Category: Dementia

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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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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Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia

Posted by Dr. El - May 27, 2015 - Dementia

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia A recent Iowa court case acquitted Henry Rayhons of sexually abusing his wife, who had Alzheimer’s dementia and lived in a nursing home. The case not only prompted national debate, it led those in long-term care to consider […]

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NET Therapy: Dementia Care Best Practices + Rehab = Success

Posted by Dr. El - March 18, 2015 - Dementia, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: NET Therapy: Dementia care best practices + Rehab = Success When I learned about Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy for rehabilitation residents, I had the same reaction I did when I first heard about geriatric emergency rooms: Palm-smack to the forehead, “Why didn’t we think of this before?!” […]

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The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - April 3, 2014 - Dementia

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes I watched with dismay as the nurse abruptly moved a table in front of a confused and agitated resident trying to leave the dining room. “Sit down!” she told him in a stern voice. “Dinner will be here […]

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“Dementia Village” in the Netherlands (video)

Posted by Dr. El - March 11, 2014 - Dementia, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Videos

Many readers are familiar with people with dementia who want to “go home” when staff members leave at the end of their shifts or who “shop” for belongings in the drawers of other residents. It can be challenging for staff to redirect individuals intent upon leaving and upsetting for the people who are being prevented […]

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Shared Decision-Making by Viki Kind, MA, Clinical Bioethicist

Posted by Dr. El - October 24, 2013 - Dementia

In the long-term care setting, we are often called upon to make difficult decisions on behalf of our elders with dementia.  Some choices, such as refusing medical care, necessitate a capacity evaluation by a licensed and trained professional.  Other decisions are made every day by staff and family members who desire to allow the resident […]

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Connecting in LTC: Seven Sure Ways to Have a Great Visit

Posted by Dr. El - October 7, 2013 - Communication, Dementia

This article for families visiting relatives with dementia in long-term care appears as a guest post on Deborah Shouse Writes where Deborah Shouse, author of Love in the Land of Dementia, offers advice and support for families along their caregiving journey. Connecting in LTC: Seven Sure Ways to Have a Great Visit It wasn’t just an ordinary visit. I walked […]

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4 Simple Ways Families Can Make a Difference During a Long-Term Care Stay (SeniorCare)

Posted by Dr. El - August 22, 2013 - Dementia, Senior Care

Here’s my first article for SeniorCare.com: 4 Simple Ways Families Can Make a Difference During a Long-Term Care Stay When your mom or dad is in a long-term care home—whether it’s for rehab or a longer stay in a nursing home or assisted living—it’s a big adjustment for the whole family. Nerves are often frayed […]

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The Boston Marathon explosions: Turn off the dayroom TV (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - April 17, 2013 - Dementia, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Here’s my latest column at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The Boston Marathon explosions: Turn off the dayroom TV I was hoping not to have occasion to write another column about tragedy so soon, but the terrible events at the Boston Marathon have prompted another look at how we deal within our facilities with distressing news. […]

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