Category: Books/media of note

Dementia Journey: Finding Meaningful Memory Care

Posted by 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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America has a major misconception about aging

Posted by Dr. El - April 28, 2015 - Books/media of note

I’m honored to be included among the 44 industry experts asked about the future of long-term care in this informative infographic and article:           http://www.seniorcare.com/featured/misconception-on-aging/

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The New Old Age Blog absorbed into NYT/Health

Posted by Dr. El - January 16, 2015 - Books/media of note, Personal Reflections

As regular readers may know, I’m a big fan of The New York Times’ New Old Age column, which has been a treasure trove of information on issues related to aging and caregiving.  It was founded by Jane Gross in 2008 and continued by Paula Span until the recent decision to discontinue the blog. Paula Span […]

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Assisted Living Documentary by Resident Dick Weinman

Posted by Dr. El - September 11, 2014 - Books/media of note, Inspiration

As a psychologist, I have the privilege of hearing the perspective of residents on a regular basis. For those of you who aren’t so lucky, here’s an insightful video by a resident of an assisted living facility. Dick Weinman, retired professor of broadcast communications at Oregon State University, author and former radio personality, provides a […]

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The Second Wind Tour

Posted by Dr. El - May 22, 2014 - Anecdotes, Books/media of note, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Last month I had the chance to attend the launch of Dr. Bill Thomas’ new book, Second Wind. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative and creator of The Green House, has written many books about changing the culture of care in nursing homes. In his new book, he shifts his focus to helping readers […]

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Amazon Review #4 of The Savvy Resident’s Guide

Posted by Dr. El - March 28, 2014 - Books/media of note, Savvy Guide reviews

4 out 5 stars   A must read for anyone who thinks they may need a home in the future By Kat Hohler  This book is easy reading (larger print) with understandable language that doesn’t say you should enter a nursing facility, but what to expect if you do need one. I have shared with my coworkers […]

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Amazon Review #3 of The Savvy Resident’s Guide

Posted by Dr. El - January 9, 2014 - Books/media of note, Savvy Guide reviews

5 out of 5 stars Great Resource by Doris Chun Dr. El offers good advice and really useful information on a topic most of us want to avoid. She delivers it with a dose of hope and lots of humor. Her book makes the journey see less daunting. Thanks, Doris Chun!

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Amazon Review #2

Posted by Dr. El - November 22, 2013 - Books/media of note, Savvy Guide reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars A no nonsense guide by Kathleen Mears As a nursing home resident of 16 years, I have encountered most of the issues in Dr. El’s book, “The Savvy Residents Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Your Nursing Home Stay, But Were Afraid To Ask”. Dr. El’s coping mechanisms and insistence […]

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‘Derek’ — a long-term care shrink’s view (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - October 4, 2013 - Books/media of note, For Fun, Inspiration, Videos

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Derek’ — a long-term care shrink’s view I was very pleased when I heard there was a program about a long-term care facility on British television. Finally we’re getting our props — at least overseas. “Derek” is the story of a simple but kind middle-aged man […]

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Navigating the Caregiver’s Journey: LTC Offers a Valuable Viewpoint — Guest Blog by Author Deborah Shouse

Posted by Dr. El - September 16, 2013 - Books/media of note, Transitions in care

Navigating the Caregiver’s Journey: Long Term Care Offers a Valuable Viewpoint When my parents relocated from Memphis to Kansas City to be closer to me, they packed decades worth of clothes, souvenirs, books, and furniture. The process of helping them move overwhelmed me and I fervently wished they’d had fewer possessions. But three years later, […]

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