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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman

I have a fear growing deep in my soul, I am afraid I am aging.  I am not afraid of the wrinkles, or the new different pains in my joints.  No I am afraid that my passion is slowly seeping … Continue reading

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And the Survey says………

The National Council on Aging,UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY , just released their survey of 4,000 U.S. adults for 2013.   They were trying to find out our perspective on aging. You can see all the information at : http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/community-education/united-states-of-aging/usa-survey-2013.html I was … Continue reading

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While working with others  in the long term care area, one common thread always runs through our conversations, quality measures.  With health care at the brink of major changes counting quality is on everyone’s mind.  How do we count quality … Continue reading

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

All the articles about staff turnover in long-term care agree on one thing.  It is massive.  Depending on which article you read the turnover rate for c.n.a.’s run anywhere from 70% to 100%.  The articles all agree that the myth … Continue reading

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“Never laugh at live dragons.” Bilbo Baggins

According to those that know about Dragons, dragons have a subtle intelligence, are immensely cunning,  and have a hypnotic power called “dragon-spell”. The best way to talk to a dragon when you or another innovator are under this spell (or questioning you about change ideas) is … Continue reading

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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Abraham Lincoln

I have a young friend who is very passionate about things in our work life.  She reminds me that changing the world is a hard thing to do, so many things involved, nothing is simple.  Or is it? I remember … Continue reading

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The administration on aging has announced the 2013 Older Americans Month Theme.  The theme this year is  Unleash the Power of Age!  The administration suggest we give older americans the opportunity to teach, mentor and help the less fortunate. We have skills learned only … Continue reading

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Albert Einstein said it all about changing aging!  We have made things bigger and more complex in long term care.  But to go in the opposite direction from institutional care to person directed care is going to take a touch … Continue reading

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“And the Music goes round my head”

I know a song where the lyrics where about the songs in our heads.  I think in songs at times.  Especially when I am tired or stressed!  Sometimes when I am content! I was watching my grandson as he looked closely … Continue reading

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Bingo as we know it today is a form of lottery and is a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art. So why is not on the activity calender?

I recently attended a lecture where the Geriatrician spoke about falls.  The methods for preventing falls and improving stability.  He talked about the benefits of Tai chi.  I have heard this from several different health care professionals over the past … Continue reading

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