Dr. Bill Thomas Does My Work For Me
Not long ago, an announcement of a new study from Cambridge Journals about amazingly young-functioning memory and cognition discovered in some 80-year-olds dropped into my inbox.
I was busy so I skimmed the report and set it aside for a more careful reading later. But a tick in the back of my mind just would not shut up – it kept saying there was something off about the report and when I got around to a closer reading, I was convinced the study did not hold water.Continue Reading
The Argument for Well-Being Through Culture Change
At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their care partners, robbing them of their well-being and quality of life. Our teaching about loneliness […]Continue Reading
CDC Recommends Testing All Boomers For Hepatitis C
Interesting news from the CDC today — they are now officially recommending all members of the Post War Generation should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus to help avert major increases in liver disease.Continue Reading
Poisonous Cocktails — Polypharmacy and Overdosing
Longtime readers know that polypharmacy, or the mixing of prescription drugs, is a serious issue for older adults that we often address at ChangingAging.org. But a lesser-known problem also needs to be addressed — the danger of overdosing on common, over-the-counter medicines.Continue Reading
Chris Perna in McKnight’s: Culture Change Going Mainstream
Last month a friend at McKnight’s Long Term Care News contacted me looking to recruit someone to write a guest column about culture change, yet another example of how the philosophy and principles of culture change are fast becoming mainstream in the long term care industry.
Chris Perna, CEO of The Eden Alternative, took up the challenge and submitted a great column on the argument for well-being in culture change that was published last week at McKnight’s. Here’s an excerpt:Continue Reading
James Appleby: Know Your Dose
Getting older is one of life’s inescapables, although life is certainly better now for older Americans than at any other time in history. We live longer, more active lives than our parents and grandparents certainly did – today’s average 65 year-old man and woman can expect to live to be 81 and 85, respectively – and science has proven that we’re still able to learn new things, even if we don’t learn as quickly as we did in our younger years. These are all things to celebrateContinue Reading
Best Place and Best Way To Die: My Secret Strategy
Most of us oldsters would prefer to stay at home until we’re carted off. The ideal scenario: do this surrounded by loving, caring family and friends. But all too often, this set-up isn’t possible. (I’ve found a way that I think may work, which I’l…Continue Reading