I signed up for the M.A.G.I.C. Project two-day immersion course at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) not really knowing what to expect. This feeling only intensified once I walked into the class; there were people of all different ages, ethnicities, and walks of life milling around the room. We were greeted by the M.A.G.I.C. […]
Yoga is a practice and science of connection. Yoga is shown to have positive effects on the mind (cognition), body (physical), and soul (emotional) that can greatly benefit all of us including people living with dementia. Mind The brain is an adaptable organ that is continually creating new pathways, or neural connections, as it encounters […]
I learned slowly and gently to coax the bag lady out of the darkness, listen to her message for me, respond differently to older people, and deal with the fear and dread of my own aging.
1. The human right of all people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is to be with people who know their life story including cultural habits and religious faith (Bell & Troxel, 2003). 2. Developing friendships, relationships, and trust with people with dementia is the foundation of person-directed care (Bell & […]
Her public voice began with a 2016 essay, when Harvard MBA and former World Bank employee and retail business CEO Elizabeth White decided to come out of the shadows to describe her post–Great Recession situation of living on the edge of economic survival: the loss of job prospects, the depletion of retirement savings in order […]
I am worried. This is not surprising, as I tend to be somewhat of a worrywart. This is a quality I inherited from my grandmother and my mother, and I have worked really hard to perfect it. I like to think that worry can sometimes serve a useful purpose. For me, when worry festers, when […]
People living with dementia are stigmatized in multiple ways, one of which is treating the activities the rest of us do for pleasure as “therapies.” My view is that we need to ditch the word therapy, and provide activities that engage, activate and enhance life as an integral part of care.
Humor is good for the mind, body and soul, particularly as we age. Internationally renowned cartoonist Eric Decetis “makes fun” of growing older and inspires us to (not) act our age.