Caregiving is an important and stressful job. We enter it from an emotionally fragile place. Our fears become real. Our uncertainty about what to do cannot be ignored, but in order to survive this life stage, a well thought-out plan is essential. Like any successful enterprise, having an understanding of what you are about to […]Continue Reading
This Friday Dr. Al Power is leading an innovative day-long seminar in Columbus, Ohio, designed to give dementia caregivers the tools they need to abolish the widespread use of psychotropic drugs to control people living with advanced Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Through the blog, I’ve been trying to share Dr. Power’s story with mainstream media. Nobody has responded. I fear that because these new models of care are not “cures” and inherently threaten the profitability of Big Pharma’s top-selling drugs, the mainstream media is not going to pay attention.Continue Reading
NYT Columnist David Brooks goes a long way around the mulberry bush to express a simple idea. He writes… Years ago, people hoped that science could delay the onset of [sickness]. We would live longer, healthier lives and then die quickly. This is not happening. Most of us will still suffer from chronic diseases for […]Continue Reading
The press leads with this… Beeping call bells, medication carts, rigid meal times and other elements of traditional nursing homes have been scrapped on the 13th floor of The Cunningham nursing home in Syracuse. The changes are all part of a $1 million makeover by Loretto, the home’s operator, to make the floor and the […]Continue Reading
The negotiations in Washington over raising the federal debt limit are going down to the wire this month with potentially drastic budget cuts to programs that protect and serve older adults on the negotiation table.
Leaders in aging community services will travel to Washington July 18-20 for The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 36th Annual National Conference to discuss how the proposed budget cuts will impact our nation’s exploding aging population.Continue Reading
When it comes to the chronic over-medicating of older adults, AARP has been a consistent critic of Big Pharma and the doctors who overprescribe dangerous cocktails of drugs without fully understanding their impact on older adults.
And considering the size of this epidemic, it’s a darn good thing AARP is trying to do something about it.Continue Reading
I had a big week — the kind of week that made me feel that twenty years of effort were, at last, beginning to emerge into a new form with new opportunities. It started with a series of six meetings with editors in NYC. I found, to my delight, that people at the big New […]Continue Reading
This is a really busy and exciting week for ChangingAging! Saturday I’m joining Dr. Bill in San Francisco where he’s the opening speaker for the TEDxSF Alive! Maximum Living as a Human conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And Bill just Tweeted that he’s in New York City for two days of meetings with book publishers.Continue Reading