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The time spent caregiving and care-receiving can be one of growth and emotional healing for elders and their family members.  If you’re wondering how to get there from here, please look through this site, read my blog and for more personal attention, set up a coaching session. You’ll find answers to help you make the most of this time in life.

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Recent Blog Posts

Interview with the Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Aging (Silo-Busting)

Dr. El - November 9, 2017 - Aging, Aging in Place, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Resident education/Support groups, Transitions in care

There are Area Agencies on Aging throughout the US providing valuable services for elders and caregivers. The article below discusses some of the programs available and I encourage you to contact your local office to see what assistance is offered in your area. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Silo-busting Ideas from […]

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Readmission prevention: The role of post-acute providers

Dr. El - October 25, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Transitions in care

The current focus in healthcare is to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. This is good news for seniors, who tend to fare poorly in the hospital environment, as described here. The article below details efforts being made to create smoother transitions between hospitals, rehabs, home and any other care providers along the way. As always, family members […]

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How do they sleep at night?

Dr. El - October 12, 2017 - Aging, Aging in Place, McKnight's LTC News, Quality of Care

Sleep issues are very common for elders and their caregivers. While this article focuses on good sleep hygiene within the long-term care setting, many of the ideas can be adapted for those living at home. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: How do they sleep at night? Perhaps you’ve heard about the […]

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Disaster communication: A tale of two mothers-in-law

Dr. El - September 28, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management

Both of my mothers-in-law are in long-term care communities in Florida. In retrospect, it would have been a good idea to ask the facilities how they planned to keep in touch with us during and after Hurricane Irma. If the facility where your loved one is living doesn’t have a plan for communicating with families […]

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Ashton Applewhite: Let’s end ageism

Dr. El - September 25, 2017 - Aging, Inspiration, Videos

This is a thought-provoking and inspiring 11-minute TED talk by Ashton Applewhite about the views of aging in society.      

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Calming fears of floods and other catastrophes

Dr. El - August 31, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Stress/Crisis management

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, family caregivers may find themselves thinking about emergency plans for their loved ones at home or in long-term care. Below are some suggestions for professional caregivers that can also be applied to those who provide care at home. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Calming fears […]

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Falls: A closer look

Dr. El - August 19, 2017 - Falls, McKnight's LTC News

Despite the efforts of all concerned, falls are unfortunately quite common both at home and in eldercare facilities. The article below discusses some ways to reduce the likelihood of falls. Wherever a loved one is residing, take a moment to ensure that what they need is within reach before leaving the room. Here’s my latest […]

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The image of LTC in the arts

Dr. El - August 4, 2017 - Books/media of note, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

I see kindness at work every day but those stories don’t make the news nearly as often as the bad reports do. When I saw the excellent play Singing Beach by Tina Howe, I was struck by how the play was shaped by the perceptions of long-term care. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term […]

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ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

Dr. El - July 18, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Technology

I found some great ideas for elders at a New York City tech show. Read about them in the article below. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up […]

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Promote your connections

Dr. El - June 22, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Family members concerned about what kind of lifestyle awaits their loved one in long-term care may find the article below helpful and reassuring: Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Promote your connections  One of the things that most brightens my workday is when I see long-term care residents hanging out together. In […]

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