February 2017

posted 02.12.2017
By Karen Sheriff LeVan “Anyhow, it’s fun. . . Even when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair on Monday getting some teeth pulled, I was counting syllables,” replied Helen, a leader in our small writing group. I’d asked her why she participated and was surprised when she continued with, “It’s a…
posted 02.10.2017
By Crystal McGaha Family members often play a critical role in helping to ensure loved ones continue to define their purpose and achieve their potential following major life transitions, such as relocation to a senior living facility. Older adults transitioning from their homes to assisted-living…
posted 02.09.2017
Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break By Joy Johnston Family caregivers need, and deserve, more robust supportive services, but a break may be the most precious gift of all. Imagine if we could harness the power of the sharing economy to transform respite care from an underutilized…
posted 02.09.2017
By Judy A. Cornish In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman explains the existence of our experiential and remembering selves. Although Dr. Kahneman is not thought of as an expert on dementia care, grasping this concept will greatly enhance your success in caring for your loved ones…
posted 02.07.2017
By Debby Dodds We are nearly two decades into the 21st Century and the social consequences of aging still regularly include feeling isolated or depressed. The World Health Organization recently stated that, “Older people who feel they are a burden perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting…
posted 02.06.2017
by Jeffrey Tamburo Differences Challenge Assumptions. —Anne Wilson Schaef What comes to mind when you think about getting older? Often it is assumed that with aging comes a host of health problems and limitations. Yet, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (2014), less than one…
posted 02.03.2017
By Denise White Perkins A tale of two seniors: Mrs. Wixom is a 75-year-old widow. Her children live out of state. She suffered a stroke last year, and was recently discharged from the hospital after a heart attack. She has all her medications and a list of doctors’ appointments, but no car. She…
posted 02.03.2017
By Robert Schreiber, David Dorr and Robyn Golden Community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide non-medical services and supports are essential to high quality, patient-centered primary care. And given the changing dynamics of payment reform, CBOs are an increasingly important part of the…