Mastering the art of storytelling
I am spending the day teaching a workshop on storytelling. Most people think that storytellers are “born not made” but storytelling is actually a skill that can be learned. Indeed, people who want to change aging should do their best to master it. Click here to read the key points I’ll be making today mastering the art of storytelling.
Decade’s Top 10 Senior Design Innovations
Long Term Living magazine’s March issue rounds up the top 10 senior design innovations that have transformed nursing home and long term care in the past decade. It’s no surprise that The Green House Project not only makes the top 10, but it embodies nearly every other item on the list. Click here for a quick synopsis of the decade’s top 10 senior design innovations by the The Green House Project blog.
Hospitals redesigning emergency rooms with elders in mind
The movement to redesign hospital emergency rooms to better serve elders got a big boost this week with two national news stories highlighting the efforts of Trinity Health Care to overhaul its hospitals’ ERs. The New York Times New Old Age blog visited the nation’s newest senior-specific emergency departments at Trinity’s St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Associated Press visited St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Mich., also operated by Trinity. Dr. Bill Thomas has been working with Trinity to design senior ER’s since the first one was launched at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. Click on the video for the back story.
Study finds half of elder ER trips caused by adverse drug reactions
In related news, McKnight’s LTC news reports on a study that finds half of all emergency room visits by older adults are caused by adverse drug reactions. There are two important conclusions to be drawn from this report — 1) The over-use of prescriptions drugs among older adults is epidemic; 2) A huge proportion of emergency rooms visits by older adults are preventable.
Magical Mystery Cures debunks anti-aging
In ancient times humans bowed down to the Gods to beg for immortality. Today we bow down to technology in our pursuit of the same fabled fountain of youth that has eluded humankind for eons. Canadian CBC TV’s Magical Mystery Cures host Bob McDonald, the science guy, recently attended an anti-aging convention in Las Vegas to put anti-aging potions and gadgets to the test. Click the video to watch his hilarious findings.
Report finds Alzheimer’s claims $202 billion in unpaid care
The Alzheimer’s Association just released 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report sheds light on the staggering cost of unpaid caregiving provided by family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Nearly 15 million people in the United States care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, amounting to 17 billion hours or more than $202 billion in unpaid care, according to the report. Don’t miss the Alzheimer’s Association’s excellent facts and figures video.
How You Can Help Japan’s Older Adults
Last week’s devastating earthquake in Japan was especially tragic for the country’s older adults. Japan is widely known as one of the world’s oldest countries. The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing put together a blog post providing a comprehensive overview of the challenges Japan’s elder population faces and includes a link to a directory of organizations that are currently serving the region. H/T to the Future of Aging blog for sharing.
Erickson School launches online Dementia care course
The Erickson School at UMBC has launched its first-ever online dementia care course: Dementia Care 101. Led by Loren Shook of Silverado Senior Living, Dementia Care 101 will take place over a period of four weeks in April and May, providing eight hours of introductory content on state of the art approaches to dementia care for residents that are in our care. For more information, or to register, click here or contact Kevin Heffner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-543-5624.
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