Gary Tetz, Author at McKnight's Long Term Care News
Gary Tetz

Gary Tetz

Most recent articles by Gary Tetz

Gary Tetz

Things I Think: The lessons of autumn

Autumn is a time of change. That probably seems trite and obvious, and certainly it’s a trait shared by all the seasons, at least where I live in the Pacific Northwest. But the transitions of fall always feel most jarring.

Things I Think: Opera’s resonance

How can listening to opera possibly improve the cognitive function of dementia patients? Notice I didn’t ask whether. According to McKnight’s, Chinese researchers are proving the point, and who am I to argue? You’ll notice that opera characters who express strong opinions generally die. I love opera, so getting to listen to it all the…

Things I Think: Playing favorites

Over the years, I’ve had my favorite senior care residents. Many of them. Anyone who works in this profession probably has some too.  I’m particularly drawn to those who are funny, optimistic, resilient, articulate and who smile a lot. No surprise there, as those are areas in need of frequent augmentation in my own life. …

Things I Think: A cow in every lobby

Every nursing home administrator probably has a favorite story of a resident whose state of health and happiness was transformed by experiencing the unconditional love of an animal. It’s universal, like the healing power of music. Usually it’s joy-dispensing dogs or cats that wander facilities, though I’ve seen a llama led from room to room…

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