The Diagnosis Debate Hosted by GE Healthcare: With No Cure, Why Should we Aim for Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease?

I was thrilled to be included as a panel member of the #TalkingTime debate hosted by GE Healthcare, which corresponded with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The debate hosted by GE comes at a critical time in the aging services. The number of older adults projected to need […]

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An Interview with Joyce Williams, 2018 UK Blogger Finalist for ‘Grandma Williams’

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Joyce Williams also known as “Grandma Williams” on her journey to becoming a first-time blogger at 80!  Joyce is a fantastic example of how older adults are disrupting the long-held (stubborn) beliefs of what it means to grow older.  With a stellar sense-of-humor and an impactful pen (keyboard), […]

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​Understanding Terms of Endearment: The ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of calling the Older Adults in our Care “Sweetie” or “Honey.​”

Some people have a strong affiliation either for or against the use of terms of endearment. They either love it or hate it, and the middle area of when their use is appropriate is grey. When about older adults, there is a multitude of reasons why you should not exchange an individual’s name with a […]

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What to Do When an Aging Parent Forgets Who You Are

As seen in the SeniorCare.com Aging Industry Insider! A well-known and yet hurtful reality of dementia or Alzheimer’s is the forgetfulness and memory loss that can occur.  Memory loss is particularly difficult for family members to cope with when their parent or loved one forgets who they are. Forgetting the names of their children, forgetting […]

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Celebrating Residents Rights Month: Awareness of dignity, respect and the value of every Nursing Home Resident

Originally posted on The Upside to Aging:
? Quality of Care and Quality of Life for Every Resident Photo Credit: http://rosenspearslaw.com/resident-rights-month/ October is Resident’s Rights Month! Since 1981, Nursing homes across the country have dedicated a week in October to Resident Rights. The celebration was expanded to the whole month in 2011 by the National Consumer Voice.…

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Doll Therapy with Dignity for Loved Ones Living with Dementia

Babydolls.  Traditionally, a toy for little girls to play with, hold, and take comfort in has become a popular therapy tool for some individuals living with Dementia. Although this device should not be used for everyone, a baby doll does bring great comfort to those who have had an affinity to caring in their earlier […]

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The Use of Robotics in Long-term care Facilities: A Step Into the Future?

  The use of robotics and other AI Technology in Long Term Care is a highly debated topic, and there are fair arguments both for and against. Their use, however, seeks to solve a  grave concern in the field.  The number of adults 65+ by 2050 is expected to rise to 88 million. At such […]

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A Year in the Upside to Aging

A year ago I came up with the wild idea of starting a blog. As if six years of writing research papers and projects wasn’t already enough to last a lifetime.  But, I wanted to take these important conversations occurring in the field of aging and bring them to the people who were living through […]

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