The Validation of Mrs. Trew

This post was adapted from The Validation Breakthrough: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, Third Edition by Naomi Feil and Vicki de Klerk-Rubin, © 2012 by Health Professions Press. Validation is a method of communication with people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, developed by Naomi Feil in 1967. It has been adopted worldwide, and used to reduce stress, enhance dignity, and increase happiness. Caregivers who use the Validation techniques focus on the expressed feelings of older adults, rather than focusing on disorientation and … [Read more...]

The 12 Essential Components of an Orientation Program

      This post was adapted from Enhancing Staff Retention in Person-Centered Care Environments for Older Adults: How to Create and Implement a Comprehensive Orientation Program by Janine Lange, © 2015 by Health Professions Press. High employee turnover is one of the greatest challenges facing long-term care communities today. Without consistent staffing, care communities and their residents suffer the serious consequences of inadequate care, unnecessary expenses, and inefficient operations. Using these 12 components as the core of your orientation will form the … [Read more...]

Why Increased Productivity Will Help Your Healthcare System in Organizational Changes

According to leadership interviews with the Harvard Business Review, healthcare executives are concerned about the future of their industry. As the United States transitions to a new Presidential administration and Congress, questions about where healthcare systems go from here are brought to the forefront. The consensus of the interviewed executives (associated with Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Virginia Commonwealth, and the University of Utah): the challenges will be both financially and managerial difficult. To succeed in transforming the healthcare system, it will be necessary … [Read more...]

Doody’s Review Service: 3 out of 4 Stars to The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition

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Doody's Review is the most highly regarded review service for professional healthcare resources for practitioners, clinicians, and libraries. Health Professions Press is honored to receive 3 stars for The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition by Virginia Bell and David Troxel.   Doody’s Review Service provides extensive tools to allow its subscribers to research titles and keep up-to-date with the latest books and software in the health sciences. To learn more, visit www.doody.com.  … [Read more...]

What Is It Like to Have Alzheimer’s Disease?

What is it like to drive your car from Houston to Anchorage? The answer depends on many things: the type of care you will drive, the age of the car, how well you maintained it, where you are in your trip, if others are helping you with the drive, if you have accepted the fact you must drive to Anchorage, whether or not you are afraid of arriving in Anchorage. What is it like to have Alzheimer's? This, too, depends on many things: Do you have an existing group of individuals who are committed to your well-being? Are you a proactive or a reactive person when it comes to dealing with … [Read more...]

Q&A with Stephen Golant, Ph.D.

Q&A with Stephen Golant Author of Aging in the Right Place Stephen Golant, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Florida (Gainesville). His research focuses on the housing, community, mobility, transportation, and long-term care needs of older adults populations and he writes and lectures extensively on this topic. Known as a expert in aging and housing, he is frequently called on by corporations, universities, state government agencies, and national organizations as a lecturer and adviser. HPP sat down with Dr. Golant to discuss aging in place, and whether it's the right … [Read more...]

Moments Add Up and Make a Difference

This blog post has been excerpted and adapted from The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition, by Virginia Bell and David Troxel, © 2017 by Health Professions Press. Moments Add Up and Make a Difference We'd like for you to consider the following two scenarios. As you read them, we think you'll begin to see how persons with dementia have many of the same needs that we do and how being a Best Friend can be a powerful tool for supporting quality of life. Scenario 1 Imagine meeting an old friend for lunch and finding your normally upbeat, positive friend in tears. As a friend, … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Decrease Bullying

  This post has been adapted from Chapter 4 of Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic, by Robin Bonifas, © 2016 by Health Professions Press. People who rarely interact with older adults can often perceive that the population is composed primarily of sweet little grandmas and grandpas who get along well with one another. So it is surprising to learn that bullying behaviors actually occur among older adults—especially in senior programs and senior living facilities. Interventions to address bullying among older adults must consider what … [Read more...]

Ask the Author: Memory Aid Tips from Michelle Bourgeois

Memory and Communication Aids for People with Dementia, by Dr. Michelle Bourgeois, is a practical guide of communication and memory aids to significantly improve the ability of people with dementia and related memory impairments to stay connected, engaged, and functioning at their optimal level of independence. With full-color illustrations and simple instructions for creating various memory and communication tools, these evidence-based examples help to provide conversation prompts, answers to common questions, and reminders for daily living. Filled with useful content and formats and more … [Read more...]

The shocking phenomenon of senior bullying

When thinking of bullying, most people would picture schoolyard taunts, childish games, perhaps even being pushed and shoved—but certainly nothing that goes beyond grade school. However, new research has shown that bullying is not an experience limited to childhood, but is an epidemic occurring with an alarming frequency among older adults as well. Bullying among peers in senior programs and care settings (such as nursing homes and retirement communities) results in profoundly negative effects on the elders, the staff, and the community in which it is occurring. But little is known about this … [Read more...]