Monthly Archives: October 2010

Life Is Beautiful

This 12 minute video is the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, playing the piano at age 106 and celebrating life. http://www.youtube.com/user/AliceTheFilm “Only when we are so old, only are we aware of the beauty of life.” – Alice … Continue reading

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Smoking and Dementia — Really??

Today the BBC reports a US study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11622484). The study found that people who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day in mid-life have double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. … Continue reading

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Bitter is Better

New research shows that bitter tasting compounds may help people with symptoms of asthma.  (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2613876/posts) Apparently, there are receptors for bitter taste in the airways as well as the tongue. When these receptors are stimulated, they cause smooth muscle to … Continue reading

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Emi Weighs in on Design for Aging

Coincidentally, Emi Kiyota recently posted on a similar line to my last one, though she says it much more beautifully than I did: “I attended the ‘new aging’ conference at University of Pennsylvania over the weekend and left there with … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Nursing Homes

Here’s a central problem: For years we have built mini-hospitals for our elders to live in. Now we want to get beyond that. So what are we doing? We are trying to build hotels and fine dining establishments for them … Continue reading

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Further Comments on “Elderly”

Here’s a little video Kavan Peterson made of Bill Thomas and me chatting about the word “elderly” in the context of person-centered care.

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Thoughts about Real Care in an Irish Nursing Home

Real Care in Ireland Thanks to Mimi DeVinney for sharing this story. It should be an interesting documentary.

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