Musical Memories of Cab Calloway

As a lover of music, I thought this video was inspiring.  Music is associated with so many memories from our past.  I loved watching him recapture his memories through Cab Calloway.  We should all start our “good memory playlist ” now. Watch: http://www.towleroad.com/2012/04/video-proves-the-power-of-music-dementia-patient-loves-his-cab-calloway.html  

Specialty ERs for Seniors

There is a great article in the health section of msnbc.com featuring the specialty senior ER established at Mt. Sinai Medical center in New York City.  The hospital created a space that was calming and specially designed to recognize the needs of seniors and has staffed…

Feeding Tube Decisions

As one of the two care coordinators at HECL I am always interested in finding good educational resources for our clients and their families on different issues that affect them. One of the issues that comes up very frequently is feeding tubes.  I have witnessed…

Bed Shortage?

I just read an article about the upcoming shortages of skilled nursing facilities. We see a cyclical pattern around here. At one point all the facilities have waiting lists, and a few months later clients have their pick of facility for immediate admission.  As the…

A Parkinson's Disease Resource

If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, you will want to check out www.parkison.org, the National Parkinson Foundation website.  The site provides current information on the latest medical discoveries in the treatment and cure of Parkinson’s disease.  They have created a program called…

Assisted Suicide

We all remember all the controversy around Jack Kevorkian assisting his patients in committing suicide. Yesterday, Elizabeth Barrett was arrested in California and charged with assisted suicide. She provided crushed Oxycontin to an old friend, Jack Koency,  who ate it in a successful suicide attempt.…

Amazing New Device

As the adult child of a parent living with Alzheimer’s disease, I know well the daily concern about my mom’s safety and well-being.  I am lucky because my father is still   living and has proven to be a good caregiver, plus my parents live less…