Weekly Blog Roundup
Picker Institute and Planetree recently teamed up to produce the Long-Term Care (LTC) Improvement Guide, a roadmap for nursing home, assisted living facilities and other organizations adopting patient-centered care reforms. Dr. Bill Thomas talks to Heidi Gil of Planetree to discuss how the LTC Improvement Guide was created, who it’s for and how it works. Watch the video here.
Power-Up: Celebrating People Living With Dementia
The Alzheimer’s Disease International conference kicked off in Toronto last weekend with “A Changing Melody”: a pre-conference event celebrating people living with dementia with an all-day symposium planned and presented by people with various forms of the disorder. ChangingAging’s Dr. Al Power was there to report.
Nursing Home Ombudsmen Under Siege in Iowa, Florida
ChangingAging has been monitoring news out of Florida and Iowa about efforts to weaken state nursing home watchdogs or Long-Term Care Ombudsman. We’ve received emails from advocates fearful of losing their jobs if they publicly speak-out against actions by lawmakers they say reduce their ability to advocate on behalf of older adults. Read the full story here.
Wyoming Green House News
Green House Project news from Doug Osborn in Wyoming:
Check Out ‘The Caregiver Hour’ Radio Show All April
Throughout April, The Caregiver Hour weekly radio show is featuring a series of interviews with Holly Whiteside exploring “The Intentional Caregiver.” This Monday, April 11 at noon EST, Holly will join host Kim Linder and Eden Alternative CEO Chris Perna to discuss empowering caregivers to approach caregiving with mindful intentionality.
LGBT Elders Fear Discrimination In Long-Term Care
A majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults who answered a national online survey believe that staff of long-term care facilities would discriminate against an LGBT elder who was open about his or her sexual orientation, and more than half believe that staff or other residents would abuse or neglect an LGBT elder. Read about the report here.
Of Dreams and Unicorns
Regular readers know well that I am fascinated by multi-media “mash-ups” because they come close to expressing what we are trying to do with Changing Aging. We criticize aging as it expressed in contempoarary society but we disavow the hazy nostalgia of the “old age of long ago.” Instead, we are seeking to “mashup” multiple cultural elements (including growth, wisdom, belonging and legacy) an, in doing so, create something new and exceptionally valuable.
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