Monthly Archives: December 2010

“…While Visions of Sugar-Pills Danced in their Heads…”

This morning, NPR (www.npr.org) reported a new wrinkle in our understanding of the “placebo effect”. It has been well-established in drug studies that many of the people who take sugar pills as “controls” will have a significant improvement in their … Continue reading

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Dementia – The Ideal and the Real

I would like to direct my readers’ attention to the comment posted by “oxigen” after my last post, “Turning Back the Clock”. The writer poses some very important questions about the realities of care in a world where we promote … Continue reading

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“Turning Back the Clock”

A care home in the U.K. has created a room full of memory triggers for people living with dementia. They find that the triggers help unlock memories and improve well-being. They have decreased antipsychotic use by 70% as a result. … Continue reading

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A Long Overdue Honor

In their infinite wisdom, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will soon be inducting one of my favorite songwriters: Tom Waits. One of the most versatile un-pigeonholeable writers out there, Waits has a four-decade career of pushing the envelope–musically … Continue reading

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NY Times Weighs in on Consistent Assigments

Thanks to Steve LeMoine for pointing out an article from today’s paper on the importance of consistent assignments for improved quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes. Here’s the link to the article: Getting to Know You … Continue reading

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Why Nursing Homes Resemble the Reliant Robin

Here’s a very funny “Top Gear” video shared by my daughter Caitlin. It’s a bit long at 13 minutes, but worth following to the end. What strikes me is the metaphor for the way most nursing home operators insist on … Continue reading

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What Long-Term Care Can Learn from Big Business

Today’s New York Times business section featured an interview with Kathy Savitt, CEO of the new social network and e-commerce site Lockerz. Savitt has held high-level posts with Amazon and American Eagle before this start-up. Savitt comments on what she … Continue reading

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