Today’s must read is an interview that Martin Bayne recently gave to the New York Times.
In a time when politicians and deficit hawks are advocating raising the eligibility age for Medicare, we should actually be pressing to do the exact opposite.
If you believe that your family doctor or specialist is ready to successfully handle your increasingly complex health care needs as you age, you are very likely wrong.
I am looking for what you think are the best videos/films that capture the truth of the caregiving experience.
The important loss of mental agility can also give us valuable new abilities, if we know where to look for them.
Living life day to day it is easy to forget that ideas can change the world sometimes much faster and more profoundly than we expect.
Next week marks my 3,652 day as an assisted living resident – my ten-year anniversary as a member of America’s Institutional Aging Community.
There is a tension between respecting frailty and preventing frailty. One of our recurrent themes has been to highlight how important it is to respect frail patients.
I generally avoid posting news about the latest food, vitamin, supplement, or lifestyle factor that may or may not affect your risk of dementia, for better or worse.
Since “mental health” seems to be so much in the news due to the Newtown massacre, I thought I’d share some insight on the history of how we’ve dealt with mental health.
We often think of vaccinations as being for children, but grown-ups need them too. Do you know which ones you need?
Plenty of people accept the status quo of long-term care as it is. They are willing to change the industry’s surface features but want to retain its most basic assumptions. There is one very big problem with that point of view. The foundation of contemporary long-term care is based on immoral and deeply flawed assumptions. From even before its founding… Read more →
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have proposed a new model that characterizes mindfulness as a broad framework of complex mind mechanisms. Called “Mind and Life XXIV: Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience,” this model was recently presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It differs from the current description of mindfulness as a way of paying attention, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a proposed settlement agreement that would make it easier for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to qualify for home care.
Until now, Medicare beneficiaries have been required to show they were likely to improve (the “improvement standard”) for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care and therapy services at home.
My father was only in his late 40s when he began backing arm’s-length out of telephone booths (remember those?) to be able to see well enough to dial; my mother was about the same age when she bought an ineffective gizmo to help her thread needles and, still thwarted, began asking me to do it for her.
July 2009, Hell I write these words on a notepad, sitting on a hospital bed. Below me, a black rubber mattress amplifies the almost unbearable heat of this steamy July evening.
I like seeing the latest news about stem cell research. The amazing technology certainly won’t extend my own 83-year-old life beyond its estimated 90 years, but who knows what impact the science may hold for my kids, grandchildren, and great grandki…
A group of Wii bowlers from six assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, were indicted yesterday by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of Physiological Doping for the Purpose of Racketeering – a Class B felony. ”They almost pulled it off,” said Sgt. Richard Morgan of Center Valley, Pennsylvania’s Geriatric Crime Unit.
It has been conventional wisdom for a long time that loneliness in elders leads to decline in health and, possibly, early death. In June, a widely-reported, six-year study of 1600 people age 60 and older from the University of California Francisco seems to confirm that.
Seniors and their families always face a reality check when they realize how much Medicare doesn’t cover—from necessary sundries like your drug-store “cheater” reading glasses to major costs like nursing-home care. A new study in the Journal o…