Today marks the 11th day of rehab in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), following an acute hospital stay for pneumonia.
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I was in Portland Tuesday with Dr. Bill Thomas for one of the most promising changing aging developments I’ve ever reported on — a year-long community engagement initiative sponsored by the city of Portland, Ore., called “What Are Old People For: Building a Community For All Ages”.
Last night I was reminded about how much can go RIGHT with caregiving.
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This piece of writing comes out of the experience, verified in the elder circle, that wounds, no matter how painful and debilitating, are sacred, gifts of unimaginable fury, beauty and spiritual potency.
The only thing worse than having to spend the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) of your choosing, is spending the remainder of your natural life in a Skilled Nursing Facility NOT of your choosing.
In this article, let’s explore the road we have traveled as a society – and five technological innovations that enable the path ahead as we look to older adulthood.
It’s 11:00 PM and I write these words on my iPad while sitting in my bed at the Phoebe Ministries nursing home/rehab complex in Allentown, Penn.
Martin Bayne transfered successfully to his new nursing home. The good news is he got a private room (probably the only one in the building). Otherwise, he reports the food is terrible and the atmosphere is worse.
Next week on September 23, Dr. Bill Thomas returns to Portland to help kick off a year-long Age-Friendly Portland community-initiative aptly titled after his book “What Are Old People For: Building a Community for All Ages.”
Martin Bayne called me from the hospital today asking if ChangingAging would help him chronicle his journey of recovery as he transitions to a nursing home to regain adequate health and mobility to return to his home at Sacred Heart Assisted Living.
CAREGIFTED — Christy Shake’s blog, Calvin’s Story is an extraordinary chronicle of her family’s struggle to care for her son. At any moment, Christy and her husband Michael can find their lives under assault by what she calls: “…a savage monster that eclipsed all other adversity we had yet encountered. That monster was, and continues to be, epilepsy.”
When she was young, Janis Ian sang — “I learned the truth at seventeen”. Now that she is 63 things seem… different.
CAREGIFTED.ORG — Caring for a child with a severe disability means a lifetime of being an outsider. Heather Kirn Lanier, a poet, teacher and mother, beautifully illustrates this experience in her post “Notes from the Land of Beauty and Difficulty” in Caregifted’s Blog of the Week Award-winning post.
THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE BLOG — Recently the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias published a study showing the effects of mindfulness on care partnerships. CBS News wrote up the findings in an interesting article.
Growing older has meant, for some of us, that we have arrived, despite still having further to go, at a time and place in our lives, where there are no roles, rules, or expectations, other than our own.
Elizabeth Aquino, her husband, and two of her daughters care for Sophie,
who was born happy and healthy nearly twenty years ago. Within months of
birth, Sophie started having seizures. Elizabeth writes…
The past several years have led me farther and farther away from the pulse of activity relating to culture change in LTC. Although there is a part of me that misses being deeply involved, watching from the sidelines has given me a unique perspective on what is happening in the movement.
This week ChangingAging launches a partnership with the non-profit organization Caregifted.org to honor and highlight outstanding online writing about caregiving with the Caregifted Blog of the Week Award.