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The time spent in nursing homes 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 nursing homes a place I'd want to live when it's my turn, using my training as a psychologist."

Recent Blog Posts

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Aunt Sylvia needs your help (video)

Dr. El - August 13, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Older adults are not included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) strategic plan, and Aunt Sylvia has something to say about that! You can say something too, if you comment on their draft by August 18th at http://store.samhsa.gov/leadingchange/feedback/ View Aunt Sylvia above or at this link: http://youtu.be/5nHbxL3uXW4

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Aunt Sylvia visits the APA convention

Dr. El - August 9, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia

The 122nd American Psychological Association Annual Convention is going on right now in Washington, DC and Aunt Sylvia couldn’t resist dropping in to give a pep talk to the Psychologists in Long-Term Care: Click on video above or use this link: http://youtu.be/Wa72GFzaNK0

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The psychology of falls in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - August 7, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   The Psychology of Falls in LTC According to the American Geriatrics Society, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls represent the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. You might be surprised to hear some of […]

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Dr. El’s McKnight’s column wins Azbee Award!

Dr. El - July 30, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Nominations/Awards

I’m excited to share with you that my McKnight’s column won the Gold award in the Upper Midwest Region of the 2014 ASBPE Awards of Excellence in the How-To/Tips/Service category. My column, “The World According to Dr. El,” focuses on bringing psychological insights to long-term care for the Chicago-based McKnight’s Long-Term Care News magazine. According […]

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What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - July 24, 2014 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… In the medically focused setting of long-term care, psychologists are mindful of the emotional environment. While most psychologists almost exclusively address the mental health of the residents due to the current reimbursement system, we’re also aware of the interactions […]

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Preventing Burnout in LTC: Free Webinar 7/17

Dr. El - July 16, 2014 - Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Thursday, July 17th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a  FREE Webinar on Preventing Burnout in Long-Term Care sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia discusses burnout:  http://youtu.be/sIh274aoIF8?list=UUmfhLE_11Y9evQxu-dGxIXg About the webinar: Long-term care can be a stressful work environment, contributing to job dissatisfaction, turnover, injury and […]

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Preventing burnout in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - July 10, 2014 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Preventing burnout in long-term care In my recent post, “Stuff I won’t do for residents and why your staff shouldn’t either,” I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. […]

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Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - June 30, 2014 - Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Money Issues, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents It was noon at the nursing home and the staff was busy wheeling residents into the dining room. “Are you going to buy me lunch today?” an aide joked as she unlocked the […]

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Bodybuilder boosts seniors’ physical confidence (inspiring video from NYT)

Dr. El - June 21, 2014 - For Fun, For Recreation Staff, For Rehab Therapists, For Residents, Inspiration

This article and accompanying video from the New York Times shows the power of a compassionate and inspirational leader and the willingness and dedication of a student (who happens to be 90). Falls prevention at its best. Be sure to check out the photos in the article. And now please excuse me, I’m going to go work […]

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Dr. El’s McKnight’s column wins APEX award!

Dr. El - June 16, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Nominations/Awards

I’m pleased to share with you that my McKnight’s column, “The World According to Dr. El,” is the winner of a 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Blog Content category! My column can be found at McKnight’s: The World According to Dr. El

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