The many riches of senior living conferences

I've been fortunate enough to attend several senior living conventions recently and my enthusiasm for the experience has yet to diminish. You would feel the same way, and here's why.

'Okie El' rocks out, and then veges out

My first-ever trip to Oklahoma for a speaking engagement recently included no fringed surries. But there was a bustling, well-run long-term conference, animated conversations with attendees, life-altering products in the expo hall and much, much more. Much more.

Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Reducing loneliness among facility residents has numerous benefits — for residents and staff. So why aren't we doing better at it? Here's what you need to know.

Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, "Is this aggressive procedure helping?" As it turns out, so are others.

NET Therapy: Dementia care best practices + Rehab = Success

When I learned about Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy for rehabilitation residents, I had the same reaction I did when I first heard about geriatric emergency rooms: Palm-smack to the forehead, "Why didn't we think of this before?!"

Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it

We've come a long way with many psycho-social problem areas. Children, for example, start learning about bullies in kindergarten. When it comes to bullying in senior communities, though, we're still behind the times.

Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit

Last week, I delivered a keynote address on "Identifying and Repairing Communication Gaps in LTC" at an LTC and Senior Living Summit. It was a fascinating, energizing event, and not just because I was leaving the frigid temperatures of New York City to dine outdoors in Marina Del Rey.

Addressing residents' deepest fear

If we address new residents' hidden concerns, we can better show them we understand and care about how they feel. We can enhance their experiences upon entering our organizations and can market our services in a way that relieves their anxiety.

6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC

How someone dies is a very important part of the culture of the long-term care organization. Odds are your community can improve its culture in this area.

Use 'nudge principles' to prompt staff

We all can use practice harnessing "less laudatory traits," such as short-sightedness, inertia, inflated optimism and our tendency to submit to peer pressure. Especially for our work. Here's how.