Welcome to the new ChangingAging.org weekly blog roundup for August 16 to August 26, 2010.
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Broken Bone Broken Hearts
Reader Kristin Stevens writes…
First of all we can all pause, for a moment, and feel compassion for a daughter and her father as they struggle together through difficult and unfamiliar terrain. The situation is painful and seems to offer no good answers.
Second, we can take refuge in the principles of person-centered care. The answer to “What should we do for a-” depends entirely on the individual in question.
Fear of the Unknown
Simple things can work surprisingly well. This is the new frontier of health care. It’s not about the molecules anymore. The new frontier is all about ideas and insights into what constitutes real care and then organizing resources in a way that makes real care happen— every time. Consider this insight from Atul Gawande for example.
Power-Up Friday: Real Problems, Real Solutions
The University of Iowa’s Geriatric Education Center recently sent out a summary of studies year-to-date regarding “Management of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia”. Here’s a brief summary of the nine studies quoted:
Race, Eldercare and iPhone Apps
Yes, there is an App for everything these days — including the new free “Geriatrics Cultural Navigator” iPhone App for eldercare workers:
Read more here.
ChanginAging Hits Top 50
Hey ChangingAging readers, your nominations put us in the top 50 Boomer Blogs. What I love is that when we started ChangingAging.org there wasn’t even such a thing as Boomer Blogs, and now we’re in the top 50!
What to Call the Boomers
The Boomers have not been babies for a very long time.
Cult of Adulthood
It’s more common than I thought and the Great Recession is worsening the trend:
Watch a conversation about forced retirement here:
Ageism and Sexism are Cousins
A woman challenges the Thai Buddhist hierarchy for the right to be a monk. The objection here is derived from the same rotten core that we find at the heart of ageism. Rather than being judged as an individual this female monk is being judged as a member of a class. The same kind of thinking drives mandatory retirement schemes.
Posted with out comment:
The War Between the Generations
Elders and the very young have long been allies. In fact, there is an old joke that goes, “Why do grandparent and grandkids get along so well? They share a common enemy.” Life in a modern, post industrial, economy frays these ancient bonds.
Getting the Job
In the comments, Pat Blanchard offers some good advice that deserves broader attention. I’ve gone ahead and added hyperlinks to her original comment. If you have a minute, click on some of the the links and note how the related material further illuminates what Pat has to say. Even though social media can seem new and new fangled, it allows people to extend and develop elements of an ongoing conversation and, in that sense, it’s as old as humanity:
Read more here.
Denial: It’s not just a river in Egypt
We are going to run a series on anti-aging quackery.
This is a recollection written by James Boswell which records his death bed visit with the great philosopher David Hume.
Institutional Home Care
It is easy to point at nursing homes and criticize the way that they institutionalize care. Home care, we often assume, must be warm and friendly and– person-centered. Unfortunately, home care can drift into institutional patterns despite the care team’s best efforts. How does this happen?
Power-Up Friday: The Medicalizaton of Dementia
In their 2008 book, The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told about Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis, Drs. Peter Whitehouse and Daniel George entertain a radical possibility–that Alzheimer’s disease may be less of a distinct disease than part of the spectrum of brain aging. They discuss the ways in which the lives of people who live with dementia have become medicalized, and the industry that has grown around this process.