Category: Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

A psychotherapy story: Mabel and Liza

Posted by Dr. El - October 4, 2016 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration

Mabel was in her late 80s, had lost a leg to diabetes and didn’t hear well. She’d been suicidal upon her admission to the nursing home, but the team had worked hard to stabilize her mood. Months later, she wasn’t exactly happy, but she and Liza, her young private aide, attended activities together and she no […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology, Videos

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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Reflections on the value of psychology services

Posted by Dr. El - July 28, 2016 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Personal Reflections

When psychologists provide direct care services to long-term care residents, a note is required for every session, documenting symptoms, therapeutic interventions and other information proving that each and every session is medically necessary. The goals and progress of treatment are reviewed every three months. Audits and case reviews by insurers are not uncommon. Other disciplines in the organization […]

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Harnessing gratitude

Posted by Dr. El - June 10, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Harnessing Gratitude Though it was close to 20 years ago, I’ll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. “I’m 81 years old and I’ve traveled and danced as much as I could. I wasn’t sick a […]

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‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out

Posted by Dr. El - April 28, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out Given that the bulk of my prior knowledge of Oklahoma came from a 72-year-old musical performed by my class during grade school, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived in Norman for the 2015 Oklahoma […]

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Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Posted by Dr. El - April 15, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections The elevator opened up to the third floor of the skilled nursing facility. Wheelchair-bound residents lined the hall across from the nursing station, some silently watching the staff, some snoozing. On the second floor of the nursing home, the […]

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Aunt Sylvia needs your help (video)

Posted by Dr. El - August 13, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Older adults are not included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) strategic plan, and Aunt Sylvia has something to say about that! You can say something too, if you comment on their draft by August 18th at http://store.samhsa.gov/leadingchange/feedback/ View Aunt Sylvia above or at this link: http://youtu.be/5nHbxL3uXW4

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The very anxious resident: A team approach (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - May 15, 2014 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Medication issues

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   The very anxious resident: A team approach “My mother was kicked out of her nursing home again,” my cousin told me. “They said they couldn’t handle her.” I phoned Cousin Belle’s new number in the afternoon. “They didn’t give me my pain medication,” she said […]

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In the wake of a nursing home double-homicide: How to meet mental health needs and prevent violence (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - May 1, 2014 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Younger residents

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  In the wake of a nursing home double-homicide: How to meet mental health needs and prevent violence News of the recent double-homicide in a Houston nursing home arrived the morning I was to speak to a group gathered to address the needs of younger residents in long-term care. […]

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Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - April 17, 2014 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It’s not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed. It’s that we should be […]

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