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Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

As readers of this blog may recall, my expectations for the special screening of the new documentary about music superstar Glen Campbell's journey with Alzheimer's disease were high. Sunday night's star-studded showing and concert were to be unlike anything long-term care professionals had experienced before. And they were.

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.

In long-term care, success can be bad for business

In long-term care, success can be bad for business

To get an idea of why different fiscal rules seem to apply to the long-term care sector, look no further than Netflix.

Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should be worrying about

Ebola shmebola! It's the real killers we should be worrying about

It's not hard to see why the Ebola outbreak has so many of us on edge. It's sort of like the proverbial monster under the bed. Except this time, the monster is no figment of our imagination. And now it appears ready to pounce on us.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The Walking (Half-) Dead

The Walking (Half-) Dead

OK, I'll admit it. I am a huge fan of the AMC show, "The Walking Dead," which incidentally had a blockbuster Season 5 premier Sunday. It's really bizarre because I am a big weenie when it comes to scary movies. I can't even watch the previews for a horror movie on TV without hiding under a blanket.

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

Nurses have invented some really cool stuff. But most likely they've received just pats on the heads for coming up with a "work-around" or a "creative solution." Then someone else slaps a patent on it and becomes the financial victor.

Guest blogs

Evaluating holiday programming

Evaluating holiday programming

The pressure is on, as you and your life enrichment teams need to find time to properly plan holiday events in order to make them fresh, exciting and impactful.

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

A while back I was asked to speak to a group of graduating nurses — new to practice and excited to start their careers. As I spoke, I gave insights from Florence Nightingale and the changing face of healthcare. I was feeling confident that I had inspired them to spread their wings, expand their practice; the world was their oyster, as the saying goes.

Things I Think

Inconvenient tears

Inconvenient tears

How dare you, Patrick! And just when my day was going so well.

Of mice and men — and beer

Of mice and men — and beer

Over a beer one day, tipsy researchers decided to study ... beer. Now, before you install a keg in every nurses' station in every memory care unit, you should know that they didn't exactly determine it was a cure-all for cognitive decline. But they did conclude that the study itself was a darn good idea, and one they intend to repeat every Friday afternoon indefinitely. Just to confirm their results, you understand. For the good of science.

Rehab Realities

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.

Entitlement or over utilization?

Entitlement or over utilization?

Many of our therapy patients are medically complex and we, unfortunately, are not able to predict the future, as it sometimes seems that regulators want us to do.

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