Hebrew SeniorLife Pressroom


2011 Press Releases

12/5/11
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Jennifer K. Silver as Chair of the Board of Directors
Business and Nonprofit Leader to Help Leading Senior Care Provider Transform the Experience of Aging
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of Jennifer K. Silver as Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.  In this role, Silver will help guide the implementation of HSL’s strategic plans.  A six-year member of the HSL Board of Directors, Silver previously served as Vice Chair and chaired the Strategic Issues Committee which recently completed its review of governance at HSL.

10/19/11
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Chaplaincy Institute Named One of North America’s Most Innovative Jewish Non-profits
Receives Grant to Help Educate Next Generation of Chaplaincy Students on Jewish Geriatric Pastoral Care
BOSTON - For the second year in a row, Hebrew SeniorLife’s (HSL) Chaplaincy Institute has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish non-profits in Slingshot ’11-‘12, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. HSL’s Chaplaincy Institute was selected for the innovative work the Institute is doing to train chaplains in issues related to aging and improving the quality of Jewish pastoral care nationally. The Chaplaincy Institute is one of only three Jewish accredited programs nationally, and the only one with a geriatric focus. Hebrew SeniorLife is the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England, and the second largest non-profit in Massachusetts.

10/17/11
Hebrew SeniorLife Aging Brain Researcher Dr. Sharon K. Inouye Elected to Institute of Medicine
A Pioneer who Put Delirium on the National Agenda, Inouye Developed Hospital Elder Life Program in Use at Over 200 Hospitals Worldwide
BOSTON - The Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Inouye is the Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research which seeks to transform the human experience of aging by conducting research that will ensure a life of health, dignity and productivity into advanced age.

10/6/11
Hebrew SeniorLife Announces Fall Semester of the College of Retirement Living
New Courses Focused on Helping Seniors Transition to a Successful Retirement
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced the fall course line up for the College of Retirement Living, a program designed to help local seniors navigate the personal and practical sides of making a successful transition into retirement. The series is sponsored by the independent living communities of HSL, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and the second-largest non-profit in Massachusetts.

9/14/11
Recent Height Loss Predicts Hip Fracture Risk in Elderly, says Institute for Aging Research Study
Simple Clinical Measurement May Help Protect Seniors from Major Public Health Threat
BOSTON - Elderly men and women who lost height over a two-year period are up to 54 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture than those whose height was unchanged, according to a new study from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

9/14/11
Institute for Aging Research Study Finds Boston’s Elderly Homeless Sicker than Others
Boston Health Care for the Homeless and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Collaborate on Study
BOSTON - A striking portrait of the health of Boston’s elderly homeless population is emerging from a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The study finds that homeless seniors in Boston experience higher rates of geriatric syndromes, including functional decline, falls, frailty and depression, than seniors in the general population and that many of these conditions may be easily treated if detected.

9/2/11
New Study Finds Substantial Cognitive Decline in Very Old Age is not Normal
Study Challenges Widely Held Belief about Aging
BOSTON - New research published in the British journal Age and Ageing suggests that cognitive decline among older adults is not normal. In fact, two out of every three older adults experience only a trivial amount of decline in cognitive performance over a decade. The finding challenges widely held beliefs about cognitive decline and aging.

8/31/11
Hebrew SeniorLife Receives Tufts Health Plan Foundation Funding to Expand
Evidence-based Healthy Aging Programs in Massachusetts
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife today announced it has received a two-year grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to expand and implement healthy aging programs in Massachusetts and to develop two pilot “healthy aging program communities” in Framingham and Lawrence. HSL was awarded $117,000 in funding for the first year of the grant.

7/21/11
The "New Face of Orchard Cove" Event Series Examines the New Face of Retirement
Three-Part Event Series to Discuss National Trends in Senior Living
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced the launch of "The New Face of Orchard Cove," a three-part event series designed to discuss the changing landscape of senior living across the country. Each event in the series, which will be held at HSL's Orchard Cove independent living community in Canton, Mass., will focus on what seniors today expect from life in an independent living community, and how the current renovation of Orchard Cove will fulfill these desires.

7/7/11
Kathryn Irvine Tasker Named to Head Research Administration at Hebrew SeniorLife
BOSTON - Kathryn Irvine Tasker has been named vice president for research administration at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this position, she is responsible for the comprehensive management, promotion and administration of HSL's world-renowned Institute for Aging Research, the largest gerontological research facility located in a clinical setting and a research affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The Institute for Aging Research has earned the reputation as a leader in aging research based on landmark discoveries that contribute to the health and well-being of older adults everywhere.

6/27/11
Institute for Aging Research Scientists Help Find Genetic Evidence that Low Body Fat May Not Lower Risk for Heart Disease and Diabetes
BOSTON - Having a lower percentage of body fat may not always lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a study by an international consortium of investigators, including two scientists from the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS).

6/13/11
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Intervention Focuses on Reducing Avoidable Rehospitalizations among Seniors 
Unique Approach Improves Discharge Disposition and Patient Outcomes
BOSTON - The rehospitalization of senior patients within 30 days of discharge from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) has risen dramatically in recent years, at an estimated annual cost of more than $17 billion. A new study from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, demonstrates improvements in discharge disposition following a three-pronged intervention that combines standardized admission templates, palliative care consultations, and root-cause-analysis conferences.

6/6/11
Dr. Frederick Rowland Joins Hebrew SeniorLife as Medical Director of Long-Term Care
Rowland to Oversee Medical Care on Hebrew Rehabilitation Center's Boston and Dedham Campuses
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced that Frederick Rowland, Ph.D., M.D., has joined Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) as the Medical Director of Long-Term Care and Clinical Operations, overseeing both the HRC Boston and Dedham, Mass. campuses.  The creation of the new Medical Director position is a direct result of HRC's continued growth and the organization's commitment to providing the highest quality long-term care available to seniors in Greater Boston.

5/5/11
Katelyn Quynn Joins Hebrew SeniorLife As Vice President of Development
Quynn Brings 20+ Years of Development Experience to New Role
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced that Katelyn Quynn has joined as Vice President of Development. Quynn has more than 24 years of development experience and was most recently the Deputy Chief Development Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she secured key gifts from local, national and international donors, including the second largest gift in MGH history for $44 million.

3/25/11
Hebrew SeniorLife's Dr. Susan Mitchell Named Full Professor at Harvard Medical School
Mitchell is Fifth Geriatrician, Fourth from the Institute for Aging Research, to Attain HMS Title
BOSTON - Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., a geriatrician at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) and senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research, has been named a full professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), becoming only the fifth geriatrician to attain this prestigious faculty rank at the school. Of the five geriatricians named full professors at HMS, four are currently faculty members at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife.

3/8/11
Back to School at 65: Hebrew SeniorLife Launches Retirement University
From sex to seafood, new program offers semester of classes for local seniors to explore new paths to a vibrant retirement
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced the launch of Retirement University, a program designed to help make retirement an exciting time of discovery and enrichment for local retirees.  Sponsored by the independent living communities of HSL, Retirement University invites seniors to go back to school for a semester of classes where they can hear some of today's most dynamic personalities and experts discuss topics that will enhance their life in retirement.

1/10/11
Aggressive Care Raises Medicare Costs in End-Stage Dementia, says Institute for Aging Research Study
Strategies that Promote Palliative Care May Reduce Costs at End of Life
BOSTON - A large proportion of Medicare expenditures for nursing home residents with advanced dementia, a terminal illness, is spent on aggressive treatments that may be avoidable and of limited clinical benefit, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, published in the online version of the Archives of Internal Medicine on Jan. 10, 2011.

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