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The mainstream media continues to reinforce negative stereotypes about elders and people who work with elders. We are going to have to use new social media and social networking tools in order to tell our story — our way. I am inviting you to join this growing online conversation. We can tell our stories. We can change hearts and minds. Together we can change the world.
Right Here, Right Now
Amidst all the unrest and disaster we’re living through, we find ourselves in possession of unprecedented MEANS and WILL to effect real change. The radical ideas of a handful of reformers in long term care have blossomed into a mobilized, global community of culture change agents. Add to this the fact that social networking and social media make it easier than ever in history to coordinate and communicate, and you’ve got the makings not just for culture change in long term care, but for deep social change throughout our society.
Low Tech and Low Touch
The medical profession has plenty of things it can and should be proud of, but it’s failure to adopt basic elements of 21st centurury information technology leaves plenty of people scratching their heads. Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist and his blog post on this topic grabbed my attention. See if it rings a bell with you.
Enough with the Robot Baby Seal
The people behind Paro the Robot Baby Seal seem to have retained the world’s best public relations firm. They’ve scored stories in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. I don’t get it. Or, maybe, I do get it and I hate admitting the ugly truth.
As promised, Bonnie Kantor delivers on her thoughts about the Robot Baby Seal issue… Here is what she would like readers of the New York Times article to think about…
Moment of Zen: I Can Fix That!
Every once in a blue moon of eons, I come across an email forward that actually tickles my sense of humor. I just received an email generated from the I Can Fix It blog that qualifies.
Goodbye Dr. Butler
Dr. Robert N. Butler, an expert in geriatric medicine who won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s for his nonfiction book “Why Survive? Growing Old in America,” died July 4 in New York City of complications from leukemia. He was 83.
They Love Each Other
Jude and I, we are also known as Hot KoKo, played out at an open mic night and then opened the Eden Idol competition at the Eden International Conference in Denver.We were scared and can’t remember much of what happened on stage but we got through it and at least some of the folks in the crowd liked the show. Now we’ve decided to learn this song…
Look Out Boomers, Here Come the Millennials
Every one is aging. As each generation ages and reaches adulthood, they rule as if they were supreme, and for the most part they are. Now, the boomers are beginning to cede their influence to a younger generation — My generation, the Millennial Generation.
Cult of Adulthood
The New Quackery
This just in from the always interesting Rick Moody…