Category: Resident education/Support groups

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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Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week

Posted by Dr. El - July 22, 2015 - Medication issues, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week More than 25% of the US population over the age of 65 years has diabetes1 and the numbers are far higher for those in long-term care. (Approximately one third of nursing home residents have […]

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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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Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it

Posted by Dr. El - March 4, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it Things were different when I was a kid. People regularly drove while intoxicated. The high school archery team practiced on the football field while the track team ran around the periphery. Children bullied their peers without […]

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Savvy Resident’s Guide is Book Club Pick!

Posted by Dr. El - December 21, 2012 - Nominations/Awards, Resident education/Support groups

Exciting news!  The Savvy Resident’s Guide is the book club selection for an assisted living facility in California!  I’m thrilled to hear that residents will be discussing the book.  It’s exactly what I hoped for when I wrote it — that the information would get to the people who need it most and that it […]

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Grey’s Anatomy Promotes Awareness of Limb Loss

Posted by Dr. El - November 29, 2012 - Books/media of note, Resident education/Support groups

Many nursing home residents have experienced an amputation, an issue that’s often under-addressed both in the facility and in the media.  (Limb loss should, but doesn’t always, trigger a referral for psychological services or other support.)  Grey’s Anatomy has been working with The Amputee Coalition to make their portrayal of a character with an above knee […]

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7 Methods to Educate Residents About Their Diagnoses (LTL mag online)

Posted by Dr. El - October 2, 2012 - Communication, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on Long-Term Living magazine online: 7 methods to educate residents about their diagnoses “Thanks, Doc, for telling me about this group!” Mr. Jones smiled and held up the magazine he’d gotten from the National Parkinson Foundation. “Except for that actor, I didn’t even know one person with Parkinson’s before I got my […]

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5 Reasons to Educate Residents About Their Illnesses (LTL mag online)

Posted by Dr. El - August 21, 2012 - Communication, Medication issues, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article in Long-Term Living Magazine online: 5 reasons to educate residents about their illnesses “How long have you had Parkinson’s?” the psychologist asked Mr. Jones during his initial evaluation. “They just told me the diagnosis when I got here last week, but I suppose I’ve had it for a while.” He said […]

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Doctor-Patient Communication

Posted by Dr. El - June 15, 2012 - Communication, Medication issues, Resident education/Support groups

Early in my blogging, I wrote a post for residents about how to speak to doctors, outlining what I call the Newspaper Headline Approach.  It’s designed for residents to make the most of their interactions with their physicians.  I was reminded of the Newspaper Headline approach when I read a recent Mind the Gap post […]

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Senior Education Hits a High Note in a Bronx, NY Nursing Home

Posted by Dr. El - February 15, 2012 - Inspiration, Resident education/Support groups, Something Good About Nursing Homes

I always enjoy reading about senior recreation programs that offer options way beyond bingo.  Not that there’s anything wrong with bingo, but when it’s my turn, I’ll be looking for a nursing home with a substantial activities schedule.  A reader — thanks, RR —  informed me of the success of the college-level psychology courses he […]

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