Category: Psychology Research Translated

Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks

Posted by Dr. El - May 25, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks Feeling “down” takes on a wicked double-meaning for some seniors. Even conscientious providers could be unaware of it, let alone know what to do about it. As McKnight’s Staff Writer Emily Mongan points out in “Depression treatments […]

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Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

Posted by Dr. El - April 12, 2016 - Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Help for hoarders, and those who care for them It can be challenging for long-term care providers when residents amass large quantities of possessions. Facilities generally worry about hoarding when the amount of belongings prohibits the resident or staff members from safely moving about their room […]

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Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation

Posted by Dr. El - March 16, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Technology, Videos

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation Poor sleep, reversed sleep/wake cycles, depression and falls are common problems in older adults. In addition, elders with dementia frequently experience late afternoon agitation, or “sundowning.” Because our residents live in a communal environment, a single individual’s agitation or […]

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Growing Good

Posted by Dr. El - January 6, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, For Staff, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Growing Good Woohoo! My first column of 2016. Which was started during a bout of insomnia in the last week of 2015. What did I do when sleep failed me? What electronics-addicted individuals often do in the middle of the night. I grabbed my computer, caught […]

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Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia

Posted by Dr. El - September 30, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia Antipsychotic medications have proved ineffective at reducing the symptoms associated with dementia. They also have serious side effects in older adults, including restlessness, dizziness, higher likelihood of falls and other problems that can contribute to an increased […]

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Harnessing gratitude

Posted by Dr. El - June 10, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Harnessing Gratitude Though it was close to 20 years ago, I’ll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. “I’m 81 years old and I’ve traveled and danced as much as I could. I wasn’t sick a […]

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Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction

Posted by Dr. El - January 6, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction Standing by the salad bar in the newly opened restaurant, I recoiled at the sign that read, “Please don’t use your hands.” I suggested to the manager that the notice should instead advise diners […]

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

Posted by 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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Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - April 17, 2014 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It’s not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed. It’s that we should be […]

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The keys to reducing turnover in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - February 7, 2014 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The keys to reducing turnover in long-term care “They keep giving me these new aides and they don’t know what they’re doing,” a disgruntled resident commented during a psychotherapy session. “You’re not the first person to tell me that,” I replied, looking for a way to […]

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