Guide Care
BOSTON - The system for hospice admissions for patients with advanced dementia, which is a terminal illness, should be guided by patient and family preference for comfort, not estimated life expectancy, says a new study published in the Nov. 3 Journal of the American Medical Association by the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

9/10/10
Institute for Aging Research Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Falls are Different for the Elderly Findings May Affect Interventions to Prevent Falls
BOSTON - The risk factors for indoor and outdoor falls for older adults are different, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, a fact that is often missed when the two are combined and may affect how falls prevention programs are structured.

7/12/10
Antibiotics Improve Survival but Not Comfort for Terminal Dementia Patients with Pneumonia
Institute for Aging Research Study Calls Treatment "Double-edged" Sword in Decision-making
BOSTON - A new study by scientists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife says the use of antibiotics to treat pneumonia in patients with terminal dementia presents a "doubled-edged" sword for health-care providers and family members, finding that antibiotics may prolong survival for these patients, but do not improve their comfort.

6/23/10
Institute for Aging Research Study Says Going Barefoot in the Home May Contribute to Elderly Falls
Researchers Recommend Wearing Shoes in Home to Prevent Falls
BOSTON - As summer rolls around, elderly people may want to think twice about taking their shoes off when they get home. Going barefoot in the home, or wearing slippers or socks with no shoes, may contribute to falls among the elderly, according to a new study from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife.

6/15/10
Hebrew SeniorLife's Douglas Kiel Named Full Professor at Harvard Medical School Becomes the Fourth Geriatrician to Attain Title at HMS
BOSTON - Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., a geriatrician at Hebrew SeniorLife and director of medical research at the Institute for Aging Research, has been named a full professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, becoming the fourth geriatrician to attain this prestigious faculty rank at the school.

6/3/10
NewBridge on the Charles Gives New Meaning to "Cottage Living"
Luxurious Cottage Homes, Extensive Amenities and a Vibrant Community Highlight an Independent, Limitless Lifestyle for Seniors
DEDHAM, MA- The Cottage Community at NewBridge on the Charles, the state-of-the-art continuing care retirement community (CCRC) from Hebrew SeniorLife, gives a new meaning to "Cottage Living," offering residents the benefits of a luxury single-family home, with the added amenities and security of a first-class continuing care retirement community.

5/19/10
Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research Study Links Altered Blood Flow in the Brain to Slow Gait and Falls in the Elderly
BOSTON - Altered blood flow in the brain is associated with slow gait and falls in elderly people, according to a new study published by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife. Falls among the elderly can be deadly and costly. Nearly 1.8 million older Americans fall each year, resulting 16,000 deaths and $20 billion in direct health-care costs.

5/7/10
Dietary Protein May Reduce Hip Fractures in the Elderly
Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research Recommends More Protein in Diet to Prevent Fractures

BOSTON - Seniors who consume a higher level of dietary protein are less likely to suffer hip fractures than seniors whose daily dietary protein intake is less, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

4/7/10
Hebrew SeniorLife's Jack Satter House Receives New England's First Federal Stimulus Grant for Green Retrofit
$4 Million in HUD Funding Reinforces HSL Leadership in Environmental Sustainability

REVERE, MASS. - Jack Satter House, a supportive housing community for 300 low-income seniors in Revere, Mass., has received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its new Green Retrofit Program for Multifamily Housing.

3/12/10
Hebrew SeniorLife's Robert Schreiber, M.D., Named AMDA Medical Director of the Year
BOSTON - Robert J. Schreiber, M.D., physician-in-chief at Hebrew SeniorLife and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been named the 2010 Medical Director of the Year by the American Medical Directors Association.

3/11/10
Institute for Aging Research Study Finds Racial Differences in Hospice Use for Heart Failure
Study Highlights Need to Ensure Equal Access to and Education about Hospice

BOSTON - Building on previous studies that found racial differences in hospice use, a new study from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife and Boston University School of Medicine finds that blacks and Hispanics use hospice for advanced heart failure at a rate of up to 50 percent less than whites, despite a markedly higher rate of incidence of the disease in these populations.

2/19/10
Hebrew SeniorLife Enhances Web Site for Senior Accessibility
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a leader in geriatric health care, research, teaching and housing, has introduced a series of tools on its Web site to make the content more readily available to seniors.

2/17/10
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Names Two New Vice Presidents in Time of Unprecedented Growth
BOSTON - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, the flagship health-care provider of Hebrew SeniorLife, a leader in senior care and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has promoted two longtime health-care administrators to vice president positions. The promotions are part of a management reorganization at a time of unprecedented growth in HRC's health-care services, including the opening of long-term and sub-acute care units at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.

1/22/10
Hebrew SeniorLife's Sharon Inouye Receives Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions
BOSTON - Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, has received the Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions.

1/5/10
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Donates Beds to Hospitals in Africa and Haiti
BOSTON - On December 23, three organizations came together to create something wonderful.    Volunteers from Afya and Partners in Health, worked with a group of staff and volunteers at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale to load 120 hospital beds into three container trucks for shipment to Africa and Haiti. 

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