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.
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.
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.
One of the nicest compliments I ever received for my work came in an unexpected way; in fact, I had to think about it for a while to decide if it truly was a compliment.
Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.
Since the success of the film Alive Inside, I have been keeping an eager eye out for the next film to have similar potential to transform the way people think about aging. Last week I found one – The Age of Love.
Thanks to NPR for identifying this ongoing issue, but we need to also broaden the discussion to look at how our society views dementia, how we have chosen to care for our elders, and the systems that regulate and reimburse that care.
Every day, the employees of St. Antonine’s Old Age Home in KwaZulu Nata, South Africa, hand wash laundry for 60 Elders because they have no washer and dryer.
Listen now! NPR podcast featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Karl Pillemer and Martha Stettinius discussing how communities, families and individuals can do a better job planning for the aging process and the needs of our growing elder population.
If you are in the mood for a slapped together blog post that is simultaneously alarmist and deeply pessimistic you might want to read Ken Dychtwald’s recent piece on Huffington Post for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
I have been advocating that community planners switch to the terms “age-inclusive” and “dementia-inclusive,” as these terms raise the bar by requiring the inclusion of such people in all aspects of community life and planning, rather than simply creating a kind but misguided process of substituted judgment.
UPDATE: Wyoming PBS documentary “Homes on the Range: The New Pioneers” will air TWO times tonight at 8 p.m. and then again at 9:30 p.m.
If a bunch of 40 and 50-year-olds at a resort (albeit a demolished one) on the beach can feel the effects of institutional practices in only four days, what chance do Elders have in a traditional nursing home over a long period of time?
We have been graphing the age and dementia distribution for baby boomers for decades, and yet none of our projections have ever extended beyond the year 2050. Why is that?
I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.