We have earned a reputation as a leader and innovator in the area of senior services and have helped redefine the experience of aging for older adults in Greater Boston as well as throughout the nation and the world.
Hebrew SeniorLife sponsors the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Institute for Aging Research (IFAR). During its 50-year history, researchers at IFAR have discovered that many of the characteristics associated with aging can be traced to mechanical, physiological, and biochemical functions, as well as environmental factors.
Our NewBridge on the Charles campus campus is the nation's only senior community with a school on the campus. This mutually beneficial relationship allows both generations to learn from each other. While the young people share artwork, perform plays and visit with the seniors, they share their knowledge and life experiences through reading, tutoring and participating in learning activities.
Our Vitalize360 program, which is part of life in all HSL communities, helps seniors make lifestyle changes that lead not only to improved health, but to a richer quality of life. V360 looks at the entire well-being of a person and encourages them to consider of aspects of their lives, including health, nutrition, physical and mental fitness, community links, lifelong learning and spirituality.
Our R3 Initiative aims to effectively integrate healthcare and affordable senior housing, and create a sustainable model that can be replicated nationally. Embedded wellness teams partner with community organizations to support residents’ independence with a goal of reducing unnecessary transfers to hospitals and long term care. The demonstration is also measuring increased utilization of wellness programs, linkages to mental health services, and life satisfaction. A full evaluation is being conducted to measure the impact of the model on healthcare spending and quality of life.