Category: Inspiration

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

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

Posted by 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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The SCAN Foundation improves coordination of care in the community

Posted by 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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Advocates for Empathy in Eldercare Review My Book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide”

Posted by Dr. El - November 5, 2016 - Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Savvy Guide reviews, Something Good About Nursing Homes

The theologian, Paul Tillich, once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” This quote came to my mind when I read the kind review of my book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide,” by Yang of CNAEdge. It feels good to be heard. In return, I want to thank Yang and his colleagues, Alice and […]

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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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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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What’s not to like?

Posted by Dr. El - January 28, 2016 - Anecdotes, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

It was the third week I was meeting with Mr. Schwartz, an 85-year old man with a thick mustache and a penchant for suspenders. I found him watching TV in the dayroom, surrounded by some of his peers. I crouched by his wheelchair so I could speak to him at eye level. “Hi Mr. Schwartz, I […]

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Kind words from residents

Posted by Dr. El - November 23, 2015 - Anecdotes, Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Kind words from residents At a conference last week, I remarked to my audience of recreation therapists, “None of us went into this field for the money — we did it for the juice.” And by “the juice,” I mean the good feeling we get from […]

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Spirituality in Long-Term Care

Posted by Dr. El - August 18, 2015 - Inspiration, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Spirituality in Long-Term Care Last week, a New York Times article referred to the lack of training to prepare doctors to recognize the spiritual needs of their patients. Hospital physician Robert Klitzman, M.D., emphasized in the Well section article the value of meeting these needs. Psychology […]

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