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Making the loneliness epidemic a mainstream problem, finally

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging this summer, a senior living facility in North Carolina began posting photos on its Facebook page, each showing a resident holding a sign that listed the person’s first name and hobbies. There was Linda, who likes art, music and reading. Pauline, who enjoys rabbits and the Bible. Alex, who…

The shortest distance between two points

Prior to 1816, it was common practice for doctors to place their ears to patients’ chests to detect the workings of hearts, lungs and other organs.  That year, French physician Rene Laennec, who was uncomfortable placing his ear against the chest of a young female patient, invented the first stethoscope. Laennec’s stethoscope was around 12…

How we used machine learning to reduce rehospitalizations

In late 2020, I applied for a technology grant through a machine-learning technology company that builds customized, machine-learning tools based on a facility’s retrospective EHR and rehospitalization data. My organization, Masonic Pathways, a Life Plan Community in the heart of Michigan, is no stranger to understanding the importance of reducing resident rehospitalization rates. We currently…

Marti Moore

Now is the time to remove the slippers

The noise overhead was deafening. I had relocated to the basement as the roofers tore off old and added new. Because of schedule delays, the roofing project careened into a day when I was scheduled to present virtually.  Chaos and noise surrounded me. Knowing I needed to be attentive, I grabbed my earbuds and plugged…

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