28 04, 2017

Do not Go Gentle Into That Good Night…

April 28th, 2017|Ambient Despair, Assisted Living, Op-Ed|

Aging and dying – cursed though these two may be – are the primary physiological behaviors we share with all lifeforms: those that swim in the oceans, walk on land and exist in the vacuum of space. If you live, you will surely age and die. I get that. For more than two decades, no [...]

1 03, 2017

Dementia Contagion (“Second-Hand” Dementia)

March 1st, 2017|Ambient Despair, Assisted Living, Blog, Op-Ed|

Clinical depression is a monster like no other. Today, on my 5,502nd consecutive day (15.07 years) of assisted living in three separate communities I collectively call home, I split a Reuben with Beth, a fellow resident trying to make sense of the world around her. But making sense becomes more difficult every day for Beth [...]

7 01, 2016

World Mind Part II – Elder Warrior

January 7th, 2016|Blog, Op-Ed|

We  are told by a prominent and highly-respected geriatrician that the three plagues of growing old are loneliness, helplessness and boredom. I respectfully disagree. If you have not conquered loneliness, helplessness and boredom by the time you begin to "grow old," chances are, you never will. For example, when was the last time you heard of an [...]

3 01, 2016

World Mind

January 3rd, 2016|Blog, Op-Ed|

In Japan, some married couples -- when faced with advancing age and the "empty nest" syndrome -- choose to spend their final years in Buddhist monasteries. The monastic environment offers a number of advantages: In a like-minded community of both young and old trainees, ambient despair (the disability, dementia and depression that exist in an [...]

28 10, 2014

Story Telling

October 28th, 2014|Blog, Op-Ed|

In 1999 Dr. Bill Thomas and I were invited by Chief Oren Lyons to visit The People of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois Confederacy. The Native Americans call themselves the Hau de no sau nee (ho dee noe sho nee) meaning People Building a Long House. The purpose of the visit [...]

23 08, 2014

STUDY: More Complex Physical Health Needs Result in Greater Stress and Diminished Quality of Life for Caregivers

August 23rd, 2014|Op-Ed|

NEW YORK, NEW YORK August 19, 2014— The United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute issued a report today with compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression. As a result, a [...]

16 10, 2012

WHAT – The New Algorithm

October 16th, 2012|Op-Ed|

There is a new and simple algorithm that describes the challenges of upgrading our current institutional aging facilities - WHAT. W-Wages H-Human Potential A-Advocacy T-Technology SUB-STANDARD WAGES ARE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE The women of color that are the backbone of this country's network of institutional aging facilities - many of them single parents - are [...]