Category: For Fun

10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

Posted by Dr. El - January 31, 2017 - Business Strategies, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC Cold weather. An uncertain world. Rogue shrinks making the rest of us caring, diligent professionals look bad. I don’t know about you, but I need a mood lifter. I came across an article that suggests that exercise of […]

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Playing the LTC lottery

Posted by Dr. El - October 27, 2016 - Business Strategies, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Playing the LTC lottery After reading a recent New York Times Opinion piece about the uses of lotteries to solve social problems, I began contemplating their potential application to long-term care. According to “For Better Citizenship, Scratch and Win,” lotteries have been used to encourage voting, […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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What’s all this about PBJ? Guest Post by “Miss Emily Litella”

Posted by Dr. El - August 31, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: What’s all this about PBJ? (Guest post by Miss Emily Litella) So what’s all this about peanut butter and jelly? Emily Mongan wrote the other day that, “Providers could face Five-Star sanctions for late PBJ data.” Why are they keeping track of our peanut butter and jelly […]

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‘Healthwear’ and other culture changes

Posted by Dr. El - August 2, 2016 - Customer service, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Healthwear’ and other culture changes My mother has a knack for taking something awkward and, as she puts it, “turning it into a feature.” For example, the previous owners of our family home placed the living room couch in front of a protruding radiator so that […]

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Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Posted by Dr. El - April 27, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit I’d read about the Genworth R70i Aging Experience and when I discovered the exhibit was making a brief appearance near me at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, I headed over with my 9-year old assistant to […]

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What’s not to like?

Posted by Dr. El - January 28, 2016 - Anecdotes, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

It was the third week I was meeting with Mr. Schwartz, an 85-year old man with a thick mustache and a penchant for suspenders. I found him watching TV in the dayroom, surrounded by some of his peers. I crouched by his wheelchair so I could speak to him at eye level. “Hi Mr. Schwartz, I […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - December 23, 2015 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The Twelve Days of Christmas in LTC There are many givers in senior care facilities. Sometimes they don’t even realize it themselves. This holiday season is a good time to recognize them — and the things that make smiles bright. The Twelve Days of Christmas in […]

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‘The Adventures of The Geropsychologist’!

Posted by Dr. El - October 14, 2015 - Anecdotes, For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘The Adventures of The Geropsychologist’! “The Adventures of The Geropsychologist!” Starring Dr. El as The Geropsychologist! There have been thousands of movies and TV shows about the exciting work of cops, lawyers, and hospitals, but long-term care? Fuhgeddaboutit! Here, Dr. El aims to correct that oversight […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through LTC …

Posted by Dr. El - December 22, 2014 - For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through LTC … ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through long-term care, Decorations sparkled and twinkled — no wall was bare. The recreation department had concerts galore, The residents enjoyed it — they clamored for more. The maintenance […]

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