We are what we eat, and there's a lot of evidence that our nursing home workforce is struggling to be good.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently began promoting nursing home dining practice recommendations that stress resident choice and urge providers to use caution with restricted diets.
Fairhaven Manor's Amy Kotterman wasn't sure her incoming graduate student intern was the Katie Smith until receiving an unusual voicemail. Smith called to say she would miss a day of her upcoming rotation to attend a USA Basketball board meeting.
Food. I eat it, savor it, crave it and can't seem to live without it — and I suspect I'm not alone. Talk to any long-term care resident, and he or she will almost certainly list it as one of the most important factors in his or her dissatisfaction, right behind the low quality of the coffee and the bad attitude of that new aide who hands out meds like the recipients have leprosy.
Restricting the diet of people 75 and older may not make them healthier, according to a recent study.
The New York Times Magazine article "The Island Where People Forget to Die" describes a Greek island that has the healing properties of the island from the TV show "Lost" and all the senior-friendly attributes of an absurdly high-end continuing care retirement community.
There's something comforting about an expert on aging living to 89. I'm not saying that gerontologist Reubin Andres had all the answers, or that we should see him as the sole test case of proving his theories. But his longevity helps.
Sleep quality, or a lack thereof, will no doubt be familiar to anyone who has children. Even if without progeny, some of you might relate to the following.