Category: Personal Reflections

Seeing Virginia (an anecdote): Part One

Posted by Dr. El - February 11, 2016 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

The first time I met 87-year old Virginia, it was immediately apparent why the nurses had made the referral. She spoke too quickly, words pouring out one after the other without pause. She had vague theories that a staff member was trying to steal the house she’d vacated a few months ago and attempting to […]

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A Second Look

Posted by Dr. El - January 11, 2016 - Anecdotes, Personal Reflections

As I was rushing past the nursing station, Sophia, a 93-year old woman wearing a red velour sweatsuit, was sobbing and calling out for help. She was sitting among a row of other residents who were watching television and passersby. “What’s the matter?” I asked, stopping to kneel by her wheelchair. “I want someone to […]

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Kind words from residents

Posted by Dr. El - November 23, 2015 - Anecdotes, Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Kind words from residents At a conference last week, I remarked to my audience of recreation therapists, “None of us went into this field for the money — we did it for the juice.” And by “the juice,” I mean the good feeling we get from […]

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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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Spirituality in Long-Term Care

Posted by Dr. El - August 18, 2015 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Spirituality in Long-Term Care Last week, a New York Times article referred to the lack of training to prepare doctors to recognize the spiritual needs of their patients. Hospital physician Robert Klitzman, M.D., emphasized in the Well section article the value of meeting these needs. Psychology […]

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Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy

Posted by Dr. El - August 4, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident education/Support groups, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy I hung up the phone with the managed care case reviewer. The patient in question was in her late 50s, with multiple sclerosis and other physical problems that had unexpectedly interfered with her ability to return home or even to sit […]

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6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - January 21, 2015 - Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC There are moments in life that engender important questions. When an individual is born, we ask, “Is it a boy or a girl?” When the person dies, we ask, “What happened?” In long-term care, we’re not around […]

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The New Old Age Blog absorbed into NYT/Health

Posted by Dr. El - January 16, 2015 - Books/media of note, Personal Reflections

As regular readers may know, I’m a big fan of The New York Times’ New Old Age column, which has been a treasure trove of information on issues related to aging and caregiving.  It was founded by Jane Gross in 2008 and continued by Paula Span until the recent decision to discontinue the blog. Paula Span […]

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10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - November 26, 2014 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, I take a special moment for gratitude and to reflect on the many blessings of my life. I owe a lot of them to working in long-term care, and my LTC career is […]

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Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention … (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - October 16, 2014 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention … There’s nothing like the first time you get to meet people, attend education sessions and see the exhibit hall at the American Health Care Association, as I found out last week. 10/5/14, 2 p.m. — […]

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