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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 and read my blog, where you’ll find answers to help you make the most of this time in life.

"My goal is to make caregiving and elderhood as manageable and rewarding as possible."

Recent Blog Posts

Aging in Place Calls for Advance Planning

Dr. El - May 21, 2017 - Aging in Place

One of the most common problems facing those in rehabilitation following a fall or other health problem is that they want to return home but it isn’t accessible to them. There are stairs they’re unable to climb or bathtubs unsafe to enter for a shower. They can’t go home until adaptations have been made, but because they’re stuck in rehab […]

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Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Dr. El - April 26, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. Perhaps you’ve had similar experiences as family members. Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. In the […]

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Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event

Dr. El - April 5, 2017 - Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard of Aging2.0 but hadn’t had the opportunity to attend one of their events. When I discovered that they were holding a pitch session a subway ride away from my […]

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Dementia Journey: Finding Meaningful Memory Care

Dr. El - March 14, 2017 - Books/media of note, Dementia

My friend Deborah Shouse writes beautifully about caregiving and dementia on her blog and in her books Connecting in the Land of Dementia and Love in the Land of Dementia. In her blog post today, she incorporates my insights into her excellent advice for caregivers who are seeking a memory care program that’s right for […]

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Healthcare Proxy Resource from the Conversation Project

Dr. El - March 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life

You’ve probably already heard that it’s important to have a healthcare proxy to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so. If you’re wondering who to choose as your healthcare proxy or what you’re supposed to do if someone has asked you to become their healthcare proxy, The Conversation Project […]

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NYT: Aids for Vision Loss, From Those Who’ve Been There

Dr. El - February 28, 2017 - Inspiration, Resident education/Support groups, Tips for gifts, visits

Jane E. Brody of The New York Times once again addresses a topic of interest to many seniors — adapting to the loss of vision. In addition to great advice, she mentions The American Council of the Blind’s list of useful products for people who are blind or visually impaired. My favorite — Braille chocolate bars […]

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Top Medical Alert Systems

Dr. El - February 22, 2017 - Technology

Readers looking for a medical alert system are likely to find this recent Reviews.com article on the subject helpful. Reviews.com reports they “spent over 100 hours talking with elder-care experts, digging into service agreements, and hand-testing the top contenders.” Click on “The Best Medical Alert Systems” below to find out more. The Best Medical Alert Systems  

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HuffPo: More Seniors Than Ever Are Combining Brain-Affecting Drugs

Dr. El - February 17, 2017 - Medication issues

Polypharmacy — the use of multiple medications — can lead to big problems among older adults, most notably an increased risk of falling. For more on this, read the Huffington Post article by Ann Brenoff linked below: More Seniors Than Ever Are Combining Brain-Affecting Drugs

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Entrepreneur tests walker as temporary senior living resident (McKnight’s SL)

Dr. El - February 8, 2017 - Senior Care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

As part of Brookdale Senior Living’s “Entrepreneur in Residence” program, Ken Paulus of URise Products is staying alongside residents of a senior living community and soliciting their feedback about his new stand-assist device. I give this idea two thumbs up — one for URise Products for asking actual elders about what works for them and […]

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The SCAN Foundation improves coordination of care in the community

Dr. El - January 20, 2017 - Inspiration, Senior Care

My favorite line in McKnight’s LTC News’ guest column by Bruce Chernoff, MD is, “Today we’re increasingly aware that social determinants of health—non-clinical factors like access to transportation or food — play major roles in our health, especially for vulnerable older adults with multiple chronic conditions and daily living challenges.” YES. Dr. Chernoff goes on […]

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