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I’ll file this under “things I wish were not true.” A recent study reported in JAMA concludes that: Overall, physicians support the professional commitment to report all instances of impaired or incompetent colleagues in their medical practice to a relevant authority; however, when faced with these situations, many do not report.
Tasers As Restraints
I have been seeing a growing number of news reports that describe the us of a Taser to restrain citizens. The authorities who are quoted in these stories often employ the the very same rationalizations that medical professionals once used to justify tying older people to their beds.
Ever since Professor Tom Kitwood coined the term “person-centred care” in the 1990s, it became a watchword of the culture change movement. Sometime after that, The Eden Alternative and others began to replace the term with “person-directed care”, which forces us to raise the bar beyond a paternalistic approach where we decide what elders need most, to actually asking them.
Horror Hospital: The Movie
This is a cheesy trailer for a 1970’s British horror movie. On the 1 to 10 scale of badness, it scores a cool 11. What is interesting about it is how little it shows and how much it relies on the viewer’s existing and ingrained fear of the hospital.
Art Of A Generation
There was a time when tattoos were only for sailors and pagan bikers. Ink symbolized rebelliousness, gangs, and a low social class. But in recent years tattoos have become de-stigmatized. They have gone from being groddy and low class to hip and popular. It is due, in part, to the generational and cultural trends of the Millennial generation.
Gardens that Grow People
Gardening is truth — the harvest can not be faked, it can only be earned.
AC Cooper 360 Remembers Dr. Butler
“It was Butler who, in 1968, coined the term “ageism.” By “ageism,” you might think of bias in employment, housing, public services and the like. I tend to think of depictions of older people in film, videos, television and commercials.”
Even More Robot News
Steve Gurney is a leading edge thinker, publisher and advisor in the arena of aging services. Here is his take on Paro the Baby Seal Robot: “I agree its a bit bizarre to have a “emotional” relationship with a machine, probably just as bizarre as engaging in a “conversation” with a bunch of people on a blog instead of in a classroom. I would love to be able to look everyone in the eye, shake their hand and see your physical reaction to my opinion on topics. However, technology has brought us together in a different way, Paro might deliver some benefits sans pooper scooper.”
Cult of Adulthood
Life is Just an Accident
Not going to deny it, I love this tune and the way it contrasts personal biography with mass consumerism. I’d say that personal biography triumphs here.