CNN Health/Kaiser Health News: Distress in seniors surges amid coronavirus pandemic

Thanks to journalist Judith Graham for addressing loneliness in elders and for mentioning my work and the importance of psychological support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Distress in seniors surges amid coronavirus pandemic As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of … Read more

Celebrate Psychology Day on May 27

May 27 is Psychology Day and this year it’s a particularly timely moment to acknowledge the impact of psychology. Along with the physical and financial havoc wreaked by COVID-19, the pandemic has negatively affected mental health, especially for those in long-term care. Recognizing Psychology Day raises mental health awareness and is a means of expressing … Read more

APA: Protecting nursing home residents during COVID-19

Thanks to author Ashley Abramson for interviewing me and my fellow geropsychologists and for addressing the mental health of older adults in nursing homes. Protecting nursing home residents during COVID-19 Nursing homes have become hotbeds for COVID-19 — as well as for loneliness, fear and stress for residents, their families and staff. Many of the … Read more

The Nursing Home Podcast: Discussing the Impact of Covid-19

I took off my PPE mid-day last week to have an interesting LinkedIn Live talk with Shmuel Septimus of The Nursing Home Podcast. We discussed mental health, the impact of Covid-19 on nursing facilities, the need for LTC leaders to garner community support for their beleaguered staff members and why I like my job so … Read more

8 reasons why, despite COVID-19, I’m still glad to work in long-term care

I’ve been a psychologist in long-term care for well over two decades and, while there have been some challenges to my enthusiasm over the years, I’ve remained largely content with my career direction. Despite distressing times of late, there are many reasons I continue to don my PPE to sit at the bedsides of those … Read more

Grim but unwavering: Notes from the COVID-19 epicenter

I live in New York City, the COVID-19 epicenter of the U.S. There are long lines for the few open supermarkets, the parks are closed and the nursing homes in New York are now mandated to accept COVID residents from local hospitals. I’m in touch with psychologist colleagues from around the area. Some facilities have … Read more

AARP: Navigating New Rules for Visiting Nursing Home Residents Near Death

Thank you to Bruce Horovitz and AARP for tackling this painful aspect of resident care during Covid-19 and for mentioning my work. Navigating New Rules for Visiting Nursing Home Residents Near Death Coronavirus restrictions to protect our most vulnerable alter end-of-life rituals After 45 years of marriage, the cruel twists of fate now leave Jean … Read more

Managing staff anxiety in the time of COVID-19

Much has changed in our lives and our facilities since my column two weeks ago on addressing residents’ coronavirus fears. Back then, residents, like the rest of us, were still receiving visitors and attending communal activities. In addition to its effect on residents, COVID-19 has put enormous stress on those who work in long-term care. … Read more