We should also take responsibility for changing social misperceptions about the “golden years” of old age and instead “steel ourselves” to forge a newer and better reality of elderhood.
Martin Bayne has a radical vision for caregiving that he asked me to run by ChangingAging’s audience. Take a look at what he has to say:
In this third installment of my #DisruptAging series I am going to describe the contours of a post-nursing home world and how we can get there.
Would you allow residents to hire your staff? Most nursing homes would likely find that idea unimaginable, if not outright crazy. But at Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County, in Joliet, Illinois, no employee is hired without resident approval.
A new conversation about death has been dominating headlines and casting light on the failure of health care and medicine to help people navigate the final stage of life.
Buoyed by astonishingly low expectations and a reimbursement system that literally pays them for making their patients sicker and weaker, nursing homes represent the one part of our health care system that has seen little substantive change in more than a half a century.
Dick and Jane have now reached elderhood. What scenarios are they living or want to live? In what ways are they being held back by the restrictive stories that society insists on telling about them?
The second half of my working life stretches out in front of me and I no longer feel the need to censor my words and my deeds. I am a nursing home abolitionist and, going forward, I intend to act like one.
Monday’s New York Times article “Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia” provides a good opportunity to reflect on the complex ethical questions surrounding dementia.
The Age of Actualization is a magnificent addition to the literature on both aging and positive psychology. More importantly in these dire times, it may be a critical source of wisdom we humans need to right our ship.
Here are a few “tricks of the trade” designed by Big Pharma to make you spend far more money than you need — buyer beware!
The dilemma is — given this world, and this time of uncertainty — what is the form of consciousness that best serves the times?
One of my favorite principles of “enlightened leadership” is called “Expect the Best” — a principle that is ignored with alarming regularity in long-term care, on both the provider and the regulator sides.
Sarah Oliver realized her vision of building a mission-driven handbag company that empowers elders by tapping a knitting circle at a local retirement community to produce her fabrics. The results have been amazing.
Given the reality that most people are not currently equipped with the knowledge and resources to implement other solutions, there will be times when the use of medication may need to be considered. So here are some guidelines for those along the journey who have not yet created the infrastructure for an anti-psychotic-free environment.
Have you watched Alive Inside yet? It’s available on DVD and streaming on Netflix. Let’s put music at the heart of the conversation about what makes a life worth living.
Recently, a friend who works in long-term care wrote to ask if I had any formal guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic drugs to people living with dementia.
On this New Year’s Eve we’d like to raise a toast to our readers and thank everyone who supported our efforts to change aging for the better!
Today, aging is usually viewed as something to dread and avoid as long as possible. There are many ways we can resolve to change aging in 2015, on a personal level and in society. Here are my four suggestions:
Recently, I was interviewed for an article at Chabad.org about tips for including loved ones living with dementia in Chanukah celebrations. With Christmas fast approaching, it seems appropriate to review a few of those tips here for your upcoming family gatherings.