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24 08, 2016

If You Can’t Take the Heat

August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six years ago, as a resident of an assisted living facility in Pennsylvania, I awoke at 2:00 one bitterly-cold morning to the unmistakable, eye-watering, nasal-stinging, throat constricting smell of burning rubber and electrical wiring. Fire! Someone had inadvertently placed greasy kitchen rags in the industrial dryer and the laundry room was now fully involved in [...]

23 06, 2016

Five Thousand, Two-Hundred, Fifty-Three [5,253]

June 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week, an epiphany of sorts. For the 100th + time, I heard someone refer to an Assisted Living Facility as 'God's waiting room'. It wasn't funny the first time I heard it and it's not . . . Hey, wait a minute. There's some truth to this quip. Just enough to drive home a [...]

24 02, 2016

Derek Rosseau, (Manor) Care Ambassador

February 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Lucas Cranach the Elder - The Golden Age I was recently hospitalized in three Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) for a triad of 2-3 week short-term, rehab admissions. One of those communities was Manor Care, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was here that I met a CNA who reinvigorated my opinion of mankind-in-general, and caregivers, specifically. Derek [...]

7 01, 2016

World Mind Part II – Elder Warrior

January 7th, 2016|Op-Ed, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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|Op-Ed, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 [...]

21 12, 2015

Phoebe Ministries Nursing Home Workers Demonstrate Their Unity

December 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Workers vote overwhelmingly to hold a 1-day strike to protest unfair labor practices. ALLENTOWN, PA - With growing concern over the future of senior care in their communities, and frustration that management refused to release important financial information regarding the home, workers at Phoebe Allentown and Phoebe Berks voted by an overwhelming majority to approve [...]

17 11, 2015

STUFF

November 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

A report from the Slow Lane I’ve been sick these past few days. Coughing, sleepless, and sore, my attitude has gone into the dumpster. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick, I begin thinking more about death. During the worst of my illness, when I am desperate, tired and alone, I begin fantasizing [...]

16 11, 2015

Now Is The Time To . . .

November 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 11, 2015

Phoebe — Part II — Everyone Loses

November 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

"I have been employed at phoebe for six years. These people are family to me. They are well taken care of and loved by our staff. It breaks my heart that it has come down to this absolutely horrible situation." Sharon "As an employee for 20 yrs. Starting as an CNA and transferring to a [...]

30 10, 2015

Phoebe to Health Care Workers: “Get Used to Less”

October 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

 On more than one occasion I've sung the praises of Phoebe Ministries, a multi-facility, not-for-profit health care organization founded in 1904 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Their Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) rank among the finest in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. In fact, I write these words from their Allentown community, where I'm spending [...]