This short and not-too-sweet post is an addendum to my guest editorial that was published here in McKnight’s on Friday, July 24th.
“Hello. My name is Richard, and I have dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type.” These are the words Dr. Richard Taylor used to open each of his presentations, as he enlightened the world about the lived experience of changing cognitive ability. Richard passed away at his home on July 25th, due to cancer.
In my last post I criticized the Australian Financial Review for its characterization of people living with dementia, and of our aging population in general. Now that the furor over that article has subsided somewhat, it’s time to tackle that deeper concern.
The Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging.
Last week I came across the most irresponsible, ill-informed, and inflammatory bit of writing I have ever seen on the topic of dementia.
I believe our top priority is to build all inclusive communities, both for our aging population in general, as well as those living with changing cognitive abilities of all kinds. Here’s why:
I promised to follow-up with additional blog posts about my experience at the Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015 conference in Perth, Western Australia. Here is a quick post with full video from my plenary session.
People living with various forms of dementia often exhibit certain signs of emotional upset, which may include anger, sadness, fear, frustration, or anxiety. Have any of you ever experienced these feelings? Maybe you too have dementia!
It seems that as a society we keep throwing out the traditional baby with the bathwater every time a new cultural development occurs, just because it’s new. Here are a few examples of analog values we should retain that relate directly to aging.
Today, I am thrilled to say that most of the public television stations across the country are going to broadcast my latest film, HOMES ON THE RANGE, about the 12-year journey to build a Green House Project in Sheridan, Wyoming.
A couple of weeks ago I published an article titled “Bill Thomas Says I Am an Abolitionist”.
America has a looming public health crisis. And it also happens to be America’s favorite pastime.
Sometimes we need to be reminded we are on a journey and an illness does not define who we truly are.
Prepare your brain for a bountiful flood of new research on how music can “Change the Brain.”
When it comes to aging technological innovation can tend to miss the mark. Look no further than the apparent interest in robot caregivers.
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:
Yesterday I had a conversation with the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in my home state of Montana about how to change dementia caregiving practices in the state’s nursing homes. I offered three ideas and would like suggestions from readers.
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.
Beyond awareness, we need to develop comprehensive, personalized brain health strategies that gradually modify our behaviors, replacing risky behaviors and habits with ones that protect and strengthen the brain.
Dr. Bill has been busy making waves lately with his abolitionist point of view on nursing homes.