Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

I had a chance the other day to see what it feels like to be 85 years old, thanks to a test drive of the Genworth R70i Aging Experience suit. Talk about being transported to another world. This is a pure empathy builder.

Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

When it comes to dealing with residents who are hoarders, facilities are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Here's how to deal with it.

Clone this woman. Steal this idea.

"Trudy's here!" exclaimed the resident I'd been speaking with, excusing herself for a moment to exchange a few dollars for a bottle of lotion. "She buys me the things I can't get here. She's a real lifesaver." It was a sentiment I heard echoed by many other residents.

Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation

Research now suggests there may be a solution for residents lacking sleep, experiencing depression or falls, or other certain conditions — and it involves no medication or side effects. The answer could be the use of light.

Upcoming quality initiatives

More quality initiatives are on the horizon for many providers, and they address a wide array of necessary topics. Here are a couple of experts' insights.

'Just a picture of her butt' — an analysis

Wondering how an employee could possibly think posting a photo of a resident's behind to social media would be a reasonable action to take, I contacted a psychologist and social media expert.

Dr. El's subversive guide to culture change

Culture change can be portrayed as many things. One possibility often overlooked is its being a grassroots effort that shifts the dynamics between residents, staff and community, one unit at a time.

'Honest' placebos help without side-effects, expense

Placebos could be a better friend than you realize in the universal quest to reduce the number of medications that elderly patients receive. Don't believe me? Read on. (It won't hurt.)

Growing Good

In the wee hours of the night I recently discovered a Facebook post about a company founded by two brothers called Life is Good. It emerged from the standing request the founders' mother had for them as children in a chaotic home environment: Tell me something good about your day.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in LTC

There are many givers in senior care facilities. Sometimes they don't even realize it themselves. This holiday season is a good time to recognize them — and the things that make smiles bright.