Category: Communication

Promote your connections

Posted by 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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The “last day” protocol

Posted by Dr. El - June 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The “last day” protocol I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who’d been admitted to the nursing home the night before. I read over the basic info on his face sheet before my consult. Jim was an 87-year old widower […]

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Healthcare Proxy Resource from the Conversation Project

Posted by 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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Wisdom from elders

Posted by Dr. El - August 16, 2016 - Communication, Inspiration

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Wisdom from elders I’ve learned a lot from listening to residents over the years, but it’s rare that I request specific advice. This month, I decided to change that. In private conversations, I told residents that I was writing an article on advice from elders about […]

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Planning for the Holidays

Posted by Dr. El - November 20, 2015 - Communication, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

With the start of the holiday season, it’s time for this perennial post from Dr. El:   ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas… And 83-year old Albertha assured me her family was planning to take her home for the holidays. “Have you talked to them about it? Have they called the social worker to arrange a […]

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The importance of hearing aids

Posted by Dr. El - October 8, 2015 - Communication

New York Times writer Jane Brody recently penned two excellent columns on the value of hearing aids and the obstacles to obtaining them. (The links to these articles are below.) The articles led me to reflect on my experience with hearing aids as a psychologist in long-term care. I’ve noticed additional obstacles to hearing aid […]

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WHCOA: LeadingAge Summary

Posted by Dr. El - July 15, 2015 - Communication, Dementia, Inspiration, Technology, Transitions in care

I wrote about the White House Conference on Aging last October, noting that it was a “once-a-decade” national conference about the needs of our aging population.” (McKnight’s LTC News, October 2014) Below, LeadingAge summarizes the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which took place on Monday: 10 Things that Happened at the White House Conference on […]

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How to Talk About Dying (Ellen Goodman, NYTimes)

Posted by Dr. El - July 2, 2015 - Communication, End of life

Here’s an important article in the New York Times Opinionator Column by Ellen Goodman, one of the founders of The Conversation Project (which I’m about to investigate further). Note her comment that she expected her mother’s doctors to tell her what to do. The families of our residents are expecting the same from us. How to Talk […]

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Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent (NYTimes)

Posted by Dr. El - June 5, 2015 - Communication

I’m writing to you from my hotel room in Ontario, Canada today, where I’m finishing up some last minute details before heading out to give a training program on preventing senior bullying (iron suit — check!).   This week’s post comes from Abby Ellin, writing in the NYTimes Money column about the use of elder […]

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The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80

Posted by Dr. El - April 10, 2015 - Anecdotes, Communication

This Washington Post article by Louise Aronson, MD perfectly describes the failures of our current medical system to address the problems that affect older patients. The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80 The clinic was in a dilapidated old building, yet the entryway retained a worn grandeur. Tapering, […]

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