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The time spent in long-term care can be one of growth, emotional healing, and creativity for residents, staff, and family members.  If you’re wondering how to get there from here, please look through this site and read my blog, where you’ll find answers that will allow you to create positive change instantly, whether you’re a CEO, a CNA, or seeing a loved one in long-term care.

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"My goal is to make long-term care a place I'd want to live when it's my turn, using my training as a psychologist."

Recent Blog Posts

Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia

Dr. El - May 27, 2015 - Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia A recent Iowa court case acquitted Henry Rayhons of sexually abusing his wife, who had Alzheimer’s dementia and lived in a nursing home. The case not only prompted national debate, it led those in long-term care to consider […]

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Free Webinar 5/20 @2pm ET: 9 Ways to Improve the Effectiveness of your Social Work Department & Increase LTC Resident Satisfaction

Dr. El - May 18, 2015 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Engaging with families, Motivating staff, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, May 20th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on 9 Ways to Improve the Effectiveness of your Social Work Department & Increase LTC Resident Satisfaction sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events About the webinar: Are your residents depressed, their families distressed, and your staff […]

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The Many Riches of Senior Living Conferences

Dr. El - May 13, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 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. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to be present for a conference (or if it’s been a […]

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‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out

Dr. El - April 28, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out Given that the bulk of my prior knowledge of Oklahoma came from a 72-year-old musical performed by my class during grade school, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived in Norman for the 2015 Oklahoma […]

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America has a major misconception about aging

Dr. El - April 28, 2015 - Books/media of note, Business Strategies

I’m honored to be included among the 44 industry experts asked about the future of long-term care in this informative infographic and article:           http://www.seniorcare.com/featured/misconception-on-aging/

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Girl, paralyzed for 11 days, surprises favorite nurse by walking (video)

Dr. El - April 22, 2015 - Inspiration, Videos

Here’s an inspiring video that captures how those who work in healthcare feel for those under their care: If you’re unable to see the video embedded above, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75odu9sxwEA

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Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Dr. El - April 15, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections The elevator opened up to the third floor of the skilled nursing facility. Wheelchair-bound residents lined the hall across from the nursing station, some silently watching the staff, some snoozing. On the second floor of the nursing home, the […]

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The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80

Dr. El - April 10, 2015 - Anecdotes, Communication

This Washington Post article by Louise Aronson, MD perfectly describes the failures of our current medical system to address the problems that affect older patients. The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80 The clinic was in a dilapidated old building, yet the entryway retained a worn grandeur. Tapering, […]

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

Dr. El - April 1, 2015 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 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?” Such a well-intended question can prompt the team to reconsider […]

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Free Webinar 3/25 @ 2pm ET: 4 Steps to Preventing Senior Bullying in LTC

Dr. El - March 24, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Resident care, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, March 25th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on 4 Steps to Preventing Senior Bullying in Long Term Care sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   About the Webinar: Senior living communities often experience problems with bullying among residents. Join psychologist Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera […]

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