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.
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.
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.